Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 73% An American Pickle (2020) Using pickles as a jumping-off point to discuss your pedigree and family tree isn't likely what you'd expect from Seth Rogen, but perhaps that's why Pickle is such a tasty, sour-free treat. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
C+ 79% Greyhound (2020) Greyhound races through the water with taut clarity, but it never hits anchoring dry land for the emotional, spiritual, and guiding light resonance it was always sailing towards. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
B 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) McAdams' believability, even tangibly intense commitment to this absurd role, really sells Dobkins' winning film and makes it sing sonorously, warts and all. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
C- 60% Kaboom (2011) Sophomoric, silly and pretty much a high-concept sitcom in origin, production value and tone, Gregg Araki's candy-coated "Kaboom" is ridiculous, ultra-camp and likely only appeals to his small band of constituents... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
73% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) A clown-ish rock flick that we'd rather soon forget. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B 42% The Tracey Fragments (2008) While it's not completely the return to form we were hoping from this filmmaker, it is a strong indicator that he's back and willing to take creative risks at any cost. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
D- 56% The Hunt (2020) A sophomoric, bad faith, sh*tposting provocation masquerading as satire. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
D+ 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The aimless, strictly bush league movie, unfortunately, cannot reprise the unbridled strut of Quintana's 'Lebowski' braggadocio, suggesting perhaps we should leave the resurrection of beloved characters to the professionals. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
C 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Cheeky and unapologetically brassy, Birds Of Prey is super overwrought and sometimes exasperating, but at least there's never a dull moment. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) [I]t's ultimately an emotionally cathartic and absorbing movie about a man who can't let go, yet wants to be free. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
C- 26% Gemini Man (2019) A movie drunk on the possibilities of its technology-high frame rates presented in 3D-then it is with basic fundamentals like character, story and something of worth to say. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
C 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Buried underneath the shadows, rain-slicked streets and the dense thicket of plot, lays an orphan of story that might have been better served elsewhere. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B 92% The Assistant (2020) Provocative and challenging, The Assistant might be too muted for some audiences, but it makes ballsy, patient, and unsentimental filmmaking choices throughout. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
A- 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Dizzying, but engrossing and entertaining, Uncut Gems is a glorious film that showcases Adam Sandler at his finest. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray's meditative, but moving space odyssey ultimately finds great hope and humanity on the far edges of space. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
A 94% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" is Noah Baumbach's opus, his best film to date, and a bracingly cathartic tribute to survival, going through utter hell, but still coming out the other side alive. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
C- 52% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" filmmakers and the VFX guys were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make a photorealistic animated remake of a beloved Disney classic, nobody stopped to think whether they should. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B- 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday isn't the insufferableness of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" but its one-sided slant on sweet, saccharine, good day sunshine Fab Four pop might leave you wanting for a more well-rounded greatest hits. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A cleverly shaped and very entertaining movie about a post-truth world, 'Spider-Man Far From Home' is some top-notch summer moviegoing that shows Marvel's dominion is not about to end any time soon. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ 83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" is its own kind of cautionary tale, a floral, psychedelic, "He's Just Not That Into You" for movie-going culture. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C- 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) A fundamentally flawed and patchy mess, wrapped in superficial layers of dark grittiness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
B 48% MacGruber (2010) It's not aiming to be anything other than an amusing send-up and celebration of self-assured idiot characters and acid-washed jean eras and in that it respect it mostly succeeds. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
C 45% Jennifer's Body (2009) Tart, largely humorless and tonally challenged, "Jennifer's Body," is what happens when good scripts go wrong or perhaps when directors completely miss the point of the text. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 70% Olympic Dreams (2020) Never really crosses the finish line, despite a winning dramatic turn from Nick Kroll. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C+ 69% Adopt a Highway (2019) 'Highway' ultimately feels like the product of a first-time director still finding his footing, who maybe should've stuck with his bread and butter for this first effort. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C+ 67% Red 11 (2019) Red 11 isn't revolutionary, but it's a manic, surreal journey into the creative process of Robert Rodriguez that serves as a nice allegory to the director's own observations on filmmaking. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) Every generation needs a new anthem, and by and large, Olivia Wilde has done that with her exhilarating debut, Booksmart, that is going to absolutely destroy and dazzle audiences. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a delightful, a roaring good time and massive crowdpleaser that should carve an ear-to-ear smile on even the biggest skeptic's face. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B+ 70% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier is a violent and provocative collision of self-interest, dubious morality,and conscience through deeply flawed protagonists who get what they deserve and yet still deserve better. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
D+ 54% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) 'Extremely Wicked,' rings extremely hollow and false and is really just as interested in the sensational and salacious as any other reductive thriller. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 37% Glass (2019) There's a sense of drama and urgency throughout which helps, but one does get the sense Shyamalan thinks he's painting his masterpiece. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
D- 34% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Robert Zemeckis' insipid Welcome to Marwen is a painfully schmaltzy misjudged disaster and superficial retelling that dishonors a layered and agonizing story about trauma. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 66% Vice (2018) Adam McKay employs exasperated indignation as his gleefully lacerating, razor-sharp weapon in the incendiary, hilarious, and blistering examination of Dick Cheney, Vice. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C 65% Aquaman (2018) James Wan has absolutely no sense of taste, but he has a grand sense of scale, which he leverages throughout the ludicrously insane, but fun, Aquaman to great effect. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
B- 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) An admirable and fairly engaging little adaptation of "The Jungle Book" tale that may find the most truck with tween-y Young Adult readers who want a little bit more bite and realism in their narratives. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) An inventive, irreverent and exhilarating new take on the Spider-Man mythos. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B+ 83% Creed II (2018) Creed II is exactly what you want from a Rocky/Creed film: it's engaging, emotional, gripping, and entertaining, pushing the characters forward in all the right ways. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C- 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua's movie, unqualified to create anything other than superficial poignancy, is empty, tiresome and uninteresting... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
D 30% Venom (2018) How Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed read this piss-poor script and decided it would make a deserving movie is an oral history worth reading 10 years from now. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B+ 83% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Holofcener understands human behavior and her sharp, well-observed Land Of Steady Habits is as lovely and near amazing as anything she's made thus far. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B No Score Yet Fistful of Dirt (2018) A sincere, worthwhile, ultimately sad tale of death, holding on and letting go. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C- 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) No catharsis ever arrives and the movie totally whiffs the crucial element of suspense that drives the movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
A 39% Donnybrook (2019) The world's gone to hell and Tim Sutton's film crafts a devastating howl. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B+ 91% In Fabric (2019) Another off-the-wall movie from exquisite English filmmaker Peter Strickland that's also, at times, batshit crazy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B+ 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A dark, comedic, idiosyncratic Western with the secret weapon of melancholic empathy hidden in its holster. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
B 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians employs the basic formula of a crowdpleaser while still injecting universal notions that are winningly and charismatically expressed about identity, self-worth and advocacy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
C+ 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) However poisonous 'Soldado' may appear at times, it's a bit of fascinating creature. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Stories come in all shapes and sizes and "Ant-Man And The Wasp" proves not all their superhero movies need to be blockbusters about saving the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Entertaining, but heavy on the fan service-y and far too familiar. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B+ 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) A filthier, funnier sequel that doesn't try so hard to be irreverent. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018