Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) [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 62% 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 71% 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- 91% 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 95% 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- 53% 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- 23% 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 44% 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 75% 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+ 68% 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+ 72% 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+ 55% 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- 35% 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- 52% 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+ 84% 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- 52% 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 29% 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+ 86% 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 38% 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+ 94% 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+ 63% 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+ 88% 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
B 63% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Built on credulity-straining contrivances this machination mars a familiar, but engaging story about boy meets girl heartbreak. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B+ 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel lays it all on the table for their latest super nova'd blockbuster Avengers Infinity War and then ruthlessly wipes it off clean. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
C 70% Paterno (2018) Barry Levinson has a real knack for inoffensive, perfectly safe drama that feels fossilized from another era of TV. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
D 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Impressively contrived. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
D 40% Gringo (2018) A Taco Bell version of the '90s crime genre; tasteless, cheaply made and just as inauthentic. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A 88% Annihilation (2018) "Annihilation" is mesmerizing and its awe-inspiring conclusion will leave your mind blown and splattered against the wall. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
C- 45% Red Sparrow (2018) Marginally intriguing at first, as it progresses, "Red Sparrow" becomes more and more familiar and rote. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) Once "Black Panther" gets out of its crouching position and goes on a sprint, it's an engaging ride that rarely lets up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
A- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) The toxicity of family is a limitless goldmine for eager therapists or autobiographical dramaturgists digging for story, but family dysfunction has perhaps never been as amusingly self-skewering as it is in "Clara's Ghost." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018