Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers casts a spell that will linger for a long, long time. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The Borat sequel's best moments are when it turns from mockumentary to straight-up doc, finding Americans who look past Borat's bushy mustache and try to connect with the human behind it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
71% Tenet (2020) Tenet's gears turn smoothly, but it's like a factory with no raw material to process. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Both raw and oblique, in a way that suggests something torn from life, fashioned into something new but with the seams left bare. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible might be a movie for the moment before or the moment after, but it feels entirely out of step with the one it's in. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lindo's character, and his performance, are for the ages. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) You're in the passenger seat, and it's a nice ride as long as you don't care where you're going. At least, this time, Apatow opted for a change of scenery. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) The way The Lovebirds executes this old template is largely unremarkable, so the fact that it works anyway is a testament to its leads' star power, especially Rae's. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
71% Trolls World Tour (2020) Reader, I wept. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) No one will see themselves in The Hunt, and only those inclined to ignorant caricature will fancy they recognize the others. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) Downhill too often plays like a cringe comedy that's all cringe. It's not just uncomfortable; it's unpleasant. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) For a movie that touts its protagonist's emancipation, Birds of Prey still feels very much in chains. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) Drawing on interviews with cultural commentators, academics, and activists, the movie addresses head-on the place, or lack of one, that women of color-especially black women assaulted by black men-have been accorded in the #MeToo movement. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rather than making a movie some people might love, Abrams tried to make a movie no one would hate, and as a result, you don't feel much of anything at all. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen was built around an anthem to letting your emotions take control because no matter how flawed the results might be, it was preferable to sterile perfection. Maybe the people who made the new movie should watch it again. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) [Flanagan's] become a horror director who gives in to happy endings, who wants to slam the lid shut and assure us that the ghosts are gone for good. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The closer we get to the actors mouthing their clunky, mock-allegorical dialogue, the phonier they seem. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) You might not think an 89-minute movie could drag, but boy does this one. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi isn't making light of Nazis; he's mocking them, denying them and their present-day analogues the dignity of taking them-as distinct from the very real threat they pose-seriously. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's a movie that does what it needs to do but rarely does more than that, like a replacement part that fits just where it's supposed to go. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) Even if you somehow made it into the new Lion King without knowing its origins, you might start to wonder if there was another version of it that made more sense... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) You laugh at its audacity, or maybe just to keep from losing your own grip on reality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's more suspense in Peter and MJ's awkward flirtation than there is in whether Spider-Man will emerge victorious, and that's exactly as it should be. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
100% Anima (2019) Anima... turns from a pensive comment on dehumanization into something approaching a silent comedy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) An ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction that embodies the vital, slipshod, thrilling, confounding essence of the Rolling Thunder Revue itself. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Deadwood ends too quickly, and not just because I was reluctant to leave its world behind once more. Watching it, I could imagine a universe in which the show ran for years more, enough to more fully explore characters... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
55% Ma (2019) Ma isn't a bad movie, and it's sure as hell not trying to be a good one, but it scratches a particular itch that neither noble failures nor cranked-out hackwork can touch. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The best way to watch isn't with oohs and aahhs. It's with laughter, savoring the beauty and the absurdity of each elaborate spectacle. Each movement is a joke, and death is the ultimate punchline. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) In a world packed full of franchise-extending would-be blockbusters, there's something strangely appealing about its patchiness. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
99% Knock Down the House (2019) After watching Ocasio-Cortez and the other women in Knock Down the House pound the pavement and knock on doors, you can see that they're the ones working hard, and that for them, getting their hands dirty is nothing new. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Although it's technically about saving the world (again), Shazam! plays out at eye level, grounded by the belief that who people love and where they feel they belong is stakes enough. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
85% The Hottest August (2019) Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is steeped... delight, the kind that reminds us that there's beauty in the world, and a future that's worth fighting for. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Lord and Miller have always known what they're doing, but here it feels like they need you to know it, too. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
54% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) [N]arratives help us sift the meaningful harbingers from the detritus of life. Extremely Wicked discards them entirely. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night's subject feels timely, and it's uncommonly crowd-pleasing, even broad. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
75% Irma La Douce (1963) Though Irma's 143-minute length is more than a little too much of a very good thing, it's hard to dislike a movie that keeps giving you more good stuff. - Philadelphia City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Glass (2019) On a purely practical level, Glass is drawn-out and disjointed, with disparate plot threads (some of them leading to, yes, a perfunctory rug pull) that seem dictated more by its stars' availability than narrative cohesion. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap becomes less a story about the ad hoc fraternity of skateboarders and more about the fractured home life that sends them looking for a surrogate family. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) There are parts of Aquaman that are so wonderfully strange that it's astonishing to see them in a franchise blockbuster. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
34% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Marwen is the work of a filmmaker who's never been more sure of his craft, and never less connected to anything resembling actual human experience. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) After a solid decade of Marvel movies modeled on the same template, it's a thrill to watch one that's allowed to find its own rhythms, to play with form and content... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Like Barnum himself, it's an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don't look too close. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) It's depressing that after Creed's success, Creed II feels like it's just a step above a straight-to-video knockoff, designed to get a little more from the first movie's audience but not to increase it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) You don't need to be a Disney connoisseur or an '80s buff to get it. The world it's set in is entirely, and sometimes frighteningly, of the current moment. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
39% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It's "new" in the way New Coke was new, familiar enough so you can tell what it's aiming for, but it's subtly, and sometimes not-so-subtly, off. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
80% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s just looks like a poser. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a message movie, but it never forgets the human dimension. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
30% Venom (2018) At the very least, Venom feels as if Fleischer was shooting two radically different movies at once, and even in the final edit it's not clear which he chose. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 62% American Dharma (2019) The camera stays on Bannon, and what we see is a man who reveals himself even as he thinks he's gaining the upper hand. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018