Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 47% The Little Things (2021) It feels like a pale and empty outline of a stereotypical 90's-era serial killer thriller. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
6/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It doesn't always work, but Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot's superhero sequel attempts to rebuke the last 20 years' worth of masculine-coded blockbuster filmmaking. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
5/10 82% Happiest Season (2020) A desire to provide underrepresented demographics with their fairy tale rom-com happy ending ignores whether the core couple even belongs together. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
4/10 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) When your big dissection of American poverty is less insightful and less intellectually honest than the Dukes of Hazzard movie and Joker, that's a problem. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
5/10 83% Freaky (2020) Freaky is a genre homage so explicitly faithful to its predecessors that it picks up on some of their flaws as well as their strengths. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
6/10 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Another example of a DreamWorks Animation sequel that improves upon its immediate predeccessor. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
7/10 83% Let Him Go (2020) Anchored by terrific star turns from Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, the intense and complex 'Let Him Go' is a very good cinematic thriller. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
5/10 49% The Witches (2020) Anne Hathaway is great fun, but this re-adaptation plays like a redundant remake of the 1990 version. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
7/10 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) A surprisingly on-point spoof of the "legacy sequel" that also operates, in its skewed way, as a "darker, grittier" follow-up. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/10 18% 2 Hearts (2020) Harmless, but paper-thin. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
6/10 39% Honest Thief (2020) The latest Liam Neeson actioner is smaller-scale and more grounded than his recent thrillers, but it also offers plenty of character and plot amid the genre tropes. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
7/10 81% The Kid Detective (2020) Adam Brody shines in this pleasantly dark dramedy that doesn't play its high concept for cheap laughs. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes ideal "Saturday night family movie night" entertainment. Save for a few references to the (comparatively) more violent elements of the women's suffrage movement, it's light as a feather but that's entirely fine. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
6/10 73% Mulan (2020) It's well-made and worth seeing, but it's so afraid of offending or being accused of being disrespectful that it never cuts loose and comes off as patronizing. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/10 70% Tenet (2020) Gorgeous visuals and game performances can't compensate for generic action, thin characters and a needlessly convoluted plot. Oh, and it would be nice if we could hear all of that exposition... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
2/10 35% The New Mutants (2020) It's the worst X-Men movie ever, akin to watching a terrible TV pilot for a series that you already know didn't get picked up. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
7/10 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Against all odds, this third (and 29-years-later) installment is a creative and clever time-travel comedy that artistically justifies its existence. It may be my favorite of the trilogy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
6/10 48% Unhinged (2020) If you loved 'Duel,' 'The Hitcher' and 'Joyride,' you'll at least tolerate 'Unhinged'. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
7/10 72% An American Pickle (2020) A thoughtful, nuanced and character-specific comedy about human loneliness and taking the incredible for granted, anchored by another superb understated comic turn from Seth Rogen - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
6/10 70% The High Note (2020) A small movie with modest goals, boosted by strong performances and an attention to detail. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
2/10 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Lacking in vivid characters, compelling stakes or memorable set pieces, Walt Disney Artemis Fowl brings to mind the very worst of the post-Harry Potter attempts at young adult fantasy franchises. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
7/10 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's Judd Apatow on autopilot, but he's still in his element and the core ingredients still make for a satisfying stew. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
9/10 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Spike Lee's dynamite adventure drama is one of Netflix's very best original feature films. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/10 41% You Should Have Left (2020) Doesn't quite justify itself despite some strong performances. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
2/10 40% Irresistible (2020) Jon Stewart's misguided and unfunny political comedy is everything we don't need right now. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
7/10 48% My Spy (2020) Three terrific lead performances and sharp dialogue elevate a well-worn premise. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
9/10 98% Hamilton (2020) A successful replication of a towering artistic triumph. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
6/10 78% Greyhound (2020) An immersive and enjoyable U-boat thriller with a fine lead turn (and 100% fat-free screenplay) courtesy of its top-billed star. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/10 47% Scoob! (2020) 'Scoob!'s fate as a VOD title is ironic considering it is no better or worse than many of the 33 previous direct-to-DVD/VOD 'Scooby-Doo' animated movies. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
7/10 67% Extraction (2020) 'Extraction' features truly superb action sequences, and it's one of the few attempts by Netflix to mimic an old-school Hollywood blockbuster that feels like the genuine article. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
6/10 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) DreamWorks' latest superior sequel is a psychedelic (and politically topical) musical fantasy that probably would have played great on a big screen. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/10 30% Bloodshot (2020) A relic of an era, from around 1995 to 2005, when we expected comic book superhero movies to be relatively lousy but watched them anyway because they were somewhat unique. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
6/10 57% The Hunt (2020) It's a gruesome action comedy with terrific performances from Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank. All the huffing-and-puffing aside, 'The Hunt' is just a movie, and that's okay. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
7/10 79% The Banker (2020) 'The Banker' structures an important historical story like a crime/heist caper while offering an acting showcase for Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
7/10 83% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck is terrific in Gavin O'Connor's buttoned-down, openly empathetic old-school character study. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
9/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) 'The Invisible Man' wins big by just letting its title monster be a monster through-and-through. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
6/10 88% Onward (2020) A thoughtful and nuanced look at grief and mourning that reminds us that Pixar hasn't lost much of its magic despite its recent reliance on (often very good) sequels. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
6/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) 'Sonic the Hedgehog' is more concerned with being a good kid flick that parents will enjoy than it is with being an epic, a blockbuster or a painfully faithful adaptation of its video game source material. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
8/10 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jumbled plotting aside, Cathy Yan and Christina Hodson's 'Birds of Prey' is a delightfully entertaining showcase for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and the rest of her anti-heroic gal pals. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
6/10 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively is terrific in this grim and pessimistic character study disguised as a rousing action-adventure. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
7/10 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Viewed alongside GEMINI MAN and SPIES IN DISGUISE, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE is another interesting glimpse into how Will Smith feels about the kind of entertainment he spent his career putting into the world. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
6/10 47% Underwater (2020) It's worth seeing for Stewart's against-type star turn, the impressive production design and immersive sound work. It's just a fun Saturday matinee movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
6/10 19% Cats (2019) Look, this is a pretty damn faithful rendition of a famously bonkers and unapologetically ridiculous stage show. It's not quite "good," but it's certainly going for it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is both much funnier and a lot more "fun" than I expected. It's actually a great date movie, provided your relationship is healthy and both of you share a certain morbid sense of humor. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 'The Rise of Skywalker' is a bad movie and a miserable finale that serves no purpose other than to reassure (at least some) adult fans of the original 'Star Wars' that they are still the "chosen ones" of the pop culture galaxy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
7/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Why can't all of Sony's franchise revamps be at least as good as their last two 'Jumanji' movies?! - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/10 68% Bombshell (2019) Its unwillingness to dissect the hypocrisies at play renders it unengaging despite some excellent performances and a kinetic pace. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
10/10 89% 1917 (2020) A visual knockout, a gripping war drama, a relentless action picture, a great "video game movie not based on a video game" and an ironic inversion of the 'Lord of the Rings.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
9/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A fascinating and moving character play which offers the notion that being kind is hard work and, while worth it, a constant effort. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
7/10 97% Knives Out (2019) It's a grand piece of star-studded, old-school studio programming, with a mix of ghoulish comedy and of-the-moment politics. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019