Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 54% 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 76% 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 87% 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 64% 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 20% 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 52% 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 70% 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 96% 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
8/10 95% Little Women (2019) It subtly interrogates (while still validating) the original novel while existing as a thrillingly enjoyable and cinematically scrumptious movie of its own accord. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
6/10 52% 21 Bridges (2019) Boasting a strong star turn from Chadwick Boseman and a few subtle surprises, '21 Bridges' is a polished and exciting crime actioner that delivers the B-movie goods. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
6/10 77% Frozen II (2019) 'Frozen II' is visually glorious with plenty of amusing character interactions, but it suffers from an abundance of mediocre songs and a deeply generic "dark sequel" narrative. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
6/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Noami Scott are terrific together, the film isn't afraid to be a little cynical and it mostly works as a pulpy female-directed action movie that happens to star three women. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
6/10 73% Harriet (2019) Yes, it's a conventional biopic, but that's part of the appeal (considering who it's about) and it's a well-made version of a reliable cinematic formula. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
5/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's the 'Force Awakens' of the 'Terminator' series, and I don't mean that as a compliment. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
7/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's 'Unforgiven,' a slow-burn, relaxing historical drama that plays like a culmination of both his mob movies and his Catholic guilt passion plays. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
7/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's better than the first, features strong performances and goes unexpectedly wild in the third act, suggesting the unholy offspring of a union between 'Gargoyles,' 'Avatar' and 'Aquaman.' (Yes, that's a compliment) - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
6/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's not a very good movie, but it's absolutely worth seeing for the visuals and for the lead performances. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
6/10 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Natalie Portman is terrific, per usual, and the film feels less sensationalistic and more humane than the media coverage of the story which inspired it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
6/10 68% Joker (2019) It's gorgeous to look at and splendidly acted, but it works much better as a singular character study than as a broader sociopolitical drama. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's less a true 'Rambo' movie and more a generic (and small-scale) 'Taken' knock-off with John Rambo arbitrarily thrown into the mix. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's a gorgeous, thoughtful, well-acted, morally complex and adult-skewing character study from a major studio. Warts and all, it's exactly what we say Hollywood never bothers to make. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 87% Hustlers (2019) This is terrific (and terrifically-crafted) entertainment. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Ambitions aside, 'It Chapter Two' undercuts its horror and drama with consistent quips, while certain narrative choices undercut its grand themes and grander scope. Meanwhile, the entire second act exists as a way to essentially replay the first film. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
6/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) More character development for Gerard Butler's hero, well-staged action/violence and explicitly less toxic politics makes this a more enjoyable adventure flick compared to the first two. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) A great high concept, a superb ensemble and a terrific starring turn elevate this delightful bit of pitch-black horror-comedy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
7/10 80% Good Boys (2019) It's not a grotesque celebration of bad behavior, but a gee-whiz comic adventure about nice kids who just happen to use R-rated language. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) It works as a B-movie mash-up of 'Sanctum' and 'The Descent.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) More than even the last few FAST AND FURIOUS movies, HOBBS & SHAW resembles a big, dumb, but enjoyable Saturday morning cartoon. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino says goodbye to Hollywood, in more ways than one. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
6/10 78% Descendants 3 (2019) Not as good as the second film but better than the first one, 'Descendants 3' ends the series on a solid note of character development and social topicality. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
6/10 83% Crawl (2019) I don't know why Paramount hid this one from most movie critics, but it's a rock-solid genre flick that delivers on its promises. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Be prepared for a shockingly dull remake that trades passion, emotion and excitement for "realism." - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 41% Stuber (2019) This may be the best live-action big studio comedy of the year. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
7/10 83% Midsommar (2019) It's a great date movie, provided you and your significant other share a macabre sense of humor. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It's like a 'Goosebumps' story set within the 'Conjuring' universe. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
6/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It cares a lot more about Peter Parker than Spider-Man (or the overall MCU arc), and that's a good thing. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 63% Child's Play (2019) This "unneccessary" remake is also quite good on its own merits, existing as a solid horror comedy without slavishly devoting itself to the original 'Child's Play.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
10/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A terrific adventure comedy and an appropriate franchise extension that works as a parable for Pixar's own evolution. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not a disaster, but fans of this groundbreaking series deserve a better send-off than this mediocre 'X-Men: Remakes Of Movies Past" sequel. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019