Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It works thanks to its entertaining title character, gorgeous visuals and inventive action sequences. It deserves the biggest screen you can find. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
5/10 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It gets by on its production value and the strength of another superb star turn from Jessica Rothe, but it's a disappointment compared to its unexpectedly winning predecessor. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 67% The Wandering Earth (2019) It's worth a look if you're curious about the future of tentpole cinema. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
7/10 92% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's not as good as the first two, but it works as a visual wonder and a sturdy fantasy drama in its own right. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Whether or not it's as good as 'THE LEGO MOVIE,' this dynamite sequel is a clear example of a creative team looking at the success of the first movie and still daring themselves to do better. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
8/10 72% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's a ghoulishly funny, vividly-sketched, character-driven crime comedy that doubles as a grim Liam Neeson revenge movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
6/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It is a solid kids movie from a time when we actually had movies just for kids alongside movies just for adults. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/10 37% Glass (2019) Maybe 'The Visit' was a fluke, and the M. Night Shyamalan who made 'Sixth Sense,' 'Unbreakable' and 'Signs' is really gone for good... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
81% Cult of Chucky (2017) Cult of Chucky is either the Final Chapter or a New Beginning. Either way, this most tenacious of horror franchises can walk on with its head held high. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/10 66% Vice (2018) One of the worst movies of the year, one that so plays up the idea of Cheney as a chess master that it lets an entire nation off the moral hook. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
6/10 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) If the Disney 'The Jungle Book' was a loose remake of 'The Lion King,' this version feels like their animated 'Tarzan.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) It's 20,0000 leagues over the top! - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
8/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This animated spectacular is the best 'Spider-Man' movie since the first 'Spider-Man' movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
5/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) I like what it was about more than how it was about it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
5/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's not good, but it's not explicitly bad and it doesn't wait until the sequel to offer up Robin Hood being Robin Hood. It's just... there. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Overlord, penned by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith and directed by Julius Avery, is everything we say we want in our mainstream multiplex fare. It's also a damn good movie that deserves your time and money. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) I complain about folks not putting their money where their mouth is. However, Overlord, penned by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith and directed by Julius Avery, is everything we say we want in our mainstream multiplex fare. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
6/10 62% Bird Box (2018) It's a solid three-star post-apocalyptic drama that is elevated by its stacked cast. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
6/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's a solid biopic that emphasizes the institutional value in changing the law, and not just hearts and minds for the sake of societal change. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It is entirely about setting up the next sequels and teasing an ultimately meaningless reveal. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/10 58% The Grinch (2018) It is harmless and colorful, but it fails to artistically justify itself. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It plays like "Generic Walt Disney Live-Action Fairy Tale: The Movie." - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The music is great, but the biographical elements come off as a deeply puritan "Partying and gay sex are bad, mkay?" afterschool special. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
6/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The film is less focused on men who hurt women and more concerned about men and women who threaten the world order. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
6/10 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Atkinson is amusing enough, and there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments and extended setpieces. However, it is tethered to the 1990's era of the 007 franchise - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) It's a solid political drama, but it's not quite willing to confront its protagonist for opening a Pandora's Box. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 29% Venom (2018) It's not "good," but it has a self-satirical edge, and Tom Hardy seems to be trying to be the first actor to win an Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
7/10 87% First Man (2018) A small-scale and intimate biopic about a key participant in one of the most large-scale scientific accomplishments of our age. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Look, there is nothing wrong with a movie just being a movie. And the picture is worth your time and theatrical money for the acting alone. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
10/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) This Oscar-worthy drama is a superhero origin story and YA fantasy flick stripped of metaphor and made bracingly real. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The first half is much better than the second half, but it still works as a compelling romantic tragedy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
4/10 79% Halloween (2018) The acting and violence are appropriately impressive, but a choppy screenplay, a lack of real-world logic and mixed messages render this less of an update and more of a glorified fanfiction. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
8/10 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Eli Roth trades judgment and R-rated gore for empathy and kid-targeted chills in this delightful horror fantasy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
5/10 32% The Predator (2018) It plays like a young filmmaker trying to approximate a stereotypical Shane Black movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 86% A Simple Favor (2018) Alfred Hitchcock would have rather enjoyed this one... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.0/10 12% Peppermint (2018) If you're going to make a movie this politically toxic in 2018, it darn-sure better be a lot better than 'Peppermint.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/10 26% The Nun (2018) Despite strong acting and some engaging visuals, The Nun is a glorified nothing-burger of a movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
7/10 48% Destination Wedding (2018) If you like the idea of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder insulting each other via unapologetically overwritten dialogue for around 90 minutes, this is a genuinely funny treat. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
9/10 92% Searching (2018) Whether you want to argue that its against-the-grain casting and its specific format are beside the point or entirely the point, it's a damn great thriller and one of the best studio releases of the year. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5.0/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) Considering the narrative rope-a-dope in the first act, including a confusing and needless framing device that makes the film feel like a victim of post-production tinkering, it is occasionally entertaining and occasionally engrossing despite itself. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The best scenes in the movie highlight why the core couple won't be remotely happy together... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's best movie since 'Inside Man'. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
7/10 46% The Meg (2018) Fun characters, cool actors, strong production values, punchy dialogue and plenty of shark action. What more do you want? - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/10 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Don't bother... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
6/10 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) As a franchise-starter for another YA fantasy series, it's likely doomed. But on its individual merits, it's a pretty good movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
6/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It will remind you a little of 'If Looks Could Kill,' and I mean that as a compliment. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
7/10 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) It's funniest superhero movie of the year. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
6/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This joyful and splashy montage of music videos doubles as the 'Godfather Part II' of the 'Mamma Mia' series. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
8/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) As relentless and intense an action movie as you've seen since Mad Max: Fury Road. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
8/10 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A wildly inventive and righteously angry retelling of an oft-told morality tale. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018