Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Simon Abrams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture, Village Voice, Slant Magazine, New York Press,, The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 50%

31 (2016)

"Zombie may not be working outside of his comfort zone, but 31 is one of his most impressive films to date." ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Asura: The City of Madness (2016)

"Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Desierto (2016)

"Sam's racist behavior may be intended to make him a menacing sign of our times, but such unbelievable mustache-twirling makes him as threatening as a C-grade Freddy Krueger knockoff." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 85%

Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016)

"Anno & Higuchi's vision of the character is thoughtful and clever without straying too far from the Godzilla formula established in films like the original 1954 Gojira." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 64%

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

"Is any of this funny? Sometimes, though not often. Is that intentional? Well, that's debatable. Is it worth seeing? Yes, but only if you enjoy being grossed out." ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/4 45%

Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

"Phantasm: Ravager only works when it's a piece of straight-up fan service." ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Flock Of Dudes (2016)

"Lifeless bromantic comedy Flock of Dudes has all the celebrity cameos and latent sexism of Judd Apatow's adult coming-of-age stories but none of the lowbrow wit and sensitivity." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016

The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016)

"Kim Jee-woon's gripping 1920s period piece isn't just an homage to older movies, even if it never goes anywhere you don't expect it to." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/4 70%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"You can only coast so far on a novel idea's fumes, and Operation Avalanche doesn't go far enough." ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2016

The Vessel (2016)

"Quintana's emphasis on Jungian dream logic gives his otherwise spartan parable a compelling mythic dimension." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Cardboard Boxer (2016)

"By emphasizing the uglier aspects of his most complex character, Lee turns an otherwise down-to-earth slice-of-life drama into an unconvincing morality play." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Demon (2016)

"Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Chan Is Missing (1982)

"A classic, albeit unsolvable, brainteaser." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2016
3.5/4 63%

Antibirth (2016)

"It's very easy to be turned off by Perez's feature debut, but if you can get on its wavelength, you'll find yourself drawn in by one of the year's most original horror films." ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
1.5/4 21%

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"If the creators of South Park had made it, Yoga Hosers might have been hysterical." ‐
Posted Sep 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Summer of 8 (2016)

"Summer of 8 may be as sincere as a Hughes movie, but it's as shallow as a kiddy pool." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Skiptrace (2016)

"Action hero Jackie Chan rises above uninspired sex jokes and a weak co-star in martial arts/road movie hybrid Skiptrace, a Midnight Run-style buddy comedy that shackles Chan to Jackass star Johnny Knoxville." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
1/4 89%

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

"The arbitrary value of life in I Am Not a Serial Killer makes its nature as an ostensibly character-driven mystery that much harder to swallow. " ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3.5/4 88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"Italian drama Mia Madre is an either/or film, a humorous and poignant character study that frequently becomes an ensemble piece." ‐
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2016)

"A trio of naturally compelling working-class success stories is inadvertently diluted by inferior talking-head interview footage in sake documentary Kampai! For the Love of Sake." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016
1/4 57%

The Mind's Eye (2016)

"The Mind's Eye is the kind of childish genre movie that gives genre movies a bad reputation. " ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/4 85%

Sun Choke (2016)

"Come for the abidingly mysterious plot, stay for Hagan's bewitching performance. " ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016

Let's Be Evil (2016)

"Let's Be Evil's vision of the future is ... tantalizing but shortsighted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 45%

The Blackout Experiments (2016)

"There's something here, but it's darker, and more elusive, than perhaps Fox even knows." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Japanese melodrama Our Little Sister is the rare film that captures the everyday pleasures and anguishes of family life." ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016
1/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"A fetid slice of US exploitation cinema that chides audience members while ineffectively whipping them into a frenzy." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 91%

Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016)

"To trusts his actors, and uses them so well that you often forget that we don't know much about them beyond the worried look in their eyes, the smirk on their lips and the arch of their brows." ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

""The Neon Demon" is often productively brash, even if it is ultimately more preposterous than it is satisfying." ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1/4 0%

The Last Heist (2016)

"The film rarely comes to life because Rollins, the only compelling actor in the otherwise amateurish cast, is underutilized, and virtually everything else underdeveloped." ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Parched (2016)

"You can see flashes of bawdy comedic brilliance sprinkled throughout Parched, an otherwise grim Indian drama about four women living in a male-dominated village." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2016

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

"Not bad as an introduction to a group, but it makes for a lousy portrait of its members." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016
1/4 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"This is the kind of movie that leaves you with the impression that more thought was put into catchphrases and fan service than into a compelling plot, thoughtful characterizations or imaginative action choreography." ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 98%

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"It may be impossible to turn off your brain while watching "The Wailing," but that makes the film's visceral charms that much more admirably vexing." ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016

The Final Master (2016)

"Panoramic wide-angle photography makes even the most claustrophobic side-street-set brawls look inviting, while crystal-clear extreme close-ups drive intimate parries and thrusts home." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)

"If you like action films, you need to see "Kill Zone 2."" ‐
Posted May 13, 2016
0/4 No Score Yet

The Asian Connection (2016)

"If you watch this film knowing that it is Steven-Seagal-wearing-a-du-rag-and-glowering-impassively-at-attractive-young-women bad, you will get what you pay for. That's both an endorsement and a warning." ‐
Posted May 13, 2016
4/4 100%

Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966)

"Violence in "Dragon Inn" is exciting not just because it's choreographed exceptionally well, but because there's a genuine sense of danger and excitement in each fight scenes." ‐
Posted May 6, 2016

Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973)

"You can fully enjoy Belladonna of Sadness if you either overlook or participate in the objectification of a gorgeous victim." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2016
2/4 52%

Holidays (2016)

""Holidays" is frustrating because its creators all have something good going for them, but almost consistently have no ideas of what to do." ‐
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 88%

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016)

"I laughed a lot at My Big Night and can't recommend it highly enough." ‐
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

""Green Room" may be too schematic to fully capture the essence of its characters' groddy milieu, but it's also economically paced, and gorgeous." ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 67%

11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016)

"Skolimowski ties these characters' stories so close together that you're never really sure who they are. And that's OK." ‐
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/4 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

""Hardcore Henry" is like a good roller-coaster in that it does not require a complex reason to be: it's there, it's fun, you ride it, and that's about it." ‐
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame (2016)

"The film ... makes Marinoni sound generically obsessive and maddeningly inaccessible." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2016

The Girl In The Photographs (2016)

"The makers of the grim, film-school-sloppy horror-thriller The Girl in the Photographs never flesh out their provocative thesis: that photography is a predatory act that allows photographers to control their subjects." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3/4 74%

Baskin (2016)

""Baskin" is a perfectly imbalanced mix of chilly atmosphere, heavy-handed symbolism, and familiar horror-movie tropes." ‐
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/4 89%

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016)

""My Golden Days" exists simultaneously within and outside of its characters' headspace, a testament to Deplechin's powers of imaginative sensitivity." ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Thank You For Playing (2016)

"Grieving father Ryan Green may be aware that he's performing for the cameras in the moving documentary/character study Thank You for Playing, but his self-conscious behavior never cancels out his apparent sincerity." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 14, 2016
No Score Yet

The Birth of Saké (2016)

"Shirai doesn't answer a major question that viewers of his impressionistic slice of work-life doc The Birth of Saké are bound to wonder: Why does the Tedorigawa Brewery's arduous, old-fashioned fermentation process make its sake superior?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 14, 2016

Backgammon (2016)

"The creators of the lame psychological thriller Backgammon try and fail to nail twentysomething bourgeois-bohemians by treating them like human dartboards." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 9, 2016
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