Simon Abrams Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 82% Disneynature Born In China (2017) The film doesn't offer anything new, and doesn't stop pushing 'Family' until even the cutest animal seems to be lecturing you to listen to your parents.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 63% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) The film's charms are substantial, but what makes Slack Bay so original and enticing is also what makes it fairly alienating.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 39% Aftermath (2017) Unfortunately, the film's commendably atypical focus on characters, mood, and psychological realism does not make Schwarzenegger's latest necessarily good.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1.5/4 74% The Void (2017) People live, people die, monsters creep out of the shadows, but it's all a little too formulaic, cynical, and ... well, boring.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) A buddy film about overcompensating characters that seems to have also been made by overcompensating comedians.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1.5/4 95% Prevenge (2017) A gonzo idea in search of better execution.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Devil's Candy (2017) With The Devil's Candy, Byrne confirms his status as a filmmaker to watch.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1.5/4 49% The Belko Experiment (2017) Gunn's biggest conceptual failure is that his scenario is thoughtlessly cruel.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
77% The Other Half (2017) Maslany and Cullen's characters seem intended to be psychologically realistic, but they're only as complex as The Other Half's surface-deep style.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Rangoon (2017) Rangoon somehow manages to be emotionally resonant despite being overstuffed. This is no small feat given how many different genres, tones, and characters this film juggles.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
2.5/4 72% Headshot (2017) Headshot is rarely as good as Uwais, but he makes the bloody beat-em-up worth a look.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 33% VooDoo (2017) You really must see this film, if only to sate your morbid curiosity. It's not exactly good, but it is pretty inspired in a very unclean, very unsound way.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is unlike any American blockbuster you've seen, a conservative movie with action set pieces that are actually inventive and thrilling enough to be worthwhile.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/4 31% Don't Knock Twice (2017) The makers of Don't Knock Twice never successfully flesh out their characters as people, leaving viewers to roll their eyes whenever characters open the wrong door.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
50% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) A rare character-driven big-budget action-adventure - the kind of thing Americans might love if they knew it existed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Mr. Gaga consequently never coheres into a meaningful commentary on Maharin, an artist whose vital work defies easy categorization.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure deserves to be seen, though it's sadly not as joyfully deranged as it could be.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
1/4 50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) So miscalculated that it briefly made me forget why I love Jackie Chan films.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Bird On A Wire (1974) Bird on a Wire is a time capsule of a specific period in Cohen's career. But it also neatly illustrates the singer's personality in an accessible and compelling way.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
63% Worlds Apart (Enas Allos Kosmos) (2017) Papakaliatis eventually shows an affinity for filming two people in love, but his actors often lack the chemistry to make us believe that their bond transcends all socioeconomic boundaries.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
1/4 4% Arsenal (2017) The rest of Arsenal is dull, so why wouldn't Nicolas Cage be, too? Arsenal will make you see red, but never intentionally.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
No Score Yet German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Memory of the Camps) (2017) This is Allied propaganda, of course, but these attacks, which might seem blunt or ineffective to us today, cannot dilute the visceral impact of the footage, such as the montage overviews of camp living conditions and gas chamber protocol.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
1.5/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Unlike the actual video game, Assassin's Creed isn't ridiculous and fun, but rather ridiculous and turgid.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
0% Contract to Kill (2016) Seagal doesn't even look good when he breaks arms or chucks heavies down flights of stairs.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Pesce and I obviously don't agree on what constitutes effective (or maybe just productive) ambiguity. It's not a bad film ... it just isn't all there.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
1/4 50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) The worst kind of bad action movie: the kind that half-assedly purports to be uplifting, but is actually only convincing when it's about explosions, car chases, and amorally spectacular violence.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/4 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) A beautifully unhinged snapshot of Cave just after he experiences a major personal loss and a minor creative epiphany.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) Eye for detail makes The Duelist's protagonists just as compelling as their setting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/4 79% Evolution (2016) Do not miss this film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
1/4 46% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Elba's magnetic physical presence delivers so much without doing much of anything. But his fans deserve so much better than a couple of dumb quips and a little ultra-violence.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle will make you want to ... discover your own private island paradise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 67% Come And Find Me (2016) There's nothing to Come and Find Me beyond a superficial investment in its central characters' romantic relationship.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Awesome? Maybe not. But intriguing? Oh my yes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
2/4 46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Dog Eat Dog may be successfully alienating, but that doesn't mean it's entertaining, thoughtful or even successfully provocative.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
82% We Are X (2016) A maddeningly vague primer.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
67% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
60% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 84% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/4 50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Phantasm: Ravager only works when it's a piece of straight-up fan service.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
40% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
100% The Age of Shadows (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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) Quintana's emphasis on Jungian dream logic gives his otherwise spartan parable a compelling mythic dimension.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
38% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 92% Demon (2016) Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Chan Is Missing (1982) A classic, albeit unsolvable, brainteaser.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3.5/4 64% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016