Simon Miraudo

Simon Miraudo
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The audience finds itself trapped in paradox: desperately waiting for the inanely-scripted conversations to end, yet wanting to skip through the kinetic action sequences, which feel like video game cutscenes, as well. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 66% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Horror franchises are rarely bettered by becoming more convoluted. Oh, except for this one. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Usually, when you watch a movie by a great director, you say you love it. When you watch a Barry Jenkins movie, with his reliance on adoring first-person frame-ups, you're the one who feels loved. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird is a troll, like so many of the modern NBA greats. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit doesn't put Liam Neeson's career on ice. Only Liam Neeson can be accused of doing that. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 80% Green Book (2018) Green Book may misguidedly center on the chauffeur played by Mortensen-almost fatally so-but as a Mahershala Ali (and Don Shirley) delivery system, it gets the job done. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/5 50% Storm Boy (2019) If you've not seen or read the originals, and are fascinated with fowl, you might get something out of this remake, but beyond that highly specific demographic, it's a hard one to recommend. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 37% Glass (2019) You can't accuse it of having been made by committee. You'd only accuse its maker of needing to be committed. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots isn't revolutionary, but it is about one, and she's played brilliantly by Saoirse Ronan. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Devious, disturbing and darkly funny, The Favourite is, well, the best. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) You're just waiting for the wild final act, when Wan fully embraces the metal promises of this Aquaman concept, and we get to witness Arthur fighting fishmonsters and Mera straddling an Orca as she rides into a psychedelic subaquatic battle. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Can I warn readers that Eighth Grade is the most triggering experience of recent memory while also recommending it as highly as is humanly possible? - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3.5/5 66% Vice (2018) [Bale] indeed looks like Cheney in his later years, yet he's happy to be surreally goofy in the part. Bale's such a good chameleon, he can throw performances like this over his shoulder as if it was nothing. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an instantly iconic NYC flick, though this one is centered on two queer characters, giving us more diverse subjects than in Woody Allen's entire canon. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) For a movie about uprooted societies on monster trucks, it's a bit flat. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4.5/5 87% Climax (2019) Climax is alive and unique and absolutely bonkers. It's cinema used as a tool to provoke and tickle pleasure centers at once. If it wasn't for the nausea, I'd have watched it twice through. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) I would have also accepted the alternate film titles Singin' in the Brainnnns or Dead Evan Hanson. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II, the sequel to 2015's excellent Creed and the eighth overall entry in the Rocky saga, lives up to the legend, which is saying something, because, well, did you read the first part of this sentence? - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You, the directorial debut of musician Boots Riley, is a black comedy that's no joke, a fantasy about a future dystopia that's too real, and a satire so ferocious it'll leave visible bite marks on your person. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's Roma opens with a magic trick... Ta da. You could do it at home, if you wanted. The rest of Roma, I'm not so sure. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 87% Foxcatcher (2014) Two men become untethered from reality and a third pays the ultimate price in Foxcatcher, a contemplative, chilling meditation on America's sense of owed victory by director Bennett Miller. - Quickflix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 93% Force Majeure (2014) An avalanche descends on a family of tourists and it's not even among the five worst things to happen to them on their cursed ski trip in Force Majeure, the blackly comic Swedish psychodrama from director Ruben Östlund. - Quickflix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) History's most famous thief-apologies to the Ocean siblings-gets another big screen reinvention, but really, the makers have merely tinkered under the Hood. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Given McQueen's appreciation for a locked-off shot, he could have just trained his camera on this lot eating lunch for two hours, sent the unbroken take to cinemas and driven straight to the SAG Awards to watch them collect the prize for Best Ensemble. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Though pretty and occasionally very sweet, it's barely a sequel. It's more like seafood extender. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) "Won't somebody think of the children?" gets thrown around a lot, and usually for the wrong reasons. Here, Edgerton does, for the right ones. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web is good enough, if you don't mind that Lisbeth Salander is basically Batman now. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
5/5 64% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria isn't just a brilliant and defining horror classic anymore. It's two. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Why'd anyone want to watch them do the Lip Sync Challenge after two long hours, when we just wanna get out, just wanna get right outta here? - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Timothée Chalamet is the best thing about the movies right now. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) Consider it the first "real" sequel, and the first to really grapple with Laurie Strode as an assault survivor. It really works too, with Michael Myers a perfect stand-in for the recent wave of exposed abusers. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) It's been recited plenty of times before and, even if it hadn't, follows the predictable beats of so many true stories of waning celebrity. That's not a criticism; it's actually what gives the story emotional heft. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's the kind of movie where multiple people need to be told they still have shards of glass sticking out of their head. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) It captures a decent and admirable moment in all of mankind's history with restraint, and, just when you want it, bombast. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) I feel a bit like Joey Tribbiani eating Rachel's meat trifle in Friends: It's not what it could have been, sure, but Tom Hardy? Good. Riz Ahmed? Good. Giant-tongued space monster Venom? Goood. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) Don't get it twisted: American Animals isn't merely a thought experiment about who gets to claim ownership of the truth. It's also a cracking heist flick. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 28% Night School (2018) This thing writes itself! Except, maybe not, because Night School apparently required six screenwriters, and it shows. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
5/5 91% Mandy (2018) Sensitive and sense-shattering, Mandy isn't simply a masterpiece: it's two for the price of one. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) Rich performances and richer dresses make up for Ladies In Black's fraying script. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a goofy, gory, muddy mess that makes less and less visual and narrative sense as it races to its nonsense conclusion. That Sterling K. Brown and Olivia Munn though. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/5 91% Searching (2018) I also appreciated how it shows David benignly browsing the web and opening multiple tabs of news stories at once, without reading any. I mean, I was watching him, but in that moment, it was I who felt truly seen. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post explores insidious acts of cruelty with incredible compassion (and a spiky sense of humour). - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 80% The Merger (2018) I left The Merger in a reverie, charmed by this latest great Australian comedy about identity, which deserves to go straight to the pool room alongside The Castle and, more recently, Ali's Wedding. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) I guess you could say it's the same old song, but with a different meaning since it cast 'Ron'. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 32% Kin (2018) Kin sets up a star-stacked sequel with plenty of promise. If the franchise even gets that far. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
1.5/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) This is the worst thing any of the actors have been affiliated with, and given the material that went into the puppet cast, I'd say it's the worst thing cushions have ever been affiliated with as well. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) As a rom-com it falls a little short, not offering all that much 'com'. But it's romantic as hell. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is both bitingly funny and stunningly effective as a call to arms. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) [Kate McKinnon] is described in the film as "a little much", but she offers a correction: "I'm a lot much." And without the charms of its stars, The Spy Who Dumped Me wouldn't be much of anything at all. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout is the perfect Mission: Impossible sequel; so good it makes knees wobble and (broken) ankles heal. - Student Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018