Sonia Saraiya

Sonia Saraiya
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) As the world gets dumber and dumber, there seems to be a greater need for Cohen's sneaky way of finding the funny-which has itself gotten more pointedly political over the last few years. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) With skilled comedic delivery and an exceptionally detailed legal history, [Heidi] Schreck takes us through how the Constitution has both protected and failed us. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (2020) Compared to corny recent reunions offered up by other NBC properties... The West Wing's is surprisingly gorgeous. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) A no-frills taping of the musical, with the benefit of a few camera angles and the power to zoom in on the actors' faces. Amazingly, this is enough - more than enough - to bring the studio album to life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Gilligan has proven, again and again, that he is a skilled storyteller in this universe, and if a post-finale finale had to exist, El Camino is a lovely coda that puts Jesse's tortured soul to rest, in a way. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Right Now is not all good... But whatever soul-searching or image management that Ansari has gone through since the story has made him a better performer - one who is more able to dwell in gray areas of comedy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) The movie is not exactly like the series. But it is a ravishing, bewitching ending to a story that never got one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
99% Knock Down the House (2019) What animates the whole film is just how much these women are willing to work, sweat, and fight for what they believe in - with a single-minded dedication that has them panicked, exhausted, and outnumbered. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) It's designed to be the perfect movie to rewatch for the 40th time while putting on your makeup. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) The power of Springsteen's show radiates from the screen, seizing the viewer with its sincerity. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A- 83% Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries (2003) It's a type of world-building best-suited to endless franchises-the multi-book series, the film trilogy, the serialized television show. The detail is there for richness, not for third-act plot expediency. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Little Women strained credibility as a heartwarming tale even in the celebrated 1994 film version; in 2018, the story reads as unadulterated tragedy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017) And yet there are moments in Let It Fall that feel like a significant reframing of the riots, both in terms of what actually happened and in terms of who's really to blame. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
97% LA 92 (2017) It's a remarkable commentary on overlapping media, and an immersive history of the moment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
No Score Yet L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later (2017) L.A. Burning doesn't feel vital in its retelling, but gets intriguing once it moves past the riots to focus on a question hanging over the story of 1992: How does a black man reconcile these truths and survive, in this world? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) Despite an energetic and dynamic production, Fox's A Christmas Story Live was a disappointing three-hour event. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
67% Flint (2017) Flint's writing is at times just atrocious, but these shabby-yet-neat houses are achingly real. And when the women do find each other, the genuine solace and warmth they bring to each other is what keeps the film humming along. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
100% Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) Documentaries about 1992 are about re-examining the extant archive of material about King. They are also about trying to re-assert the power of videotaped truth, 25 years after realizing its surprising, galling, and definitively maddening limits. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
19% Dirty Dancing (2017) Dirty Dancing on ABC is a sappy, passionless, schlocky remake of the original, without even the iota of imagination necessary to expand upon the 1987 film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
76% Hairspray Live! (2016) Hairspray Live! in the main was genuinely entertaining, even amid some messy moments of a huge production that seemed to be striving for a lot of different emotions all at once. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet Unfortunately, Fox's production of Rocky Horror, despite a few solid performances, appears to entirely misapprehend the appeal of the original film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
89% Looking: The Movie (2016) There's a lovely delicacy to Looking: The Movie, as evidenced in the intimacy of its conversations, the shots of San Francisco, and the enthusiasm it has for its lovers finding each other, either just for one night or the rest of their lives. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
No Score Yet Center Stage: On Pointe (2016) The best part of "Center Stage: On Pointe" are the 30-odd seconds, about 20 minutes in, when the characters all watch "Center Stage." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
17% Special Correspondents (2016) Let me be clear: Nothing about Special Correspondents is relevant or interesting about media, warfare, or human nature. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) It weighs on the viewer's conscience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
60% The Passion (2016) There's something curiously appealing about the reimagining of the story of Easter in the reborn New Orleans... But then the actors open their mouths to start singing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) The merit of the Netflix Christmas special, which is debuting at midnight tonight, comes down to just how much cult-of-personality and faux-humility you're inclined to put up with in exchange for a certain alluring aesthetic and mood. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
82% Nightingale (2015) The film is phenomenally acted, but rarely makes much use of the power of cinema, instead using a device associated more with theater-the one-set location, with a one-man cast. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
C- No Score Yet Christmas in Conway (2013) Christmas In Conway doesn't get into the emotional landscape of the town as much as you might expect from the title-it's comfortable just alluding to the well-worn territory of neighborhood drama. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013