Spencer Kornhaber

Spencer Kornhaber
Spencer Kornhaber's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic
Publications: The Atlantic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
91% Miss Americana (2020) Here is the engine of Swift's narrative: Swift's desire to be liked colliding with people not liking her. It's the ultimate celebrity problem, but the doc is smart about injecting it with social meaning by making the case that it stems from gender. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) A career-defining document. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
38% The Dirt (2019) The danger of a document like The Dirt is in showing pigheadedness as not only fun and cool, but also elemental, inexplicable, and unstoppable. Boys will be boys, boys, boys. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) An absorbing viewing experience, one that comes with the warm, accumulating feeling that while under Bruce Springsteen's tutelage, everything makes sense. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) [Stephen] Loveridge's movie is a fantastic and kinetic fulfillment of Maya Arulpragasam's desire, back then, to be heard as more than an entertainer. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
67% George Michael: Freedom (2017) The documentary's heavy emphasis on the early-to-mid '90s has the marked feel of someone taking stock of their memories and curating their desired legacy. Which, of course, is the prerogative of an authorized, posthumous, hour-and-a-half documentary. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
73% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) ... for now, Gaga is asking not for applause but understanding. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (2017) They seem earnest in their avowals to do right by Jackson, and [it] is indeed a gentle portrayal...; Searching for Neverland mourns the exploitation of him in his final years; its very existence also, necessarily, exploits his final years. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Cobain's life has been chronicled in scores of books and documentaries, but Montage of Heck feels fresh in the scope of material it includes, the way it's presented, and the things it emphasizes. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
65% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Just when the story beats start to feel unbearably obvious, the film changes keys, becoming less family dramedy than a concert film. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
90% Bessie (2015) At nearly two hours, Bessie feels a lot like any other TV biopic, with unspectacular production values and a mostly chronological story structure. But it's hard not to be moved by the woman it portrays, and by the point of view it shares with her. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015