Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 55% The Lion King (2019) State-of-the-art pablum. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 85% Crawl (2019) Enough with the story already! People aren't here for the plot. Thankfully, French grindhouse auteur Alexandre Aja knows full well to keep exposition brief. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's dread-drenched Midsommar, a masterpiece of folk horror, proves that the scariest monsters don't need to lurk in the shadows. How can they, in the land of the midnight sun? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The movie is pleasant enough, breezy and fun, although it's also strangely glib about death and destruction. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Don't think about it too much, just sit back and relax. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 27% Anna (2019) Anna is a perfectly enjoyable XX-chromosome shoot-'em-up with a couple of dazzlingly choreographed set pieces. But the mindless antics suffer from Euro-pretention whenever someone pontificates. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It's a hard movie to describe, let alone define. Which is the point. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Startling moments of mournful grace adorn The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a grimly playful domestic elegy layered with deeply tender pain. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is the sweetest angry film I've ever seen. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) By the time the end credits rolled, its Riviera audience seemed just as glassy-eyed as the film's silver-screen ghouls. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) It grapples with the ultimate challenge: how to follow, and preserve, a moral compass in a time of political turmoil and rising fascism. Topical cinema, anyone? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Think less Ingourious Basterds and more Jackie Brown. This is a hang-out movie where QT admirably moderates his showboating dialogue and baroque violence. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
92% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a quiet, deeply emotional movie that illuminates how much the creative process can be a cathartic, therapeutic exercise in healing. It's a summation of sorts, a reconciliation, and a paean to filmmaking itself. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The hilariously inventive story has so many unexpected moments of out-there mayhem that it's hard to keep count. And the ways in which Bong turns the screws on the clan of grifters is absolutely riveting. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 90% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is an unapologetic jukebox musical, using songs out of order to heighten the emotional weight of an otherwise chronological and fairly familiar story of success, oblivion, and redemption. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) A rapturously-bleak horror/fantasy... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
No Score Yet I Lost My Body (J'ai perdu mon corps) (2019) Eerily beguiling...a darkly comic standout... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir initially felt both dizzying and intoxicating. The second time I saw it, my comprehension of the story was more sober. And yet the film's full range of emotions left me doubly besotted. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) How could such a road-tested premise fail? Maybe because the story wasn't so structurally sound to begin with. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 31% The Intruder (2019) It's hard to pan a movie this entertaining, but it's also hard to recommend The Intruder with a straight face. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 95% Shadow (2019) A stultifying melodrama with gonzo fight scenes so dazzling, so baroque, so downright harebrained, it will leave you slack-jawed. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) An NPR fever dream of self-righteousness gilded with smug "meaningful life" humblebrags and wrapped in deliriously seductive outdoor cinematography. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) His ethos: a contemplative connection between the durability of nature and the ethereal power of music. It's pure. And it's pure bliss. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Overall, the fourth and final-not-final Avengers movie is full of emotion, much more than its predecessors, and rife with well-earned resolutions. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 18% Hellboy (2019) Imagine Del Toro's movies, except without any spark, wit, fun, tension and excitement. The film's shortcomings are so legion, it's almost impressive. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 65% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo lays bare how vanity not just fuels the worst impulses, but even corrodes the best intentions. As with all of his films, Leigh punctures the pretension in others and reveres modesty, however rare. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Sometimes dead is better, at least when it comes to this moribund franchise. You've been warned: they don't come back the same. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) Little is a bad movie with wonderful main actors, a fundamentally dumb story, and occasionally delightful dialogue. The dissonance is dizzying. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) There's more inspired, original, daring technique in its 85-minute running time than in most movies. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) There's much to feast on in Ash Is Purest White for those who have done their homework and are sympathetic to an auteur recycling familiar territory. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) The film floats strangely through history, anchored only by its eternal message that a generous heart is the only way to salvation. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) These motley individuals have bruised souls. And the pain runs deep. As the film progresses, writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda parcels out clue after clue. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Despite all their warrior-woman posturing, and all the lip service to their respective strengths, the two women ultimately wear their crowns like handcuffs. Neither can outmatch the scheming men who use and abuse them. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A pop-art revelation overflowing with wit and panache, this maniacal animated hoot ranks up there with the best of Tex Avery, Ub Iwerks, and Fleischer Studios. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) Celeste's upward trajectory and slide into damnation are oddly hypnotic. Her pop life makes for an absorbing history of violence. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 46% Dumbo (2019) It's not surprising that the actors give mostly robotic contributions. The kids in particular deliver line readings that are so nonplussed they're virtually somnambulic. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Stylized but uninflected, arch but earthy, almost satiric in its earnestness, and defying expectations at every turn, S. Craig Zahler's sauntering thriller is an study in paradoxes. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 44% Captive State (2019) It's a pity the tropes of an oppressed 99% fighting an effectively unseen 1% seem to overshadow any credible renderings of sympathetic heroes or compelling villains. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) No such retooling happens in Gloria Bell, a still-charming and occasionally delightful late-life romance that's nearly a carbon-copy remake of the original movie. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Delicious and vicious, the early 18th century court of Queen Anne has never looked loopier and more fascinatingly relevant than in The Favourite. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 96% Roma (2018) Breathtaking cinematography captures the most anxious, harrowing, loving, even banal moments and bathes them in shimmering beatific light. But Roma also insists on being a narrative. And that requires more than just pretty pictures. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Despite all the googly-eyed creatures of the land, air, and sea, this handsome production does strive towards genuine human drama under all the digital confetti. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 91% Widows (2018) The killer heist film Widows is both burial and rebirth, a cool caper peppered with vivid characters, high stakes, sharp plot points and jagged reversals. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The movie's such a mess. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) [The Ballad of Buster Scruggs] cements their status as the 21st century successors to John Ford. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) There's no digital trickery -- there's no budget for that -- just an overwhelming virtuosity under the most stringent production conditions. Like the title characters, in the face of constant oppression, there is only quiet persistence. And hope. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) This funky dramedy, shaggy and wise in all the right places, seems as raw and unvarnished as most first films. But it also features deceptively polished and precise craftsmanship. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Damien Chazelle, by looking unromantically at how NASA's Apollo program hurled astronauts onto the face of the moon, has made the most inspiring big-studio film in years. Maybe decades. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 29% Venom (2018) It'd be nice to say that Hardy, a fine actor, is actually given a chance to act. But he's basically just a Looney-Tunes punching bag. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 79% Halloween (2018) This new Halloween is really more a fetish object than a horror film. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019