Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 93% 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 97% 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 78% 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
3/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Yes, this addiction drama is timely. But occasionally, at its best, it also feels timeless. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you want authentic vocal pyrotechnics with a gut-punch story, go see the Gaga-fied A Star Is Born. But if you want breathtaking mimicry, uncluttered by historical honesty, then this movie's for you. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) My hot take? It left me a bit cold. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a delectably crafted study of paganism, troubled and troubling in equal measure. It's also a bit of a mess and not especially horrific. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper saw that A Star is Born was long in the tooth but had good bones -- so he turned a worn-out TCM staple into a hot-blooded, vitally relevant picture. Everything old is new again. You could even say it's been re-born. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A vision of two wayward souls that's downright haunting. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. delivers the goods in a lot of ways, but begs for a fuller picture of the vivid artist. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's like an undiscovered classic Sydney Pollack might have knocked out sometime between Jeremiah Johnson and Tootsie. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Never forget that some outrageous behavior actually deserves outrage. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 90% Museum (Museo) (2018) Ruizpalacios' fictionalized account, even with all its embellishments, has far more honesty in it than any confession could hold. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) If Santa Claus had a fever dream fueled by figgy pudding indigestion and an egg nog bender, his subsequent Yuletide hallucinations would probably look tame compared to Disney's aggressively opulent phantasmagoria. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 32% The Predator (2018) A tedious action-horror lark that aims to be both rib-tickler and bone-cruncher. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Styx runs a brief but deceptively-powerful 94 minutes, but it sticks with audiences long after it's over. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Immersive is too simplistic a term for the astonishing work on display in Apollo 11. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) For the most part, McKay simply presents the facts and lets their outrageousness do all the work. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War contemplates how personal lives are swept up in the tsunami of greater political forces. The result feels even more heartfelt, and for good reason. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's a sweet story, knuckle-headed at times, even detrimentally unexamined, but admirably simple all the same. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Kusama's film is a fitfully engaging look at the corrosive effects of cops-and-robbers nihilism. It works, then sputters, then pulls itself together again for a few tougher-than-leather flourishes. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Despite this cinematic battle royale between sneering prejudice and righteous fury, Felicity Jones navigates the way with her dignity intact. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside has many regrets and much suffering, from more characters than usual. And maybe it's because, miraculously, the film is better than its cinematic profiling. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/5 48% Escape Room (2019) As with any mouthbreather feint to punch above its IQ, Escape Room is fond of invoking highbrow concepts to seem smart. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) Generous enough to recognize victims of circumstances. And hopeful enough to show that it's never too late to adapt. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Get ready for more thespian peacocking from James McAvoy... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Missing from Vicky Cristina Barcelona are the keenly complex touches that elevated [Woody Allen's] earlier statements on caprice. Then again, that's been gone from his movies for years, and there's vain hope in thinking that Iberia would inspire it again. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
61% Changeling (2008) Ultimately all of Eastwood's genre-blending comes up with nothing more than a hollow highbrow message movie that lacks all the blood and verve of its lowbrow inspirations. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Crystal Skull carries its legacy with a sort of "I still got it" bravado that makes you smile at its AARP filmmakers rather than pity them. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
78% Burn After Reading (2008) A statement on imperial power and its sledgehammer approach to human life? Sure, why not. By the end, audiences will be as indifferent as the filmmakers. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) This is a movie about emotional displacement during a celebration of unity, and the dissonance is devastating. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) There's no need for character assassination here. But the absence of darker, more contradictory revelations of his nature leaves Che bereft of complexity. All that remains is a South American superman: uncomplex, pure of heart, defiantly pious and boring. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
44% Blindness (2008) Blindness stumbles because it's a fundamental mismatch: A visceral director better known for searing portraits of real-life injustices shouldn't really make a parable. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) A fundamentally conservative look at love that desperately thinks of itself as transgressive. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 50% Hardcore Henry (2016) [Naishuller's] debut feature is a landmark of sorts, and a potent omen in this year of mass-marketed virtual reality. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) A dazzlingly elegaic reverie about the ravages of colonialism on Amazonian tribes ... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) What the soldiers are really wrestling are not people but explosives; it's the literal dehumanization of the enemy. And ironically enough, it's that encounter that makes certain people never feel more alive. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) [A] delightful account of the infamous televised debates between liberal firebrand Gore Vidal and conservative gadfly William F. Buckley, Jr., during the 1968 Republican and Democratic Conventions. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Those who suspend their disbelief will have a delightful time swallowing such unlikely coincidences, and the skeptics who remain will find it increasingly hard to resist the movie's Dickensian charms. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) Those with a yen for food porn (especially truffle fetishists) will feast. All others may want to order something else off the menu. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 51% A Single Shot (2013) Despite its byzantine narrative, the film remains never less than absorbing, as the walls slowly close in on this good-hearted but ultimately flawed protagonist. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2013