Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) My Octopus Teacher is best enjoyed with an open heart and an empty mind. It's at its best simply showcasing this sentient invertebrate in all her shape-shifting, pigment-changing, texture-shifting, liquid flesh glory. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
3/5 27% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers takes a head-trip premise and turns it into a real snooze cruise. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 74% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) What's new to this film is the B-movie wonderment pulsing through its moneyed veins. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 82% Nobody (2021) The undeniably talented director Ilya Naishuller keeps the action spry in Nobody but doesn't let us care about anyone or anything for too long. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
100% Petite Maman (2021) Saying too much would spoil the enchantment of this potent and bittersweet drama, a heartfelt confessional that elevates minor moments into myth. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% Ninjababy (2021) It's a hilarious and unexpectedly heartwarming look at a woman who doesn't want to be a mom... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
73% The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) ...a dark exploitation fantasy full of demonic possession... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) Bad Luck Banging turns into an eclectic modern triptych delineated by ornately antique title cards. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
94% Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) ...a tender trio of Tokyo love stories that play like a cross between Raymond Carver and O. Henry. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) A masterful and rightly adoring if overlong look at an inspirational teacher in the working-class German town of Stadtallendorf - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
70% Natural Light (2021) Competent, though leaden, work...the drama oddly manages to be both visceral and aesthetically distant: harrowing and yet also supremely dull, which in itself is a remarkable if unintended achievement. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
92% Ballad of a White Cow (2021) A sorrowful and sobering Iranian tragedy... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
73% The Mauritanian (2021) ...endless Gitmo captivity in Kevin Macdonald's righteous political thriller... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% A Cop Movie (2021) A formalistically clever and visually dazzling mash-up of interview material and reenactment footage - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
91% Tina (2021) It's a comeback story that feels pitch-perfect for what looks to be our vaccinated future: stronger, wiser, and roaring with life. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
1/5 37% Cherry (2021) Cherry's bloated running time doesn't help matters, as it keeps spinning its wheels while stylistically copycatting more interesting war movies and addict films and love stories. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) The relentlessly jaundiced, ruthlessly thrilling I Care a Lot is at its best when it revels so intensely in cocksure amorality. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) It's a film brimming with sweet sadness as well as a nagging restlessness that, in 2021, is all too familiar. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
71% Cryptozoo (2021) The strangely earnest action movie never plays for laughs, and creates a weirdly touching portrait of sustained persecution in a hostile world where the strong exploit the weak, the feverishly exotic is always a threat, and no one is ever safe. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
100% All Light, Everywhere (2021) It's hard not to feel empathy for Ascher's subjects when a documentary like Theo Anthony's All Light, Everywhere reinforces how mass surveillance is bending notions of objective reality. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Rodney Ascher's eerie A Glitch in the Matrix takes a look at people who are convinced that we're all living in a computer-programmed reality. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
56% Mayday (2021) It's a just-go-with-it premise that belabors its points, although Cinorre's eye for striking composition and confidence with emotional truth bodes well for future projects. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
55% John and the Hole (2020) The result is a Hole that's not very deep. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
57% Mother Schmuckers (2021) Offended yet? More like bored. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
89% Pleasure (2021) The prize for preachy provocation goes to Pleasure, an art-house harangue... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
87% Censor (2021) The retro-horror film Censor conjured fetishistic visions of early-'80s video stores, static-rippled CRT images and the zzt-zzt grind of VHS machinery. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) Exquisite production value and arresting visual compositions keep this highbrow flesh-render never less than engaging. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
100% Playing with Sharks (2021) The most surprisingly endearing film was Playing with Sharks, a polished but paint-by-numbers documentary about Australian deep sea diver Valerie Taylor... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
91% Together Together (2021) It's an obvious arc, but Helms and Harrison exude some disarming sugar-and-spice chemistry. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
95% CODA (2021) It's obvious, it's effective, and it goes down easy with dollops of feelgood positivity. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
96% Jockey (2021) Clint Bentley's minor-key melodrama about an aging horseman that's as quietly earthy as it is emotionally shattering. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
85% Passing (2021) Rebecca Hill's prim, delicately devastating look at light-skinned African-Americans in 1920s Harlem... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Kaluuya plays Hampton as a secret weapon, with heavy-lidded eyes that harden to steel and a lilting drawl that quickly turns volcanic. His stealthily peacocking performance is deliciously mesmeric. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
100% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) The stories people tell him, full of revelations, frustrations, alienation, and cultural pride, make Summer of Soul truly sing in so many ways. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
97% In the Same Breath (2021) Wang's portrait is a clarion call for transparency in the face of an international crisis. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
5/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) A darkly sparkling tale of class oppression and win-at-all-costs moral compromise, [The White Tiger] roars and bites with equal intensity. But it also has a polished but unfussy style and an understated narrative flow. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 43% Locked Down (2021) Locked Down does a fairly convoluted job at trying to turn its earnest domestic drama into a snappy heist, but it more or less succeeds. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) There's really no mystery here, just earnest vapidity, presented with veneer of purpose. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) It's a triumph of consummate professionalism servicing slender character sketches and trumped-up intrigue. It's also an absolute delight, even if it's oddly forgettable. But what a sleek, supple ride. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 47% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) A Rainy Day in New York fits squarely in [Allen's] lower-middle bracket: eyerolling contrivances, grimace-inducing caricatures, but more than a few cute zingers and occasionally even a touching insight or two. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Like the best works of art, Darius Marder's riveting drama feels both of-the-moment and absolutely timeless. It's about freefall. And grief. Redefining what you thought was normal. Then learning how to accept it. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods: A New Age actually puts in some effort to improve on its predecessor's low standards. This sequel delivers its corporate-mandated entertainment, but also ratchets up a few surprising eccentricities. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 83% Freaky (2020) There's a silly sweetness throughout, which keeps the innocuously buoyant movie far from sober, let alone frightening. But there's one are-they-really-doing-this? scene that earns Freaky some serious cred. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 45% Fatman (2020) Just picture the pitch meeting: Mel Gibson as not-so-jolly old Saint Nick. That's pretty much the gist of what passes for narrative invention in the action satire Fatman, a sour look at a very sweet holiday icon. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 48% The Witches (2020) Freakish and not in the best way, this second film adaptation of Roald Dahl's deliciously dark children's book The Witches glosses over creepy quirks for shiny shocks. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 87% On The Rocks (2020) Bill Murray's alchemical way to be both a goofball and the sad clown works well here, and predictably buoys the action throughout. But there's a sense that On the Rocks is a missed opportunity to address deeper themes. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
63% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) It delivered baseline satisfaction, but not much else... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Physics-defying, disbelief-suspending antics follow that make this monster movie veer wildly from profoundly silly to hilariously thrilling. Plus, Moretz whoops serious butt in every direction... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
95% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) Spring Blossom might have been a minor discovery lost in the shuffle. But now it's one to watch, especially since Lindon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, is only 20. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
99% MLK/FBI (2021) ...the real jaw-dropper is how much the FBI wanted to exploit what they called his "non-monogamous private life" in order to "humiliate and weaken" him. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020