Steve Pond

Steve Pond
Steve Pond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TheWrap
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T-Meter Title | Year
45% Shoplifters of the World (2021) "Shoplifters of the World" heads for a quiet and unexpectedly satisfying resolution, at least for a couple of the characters. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
No Score Yet Without Getting Killed or Caught (2021) It explains and it teases, and it celebrates and mourns in a way that should enlighten those who aren't fans and satisfy those who are. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
96% Alone Together (2021) It's a look inside an insular (but inclusive) community that will no doubt enrapture members of that community even if it doesn't quite connect with those outside the community. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
88% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) If you ever felt a connection to Petty and his songs - full disclosure: I definitely did, to the music and the man - then Wharton's movie will make you love him again and miss him more. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) The film takes the Billie Eilish that you hear in the music and fleshes her out not with big revelations but with dozens of small moments. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
95% CODA (2021) A sweet, openhearted coming-of-age story that succeeds in spite of its own predictability. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
93% Rebel Hearts (2021) An affectionate salute to the women who were dubbed "The Pope's Unruly Flock" in one magazine headline. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) It's excessive and exhausting and elusive, and entirely in keeping with the curious career of the Mael brothers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
96% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) With a lot of ground to cover, Agrelo tells the story and stays out of the way. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
76% In The Earth (2021) [B]y the end of "In the Earth" you'll probably have forgotten all about lockdown protocols or infection rates, though you might find yourself reconsidering that stroll in the woods. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) With its sprightly take on doomsday, "How It Ends" might be a pandemic movie for the stage of the pandemic where it's possible to see some hope. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
98% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) You can come for the music and stay for the politics, or vice versa; either way, it's a vibrant document of an inspiring event that never loses sight of what that event meant for a community, a city and a culture. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
100% Film About a Father Who (2020) Jagged and disorderly, confounding and charming and sometimes irritating - just like the man at its center. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
46% Monster Hunter (2020) Maybe some so-bad-it's-good aficionados will embrace "Monster Hunter" as well. But for the rest of us, the only sensible reaction might really be, "Huh? Never mind." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
100% Queer Japan (2020) Something of a freewheeling, kaleidoscopic delight, albeit one that is always aware of the struggles its subjects have endured. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
58% All My Life (2020) "All My Life" is nothing if not pleasant and amiable as it makes its way down the road to heartwarming. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) A freewheeling mess of a film, hard to pin down but full of ravaged beauty. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
96% Zappa (2020) As "Zappa" makes clear, Frank Zappa spent his whole career keeping himself unique, often to his credit and occasionally to his detriment. Winter's movie does the same, in a way that does justice to a guy who's not easy to do justice to. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
88% Monsoon (2020) "Monsoon" is a lyrical, ambiguous reverie, maddening at times and beautifully resonant at others; it's quietly disorienting, but deeply felt. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
87% Us Kids (2021) A needed reminder that issues don't go away just because something else is getting today's headlines. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
92% The Life Ahead (2020) The heart of the film is in the connection between a 12-year-old boy and an 86-year-old woman, and Loren and Gueye make that relationship rich and touching enough to give life to the movie that surrounds it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
91% Coming Home Again (2020) An elegant chamber piece that deals with big issues - life, death, family, guilt, grief - in a beautifully austere way, "Coming Home Again" rarely raises its voice, but it cuts deeply. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
90% Belushi (2020) Even if those who know the story won't be too surprised by what they see, it can still be thrilling to watch Belushi in action. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
62% French Exit (2021) These are not normal people, and this is not a normal film. But Pfeiffer makes it an odd, enjoyably twisty ride. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
98% Time (2020) The film is a concise 81 minutes, but it makes you feel the 20 years it covers in snapshots from a family in perpetual distress. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) [I]t's a thoroughly satisfying drama whose emotional climax hinges on an implied possessive pronoun, of all things. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
72% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) You can go to Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles for the delectable excess, but you'll stick around for the quiet, cautionary notes between bites. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
80% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot is amusing, if you have a liberal definition of that word; it's vicious, but with the tiniest touch of humanity surfacing every now and then before it get slapped right down again. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
81% Notturno (2021) We don't necessarily know what's going on in every scene; sometimes we figure it out, sometimes we don't. But we feel it, and we hear what the movie says, wordlessly, with each new composition: This is the world we've created. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
53% Joe Bell (2021) It's a quietly affecting road trip that gets to where it wants to go and may prompt a few tears along the way. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is both a move in a bolder direction and an affirmation that [director Chloé Zhao's] been on the right road all along. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
84% The Way I See It (2020) A marvelous portrait of Souza and of two administrations that not coincidentally also works as a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) "Concrete Cowboy" is an urban drama, but it's also a glimpse of a world most of us never knew, and a richly evocative introduction to a strange new world that has been right under our noses all along. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) Deeply emotional but rarely sentimental, it is orchestrated by a director who is determined to have every moment of pain or pleasure play out with exquisite restraint. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Fireball gives [Werner Herzog] another chance to play in familiar but satisfying territory. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
67% I Am Woman (2020) The film is always flirting with cliché, and it gets pretty cheesy on a few occasions. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Marks not only a move into a new language, but a significant return to form. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) It is, in the end, a damning film and a powerful one. And with Nov. 3 less than two months away, an essential one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) "Looking at people?" says Byrne early in the film. "Yeah, that's the best." And for much of "David Byrne's American Utopia," that's exactly what it is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
89% Hopper/Welles (2020) Orson Welles is a formidable presence, and Dennis Hopper a provocative, beguiling one. Their filmed conversation may be more of a curiosity than anything else, but it's a challenging and occasionally intoxicating curiosity. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
60% Mosquito State (2020) The movie promises that it's going to take us for a ride, and Rymsza delivers on that promise. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) With its touch of melancholy and its nostalgia for crowded bars and new loves, it could lighten the mood a bit for whatever people are ready to head back into theaters. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
63% The Owners (2020) Tense, uneasy and brutal, escalating from the creepy to the ludicrous over the course of 92 deliberately unpleasant minutes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) [I]f you strip away the things that make this such an unusual release in such an unusual year, you'll find a pretty good movie and one that approaches this story with heart and with fresh eyes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
29% Antebellum (2020) It's just too bad that the execution isn't surehanded enough to live up to the ambition. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) For a movie in which the world could end at any moment, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is awfully sweet and cheery. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
83% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) It's as silly and as nakedly needy as Arquette himself, and as theatrical and stagey as any professional wrestling match - but along the way, it also manages to be kind of fun and to make you feel for the goodhearted, sad-sack clown at its center. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) As a funhouse meditation on who we are and how others figure into our identities, it trots out many of Kaufman's old obsessions in a way that feels fresh and weird. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) #Unfit feels like a rational argument, and a powerful one. But if it's liable to scare lots of people who already oppose Trump, it doesn't feel as if it will change anybody's opinion. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
88% Desert One (2020) [Barbara] Kopple is an impeccable documentarian. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020