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
93% Western Stars (2019) It's a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen's life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
84% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) A bold, violent take on the 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, a monumental tour through what one character calls "dirt and disappointment." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The film grows more florid and dramatic as it unfolds, and more disjointed; even with reliable actors like Elgort, Wright, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson on hand, the storytelling feels clunky in a way Brooklyn never did. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
95% Uncut Gems (2019) Between the Robert Altmanesque sound mix with conversations jumbled on top of each other, the camera that remains jittery even in quiet moments and music that uses stately choral passages not to lull but to disrupt, the Safdies are maestros of messiness. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This is a dark satire that finds a way to make a case for understanding. As circumstances slowly chip away at Jojo's hate-driven worldview, the black comedy finds room for some genuinely touching moments. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) But just as Mr. Rogers used his show to talk about big issues with children in a tone that was softer and more halting than you'd expect, so does Heller stick to understatement in a way that threatens to become dull or sappy but never does. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) The kind of film that poses the question, "Is it OK to be preachy if you're doing it for a very good cause?" - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Iannucci has fun with the classic serial-turned-novel and throws in a bit of defiant color-blind casting for kicks, but it takes some getting used to a gentler, less biting Iannucci. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
89% Red Penguins (2019) In an era in which the collision of Russian and American interests is never far from the headlines, a weird little story about one crazy time those interests collided might even teach us a thing or two. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
98% The Cave (2019) The footage of injured children and malnourished babies is wrenching and hard to watch, to the point where you wonder how Dr. Amani and her colleagues can fail to succumb to hopelessness and rage. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
73% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Has the power to transport you but also to break your heart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) A lukewarm examination of what might have been a hot topic - and that means it risks being overshadowed by the real-life soap opera playing out around it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) The warmth and restraint of Matthias & Maxime is what gives it life. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% Bull (2019) The fact that this never comes across as maudlin is tribute to a director who knows her way through dark places, and a pair of actors who can create a quiet storm. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a grand playground for the director to further fetishize old pop culture, to break things and hurt people, and to bring a wide-eyed glee and a robust sense of perversity to the whole craft of moviemaking. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A fitting tribute to a woman worthy of one whether or not she thinks so. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2020) Everybody has secrets, nobody is innocent and the fun lies in watching it all play out in a subtle noir where the dames run the show and there's nary a hard-boiled Bogart-type to be found. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) A meditation of African-American identity as manifested in a 1,600-seat theater on 125th Street in Harlem, and a sometimes lyrical, often angry portrait of what happened inside those walls and what it meant. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) A lovely illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that produced some of the gifted songwriter's most indelible songs. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Think of it as the film version of the final albums made by Leonard Cohen and David Bowie, who made wrenching final statements that they likely knew would be their last. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Makes a pretty strong case that the New York lawyer and power broker was about as corrupt and mendacious as they come. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) A powerful document of a wave of nationalism sweeping both Europe and the Americas in recent years. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Corny, silly, as overblown as one of Springsteen's grandest anthems and damn near irresistible. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) While you wouldn't be in the theater if you didn't know how it ends, they manage to throw in enough small surprises and inventive touches to keep a familiar story from flagging. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) The rare remake that honors the original but also finds its own reason for existing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) It's creepy and disturbing and freaky, with enough room to find whatever subtext you're looking for. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) There are moments of real beauty in the film, which is an unassuming and contemplative excursion into how we love, and why. But like the fireworks that greet Asako and Baku's first kiss, its pop is a modest one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) In this time for movies about teens in trouble, it's the mom in this one who packs the biggest punch. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Icebox (2018) The film is a political statement, to be sure, but more than that it's a personal story haunted by today's headlines. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) This might be the first Greengrass movie that doesn't just make you flinch, it makes you cry. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Knows how to add gloss without losing emotion. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in "Beautiful Boy" is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) "Fahrenheit 11/9" grows slowly from an exhausting movie that is all over the map to a rousing one that makes a call to arms in troubled times. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
100% Virunga (2014) The result is gorgeous and wrenching, the indelible chronicle of a impossible but essential fight. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman, is quintessential Spike Lee, impassioned and messy and vital as anything he's done in decades. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A quietly gripping examination of societal divisions, of class, of secrets that bind us together and pull us apart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) On paper, all that low-key positivity ought to be tricky material for a documentary filmmaker. But watching "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" was a profoundly emotional experience. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) A lovely low-key comedy with a rock 'n' roll heart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) The result is a careful, deliberate, slightly distanced treatment of stormy emotions - but it's appropriate, because the characters are often as not driven not to action but to inaction by their circumstances. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
85% The Square (2017) [Ruben] Ostlund is a master at showing the ways in which we are all bumbling fools at heart; his cinema is a symphony of awkward interactions and stupid mistakes, building to a crescendo of ineptitude. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
95% The Breadwinner (2017) The Breadwinner is a glorious demonstration of the power of myth to deal with brutal reality, and the power of truth to animate myth. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
68% Breathe (2017) Breathe might be a little too slick and shiny, but its pleasures are real. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
69% mother! (2017) For its combination of ambition and audacity, this is a glorious piece of cinematic insanity. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) There are times in Three Billboards when the themes and events are so dark and ugly that the humor is stopped dead in tracks and the laughs get caught in your throat. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
86% Okja (2017) It's messy and alive, frustrating and fun. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
92% 24 Frames (2018) A truly poignant farewell from a master. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
30% Rodin (2018) As much as the familiar territory makes Rodin hard to embrace, so does the way Doillon tells the story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
77% The King (2018) Big, bold and overreaching, in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis' career as a version of America's own history. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos does what he wants -- and we're all the richer for it, even if it creeps us out sometimes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) Kidman knows how to find all the sweaty splendor in overheated material, but she has quiet fun with this one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017