Todd Gilchrist Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% First They Killed My Father (2017) Jolie the woke celebrity and Jolie the artist seem caught at a crossroads with this film, juggling instincts that put her inner Terrence Malick and Ken Burns at odds with one another.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) Works best when it's trying to replicate the rhythms of a pulpy page-turner and least when pausing to consider the deeper implications of politics and personal responsibility in a post-9/11 world.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Bell's sophomore effort as a director pushes the multitalented actress' promising filmmaking career in the wrong direction with a regressive, uneven effort that can't decide whether to be cynical or sentimental.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
7.5/10 96% Ratatouille (2007) Ratatouille is a triumph that not only pays tribute to the spirit of discovery, but revels in the fun of making a few of its own.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
93% Enchanted (2007) Enchanted is as conventional as the films it tries to satirize.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
77% Kelly & Cal (2014) It's a film that takes its characters and their crises seriously, allowing them to fully explore their situation before providing them (and the audience) a genuine roadmap for finding their way through.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
60% The Signal (2014) Even as its reach ambitiously exceeds its grasp, The Signal is a calling card heralding the arrival of a promising new talent who offers a welcome rejoinder to small-scale formula.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) While an improvement over its 2012 predecessor, director Marc Webb's follow-up is ... camp without conviction; a Batman & Robin-style scenery chewer in a Batman Begins era.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2014
44% The Art of the Steal (2014) "The Art of the Steal" won't trick audiences into thinking they've seen anything new, but it's just clever enough to keep them distracted from realizing that they haven't.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014
20% Transcendence (2014) Transcendence is alternately thoughtful and theatrical in too many of the wrong places, as its tale of artificial intelligence gone wrong offers an intriguing, cerebral thriller that lacks the necessary jolt of energy to make it fully compelling.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
52% Cuban Fury (2014) Cuban Fury is a fun routine where it's the audience, not the performer, who's counting the steps, knowing exactly where they're going long before the music ends.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
45% Rio 2 (2014) A shamelessly uninspired follow-up, Rio 2 is just plain tedious - a boring, overly familiar pastiche of sitcom problems, acted out by annoying animals, and scored with music that should make it all feel invigorating, not infuriating.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Only Lovers Left Alive is at its most powerful, and beautiful, when it's concentrating on how the search for immortality, or life's meaning, is found not in time spent, or accomplishments achieved, but in love shared with someone else.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
84% Under the Skin (2014) Visually sumptuous but inconsistently intriguing, Glazer's science-fiction film skillfully boils down genre tropes to their visceral essence, but simultaneously reduces an emotionally resonant narrative to an obtuse series of vignettes.‐ GeekNation
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
72% Oculus (2014) Flanagan finds both humanity and horror in the story of two siblings who reunite to exorcise a possessed mirror, but the film's uneven metaphorical core and a decidedly incomplete mythology prevents "Oculus" from reflecting anything truly haunting.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
80% The Raid 2 (2014) A sweeping, Shakespearean opus that expands and deepens what the writer-director accomplished in The Raid... a sprawling ballet of violence that resonates with emotional meaning even as it provides irresistible, visceral thrills.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
76% Noah (2014) Given its visual splendor and epic sweep, Noah might have been a terrific 3D movie, but that would have given the film's landscape two more dimensions than either the characters or the story.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
39% Cesar Chavez (2014) "Cesar Chavez" embodies the quiet efficacy of its namesake without resorting to the bombastic theatricality he himself avoided.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It falls short of being a masterpiece because it uses ideas from the real world to say something about its fictional characters, when it had the potential to use its fictional characters to say something about the real world.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2014
B+ 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) "For a movie that insists that sequels are never better than their predecessors, 'Most Wanted' suggests it's possible for them to be equal - well, almost."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
B- 41% Divergent (2014) "The results are decidedly mixed... [but] Burger's film is probably second-best among the YA adaptations that Hollywood has mounted since 'Twilight.'"‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/10 19% The Single Moms Club (2014) A stacked deck of one-dimensional demonstrations of female oppression, explored - and overcome - with Perry's typically well-intentioned but misguided notions of empowerment, 'The Single Moms Club' ranks among the filmmaker's worst work yet.‐ ScreenCrush
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) A vivid, multilayered story of history and fantasy, fiction and emotional truth, which only falters when it ventures too close to events whose harrowing reality probably shouldn't be reduced to a quirky backdrop for the filmmaker's twee melodramas.‐ GeekNation
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
80% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Mr. Peabody & Sherman front-loads the duo's adventures with one-dimensional, lowest-common-denominator conflicts as the canine genius and his preteen companion zigzag through antiquity with a comedian's, rather than a historian's, eye for detail.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2014
43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) "Rise of an Empire" lacks director Snyder's shrewd deconstruction of cartoonish hagiography, undermining the glorious, robust escapism of testosterone-fueled historical reenactment with an underdog story that's almost too reflective to be rousing.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) A movie primarily distinctive as a jacob's ladder of choices that make less and less sense, McG's latest is an ambitious disaster that tries to be two things at once - an action movie and a domestic comedy - but does neither well.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
69% About Last Night (2014) "About Last Night" makes for a pretty terrific date movie... because it demands only a commitment to be entertained, but still manages to make you consider what it means to be in a relationship.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) A sophisticated character study that... if it were presented without the shadow of the original looming over every creative decision, many would be heralding it as a superlative genre entry in its own right.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
12% Vampire Academy (2014) Ultimately more "Meaningless" than "Mean Girls," "Vampire Academy" is a busy, overcomplicated empowerment fantasy with more hormones than brain cells.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Commercially speaking, it needed only to be fun, colorful and brisk. But in Lord and Miller's hands, it's affecting, empowering and transcendent, proving that you can work within the boundaries of the familiar to craft something truly exceptional.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
0% Best Night Ever (2014) Anyone who can sit through the whole thing and smile approvingly afterward gets my sympathy, and also probably deserves some kind of award for delivering a performance more convincing than any ever seen in one of their films.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
30% The Monuments Men (2014) A welcome and superlative addition to the pantheon of war films, because it turns high-concept storytelling into a meaningful true-story tribute.‐ GeekNation
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/10 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) Beattie's film eschews the natural intrigue of the original mythology to pump it full of steroids and Hot Topic-style cool, adding an epic conflict between gargoyles and demons which showcases an excess of thought, and yet a shocking lack of brains.‐ ScreenCrush
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
58% Knights of Badassdom (2014) A one-note joke and a whiff of a story that fails to offer a single reason - literal or metaphorical - why dressing up as a fictional character is enjoyable or rewarding.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
57% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) a dull mishmash of Cold War spy games and 'Bourne Identity'-style grit which shares much in common with the weakest of its predecessors - especially total forgettability.‐ ScreenCrush
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
17% Devil's Due (2014) The feature-length debut of two thirds of the directorial troupe Radio Silence scrambles to find any excuse to cut to a new angle or shoot traditional coverage while debasing a potentially compelling story with every found-footage cliché in the book.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) A confused, puerile "family" adventure that may make children giggle, but flushes the prospect adult engagement right down the toilet.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
19% Ride Along (2014) Kevin Hart epitomizes the idea of the "small portion" comedian... [but] the movie fails on its own merits, even if you can stand the constant, shrill bickering between its two leads: as a thrill ride, it stalls, and as a comedy, it's not funny.‐ GeekNation
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) Eschewing many of the hallmarks of the franchise, including regimented pacing and those nail-biting stationary shots, The Marked Ones takes the franchise in a slightly new direction, and it's an effective, if not necessarily satisfying, one. ‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
53% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) "Believe" feels earnest but superficial, a next-chapter look at a star who hasn't come enough to terms with where he's come from to contemplate where he is, or where he's going.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) If the first principle of marketing is "don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle," The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of a salesman who convinces himself that the steak is the sizzle.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) A wake-up call for middle-aged white men to stop dreaming and start living, Stiller's film is weakly life-affirming, the kind of empty-headed cinematic platitude that mistakes irresponsibility for adventure and accomplishment for meaning.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013
25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) an insufferable family adventure whose impressive animation is consistently undercut by cartoonish self-awareness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013
94% Her (2013) Far from being a cautionary tale, Her highlights how technology itself can not only fulfill our emotional needs, but also clarify our relationships with the people it's meant to connect us with.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Saving Mr. Banks is a resonant but hugely problematic film - a prestigious look at the embattled history of the production written by those who prevailed, while incredulously suggesting that everybody involved won.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/10 18% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) 'A Madea Christmas' is messy and half-baked, funny on purpose but especially when trying to be serious, and ultimately as convincing as a comically-oversized man, dressed up in drag, mispronouncing words in a way that no one possibly could.‐ ScreenCrush
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Eschewing the kitchen-sink minutiae of the first installment, Peter Jackson creates a rousing, immersive sequel that offers the same sort of sweeping action - and emotional engagement - that helped the "Rings" films become a cultural phenomenon.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) It subverts the focus of other '70s-set movies about charming crooks - of which "Goodfellas" is the standard-bearer - by emphasizing emotional mechanics over the ones used to perpetrate their crimes.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) Amidst its bleak worldview and unforgiving plot details is a unique and understated portrait of vengeance and redemption, albeit not quite in that order.‐ GeekNation
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
93% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A mundane look at the life of a folk musician that doubles as a meditation on the unpredictable alchemy of stardom, Inside Llewyn Davis is another triumph for the Coens that remarkably underscores how elusive great artistic achievements can be.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013