Todd Gilchrist Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 52% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) Longer than a bonus feature for the already exhaustively-presented Exorcist, but not quite long or complex enough to be the feature-length exploration of real exorcisms it aspires to be - effectively, an infomercial for his earlier work.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
24% Traffik (2018) Every scene takes about twice as long as it feels like it should, and the characters far too often make an escalating series of implausible and/or stupid decisions.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) Between top-notch visual effects and the only man charismatic enough to dwarf three giant mutated animals, Rampage provides enough destruction to give audiences their money's worth even if afterward they'll feel as leveled as the cities on screen.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Jeff Wadlow concocts a horror movie around the concept of truth or dare that is precisely what you expect, with one exception: there isn't one scary moment in it.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
44% The Miracle Season (2018) Mistakes an inspiring true story for one that needs or deserves to be told cinematically; it isn't awful, but it's not a film, it's a tribute.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Steven S. DeKnight mostly ignores all of the tangible details that made the first film such a preposterous charmer, crafting a sequel fixated more on corporate intrigue than the reason anyone watches Pacific Rim: TO SEE ROBOTS FIGHTING MONSTERS.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) A nerve-wracking, remarkably timely movie about the unwanted attention women receive from men, and the often-unpleasant consequences of trying to speak up about it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
52% Flower (2018) A collection of great performances, led by a truly exceptional one, in search of a script that's worthy of them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1/5 17% Death Wish (2018) A tepid remake of an already dubiously executed movie that inexplicably doesn't even double-down on those elements that would best antagonize its critics to make for something, well, if not gleefully irresponsible, at the very least memorable.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation asks some big, essential questions, and the biggest thrill comes from watching a film astute enough to know it doesn't have all the answers, leaving its audience to emerge changed by the experience, but not yet knowing quite how.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Keep Watching (2017) At barely 90 minutes, Keep Watching is thankfully brief, hustling through its expository introduction towards some empty suspense and poorly-photographed violence.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
61% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) A Futile And Stupid Gesture is, ultimately, anything but pointless, exploring an important moment in pop culture through the life of a man who captured its essence as well as the people who made him an institution.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Suffering under a tirelessly "hip" script by Gluck and Rob Lieber, not to mention James Corden's typical desperation to please in the title role, poor Peter is only slightly less appealing than The Simpsons' focus-grouped pup Poochie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
41% Den of Thieves (2018) Christian Gudegast lacks Mann's peerless technique and moral complexity, but for a movie so conspicuously wearing its chief influence on its sleeve, the first-timer employs an appealing, restless energy that gives his homage its own life on screen.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
26% Bright (2017) Bright takes a bunch of gobbledygook from The Lord of the Rings, liquefies it in a blender and pours it liberally over the same "corrupt cop comes to a moral crossroads" blueprint that Ayer has been copying since Training Day.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Steven Spielberg celebrates shoe-leather newspaper reporting with a bone-dry chronicle of the publishing of the Pentagon Papers that unexpectedly doubles as a tale of female empowerment.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) PT Anderson returns with a seductive, deeply dysfunctional love story about a domineering artist and the woman who refuses to come second to his genius.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The biggest crime Branagh commits is wasting one of the most impressive ensemble casts in recent history, reducing Poirot's 12 suspects to one-dimensional background characters.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Petra Biondina Volpe skillfully balances the personal and political in a spirited, rousing chronicle of Switzerland's women's suffrage movement, filtered through the experiences of a handful of locals.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
31% Leatherface (2017) Directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo lay on visual style as thick as the corn syrup used for their buckets of fake blood while Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff try in vain to lend dignity to the film's lousy, anemic premise.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) It's hard to tell if Happy Death Day is a smart movie masquerading as a dumb one or vice versa.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) If nothing else, 11/8/16 showcases the sad fact that there is no such thing as "too soon" any longer, because it captures not just a moment, but uniquely, a single event that changed the past, present and future all at the same time.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
92% Barracuda (2017) Cortlund and Halperin breathe new life into a well-worn premise by creating two women whose points of view are equally valid, and then letting their conflict unfold without resorting to manipulative payoffs or simplistic resolutions.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
89% Wheelman (2017) Wheelman probably works better as a technical exercise than the white-knuckle thriller it aspires to be, but those eager to watch another The Driver (or, surprisingly, Locke) will find much to admire in Jeremy Rush's debut as a writer-director.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) More than a featurette or biography, it's a companion piece that shows precisely how real people can be heroes right alongside the fictional ones they create, just by learning how to be themselves and living that truth.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
95% Bodied (2017) A remarkable tribute to an underrepresented art form and a to-the-minute conversation-starter about intersectionality, political correctness and cultural appropriation dropped like a bomb into the midst of America's fractious political climate.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Wrongheaded, mean, oblivious and over the top, Brawl In Cell Block 99 is a mess of an action movie, while managing to be a complete disaster as a social drama.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
95% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2017) Let the Corpses Tan might be the best 1970s Italian crime thriller never made.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds is handsome, occasionally intriguing, but mostly empty -- the kind of movie where people are too busy falling over themselves applauding its polish and performances to notice that their prize winner never gets out of the starting gate.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
86% 1922 (2017) Too often actors playing rural roles mistake "slow" for "stupid," but Jane pinpoints Wilfred's mental acuity without rushing through reactions that feel anachronistic or phony.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
88% 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
29% 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
74% 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
45% 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
46% 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 85% 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.‐ ToddGilchrist.com
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
73% 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
38% 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+ 80% 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