Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
17% Stardust (2020) ... becomes caught between a deeply internalized character study of a tortured artist combatting an identity crisis, and a more generic behind-the-scenes portrait of the economic realities of the music business. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Despite top talent on both sides of the camera, this adaptation manages to whittle down Vance's coming-of-age story into a shamelessly manipulative mess more likely to elicit anger than sympathy. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
98% Zappa (2020) Winter presents an uneven but thorough look at Zappa's highlights, while also offering insight into his diverse influences and multifaceted legacy. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
78% Uncle Frank (2020) Exploring familiar themes from a fresh perspective, Ball's heartfelt script generates some intriguing character dynamics while carefully modulating its comedic and tragic elements. It's a moving story of compassion through catharsis. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
88% Princess of the Row (2020) Tayler Buck's powerful performance drives this gritty drama that crafts an eye-opening glimpse into homelessness without turning sentimental or heavy-handed. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
78% Mosul (2020) The intimate and appropriately bloody action sequences carry a vivid urgency, although the film sacrifices the level of character depth that would elevate it above genre conventions. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
29% Last Call (2020) Thomas aficionados might appreciate this gimmicky portrait, although outsiders might not want to wallow in his misery. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
64% Girl (2020) Such a generic title feels appropriate for this formulaic thriller. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
74% The Croods: A New Age (2020) ... a derivative adventure filled with anachronistic mayhem that's hit-or-miss for kids and adults alike. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Vivid and insightful ... not many movies have explored the day-to-day experience of deafness with this level of compassion or sincerity. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
71% The Last Vermeer (2020) ... becomes caught awkwardly between a straightforward procedural and a more offbeat character study, minimizing the emotional impact. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
29% Vanguard (2020) Chan still handles his fair share of physical stunts in this otherwise lackluster action vehicle, which misses the energy and flair of his previous collaborations with director Stanley Tong. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
95% The Twentieth Century (2020) ... provides consistent low-brow deadpan laughs to accompany its rudimentary throwback visuals. However, it's definitely an acquired taste. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
57% Team Marco (2020) There are some worthwhile lessons about technology and family bonding, although the sweet-natured intentions are compromised by plot contrivances and exaggerations. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
90% Run (2020) The third act doesn't withstand much logical scrutiny, but at least the film dispenses with much of the supernatural nonsense and visual gimmickry that tends to pervade genre films these days. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) As infuriating as it is riveting, this timely documentary about widespread corruption in the Romanian healthcare system should find sympathizers in other countries, too. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
95% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Herzog's typically affable narration makes some dense material more accessible and fascinating that it probably should be. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
68% Dreamland (2019) Committed performances steer this meandering crime saga through its predictable narrative detours. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Make Up (2020) As it subverts genre expectations, this slow-burning psychological thriller transitions into a deeply personal exploration of sexuality and self-discovery. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
No Score Yet Recon (2020) ... offers an intimate examination of the physical and psychological toll of war while struggling to resonate more deeply. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
50% The Giant (2019) Despite some visual flourishes, it's muddled and tedious. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
45% Fatman (2020) ... doesn't commit to either embracing its inherent silliness or playing it straight. Such indecisiveness leaves moviegoers chilly. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
31% Echo Boomers (2020) Fine actors are stranded by this empty exercise in finger-pointing and anti-capitalist cynicism that stumbles badly when trying to legitimize its unscrupulous rogues. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) While its self-indulgent eccentricities might push you away, the relatable and heartfelt dynamics of this "bromantic" comedy keep drawing you back in. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
38% Chick Fight (2020) Not as tough or edgy as its title suggests, this broad comedy about female empowerment is hardly a knockout. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
31% Come Away (2020) The heartfelt ambition of this kid-friendly fantasy outweighs the execution, rarely conveying the same sense of wonder as the characters and stories that inspired it. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
95% Dating Amber (2020) The winning performances and refreshing message of acceptance are compromised by an uneven screenplay that turns heavy-handed in the final act. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
73% Jungleland (2020) ... lacks emotional depth and structural originality beneath its testosterone-fueled outbursts, despite a finale that packs a punch. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
80% Let Him Go (2020) Despite some strong performances and evocative visuals, the film requires a substantial suspension of disbelief to remain emotionally invested in its largely coincidental chain of events. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
69% The Place of No Words (2020) ... admirably tackles weighty subjects like spirituality and the afterlife from a young kid's perspective, although the eccentric result is more tedious than profound. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
81% The Kid Detective (2020) Both a bittersweet examination of arrested development and a compelling murder mystery, this modest Canadian character study marks a promising directorial debut. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
82% The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) Nobody deserves the sort of shoddy judicial treatment that has landed Melissa Lucio on death row, but this unfocused documentary's eagerness to generate sympathy for its subject clouds its social-justice message. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) ... a heartfelt and humane tribute to the unique challenges facing mothers in space that doesn't settle for cheap sentimentality. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
55% Mortal (Torden) (2020) Wolff is captivating, but the wobbly attempt at an origin story feels arbitrary and lacks emotional conviction. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
97% Luxor (2020) A deeply felt portrayal by Andrea Riseborough galvanizes this slight but quietly powerful character study about reconciliation and rebirth. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
69% Kindred (2020) This atmospheric exercise in psychological horror struggles to develop the thematically familiar tension simmering beneath the surface. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) ... doesn't rely too heavily on jump scares or gratuitous gore, instead building gradual suspense through what's felt rather than shown. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
100% Higher Love (2020) The gritty film admirably tackles its subject with minimal sympathy or judgment. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
91% Love and Monsters (2020) ... embraces the inherent absurdity in its premise with an appealing playfulness. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
55% Come Play (2020) Most of the frights are derived through random gimmicks and jump scares rather than genuine character-driven suspense. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Despite tackling some familiar coming-of-age themes, this tender and compassionate drama is a slight but empowering glimpse into self-esteem and social acceptance. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) Even if visual gimmicks threaten to derail the film's focus, Ngoy makes a captivating subject. The result is a timely cinematic treat. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
50% The Witches (2020) By trying to break free from the book's pages, this remake struggles to retain its bewitching spirit. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
81% Synchronic (2020) Beneath the quirks and the familiar buddy comedy framework, the premise doesn't seem as clever once you put all the pieces together. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) This new version of the classic thriller lacks both the romantic sizzle and the twisty intrigue of its predecessor. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
22% Friendsgiving (2020) The sharp cast provides some scattered big laughs, but by the time the turkey is served, it seems the bickering houseguests don't want to be around each other anymore. Moviegoers will be able to relate. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
78% Radium Girls (2020) When it remains focused on the titular struggle, this historical drama is another powerful example of the working class fighting for justice against corporate greed. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
76% Clouds (2020) Despite its poignant true-life subject matter, the emotional swings feel more manipulative than authentic. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
64% Bad Hair (2020) Simien's mildly provocative examination of Black image and gender roles tends to muddle its message, although it works better as a more straightforward, nostalgic comic thriller. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
40% Honest Thief (2020) Liam Neeson's return to empathetic action-hero mode gives this flimsy thriller more credibility than it deserves. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020