Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
39% The Chaperone (2019) For a film about two strong-willed women confronting stereotypes and cultural norms, this historical drama is curiously passive and bland. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
40% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) ... gradually builds suspense and sympathy with an intimate character-driven approach that's powerful without turning heavy-handed. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
32% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Any meaningful exploration of Mexican folklore is buried beneath an incoherent parade of horror clichés. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
53% Under the Silver Lake (2019) ... turns aimless and muddled in its second half, more concerned with packing in cinematic references and social commentary than developing its own plot. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
50% Stuck (2019) The pattern of bickering and catharsis becomes tedious and predictable, even if the uneven film has honorable intentions about celebrating our cultural melting pot. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
98% Little Woods (2019) This well-acted and evocative drama benefits from some intriguing character dynamics. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Despite some muddled stretches, the film thrives by conveying the same satiric tone as its subjects, whose persuasiveness stems from not taking themselves too seriously. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
79% Fast Color (2019) While many superhero movies emphasize the superpowers over the characters who exhibit them, this low-budget dystopian fantasy takes a refreshingly different approach. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
79% Family (2019) ... a clichéd look at redemption and reconciliation, featuring characters who rarely seem grounded in reality. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
90% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Nature documentaries seem to continue raising the bar with regard to breathtaking visuals, and this voyage to Antarctica is no different. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
14% Hellboy (2019) ... an aimlessly transparent attempt to relaunch a franchise that lacks the brains to go with its brawn. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
90% Missing Link (2019) ... a breezy and charming stop-motion animated adventure that really kicks into gear once the title character joins the mayhem. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
46% Mary Magdalene (2019) Perhaps inevitably, Mary's story is upstaged by that of Jesus, rendering her a periphery rather than an influential figure. Thus, the film struggles in its effort to bring an oft-told tale back to life. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
93% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Shannon's portrayal adds depth and complexity and gives Emily a new voice. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
69% Teen Spirit (2019) Like the bland music at its core, the movie turns into a hollow and formulaic compilation of underdog clichés. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
67% Stockholm (2019) True-life origins can't disguise the derivative nature of this heist thriller, which doesn't generate much of a rooting interest beneath its quirky surface. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) The dazzling visuals more than compensate for the uneven narrative momentum in this rumination about dreams, memories, and relationships. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) Even when it's out of tune, the ferocity and fearlessness in this rock-star redemption story make it almost compulsively fascinating. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
81% Dogman (2019) With bite to back up its bark, this taut character-driven thriller benefits from a dark sense of quirky humor and a surprisingly empathetic protagonist. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
56% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) A murder mystery that's more about the investigator than the investigation, this character-driven thriller never quite wraps its convoluted parts into a cohesive whole. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
57% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The mystery sputters in the second half, but it's still intriguing and stylish enough to resonate. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
65% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) ... an erratic mess, with moments of inspired lunacy buffered by frustrating stretches that are rambling and unfocused, and probably made more sense in Gilliam's head than they do on screen. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) As we watch this series of deaths and reincarnations unfold, we're not given much incentive for emotional investment in the characters, whether of the two-legged or four-legged variety. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
65% Storm Boy (2019) The stylish visuals and alternately silly and poignant boy-and-bird sequences help an otherwise predictable story take flight. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
60% The Public (2019) Heavy-handed contrivances undermine the compassionate message in this ensemble drama. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) Leigh's gritty visual flourishes capture the period as his textured narrative approach builds focus and tension - not to mention a palpable resonance 200 years later. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Cheap exploitation has rarely felt as brazen and transparent as in this lurid thriller, which reappropriates a scandalous true-life tragedy as a threadbare collection of slasher and home-invasion clichés. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
25% The Aftermath (2019) An intriguing premise is squandered by contrived storytelling that fails to generate much emotional depth in this unconvincing tale of romance and reconciliation. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Whenever the focus shifts to Dumbo, the result is more consistently amusing. And, like the titular pachyderm, it even musters a little magic. Still, bearing the weight of ill intentions, the film rarely gets off the ground. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
53% The Beach Bum (2019) ... certainly conveys the intended vibe of life on the beach with plenty of mood-altering substances and not a care in the world. It also leaves you with the mental equivalent of sunburn and heat exhaustion. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
91% A Vigilante (2019) A committed performance by Wilde drives this brutal and uncompromising revenge saga that feels more empowering than exploitative in dealing with its hot-button subject matter. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
71% Sobibor (2018) There's a harrowing potency to the violence, and the adrenaline pumps during its final act, but the film overall lacks depth and complexity. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) You don't need to be a fan to appreciate this lighthearted documentary investigation into the most recent of Major League Baseball's doping scandals. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Place's balance of strength and vulnerability allows Diane to earn audience sympathy while remaining authentic in terms of her flaws. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) ... more about Bannon's workaholic nature and persuasive methods than it is about passing judgment on his ideology, which is fine since it won't change the minds of moviegoers on either side. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
36% Out of Blue (2019) Some gritty and evocative visual touches are overwhelmed by convoluted plotting in this muddled urban crime thriller. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Considering the timely and provocative subject matter, the film is only sporadically compelling. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
No Score Yet Trading Paint (2019) The screenplay needs a tune-up in this predictable drama about dirt-track auto racing that lacks the necessary adrenaline rush. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
68% Relaxer (2019) The endurance of moviegoers will no doubt be tested as much as that of the protagonist, whose hopeless predicament spirals into surreal madness. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) ... certainly isn't for all tastes, although there are intermittent rewards for moviegoers with patience and an open mind. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) The deliberately paced screenplay suffers from uneven narrative momentum that tends to undercut the bursts of clever dialogue or twisty suspense - as if it's simply too much of a mildly good thing. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) There's not much room for examining motives or moral ramifications in a story that funnels toward an inevitable conclusion, but loses momentum before it gets there. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
45% The Prodigy (2019) ... only mildly unsettling as its second-half twists gradually become more far-fetched. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
46% Captive State (2019) The premise seems timely and provocative, but rarely does that translate to consistent suspense. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) ... captures the look and feel of the Watergate era, yet fails to generate consistent suspense beneath the surface. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
33% Wonder Park (2019) ... never captures the same excitement as the theme-park thrill rides at its core, and doesn't offer much emotional depth in its quieter moments, either. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
54% Yardie (2019) Solid acting and an appealing reggae soundtrack can't overcome an uneven screenplay burdened by gangster clichés. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Amid some tangential narrative contrivances, the intimate interaction between man and beast is poignant. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
51% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Compelling performances and intriguing character dynamics are washed away by the muddled plotting in this low-key thriller, in which the emotional stakes don't match the urgency of its setting. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
55% Five Feet Apart (2019) What starts as an insightful glimpse into CF and its ramifications turns manipulative and stuffy in the final act. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019