Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The eye-rolling contrivances start to pile up in the second half, and the film loses much of its shine. As the characters try to find light amid the darkness, it becomes difficult for moviegoers to do the same. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
59% Trial by Fire (2019) This cynical examination of red-state, small-town justice will get your blood boiling sufficiently, although it stumbles when attempting a broader critique of the criminal justice system. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
94% Walking on Water (2019) While not quite as miraculous as its title suggests, this insightful documentary is compelling regardless of your prior knowledge of the eccentric octogenarian artist known as Christo. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
78% Photograph (2019) The vibrant hustle and bustle of contemporary Mumbai provides an evocative backdrop for this otherwise modest romance. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
67% All Creatures Here Below (2019) It's rough around the edges, but this richly textured low-budget drama is a quietly powerful look at life on the margins. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) ... seems designed to ride the coattails of the recent popularity surge of the Pokemon brand, but like most games that have been turned into movies, it's less fun to watch than it is to play. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
16% The Hustle (2019) With cons being perpetrated on both sides of the camera, it turns moviegoers into its least suspecting victims. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
32% Poms (2019) Silly contrivances and aimless diversions strand some talented veteran performers who deserve better than this one-joke empowerment premise aimed squarely at the AARP crowd. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) As another example of an artist not as intriguing as his art, it lacks the imagination and sense of adventure as its subject. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
46% The Professor and the Madman (2019) ... more exciting than reading the dictionary, but not by much. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
73% Pasolini (2019) Dafoe captures the deeply troubled spirit of his subject, although overall the fragmented film feels more pretentious than enlightening. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
51% Charlie Says (2019) Fifty years later, a movie should be able to provide deeper insight into the Manson Family murders than this mildly provocative yet emotionally hollow drama. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
89% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) ... inspires by painting a favorable portrait of contemporary farmers while also detailing the intricate balance in the ecosystem. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (2019) More than just an exploration of midlife crises and infidelity, the film uses its richly textured characters to convey more provocative ideas about technology and relationships beneath the surface. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
52% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The performances outshine the screenplay, which is somewhat contrived yet too restrained to generate the desired sparks. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) While it too often lacks the courage to follow through on its convictions, the film is stirring and heartfelt enough to get the point across. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) ... uses its canvas to create a dreamlike interpretation of the varied artistic eccentricities of its subjects, supplementing a globetrotting storyline that yields a stylish visual backdrop. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
43% Clara (2019) For a movie about making vast new discoveries, this science-fiction drama explores a pretty familiar path. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) ... finds the right balance between sharp-tongued cynicism and self-deprecating charm, defying the odds with an antiquated notion that virtuous politicians can somehow also be popular and effective. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) Zhang Yimou returns to form with this visually resplendent combination of martial-arts epic, intimate character study, and compelling historical drama. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
30% The Intruder (2019) At least Quaid chews the scenery in amusing fashion as the only one refusing to take this mess seriously. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) ... assembles an impressive array of archival footage to show that while not as controversial as she once was, Dr. Ruth is just as relevant as ever. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
67% The White Crow (2019) After a slow start, the evocative film gains narrative momentum in the final hour as it examines artistic freedom amid sociopolitical obstacles. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) For anyone already familiar, this adaptation of Knoop's memoir doesn't provide much genuine insight or incentive for emotional attachment to the characters. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
65% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) While it effectively taps into some common fears of the unknown, this lighthearted, low-budget thriller doesn't have enough twists to maintain its suspense at feature length. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
45% Little (2019) The charismatic performances bolster a screenplay that's only sporadically amusing or poignant. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
20% Crypto (2019) There's probably a decent cautionary tale to be made about the dark world of cryptocurrency, but this one is so haphazardly assembled and absurdly plotted that it cancels out any credibility on the subject. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
44% 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
43% 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
30% 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
56% 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
96% Little Woods (2019) This well-acted and evocative drama benefits from some intriguing character dynamics. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
97% 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
80% 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
75% 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
91% 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
16% 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
89% 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
45% 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
90% 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
72% 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
72% 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
85% 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
50% 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
59% 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
63% 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
57% 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