Todd VanDerWerff

Todd VanDerWerff

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Todd VanDerWerff's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"The Handmaiden is a nearly flawless movie. Every frame, every movement of the camera, every performance feels perfectly calibrated for maximum effect." ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 24, 2016

Lucy (2014)

"It's a film that takes great delight in her essentially co-opting a long series of tropes and storylines typically reserved for men in stories of this type, which is an old trope in the feminist action movie wheelhouse." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 26, 2016

The Interview (2014)

"Even the film's most ardent champions would likely concede that The Interview is a spectacularly weird film to end up at the center of a free speech brouhaha." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 26, 2016

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Nightcrawler, on its surface, is a relatively straightforward thriller, built around a slightly improbable but very effective main character, a man who starts as an antihero and plunges straight ahead toward villainy." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 26, 2016

Moonlight (2016)

"One of the year's best films, one of those movies that sneaks up on you and packs a wallop in the end." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Una (2016)

"Una really wants to make you interrogate some of your deeply held beliefs about the subject matter. And that's going to be tough to stomach for just about anyone." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 13, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"It's pretty good! There are places where it rises above the controversy and takes wing under its own power. And there are places where it becomes incredibly difficult to separate the film from the man who made it." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 13, 2016

Elle (2016)

"I'm not sure Elle completely adds up... but I appreciated how epic its scope was for a film that is, ultimately, about a few weeks in the life of a middle-aged woman." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 13, 2016

La La Land (2016)

"My goodness is La La Land magical." ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 13, 2016
2.5/5 39%

Morgan (2016)

"It's rare to be able to pinpoint the exact moment when a movie goes wrong, but it's possible to do so with Morgan" ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 6, 2016
4.5/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Disney's Pete's Dragon remake is one of the summer's better movies -- and that would have been the case even in a summer that wasn't largely dominated by lousy sequels and tired franchise extensions." ‐ Vox
Posted Aug 15, 2016
1.5/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"This movie dearly hopes it can skate by entirely on attitude, but forgets to develop said attitude. It wants to stand out thanks to its team dynamics, but forgets that a team is made up of many individual characters." ‐ Vox
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"For a completely unnecessary movie, Jason Bourne isn't bad." ‐ Vox
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Lights Out, the new horror movie about a monster that can only strike when, well, the lights are out, is a near masterpiece of scary movie craft." ‐ Vox
Posted Jul 25, 2016
2/5 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"Collision Course is mostly an uninteresting attempt to keep making Ice Age movies." ‐ Vox
Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"It's a surprisingly joyful throwback to everything that makes the Star Trek universe great." ‐ Vox
Posted Jul 22, 2016
0/5 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"Independence Day: Resurgence is the worst kind of bad movie: one that seems indifferent about its own existence." ‐ Vox
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/5 96%

De Palma (2016)

"The documentary's commitment to being thorough is admirable. But that urge to be comprehensive is also how De Palma shoots itself in the foot." ‐ Vox
Posted Jun 13, 2016
5/5 100%

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Could one man simultaneously embody such grace and such brutality? Sure. Just look at the country he grew up in." ‐ Vox
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3.5/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"I kinda liked it." ‐ Vox
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 97%

The Fits (2016)

"In terms of capturing that adolescent ennui, it's as good as any movie I've seen." ‐ Vox
Posted Jun 6, 2016
1/5 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"One of the more unnecessary sequels in an age of unnecessary sequels." ‐ Vox
Posted May 27, 2016

Selma (2015)

"Selma isn't a discrete story of one moment in time that we can observe safely from the sidelines. It is all around us, every day." ‐ Vox
Posted May 23, 2016
1.5/5 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"Angry Birds could be gonzo; instead, it's just kinda... there." ‐ Vox
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Money Monster... is a slick piece of work. But like many slick pieces of work, it's ultimately hollow." ‐ Vox
Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/5 76%

Keanu (2016)

"Keanu just wants to give you a fun night at the movies, and it succeeds at that admirable task. But Key and Peele aimed so much higher on their TV show that it's not hard to want to see them rewrite the rules of film comedy, too." ‐ Vox
Posted May 1, 2016
4.5/5 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Somewhere in its black little heart, it has something interesting to say about human resiliency and the reckless moral code of youth. And at just over 90 minutes, it never overstays its welcome." ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2/5 22%

The Boss (2016)

"It doesn't have a story beyond, "What if Melissa McCarthy played the boss?" That it almost succeeds is a testament to her strengths as a performer and the rest of the game ensemble cast." ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 11, 2016
5/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"At once brilliantly structured and seemingly effortless." ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4.5/5 98%

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016)

"It's a loose, scrappy tale that blends pulpy adventure with a young woman's coming of age, and then adds a healthy dollop of mad science." ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 29, 2016
3/5 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"In short: If a person in your life is really excited to see this movie, it is unlikely to let them down. That's usually true of movies, but it's really true of this one." ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 25, 2016
4/5 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"It's a conclusion that won't be to everyone's liking, but I can't fault a climax this weird when it produces a final shot as perfect as 10 Cloverfield Lane's -- though you'll have to go see the movie to find out what it is." ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2/5 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"I was mostly on board with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot until its third act, when it completely derails. Kim, confronted with a serious personal crisis, does something that's frankly unbelievable and baffling." ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4.5/5 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"It's goofy and joyful. It has an actual message that it's not shy about expressing directly, one that's filled with depth beyond "be nice to each other." And its screenplay is surprisingly clever on a structural level." ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 2, 2016
3.5/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Eddie the Eagle fits snugly into one of my favorite sports movie subgenres -- films about how sometimes losing is better, if it means that you stay true to your own moral code." ‐ Vox
Posted Feb 26, 2016
5/5 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"I've never seen a movie quite like Embrace of the Serpent." ‐ Vox
Posted Feb 23, 2016
5/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

"The Witch isn't a horror film where the scares come from big spooky jolts, or from gore. No, The Witch is a horror film that creeps up on you, spreading its tendrils slowly across the landscape of your mind." ‐ Vox
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/5 91%

A War (Krigen) (2016)

"[A War] is not a masterpiece. It's as messy and uneven as real life. But messiness is inherent to why A War works. " ‐ Vox
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Hail, Caesar! is a big, Looney Tunes confection of a movie." ‐ Vox
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"The stuff onboard the Pendleton is the only part of the movie that remains compelling throughout - and it only accounts for a third of the running time." ‐ Vox
Posted Jan 29, 2016
2/5 60%

Joy (2015)

"Thick with potential and irony, and could make for a tremendous film. When Joy embraces that side of itself, it almost gets there. When it doesn't, well, it's just plain bad." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"As it stands, The Hateful Eight is a beautiful film, filled with images and ideas that will stick with me for days. However, it never quite clears the bar it's trying to jump over." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"It's hard to shake the thought that The Revenant is very, very good at being one thing, yet wants desperately to be another and never quite gets there." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"The film is quietly radical not because it dares to rattle cages so much but because it doesn't. This is a story of huge emotions and big moments, told via intimate gestures and tiny power shifts. It's a gem." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

"It's basically Harry Potter with spies." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/5 58%

The Last 5 Years (2015)

"LaGravenese doesn't seem to have a particular vision for how to shoot or tell this particular story, so he just aims for the most straightforward method possible most of the time, and that ultimately cripples the film in ways it can't recover from." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/5 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"A good story can cover up all manner of sins. But that ball gown is indicative of the film's whole approach - covering a thin, needlessly bloated story with beautiful surfaces." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
1/5 9%

The Cobbler (2015)

"The Cobbler is the rare movie so terrible that it's hard to figure out why it even exists, why somebody didn't run in front of the speeding train of its production yelling, "Stop!"" ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 47%

Home (2015)

"When Tip and Oh realize how wrong they've been about so many things, they begin moving toward real maturity and growth. That's something viewers of all ages can appreciate." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Spy (2015)

"Feig is great at writing big, obvious gags that nonetheless succeed. It made me think I was in for a good time - and Spy is definitely that." ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 17, 2015
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