Tori Preston

Tori Preston
Tori Preston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pajiba
Publications: Pajiba

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% An American Pickle (2020) It feels like a perfect streaming movie, lean and gentle and a wonderful way to pass whatever spare time you have while you're home. Just pick up the remote and hit play. What elevates it, though, is Rogen's dual performance. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) It's a visual kaleidoscope anchored by a killer soundtrack. It's simply FUN. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) It's important because dammit, I just really needed it right now. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
83% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) I can appreciate a film with low (or no) stakes, and I appreciate this film for absolutely nailing one inescapable fact: that talking is an exercise. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
70% Becky (2020) Basically: you may come to Becky to see Nazi Kevin James, but you'll stay to see a 13-year-old girl open a can of whoop-ass on him. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The 22nd Pixar joint is probably not going to go down as one of its most memorable, but even if it is a mid-tier effort it's a deeply satisfying experience fit for the whole family. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) It may flirt with disenfranchisement and female empowerment, but it doesn't have anything to really say about them. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) This is a remix that fails to add anything new to that galaxy far, far away. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Even at its most imperfect, this movie is still fun - and at its finest, its proof that a female gaze can do wonders for this old franchise. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It'll still keep kids entertained, and give your eyeholes something really pretty to look at for two hours. Beyond that, I guess the question is: what were you expecting? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
36% In the Tall Grass (2019) Ultimately, I can commend the parts heartily, but I'm not sure I'd recommend the whole. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) The only positive thing I can say is that the title promises this will be the "last" Rambo movie. And that, at the very least, is a good thing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
24% Running with the Devil (2019) The result is a misfire, but at least it's a rather convincing one. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
70% Haunt (2019) Simple, straight-forward, and almost exactly what you anticipate, but with juuuuuuust enough attention paid to the production to make it more enticing than average. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
62% Satanic Panic (2019) It's a self-aware film with biting dialogue, where characters breathlessly drop the kinds of distractingly clever lines that make you imagine writers behind the scenes patting themselves on the back for crafting them. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) I'm here to tell you that there IS, in fact, one reason to watch Angel Has Fallen, and that reason is Mountain Man Nick Nolte. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) What makes the show unique isn't the sci-fi plot but the style and the humor, and that's why this revival is so satisfying. It hasn't matured, and it's not trying to remake itself for a new era. It's literally just... more of the same. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) Is this movie an instant classic? Probably not. But it's a good late summer get-out-of-the-heat-and-have-some-laughs flick. It's breezy and fun and manages to highlight a period in our lives that is often overlooked. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) We may not have asked for a live-action teenaged Dora The Explorer movie, but we got one anyway - and it is better than we deserve. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) A good movie is a good movie, and this in no way replaces or diminishes the original. Instead, it gives you everything you loved and then a little extra on top. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) It all leads up to an entertaining climax that leans into the potential of a doll that can control all the electronics... but it doesn't go overboard. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) I mean, this still isn't a faithful adaptation by any means, and it misses all of the emotional nuance and galactic stakes that made it perhaps THE most definitive run in X-Men history, but at least it's trying. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) There are bright spots in Brightburn. But the majority of it is... kinda boring. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
72% The Perfection (2019) I can tell you what I think of it (mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, unexpected and disturbing and downright lovely), but I don't know if I can recommend it to everyone. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) So if you're like me, and you can happily just spend a few hours sighing and squeeing about cute and snarky imaginary fuzzballs, then you won't hate this movie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
28% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) But it mines true dread in its exploration of motherhood, and particularly the responsibility placed on single parents - especially in the eyes of the community. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
18% Hellboy (2019) I have to admit, by the time I hit the giant-hunt scene, I was all in on it. It's unapologetically TOO MUCH, and even if sometimes the pile-on seems less like a stylistic choice than an attempt to distract us, it kind of works. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
19% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) If you can ignore that bad taste it leaves in your mouth, it might at least qualify as an almost admirable disaster - a big swing that definitely didn't need to be swung, but gosh darn it, a swing nonetheless. I - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense offers an assured, cohesive vision of a world where hyper-masculinity is a dangerous and appealing cure for fear - a world that is both laughably absurd and frighteningly vicious. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
53% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is basically the bloodless horror flick nobody asked for. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
92% Ernie & Joe (2019) No story or lecture can replace the power of witnessing this empathy in action, and Ernie & Joe is a moving, important testament to the impact that this unique approach can make on a community. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) This may not be the best Marvel Studios film, but I actually think it might be the best, or at least the smartest, Marvel Comics movie out there. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) At times it seems like the entire movie is one fluid close-up of Rodriguez as she riffles through stages of fear with gut-wrenching specificity, and it's her performance that will keep you invested in the film even as the plot spirals into absurdity. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's got breezy, inventive action and real emotional heft. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
59% A Dog's Way Home (2019) This movie is blunt as hell -- but it's still effective. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) I want to live inside of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. I want to simultaneously wallpaper my brain with this thing, and erase all memory of it so I can watch it again for the very first time. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
No Score Yet Speed Kills (2018) This movie not only refuses to tell a story - it undermines the viewers' attempts to interpret the narrative for themselves. It's a montage run amok. It's a film stitched out of senseless scenes, devoid of tension or even logic. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
29% Venom (2018) The tone waffles about and the plot is utter nonsense, but if you can set aside all the expectations and baggage of what you think a Venom movie should be, you just might be surprised by how much you enjoy just what this movie is. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
59% Slice (2018) [Chance] is so effortlessly charming it's astounding. I mean, I'm not saying he's a great actor... But there's no denying that he basically is just a fountain of charisma. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Weird in a way you either will accept instantly or it will drive you nuts. But as an experience? As an immersive, 2-hour drug-induced dream dreamt to a synthy soundtrack while laying on a bed of dewy grass? It's a masterpiece. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
8% Slender Man (2018) Slender Man takes the mythos and basically tries to combine its virality and urban legend aspects into a knock-off of The Ring and Candyman. Emphasis on 'knock-off.' - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Neither the comedy nor the action was toned down in lieu of the other. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Some films are allegories wrapped in a plot; Sorry To Bother You is an honest story, wrapped in the trappings of allegory. And it is a joy to unravel. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Look, if it sounds like I'm being harsh then let me say that I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. It's fun! It'll put a smile on your face! I'm glad it's a thing that exists, so please go see it and throw all of your money at it! - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) Perhaps the greatest trick up its sleeve is how deftly it weaves together different genres. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
88% Cargo (2018) The horror of the film comes from its all-encompassing dread, but the journey toward that inevitable end still has room for beauty and triumph and pain and heartbreak. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) Part of what makes Book Club so disappointing is that it actually does a number of things surprisingly well. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) The movie may be one of the nicest, most kind-hearted things I've seen in awhile. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018