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MovieWeb is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Cabin, Christopher Null, Devin Faraci, Eric Meyerson, Fred Topel, Jeremiah Kipp, Julian Roman, Matt McKillop, Nick Schager, Rick Kisonak, Sean O'Connell
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 No Man's Land (2021) Julian Roman No Man's Land is a well-meaning, but inherently flawed western drama. Its goals are admirable, but the narrative succumbs to contrivances and simplistic exposition. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021) Julian Roman The Dark Knight returns in a groovy, karate chopping, seventies retro animated adventure. Batman: Soul of the Dragon mixes Bruce Lee inspired action with a James Bond storyline. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
3.5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Julian Roman Addressing sexual assault and rape in a truly unconventional way, Promising Young Woman is a dark tale of revenge that pulls no punches confronting the egregious behavior of predators. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/5 The Marksman (2021) Julian Roman There are no surprises between the gunplay. The Marksman is easily forgettable, but offers a welcome respite from the country's political turmoil. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Julian Roman Wonder Woman 1984 delivers the blockbuster goods, but is not on par with the genre's best films. Terrific supporting performances, a comical retro setting, and glaring spotlight on sexism make up for the narrative deficits. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Julian Roman The Midnight Sky has impressive production values, but fails to be compelling despite a serious dramatic effort. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/5 Greenland (2020) Julian Roman Greenland settles for mediocrity when it could have been far more engaging. The film is loaded with eye candy, but the narrative is torpedoed by melodrama and contrived plot twists. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 News of the World (2020) Julian Roman News of the World has superb cinematography, but it's used stylistically to marginalize the American Indians depicted in the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 Safety (2020) Julian Roman Safety reminds us of a community's ability to affect positive change on the lives of people in need. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Julian Roman Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis deliver tour de force performances in Netflix's superb adaption of August Wilson's play. It is a stunning coda to Boseman's luminous career. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 Nomadland (2020) Julian Roman Nomadland is a stark and hauntingly poetic portrayal of poverty in America. It addresses a hard truth with unvarnished sensibility. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 Soul (2020) Julian Roman Pixar achieves animation greatness once more with a beautifully uplifting and creative film. Soul will make your heart soar. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Julian Roman The Croods return to theaters in a funnier and more entertaining sequel. It's better written with a more complex storyline and fantastic new characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
3.5/5 The Last Vermeer (2019) Julian Roman The Last Vermeer is a well-acted and produced dramatic mystery. Guy Pearce is brilliantly cunning and whimsical as a Dutch art dealer suspected of being a Nazi collaborator. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
1.5/5 Vanguard (2020) Julian Roman Vanguard is a bumbling CGI spectacle with a ludicrous plot, terrible acting, and strained nationalistic themes. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Julian Roman Vince Vaughn is hilarious as a teenage girl in a serial killer's body. Freaky surpasses expectations and stands above recent Blumhouse films EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
2.5/5 Fatman (2020) Julian Roman Fatman reflects the worst instincts of modern times. It shows how selfishness and immorality can lead to violent outcomes. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Julian Roman Let Him Go takes the time to establish character depth. The pacing gets a bit sluggish, but revs up for the brutal climax. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Julian Roman The True Adventures of Wolfboy is a parable of the age-old Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. It doesn't matter what you look like. Everyone deserves love and respect. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Julian Roman Sacha Baron Cohen returns to provocateur greatness in a hilarious, but deeply troubling satire. He delivers big laughs and a damning indictment of the country's sad state of affairs. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 Synchronic (2019) Julian Roman Synchronic wraps an intense personal drama around mind-bending metaphysical concepts. Not every aspect is successful, but the intriguing bits are certainly good enough to keep your attention. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/5 On the Rocks (2020) Julian Roman Sofia Coppola scrapes the bottom of the pretentious barrel. On The Rocks is a poorly written sitcom stretched like taffy into a vapid character study. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3.5/5 The Kid Detective (2020) Julian Roman The Kid Detective is a diamond in the rough. It takes a while to heat up, but delivers on all fronts once it does. Avoid spoilers at all costs. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 Love and Monsters (2020) Julian Roman Love and Monsters offers a refreshing take on the tired apocalypse genre. It's a heartfelt, surprisingly funny adventure with a charming lead performance from Dylan O'Brien. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/5 Honest Thief (2020) Julian Roman Honest Thief is a generic actioner with little entertainment value. Liam Neeson's formidable stage presence is absent from this performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Julian Roman The War with Grandpa made me laugh consistently through the entire runtime. The characters are sweet and likeable. A silly story about a kid pranking his grandpa is a welcome break from our awful reality. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 Charm City Kings (2020) Julian Roman Charm City Kings shows how a desperate environment and poor role models lead children astray. It strikes at the heart of the racial and socioeconomic issues pervading America's inner cities. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
1.5/5 Death of Me (2020) Julian Roman Death of Me is a frightless and futile experience. The awful soundtrack was the only thing that raised my blood pressure. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 2067 (2020) Julian Roman 2067's detailed plot has several intriguing mysteries at its core. They unfurl slowly while the primary character faces an existential crisis. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
2/5 Ava (2020) Julian Roman Ava fumbles its attempt to mix the standard globetrotting assassin formula with an intense family drama. Jessica Chastain does a lot of heavy lifting to no avail. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 Antebellum (2020) Julian Roman Antebellum captures the horrific brutality of slavery, but fails to be compelling in any other regard. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Julian Roman Tom Holland takes a dramatic leap as an actor. He proves his mettle in a truly disturbing film with a sensational ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
3.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Julian Roman Enola Holmes is spirited and whimsical, but tough as nails when a Jiu Jitsu takedown is needed. Millie Bobby Brown continues to impress as a lead actress. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/5 Mulan (2020) Julian Roman Mulan is a soaring epic that will thrill global audiences. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/5 Tenet (2020) Julian Roman Slick action scenes and visual effects can't save the tediously complex Tenet. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
3.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Julian Roman The Personal History of David Copperfield is a bold and wildly imaginative interpretation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) Julian Roman Superman: Man of Tomorrow doesn't work as an action film. But successfully depicts Clark Kent's journey to becoming the Man of Steel. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
3.5/5 Sputnik (2020) Julian Roman Sputnik hits the bullseye across multiple genres. The science fiction, horror, and action elements are fantastic. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
2.5/5 Tesla (2020) Julian Roman Tesla is an undeniably creative endeavor, but not compelling in any meaningful way. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 Unhinged (2020) Julian Roman Russell Crowe channels his commanding screen presence into pure misogynistic hatred. Unhinged is a pulp thriller that will certainly raise your blood pressure. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/5 Project Power (2020) Julian Roman Project Power is the big-budget popcorn flick you've been aching to see. The superhero actioner provides a much-needed cinematic jolt to a barren summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/5 Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons (2020) Julian Roman DC supervillain Deathstroke gets a bloody, but melodramatic makeover. Superb action scenes and a fairly compelling storyline are muddled by terrible dialogue. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
2/5 The Tax Collector (2020) Julian Roman The Tax Collector is violent and gruesome as hell, but poorly written with an absurd plot. David Ayer stumbles with his latest LA gangster flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 The Secret Garden (2020) Julian Roman The Secret Garden captures the magic and innocence of the book. It stumbles somewhat in the final act, but is rescued by a luminous performance from young Dixie Egerickx. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
1/5 Paydirt (2020) Julian Roman Paydirt is a godawful Guy Ritchie knockoff that fails utterly as a heist flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3.5/5 Out Stealing Horses (2019) Julian Roman Out Stealing Horses examines how tragic events irreparably shatter the bonds we hold dear, and changes the course of our lives. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 Radioactive (2019) Julian Roman Rosamund Pike brings vibrancy and nuance to her portrayal of Marie Curie. Her performance makes up for the film's flaws. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
2.5/5 The Rental (2020) Julian Roman The Rental has your attention rapt, then loses intrigue with rote horror tropes. Dave Franco shows promise in his feature directorial debut. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
3.5/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Julian Roman The Painted Bird is a bleak odyssey of humanity's darkest instincts. Czech director Václav Marhoul delivers a brutal, unsparing account of survival. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/5 The Sunlit Night (2019) Julian Roman The Sunlit Night is a superficial journey of discovery. The quirky characters, settings, and stylized asides look fanciful but don't amount to much. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020