DCist

DCist is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dominic Griffin, Ian Buckwalter, Pat Padua
Rating Title/Year Author
4/10 Marshall (2017) Dominic Griffin Anyone expecting a substantive picture about Marshall is just going to have to lower their expectations... EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4.5/10 Year by the Sea (2016) Dominic Griffin The world needs more films for older audiences, so such viewers can see themselves on screen and so the seasoned veterans that get these roles can continue to get work long after their superhero movie days are gone. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
7/10 Beach Rats (2017) Dominic Griffin ...Eliza Hittman uses skin-deep imagery to explore the inner life of her haunted protagonist. Taking the coming of age film's threadbare trappings, she probes deeper, fixing her penetrative lens upon the tragic masquerade of performative masculinity. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
8/10 Step (2017) Dominic Griffin This summer's mega-budget blockbusters can't pack the cathartic punch provided by the most satisfying moments in Step's triumphant third act. And this is real life. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/10 Wish Upon (2017) Dominic Griffin ...this is not a subtle or particularly original horror movie, but it is never, ever boring. In fact, it may be the most striking subversion of a well-worn trope in ages, despite also being almost admirably stupid. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
6/10 In the Deep (2017) Dominic Griffin ut this is a movie about pretty white girl tourists trying not to get eaten by sharks. It doesn't even attempt to reinvent the wheel. Be warned, however: this film brings far more laughs than screams, and very few are intentional. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
7/10 Wonder Woman (2017) Dominic Griffin . Where Snyder's films thus far have been dismal 9/11 rehashing oddities, Jenkins has made the first film to capture the magic DC's always represented in the four color world. It's a treasure to have it here on the silver screen. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
6/10 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Dominic Griffin Guardians of The Galaxy (...) was a unique outlier compared to its homogenized brethren. While Vol. 2 is just as charming, if not more so, it still suffers from many of the same issues that have plagued every Marvel film. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
6/10 Free Fire (2016) Dominic Griffin Ben Wheatley's latest film has a sharp premise, but doesn't take it any further than its logical, exhausting conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
7.5/10 Logan (2017) Dominic Griffin While it would have been nice if these themes had been more thoroughly explored, they still resonate. Besides, nerds have waited almost 20 years for uncensored slice and dice from the ol' Canucklehead. Sometimes, compromise is necessary. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
8.5/10 Get Out (2017) Dominic Griffin With great buzz and nearly universal acclaim, critics may worry about overselling Get Out. But the film truly is one of the funniest comedies, scariest horror films, and most assured cinematic debuts in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
9/10 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Dominic Griffin Everyone who's ever worked on the property has tried to create the most perfect Batman story ever. Who knew that all they had to do was use Legos to cut to the character's very core? EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
6/10 Julieta (2016) Dominic Griffin Director Pedro Almodóvar has devoted many of his films to strong female characters. Underneath his signature bold colors, though, his latest feature feels strangely shallow. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/10 Loving (2016) Dominic Griffin ...the intersection of race and legality in the country was characterized by crucial gray shades that Loving reduces to the digestibility of a Hallmark card. That the colors on that card are muted and arty can't hide its retreaded sentiment. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/10 The Birth of a Nation (2016) Dominic Griffin There's a pulpy, macabre sense of thrill once the rebellion begins and white blood is vengefully spilt, but as in the history books, it's over before it truly begun. It's a shame that a film with so much potential is content simply to clear a low bar. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Tomorrowland (2015) Pat Padua Cheerily puts the steering wheel in your own hands. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Pat Padua A thriller whose intensity is driven by emotion as much as it is by motion. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Welcome to Me (2014) Pat Padua If only Alice Krieg had directed it herself. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Pat Padua You may learn something before it's all done and it makes a billion dollars. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Adult Beginners (2014) Pat Padua Kroll ... [gives] Nick enough humanity to make his character arc watchable and even moving. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Man From Reno (2014) Pat Padua A convoluted mystery in which the helmsman cares about his characters and doesn't treat them like pieces of meat or pawns on a chessboard. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Trois coeurs (2014) Pat Padua I did not feel anybody's heart beating ... but those strings kept me moderately invested in a pair of sisters and the moppet tax inspector they loved. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Salt of the Earth (2014) Pat Padua What is this, an inspirational poster? EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Wrecking Crew (2008) Pat Padua If it moves from personal history to pop culture study, it also moves in the other direction, instilling a sense of urgency in documenting our own personal histories. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
It Follows (2014) Pat Padua Takes cues from '70s horror movies, but ... creates its own creepy atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Eva (2011) Pat Padua Eva had me at the robotic cat. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Pat Padua They wiggle their formulaic rumps in the direction of paying audience's tear ducts until water inevitably and uncontrollably gushes. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Wild Tales (2014) Pat Padua An exciting, gory ride that gets heavy-handed and loses steam, but there's more than enough to satisfy the lust for blood and entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Pat Padua If you must have a stylistic gambit, better slow motion than incomprehensible motion. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jupiter Ascending (2015) Pat Padua It's not Tatum's fault that he can't get into the character of an albino puppy man from another planet. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Winter Sleep (2014) Pat Padua If the film is in part about winter doldrums, it conveys this ennui perfectly. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Paddington (2014) Pat Padua Eventually gets lost in Scooby Doo plot territory, but at heart it's a story of a young bear trying to find his way in a new world. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Inherent Vice (2014) Pat Padua A fog of uncertain motivations ... make it hard to ever get purchase on the film and truly engage with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Babadook (2014) Pat Padua Rich in mental metaphor, the monster knocking at the door only exists from the power we give it. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Overnighters (2014) Pat Padua The Overnighters isn't just a movie about the economic crisis or the breakdown of the American Dream. Its powerful metaphors take it from very specific circumstances to something universal. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Interstellar (2014) Pat Padua Succeeds on a level that has been largely foreign to the celluloid-loving director: the emotional. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Nightcrawler (2014) Pat Padua Jake Gyllenhaal's greasy performance as Lou Bloom is a spot-on psychopath, spewing forth banalities like a deranged creep, but he never goes so far as to make his character someone you don't recognize. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
John Wick (2014) Pat Padua Bloody and effective, but even more than a cathartic bloodbath, it offers laughter and puppies. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
St. Vincent (2014) Pat Padua Everyone is redeemable-and not just the obvious heroes. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Gone Girl (2014) Pat Padua More ephemeral than the director's best work. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The One I Love (2014) Pat Padua Immerses the viewer in its chilling waters, leaving you with a feeling of instability that may be hard to shake. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Rich Hill (2014) Pat Padua Its beauty also suggests a plea to the viewer: how do you keep America beautiful? EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
If I Stay (2014) Pat Padua The audience's conflict is whether or not to stay awake. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Get On Up (2014) Pat Padua [Chadwick Boseman] gets the mannerisms right, and builds a volatile character who's opportunistic, frightening and vulnerable, like a funky Klaus Kinski. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Pat Padua Its complete lack of connection with Allen's or anybody's reality is startling, which seems to get at the film's very themes of storytelling and the illusions and delusions we hold dear in order to get through our lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Pat Padua Koba is the most vivid character on either side of the evolutionary fence. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jersey Boys (2014) Pat Padua Sinks as if it had concrete blocks tied to its windpipes. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Pat Padua A brutal indictment of the disposability of life. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Dance of Reality (2013) Pat Padua A mixed bag, albeit an intensely colorful and at times wildly inventive one. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) Pat Padua Its leading man is one of the most charming, charismatic figures you'll see in any movie, fact or fiction, all year. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018