Film Racket

Film Racket is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Gibron, Blake Crane, Chris Barsanti, Chris Cabin, Christopher Null, Josh Bell, Mike McGranaghan, Sean O'Connell, Stephen Whitty, Valerie Kalfrin
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Joker (2019) Jason McKiernan Joker is a dread carnival, a relentlessly bleak tome of psychopathic origins that understands neither psychopathy nor origin stories. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) Valerie Kalfrin The story skitters off in so many directions, it feels like the disembodied hand Thing on a tear. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Josh Bell The story aims to compete with the Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible franchises, but comes closer to those '90s action movies featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme acting opposite himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) Josh Bell Judy feels raw and real, a messy portrait of a woman who was under constant pressure to embody glamorous perfection. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 Abominable (2019) Josh Bell Inoffensive and forgettable, the kind of thing that parents can nap through while their kids spend half the time watching it and half the time fidgeting in their seats. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 Monos (2019) Andrew Emerson If this film aspires to be a cinematic Lord of the Flies, its showiness and intellectual hypocrisy make it something far less in practice. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Jason McKiernan a satire of our obsession with the sexual transaction that uses a male gaze industry to tell a female gaze story EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jason McKiernan It Chapter Two can't decide whether it wants to chase after Stephen King or Steven Spielberg. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Human Capital (2019) Josh Bell The talented cast does solid work, most of them finding hidden depths in these generally privileged, self-centered people. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 The Riot Act (2018) Josh Bell Parks aims admirably high, refusing to be constrained by budget or technical limitations, but his ambition consistently outstrips his abilities. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Josh Bell Estes seems almost ashamed of the supernatural elements of his movie, focusing instead on dull crime-solving details, even though the central case is sloppily constructed and full of holes. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Jason McKiernan A lack of basic stylistic cohesion is a distraction from which Ready or Not can barely recover, though enough of its giddy ridiculousness breaks through. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 Luce (2019) Jason McKiernan an exercise in telling rather than showing EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Josh Bell Javed's unabashed fandom should win over even the most hardened skeptic. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 Gwen (2018) Andrew Emerson the film never expands on its social critiques: instead, it dedicates the bulk of its time to atmospherically depicting Gwen's dreary life on the farm EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Josh Bell The humor and the heart all fall to the young stars to carry, but the adults behind the camera only give them the bare minimum to work with. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 The VelociPastor (2018) Josh Bell A haphazard mess no matter how self-aware it is about its own stupidity. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Jason McKiernan you know something's gone horribly awry when The Kitchen's most interesting moments in retrospect are the pre-film production logos EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Josh Bell The cheap tearjerking ploys are just as phony as the idea of a talking, philosophizing dog. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Josh Bell Struggles to balance its toddler-focused origins with the demands of blockbuster filmmaking, mostly landing in an awkward middle ground. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Andrew Emerson Watching The Nightingale may be painful in the moment, but when it's all over, you'll leave the theater feeling moved - and perhaps empowered as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Josh Bell A CGI-filled behemoth, with little weight or impact to its monotonous action sequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jason McKiernan not a recreation of classical Hollywood filmmaking but a dissection of the industry's machinery and a portrait of the people who grind through the machinery's gears EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Jake Tiranno The movie, not changing up much of the dialogue or lyrics, simply plays like a solid cover to a song you really love. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Andrew Emerson Its mix of comedy and drama aside, however, the main reason why The Farewell works is that it knows its stuff. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Josh Bell Mostly this movie is just about putting some talented, funny people together and letting them riff. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/5 Stuber (2019) Jason McKiernan passably amusing but firmly grounded, never reaching the takeoff velocity it might've otherwise, if the material matched the talent of the performers EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jason McKiernan Peter Parker is a perfect audience proxy, since he's not even sure how to successfully negotiate the perils of adolescence, let alone reckon with the deceptive evil swirling in the world EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
1.5/5 Amaurosis (2017) Valerie Kalfrin it meanders and blurs, like its protagonist's vision EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
3/5 Bloodroot (2019) Andrew Emerson Bloodroot will probably leave the politically attuned side of you feeling somewhat disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Josh Bell Yesterday fulfills its modest ambitions with warmth and gentle humor. It wouldn't, however, make any impact if it were magically erased from existence. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Mike McGranaghan After producing three brilliant Toy Story movies, I had my doubts that Pixar could pull off a fourth. I could not have been more off-base with that assessment. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 Holy Lands (2018) Stephen Whitty Holy Lands isn't a bad movie. It's four mediocre movies mixed together. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
5/5 Leto (2018) Andrew Emerson a provocative, powerful, and important work EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jason McKiernan Toy Story 4 is not your father's Toy Story - or, not your childhood's Toy Story. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Plus One (2019) Andrew Emerson Even if Plus One generally fails to satisfy, Erskine and Quaid together ensure that the whole experience isn't entirely worthless EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Jason McKiernan seems like the spare-parts plan-B pivot after the better idea fell through EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 Shaft (2019) Josh Bell Jackson and director Tim Story help turn a beloved icon into a crass cartoon. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Late Night (2019) Jason McKiernan the film is inexorably drawn to the sort of soul-bearing soapbox progressivism that results when themes aren't adequately embedded in the narrative and the satire isn't sharp enough to speak for itself EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Josh Bell Kids will probably laugh at the poop and fart jokes and clamor for merchandise featuring the animal characters, but Secret Life 2 doesn't teach them anything valuable or achieve any emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 Domino (2019) Josh Bell It's just another dull, rote straight-to-video thriller, and that's the worst thing a talent like De Palma could possibly make. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Josh Bell The monster battles aren't worth much if they're murky, indistinguishable smudges of CGI. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Josh Bell Easily takes its place in the overall pantheon of teen comedies. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Jason McKiernan Side-stepping the obvious "what's the point?" discussion, the logistics of the effort are suspect EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Josh Bell Bailey remains annoyingly dim and hyperactive, and Gad's voice performance is still cutesy and cloying. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Andrew Emerson quite cheesy EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/5 The Intruder (2019) Jason McKiernan a greasy pizza would be the perfect junk-food accompaniment to any viewing of The Intruder EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Jason McKiernan the framework of this plot is totally on-the-nose, yet so focused on shifting just enough minor details that it results in a complete logical jumble EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Valerie Kalfrin For those unfamiliar with the real-life details of the LeRoy saga, JT LeRoy will seem light on details EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jason McKiernan this screenplay - be it out of necessity or design - might be the most inventive film in the Marvel canon, able to navigate a creative triptych through the annals of MCU lore without a bunch of forced flashbacks or awkward cameos EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019