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
2/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Josh Bell As far as the ignominious history of video-game adaptations goes, Sonic is far from the worst, but it never does anything to justify its existence as a live-action feature film. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
1.5/5 Love is not Love (2020) Josh Bell [Mills] seems to have built up decades of Very Important Observations about love, which he imparts in the most self-indulgent manner possible. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Josh Bell The engaging, likable characters and the energetic, visually inventive action scenes carry the movie past its narrative lulls and exposition overloads. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 Family Obligations (2019) Josh Bell There's promise in Frank's work, even if Family Obligations is full of cliched plotting and crude, borderline incompetent filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
1.5/5 Dolittle (2020) Josh Bell The inevitable documentary about the behind-the-scenes turmoil will be much more entertaining, and much more coherent, too. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Josh Bell The problem with Spies in Disguise is not so much that it has a dumb premise, but that it doesn't seem to know what to do with that premise, throwing together a bunch of dopey jokes, spy-movie clichés and pigeon facts. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Valerie Kalfrin It has such verve, humor, and emotion, it's a delight that tempts viewers, like the March family's visitors, to linger in their world for a while. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/5 1917 (2019) Jason McKiernan The unbroken shot format is intended to open this world up, but ultimately encases it within a rigid proscenium EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Josh Bell Trying to serve too many competing interests makes The Rise of Skywalker feel tame, but tame is probably what this series calls for as a crowd-pleasing, fan-driven product. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Josh Bell Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan remain charming, but whatever novelty existed in the refurbished premise has already worn away. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Josh Bell The movie is full of disappointment and fury at the state of the world, and it expresses that point of view bluntly but with style. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Jason McKiernan Knives Out is a doozy of a magic trick from Rian Johnson, and it's impossible not to fall for it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Jason McKiernan Mister Rogers is a willful reflector of the human condition, understanding humanity's failings without outwardly embodying them, offering his empathy as our catharsis. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Josh Bell Frozen II holds on to its artistic vision carefully, honoring its characters and its world while fumbling its way toward their next destination. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/5 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Valerie Kalfrin A blend of fan service (in the best way) and participatory theater. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Jason McKiernan The Report serves as proof that a film can achieve total moral clarity and still come off as such a sanctimonious screed that you want to check its sources when you leave the screening room. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 The Good Liar (2019) Josh Bell Most of the story is too sedate to build up much excitement, and despite the glee with which McKellen and Mirren deliver their juiciest lines, the characters aren't interesting enough to either cheer on or despise. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Josh Bell The movie is slick and crowd-pleasing, a very American story of capitalist-driven ingenuity, and it rarely goes beyond its surface pleasures. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jason McKiernan Banderas' performance may be his greatest ever, abandoning the suave that has (rightly or wrongly) defined his screen presence as a man who once had imposing swagger but now only occupies the corporeal shell. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Josh Bell [Feig] plays this one disappointingly straight, delivering a generic but sometimes charming holiday tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 Midway (2019) Josh Bell The situation is pretty dire if Emmerich can't even get the explosions right. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Josh Bell Norton's ambition is impressive, and there are just enough intriguing characters, suspenseful sequences and fascinating period details to mostly hold the movie together. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Josh Bell It's a consistently entertaining action movie with some solid performances and special effects, and unlike the last two movies, it doesn't do any damage to the franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 Black and Blue (2019) Jason McKiernan Black and Blue is a racial polemic that could only be made in this modern world we live in - the kind of high-key potboiler that can jackhammer its way into the conversation in our toxic atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 Black and Blue (2019) Christopher Null Black and Blue is a racial polemic that could only be made in this modern world we live in - the kind of high-key potboiler that can jackhammer its way into the conversation in our toxic atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/5 Sunday Girl (2019) Josh Bell The movie's structure, abruptly shifting into lengthy flashbacks, is disjointed and awkward, and the jarring cuts, while perhaps meant to be funny or surprising, are mostly just confusing. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Josh Bell The jokey first half lets the more serious second half sneak up on the audience, and some of the most devastating moments work because they immediately follow laughter. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jason McKiernan Maleficent is mired in a racial conflict and the threat of genocide - the ideal fall family movie experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jason McKiernan Nothing can fully recapture the magic of Zombieland, but Double Tap, per its title, succeeds at giving you more of what you thought you never needed, all the way up through the credits, for which you must stay seated. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
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
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