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, Valerie Kalfrin
Rating Title/Year Author
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
4/5 Dogman (2018) Andrew Emerson a powerful film EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Josh Bell For the most part, Missing Link is lively and fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Josh Bell Becky is her own unique entity, and Perry and Moss (in their third film together) make her completely unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/5 Little (2019) Josh Bell It plays like, well, a movie conceived by a 10-year-old. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Josh Bell It's a smart branding exercise for both Burton and Disney, but it exhibits about as much soul and passion as V.A. Vandevere's Dreamland. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Jake Tiranno one viewing is just not enough EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Josh Bell A movie that could have been bold and iconic, but instead settles for good enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jake Tiranno Fighting with My Family's wholesome tale tag-teamed with its huge heart makes it championship material EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
2.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Josh Bell It's just more dull busy work for the humans and dragons to move past. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jake Tiranno Alita: Battle Angel is no doubt a fun action-adventure and a feast for the eyes, but it lacks any real depth or a story moving enough for me to want to see more. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
2.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Valerie Kalfrin Although not as gruesomely clever or funny as Tales, it gets in some decent barbs amid its behind-the-scenes backstabbing and bloodletting. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Valerie Kalfrin It certainly makes for an interesting life, but the interviews and presentation don't elevate Weld as truly remarkable. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
1/5 The Amityville Murders (2018) Jake Tiranno incredibly tacky EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Josh Bell Lord and Miller once again prove that they can take the most unlikely corporate assignment and turn it into something delightful. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Josh Bell As the story turns darker, more churches burn and the violent acts escalate, the tone falters. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 The Amityville Murders (2018) Christopher Null incredibly tacky EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 Piercing (2018) Josh Bell All the way through the abrupt, cheeky final line, the audience is rooting equally for the main characters to kill each other and to fall in love. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 Serenity (2019) Mike McGranaghan Serenity is either incredibly brilliant or monumentally terrible. I'm not sure which. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 King of Thieves (2018) Valerie Kalfrin the film's shifts in tone, unfocused script, and lagging pace, particularly in the second half, make for disappointing plunder EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 All These Small Moments (2018) Valerie Kalfrin Costanzo tugs on a lot of threads in this family tapestry, but the result is misshapen EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 The Upside (2018) Josh Bell The aggressively uplifting messages and bonding between two unlikely friends come off as phony as the green-screened view of New York City from Phillip's penthouse balcony. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 Elephants (2018) Matthew O'Connell Quiet, natural moments, sincere performances, and clean, confident direction help an unassuming movie build to an unexpectedly resonant crescendo that might stick with you long after watching. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Jason McKiernan The film is meticulous in its slow burn, unfolding with such measured patience that it can lull a viewer into a casual dismissal of its method EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
2/5 Vice (2018) Jason McKiernan There are so many stylistic and narrative subversions that eventually the film loses sight of what it's trying to subvert EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 Cold War (2018) Josh Bell Pawlikowksi condenses the entire world into the connection between these two flawed, beautiful people. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 The American Meme (2018) Christopher Null Paris Hilton was the first to discover that you don't have to do anything special to get famous, you just have to be good at grabbing people's attention. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Jason McKiernan aches with authenticity, in a film that unravels a lifetime's worth of love and pain in a single 24-hour period. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jason McKiernan an immersive time capsule to origins of Disney magic that feels like a legitimate sequel rather than a cynical reboot EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Valerie Kalfrin By expanding the possibilities of spider-heroes, it engagingly shows how heroics hinge most on a person's character. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4.5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jason McKiernan If Beale Street Could Talk understands the tragic reality but also understands the beauty in the crevices. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Jason McKiernan There is so much marginal quirkiness that I fear it's obscuring the unfortunate fact that there isn't much substance on the bottom line. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Josh Bell When the story eventually takes a turn for sensational, Kore-eda keeps the action low-key, emphasizing the emotional responses of the family members rather than the external forces that close in around them. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Josh Bell The story's progression is largely predictable, but the filmmakers handle it with seriousness and care, making time for character development on both sides of the monumental fight. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
2/5 Instant Family (2018) Josh Bell Both the parents and the kids are completely insufferable and unsympathetic, and their moments of bonding and joy are as unconvincing as the strained moments of wacky comedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/5 Boy Erased (2018) Jason McKiernan about as well-intentioned as a movie can be while still shamelessly misrepresenting the subject it so staunchly supports EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Josh Bell Ballad may not be a TV series, but if the Coens wanted to open that fake book back up and spin some more yarns, more episodes would be welcome. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Jason McKiernan An elegant confidence propels Can You Ever Forgive Me?, one that confirms this as a film that knows precisely what it wants to be EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Josh Bell This awkward movie is rarely exciting or funny, and uses a visual assault as compensation for a disjointed, uninteresting plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 Suspiria (2018) Josh Bell Guadagnino and Kajganich have taken Argento's abstract fairy tale and grounded it in reality, while keeping it just as lush and overwhelmingly strange. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
1.5/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Josh Bell While Atkinson remains limber, most of the humor hasn't aged nearly as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 Mid90s (2018) Jason McKiernan a film as restless as the lost adolescents it depicts EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 Ophelia (2018) Christopher Null Whether this all works is up for debate, but I will say it would take a better writer than me to take a stab at rewriting Shakespeare's greatest play. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018