Parade Magazine

Parade Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Neil Pond, Samuel R. Murrian
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Way Back (2020) Neil Pond Perhaps Affleck's most personal--and personal-feeling--movie, and movie role, ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Neil Pond A golly-whopper psycho-thriller of a horror show that's also a monster movie for the #MeToo movement, a creep show about toxic masculinity and how abused women are often told they're crazy. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) Neil Pond A delightfully snazzy, dizzily entertaining, snappy-looking period-piece rom-com. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 José (2018) Samuel R. Murrian José is brutally honest about sex in a way movies seldom are. The alternately sweaty-palmed and lackadaisical buildup of online hookups, as well as the occasional, inevitable deflating disappointment of such trysts are captured just as they happen. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
4.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Samuel R. Murrian The Lodge is gimmick-free; if you're looking for jump scares, or even lots of thrills, this is not where to look. This is slow-burn, psychological fare that isn't intended to raise the pulse so much as engage us emotionally. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Neil Pond I wouldn't want to live there, but Guy Ritchie's riotously raw ganja-gangland fantasy world sure is a great-escape movie getaway. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Neil Pond A high-spirited, action-packed blowout reunion that plays to the comedic strengths of its two marquee stars while giving them plenty of room to roam, lots of things to blast or blow up and a flowing stream of bickering-buddy humor. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Samuel R. Murrian This is a submissive, sloppy apology for a terrific movie. This is a series apologizing for itself when it didn't need to. Which just feels embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
2/5 Like a Boss (2020) Neil Pond Raunchy humor that feels like it was written with broad strokes of a mascara brush and highlighted with smeared lipstick. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Neil Pond A gripping human drama, a bracing history lesson, a bruising survival saga and a blowout adventure yarn--and a jaw-dropping marvel of astonishing, immersive filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
1.5/5 Cats (2019) Neil Pond This part-people, part-pussycat, faux-feline Hollywood hairball is a me-ouch. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) Neil Pond Gerwig gives a familiar, old story vibrant new zing and zest, and a celebratory message that will resonate anew with women of all ages in today's modern world. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Samuel R. Murrian This is a marked improvement over last year's [unintentionally funny, frustratingly unrealistic] The Mule, and it presents a solid choice for grownups seeking gripping, thoughtful big-screen entertainment this holiday season. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Neil Pond A dynamite drama that chronicles a pivotal moment in modern history, when a group of women rallied and rose up, lighting the way for the Time's Up and #MeToo movements. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Neil Pond Sandler's gut-punch, in-your-face performance smashes through the comedy ceiling of stunted man-child schlub roles that have mostly defined his acting career. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4.5/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Samuel R. Murrian Gravity meets Titanic. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Neil Pond Great, galloping fun---the year's most entertaining movie puzzle, with some of the sharpest edges where you least expect them. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Neil Pond While not quite as fresh as the original, it still stands tall with its own proto-feminist message of strong girl power and sisters doin' it for themselves--and each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Neil Pond A crackling political-intrigue thriller, about big issues that matter, made out of real-life characters and events from the not-so-distant past. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Neil Pond At three and a half hours, 'Irishman' fills out its epic proportions with epic performances and some of Scorsese's best, most profound filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 Harriet (2019) Neil Pond Some things take time, as Harriet Tubman knew. But her remarkable achievements will live forever, and 'Harriet' finally, fittingly frames her story in the Hollywood dimensions it has long deserved. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Neil Pond Jolie is the big bird, the hot wings, the OG witchy woman that rises from the rubble of this hot-mess fairy-fray train wreck. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Neil Pond Something to see if you want to see Will Smith beating himself up in a movie, in perhaps more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Neil Pond Phoenix makes his mark as a severely damaged man who becomes an insane monster, a maestro of madness who sinks to the bottom of society but moves to the top of the DC Villains Hall of Fame. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) Neil Pond 'Judy' and Zellweger show us a falling star going down in one final blaze of semi-glory...an icon whose fame had spread around the world long before the internet or cable TV. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Neil Pond It's fun, feisty, gaudy and glitzy and gritty, and it feels right, even when you know it has to be wrong. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4.5/5 Empathy, Inc. (2018) Samuel R. Murrian One of the freshest genre surprises of the fall movie season. This movie freaked me out more than any traditional horror film I've seen all year. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Haunt (2019) Samuel R. Murrian Lots of flicks of this ilk today feel the need to be meta and overly self-aware, which sometimes works and is sometimes annoying. I was charmed by Haunt's throwback, streamlined, less-is-more approach. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Neil Pond 'It' goes out with a bang---full of strangeness and suspense, a jack-in-the-box of jolts and jumps, oozing and clattering and shrieking with freak-show, gross-out, goose-bump weirdness and hair-raising, FX terrors. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 The Wizard of Oz (1939) Samuel R. Murrian The world's favorite movie. Exciting, touching and big-hearted,The Wizard of Ozis the movie we most look forward to sharing with future generations. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Halloween (1978) Samuel R. Murrian The quintessential popcorn horror film, a thrill ride with few equals. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Neil Pond A red-meat grinder of gunfire and pyro built atop a gonzo storyline of political implosion, an astonishing amount of carnage and a tone-deaf disregard for the mood of much of the nation for seeing dozens of people mowed down by military-grade weaponry. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 Good Boys (2019) Neil Pond Childhood innocence intersects with a profane punch of wild, rollicking, ribald comedy, purified with the sunshine of genuine sweetness. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Neil Pond Bullets fly, blood spills, splats and spatters, bones crunch. This is a different kind of ladies' night, for sure---a mobster movie with a gender flip. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 The Babadook (2014) Samuel R. Murrian [In 2019], it remains the best horror film so far this century. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Neil Pond The two alpha-male stars fall easily into the heady, diesel-fuel mix of banter, ballistics and beefy, bone-crunching, balls-to-the-wall beatdowns. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Neil Pond Meticulously crafted, masterfully curated and obsessively detailed, it's a cinematic sandbox of Tarantino touchstones. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Neil Pond A deeply unnerving disturbia that scorches dark recesses of the imagination with savage, searing grotesqueries that linger long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 Phantom Thread (2017) Samuel R. Murrian It's Workaholism: The Movie. With Phantom Thread, Anderson has made, unequivocally, the best film about workaholism of all time. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Samuel R. Murrian Booksmart has something urgent going on under the surface. This is a lively and rebellious, rather profoundly feminist movie about young women with dreams, and the enormous pressures facing them. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Neil Pond Even though he's now 23, Holland still manages to convey the youthful angst of one of Marvel's most popular characters as he grows into the responsibilities that go with his sticky superpowers. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Neil Pond An adorable Brit-centric rom-com fantasy set in a rock 'n' roll alt-reality where Beatles music lives anew, life goes on, ob-la-di, ob-la-da, and all you need is love, after all. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Samuel R. Murrian Vera Farmiga is the Jamie Lee Curtis of this series and that's that. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 Child's Play (2019) Samuel R. Murrian In the remake, the human characters are selfish and cynical, and many will be rooting for the doll. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Samuel R. Murrian Downbeat and self-serious yet insubstantial...It's unclear what the big draw for an X-Men film is when neither joy nor simple popcorn pleasures are on the table. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Samuel R. Murrian I was completely enthralled by every inch of Wild Rose. This is a really special, affecting film that leaves a mark. It's one of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Neil Pond Meta, existential Disney-Pixar cleverness about lost toys that find their purpose, bittersweet partings, happy reunions and how--as the old saying goes-one person's trash can, indeed, become someone else's treasure. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Neil Pond Strands its cast and its franchise with a script that feels stale and cookie-cutter, underwhelming F/X, a messy, meandering plot and a shortage of the crisp, feisty zip and zing that made the original idea so much gosh-darn fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Samuel R. Murrian King of the Monsters is definitely a worthwhile way to kill two hours and change this summer. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Neil Pond A glittery goblet of tribute, a rollicking twist on rock biopics, and a stupendously inventive musical with a star-making performance by Egerton, who fills it with pitch-perfect performances. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019