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
3.5/5 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
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Neil Pond Not a whole new world, but a bit brighter, bluer, and newer for a modern generation of young viewers who need to hear that a princess has more on her mind than marrying a prince. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Neil Pond The best, brightest coming-of-age comedy in years. An easy A+. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Samuel R. Murrian So, is Pokémon Detective Pikachu a genre-transcending masterwork? Absolutely not. Is it much of a drama? Nope. Is it a low-key good time at the movies that's sure to satisfy kids and even charm some parents? Why, yes. Yes it is. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
2.5/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Neil Pond Warm and fuzzy but a bit lacking in substantial bow-wow-wow, this franchise nonetheless feels like it's turning into a faithful movie companion that's figured out its own secret to coming back again and again. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Samuel R. Murrian 'The Biggest Little Farm' is a winner. This is illuminating, even riveting real-life entertainment the whole family can enjoy and learn something from. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 Poms (2019) Neil Pond I kept wishing for a bit more rah to go with the sis-boom-bah, but the movie's heart is in the right place, with an uplifting message about teamwork, friendship and not letting age be a barrier, of any kind. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Sleight (2016) Samuel R. Murrian This could be a star-making turn for Latimore, who is effortlessly engaging in a layered role. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Samuel R. Murrian With hindsight the plot unfolds too conveniently in places, but the acting here is straight-up extraordinary, and Three Billboards is always riveting and consistently surprising to watch. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 Colossal (2016) Samuel R. Murrian Colossal isn't perfect, but it's fun, distinct and ultimately rewarding, thanks in no small part to Hathaway's enthralling performance. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Personal Shopper (2016) Samuel R. Murrian Personal Shopper is Kristen Stewart's finest work to date. Appearing in virtually every scene, she commands the screen EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 La La Land (2016) Samuel R. Murrian The takeaway for me is the love story here. At risk of understatement, this is a cinematic love story for the ages. This is a story we haven't seen on screen before, at least certainly not done this well. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Let's not mince words: This will be remembered as one of the best science fiction/fantasy movies of all time, and this backlash simply must stop, because that's no way to treat a near-masterpiece. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Samuel R. Murrian The MCU pictures have always stressed that neither the destination nor the journey are as important as the connections we make along the way. As this is already the most lucrative series ever, clearly that message has struck a chord with millions. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 Shadow (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Shadow takes its time- but when the action hits, your jaw will drop. The talky first half leads into some of the most exciting, inventive and brutal action sequences of 2019. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Neil Pond You've heard politics make strange bedfellows. In this smart, sharp, frequently hilarious, often raunchy odd-couple rom-com, strange bedfellows make some pretty interesting politics. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Little Woods covers this territory more astutely and thoughtfully than TV's uneven, entertaining Ozark, and it's lightyears better than Clint Eastwood's The Mule, which was at its worst, unintentionally funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Samuel R. Murrian The action finale of Shazam! takes place at a carnival. It's clever, and packs a surprising emotional payoff. The same can be said of this whole big goofy irresistible flick. It isn't too soon to call this one of the best superhero movies ever. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 Penguins (2019) Neil Pond Reminds us of the grand cycle of life not just for penguin Steve, but for nature in general--the mystery of animal instincts, the majesty of their domains and their marvelous, miraculous adaptability. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
4.5/5 Blowin' Up (2018) Samuel R. Murrian "Female empowerment" is a phrase that gets tossed around in entertainment a lot. Blowin' Up is an illuminating, moving account of female empowerment in the real world. It's one of the best films of 2019 so far. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Neil Pond A little of this, a little of that, Little is a pleasant enough springtime diversion, with a bigger, multi-generational, women-of-color message about empowerment. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Neil Pond A playful, witty, clever, teen-centric jaunt that soars with a simple, uncluttered story, free of the past and full of both humor and heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Neil Pond Burton's signature, curveball spin edges into some deliciously dark corners, but the movie's big--and big-top--heart throbs with the rousing pulse of family, togetherness and freedom. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Neil Pond A modern horror movie that has the feel of an instant classic, one that has staying power to shock and awe years or even decades from now. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Neil Pond Soars as an origin story with heart, cheeky humor, wit and warmth, zingy dialogue, punchy action, colorful characters and a hero--heroine--who breaks the glass ceiling on two worlds. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Neil Pond A tight, pulpy, nasty little crazy-train psychological thriller that takes a sharp turn into something even nastier in the homestretch. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Neil Pond The third time is definitely a charm---and a charm(er)---for the final, closing, soaring chapter of this popular, successful franchise about a Viking boy and his faithful, flying dragon. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Neil Pond With a brisk streak of send-up humor, and outright comedy, stirred into the killer mix, it isn't a bloody slasher film, by any stretch---it's more Scooby Doo than Scream. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 What Men Want (2019) Neil Pond Pours on the yuks but doesn't have much of a feel about how to make this raunchy comedy about workplace inequality much more than a broad, lazy swipe at an easy, timely target. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Neil Pond Shyamalan's geeky intersection of comic book culture, superhero backstories and pop mythology builds to a showdown, but it's more of a letdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Upside (2018) Neil Pond Offers a pleasant thaw from the January cold, but can't quite overcome the downside of stereotyping, clichés and an overlay of hokey, jokey sap and gloppy, predictable Hollywood goo. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 Disobedience (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Disobedience doesn't reach the rapturous, magic-realism-tinged heights of A Fantastic Woman (an unusual and virtually flawless movie that just gets better with repeat viewings), but it is absolutely another big win for Lelio, a red-hot and unique talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 Beach Rats (2017) Samuel R. Murrian The film is hard to shake and hypnotizing to watch, like a neon dream you never want to leave. It is also, in many ways a nightmare. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018