is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Johnson Mandell, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Full of crater-sized plot holes and non-stop, over the top action. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Noah Baumbach's script, about the trials and tribulations of divorce and custody battles, is really nothing we haven't seen before, on big or small screens. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell That acerbic, abusive and abrasive script, in which almost everyone is aggressive and annoying, can drive a viewer to distraction. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1917 (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell You will be awed by the cinematography, the directing, the acting, the storytelling, the editing, the score - every aspect of this film is impressive and moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
Little Women (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Gerwig's colorful, warm and creative touch is what sets it apart from so many versions of the story, and so many other gritty, violent and tiresome films of the day. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Viewers will especially enjoy the opportunity to get last, fond looks at some of their favorite characters (Spoiler alert! Jar Jar Binks is not among them). EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
Cats (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The big screen version of Cats may not be purrfect, but it's lovely, wildly entertaining and sparkles with movie magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Marielle Heller has directed a film that is beautiful for the overall feeling more than any other single aspect-a rare achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Mirren and McKellen are so sublime you can't help but wish they'd paired up for the first time in a better vehicle. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Director Jame Mangold has created an extraordinary film with a powerful engine that won't quit, fueled by human passion and frailty. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Instead of skipping merrily into the holidays, it awkwardly trips over its own twinkle toes. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Ya see, kid, if you're a real sucker for a moody noir picture, this one will smack you right in the kisser. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Three generations of powerful women grab the reins and take us for a wild and raucous cinematic ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell You will find yourself alternately laughing and crying, but continuously dazzled, by Waititi's gorgeous, vaguely Wes Anderson-esque style. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There are soon-to-be classic comedic moments involved here, including some mirror character schtick and another outrageous Bill Murray/zombie riot. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Staci Layne Wilson An ultimately unnecessary sequel and seems too intense (for kids) to justify a PG rating. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell iGemini Man is worth a look for the special effects alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Joker (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell One of the most gratuitously grim films of the decade, you can't help but wonder for whom the film rolls. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Since it's so closely associated with Lisa Nowak's story, many find fault because it doesn't exactly embrace her narrative. But the film can and should stand on its own. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell I'd call it painfully sappy if I didn't love those plucky characters, their costumes, their architecture and their interior design so much. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Expectations flew high for the film adaptation of this best-loved book. But instead of soaring, it takes a dive. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell it's a riveting story, dazzlingly told from a female perspective, that puts the stiletto on the other foot. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell While director Andy Muschietti does a fine job of keeping the creeps coming, after awhile all those chases, attacks, morphing and jump scares just become numbing. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Great hook, messy resolution. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Just the right ratio of gore to giggles. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Blanchett's performance is the highlight. The rest is a limp string of memorable moments from the book, listlessly assembled with no apparent regard for suspense or intensity. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The tone seems muddled - the discordant flash mob routines feel like music videos, and when the letters of lyrics whirl around it feels like an antidepressant commercial. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell While the individual performances are superb, the plot doesn't cook them up into anything very savory. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Perfect popcorn scares for summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Despite its lackluster narration and unoriginal storytelling, The Art of Racing in the Rain is sweet, harmless and emotional. There are worse things for a film to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell A spinoff from the wildly successful muscle car/muscle men franchise, the film is the raucous epitome of the bromantic action comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Tarantino has skillfully crafted each shot for sly, intentional effect, and although his storytelling is somewhat laid back, not one of the 159 minutes is wasted. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell I would have loved to see director John Favreau infuse more fantasy and wonder, as he did with the live action version of The Jungle Book. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Stuber (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's an unlikely buddy comedy for the decade, with themes of disruption and masculinity mixed in with the humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Midsommar is bound to burrow under the skins of horror fans and will more than likely be regarded as one of the best of its genre this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Staci Layne Wilson [It's] the best of the Annabelle movies overall. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a small film that I wish would have been bigger. But it does have heart to spare, thanks to Danny Boyle's tender direction from an endearing script by Richard Curtis. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Staci Layne Wilson In spite of a few eye-roller lines, Child's Play is harmless fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's stronger for all the roads it didn't take: no scatological humor, no hammering of politically correct messages, no garish pop tunes wedged in to keep the energy up. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The Quiet One (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Wyman's not someone we usually hear from [in The Rolling Stones], so his take on the whole 'rock n roll circus' that began in the swinging sixties feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Interesting to watch present-day Crosby go back over his old stomping grounds in Laurel Canyon, which is juxtaposed with home videos and footage from the 60s. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Staci Layne Wilson It's a fanciful, grainy swirl of rock doc / mockumentary . EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Director F. Gary Gray allows the adept cast to breathe a little new life into the franchise, although he doesn't quite restore it to vibrant health. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Biting comedy and crisp commentary, not just about diversity of gender and race, but also of age and demographics. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell A clever, refreshing superpower flick where the hero, villain and many supporting cast members are powerful females. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There are too few nervous giggles for Ma to be campy, and too few jump scares for Ma to be frightening. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Because of its many other virtues, Rocketman can be forgiven for using that worn out, used up device of telling the story via rehab group therapy sessions. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's infinitely better than the stage version, but not quite on par with the animated feature. Still, it's a fine film for the fam to see over Memorial Day weekend. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell An original twist on a trite plot line that follows the last big fling before graduation. Booksmart turns the trope on its ear by dispensing with cliched stereotypes. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
A Dog's Journey (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Resistance is futile. Scratch its belly. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019