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
Breakthrough (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Sustenance for the faith-based and an interesting look at a devout culture for non-believers. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell For a pretty much by-the-numbers ghost story, it scared the hell out of me. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell An excruciating amount of ridiculous exposition numbs the audience to the relentless bludgeoning that happens in between. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Little (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The actors do the best they can with the material they're given, but the script is awkward, lurching from scene to scene with minimal setup or payoff. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Leigh deserves credit for exposing the blot on his hometown history with such distinctive strokes. Still, it's a long, slow wait for a devastatingly brutal and violent ending. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Terrific performances by Rockwell, an extremely convincing bigoted good-old-boy, and Henson, who throws her all into the character, take the film to another level. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The new superhero in town bursts on screen in a blaze of adolescent energy and excitement. At last we have a DC character filled with mirth rather than mourning. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Staci Layne Wilson For those familiar with the King source material, you'll get what you're hoping for, plus a few new twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There's a lot to love about Disney's new live action reboot of the 1941 animated classic. Just keep your eye on the elephants, and all will be well. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Us (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It has some masterful cinematic bites, but when you step back and take a look at it as a whole, there are too many random pieces stitched together that don't quite fit. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Jaded adults will not be overly impressed with the film's manipulation, but teenage girls will flock to see it, keeping Kleenex in business. They could make worse choices. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Captain Marvel almost has it all: excitement, wit, plot twists, multi-faceted villains and stunning visual effects. What it doesn't have is the gravitas of a Wonder Woman. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
Greta (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell There are gigantic plot holes, with the story being far too dependent on luck (both good and bad) and coincidence. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Adults and children will be awed the wonder and spectacle of the glorious animation. It's the perfect franchise ending. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Staci Layne Wilson The beautifully made and carefully-crafted film starts off as an over-the-top black comedy sizzling with snarky satire. Then it paints over that canvass and becomes a darkly humorous horror parable as the painter stalks his prey from beyond the grave. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Patrick (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell With so much utterly appalling drama going on around us these days, it's nice to have a cozy retreat of a film that will entertain both you and your best friend. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's strange to say that a film about professional wrestling feels tenderly authentic and sincere, but that's how good the actors and filmmakers are. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a romcom within a romcom that makes fun of romcoms. Of course it follows the conventions that it mocks. That's half the fun! EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The premise has great potential, but very little of it is fulfilled as the plot pointlessly lurches about, regardless of Henson's valiant efforts. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell This pitch perfect, cold blooded film will send shivers down your spine while bringing laughter up from the darkest part of you psyche. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a bit like The Mule for Millennials EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Glass (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Glass is sort of like a vase that's been broken then glued back together - it still holds water, but you can see the cracks. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Staci Layne Wilson For a classic redemption story with such a tremendously talented actor in the lead, Destroyer should be exhilarating. It is listless and feels endless. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Upside (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Regardless of how it compares to its French predecessor, The Upside is a highly watchable film. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Vice (2018) Staci Layne Wilson Fans of McKay's The Big Short will know what to expect, but might be surprised as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Staci Layne Wilson Fans of science fiction will appreciate the layers of social, political, and spiritual nuance, while horror hounds will enjoy the spine-tingling suspense of the mystery. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The rivalry and and intrigue between the two Queens has already been well documented, both on screen and on the written page. There is little new here. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The Favourite, from wildly creative and original director Yorgos Lanthimos, is unlike any period costume drama you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Roma (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Oscar-winning writer/director Alfonso Cuarón's breathtakingly poignant and personal Roma will move you to the core. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell It may be a fascinating doc subject, but dramatizing it and putting a twee score behind it, as if it were a heartwarming tale about the guy next door, just doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Hunky, self-deprecating Jason Momoa is more of an Aqua Dude buoyed by a riotous deluge of dazzling visuals that refresh the DC universe. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's not a perfect film, but it's so packed with joy, creativity and sheer delight that the minor flaws hardly merit mention. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
The Mule (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The Mule, much like The Old Man & the Gun, is a pleasant film, it's an entertaining film, but it's not a riveting or thrilling film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The scenes where Vanellope inserts herself into the world of Disney Princesses (many of them voiced by the original stars) is worth the price of admission alone. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
Widows (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The film's greatest strength is the character development... everyone has a cunningly explained motive, and the tenuous relationships are constantly threatening to unravel. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Any efforts at deep understanding will leave you in a trance that even Dumbledore can't break. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell It has a certain bleak beauty, and although the film is relentlessly glum, there's a stark yet scintillating consistency to it, as well as an edgy female empowerment message. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The double directing team of Lasse Halstrom and Joe Johnston just couldn't seem to mesh. No surprises, no spice, all predictable sweetness from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell The film is so much fun yet so moving it doesn't matter if the story is not 100% accurate and doesn't truly and completely document the band's meteoric rise to fame. It rocks! EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Who would have believed a film about an acerbic misanthrope, played by an actress known for her raucous comedies, could be so moving, intimate and ultimately sublime? EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
First Man (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell I'm a great admirer of the work and efforts of everyone involved in this film. I just don't think this is their finest moment-or 138 overly drawn out moments, to be exact. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Stellar performances have difficulty breaking through the excruciatingly glum cycle of addiction, recovery and relapse. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a film that skates on the surface of brilliance, but doesn't quite take the plunge into its bracing depths. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Staci Layne Wilson In addition to the unsettling racial and social themes, The Hate U Give also ably shows the life of a modern teenage girl. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
Bigger (2018) Staci Layne Wilson I thought the characters were well-fleshed (in more ways than one). EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell I'm usually the first to ask, "Do we really need another reboot?" But in the case of this spectacular cinematic event, the answer is a passionate "Yes! Yes! Oh YES!" EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
Venom (2018) Staci Layne Wilson There's a reason for the top-tier cast. It's actually fun! EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Curvature (2017) Staci Layne Wilson An intelligent, well-crafted, science-heavy time-travel thriller with a little romance thrown in. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Robert Redford goes out in a blaze of story. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell This could be Moore's best effort yet. His passionately presented message that democracy won't save us, we must save democracy, might even resonate across the aisle. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018