Truthdig

Truthdig is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Carrie Rickey, Jordan Riefe, Richard Schickel
Rating Title/Year Author
Rocketman (2019) Carrie Rickey Like the Elton John it presents, it's about forgiveness. Love is love is love. Watching so many plume-festooned costumes take wing, you're inclined to believe that hope really is the thing with feathers. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Jordan Riefe A soulful paean to unfortunate times of great fortune in a great city, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a story from the sidelines, told with truth and beauty. Jordan Riefe. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Late Night (2019) Carrie Rickey A dryly funny and gently subversive comedy... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Carrie Rickey ... the euphoric, lightning-paced comedy that marks the directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Us (2019) Carrie Rickey Alas, the exquisite tension of its opening scenes slackens by the payoff. Still, long after the film's closing credits, the social criticism Peele infuses in Us continues to haunt. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cold War (2018) Jordan Riefe By downplaying the romance and not accompanying each embrace with a swelling saxophone, Pawlikowski paradoxically makes Cold War even more romantic. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Jordan Riefe It's an epic legal life. Someone should make a movie. Someone else. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Vice (2018) Carrie Rickey Given the present partisan chasm, though, it feels nihilistic to laugh at a movie that so puckishly delights in further polarizing Republicans and Democrats. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Jordan Riefe Vox Lux won't help Portman's career much, but a misstep for the right reasons is not something to deride. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Carrie Rickey By the end, Beale Street reveals itself as a movie focused equally on those moments of grace that lift the spirit in the face of injustice as it is on the injustice itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) Allen Barra Margarethe von Trotta's Searching for Ingmar Bergman is affectionate, playful and at times passionate-all qualities one does not easily associate with Bergman's films. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Carrie Rickey Meaning that as a Mercury biopic it might be questionable, but as an extended-play music video of Queen's music it's irresistible... EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Carrie Rickey What Cooper gets about A Star Is Born is the degree to which it is about the physics of love and work. This may be the only mythic narrative about a two-career marriage. It's a melodrama where every action has an equal and opposite reaction. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Jordan Riefe Informative and engrossing for the most part, "Fahrenheit 11/9" seems to be composed of various documentaries stitched together to form a single work. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Jordan Riefe A troubled and gifted artist, she remains impenetrable throughout Lenz's movie, which nonetheless ends on a hopeful note. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Jordan Riefe Chu and his writers find a delicate cultural balance that makes his characters universally familiar without forsaking Asian aspects of the story. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Jordan Riefe BlacKkKlansman has everything anyone would want from a cop movie, but its candid treatment of its subject matter and the conversation it might inspire are the telegram that audiences deserve. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Carrie Rickey An extraordinary movie about an ordinary girl named Kayla, "Eighth Grade" follows her through a final week of middle school. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Jordan Riefe Occasionally juvenile, heavy-handed and gimmicky, "Sorry to Bother You" isn't perfect, but it's seldom at its worst. And at its best, it's an entertaining, jacked-up, hypnagogic hike into the darkest chasm between the 1 percent and the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Tully (2018) Carrie Rickey The perceptive performances of Theron and of Mackenzie Davis... are beautifully played. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
The Young Karl Marx (2017) Jordan Riefe The elevated work of the cast is attributable to fine acting, but also to Peck's direction as he sidesteps some of the material's flaws. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Carrie Rickey With Johnson at the helm, the torch-along with the lightsaber-is safely passed to a new generation. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
The Other Side of Hope (2017) Jordan Riefe Although Kaurismäki might be accused of confusing passion with sentimentality, thereby avoiding it like the plague, the result is a unique movie on an urgent topic told without urgency. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017) Carrie Rickey Franco's film is disappointing and more than a little patronizing. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
The Post (2017) Jordan Riefe But while it proudly displays its anti-Trump bona fides, it fails as resistance cinema, stirring the kind of soft fury one might expect from mollified Beverly Hills baby boomers. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2017
Darkest Hour (2017) Jordan Riefe A history lesson for many and an acting clinic for most, Darkest Hour features an outstanding cast and inspirational themes, some of the elements of good cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Carrie Rickey Veteran director James Ivory, the screenwriter here, has adapted Aciman's novel with delicacy and discretion. Guadagnino's visual style, on the other hand, is so swoony that one might require a fainting couch. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Mudbound (2017) Carrie Rickey It's the best movie I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Suburbicon (2017) Jordan Riefe When it works, it's outstanding. And when it doesn't, it's good enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Carrie Rickey [Director Angela Robinson's] movie is as improbable and magical as any edition of the "Wonder Woman" comic. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Carrie Rickey While this episodic film, configured like a short-story collection (think J.D. Salinger's Glass family), is laser-pointer specific, its tensions are universally relatable. And its performances are first-rate. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Jordan Riefe Without sermonizing, "Battle of the Sexes" speaks to issues that are sadly all too contemporary, but it does so in a way that is entertaining, thoughtful and emotionally engaging, making it a worthy entry in the Oscar race. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
The Force (2017) Jordan Riefe The result is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that offers surprisingly little insight. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
Strong Island (2017) Jordan Riefe Strong Island is an example of how the justice system routinely fails people of color. But more important, his film examines the impact of that failure on families and communities. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
Rebel in the Rye (2017) Carrie Rickey The first half of the film is emotionally engaging, its second half slack, and on the whole the film is singularly un-cinematic. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Whose Streets? (2017) Jordan Riefe Activist Sabaah Folayan and St. Louis artist Damon Davis tell a story the mainstream media mostly neglected. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) Jordan Riefe Of course, polar caps continue to melt, and more work needs to be done, but An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, flawed as it is, helps bring awareness to a new generation. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Allen Barra Nolan directs without hyperbole. There is surprisingly little action in Dunkirk, but the suspense is so heightened that you may not realize it until the film is over. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
Detroit (2017) Carrie Rickey What the filmmakers leave us with is a deeper understanding of how those five days in July changed lives -- and an implicit hope that that understanding will change our lives as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2017
Endless Poetry (2016) Jordan Riefe If Endless Poetry sounds episodic and a bit nutty, it is, delightfully so, and actually tamer than Jodorowsky's earlier works, sharing with them triumphant glimmer and a casual, unpretentious surrealism. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Margaret Barra The reality of the Tour de France is an ugly one... Hopefully, there will be people like Samberg and his team to keep us laughing through the horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
The Big Sick (2017) Carrie Rickey The Big Sick turns out to be more than a boy-meets-girl tale. The story that announces itself as an interfaith, interracial romance turns out to be an intergenerational -- and healing -- one as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) Jordan Riefe Junger and Quested organize the multisourced material in a straightforward chronology, tracing a complicated conflict with roots in the Arab Spring. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Carrie Rickey Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins' immensely satisfying origin story of the Greek Amazon warrior reared on a mist-shrouded isle, boasts the nonchalant humor and heroics, if not the breakneck pace, of Raiders of the Lost Ark. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
The Commune (2016) Jordan Riefe The Commune is grounded in gritty acting at the core of an otherwise drawn-out melodrama. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2017
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016) Carrie Rickey As a David and Goliath story, the film is hugely entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Truman (2015) Jordan Riefe Gay avoids heart-tugging claptrap by aiming for-and achieving-emotional veracity throughout, a rarity in popular cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2017
Forushande (2016) Jordan Riefe Farhadi is a master of his craft, a nuanced chronicler of the human condition, whose work unfailingly offers moments of truth and beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2017
Neruda (2016) Jordan Riefe A clever, playful and, yes, poetic accounting of the literary icon's run for his life from his home country of Chile. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2016
La La Land (2016) Carrie Rickey When the film ended, I floated out of the theater misty-eyed, cockeyed and starry-eyed. My feet haven't touched the ground since. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2016