Hot Press

Hot Press is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Roe McDermott, Stephen Porzio, Tara Brady
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Little Women (2019) Roe McDermott A radiant, huge-hearted film that embraces the messy beauty of growing up. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Roe McDermott Griffin Davis is a wonderfully expressive young actor, and the film's Wes Anderson-like absurdity and great, Bowie-filled soundtrack are fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Roe McDermott The wickedly talented ensemble cast are clearly having an absolute blast - and you will too. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The Report (2019) Roe McDermott In an era where important questions are being asked about transparency, accountability and how those who speak truth to power are treated, The Report is authentic, enraging and riveting thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Roe McDermott Still, the film is beautifully edited, moving from a violent portrait of tough men into a character study of loneliness and old age - but never quite remorse. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Luce (2019) Roe McDermott Watts and Spencer have some excellent scenes, crackling with energy and unarticulated tension, but the language can feel overburdened with significance. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Roe McDermott A sequence where a frostbitten Wren must climb the outside of the balloon is truly thrilling, but the slowly paced, drawn-out flashbacks and increasingly stilted script prove deflating. Still, it's a lovely journey to watch on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Roe McDermott Exquisite, scorching and utterly humane. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Roe McDermott The performances feel realistic and understated, and the weight of Loach's vision is always evident: the debasing cruelty of these economies, the devastating impact they have on good people. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Roe McDermott Overall, an underwhelming effort. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Roe McDermott Though it may prove too slow and opaque for some, The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a heartbreaking elegy elevated by specificity, but universal in its emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Joker (2019) Roe McDermott As a nightmarish portrait of urban isolation and a gritty comic book origin story, the movie is superbly acted and tensely paced. It also lacks nuance and plays into well-worn tropes. It's good. It's not great. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Roe McDermott It's both impressive and deeply conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Roe McDermott It's silly subversive fun - it just could have sought out more smarts. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Roe McDermott The tension-filled score, use of claustrophobic spaces and the central performances make this a serviceable late night TV offering. Just leave your brain four days behind you. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Roe McDermott Zellweger's performance is more layered than the film, which remains superficial and conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Roe McDermott The Farewell can feel careful and overscripted, indicating Wang's personal instinct to protect the characters and not delve too deeply into harsh truths. But this decision feels as loving as the film does. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Roe McDermott Matthias Schoenaerts is remarkable in soulful drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Roe McDermott Yes, kids, strap in for Jaws-meets-Twister-meets-Snakes On A Plane. The chomping is coming from inside the house. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Gaza (2019) Roe McDermott [Keane and McConnell's] documentary is personal, compassionate and beautifully shot; their treatment of the people of Gaza empathetic and humane. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Roe McDermott Pretty, potential-filled, and ultimately a let-down. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Roe McDermott Brilliantly acted, indulgent, predictable, and somehow still utterly convinced that being anti-progress and anti-counter-cultures makes you a rebel, not the status quo. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Roe McDermott The definition of fun, silly escapism. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Roe McDermott The effectiveness of these sequences varies, sometimes capturing the catharsis of a teenager finally feeling understood, sometimes feeling clumsy and mawkish... As for Viveik Kalra's career, this film is a spark that could start a fire. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Roe McDermott [Ritesh Batra] imbues Photograph with an impressive stillness and realism. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Roe McDermott Hyde's poetic vision embodies the beautifully raw and transient experience of her characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 () Roe McDermott It might distract young kids handily enough, but for your own sanity, just introduce them to Monty Python instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Stuber (2019) Roe McDermott Stuber's comedic elements make for an enjoyable if forgettable Friday cinema trip, but the action sequences are surprisingly gritty. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Roe McDermott Made after their deaths, this film is a tribute to them, their enduring romance, and the culture that sparked it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Gwen (2018) Roe McDermott Though playing with elements of horror, folklore and psychology, the narrative and character development remains undercooked and frustratingly opaque. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Roe McDermott Watching Ron Howard's celebratory, crowd-pleasing, hagiographic documentary Pavarotti, I wished I could see Kapadia's interpretation of the same facts, to get a glimpse into the real story. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Roe McDermott And through Favreau's dedication to realism - a realism that excludes animals smiling, crying, eyebrow-raising, or dancing - he eliminates what animation evoked so beautifully, and what we all connected to: the animals' humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Roe McDermott Maybe the ambience and irony are enough for diehard Jarmusch fans. But for everyone else, life's too short. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
The Brink (2019) Roe McDermott Klayman's intimate footage captures this: his temper; his pathological lying; his repeated use of the dog-whistle racism and anti-Semitism echoed by terrorists and extremists. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Roe McDermott [T]his high-concept musical fairytale might be one of cinema's greatest representations of imposter syndrome. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Roe McDermott A fun, layered and action-packed effort. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Roe McDermott It all adds up to a story lacking any internal logic, making the unexpectedly gruesome final act feel especially ludicrous. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Roe McDermott It can't quite pull off the balancing act of being a workplace comedy, a witty and pointed satire, and a cosy rom-com. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Roe McDermott Leilo's empathy for his characters is matched by his actors' skills. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Roe McDermott Fascinating, if flawed, portrait of football's most infamous star. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 Papi chulo (2018) Roe McDermott Warm exploration of vulnerability in unlikely friendship. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Roe McDermott Aladdin undoubtedly has more energy and excitement than the simpering Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast remakes. Not a perfectly realised wish, but there's some magic here. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Roe McDermott Rocketman sticks to the hits, avoiding any unexpected B-sides in soundtrack or story, but as a jukebox musical, it's a fun effort. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Memoir of War (2017) Roe McDermott An overly simple retelling of a complex story. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Roe McDermott With an exuberant soundtrack, a celebratory attitude towards diverse gender and sexuality, and a relentlessly hilarious script, Booksmart is an irresistible ode to the joy of young friendship. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Roe McDermott [A] deliberately OTT slice of vicious, entertaining pulp. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Roe McDermott Touching on themes of classism, racism and sexism, Float Like A Butterfly shows the multiple, interconnecting ways that bigotry can box people in, leaving them no choice but to fight their way out. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Roe McDermott Amazing Grace is a raw, sensory, reverent experience; an awe-inducing portrayal of a singer at the height of her powers. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Roe McDermott Solid performances and assured directing make Extremely Wicked an engaging watch, but it's too close to the glamourising spectacle it's supposed to critique. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Roe McDermott [A]n often hilarious, occasionally uncomfortable rom-com for the liberal stoner crowd. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019