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VODzilla.co is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anton Bitel, Cathy Brennan, Katherine McLaughlin, Katie Smith-Wong, Laurence Boyce, Matthew Turner
Rating Title/Year Author
10/10 Petite Maman (2021) Katherine McLaughlin Petite Maman deals with grief and memory by waving a fond farewell to childhood innocence, the people you love and the person you once were with radiant charm. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
10/10 Flee (2021) Katherine McLaughlin This exquisitely crafted animation based on a refugee's tale is tense, unpredictable and profoundly moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
5/10 Hit the Road (2021) Cathy Brennan One strong performance is not enough to salvage Hit the Road, as the cryptic plotting is undermined by a largely misplaced dash of quirkiness. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2021
Boiling Point (2021) Anton Bitel Philip Barantini's kitchen sink drama is a single-take, real-time tour de force of heated tension. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2021
Benedetta (2021) Anton Bitel Verhoeven, being Verhoeven, approaches the spiritual through the corporeal, finding (or at least looking for) God in the scatological and the sexual, and Christ-like love and compassion in softcore porn. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2021
In The Earth (2021) Anton Bitel Like the standing stone seen at its beginning, In the Earth merely frames its wild ecological mysteries without ever trying to tame them. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2021
9/10 The Voyeurs (2021) Matthew Turner An absolute treat - an inventive, playful, genre-savvy thriller that will get your pulse racing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
No Man of God (2021) Anton Bitel a film about a real murderer - and about atrocities from within living memory - that somehow manages to avoid exploitation and remain entirely within the limits of responsibility and good taste, while intelligently interrogating its own form. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
Knocking (2021) Anton Bitel Cecilia Milocco delivers an extraordinary turn in this psychological horror about a woman haunted by loss and sounds coming from upstairs. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
Killer Concept (2021) Anton Bitel Director Glenn Payne and writer Casey Dillard play collaborating leads in this cliché-questioning metaslasher. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Anton Bitel those excited by the idea of a collaboration between Sono and Cage may be left surprised by the somewhat uneven results. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes (2021) Anton Bitel Kevin Kopacka's 60s-style gothic freakout stages and restages a treacherous trap of patriarchy in a retro-furnished castle. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2021
Bad Candy (2020) Anton Bitel The irrationality of all these interactions between storytellers & their storied characters only adds to the uncanniness of Bad Candy, whose tricksiness comes mixed with the treats of some very macabre humour, gory mayhem & moody autumnal atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Red Snow (2021) Anton Bitel Sean Nichols Lynch's Christmas-set comedy horror has a blocked writer of romantic vampire novels visited by the real thing in her Tahoe cabin. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
The Show (2020) Anton Bitel Jenkins' surreal city symphony transforms Little England into an overlooked site of invention, resistance & revenge, while the erudite poetic wit of Moore's script is a dizzying blend of high & low, the profane & the occult, funny-haha & funny-weird. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Mosquito State (2020) Anton Bitel Filip Jan Rymsza's modern monster movie is a tragic parable of insects, economics and the cycles of metamorphosis. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
7/10 I'm Your Man (2021) Cathy Brennan Despite a weak beginning, I'm Your Man proves itself to be a thoroughly likeable watch. It will make a good date movie for couples looking for something clever and a bit unconventional. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
4/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Cathy Brennan Good intentions do not a good film make. This is the main takeaway from Flavio Alves' New York-set trans drama The Garden Left Behind, which is bogged down by a cloying script and a weak central performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2021
The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Anton Bitel This cruel coming-of-age cat-and-mouse thriller is a dark, harrowing watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
9/10 I Never Cry (2020) Cathy Brennan I Never Cry is one of the most absorbing films of the year EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2021
Werewolves Within (2021) Anton Bitel This is Trump's America writ small, a wolf in sheep's clothing primed to consume itself from within; and the qualities of niceness & neighbourliness might prove the silver bullet to bring down the town's - and the country's - ingrained monstrousness. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
8/10 Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Katherine McLaughlin Leigh Janiak and her writing team have crafted a teen horror trilogy that wears its bloody heart on its sleeve... and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2021
10/10 Aparajito (1956) Katherine McLaughlin An astonishing work of cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
10/10 Pather Panchali (1955) Katherine McLaughlin Satyajit Ray speaks to the cruelty and kindness of humanity with perceptive depth in the tender first chapter of his Apu Trilogy. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
6.5/10 Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Katherine McLaughlin The bloodcurdling second chapter in Netflix's RL Stine trilogy is a fast-paced, vicious summer camp slasher. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2021
6.7/10 Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Katherine McLaughlin Netflix's R.L. Stine trilogy gets off to an intriguing start with a thrillingly bloody brew of carnage and teen hormones. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2021
The Superdeep (2020) Anton Bitel [its] message is not all that super deep, but it does continue to resonate with a still-secretive, still-authoritarian Russia where the permafrost of the Cold War continues to melt, exposing all manner of monstrosities from a mouldy yet modern past. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
8/10 Shiva Baby (2020) Katie Smith-Wong With a runtime of only 77 minutes, Shiva Baby is a remarkable debut feature for Seligman that is enhanced by Sonnett's mesmerising performance. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
Flashback (2020) Anton Bitel Christopher MacBride's moving, mind-melting trip is this generation's Donnie Darko. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
10/10 Dinner in America (2020) Katherine McLaughlin An indie film that strikes all the right notes as it blends the exhilarating thrill of the lovers-on-the-lam genre with hilarious black comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
The Nest (2021) Anton Bitel James Suttles' insidious home invasion horror shows a family undone by mind-controlling parasites - or opioid addiction. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
7/10 Friends: The Reunion (2021) Katie Smith-Wong While Friends: The Reunion sidesteps the rumours of a film, it brings a hefty slice of comfort that will appease fans that want to see the gang back together. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020) Anton Bitel It may be glitchily rough around the edges, but Conditt and Tremp's film also knows exactly what it is, and affectionately revives a 1980s sense of adolescent adventure for the networked era. It even has a bloopers reel at the end... EDIT
Posted May 31, 2021
3/10 Cruella (2021) Cathy Brennan Paul Walter Hauser delivering a terrible cockney accent should bring joy, but in Cruella it merely elicits a resigned shrug. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
9.3/10 The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021) Cathy Brennan A libellous title if ever there was one, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet is nonetheless a triumph of sensitivity. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2021
Dawn of the Dead (2004) Anton Bitel Zack Snyder's debut feature reimagines Romero as a visceral, amped-up apocalypse in the shadow of 9/11 EDIT
Posted May 22, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Anton Bitel There's something about the way [it] merges the perspectives of empowered children & infantilised adults, letting all the tensions in a family be cosplayed out as intergalactic war game, that is, in the most mean-spirited manner, impossibly charming. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
The Power (2021) Anton Bitel a collection of horror tropes in a creepy hospital setting, The Power... is also a political, psychological and feminist film, as Val's long dark night of the soul becomes an empowering battle against the patriarchy. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
Red River Road (2020) Anton Bitel Paul Schuyler's unsettling and disorienting pandemic psychodrama takes us from family vérité to lockdown freakout. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Threshold (2020) Anton Bitel Powell Robinson and Patrick R Young's charming no-budget cult movie takes a fragile sibling bond for a funny, freaky test drive. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
The Night (2020) Anton Bitel Kourosh Ahari's disorienting ghost story books a guilt-laden Iranian couple into a hell of mirrors. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
6/10 La Dosis (2020) Cathy Brennan Mounting suspense doesn't quite find a pay-off in this murky, creeping thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
The Banishing (2020) Anton Bitel The forces of fascism, patriarchy and misogyny are ever resurgent in Chris Smith's ghostly pre-war gothic horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
9/10 AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman (2021) Cathy Brennan Films such as AIDS Diva will be a valuable tool to remind people that the struggle continues in hope and love. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
7.3/10 Sweetheart (2021) Katherine McLaughlin The combination of Barlow's terrific central performance and a screenplay packed with wit and sensitivity makes this an incredibly charming coming-of-age comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
7.3 Cowboys (2020) Cathy Brennan At a time when trans children's experiences are scrutinised by hostile forces on both sides of the Atlantic, having a character like Joe just be part of the film is a minor miracle. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
Slaxx (2020) Anton Bitel Elza Kephart's film offers a fantasy of an underclass uprising, as an army of haunted jeans bites back against the consumers who are complicit in their unethical manufacture. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
Come True (2020) Anton Bitel Anthony Scott Burns' beautiful, disturbing, oneiric enigma occupies a liminal space on the edge of sleep. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
8.3/10 Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Katherine McLaughlin A searing yet down-to-earth portrait of a woman ahead of her time. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
10/10 Saint Frances (2019) Katherine McLaughlin This funny, heart-wrenching and gorgeously shot tale of a 30-something woman finding herself exudes warmth, kindness and humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021