National Catholic Reporter

National Catholic Reporter is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sr. Rose Pacatte
Rating Title/Year Author
Pájaros de verano (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Alita: Battle Angel" does not come near to delivering a plot and characters that rival these earlier films. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Boy Erased (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Boy Erased" may not be a perfect film, but it is probably one of the most important films you will see this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
The Sentence (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Cindy's journey, her determination to do well despite everything, is a human triumph. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Sternberg is a talent to watch; the camera loves her. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Smallfoot (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte I have to admit, animated films are not my favorite genre, but every once in a while one surprises me. The children at the advance screening loved the film but, in many ways, "Smallfoot" is a contemporary and relevant parable for teens and grownups. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Operation Finale (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Chris Weitz shows his versatile talent as a director who elicits performances that humanize all the characters, even the ones who seem to deserve it the least. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The first thing you will notice as you watch this film, and be distracted by, is how much Washington sounds like his father, Denzel Washington. Once you get over this, the story draws you in. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Kusama: Infinity" makes me believe that as Dostoevsky once wrote, "Beauty will save the world." EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Lizzie (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte This is a taut, quiet and rigidly paced psychological drama - from motive to arrest, indictment and acquittal - more than potboiler crime thrillers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
The Wife (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte Close's performance is Oscar-worthy. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte It is intimate, a little salty, and most entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Science Fair (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte If you want to "geek out" by rejoicing with young people who are willing to try, treat yourself to this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Christopher Robin" is delightful. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The second upholds the franchise's tradition of a wild, confusing celebration of brute force and violence within the context of the war on drugs, with a touch of terrorism. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The camera loves Offerman's expressive eyes and Sam's beautiful, determined face. This is a coming-of-age film for dads as much as it is for daughters. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Leave No Trace" is almost perfect. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The greatest gift he gives in this film is hope for the future. I envision this film being used for meditation, retreats and in catechesis. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
What Lies Upstream (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte It seems to me that this timely new film establishes that the current attention given to Pruitt's living situation in Washington, D.C., and pay raises for officials in the EPA, are miniscule compared to the environmental disaster ahead. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
Chappaquiddick (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte I question why director John Curran decided to tell this story and make this film now. I guess the term "alternative facts" - made popular by the current administration - explains it all. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
The Miracle Season (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Sean McNamara directs The Miracle Season with so much empathy that it compels me to give the film a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex). EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
The Heart of Nuba (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte The Heart of Nuba is remarkable, to me, for Carlson's ability to show how a Catholic layman lives his faith in a world of conflict with almost no humanitarian aid and is able to support his team's efforts to help the sick, wounded and dying. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte If I were a Disney executive, this film would embarrass me. Or maybe this is one of those fantasy stories that need to stay the way you first imagined it in your head. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte It's as if Eastwood told them to forget the cameras and just be themselves. They are pretty good and believable as first-time actors. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte McDonagh is an exceptional non-derivative storyteller and this follow-up to the violently subversively redemptive film "In Bruges" defies brilliant. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2018
The Post (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte The Post builds the tension very well and is an award-worthy film of great importance to democracy and the American public. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte The Newspaperman is riveting, relevant and deeply important today when the press, and the freedom of the press, is openly targeted, harangued and demonized as "the enemy" on the national stage. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Coco (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte Maybe it really is never too late to forgive and celebrate life. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
The Breadwinner (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte The animation for The Breadwinner is exquisite, the music finely composed and performed, and the story worth telling in a world where millions of girls still do not have access to education. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
It (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte They are awesome actors who are afraid and heroic fearful and fearless at the same time, eventually willing to lay down their lives for one another to make up for the evil done by the clown and that is perpetrated by the adults and bullies in their lives EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte This docudrama is informative and entertaining and I think well worth your time EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Wind River (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte There's no romance, joy or satisfaction in Wind River because life on the reservation is always just a breath away from disaster. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2017
To Save a Life (2010) Sr. Rose Pacatte Whether or not youth audiences will grasp the full human, religious, spiritual and moral landscape or implications of what [To Save a Life] is saying and what Jake is seeking, ample resources are available for reflection and reinforcement. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Inglourious Basterds (2009) Sr. Rose Pacatte [Inglorious Bastards] is pure cinema, pure theater, and entertaining EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
District 9 (2009) Sr. Rose Pacatte It is a sign of intelligent filmmaking when those crafting the movie realize that less is more. Real artists show restraint. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Away We Go (2009) Sr. Rose Pacatte Away We Go is a thoughtful attempt to refine a meaning of marriage and family, to locate it, plant it and root it. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Robin Hood (2010) Sr. Rose Pacatte The irony here is between the powerful merge of cinematic storytelling, history, and the dominant role of the market, because if Sir Ridley Scott's epic doesn't make a profit, there won't be a sequel, and more's the pity. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
The Joneses (2009) Sr. Rose Pacatte The Joneses invites audiences to reflect on what transcendent happiness really means and how things will not fill the yearning in our hearts. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Eat Pray Love (2010) Sr. Rose Pacatte Let's face it. There are some books that should never be made into movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Peepli Live (2010) Sr. Rose Pacatte Globalization does not have to be inhumane. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
True Grit (2010) Sr. Rose Pacatte Frontier justice is, at best and at worst, half blind. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte I'm sorry they couldn't have relied more on the birdbrains at their disposal for a smarter story than a multimillion-dollar, volatile pun fest. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
God's Not Dead 2 (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte I don't do thumbs, stars or fruits or vegetables so I will just say that this film flatlines. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
The Young Messiah (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte This is a most unique way to tell Jesus' story. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Eddie the Eagle (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte Eddie the Eagle is infectious. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Risen (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte Risen is a moving contribution to the canon of biblical movies EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Habemus Papam (2011) Sr. Rose Pacatte [Nanni] Moretti pushes on to tell his story thoughtfully, with humor and deep humanity. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
For Greater Glory (2012) Sr. Rose Pacatte For Greater Glory will move the audience and perhaps inspire them. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Hannah Arendt (2012) Sr. Rose Pacatte I found [Hannah Arendt] fascinating, though its lecture style may not appeal to some. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence (2013) Sr. Rose Pacatte This short film (about 70 minutes) is perfect for personal and group reflection and as a companion to [Thomas] Keating's many books. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017