Denerstein Unleashed

Denerstein Unleashed is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Robert Denerstein
Rating Title/Year Author
The Laundromat (2019) Robert Denerstein Put all this together and you have an airy concoction that amuses even if it doesn't pack the clout we might expect. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Loro (2018) Robert Denerstein [Toni] Servillo delivers another masterful performance and [Paolo] Sorrentino paves the movie with the kind of images that seduce, reveal and create their own sense of mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Robert Denerstein Those who find the movie superfluous won't be wrong, but there are enough laughs to combat resistance, perhaps even among those who've already seen enough zombie-apocalypses to last a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Robert Denerstein Part cartoon, part action movie, part romance, and part fairy tale, Maleficent doesn't quite stake out enough turf in any of those categories totally to succeed. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Robert Denerstein Thorough and essential. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Robert Denerstein [Eddie] Murphy, who hasn't made a movie in a while but whose career needs no validation, holds the screen with ease, even though Dolemite operates mostly at B-movie levels. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Joker (2019) Robert Denerstein Who knew that Phillips had this kind of haunting, violent and grime-encrusted effort in him? EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Judy (2019) Robert Denerstein Judy derives most of its power from Zellweger's performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019) Robert Denerstein Like the sound of the tuning forks Peter uses, the drama in The Sound of Silence starts strong and then fades out. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Robert Denerstein Abbott and Hyland make a good comic duo, but The Death of Dick Long eventually becomes a kind of kinky version of Dumb and Dumber. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Robert Denerstein Ad Astra teeters on the brink of something awe-inspiring without quite falling over. Can a movie be "nearly" visionary? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Robert Denerstein If you love period-piece pleasures, Downton Abbey provides the season's most reliable overdose. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Running With the Devil (2019) Robert Denerstein Running With the Devil stumbles as it laboriously works its way through the familiar piles of white-powder crime. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Fantastic Fungi (2019) Robert Denerstein A bit of a commercial for mushrooms, Fantastic Fungi nonetheless should please those who ascribe to the idea, as the film does, that nature is intelligent. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ms. Purple (2019) Robert Denerstein The story of second-generation alienation and exploitation can seem disjointed, but amid the chaos of Kasie's life, [Justin] Chon finds enough heartbreak to make his movie stick with you. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Robert Denerstein [Molly] Ivins remained an invaluable voice until the end of her life. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Robert Denerstein Full of flash and performance verve, Hustlers nonetheless remains a showcase for [Jennifer] Lopez. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Robert Denerstein [A] two-hour and 29-minute work that has the look of a prestige offering with built-in Oscar glow that the story never really matches. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Robert Denerstein Official Secrets doesn't always make for rousing cinema but it serves as an important reminder of what can happen to those who realize that secret government objectives sometimes should be subordinated to higher values, one of them being the truth. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Robert Denerstein Throbbing dance scenes can be wearing and the basic story -- libidinous liberation leads to near tragedy -- hardly feels groundbreaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Robert Denerstein Ambitious to the point of folly, Tigers Are Not Afraid nonetheless stands as a powerful scream of a movie, a harrowing look at the dangers, bonding, and horror that kids face when thrust into environments so violent that no one is safe. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Aquarela (2018) Robert Denerstein Russian director Victor Kossakovsky has made a mesmerizing documentary about the power of water and his movie brims with "wow" moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Robert Denerstein Still, Brittany has plenty to recommend it. Not the least of the movie's triumphs revolves around the performance of Jillian Bell. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Robert Denerstein Normally, I don't care about a movie's length, but in the case of Chapter Two, length fatigue sets in, overwhelming the movie's virtues. Moreover, last-minute attempts to add sentiment and uplifting instruction doesn't connect emotionally. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Robert Denerstein Gore gluttons will find enough plasma to satisfy, but too much of the movie simply doesn't work, either as straight-ahead horror or macabre comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Robert Denerstein Vita & Virginia... too often fails to break its period-piece shackles. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Robert Denerstein Entertaining, informative and sure to please the legions who love the show, Miracle of Miracles makes one thing clear. To borrow (and distort) a line from one of the play's many memorable songs: The sun that rose on Fiddler likely never will set. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Robert Denerstein A crime thriller with a bit of supernatural blood running through its veins, Don't Let Go quickly becomes a muddle of a movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Robert Denerstein Love, Antosha explores the life of a serious young actor who may not have lived long, but who left colleagues and friends with indelible memories. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Robert Denerstein Angel Has Fallen is a bit of late-summer B-movie junk; i.e., a movie of low-level smarts and high body counts. You won't need a high-level security clearance to figure this one out long before it crosses the finish line. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Jay Myself (2018) Robert Denerstein [Stephen] Wilkes includes ample examples of [Jay] Maisel's work, which serve as powerful reminders of why we want to spend time watching and listening to a man who claims that he doesn't take photographs. Photographs take him, he says. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Robert Denerstein Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup headline a production that, despite what appear to be serious intentions, winds up feeling contrived and sudsy. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Robert Denerstein One Child Nation tells a powerful story about a policy that reached into the U.S. as Americans adopted Chinese babies. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Robert Denerstein Ready or Not is held together and elevated by something far less hip and much more traditional than genre play, the aggressive physicality and amusing reactions of lead actress Samara Weaving. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Robert Denerstein I can't say I believed any of this because [Richard] Linklater's movie can't find a way successfully to blend satiric observation and character study while also giving his movie a bit emotional heft. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Robert Denerstein Beautifully photographed without glossing over the meager quality of life in these Macedonian hills, Honeyland -- in Turkish with subtitles -- stopped me in my tracks. It's a great and memorable piece of work. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Robert Denerstein Should we believe all or some of [Mads] Brugger's film? Not being able to answer that question can be considered a major shortcoming, but there's no point denying that Brugger's film stirs up a fair amount of intrigue. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Robert Denerstein Blinded by the Light is the exuberant movie that Yesterday should have been. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Robert Denerstein The Nightingale reflects [Jennifer] Kent's view of the deep terror caused by colonial injustice. Not an easy subject and not an easy movie. The Nightingale can be agonizing to watch. It should be. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Luce (2019) Robert Denerstein A strong cast carries the story's burdens with powerful conviction. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Robert Denerstein The Art of Racing in the Rain qualifies as one of those less-than-stellar big-screen entertainments that still has some appeal, mostly because so many of us are dog lovers. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Robert Denerstein Peanut Butter Falcon, which avoids gooey sentiment, takes its fanciful title from the name Zak chooses for his wrestling alter ego. The title proves suggestive; this is a movie that isn't afraid of its sometimes goofy appeal. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Piranhas (2019) Robert Denerstein Much of what transpires in [Claudio] Giovannesi's mob-mashup feels a trifle old hat, even its unblinking rawness. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Luz (2018) Robert Denerstein Luz exists largely in a world of its own and many will find that world impenetrable... [F]ilmmakers who create their own worlds risk a lot; i.e., they may wind up talking only to themselves. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Robert Denerstein Nice work all around, with [Walton] Goggins giving a stand-out performance as a pastor who can seem level-headed around the dinner table but who exerts sinister control over his followers. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Robert Denerstein [Y]ou can watch the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name and spend a fascinating hour and 35 minutes with an ornery musician and singer whose life embodies the high points, excesses, and eccentricities of a long career as a rock star. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Robert Denerstein The man knew his way around a story, and he sometimes raised, even if inadvertently, questions about a journalistic line that's still not entirely drawn: the one that defines the difference between the personal and the public. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Robert Denerstein I'd like, at a minimum, to feel a sense of sustained involvement. That's not easy when a movie's action, though abundant, isn't necessarily about creating excitement but about impressing us with the filmmakers' ingenuity. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Robert Denerstein The movie's complications and coincidences sometimes feel far-fetched. But considering where Sarah and Saleem live, we're willing to go along with the story, and Alayan winds up with a movie that sometimes ties us and his characters in knots. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Robert Denerstein Tarantino may have wanted to flood a single movie with jaded savvy and affection for parts of the culture he once avidly consumed... Does the approach work? Sometimes, but not for all of the movie's two-hour and 40-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019