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 Dead Don't Die (2019) Robert Denerstein The Dead May Not Die, but this movie sometimes feels as if it's in need of life support. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2005) Robert Denerstein The film captures Frank's artistry and also makes clear the pain of a life devoted to seeing clearly. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Robert Denerstein The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a sweet and mournful story of loss. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Shaft (2019) Robert Denerstein This one is less of its time than it is a spawn of dozens of other movies. A box checker. How much you enjoy it depends on how many of those boxes you're able to check. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Halston (2019) Robert Denerstein Halston remains something of a mystery, a galvanizing figure who never fully emerges. But if you're a sucker for a rise-and-fall story or you're interested in fashion, Halston won't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
American Woman (2018) Robert Denerstein Nicely rendered moments of reconciliation have an impact, but overall American Woman suffers from an overload of woe. Moreover, its title suggests ambitions that never are quite fulfilled. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Late Night (2019) Robert Denerstein Laughs are a matter of taste, I suppose. For me, Late Night provided intermittent amusement until it reaches its predictably affirming conclusion. So, another movie in which promise exceeds fulfillment? For me, yes. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Pasolini (2014) Robert Denerstein Dafoe not only wears Pasolini's clothes but internalizes his spirit. He even holds our attention when Ferrara shows Pasolini sitting at his typewriter, pounding away at a screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Robert Denerstein Dark Phoenix doesn't exactly qualify as the fondest of farewells. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Robert Denerstein Fletcher refreshes genre cliches with storytelling strategies that turn Rocketman into an infectiously energetic look at the life of a rock star. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Photograph (2019) Robert Denerstein There's nothing extraordinary about the Indian movie Photograph and that's what makes the movie interesting. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Robert Denerstein The Perfection seems more interested in filling screens with wince-inducing moments than in establishing a plausible environment in which the pressures of ferocious competition and dictatorial instruction really could be explored. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Robert Denerstein These fights, splayed across ravished urban landscapes, aren't especially distinguished, but they're really all this Michael Dougherty-directed movie has to offer. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
All Is True (2018) Robert Denerstein It's McKellen who gives the movie its moment of pure transcendence. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Robert Denerstein I don't want to oversell Booksmart, but it's a cut above the usual teen junk and Feldstein and Dever give winning performances before the movie concludes with a ringing endorsement of friendship and delivers its message. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Robert Denerstein Ritchie's rendition of a Disney cash cow may not be the kind of magic carpet ride that transports you to entertainment's most magical realms... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Robert Denerstein Watching Long Day's Journey sometimes feels as if you're wandering through someone else's dream, floating through a world composed of memories and sensations that aren't your own... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
My Son (2017) Robert Denerstein Carion creates suspense but discards various important characters without explanation and leaves us with a bunch of questions about what we've just witnessed. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Robert Denerstein Nicely assembled and fleet at 86 minutes in length, See You Yesterday avoids the pre-packaged feel of a high-concept product that has been rolled off a studio assembly line. It's a home-grown kick. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Robert Denerstein Structurally choppy and unevenly acted, The White Crow seldom gets beyond adequate. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Shadow (2018) Robert Denerstein The Shadow lies somewhere between the grandeur of Shakespeare and the melodrama of Douglas Sirk, but the movie emerges as a visually towering work. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Robert Denerstein Heavy-handed didacticism makes parts of Trial By Fire feel rigged, costing the story some of its power. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Robert Denerstein Directed by Chad Stahelski, Chapter 3 skillfully spreads two hours and 10 minutes of choreographed violence across the screen... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Robert Denerstein Charlie Says doesn't offer enough by way of insight to answer the question that inevitably seems to arise with movies about heinous crimes: exactly why am I watching? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Dogman (2018) Robert Denerstein Garrone's narrative builds toward an explosive ending that leaves Marcello alone and abandoned against the decaying landscape of the town where he has tried so hard to fit in. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Robert Denerstein More amusing than uproarious, Wine Country's cast sells this slender movie... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Robert Denerstein Even if The Hustle fails to enter the pantheon of great comedy, it proves reasonably entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Robert Denerstein In sum, fine cast; tepid result. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Robert Denerstein Amusing and lively, Westheimer fills Ryan's Ask Dr. Ruth with the charm, candor, and personality that made her a natural for radio, television and offbeat celebrity. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Robert Denerstein Rather than challenging the form, the movie can't resist capitulating to it. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Robert Denerstein All I'll say is that Efron seldom has been better and that fascination with a 1970s story that once gripped the nation hasn't entirely faded. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Robert Denerstein The Intruder squanders any promise with a hopeless descent into horror cliches. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Stockholm (2018) Robert Denerstein The supporting cast acquits itself well, but Stockholm belongs to Hawke, who creates a portrait of a self-dramatizing felon with a limited capacity for planning and a tendency to panic. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Robert Denerstein Little Woods stands as a serious attempt to explore lives that seldom find their way to the screen, and Thompson's performance keeps the wheels turning. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Robert Denerstein Avengers: Endgame goes to great lengths to deliver what its fanbase expects: big battles with cosmic stakes, a bit of self-deprecation and a plethora of superheroes that are happily and reverentially showcased. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Robert Denerstein Teen Spirit gives Fanning a well-deserved showcase and that she takes full advantage of it. She creates a character who -- as her coach advises her -- sings from the heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Stuck (2017) Robert Denerstein A mixed bag of a musical that has its moments, thanks mostly to a game cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Chaperone (2018) Robert Denerstein The Chaperone escorts us through a period piece that's often too lukewarm to simmer, much less to boil. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
High Life (2018) Robert Denerstein High Life just might be a movie that wants to say something profound but leaves us wondering exactly what that might be. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Brink (2019) Robert Denerstein I couldn't help wondering why a filmmaker would want to provide Bannon with something he really seems to prize: More attention. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Storm Boy (2019) Robert Denerstein Storm Boy sinks under the weight of its obviousness. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Ramen Shop (2018) Robert Denerstein Watching the painstaking commitment of ramen chefs to their craft makes for its own reward, although you'd probably get at least as much out of an Anthony Bourdain episode. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Robert Denerstein Robin Bissell, who has spent most of his career producing movies, makes his directorial debut. He smartly relies on his actors to carry the day. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Robert Denerstein Shazam! launches a superhero franchise that has a quality that shouldn't be dismissed: It doesn't seem to matter much and, in the high-stakes world of other superheroes, that's a definite virtue. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Robert Denerstein Not all of this works equally well, but Jia aims big: telling an old-fashioned story of betrayal and loyalty while showing how social change works to undermine any sense of communal cohesion. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Robert Denerstein If you're thematically inclined it won't be difficult to identify the movie's interest in masculinity, as well as in exploring the often lopsided equation between freedom and self-discipline. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Robert Denerstein Directed by Anthony Maras, Hotel Mumbai creates plenty of tension. The situation alone is enough to infuse the movie with a pulse-pounding drive. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Robert Denerstein [Dumbo lacks] the kind of surprises or stirring uplift that mark Disney at its best. I wouldn't say live-action versions of animated classics shouldn't be made, but this could be one case in which Disney might have done well to pass. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Robert Denerstein [Moore] gives Gloria Bell soul as she builds toward the inevitable realization that cracks through the wall of Gloria's conflicts. Add some comedy, and you've got a movie that dances to a beat you've heard before, but won't mind hearing again. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Robert Denerstein Overly deliberate and nearly suffocated by a heavy emphasis on period trappings. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019