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
Downhill (2020) Robert Denerstein Though still set in Europe, this American version suffers from one of the worst things that can happen to a film: indecision about what it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Citizen K (2019) Robert Denerstein Convoluted and full of intrigue, director Alex Gibney's documentary Citizen K opens a window into post-Soviet Russia. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Robert Denerstein Clips from Stokes' collection are seen throughout, turning this weird but rewarding movie into a kind of review of 30 years of history. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Robert Denerstein The Assistant isn't a story of great transformation; it's a story about the ways in which a powerful man can create an environment in which everyone understands the unwritten rules. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Incitement (2020) Robert Denerstein In a masterful performance, Yehuda Nahari Halevi shows us a sincere believer who aligned himself with radical extremists. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Robert Denerstein [T]he point here is ass-kicking sisterhood with comic flourishes that land with varying degrees of success. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Robert Denerstein The movie plays as if it consists of little more than story beats cobbled together without much concern for either credibility or involvement. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Robert Denerstein The Gentlemen derives a fair measure of entertainment from a spot-on cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Robert Denerstein Color Out of Space makes for one of those irresistibly strange movies that leave your head buzzing. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Robert Denerstein American audiences familiar with gritty street-level drama may find the movie a bit familiar, but there's no escaping Ly's conclusion: Those relegated to France's banlieues are living in pressure cookers. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Troop Zero (2019) Robert Denerstein [A]n over-commitment to quirkiness can make Troop Zero feel like a song played out of tune. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Robert Denerstein If... you're up for a well-oiled big-screen machine that gives Smith a chance to mix dead-pan seriousness with a bit of charm and eventually makes room for Lawrence to find his way to some real laughs, you could do worse. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Invisible Life (2019) Robert Denerstein In all, Invisible Life makes for a moving look at a bond that endures despite out-dated rules and a father's uncompromising rigidity. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Varda by Agnès (2019) Robert Denerstein Her final movie can be taken as an act of generosity. She had things to tell us. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Cunningham (2019) Robert Denerstein Cunningham displays as much visual imagination as the choreographer brought to dance. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
The Song of Names (2019) Robert Denerstein The Song of Names aims for high seriousness but fades from the screen without making the expected impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Three Christs (2017) Robert Denerstein Although Three Christs derives from a true story, the movie winds up feeling contrived and unconvincing. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Like a Boss (2020) Robert Denerstein Like a Boss sank me into a New Year's funk. Here is a movie in which neither cast nor audience is being asked to go anyplace worth going, a waste. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Underwater (2020) Robert Denerstein The end result for me: a glub and a half. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Robert Denerstein Just Mercy may not brim with groundbreaking insights about racism but it makes us feel the sting of injustice with performances that embody so much determination, pain and emotional truth that the movie rises above anything that might be deemed routine. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1917 (2019) Robert Denerstein 1917 qualifies as an impressive piece of immersive cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Robert Denerstein The Sadies virtually dare us to keep pace. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Cats (2019) Robert Denerstein So, in conclusion, I say to Old Deut, you have not convinced me. I remain resistant to conversion. I am now and forever, a dog person. Hiss if you will, but to you I say, arf or maybe arf and one half. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Little Women (2019) Robert Denerstein Eventually, the story begins to cohere, thanks in no small part to the fine cast that Gerwig has assembled. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Robert Denerstein It's enough to say that Abrams has finished the Skywalker series in ways that mostly satisfy, providing some epic sights as he goes. Case closed. Box office open. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Robert Denerstein [Jay] Roach's often breezy approach can work against the material. Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph's screenplay can have a scattered, lightweight feel that takes the edge off what we're seeing. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Robert Denerstein A Hidden Life is no scream of outrage at the world's madness, only a hushed refusal to go along with it when there's no certainty about the outcome. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Robert Denerstein Watching Hopkins and Pryce proves irresistible. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Robert Denerstein It's possible to take issue with some of the ways Eastwood treats the story and still believe that Jewell was badly wronged, thanks in no small part to Hauser's performance as a guy who flounders as he loses control of his life. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
63 Up (2019) Robert Denerstein There's never been anything quite like it and we're lucky to have it. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Robert Denerstein For me, mood trumped meaning and Knives and Skin wore thin. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Little Joe (2019) Robert Denerstein Put another way, you might want to see Little Joe as an example of what can be achieved on screen with lab coats, a serviceable premise, and a director who allows her movie to sneak up on you. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Robert Denerstein I'd be lying if I told you I knew exactly what Strickland was getting at (something about rampant, greedy consumerism, I suppose), but say this: It's unlikely that you'll see anything like In Fabric this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Robert Denerstein There isn't much else to say about the Aeronauts. One might summarize this way: Balloon footage (good); the rest (meh). EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Robert Denerstein Baumbach works hard to turn Marriage Story into an equal opportunity movie for each side. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Waves (2019) Robert Denerstein When you step back from it and consider the story, Waves looks an awful lot like a conventional melodrama. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Robert Denerstein Dark Waters gradually insinuates itself into consciousness in ways that make you shudder; it presents a clear case of a company that put its own interests ahead of the general good. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Robert Denerstein [Rian] Johnson delivers what Knives Out promises: wry amusement, a mystery resolved at the last moment, and enough snide observation to justify the appropriately caustic treatment these characters so richly deserve. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Robert Denerstein [T]he movie goes beyond cliche to address topics that seem charmingly out-of-touch with the current national mood: Sincerity and concern for others. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Robert Denerstein For me, the best part of Frozen II involved fanciful animated sequences. The movie also hits the now-requisite female empowerment themes. I thought the original had a little more kick, but as franchise sequels go, audiences could do worse. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Robert Denerstein But in this wild and eruptive movie, contradictions aren't resolved; they're splayed across the screen in a vibrant, provocative fashion. Their absurdities taunt us. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Robert Denerstein Whatever its objectives, LaBeouf's Honey Boy... is one of those aggressively emotional movies that almost dares you to look away from the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Robert Denerstein Ford v Ferrari seems to know exactly what kind of movie it wants to be; that makes it an entertainment that should deliver for both racing and non-racing fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Robert Denerstein We deserve some fulfilling adult entertainment. The Good Liar contains enough promise to keep us from suspending all hope that such mature pleasures someday may arrive - even if, for now, they must be deferred. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Report (2019) Robert Denerstein The Report sometimes lacks the pulse-pounding excitement we expect from political thrillers, but it's a serious effort and it offers a rare view of the kind of person who can't be sidetracked. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Robert Denerstein I loved that sense of fading time about The Irishman, which also has plenty of the expected ingredients: violence, bloodshed, and the gangster grit that Scorsese's moving cameras have been spreading across screens for years. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Robert Denerstein By the Grace of God winds up being about more than child abuse. It's also about the complex group dynamics that develop when victims seek justice and about the lasting impact of one of the most severe of all imaginable betrayals. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Gift (2018) Robert Denerstein [Robin] McKenna's documentary can seem like a bit of a stunt, but for the 90 minutes it takes to watch Gift, it's possible to surrender to its spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Robert Denerstein More muddled than the usual King offering, Doctor Sleep can at times seem ridiculous as it groans under the weight of having to connect with its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Harriet (2019) Robert Denerstein Part action hero and part American icon, the Harriet that emerges on screen kicks butt and, yes, that's satisfying, given the people whose butt she's kicking. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019