Marie Claire

Marie Claire is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Caryn James, Esther Zuckerman, Jason Best, Yolanda Machado
Rating Title/Year Author
Hurt by Paradise (2019) Jason Best A defiantly quirky, gently funny ode to female friendship and artistic aspiration... with a streak of self-effacing humour dispelling any whiff of self-indulgence. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Jason Best Happily, it all works, making the film a jaunty, mildly irreverent sidebar to the Sherlock Holmes canon, and Brown's Enola a bright on-screen role model. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Mulan (2020) Jason Best Liu pulls off all [her martial-arts] moves with vim and verve, and she conveys the essence of the story's defiantly disobedient rebel, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Jason Best Righteous anger surges through this urgently timely film for the era of Black Lives Matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Judy (2019) Jason Best The movie's spotlight is where it should be: on Zellweger's Judy. Brilliant at conveying both the star's vulnerability and her still radiant charisma, she is simply sensational EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Sweetheart (2019) Jason Best This taut little thriller from genre specialists Blumhouse starts off as a Castaway-type survival adventure and then turns into a gulp-inducing horror movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Funny Cow (2017) Jason Best Peake's defiant heroine has enough brass to keep a doorknob factory going for months. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jason Best The Terminator franchise looked a goner following 2015's botched and baffling reboot, Terminator Genisys, but this cracking new entry brings the sci-fi action thriller series thrillingly back to life. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Tenet (2020) Jason Best But there remains a sense that Nolan has got his cinematic mission back to front. Yes, he's giving us a cerebral workout, yet we could also do with more visceral thrills and romance, and a bigger sense of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Luce (2019) Jason Best A whiff of the stage still clings to the characters' intellectual tussling, but it is very well acted, endlessly stimulating and, at this present juncture, extremely timely. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Jason Best The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's joyfully groundbreaking, gleefully subversive hip-hop musical... captures the stage show's energy and excitement - and, thanks to artful up-close camerawork, throws in some extra intimacy, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
The Good Liar (2019) Jason Best This highly entertaining mystery takes us through a series of sinuous plot turns... (Too many, some may feel). Its most enjoyable feature, however, is the delicious spectacle of screen veterans Mirren and McKellen going toe to toe. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
The High Note (2020) Jason Best The plot turns are easily anticipated. But Ellis Ross and Johnson chime well together, and the script has enough tart wit (much of it delivered with Ellis Ross's throaty chuckle) to compensate for the slight story. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Ready or Not (2019) Jason Best Shotgun wedding takes on a new meaning. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Project Power (2020) Jason Best Adding sci-fi flourishes and rocket-fueled action to the scuzzy urban cop film, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have come up with a super action thriller fantasy. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
An Easy Girl (2019) Jason Best This typically Gallic coming-of-age drama courts sensation... but its deceptively subtle handling of sex and class turns out to be psychologically nuanced and insightful. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Ride Like a Girl (2019) Jason Best Rachel Griffiths doesn't steer too far from biopic convention, but... the movie's feelgood final furlongs are sure to have you cheering. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Joker (2019) Jason Best Repellent and pitiful at the same time, Phoenix is absolutely riveting. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Jason Best Nothing about the film is subtle, but if you've turned up expecting down-and-dirty genre thrills then Unhinged certainly delivers. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Jason Best Austen's needle-sharp irony remains intact here, and the sumptuous costumes and settings tick all the period rom-com boxes. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Jason Best The movie is full of wisecracking banter and brilliant one-liners, although the lines do sound strange in the mouths of the film's young stars... [but] if you can handle the movie's fogeyish spirit, it really is huge fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Jason Best Boring for them, exquisite for us, as the film blends gently toe-curling humour with tender insight, all set to a soundtrack of wispy pop songs by Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
7500 (2019) Jason Best The plot creaks and strains in places, but the very capable Gordon-Levitt keeps the film in the air even when the twists seem contrived. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Jason Best Anyone who thrills to the radiant jangle of a Rickenbacker guitar will want to catch this evocative documentary about LA's Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid-1960s. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Jason Best Without ever resorting to melodrama, writer-director Eliza Hittman has created a powerfully understated, quietly political and touchingly empathetic drama. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
1917 (2019) Jason Best Mendes has produced a thrillingly immersive movie... We might be even more involved in the soldiers' fates were we not also boggling over the staggering technical feats that went into the film's making. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Jason Best The resulting adventure is inventive, chaotic, funny, and touchingly melancholy, giving Gilliam the opportunity to tilt his satirical lance at the modern world and offer a salute to die-hard dreamers everywhere. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
The Whistlers (2019) Jason Best Film noir is not a genre one readily associates with Romanian Cinema... But this playfully slippery thriller doesn't only boast such familiar elements as a world-weary detective, a gorgeous femme fatale and a twisty plot, it's also cracking fun. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Jason Best [A] quietly chilling drama for the era of #MeToo and Time's Up. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Jason Best Theron, with subtle help from prosthetics and makeup, is an uncanny match for primetime news anchor Megyn Kelly. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Jason Best Mickey, the heroine of this thoughtful coming-of-age drama, is not your usual Midwest teenager. When she surreptitiously dips into her father's wallet, it's to put money in rather than take it out. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
Selah and the Spades (2019) Jason Best Dead Poets Society meets All About Eve in this stylishly offbeat addition to the boarding school genre. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
Hustlers (2019) Jason Best Indecently charismatic, Jennifer Lopez swaggers, struts and pole-dances her way through this sizzling comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Jason Best Reed Morano gives the action scenes a real sense of sweat and adrenaline, including a terrific, white-knuckle car chase through the streets of Tangier that we witness entirely through Lively's blurry panic. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
Misbehaviour (2020) Jason Best The movie captures the era's dodgy fashions and even dodgier sexual politics with vivid gusto. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Jason Best Haifaa Al Mansour deploys sly charm and winning humour as she tackles her country's endemic sexism in this surprisingly feelgood tale. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
Us (2019) Ineye Komonibo From the moment the movie opened to the moment that the very last credit rolled, I felt chills down my spine. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
A Star Is Born (2018) Yolanda Machado Hollywood has been churning out remakes and reboots at breakneck speed, but A Star Is Born is in a class of its own. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Esther Zuckerman Brilliantly elicits gulps of horrified recognition as it recreates the experience of that first teenage year... Eighth Grade is also a genuinely lovely story about a young woman not quite finding herself. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Yolanda Machado A Wrinkle in Time has given children the gift of inclusivity, where nothing-not their gender, not their family history, not their hometown, and not their skin color-is a limitation to who they can become. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Mehera Bonner There's nothing quite like watching your favorite food group be ruined with a bunch of strangers at a screening. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018) Esther Zuckerman In some ways, Red Sparrow feels like it was ripped from another era and not just because of its bend towards exploitation. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
The Greatest Showman (2017) Esther Zuckerman [This] kind of insanity is really fun to watch. The Greatest Showman is a lot of things, but it's not boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
Lymelife (2008) Caryn James As a girl just beginning to recognize her sexual power, [Emma] Roberts moves one step closer to adult stardom. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
17 Again (2009) Caryn James Endearingly funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Shall We Kiss? (2007) Caryn James No need to resist this enchanting, airy trifle with a surprisingly sober twist. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Esther Zuckerman It's a constantly churning engine of wonder and excitement that grapples with elemental questions of good and evil that have always been the driving force of this universe. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Justice League (2017) Esther Zuckerman Honestly, Justice League's main problem is that it's boring, and fails to convince me why I should care... beyond the fact that they are all famous cultural properties. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Esther Zuckerman I left Ragnarok completely happy. But I also wanted more from Hela and especially from Valkyrie. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
Bright Star (2009) Caryn James Director Jane Campion's most enthralling film since The Piano. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2017