WORLD

WORLD is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Laura Finch, Megan Basham, Rebecca Cusey
Rating Title/Year Author
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Megan Basham Borgman handles these confessions responsibly. A lot of painful truth -- about the escalating nature of sin, for example -- comes from watching Bob and Mary Ann Broberg crumple into tears as they recount their guilt. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Megan Basham To be blunt, it's insulting that Marvel felt simply making its first leading woman "one tough chick" would be enough to placate female fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Green Book (2018) Megan Basham Both men are consciously exaggerated types. The fascinating contrast at the center of the story is to what degree and for what reason each of them chooses to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Megan Basham While not as balanced as advertised, HBO's new movie, Brexit: The Uncivil War, offers fascinating insight into the political upheaval reverberating through the Western world. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Glass (2019) Megan Basham Glass has no shortage of ideas to dissect and debate. If we have to give up some of the flash and action to have them, that's a trade I, for one, am more than ready to make. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Vice (2018) Megan Basham Vice is a screed no more illuminating or informative than a Stephen Colbert monologue or an SNL skit. It is nasty, graceless, self-congratulatory stuff. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Megan Basham Along with Sandra Bullock's charisma as a leading lady, the movie boasts a riveting premise that feels like a cross between "Lost" and M. Night Shyamalan's better efforts. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Megan Basham Offers something that suddenly seems revolutionary -- a superhero movie for... comic book fans. Nearly every exaggerated, Day-Glo frame feels like it was pulled from a hand-drawn panel. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Megan Basham Mary Poppins Returns admirably strives to stay true to the spirit of the jolly holiday we've been having with Mary for more than 50 years. Beautifully atmospheric with watercolor parks and thick, lamp-lit fogs, there's nary a hint of cynicism. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Oddball (2015) Megan Basham Oddball offers some splendid real-world education on the amazing instincts God gives his creatures and the ingenious ways we're able to use them. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Megan Basham It's not that the movie fails on all levels. Rowling and director David Yates, along with their likable cast, are too talented for that... But on one significant level it fails spectacularly: plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
On Wings of Eagles (2017) Laura Finch On Wings of Eagles won't be the next Chariots, but it's a fair portrayal of a lesser-known yet powerful story. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Rachel Divide (2018) Laura Finch Brownson's documentary strongly suggests everyone is seeing the same thing in this sad ink blot-except Dolezal herself. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Laura Finch McCarthy plays Israel with such perfect nuance you can almost smell her bad breath through the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Change in the Air (2018) Laura Finch Unfortunately for viewers, Brosnahan gets to show more range in a single scene of House of Cards than she does in this entire movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Megan Basham If you want songs about being happy, Pharrell is your guy. If you want to tell a story about a fellow as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, you need a little less sunshine and a lot more stink, stank, stunk. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Megan Basham One lovely, far-too-short sequence featuring ballerina Misty Copeland offers a sad glimpse into what the movie could have been if Disney had been interested in making something beautiful that honored its source material. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Babel (2006) Megan Basham On a practical level it's hard not to see that nearly every calamity in Babel could have been avoided had the characters exercised better judgment EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
The Fountain (2006) Megan Basham The film comes in at 95 minutes, yet it makes scant use of even that time, filling scene after scene with confusing (though often beautiful) kaleidoscopic visuals and not nearly enough plot. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Bobby (2006) Megan Basham Estevez's hagiography feels simple-minded. That's not to say there weren't achievements to be honored in Robert F. Kennedy's career; Bobby just doesn't bother to do so. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Apocalypto (2006) Megan Basham There is something different in Gibson's application of violence. The objections seem to lie not just in Gibson's realistic portrayal of cruelty but in the judgment he brings to it. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Happily N'Ever After (2007) Megan Basham Happily N'Ever After only proves that the idea of modernizing the Brothers Grimm for the sake of laughs may have finally jumped the shark. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) Megan Basham Unquestionably original, watching Arthur and the Invisibles frequently feels like sitting in on an elaborate video game. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Because I Said So (2007) Megan Basham In the end, while the mixture looks sweet, it goes down decidedly sour. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Ghost Rider (2007) Megan Basham This strange amalgamation of Texas Ranger lore, NASCAR bravado, and the-Devil-and-Daniel-Webster trickery keeps the campy fun revving just enough that you can't completely hate it. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
The Astronaut Farmer (2007) Megan Basham While The Astronaut Farmer may occasionally get its priorities mixed up, it is refreshing to spend some time with a movie that acknowledges the unique role that men play in families-a role that cannot be filled by any of today's trendy substitutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Wild Hogs (2007) Megan Basham When the film isn't trading on an endless parade of gay jokes, it's focusing on an unfunny, unoriginal subplot in which the group must face off with a gang of biker bad guys. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Pathfinder (2007) Megan Basham Without a relatable or sympathetic character in its lineup, Pathfinder is a blunt object designed to beat the audience over the head with gore until even the most sensitive viewer is left yawning at the ugliness. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Next (2007) Megan Basham The concept behind it is fine, but the execution is terrible. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
28 Weeks Later (2007) Megan Basham Calling it an unadulterated exercise in nihilism might be an understatement. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Megan Basham A pirate's appeal is based in large part on his status as a renegade. But Verbinski gives us pirate codes, law books, and congresses-hardly the stuff of swashbuckling lore. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Knocked Up (2007) Megan Basham The very fact that some clearly juvenile filmmakers have hit on the truth that a baby in the womb is as much a life as the one cradled in its mother's arms is encouraging. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Mr. Brooks (2007) Megan Basham However hellish Brooks' acts might be, we admire how coolly he executes them. So rather than wish jail or worse on Mr. Brooks, the audience joins him in reveling in how neatly he disposes of his victims. Hollywood is, after all, so good at what it does. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Surf's Up (2007) Megan Basham On the surface, this may not sound like a particularly original idea, but director Ash Brannon handles the "documentary" framing device so well, adults may forget they are watching a cartoon. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Nancy Drew (2007) Megan Basham As played by Emma Roberts, Nancy boasts a plucky self-assuredness that inspires rather than annoys. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) Megan Basham It's ironic that a film that claims to celebrate tolerance would paint all believers with that unfair brush. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
1408 (2007) Megan Basham 1408 feels like a classic, well-acted haunted house tale. It may not go very deep with some of the bigger questions it asks, but it is interesting that it bothers to ask them. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Megan Basham Bourne's aim may be righteous, but it is also most definitely self-serving. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Stardust (2007) Megan Basham While Stardust might not be a good choice for a family outing, it's not a bad choice for date night. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3:10 to Yuma (2007) Megan Basham With its great acting, great pacing, and crackerjack storyline, Yuma is not only fun, it is surprisingly moral. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
The Kingdom (2007) Megan Basham In spite of a couple of misstep -- like a tacked-on ending and a few too many one-liners --The Kingdom is a serious movie for serious times. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Planet in Peril (2007) Megan Basham Not to say that there aren't legitimate debates about mankind's responsibility to the earth. But CNN has taken us a step backward in those debates, not forward. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Fred Claus (2007) Megan Basham The biggest problem with Fred Claus isn't that it's not very good, it's that it pulls a bait-and-switch on parents expecting to see Hollywood's favorite bad boy in a film they can feel comfortable taking their kids to. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Golden Compass (2007) Megan Basham Weitzman hits all the book's plot points without ginning up any of its corresponding emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) Megan Basham Though it does occasionally stumble into predictable territory, The Water Horse succeeds because it relies on story as much as spectacle. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Rambo (2008) Megan Basham Unfortunately... while Rocky Balboa deepened and expanded an iconic character, Rambo creates an even bloodier caricature of the one-man army many viewers remember. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Vantage Point (2008) Megan Basham The most intrusive of these problems is the acting. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Megan Basham However fanciful the happy endings are (and there must always be happy endings in this type of production), thanks to McDormand and a sweet, snappy script we believe and celebrate every moment of them. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
10,000 B.C. (2008) Megan Basham It is inconceivable that filmmakers as experienced as Emmerich and his team didn't know they were making a bad movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
() Megan Basham Though Browns contains less proselytizing than Perry's previous productions, it is better off for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018