Critically Acclaimed

Critically Acclaimed is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold
Rating Title/Year Author
Toy Story 4 (2019) Witney Seibold "Toy Story 4's" sense of humor has also darkened by a few shades since the last go-round, leading to an overall, and very welcome, oddball sensibility. It's easily the funniest in the series. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Witney Seibold Captain Marvel is bright and entertaining on a basic level. But it's also something we may not have seen before: An MCU film that's kind of forgettable. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Witney Seibold Like far too many blockbusters of its ilk, "Alita" is focused on any number of vaguely confusing and uninspired sci-fi subplots, each cribbed from superior films and none brought to a proper conclusion. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) Witney Seibold The central problem with "Justice League: The New Frontier" is that Bruce Timm's clear, square-jawed animation style doesn't match the tone... Director Bullock, rather than using his film's style as a necessary distancing tool, merely revels in it. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Glass (2019) Witney Seibold As we so often say with Shyamalan: Maybe next time... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
Cosy Dens (1999) Witney Seibold The cultural shifts of the 1990s seemed to be a global move away from traditions via dismissal and sarcasm rather than active revolution. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Witney Seibold New to the series is a sense of stale fatigue. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
The Visitor (1979) Witney Seibold I can't say that the bulk of 1970s psychedelia was necessarily successful - they were big on histrionics but short on actual logic - but one can at least admire them for being willing to tip into the surreal to reach something higher. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Level Five (1997) Witney Seibold Watching it in the era of Twitter does make "Level Five" feel like a distant lamentation on the failure of technology - indeed of cinema itself. It's a record of the questions we once asked, and how we essentially already lost the fight. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Peppermint (2018) Witney Seibold There is nothing fresh or flavorful about "Peppermint." It's a rote and predictable revenge thriller with only a few capable action sequences, a few fleeting moments of exhilarating violence, and one pretty great action performance from Garner. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Witney Seibold In a landscape dominated by teen movies that bank so heavily on well-worn archetypes and weepy melodramatic situations, experiencing a film like "Eighth Grade" can feel almost miraculous in how natural it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) William Bibbiani It comes close to greatness but stops a little short. And that's not a big deal. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Witney Seibold The most aggressively idiotic film in the series to date. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
The Misandrists (2017) Witney Seibold "The Misandrists" is a lesbian hand grenade. It's a raucous clenched fist of queer feminist outrage thrown in the face of anyone who dares to give the patriarchy even the smallest bit of wiggle room. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) William Bibbiani Maybe some Star Wars stories don't actually need to be told. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
Adrift (2018) William Bibbiani This is a big film with a very intimate soul, a disaster movie that makes an impression without stooping to blockbuster gimmickry. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018