The Critical Movie Critics

The Critical Movie Critics is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Aaron Leggo, Frank Ochieng, Natasha Alvar, Nguyen Le
Rating Title/Year Author
Stars Fell on Alabama (2021) Natasha Alvar ...there weren't many stars in Stars Fell on Alabama for me to be dazzled by. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Glass (2019) Natasha Alvar The film feels like a guest who has overstayed his welcome and starts to tell another story when asked to leave. It feels much like Shyamalan's cameo in the movie - a gargantuan effort, but one that is kind of awkward. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Piercing (2018) Natasha Alvar Piercing is all flash and no substance - the end result never taking on any kind of permanence. Rather like it's title, it is brief hint of pain, before the sweet feeling of relief when it's over. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Hope Gap (2019) Natasha Alvar Hope Gap isn't afraid to go into darker topics either - that of death and suicide, which are means we contemplate in the darkest, bleakest moments of our lives - and offers a lifeline I never truly thought about. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Girl (2020) Natasha Alvar ...there isn't enough substance to make Faust's stylish choices mean something, so this thriller comes across as more empty that gratifying. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/5 I Still Believe (2020) Frank Ochieng Although it aims to illustrate savory vibes of an uplifting higher power melodrama, from its pulpit the Erwin brothers simply muster up a sluggish Christian romancer that does not have a prayer. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
1/5 Spenser Confidential (2020) Frank Ochieng ...[a] witless cop caper...this charmless action-comedy suspense piece will result in yet another disposable salt-and-pepper buddy flick aiming for low rent chuckles. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 Cane River (1982) Frank Ochieng Rich in resonance and thoroughly revealing in its absolute truth, writer-director Jenkins delivered an absorbing black romancer that delves into the psyche of blackness and belonging. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/4 The Assistant (2019) Frank Ochieng Solidly telling in its methodical truth, Green's film is unassumingly dazzling in its low-key observations. The Assistant is impressively potent without the overstated exclamation of acrimony. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Frank Ochieng Bold, offbeat and borderline blasphemous in its sardonic wit, Jojo Rabbit is at times uneven in its edgy humor, but still manages to pull off its fair share of mixing the absurdity with observational amusement. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 American Woman (2018) Frank Ochieng ...a powerful observation about troubled femininity and the growth process. All together - with startling revelation - American Woman is affirmation that perceived weakness can morph, through trial and tribulation, into resiliency. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Frank Ochieng However, the so-called new and improved take feels like it is trying to flesh out its synthetic soul in an erratic, female empowerment blender of rambunctiousness that is all too familiar. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Frank Ochieng Unfortunately, this astrology-themed showcase of challenged love between a female cynic and male poetic spirit loses its mushy translation in the cosmos. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/4 The Hustle (2019) Frank Ochieng However, the nonsensical antics that transpire throughout the movie feels lackluster and limp - ironically the biggest con that the tepid tandem of Hathaway/Wilson pulls off in this quirky, yet deceptive dud. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 The Intruder (2019) Frank Ochieng Beyond Quaid's devilish antagonist, The Intruder exists as a demonstrative dud that regurgitates commonplace clichés found so readily in practically every other home invasion thriller. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 People's Republic of Desire (2018) Frank Ochieng ...tellingly spry and insightful. Slickly produced, energetic and intrinsically revealing...an intriguing documentary about online entertainment in China. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.4 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Frank Ochieng Admittedly original for a horrific holiday hoot, McPhail's off-kilter Scottish musical plays a delightful naughty note for those looking to celebrate the end-of-the-year seasonal greetings with an (un)deadly bang. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/4 In Fabric (2018) Frank Ochieng ...takes on a whole new meaning to making a startling fashion statement. [Strickland's] sense of warped imagination - meshed with an indescribable styling for extravagant color schemes and sinister tampering - makes for a flashy, flamboyant frightener EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/4 Nobody's Fool (2018) Frank Ochieng Unfocused and a total mess in narrative sensibilities. Perry and Haddish again show audiences that we're the fool for lining up at the box office for this trippin' tripe. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Frank Ochieng [A] soulful and artfully penetrating drama...a refreshingly stark and candid observation about the compelling anatomy of strong black love, commitment, sacrifice, and impenetrable faith. Poetically affecting and eerily as relevant today as the 70s... EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/4 Mid90s (2018) Frank Ochieng Coming-of-age angst and self-discovery set against the skateboarding circuit...Hill spins a heartfelt tale of growing pains balanced by skateboarding rebellion, a sense of tribal belonging, and inescapable domestic disillusionment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 The Lady in the Van (2015) Frank Ochieng Overall, this warm gem is energized by the captivating Smith that instills this beleaguered Brit bag lady with indescribable exuberance. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/4 How to Be Single (2016) Frank Ochieng Unfortunately, How to be Single is annoyingly jittery and woefully generic. The characterizations all feel synthetic and the contrived dilemmas for how these young women cope with men of uncertainty, reluctance and absurdity fall flat EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/4 Zoolander No. 2 (2016) Frank Ochieng Zoolander 2, much like the Nehru jacket and clog shoes, is a freakish fashion statement that should be buried in the past permanently. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Frank Ochieng Thankfully, Kung Fu Panda 3 is just as fresh and frothy the third time around. Quite frankly, this infectious kiddie karate chop to the giddy soul is rather charming. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 Southbound (2015) Frank Ochieng Still, Southbound does deliver when raising signals of suspicion, atmospheric chills, head-scratching symbolism and a startling presence of isolation in the form of a stretched out highway presumably heading to the halls of hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 Nola and the Clones (2016) Frank Ochieng ...vastly affecting...thankfully skilled gems such as Nola and the Clones will remind us that not all moving melodramas about rebellious young women on the edge simply belong on the Lifetime Channel. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/4 The Bronze (2015) Frank Ochieng Unfortunately, director Bryan Buckley's toothless and raunchy comedy does not quite land on its feet smoothly enough to earn a decent score from the sideline judges. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/4 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Frank Ochieng Again, feel free to grab another baklava, but the aftertaste of this wedding calls for an immediate annulment from this bouncy, bickering bunch. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/4 God's Not Dead 2 (2016) Frank Ochieng Nevertheless, God's Not Dead 2 cannot overcome its unintentional cheesiness, manufactured compassion and one-sided ideology that fails to allow any formidable counter punch to its theoretical and theological insights. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015) Frank Ochieng Hello, My Name is Doris is indeed a good greeting for introduction, but as a sturdy and consistent character study it never quite gels although the always resourceful veteran Sally Field is a welcoming, timeless selling point. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 Sing Street (2016) Frank Ochieng The crafty and colorful Sing Street could be perceived as the junior-sized extension of the aforementioned "Once" where lyrics and love methodically come together in unison. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Elvis & Nixon (2016) Frank Ochieng The off-hand exploration of two lost souls protected by their fame, rabid backers and influential circles fuels Elvis & Nixon with the anecdotal amusement and perplexity...engaging and roguishly witty EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/4 Mother's Day (2016) Frank Ochieng With previous dreck such as 2010's "Valentine's Day" and 2011's "New Year's Eve" one can imagine what other arbitrary calendar concoction that Marshall can lazily muster up to showcase as a companion piece to his string of hapless holiday treats? EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/4 Money Monster (2016) Frank Ochieng Money Monster has no real fresh ideas in the realm of TV sensationalism or finance stagnation and it certainly flirts around with a bankrupt aftertaste despite Clooney's impishness and charisma in addition to Roberts's infectious charm and radiance EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Frank Ochieng Well, Britain's bombastic booze-loving fashion figureheads are back for some familiar naughty fun and frolicking, so committed "AbFab" fans can rejoice...off-kilter and shrewdly amusing EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Blood Father (2016) Frank Ochieng Sure, the film has its share of scattered clichés that befall a jumpy road flick. Still, one cannot deny the reflective and raucous vibes that emanate from rag-tag pulpy Blood Father. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 Ixcanul (2015) Frank Ochieng Thankfully, Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante has crafted an impressive and introspective debuted gem that fuels honesty and a compelling brand of insight tip-toeing through the tunnels of cultural triumph and tragedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/4 Skiptrace (2016) Frank Ochieng The problem with Skiptrace is that it seems as a labored and redundant rag-tag vehicle trying to bask in the shadowy spirit of Chan's typical big screen, high-wire Hong Kong police procedurals from yesteryear. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Vlees (Meat) (2010) Frank Ochieng Convincingly hypnotic, colorfully decadent and unapologetic in its branded rawness, Meat is a bizarre and bold commentary on the reckless human carnal compulsion layered underneath mental coldness and despair. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Don't Think Twice (2016) Frank Ochieng Bitingly honest, revealing, insightful and hysterical, Twice is an off-kilter comedy that resonates because it feels like an inside road map into the chaotic lives of the featured troupe members utilizing improvisation as their creative tool of trade. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 Queen of Katwe (2016) Frank Ochieng And although the film feels strongly familiar in pathos and promise it is still a capable message movie about disenfranchised youngsters that overcome their desperately humble beginnings in the face of unflattering odds. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 Moonlight (2016) Frank Ochieng ...a power-driven drama. Jenkins still fuels his small, yet piercing exposition, with a cemented conviction that fortifies the serene rage and manages to instill a convincing dose of sympathy for the periled players in Miami's hidden haven of a hellhole. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/4 Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) Frank Ochieng ...an espionage action-comedy that meanders in its broad banality...is enough reason to have Keeping Up with the Joneses classified as an aborted mission to a lesser degree. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Supersonic (2016) Frank Ochieng Feisty and unapologetic, Oasis: Supersonic impishly encourages a radical ride on Oasis' symbolically aforementioned "Champagne Supernova." The feral Gallaghers would probably prefer you travel without any safety hats. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 The Eagle Huntress (2016) Frank Ochieng Refreshingly uplifting and revealing--artfully juggles the perceptions of blossoming girl power, animal activism, familial norms/expectations...a rewarding character study particularly for the legions of young girls encouraged to explore their boundaries EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2.5/4 Railroad Tigers (2016) Frank Ochieng These "Tigers" claw their way into a frivolous lather but whether or not Chan's latest spectacle deserves a boarding pass to enjoy the same blueprint thrills . . . well, hey . . . would you rather see the sequel "Skiptrace 2"? I rest my case . . . EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/4 I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Frank Ochieng Effectively galvanizing and a pervasive punch to the functioning system, Negro is thoroughly gripping and a significant slice of surging cinema that dares to question the never-ending search for harmony and humanity that now feels completely lost. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
1.2/4 xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Frank Ochieng Although they say that a single "X" usually marks the spot it takes the triple "X"es in xXx: Return of Xander Cage to disprove this theory. The sensationalized showboat that should have left his one-dimensional adventurous tendencies back in the year 2002 EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 Road to the Well (2016) Frank Ochieng This backwoods story of death, defiance and deception is organically riveting and should be considered a terrorizing treasure as it will undoubtedly be hidden in the shadows of the more promoted and frivolous dramas with half the heart and havoc. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018