Punch Drunk Movies

Punch Drunk Movies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rubén Rosario
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Cats (2019) Rubén Rosario It's cartoonish, a little surreal and, at least to this grumpy (cat) critic, altogether irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/4 Waves (2019) Rubén Rosario [Trey Edward] Shults aims to take viewers on a journey predominantly comprised of peaks and valleys with not enough attention devoted to those in-between moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/4 Greener Grass (2019) Rubén Rosario It's clear [Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe], who cut their teeth doing improv before making movies, have the chops to sustain this high-wire act, because most of the gags land. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Good Liar (2019) Rubén Rosario A safe yet satisfying menu item that won't upset the tummy. It's the house chardonnay of 2019 suspense titles. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Rubén Rosario It's a good thing Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson deliver indelible performances in this aggressively foreboding chiller, because "The Witch" director Robert Eggers tries so hard to channel Melville and Lovecraft that he loses his grip on the material. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Rubén Rosario A film that sometimes tries a little too hard to be inspirational but manages to give you all the feels all the same. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
1/4 The Fanatic (2019) Rubén Rosario The only thing it succeeds in doing is underscoring just how badly Travolta needs to reconnect with the actor he used to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Rubén Rosario In its unflappably honest depiction of coming to terms with death, this powerful and often delightful film becomes the most life-affirming seen I've seen this year. It's a keeper. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Rubén Rosario It runs out of juice near the end, but it's held afloat by strong characters and a topical urgency. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Rubén Rosario It wants to spread its wings and glide above other comic book-based tentpoles' more juvenile storylines, but Dark Phoenix... merely ekes out an uninspired mishmash of material considerably better handled in prior entries. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Rubén Rosario It's an agreeably entertaining mess of a summer spectacle that nevertheless delivers the kaiju mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Rubén Rosario It could have benefited from more actual dance content, and it's hampered by a needlessly convoluted structure, but Ralph Fiennes' modestly scaled portrait of Soviet ballet icon Rudolf Nureyev is arresting arthouse fare... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 Napszállta (2018) Rubén Rosario "Sunset" is the cinematic equivalent of that tough history class that required attention and extra study time, but looking back, one comes to appreciate later in life. It makes up in sheer chutzpah what it lacks in storytelling clarity. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 Penguins (2019) Rubén Rosario The edges might have been sanded off, but this is one guided wildlife tour worth taking. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Rubén Rosario It's an effervescent genre entry that's not afraid to indulge in the irreverent silliness that drew so many of us to comic books in the first place. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Rubén Rosario Burton's latest might lack the sinister playfulness of his best work, but even if it doesn't quite soar to the heights it set out for itself, it glides confidently into your good graces. By a Trunk. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 The Upside (2017) Rubén Rosario "The Upside" ends up letting us down, and even though fingers will justly be pointed at Hart and Weinstein for the baggage they add, Burger has ultimately no one to blame but himself. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 The Favourite (2018) Rubén Rosario The bulk of this ribald yarn is well worth putting on your best finery for. It's not quite the homerun it's advertised to be, but an expertly rendered delight all the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/4 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Rubén Rosario It's rare to see this much sadness distilled with such unbridled joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
2.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Rubén Rosario It dramatizes: bridge-building therapy that allows clashing worldviews to find common ground, much like Jared and Nancy. It's in this capacity that "Boy Erased," frequently unremarkable yet still engaging Oscar bait, works best. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 Wildlife (2018) Rubén Rosario The harder Dano tries to make the movie feel cinematic (and boy, does he!), the more stagy it feels. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/4 Suspiria (2018) Rubén Rosario Even as it juggles too many balls in the air, "Suspiria" methodically wraps its tendrils around you. The film's bursts of graphic bloodletting, punctuated by eerie nightmare sequences that feel like something out of a queasy art installation. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 I Am Not a Witch (2017) Rubén Rosario The filmmaker has crafted a portrait of institutionalized chauvinism that's undeniably on point but so vicious that the laughs are few and far between. In other words, this is not a popcorn moviegoer's satire. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Rubén Rosario A triumph of texture, a tender, deeply felt slice of Americana with the magnetic draw of a adroitly structured short story. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 Colette (2018) Rubén Rosario Colette's story teaches us that when it comes to guarding one's creative property, love means never having to say sorry for moving on to greener pastures. The film is dedicated to Glatzer, and it's a fittingly genial tribute for an eclectic body of work. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Rubén Rosario Bolstered by four strong central performances, the most surprising thing about "The Sisters Brothers" is how pleasant and raffishly likable it ultimately becomes. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 Smallfoot (2018) Rubén Rosario Even though not all of it works, and even though it takes too long to hit its stride, its call for bridge-building is a message one is never too old to take to heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Rubén Rosario A sloppy stew of bullet points, a fatty alphabet soup that overwhelms when it ought to enlighten. It's an unfocused, undisciplined letdown from a bright voice that appears to have lost its way. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Rubén Rosario Ravishing yet malnourished, follows on Malick's footsteps, but it's too occupied Sundancing the viewer into submission to make you give a damn about these boys who are forced to grow up too quickly. It's smothered by its own beauty. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/4 Destination Wedding (2018) Rubén Rosario The charismatic stars struggle with earache-inducing dialogue that reduces their characters to bile-spouting losers. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 The Wife (2017) Rubén Rosario You'll want a divorce from this pedestrian adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's best-seller that missteps by nixing its protagonist's thorny inner monologue in favor of cinema-of-quality mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 Margaret (2011) Rubén Rosario From its majestic slo-mo opening shots of New York City pedestrians to its devastating closing moments at the Met, "Margaret" enthralls like no other...This smart, literate urban opera is well deserving of a standing ovation. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 A Late Quartet (2012) Rubén Rosario Surrounded by the unraveling lives of his longtime musical partners, the understated gravity that Walken gives this fading arts patriarch is a gratifying reminder that it's the quieter notes that are often the most resonant, onstage and off. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Rubén Rosario A buoyant sequel/prequel to the movie adaptation of the smash Broadway musical leans heavily on its stars' undeniable charisma and splashy, expertly choreographed numbers, especially when it runs out of steam story-wise. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018