Next Best Picture

Next Best Picture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kt Schaefer, Nguyen Le, Nicole Ackman, Sara Clements
Rating Title/Year Author
2/10 Cherry (2021) Nicole Ackman Despite Holland's best attempts, it's a convoluted mess that feels like several different films stitched together into one Frankenstein's monster of a movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/10 Blithe Spirit (2020) Nicole Ackman ​​​It's an almost impressive feat to make a decidedly unfunny adaptation of a Noel Coward play and yet, Edward Hall's new film based on the 1941 play Blithe Spirit does exactly that. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/10 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Nicole Ackman The United States vs. Billie Holiday tries to be something different, but this too-often dull biopic fails to live up to the legend it's about. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
7/10 To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Nicole Ackman While To All the Boys: Always and Forever may not meet the first film's standard, it's a lovely and fitting end to the trilogy. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
5/10 Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Sara Clements In its satire of America's obsession with fame and media in all forms, the film doesn't make for a very humorous dissection. Silly and at times brutal fun at best. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
8/10 Sophie Jones (2020) Sara Clements One of the most authentic explorations of grief on film. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
5/10 All My Life (2020) Nicole Ackman The execution could have been better, but the story is touching and the leads manage to (mostly) pull it off. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
2/10 Artemis Fowl (2020) Nicole Ackman Unfortunately, Artemis Fowl joins The Lightning Thief and The Golden Compass in the camp of YA series done dirty by their film adaptations. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/10 The Artist's Wife (2019) Nicole Ackman The Artist's Wife isn't a film that has any clear resolution at the end and it leaves the viewer feeling somewhat hopeless. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/10 Bull (2019) Nicole Ackman What it lacks in focus and narrative drive, it makes up for in authenticity and grittiness. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Nicole Ackman It's the sort of film that makes you angry about the injustice that it recounts, while also motivating you to do something to make a change. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 A Call to Spy (2019) Nicole Ackman A Call to Spy tells a unique story not yet seen on screen - one about the female spies who were part of Churchill's Secret Army. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/10 Chemical Hearts (2020) Nicole Ackman [I]n trying to make a profound statement, it seems to struggle with its tone and its characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 The Devil All the Time (2020) Nicole Ackman While The Devil All the Time might not live up to its full potential, it's thought-provoking and may stick with its audience for a while. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 The Dig (2021) Nicole Ackman Though it's not flashy or anything particularly new, period drama fans and admirers of Fiennes or Mulligan will enjoy this quiet and unassuming film. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 Dreamland (2019) Nicole Ackman While Nicholaas Zwart's screenplay isn't completely up to par with the film's visuals and performances, Dreamland is an impressive film. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 Enola Holmes (2020) Nicole Ackman Enola Holmes is a very worthy addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/10 Eternal Beauty (2019) Nicole Ackman It's not a perfect film by any means and definitely not for all audiences, but there is plenty in it to appreciate, including Roberts's good intentions. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Nicole Ackman This British rom-com features a sweet story about community and an idyllic seaside town full of characters you can't help but love. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 The Half of It (2020) Nicole Ackman [It's] a fairly down-to-earth portrayal of high school, from the fashion to the clever inclusion of social media which defines the modern-day teenage experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 Happiest Season (2020) Nicole Ackman With a bleach-blond Kristen Stewart and Christmas music galore, it sets itself apart from other Christmas movies by featuring a romance between two women. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 The High Note (2020) Nicole Ackman It may not be anything revolutionary even for its genre, but it's an above-average feel-good summer film. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/10 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Nicole Ackman [I]t gets mired down in so many interwoven plot lines and a frankly depressing tone that switches to hopeful on a dime. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/10 The Last Vermeer (2019) Nicole Ackman Unfortunately, the film doesn't live up to its source material and gets sidetracked with its less interesting main character. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 Lingua Franca (2019) Nicole Ackman The film is remarkable in how it focuses on people that we rarely see onscreen. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Martin Eden (2019) Nicole Ackman Luckily, its strong leading performance by Luca Marinelli and its beautiful cinematography are able to save it, though, just barely. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Nicole Ackman Miss Americana is an intimate yet unintrusive look at the life of one of the entertainment industry's biggest stars. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Olympia (2018) Nicole Ackman While it isn't any sort of achievement in film-making, this documentary is a fitting tribute to a fantastic actress. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/10 Out Stealing Horses (2019) Nicole Ackman The film attempts to delve into an interesting relationship between a father and son...but unfortunately, the more interesting parts of the plot aren't fully developed. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 Over the Moon (2020) Nicole Ackman In this time of crisis around the world when many people are experiencing losing a loved one, this film is sure to touch people's hearts. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
10/10 Promising Young Woman (2020) Nicole Ackman Fennell brings these truths into the light in a way that's impossible to ignore while putting you through every feeling that a human can have at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 Rebecca (2020) Nicole Ackman This is not the 1940 Oscar-winning Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca, nor does it want to be; rather, it's a new adaptation of the novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Red Penguins (2019) Nicole Ackman While the story is about hockey on the surface, it's sure to be equally interesting to non-sports fans. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Resistance (2020) Nicole Ackman While the film has issues with pacing and tone and lacks a singular narrative focus, it features some of Jesse Eisenberg's finest work as the Jewish mime. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Nicole Ackman It features a strong leading performance from Sabrina Carpenter and beautiful cinematography of the western landscape. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 Sylvie's Love (2020) Nicole Ackman It's wholesome without being saccharine and an excellent vehicle for both Thompson and Asomugha, who have perfect chemistry together. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Nicole Ackman On the surface, it's a story about a girl and her relationships, but at its heart, it's truly a tale about sisters and finding your place in the world. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/10 Tommaso (2019) Nicole Ackman If Tommaso was 20 to 30 minutes shorter, perhaps it would be a more palatable viewing experience and would feel less meandering. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Nicole Ackman [The film] embraces the legend of the man rather than the man himself, while also making a subtle statement about the English oppression of the Irish. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 True Mothers (2020) Nicole Ackman It's an intriguing portrait of motherhood that examines real issues related to it in a way that's easy for the audience to follow. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Nicole Ackman While Wonder Woman 1984 does provide some escapist fun and charming moments, its long runtime of two and a half hours and slow pacing work against it. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 The World to Come (2020) Nicole Ackman While the film takes a while to thaw, once it does, The World to Come will beguile certain audiences just as Tally charms Abigail. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 Clemency (2019) Nicole Ackman The film is a tough watch emotionally, though the performances are stronger than the film itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/10 The Aftermath (2019) Nicole Ackman The issues with the plot and characterization can somewhat be overlooked due to the solid acting work. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
8/10 Downton Abbey (2019) Nicole Ackman While it doesn't offer much for those not familiar with the show, seeing the characters again feels like greeting old friends for those who watched all six seasons. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Harriet (2019) Nicole Ackman While Harriet may not be a masterpiece, it's worth seeing for its fantastic lead performance and its important message. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
6/10 Honey Boy (2019) Nicole Ackman Honey Boy may not be a masterpiece of a movie, but it feels like an achievement in healing through film. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
9/10 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Nicole Ackman With gorgeous cinematography, [and] a beautiful script that shows off the French language at its very best...Céline Sciamma's new film is easily one of the best of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 The Report (2019) Nicole Ackman The performances and the story itself are what shines in The Report, rather than any of the films' technical attributes. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
7/10 Boy Erased (2018) Nicole Ackman The true power of Boy Erased is its ability to remind audiences of what LGBT+ youth struggle with as it is based on Garrard Conley's life. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021