Assignment X

Assignment X is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Abbie Bernstein
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Mary (2019) Abbie Bernstein It should be okay for viewers who are satisfied with call and response storytelling, but its good looks don't make up for its ultimate lack of imagination. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ Joker (2019) Abbie Bernstein Joker is effective art in the service of a worldview that endorses a double standard. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
B Gemini Man (2019) Abbie Bernstein It's moderately entertaining, but neither director Lee's visual pizzazz nor the commitment of the actors can keep the story from being predictable and feeling familiar. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
B- Ad Astra (2019) Abbie Bernstein Extremely physically handsome, and director Gray stages some intriguing action sequences. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B Empathy, Inc. (2018) Abbie Bernstein A fairly smart, twisty techno fable. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- The Goldfinch (2019) Abbie Bernstein The Goldfinch boasts a number of noteworthy performances... but unless one comes in predisposed to invest, it's neither a moving dramatic experience nor a satisfying thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B Haunt (2019) Abbie Bernstein There is a nicely mythic tinge to both the placement of the haunt and the goings-on within it. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- Nomis (2018) Abbie Bernstein If cops vs. psychos with secrets is a subgenre you enjoy, Night Hunter should be acceptable fare. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Abbie Bernstein Director Muscietti maintains an effective, grimy small-town look for Derry, and mostly handles scares deftly. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ Ready or Not (2019) Abbie Bernstein A full-throttle entry in the horror subgenre of the unsuspecting new spouse who finds out the hard way that the in-laws are unusually problematic. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
B 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Abbie Bernstein If you enjoy big shark movies, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged qualifies as decent if unexceptional summer fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Abbie Bernstein The screenplay by Lee Eisenberg & director Gene Stupnitsky handles its schematics well. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ Driven (2018) Abbie Bernstein Sudeikis gives us Jim as a small-time con artist who finds himself way out of his depth, relying on self-effacement and the appearance of affability to stay afloat. It's a very effective performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Abbie Bernstein Tarantino does a splendid job of evoking an era and an environment that give him joy. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
B- Stuber (2019) Abbie Bernstein It's agreeable in a Lethal Weapon knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It's just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Abbie Bernstein Mostly, it's fun that doesn't demand a blip-like mind-wipe from the audience, for which we are duly thankful. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Abbie Bernstein Midsommar will work best for those who are fans of fairytale art, folklore and horror altogether. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
C+ Yesterday (2019) Abbie Bernstein Director Danny Boyle's eye for composition remains reliable, ensuring that Yesterday is handsome and well-made. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ Nightmare Cinema (2018) Abbie Bernstein One of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- Child's Play (2019) Abbie Bernstein Child's Play experiments with a few new things that work, but it can't quite succeed at getting its thoughtful side to merge seamlessly with its retro camp horror side. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Abbie Bernstein Toy Story 4 is fun and (does this even need saying of a Pixar film?) exceptionally well-made. If it doesn't live up to the towering effect of its predecessors, neither do most other movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B Shaft (2019) Abbie Bernstein Shaft is great fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- The Dead Don't Die (2019) Abbie Bernstein If one is not inherently amused by this sensibility, though, while the film has its moments, The Dead Don't Die can start to feel like it's moving at the pace of one of its shambling title characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- Dark Phoenix (2019) Abbie Bernstein DARK PHOENIX probably won't be anybody's favorite X movie, but for those who are jonesing for anything in this universe, it covers all of its bases well enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Abbie Bernstein It winds up as a big, warm, sometimes raunchy hug, with lots of catchy pop tunes. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Abbie Bernstein It succeeds as a contained horror movie, but not as an inversion of comic book lore. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B+ Tolkien (2019) Abbie Bernstein Tolkien by no means breaks the biopic mold, but it is inviting, well-paced and uncommonly thoughtful. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Abbie Bernstein The tartness of Reynolds's delivery contrasts agreeably with Pikachu's absurd cuteness. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
C- War on Everyone (2016) Abbie Bernstein ...it's supposed to be mutual attraction, but it feels more like coercion at the start. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C- The Intruder (2019) Abbie Bernstein The movie eventually gets to where we know it's going, but by the time it arrives there, it has blasted through every shred of suspension of disbelief, and patience, we can possibly muster. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Abbie Bernstein Avengers: Endgame succeeds in delivering both the epic scope such a finale demands, and the personal touches that have made the whole franchise so winning. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
B Red Joan (2018) Abbie Bernstein There's no arguing whatever with Dench's performance. With the flicker of an eyelid, she can go from exhausted-seeming senior citizen to sly observer. This is camera acting at its finest. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
B The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Abbie Bernstein As it is, the movie has its moments of unintentional silliness, but it's also nicely creepy. At the end, we get the sense that it has more or less delivered on its promise. It's not hugely original, but it works as popcorn horror. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
B The Wind (2018) Abbie Bernstein The Wind is atmospheric, unique-looking and has moments of real fear. It tries too hard to be a brain-teaser, but it still works as a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
B Little (2019) Abbie Bernstein Little may not teach anybody life lessons they don't already know, but it's often gently amusing. More, it demonstrates that Martin is a performer to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
B The Public (2018) Abbie Bernstein Estevez has assembled a top-flight cast and has a worthy subject. He also has a feel for how to keep things moving. In the end, The Public sometimes goes over the top, but it's never dull. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- Pet Sematary (2019) Abbie Bernstein Pet Sematary works as a jump-up scare-fest, but it has no deeper levels. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
A- () Abbie Bernstein If you ever wanted to see more corners of the universe occupied by the Nostromo and her crew, you must watch the Alien 40th Anniversary...It brings you back to the heart of the nightmare, by people who all clearly have Alien in their own hearts. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B- Dumbo (2019) Abbie Bernstein As always, director Burton comes up with some marvelous images, and he keeps things moving along. This Dumbo is quite watchable; it's just not much actual fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
A- Us (2019) Abbie Bernstein It's a movie that invites engagement beyond its running time, designed to spark debate, analysis, and fear of mirrors. Ultimately, US could be clearer, but it's so awesome on so many levels that this doesn't really matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Abbie Bernstein Captain Marvel mixes fun and urgency with an engaging title character. It's absolutely worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- Greta (2018) Abbie Bernstein Director Jordan often has a keen eye for absurdity, mixing terror and hilarity, but the two never quite link up here. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
B- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Abbie Bernstein How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is diverting enough. If you and your family really liked the first two, this should be relatively enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
B Aquaman (2018) Abbie Bernstein Aquaman does nothing to subvert or expand its genre, but as superhero movies go, this is one of those that's worth watching for the sheer pleasure of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- The Social Network (2010) Abbie Bernstein The Social Network is about the establishment of one very popular site, but because of the way it is done, the film is as personal as movies get. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B Let Me In (2010) Abbie Bernstein When you're twelve, whether temporarily or eternally, things are different, and Let Me In depicts this with emotional accuracy and a great deal of empathy. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B- Secretariat (2010) Abbie Bernstein If you want to see a movie about a woman who loves her horse, or who is literally (as opposed to figuratively) risking everything for either a conviction or for any kind of altruistic goal, this isn't it. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B My Soul to Take (2010) Abbie Bernstein My Soul to Take is a little uneven, but at its best, it's remarkably good. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B Monsters (2010) Abbie Bernstein [Monsters] makes us reflect easily on what we would do in the characters' situations and, as part of the overall feel, it gives us the steady course of two people getting to know one another in very credible fashion. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B- Stone (2010) Abbie Bernstein Stone's relentless theological musings don't seem to build to any moral point. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019