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 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
B+ Red (2010) Abbie Bernstein Red isn't particularly deep -- yes, the characters know they're older than they once were, but that doesn't seem to stand in their way once they rev up. This does give the movie an extra little current of joy. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B Hereafter (2010) Abbie Bernstein Hereafter is pleasant, intelligent and consistently watchable, but it is also oddly diffuse. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ Conviction (2010) Abbie Bernstein Conviction does have its big, predictable emotional moments, but it's steady and thoughtful enough to do more than hit the expected notes. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
C+ Due Date (2010) Abbie Bernstein There are a few laugh-out-loud lines, but the situations prompt more curiosity about what will happen and/or how they'll get out of it than actual amusement. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B Red Hill (2010) Abbie Bernstein Red Hill doesn't set up its foreshadowing as well as it might, but overall, it works as a tale of places where the West, for good and ill, is still alive. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ 127 Hours (2010) Abbie Bernstein 127 Hours is a consistently gripping drama that puts us face to face with the question of what we would or even could do to save ourselves in a similar situation. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
A- Unstoppable (2010) Abbie Bernstein Unstoppable is lean, driving and accomplishes just about everything it sets out to do. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Abbie Bernstein One of the chief pleasures of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 is that it encompasses this sense of the universal and yet remains touchingly specific with Harry and his friends, who we've come to know so well over the years. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B Made in Dagenham (2010) Abbie Bernstein Made in Dagenham doesn't feel like it is saying anything especially new about either workplace sexism or labor relations. However, it is well-acted, well thought-out and informative enough to be worth watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B The Next Three Days (2010) Abbie Bernstein Crowe is consistently watchable, Banks adroitly handles Lara's charm, fragility and mercurial anger and Lennie James is engaging as the beleaguered law enforcer in charge of trying to figure out what the hell is happening here. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- Love & Other Drugs (2010) Abbie Bernstein Love and Other Drugs is neither an aphrodisiac nor an expose. Its emotional reach is beyond its grasp, but if you're in the mood for seeing two likable, good-looking people come together, break apart, reunite and so forth, it will suffice. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ Tangled (2010) Abbie Bernstein Tangled is a delightful rendition of a well-known fantasy that can be enjoyed by Disney animation and fairytale fans of all ages. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
A- The King's Speech (2010) Abbie Bernstein The King's Speech lingers in the mind and the emotions long after it ends, communicating to us in the spirit of Logue's work. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) Abbie Bernstein Neither the filmmakers nor actor Carrey appear to be able to make any distinction between when Steve is full of baloney and when he's sincere. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Abbie Bernstein If you and/or the young folks in your life like spooky folklore, snowy menace and brave young heroes, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale fills the bill. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- Black Swan (2010) Abbie Bernstein Black Swan is intense, original and beautiful, three good reasons to see it, and Portman's exemplary performance adds a fourth. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- The Company Men (2010) Abbie Bernstein The Company Men is well made, but it seems to resort to shorthand to cover all that it wants to address -- a little less scope and a little more depth might have served it better. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) Abbie Bernstein The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader isn't exactly bad, but it lacks magical resonance and does not make up for it in character depth. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ Casino Jack (2010) Abbie Bernstein Casino Jack manages to be entertaining and illuminating, even as it helps confirm some worst fears about what really goes into at least some of our nation's law-making. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- Tron: Legacy (2010) Abbie Bernstein Tron: Legacyis okay, a good-looking diversion. It has some very cool, Tron-universe-specific effects and Jeff Bridges to recommend it. Just don't go in expecting anything that will make you imagine or feel anything new. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- No Strings Attached (2011) Abbie Bernstein No Strings Attached is the sort of movie you can watch once with no harm on either side, but it's unlikely you'll settle into a long-term favorite film relationship with it. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019