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+ One Night in Miami (2020) Abbie Bernstein Ad a film winds up providing many of the pleasures of its original stage version - worthy topics, fine acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Abbie Bernstein The results are overall pretty entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
B The Craft: Legacy (2020) Abbie Bernstein It's energetic, it's endearing, it's delightful. It just isn't what it advertises itself to be: a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
B- Promising Young Woman (2020) Abbie Bernstein Director/writer Emerald Fennell invests it with a lot of wit and twists. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
B Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Abbie Bernstein In the end, we're pleased to spend time with Gadot, and watch some fine work from the other actors, but next time, it would be better to have more actual Wonder Woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
C+ Forget Me Not (2010) Abbie Bernstein Fans of Menzies, O'Reilly, and Jones will probably want to see Forget Me Not for their work here. Lovers of London may want to see the film for its fabulous shots of the city. It just is not a movie for those seeking a plausible cinematic romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
B- The Curse of Hobbes House (2020) Abbie Bernstein While there is some good splatter, there are no jump scares... The Curse of Hobbes House is stylish, but not scary. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B- Archenemy (2020) Abbie Bernstein Archenemy winds up being uneven, but it preserves its mystery for an admirably long stretch, as well as having some visual pizzazz and a strong sense of place. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
B Wander Darkly (2020) Abbie Bernstein It may not deeply touch every viewer, but it is still a largely original piece, and that is cause for praise. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
B- Black Pumpkin (2018) Abbie Bernstein The film has some natural humor that works, but sometimes undercuts them with poor timing that detracts from the action. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B Vanguard (2020) Abbie Bernstein Director/writer Stanley Tong and topliner Jackie Chan have made something that feels like one of those big, splashy international derring-do actioners from the '70s and '80s. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
B+ Anything for Jackson (2020) Abbie Bernstein It has scares, brains, humor, and even heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
B The Honeymoon Phase (2019) Abbie Bernstein Director/writer Phillip G. Carroll Jr. builds tension fluidly. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Zappa (2020) Abbie Bernstein There are lots of intriguing specifics here. Still, Zappa seems mainly aimed at those who are already fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
C+ Beast Mode (2019) Abbie Bernstein Credit Beast Mode for giving it a go, even if it doesn't hit the mark much of the time. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
B Books of Blood (2020) Abbie Bernstein The cast is very strong, with Robertson, Friel, Shen, and Gavron especially effective. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ Ammonite (2020) Abbie Bernstein Winslet is excellent as the meticulous, grouchy, passionate Mary. As Charlotte, Ronan goes persuasively from waifish sorrow to radiant joy. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
B- The Giant (2019) Abbie Bernstein The Giant is undeniably pretty and achieves a certain eeriness. However, the film's unwillingness to provide traditional answers is likely to leave a lot of viewers unsatisfied. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
B Jungleland (2019) Abbie Bernstein Jungleland doesn't provide any revelations, but it does have the pleasures of fare from the days when movies could both broadly fit into the drama genre and still be idiosyncratic. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
B Come Play (2020) Abbie Bernstein Come Play fulfills its basic mandate of being spooky and having a cool creature without being gory. For those who like this horror subgenre, the movie works. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
B- Kindred (2020) Abbie Bernstein Kindred is visually handsome, and Shaw is a proper powerhouse. It just takes a long time to get to a conclusion that doesn't pack much punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
B Mortal (2020) Abbie Bernstein Mortal has engaging leads and a compelling premise. The movie just takes so long to set things up that there's little room to build on what makes it unique. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
B They Reach (2020) Abbie Bernstein At the risk of making too much out of some grace notes - but they are marvelous grace notes - it's not often that a genre movie gives us not just one but two unconventional female teen leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
B The Call (2020) Abbie Bernstein It has a decent premise, a good set-up that makes the right revelations at the right times, and smart casting in two key roles. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
B+ Synchronic (2019) Abbie Bernstein That rare science-fiction drama that knows how to show rather than tell, getting us to feel something even as we ponder its big concepts. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
B To Your Last Death (2019) Abbie Bernstein To Your Last Death is engaging as a genre story. The animation is not spectacular, but the combination of all of its factors make it an oddity worth watching. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
B- Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Abbie Bernstein Zemeckis has shown that he's a whiz at integrating live action and visual effects; he achieves some photo-realistic results here, but there are also some surprisingly inconsistent elements. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
B Don't Look Back (2020) Abbie Bernstein [Jeffrey] Reddick provides some laudably creepy environments and spooky moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B+ Love and Monsters (2020) Abbie Bernstein Love and Monsters isn't especially scary... However, it's enjoyable and agreeable, both qualities that make it worth watching. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Abbie Bernstein It's different enough and crafted artfully enough to be worth watch for those in the mood for some variety. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
B- Hosts (2020) Abbie Bernstein For those who appreciate the art of it, the gore is plentiful and well-done. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
B Eternal Beauty (2019) Abbie Bernstein Hawkins is a marvelous performer, and she makes us concerned for Jane. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
B Death of Me (2020) Abbie Bernstein Maggie Q as Christine is a forceful and riveting performer. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
B+ Possessor: Uncut (2020) Abbie Bernstein The images are haunting and unsettling, and the thriller aspect is slick and well-conceived. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
C Antebellum (2020) Abbie Bernstein Once we're in the third act... we're brought up short by a gigantic logistics matter, to say nothing of a plausibility problem. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B Spiral (2019) Abbie Bernstein A decent, modestly-budget scary movie. We've seen its like before, but it is a respectable work. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
B Teenage Badass (2020) Abbie Bernstein Teenage Badass isn't epic, but a lot of it has a sense of veracity. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
B- Rent-a-Pal (2020) Abbie Bernstein A movie that has been made well on limited resources, with a strong cast. As a viewing experience, though, it is likely to leave many dissatisfied. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
B The Owners (2020) Abbie Bernstein It's a bit of a chore to spend time with the lads in the early going, but the film packs a wicked punch. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
B+ Mulan (2020) Abbie Bernstein Directed Niki Caro, working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, strikes exactly the right balance between emotion and action. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
C The Faceless Man (2019) Abbie Bernstein The Faceless Man gives us nobody to root for. This works in film noir and even in some types of horror, but here we're meant to laugh at everybody, but none of the characters are particularly funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
B Widow's Point (2019) Abbie Bernstein Inexpensive and not epic, but a tidy supernatural tale for those with a taste for some compact, PG-type horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
B Emperor (2020) Abbie Bernstein Green is an active, charismatic figure as played by [Dayo] Okeniyi, and we're firmly on his side. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
B+ Z (2019) Abbie Bernstein A genuinely scary "imaginary friend" film. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
B+ The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Abbie Bernstein Patel is a decent and intelligent center around which everyone else swirls, many of them delightfully. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
B+ Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Abbie Bernstein The good news is that what could have gone wrong in a million different ways is actually funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
B Entwined (2019) Abbie Bernstein It's all beautiful to look at, and maintains the mood, but we get the point before the filmmakers are done making it. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
B Tesla (2020) Abbie Bernstein Tesla at its best leaves us to ponder its observations, as voiced by its protagonist and by Anne. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
B Random Acts of Violence (2019) Abbie Bernstein There's talent on display - and horror satisfactions - but the rhetoric doesn't hold up. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
B Cut Throat City (2020) Abbie Bernstein The movie is well-made, and it has momentum, but it doesn't have the kind of detail in characters or events to make it entirely memorable. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020