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 The Gentlemen (2020) Abbie Bernstein The casting is superb... [but] The Gentlemen clearly wants to be seen as bravely anti-PC. That's just another way of saying that it indulges in racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B Three Christs (2017) Abbie Bernstein It's an intriguing set-up, but it feels like there are pieces that are either shuffled around to make a point, or missing entirely. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
A- Clemency (2019) Abbie Bernstein It's moving work. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
B Just Mercy (2019) Abbie Bernstein As a well-performed courtroom drama, it fills the holiday bill. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
A- 1917 (2019) Abbie Bernstein We care about its people, we understand its stakes, we believe in the world it presents to us. It may not tell us anything new about war or the people who fight it, but it also doesn't tell us anything that doesn't feel true. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
B+ Little Women (2019) Abbie Bernstein Gerwig and her production team have an impeccable sense of period and place, drawing us in. This version of Little Women is enveloping, like a good book, new enough to hold our attention, familiar enough to put us at ease in its world. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
B Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abbie Bernstein Ridley and Boyega are stalwart, and Isaac brings wry personality to his role. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Abbie Bernstein Daniel Isn't Real is happy to give us metaphors, but it also goes for the throat in a very dynamic manner. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B Richard Jewell (2019) Abbie Bernstein Richard Jewell is a loving portrait of Richard, his mother and his lawyer. It succeeds at this. But... instead of examining how things went awry there, Richard Jewell provides trumped-up villainy. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B Black Christmas (2019) Abbie Bernstein Director Sophia Takal and her co-writer April Wolfe have a good ear for dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B- Little Joe (2019) Abbie Bernstein What we get is a lot of gorgeous set pieces that tell a story, but one that comes off as neither new nor urgent. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Abbie Bernstein An all-round whodunitwhathappened good time. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ Queen & Slim (2019) Abbie Bernstein It doesn't have answers, but Queen & Slim is definitely food for thought. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
A- Frozen II (2019) Abbie Bernstein Even those who don't will be swept up in the propulsive narrative, the sumptuous beauty and the delight of characters who love each other no matter what. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 21 Bridges (2019) Abbie Bernstein Director Brian Kirk keeps things energetic, but the material defies levity at the same time it never achieves real gravity. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ Dark Waters (2019) Abbie Bernstein When it's over, Ruffalo's slumping, stricken courtroom warrior sticks with us. So do the alarming questions raised by what we learn. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B- Charlie's Angels (2019) Abbie Bernstein It does what it's supposed to do, and in addition isn't ever actively irritating. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
B+ The Good Liar (2019) Abbie Bernstein One of those satisfyingly twisty thrillers made nigh-perfect by the presence of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
B- Last Christmas (2019) Abbie Bernstein Last Christmas winds up being simply okay. It may not satisfy as a romance, but it's got all the Christmas decorations you'll need to see for the season. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ Doctor Sleep (2019) Abbie Bernstein This sleight of hand by Flanagan is so impressive that any students of how to make books into films and/or how to do sequels ought to see Doctor Sleep just to take notes. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B Harriet (2019) Abbie Bernstein We come out of HARRIET feeling like we've seen something important that we ought to have seen. But we don't feel like we've lived through it alongside any of its people, and it seems like that should have been part of the experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
B+ The Current War (2017) Abbie Bernstein Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon creates a darkly beautiful visual palette, and at the same time sets a snappy pace. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
B Black and Blue (2019) Abbie Bernstein A propulsive thriller that never questions its convincing female protagonist's abilities or her worth. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
B The Lighthouse (2019) Abbie Bernstein We leave the theatre feeling like we've been through something, even if we may not be able to articulate exactly what the hell it was. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
B Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Abbie Bernstein Reasonably enjoyable, even though it lags in a few places and recycles some themes from its predecessor without adding much that's conceptually new. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
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