AwardsWatch

AwardsWatch is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Erik Anderson, Valerie Complex
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Valerie Complex This movie is a full cinematic experience and deserves to be viewed on the big screen so an audience can immerse themselves in the sublime. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 () Valerie Complex A rousing third act brings all the story elements together concisely, making the viewing experience extremely rewarding. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Erik Anderson Taron Egerton is absolutely electric as Elton John in Dexter Fletcher's imaginative, brash and dazzling musical biopic of the legendary musician. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 () Valerie Complex You have to laugh at the absurdity of it all. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 () Valerie Complex This story and plot ring 100% false. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/4 Aladdin (2019) Erik Anderson The film's signature song, the Oscar-winning "Whole New World," fares a bit better and Massoud and Scott sing their hearts out to great affect. Overall, Aladdin has flashes of greatness but ends up an overlong retread. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/4 Booksmart (2019) Erik Anderson Just when you think you didn't need another 'last night of high school before graduation' movie, Olivia Wilde's Booksmart comes along and bursts through as one the best, funniest and most heartwarming of them ever made. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1/4 Vice (2018) Erik Anderson If you're able to stay for the truly awful mid-credits sequence though - one that I can only describe as masturbating with your own tears as lube - then you can revel in a level of diabolical cynicism that's directed at everyone. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Erik Anderson At the center [of Mary Queen of Scots] are fiery women fighting for their rightful place, queer representation and diverse casting that elevate this period drama and raises the bar for future ones. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Erik Anderson For On the Basis of Sex, which shrinks in the shadow of the successful documentary RBG from last spring, missing details and character motivations become crucial missteps in a film that is still probably guaranteed to be an inspirational crowdpleaser. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/4 Suspiria (2018) Erik Anderson Luca Guadagnino has concocted a witches' brew of primal sisterhood that isn't for the faint of heart or patience. It's a visually and morally challenging film that will leave you pondering its existence and meaning long after you've left the theater. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Erik Anderson Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Erik Anderson Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece; a lush, visual love story and the first ever film adaptation of James Baldwin's work EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
3.5/4 Widows (2018) Erik Anderson Debicki's Alice gets the most to do after Davis (who utterly dominates this film, in the best and Viola Davis-y way) and I hope this is her big breakthrough. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 Green Book (2018) Erik Anderson The success of these moments, of the entire film, is the chemistry between Mortensen and Ali and whether it's high comedy or serious drama, theirs is as perfect as can be. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Erik Anderson Timothée Chalamet doesn't miss a beat... with another astonishing performance, navigating emotional highs and lows like a seasoned veteran. It never feels like a calculation or a manipulation. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 Destroyer (2018) Erik Anderson Even if the structure doesn't always sync up and the script tends to overcomplicate itself, it's Kidman's go for broke performance, Kusama's fearless direction and a superbly thrilling third act that make this high-octane neo-noir impossible to ignore. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Erik Anderson This may be the fourth version of this film and story but it forges its own path, on its own terms and is vibrant, personal and raw in its examination of celebrity, romance and the cost of fame, love and, addiction. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 The Wife (2017) Erik Anderson Glenn Close has one of cinema's greatest faces. With one look she can tell you everything while revealing nothing. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 Whitney (2018) Erik Anderson As one interviewee says early in the film, "When you don't deal with secrets, they never go away." EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Erik Anderson A vital piece of Americana, an incendiary work and [Lee's] best film in over a decade. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Erik Anderson With Lazzaro Felice, [Rohrwacher] has raised her own bar to create her best work to date and one of the fest's very best films. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Alabama Bound (2017) Erik Anderson The harrowing story of three lesbian couples and their adoption fights in Alabama shows just how far we've come as a country in terms of equal rights and how far we have to go state by state to really get there. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Girl (2018) Erik Anderson Touching and humane... EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Border (2018) Erik Anderson Ali Abbasi creates the grimmest of faerie tales as two outcasts find love in a hopeless place in this wild, wonderful, surprisingly emotional drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Erik Anderson This is a deeply humane story without heroes or villains that resonates with its honesty and top-notch performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 Rafiki (2018) Erik Anderson Kahiu, in just her second feature, imbues the material with such richness of color and mood, music and location, that the minor contrivances never outweigh the breakthrough of the film's very existence. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/4 Todos lo saben (2018) Erik Anderson This, throughout, never feels like true Farhadi. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 Tully (2018) Erik Anderson It's a story that will speak loudly, and volumes, to many women. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Erik Anderson It's one of the most emotionally satisfying and visually breathtaking films of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
RBG (2018) Erik Anderson This is an absorbing and thoughtful film of a woman of interminable strength and perseverance and a must-see. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Erik Anderson It's a credit to writer/director Desiree Akhavan that she is able to navigate the horror of her film's subject with the natural playfulness and reality of being a teenager. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
American Animals (2018) Erik Anderson The visual flair and smart casting shows a lot of potential and I look forward to what Layton brings us next. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 The Florida Project (2017) Erik Anderson Newcomer Brooklynn Prince is pure magic; a firecracker of intensity and confidence, this girl is a star. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 Stronger (2017) Erik Anderson The film is constantly taking risks where most other 'inspired by' true stories take easy routes. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) Erik Anderson A must-see... for those who have been fans of Maupin but might not have known as much about him as they thought. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Erik Anderson A crucial look at not just the violence against transgender people but the long-fought struggle that trans people have had (and still have) within their own community. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) Erik Anderson Director Jeffrey Schwarz (Tab Hunter Confidential, I Am Divine) takes us deep inside a story full of tragedy, comedy and extra pulpy gayness. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 Jackie (2016) Erik Anderson At a very brisk 95 minutes, Larraín's Jackie is stripped of any fluff or distractions and is streamlined for maximum focus on a moment in American history so steeped in controversy and conspiracy by focusing on the most human element of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 Moonlight (2016) Erik Anderson Moonlight is an important and vital piece of black cinema, especially now. It's only through visibility that compassion can be nurtured and fostered, transforming solitude and confusion into hope and understanding. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 La La Land (2016) Erik Anderson Chazelle has crafted a true modern day classic that reminds us of the power of possibility and of dreams, the belief in love and being in love. It's one of the very best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Heartland (2017) Erik Anderson Velinda Godfrey, who plays Lauren, co-wrote the script that is full of warmth and honesty and is fantastic in her feature film debut. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Intervention (2016) Erik Anderson The Intervention may not break new ground but manages a humor and pathos in a wonderfully observant female-driven dramedy (both in front of and behind the camera) with something for everyone. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Strike a Pose (2016) Erik Anderson A superb look at the meteoric rise to fame and the eventual plummet that can often follow. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Lazy Eye (2016) Erik Anderson Assured and mature. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Closet Monster (2015) Erik Anderson [An] absolutely stunning queer coming-of-age story. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Maggie's Plan (2015) Erik Anderson Rebecca Miller's film feels a lot like a Woody Allen film; great, jazzy score, deeply felt New York inhabitants and a quick wit from a smart and funny script. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/4 I Saw the Light (2015) Erik Anderson For all of the great performances, Abraham chooses to focus on the fussin' and fightin' between Hank and Audrey like a walking talking country song instead of the grit and determination that got Williams to the Grand Ole Opry. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 The Big Short (2015) Erik Anderson At times the film plays out like a disaster movie. You know it's coming and there's nothing you can do to stop it. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 Joy (2015) Erik Anderson The screwball comedy nature of this setup harks back to Russell's best film, Flirting with Disaster. After a trio of Oscar-friendly and decidedly more mainstream efforts, this is a welcome return to form. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018