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Tor.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Emily Asher-Perrin, Molly Templeton
Rating Title/Year Author
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin Even if you don't know a thing about Pokémon, there's something captivating about the world of Detective Pikachu. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin Darkness isn't inherently joyless, but that's just what the current Hellboy seems to posit. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin Teenage Billy and superhero'd Billy often barely register as the same character, a flaw in the central conceit needed to make Shazam! really work. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin "But there's a surprise to Captain Marvel that only her dearest fans likely saw coming-coming into your own is fun." EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin (...) Alita is a muddled film that packs in action at the expense of substance and relies on Cameron's worst storytelling impulses. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Glass (2019) Emily Asher-Perrin (...) [E]verything that made Unbreakable one of the better ruminations on superhero archetypes on film is missing from Glass. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Thor (2011) Emily Asher-Perrin [H]umanity is what Thor has in spades. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Emily Asher-Perrin Getting a closer look at Geoffrey Rush's Captain Barbossa provides us with one of the most interesting turns in the series to date. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
District 9 (2009) Emily Asher-Perrin If someone asked me what I could offer them to convey the "mission statement" of science fiction, I would hand over a copy of District 9 without thought. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Fright Night (2011) Emily Asher-Perrin All in all it's a wild ride, and while the risks are few, the rewards are plenty. If you're looking for a fun time at the movies, don't wait. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Emily Asher-Perrin [Y]ou know it's only a matter of time before [the Muppets are] lighting up 42nd street. All that remains is the journey that will take us there. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Emily Asher-Perrin The changes made to source material feel so natural here; Gonzo and Rizzo are an integral part of the plot (...) it's hard to imagine how the story would function without them EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Emily Asher-Perrin Where the action is concerned, Guy Ritchie was clearly looking to top the sequences of the first film, and he succeeded in scale, at least. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Emily Asher-Perrin It is a film that manages to be its own entity while honoring the book it came from entirely. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Velvet Goldmine (1998) Emily Asher-Perrin There is a deep sense of ennui embedded in Velvet Goldmine, an acknowledgement that something singular from those years of glam can never be recaptured. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Hunger Games (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin What the film offers that the book does not are elements of the outside world that readers were not privy to when confined to Katniss' head. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Mirror Mirror (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin Does it fail? Yes. But what's impressive is how spectacularly it manages to do so... and how badly you might find yourself wanting to enjoy it in spite of all that. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin Is this tale a commentary on how women often feel used for nothing more than their beauty and therefore chose to think of it as power? Good try. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Ratatouille (2007) Emily Asher-Perrin That is the (...) imperative message of Ratatouille. Everyone is not an artist, but anyone could be an artist. Because, as living creatures, it is simply what we do. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Brave (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin [A] whole film of one awesome princess and her big mother bear telling the world what's what becomes a quick educational outing before it's back to the palace, stat! EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Independence Day (1996) Emily Asher-Perrin But what if that's just masking everything that we're afraid to admit? What if we were manipulated into liking this movie, and we've been blind to it all this time? EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Emily Asher-Perrin [O]ne of the film's biggest blunders is that most of the actors are unsure about how seriously they should be taking the whole project, their leading lady included. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Emily Asher-Perrin Perhaps if we were all able to view life more like those games that challenged us as children, we wouldn't be so afraid to leap after what we want. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin It makes sense for Peter Jackson to want to fill out his canvas. Film can show certain things that prose cannot (and vice versa, obviously). EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin Which doesn't mean it's bad... well, yes it is. It is really bad. But there are odd bits of redemption lingering in its depths that are truly baffling to behold. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin Jack the Giant Slayer managed to succeed on a number of fronts where these fairy tale rewrites have been failing. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Star Trek Generations (1994) Emily Asher-Perrin A perfect microcosm on the film's problems can be found in Data's emotion chip snafu, a B-plot that runs the course of the whole film. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Iron Man 3 (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin [IM3 features] the psychological damage that most superheroes are denied on film, the type of damage they are more likely to receive than any grave physical injury. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Emily Asher-Perrin It offers a fresh take on material that is commonly only delivered one way, and that is always worth a look. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Man of Steel (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin This is an origin story that is rooted outside the actions of one-Clark Kent is not really even the central figure molding it. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
R.I.P.D. (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin The actual conceit of hunting down the dead might have played better if the film weren't clearly trying to rip-off Men in Black in the most unambiguous way possible. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Stardust (2007) Emily Asher-Perrin Stardust is a movie for people who like comedy, sword fights, unlikely friends, transformations, personal discovery and above all, love. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Ender's Game (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin For those eager to see those Battle School fights, Ender's time there might be the strongest point of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin It is truly enjoyable to cut between the grandeur of Asgard and the mundanity of our own planet, seeing Jane try to date, watching Darcy continually butt in on her life. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin It has far too many denouements for your average action-heavy film, but every one of them is important in laying ground for what's to come. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The LEGO Movie (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin Basically, they got you to pay money to watch a one hundred minute commercial. They got you to do it, and like it. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [I]t retroactively makes 300 less interesting (if it was ever truly interesting to begin with). EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin [Only Lovers Left Alive] provid[es] us with considered ruminations on time, comfort in connecting, and the progress of humanity in art and science. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin There's no driving style behind it, just a lot of white noise and cues for comics fans to slurp up. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin Springboarding off of 2011's First Class and the aftershocks of the contemporary movies, DoFP brings together a decade and a half of X-films without breaking a sweat. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Maleficent (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [Angelina Jolie is] funny, powerful, treacherous, and anything but a cardboard cut-out of cackling evil. Maleficent shines in her hands. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Snowpiercer (2013) Emily Asher-Perrin By the time the end is upon you, and the twists are revealing themselves like falling dominos, it is hard to catch a breath. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Earth to Echo (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [I]f you want a moving account of kids coming-of-age with an SFF twist, you'd be better off just screening The Goonies or E.T. at home. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin The magic the audience witnesses is a window to clarity; it makes the world sharper, not more obtuse, which is very fitting indeed. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Big Hero 6 (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [Baymax is] funny and squishy and over-concerned and allows for the same sort of secretive wonder kids got out of E.T. a few decades back. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin These films are at their best when they're working with small touches, and yet again, this is where they shine. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [W]hile the film has its (...) dazzling moments, it does prove what many fans had bemoaned from the very start of this enterprise: it should have been two films, not three. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Into the Woods (2014) Emily Asher-Perrin [T]he movie spends such a wonderfully long time on the first act material, only to skimp on the second act. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Emily Asher-Perrin For a film that clearly sets out to make Indiana Jones his own legend, it does so in every sense of the word. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
The Mummy (1999) Emily Asher-Perrin [Evelyn's] curiosity is what eggs the plot on, and while Rick is certainly the hero, he's also technically just her muscle. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019