Cinematic Essential

Cinematic Essential is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Deirdre Crimmins
Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Gold (2016) Deirdre Crimmins The characters are fun and the plot serviceable, but it distinctly lacks a hook. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/10 Cinderella (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The plot is essentially the exact same plot as the 1950 Disney animated film, but this version is missing the fun bits. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/10 The Gunman (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The Gunman not only falls short on the action itself, but it offers little else for the audience to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Home (2015) Deirdre Crimmins It makes no missteps, and knows enough to focus on its strengths, and some darn cute Boov. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
7/10 The Longest Ride (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The Longest Ride did not convert me to being a fan of romance films, but it did show me that I can enjoy parts of one. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
7/10 True Story (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Overall the film is entertaining and absorbing, leaving the theater I was struck by the fact that I wanted more. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/10 The Water Diviner (2014) Deirdre Crimmins Trying to do too much, and losing the humanity in his story, The Water Diviner is just a mess. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
8/10 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Age of Ultron knew to keep a good thing going and I am happy to report that this film is honestly really funny too. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/10 Hot Pursuit (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Hot Pursuit is predictable, unfunny, and boring. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
8.5/10 Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Deirdre Crimmins I am happy to report that Pitch Perfect 2 is one of those rare sequels that satisfies fans. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
9/10 Spy (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Funny, empowering, and avoids the slippery slope of mean comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/10 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Character issues aside, the film tries far too hard to add eccentric touches to the visual language. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
8.5/10 Inside Out (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Inside Out is a brilliant and touching film that shows Pixar has not lost its touch. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
8/10 The Overnight (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Getting to spend some time with these three-dimensional characters, seeing the world through their eyes, was a welcome diversion from our own lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/10 Terminator Genisys (2015) Deirdre Crimmins It is far too concerned with fitting into the greater Terminator timeline and ultimately the action suffers because of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
6/10 Self/less (2015) Deirdre Crimmins It is a messy film, with many points of interest, multiple sources for character motivation, and frantic sways between emotion and action. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
8.5/10 Trainwreck (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The freshness of Trainweck does not come from the plot, it comes from the film's attitude towards dating and love. Simply put, Amy is never treated like a problem that needs fixing. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
5.5/10 Dark Places (2015) Deirdre Crimmins [An] apathetic film with no fire in its belly. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
7/10 The Gift (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Given the unanticipated plot of The Gift, the casting in the film is spot-on. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
6/10 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Deirdre Crimmins I may not remember seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. at the end of the year because it is not bringing anything especially inventive to the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/10 Learning to Drive (2014) Deirdre Crimmins Learning to Drive makes me wish we had never met Wendy. Her story is self-indulgent and uninspiring. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
6/10 The Intern (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The film lacked the heart and the conviction that I was expecting, given the weighty premise. The missed opportunity is frustrating, especially from a film that has so much going for it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 Sicario (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Sicario is a different sort of action film; one that both raises the body count and asks the audience to keep thinking throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
6.5 Goosebumps (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Goosebumps is a really fun film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
7.5/10 Trumbo (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Entertaining, swiftly moving, and just as witty as the man himself. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
7/10 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Necessarily dark and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/10 The Good Dinosaur (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The uneven tones, basic plot, and unnecessary villains left me dissatisfied with The Good Dinosaur. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
8.5/10 Sisters (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Sisters is such a funny movie, I honestly began to question if I was somehow mixing up my affection for Fey and Poehler with cinematic success. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
7/10 The Big Short (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The saving grace of The Big Short, and the main reason I truly enjoyed the film despite its narrative hiccups, is the cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
9/10 Anomalisa (2015) Deirdre Crimmins The marionette puppets show more humanity than many other live actors in the theater today. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/10 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Deirdre Crimmins Politics aside, 13 Hours is just a dull and poorly assembled grab for ticket sales. The film is visually hard to follow, never fully invests in its characters, and never gets the audience to do the same. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/10 The 5th Wave (2016) Deirdre Crimmins Though I do honestly respect the high body count and willingness to kill major characters-both gambles for teenage films-the plodding, pacing and sub-par effects prevent The 5th Wave from moving beyond its middling status. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 Hail, Caesar! (2016) Deirdre Crimmins In typical Coen fashion this film is absolutely hilarious and toes the line between being honestly clever and too cute for its own good. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
6/10 How to Be Single (2016) Deirdre Crimmins A likable, though ultimately vanilla romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
6/10 Zootopia (2016) Deirdre Crimmins It just never fully settles into its own message or visual style. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/10 Knight of Cups (2015) Deirdre Crimmins For anyone who is expecting a plot, an emotional connection to complicated characters, or some semblance of motivation, they will be frustrated by Knight of Cups. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
7/10 Eye in the Sky (2015) Deirdre Crimmins Though it is emotionally manipulative and comes close to over-dramatic, it never becomes flamboyant... it is a welcome engagement with the current state of war. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
7/10 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Deirdre Crimmins As a comedy, the film is great. None of the jokes will have you rolling in the aisles, but they are funny and easy to digest. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Criminal (2016) Deirdre Crimmins They all yell at the sky while shaking their fists, utter overly dramatic lines with such conviction, and seem fully aware of the absurdity of the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/10 Mother's Day (2016) Deirdre Crimmins Audiences who like a shred of cohesive story telling or characterization, or even a chuckle during a supposed comedy, should stay very far away. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
4.5/10 Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Deirdre Crimmins The actors are wasted. The impressive visuals are wasted. The potential for adventure in Wonderland is wasted. The film may not be a failure, but it is a waste. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
8.5/10 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Deirdre Crimmins A delightfully silly breath of fresh air to remind us that Hollywood is capable periodically removing its own head from its a--. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 The BFG (2016) Deirdre Crimmins Thankfully Disney and Steven Spielberg decided to tackle the giant story, and the results are magical. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
4.5/10 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Deirdre Crimmins This is not to say that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is completely void of humor, but overall its single-dimensional characters and clunky plot leave you with nothing to hold on to after the film is over. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/10 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Deirdre Crimmins Celebrating a culture that is past its prime and being too serious are two grave errors that keep Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie from itself being fabulous. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
9/10 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Deirdre Crimmins The animation is perfectly beautiful, and the sequences with flying origami completely capture the audience's imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018