Rave Reviews

Rave Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Abby Olcese
Rating Title/Year Author
80/100 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Abby Olcese If you let it take you along on an entertaining, semi-predictable ride with interesting characters and style to spare, you'll have a good time. Certainly, the movie is worth appreciating for its performances and craft, if nothing else. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
62/100 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Abby Olcese By trying to hold back for so long, Lucy in the Sky fails to prepare itself for the tone change it knows is coming, and burns up spectacularly upon impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
46/100 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Abby Olcese It might have worked as a short film -- in fact, it could have made a great one -- but as a feature film, it feels like it's stretched way too thin. The movie is not as funny as it thinks it is, though it is perhaps a good deal meaner. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
92/100 Hustlers (2019) Abby Olcese Anchored by Lopez's magnetic performance, it ends up being one of this year's most entertaining films. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
83/100 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Abby Olcese The movie occasionally falls prey to early filmmaker mistakes, but its winning performances and its delightful star are more than enough to buoy it along. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
42/100 The Kitchen (2019) Abby Olcese It's frustratingly easy to see the ways in which The Kitchen could have been a better film. The pieces are all there. Unfortunately, the film is willing to settle for the very easiest way forward, which does a huge disservice to all involved. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
80/100 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Abby Olcese The goofy performances, excellent stunts, and assured directing from Leitch make this film a success in that sense, even if you're left with the impression that the director would rather have had the freedom to really make this movie his own. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
90/100 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Abby Olcese Spider-Man: Far From Home is refreshing, irreverent and sweet. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
83/100 Midsommar (2019) Abby Olcese It may not be entertainment per se, but as a work of art, and as a second step forward in a promising career, it's absolutely cinema that's worth engaging with. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
45/100 Dark Phoenix (2019) Abby Olcese Dark Phoenix was made with the absolute minimum of care, from the bored performances to the lazily applied subtext to the movie's total lack of fun. It is less a whimper, and more of a death rattle. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
93/100 Toy Story 4 (2019) Abby Olcese The new movie matches elements of David Lynch aesthetics, R.L. Stine-inflected villainy, and Pixar's trademark heartstring-pulling. It pays off to incredible results. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
98/100 Booksmart (2019) Abby Olcese Booksmart, the stunning directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, is Gen-Z's high school graduation movie, and may very well rank among the best of the genre. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
90/100 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Abby Olcese What it lacks in character beats, it makes up for in worldbuilding and stunning examples of well-executed action. It is gloriously fun performance art, with gun-fu and katanas. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
77/100 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Abby Olcese If you aren't at least a little familiar with the characters, you'll be lost for most of the movie. For Pokémon lovers, though, the movie is mostly a clever, creative experience. The third act is wobbly, but the journey there, at least, is fun. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
92/100 Long Shot (2019) Abby Olcese It plays with the formula just enough to create something really special, and gives audiences nuanced romantic leads in a relationship that's easy to root for... It's fluff, with substance. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
78/100 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Abby Olcese Despite a few shortcomings, Avengers: Endgame is still an affectionate, enjoyable closing chapter for a long-standing series. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
93/100 Missing Link (2019) Abby Olcese Missing Link continues to prove not only Laika's visual mastery, but also the studio's commitment to telling emotionally resonant stories. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
87/100 Shazam! (2019) Abby Olcese Shazam! has a smart mouth and a heart of pure gold. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
6/10 Dumbo (2019) Abby Olcese For Burton superfans, it's an interesting addition to his later-period work. However, for most of the rest of us, there's not a lot to get excited about. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
8/10 Us (2019) Abby Olcese Comparisons to Get Out, while inevitable, are ultimately unfair, since Us isn't trying to hit that point. It's just a very entertaining horror movie with some interesting ideas under the hood, and that still counts for a lot. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
90/100 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Abby Olcese Being open-hearted means that sometimes things may not go well... What's truly impressive is that the movie gives that message to young audiences first through its rollicking Lego-based adventure, but also through a relatable, real-world example. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Abby Olcese Bolstered by winning performances from its young cast. As Merlin, Imrie is the standout performer, bringing goofy gravitas and gawky, committed physicality to the role. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
62/100 Glass (2019) Abby Olcese Any suggestion that M. Night Shyamalan is experiencing a career renaissance can be put aside halfway through the movie, when his worst tendencies begin to show through. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
65/100 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Abby Olcese On the Basis of Sex doesn't do Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reputation any harm, but that's only because the film doesn't really do anything with her at all. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Abby Olcese It functions as both a sweet nostalgia trip and a fun film that works quite well on its own merits. Whatever its flaws, the film presents a world audiences will be happy to get lost in. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
68/100 Boy Erased (2018) Abby Olcese The film's attempt to humanize all parties lessens the power of the statement it's trying to make. It avoids the deeper implications of the abusive practice it's addressing. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
70/100 Suspiria (2018) Abby Olcese A stylish, original take on its 1977 progenitor. It's an atmospheric piece of arthouse horror that's full of curious details, as well as some timely feminist elements. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
76/100 Mid90s (2018) Abby Olcese Occasionally, it seems like Hill is trying a little too hard to be taken seriously. But even the movie's pitfalls open up possibilities for conversation, and Hill authentically captures the complexity, tribalism, and insecurity of teenage boys. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
73/10 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Abby Olcese The Old Man and the Gun isn't here to rock the boat, but to give you a mug of something warm to drink by a fire. It may not be great, but good, in this case, is just fine. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
75/100 A Star Is Born (2018) Abby Olcese A worthwhile drama with impressive acting and musical performances, A Star Is Born proves this frequently revisited tale still has relevance and room for reinterpretation. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Abby Olcese The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a thrilling world to spend time in, combining classic elements of a good family horror movie to lovely effect. For kids, parents, and kids-at-heart, it's a great way to kick off the Halloween season. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018