The Hollywood Outsider

The Hollywood Outsider is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Aaron Peterson, Amanda Sink
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/10 The VelociPastor (2018) Amanda Sink Albeit no cinematic achievement, The VelociPastor is a hysterically ludicrous horror-comedy that knows its absurdity and has no qualms inviting you in. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4.5/10 () Aaron Peterson A fresh, clever take on the found footage genre, They're Inside ultimately stumbles in the final act. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
7/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Aaron Peterson Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt captivate the screen with their best performances in years in Quentin Tarantino's blissfully excessive, nonetheless riveting ode to Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
7/10 The Lion King (2019) Aaron Peterson With revolutionary CGI and standout performances from Eichner and Rogen, The Lion King captures the spectacle while forgoing much of the heart that captivated millions in 1994. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
8.5/10 Midsommar (2019) Amanda Sink Ari Aster masterfully cultivates a horror film dressed as a relationship drama, centered on the cultural and societal thematics of death, mental illness, and survival with powerful performances from all cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
5.5/10 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Aaron Peterson Annabelle Comes Home has a talented cast with standout performances from Katie Sarife and McKenna Grace and tense, atmospheric direction, but implausible choices hinder the script. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Aaron Peterson Standouts Sophie Turner and James McAvoy lead the way with Dark Phoenix, an enjoyable stand-alone film in Fox's final foray within the X-Men universe. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
6.5/10 Brightburn (2019) Aaron Peterson Strong performances from Elizabeth Banks and Jackson Dunn carry the clever conceit past a few narrative stumbling blocks into a unique anti-comic book movie. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Amanda Sink A worthy successor of the prior Wick installments, Parabellum's stunning visuals, casting, and choreography earns it four paws. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
9/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Aaron Peterson Despite early pacing struggles, Avengers: Endgame delivers on its promise to bring childhood dreams to life, with more than enough heart to spare. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 Teen Spirit (2018) Aaron Peterson Teen Spirit is the epitome of today's pop music: lacking in substance, but catchy as hell. Max Minghella lands a solid debut, and Elle Fanning once again hits all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
6.5/10 () Amanda Sink Interesting narrative choices are made, and ones that will keep audiences talking, making Alice a rare film on the message of powerful women. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
6.5/10 () Amanda Sink An engagingly ridiculous and fun horror flick, Red 11 is thankfully not a tough pill to swallow. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
7.5/10 Mickey and the Bear (2019) Amanda Sink Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale's powerful performances align wonderfully with introspective exploration in this beautifully tragic coming-of-age tale that will leave you dazed. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Aaron Peterson Pet Sematary squanders the potential of Stephen King's iconic novel, leaving us with a sluggishly paced remake that lives and dies solely on its connection to a film from three decades ago. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
6/10 The Highwaymen (2019) Aaron Peterson An effective thriller, beautifully shot along American landscapes, with Costner and Harrelson doing what they do best in overcoming an occasionally cliché ridden script. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/10 Dumbo (2019) Aaron Peterson A visually enticing film that ultimately suffers from an overabundance of clutter and spends too little time fleshing out its many characters. Dumbo never quite gets off the ground. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
8/10 Booksmart (2019) Amanda Sink A gratifying film about sassy, intelligent women, crafted with an entertaining script and a deliberate vision, Olivia Wilde's Booksmart delivers as promised. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/10 Olympic Dreams (2019) Amanda Sink Olympic Dreams succeeds in using first-time, unique filmmaking methods, but falls short on story, humor, and romantic believability. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
8.5/10 Ms. White Light (2019) Aaron Peterson Anchored by the breath-taking performance from Roberta Colindrez, Ms. White Light is a haunting and often hilarious take on our constant struggle with mortality. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
8/10 Good Boys (2019) Amanda Sink Good Boys is the most inappropriately fantastic comedy of this year, leaving you in tears while parents rush home to lock their sex toys up in a safe. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
7.5/10 Little Monsters (2019) Amanda Sink With the cutest Darth Vader impression and some highly inappropriate scenes that director Abe Forsythe cleverly navigates, Little Monsters is a fantastic blend of comedy and zombies a la Shaun of the Dead, with a punch more heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
5.5/10 Go Back to China (2019) Aaron Peterson Emily Ting has a wonderful eye as a director, yet her screenplay tends to waddle a bit too often into the exposition valley, salvaged primarily by Anna Akana's infectious performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
6.5/10 () Aaron Peterson Devon Graye's clever screenplay meshes nicely with Adam Randall's astute direction, and I See You successfully toys with audience expectations. I See You is a film you need to see for yourself. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
7.5/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Aaron Peterson Veering between uproariously comical and hypnotically unnerving, Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola dominate the screen in a hilarious middle finger to toxic masculinity. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
7.5/10 Yes, God, Yes (2017) Amanda Sink Production - 7.5 7.5 Director Karen Maine beautifully constructs a film with humor and liberation for girls, as they transcend through puberty and must make sense of their "sins". EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 Triple Threat (2019) Amanda Sink Triple Threat is explosively fun, with some of the best martial arts fight scenes, basic story turned intriguing, and a pronounced cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 The Mountain (2018) Aaron Peterson Despite strong turns from Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum, The Mountain settles into a rhythm of narrative stoicism as it meanders about until its eventual conclusion. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 Long Shot (2019) Aaron Peterson Charlize Theron's stalwart Secretary of State and Seth Rogan's lovable schlub of a journalist pay off as an impossible couple we can't help rooting for in the best romantic comedy in ages. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
6/10 Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Aaron Peterson Tyler Perry bids a fond farewell to his iconic creation in a film stacked with heart and snappy banter. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
7.5/10 Paddleton (2019) Amanda Sink Arguably the bromance movie of the year, Paddleton will leave you with an empty box of tissues, calling your best friend. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
7/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Aaron Peterson Robert Rodriguez overcomes an exceedingly overstuffed script to deliver a dazzling, visual massage of the senses. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
7/10 Glass (2019) Amanda Sink While Glass doesn't shatter the rankings against Split, it certainly holds a mirror to it in terms of storytelling and performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
7/10 The Upside (2018) Amanda Sink The Upside is a beautiful tale about the fragility of humanity and the healing powers of friendship. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
8.5/10 The Jungle Book (2016) Amanda Sink Jon Favreau retells The Jungle Book with breathtaking effects, heart, and just the bear necessities. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
9/10 Me Before You (2016) Amanda Sink Me Before You is one of the most refreshing romance movies to hit the big screen in a long while. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8/10 Split (2016) Amanda Sink Split injects psychology into the modern thriller. You'll find yourself betrothed in the combination of reality and supernatural, impatiently waiting to meet the next personality. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
9/10 The Belko Experiment (2016) Amanda Sink James Gunn's twisted mind hands us a gift in the form of an 'Office Purge', [delivering] a screenplay tailored for EVERY genre fan. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8.5/10 Girls Trip (2017) Amanda Sink Girls Trip turns caricatures into characters and leaves us with the best comedy so far this summer. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
7.5/10 Little Evil (2017) Amanda Sink Little Evil is Omen by way of Shaun of the Dead. The tone, editing, and direction are all on par for what an audience enjoys in a horror-comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8/10 Thoroughbreds (2017) Amanda Sink If you want to work your way into fresh independent flicks, Thoroughbreds is sure to shake your stable. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
9/10 A Quiet Place (2018) Amanda Sink An overall delightful film that will become a gem on your shelf, with stellar performances, a unique script, and stunning directorial choices - A Quiet Place will leave you speechless. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
7.5/10 Hereditary (2018) Amanda Sink Hereditary, while struggling a bit at the end, offers a wholly original horror tale from newcomer Ari Aster. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
5/10 How It Ends (2018) Amanda Sink How It Ends is a mildly effective thriller with an ending that will leave some viewers frustrated. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
6/10 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Amanda Sink A thin story is overcome by an exciting cast, led by the infectious performance from Lily James. Don't expect your shoulders to stop grooving to this Mamma Mia for quite some time. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
10/10 Christopher Robin (2018) Amanda Sink The talent in this film is so genuine and authentic that you forget some of these characters aren't real. This is quite possibly the most emotional and moving piece of Disney's work that I have felt in a very long time. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8/10 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Amanda Sink With great performances that made me cry a few times, a story that reaches the depths of a shark cage, and an absolutely impeccable production, you'll sure be sad to be poor. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8/10 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Amanda Sink Enchanting performances and a captivating screenplay make The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society one of Netflix's strongest original films. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4.5/10 The Basement (2018) Amanda Sink The Basement falters with a script that needed more attention paid to the dialogue. Entertaining? Sure, I suppose. Successful? Not quite. As a whole, they just can't seem to get up the stairs. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8.5/10 A Simple Favor (2018) Amanda Sink [A Simple Favor has] the music, the script, the direction, the acting, and the thrills. There wasn't a single moment where I felt bored, or that my attention wandered or was feigned. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019