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
6/10 The Night (2020) Aaron Peterson Kourosh Ahari's The Night is a thought-provoking thriller with a generous amount of atmosphere to complement the captivating performances of Shabab Hossein and Niousha Jafarian. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
7/10 Outside the Wire (2021) Amanda Sink With Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris at the ever-engaging helm, Outside the Wire gives us an intellectually subtle debate on AI technology as a war machine alongside human soldiers. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
8/10 Hunter Hunter (2020) Aaron Peterson Hunter Hunter is a twisted, must-see thriller, with a ferocious lead performance from Camille Sullivan. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
6.5/10 Happiest Season (2020) Amanda Sink Happiest Season takes a traditional Christmas movie formula, wraps it in romance, comedy, and heart, and secures it with a beautiful rainbow ribbon. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
6/10 Dreamland (2019) Aaron Peterson Margot Robbie illuminates the screen as a bank robber pulling a conflicted young man towards a darker future. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 Shithouse (2020) Aaron Peterson Cooper Raiff establishes himself as a voice for his generation, one who focuses on the humanity of two young people ultimately learning who and where they truly want to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
6.5/10 The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Aaron Peterson The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is fascinatingly entertaining, dripping with dread, tightly paced, and actually worthy of your investment. And in a year like 2020, who has time to waste? EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
7/10 Spontaneous (2020) Aaron Peterson Katherine Langford's captivating performance guides this modern day Heathers through an unpredictable journey of life, love, and combustible high school students. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
6/10 The Blech Effect (2020) Amanda Sink The Blech Effect is a true eye-opener into the everyday world of those who struggle with mental illness and addiction, and for that, deserves commendation. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
7/10 Tenet (2020) Aaron Peterson Christopher Nolan's mission to save cinema mostly succeeds with a convoluted yet thrilling experience designed to be witnessed in movie theaters. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
5.5/10 The New Mutants (2020) Aaron Peterson The New Mutants benefits from an exciting young cast and a fresh perspective, yet the film fails to capitalize on its full potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/10 The Unfamiliar (2020) Aaron Peterson Despite a solid leading turn from Jemima West, The Unfamiliar concludes with that ole' horror feeling we are all a bit too used to, one of familiarity. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
4.5/10 Tesla (2020) Aaron Peterson Tesla is stacked with potential: talented performers, brilliant yet tortured historical figure, and modern solutions to narrative tropes. Unfortunately, it fails to find its footing and a steady tone. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
8/10 Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story (2020) Amanda Sink Whether you love documentaries, THPS, Tony Hawk himself, or just love video games - Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story has a trick for everyone. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
6/10 The Bay of Silence (2020) Aaron Peterson Claes Bang and Olga Kurylenko elevate this fascinating take on the effects of childhood trauma. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
6/10 Dirt Music (2019) Aaron Peterson Though the third act could stand to be tightened up, Macdonald and Hedlund deliver poetic performances, accompanied by Jordan's beautiful camerawork throughout lush Australian vistas. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
7.5/10 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) Aaron Peterson Psych 2 has the three H's in spades: heart, hijinks, and hilarity. James Roday and Dulé Hill continue their run as one of the best duos in entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
5.5/10 Darkness Falls (2020) Aaron Peterson Despite questionable story choices, Darkness Falls remains an entertaining enough venture with a fascinating serial killer setup. While not quite hitting the heights of Seven, it ultimately satisfies. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
7/10 Hammer (2019) Amanda Sink Hammer nails it in with a suspenseful story, thrilling leads, and a fascinating conversation around a topic so few dive into. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
6/10 Survive the Night (2020) Aaron Peterson Survive the Night is a straight-forward thriller where cliches abound. But despite an overly familiar plot, it remains an entertaining ride. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
4.5/10 SCOOB! (2020) Aaron Peterson Scoob! has the look of classic Scooby-Doo down, but somewhere along the way the film loses focus on the character itself. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
6.5/10 The Wretched (2019) Amanda Sink An ultimately surprising and engaging take on this popular sub-genre of cult horror, The Wretched is anything but. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
6.5/10 The Flood (2019) Aaron Peterson The Flood tackles immigration in the form of a topical thriller, anchored by the nuanced performances from Lena Headey and Ivanno Jeremiah. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
7/10 Faith Based (2020) Aaron Peterson Faith Ba$ed is a delightful romp delivered with respect for the material and charming performances from Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
6/10 Stray Dolls (2019) Aaron Peterson Geetanjali Thapa's captivating performance carries this taut, effective thriller across the finish line. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
6.5 Critical Thinking (2020) Amanda Sink A chronicle about surviving despite the odds and in face of the consequences, Critical Thinking reminds us all the importance of planning our next move. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
5.5 Tomboy (2020) Amanda Sink Tomboy has a desirable story about four badass women marching to the beat of their own drum but ultimately lost its rhythm. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
5.5/10 The Carnivores (2020) Aaron Peterson A captivating performance from Tallie Mendel carries an abstract, occasionally muddled storyline to its fitting conclusion. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
7/10 I Used to Go Here (2020) Aaron Peterson Kris Rey and Gillian Jacobs have delivered a winning film that may even spark a little self-reflection of your own before the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
7/10 The Hunt (2020) Aaron Peterson Occasionally ham-fisted with its dissection of American politics, The Hunt is nonetheless a crazily entertaining film led by a monstrously charismatic performance from Betty Gilpin. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
5.5/10 Just One More Kiss (2019) Amanda Sink A moving story on the power of love and loss, detailing the various methods of coping with grief, Just One More Kiss begs for a second chance. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
9.5/10 The Invisible Man (2020) Amanda Sink The Invisible Man is a thrilling and exhilarating masterpiece of terror, reinventing an iconic horror character to new imaginative lengths. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
6.5/10 Blood on Her Name (2019) Aaron Peterson A small character piece, Matthew Pope directs with a confident vision as Bethany Anne Lind gives a star-making performance and takes us on a tense journey through one hell of a moral crisis. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
4.5/10 The Call of the Wild (2020) Aaron Peterson Harrison Ford's heartfelt performance nearly salvages the poorly staged CGI, though ultimately this proves to be a missed Call. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
5/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Aaron Peterson Sonic will be short-lived in the memory banks of many, yet there is enough comedy, CGI razzle-dazzle, and heart to recommend for a family in need of a light matinee. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
7.5/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Amanda Sink Birds of Prey is a brutally satisifying and intoxicatingly vibrant explosion of fun. A film made by women for women about women, but operates in a capacity that is enjoyable for everyone. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
8/10 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Amanda Sink Miss Americana is not just the summary of Taylor Swift's journey as a musician and a woman, but is the film that inspires every woman to fight for their rights, to stop apologizing for existing, and to champion themselves. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
5.5/10 The Gentlemen (2020) Aaron Peterson Guy Ritchie has an obvious love for this genre. But with a stellar cast who arrived on set ready-to-play, it's a shame this recycled script settles for clever over consistent far too often. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
4.5/10 Dolittle (2020) Amanda Sink Despite decent performances, Dolittle is DOA from lackluster directing and a thoughtless script. My takeaway: Do(as)little as possible and don't see this movie in the theater. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
7.5/10 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Aaron Peterson Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return without skipping a beat for a thrillingly emotional finale to the Bad Boys franchise. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 Just Mercy (2019) Aaron Peterson Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan elevate an all-too familiar tale of when Southern hospitality meets rogue justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
6.5/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Aaron Peterson The Rise of Skywalker has its issues and J.J. Abrams plays it too safe, but it remains an entertaining film that families and friends can enjoy together for years to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
6/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Aaron Peterson Strong, honest performances elevate The Garden Left Behind and its gripping tale of a trans woman's journey towards self-acceptance. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
7.5/10 QT8: The First Eight (2019) Aaron Peterson Tara Wood takes us on a voyage of discovery which we've already taken. QT8: The First Eight is a riveting celebration of Quentin Tarantino and his evolution as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
8.5/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Amanda Sink The stunning tale in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the epitome of Mister Rogers and it reminds us that we can all be more like him, we too just have to put in the work. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
10/10 Knives Out (2019) Aaron Peterson An enticing mystery, tight script, and stellar cast deliver in spades. Not only is it one of the best mysteries in eons, Knives Out is hands-down the best film of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
6/10 21 Bridges (2019) Aaron Peterson Though the script lacks originality, solid performances - including a standout leading turn from Boseman - and Brian Kirk's slick direction keep this vehicle in gear for the long haul. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
6.5/10 () Aaron Peterson Rob Schulbaum's script bypasses the meandering sci-fi trappings of its concept and focuses on the far more interesting dynamic of Todd and Lucy's relationship. If this is wrong, then I honestly don't wanna be right. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
5.5/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Aaron Peterson An intriguing story suffers from a nostalgic identity crisis, though is ultimately salvaged by an enigmatic and captivating performance from Rebecca Ferguson. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
9.5 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Amanda Sink Making Waves takes us through the cinematic adventure of creating and experiencing sound, while presenting a historically accurate timeline in film history. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019