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
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
3.5/10 The Laundromat (2019) Aaron Peterson A quality cast is betrayed by a clumsily assembled script in Steven Soderbergh's overly preachy documentary/dramedy hybrid approach to the Panama Papers. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
7.5/10 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Aaron Peterson The humor and setup are essentially the same and it all goes down just as smooth as the original. In terms of the OGs, no one misses a beat. But Zoey Deutch's hysterically insufferable Madison steals the show. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 Joker (2019) Aaron Peterson Joker is a testament to the power of the right actor to elevate occasionally shaky material to a gold standard. Joaquin Phoenix's humanity-laden performance is the perfect mix of futility and fury. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
7/10 Always in Season (2014) Amanda Sink Always In Season is a documentary that intertwines the story of Lennon Lacy's death and those in other areas of the country to showcase the system racial injustices and the brutality of racial violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
5/10 Downton Abbey (2019) Aaron Peterson Director Michael Engler deftly handles Julian Fellowes' script, and the pacing was rather brisk, yet the ups-and-downs in engaging storytelling and appealing characters leave much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
6.5/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Aaron Peterson Director Adrian Grunberg delivers an intense, balls-to-the-wall spectacle of carnage while Sylvester Stallone dominates the screen one last time as John Rambo. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
7/10 Freaks (2018) Aaron Peterson Freaks not only sticks the landing with its mashup of comic lore and noir mystique, but leaves us with yet another clear example of why we need other minds besides Marvel and DC telling superhero stories like these. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
7.5/10 Ready or Not (2019) Aaron Peterson Samara Weaving slaps the film on her back with unbridled charisma as she hides for her life in this insanely giddy and horrific romp of a good time. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
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 They're Inside (2019) 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 () 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 I See You (2019) 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 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