Every Movie Has a Lesson

Every Movie Has a Lesson is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Don Shanahan
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 The Photograph (2020) Don Shanahan We watch love, not just hear about it, and we cannot get enough of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Don Shanahan There is certainly fun to be had, but to shoot to fantabulous is going to count as overselling and the liberation most desired will be to escape this fever dream. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Don Shanahan Discover something astonishing and adorable at the same time. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Troop Zero (2019) Don Shanahan Put this movie in front of any girl, hell, any kid period, that's been demeaned about their differences or forced to conform to supposed societal standards. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Clemency (2019) Don Shanahan Alfre Woodard is beyond compelling in taking on the destructive darkness this character envelopes around us all. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 Parasite (2019) Don Shanahan Somewhere, the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock is smiling with glee. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Don Shanahan The clear politics surrounding these men and their level of importance is softened by the intentional frankness to make these figures more reachable and human than merely humane from their lofty perches. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Don Shanahan Few films go in between and beyond decision points to show the fractured orbits and restarts of continuing life with heart and honesty. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Don Shanahan Every fiber and morsel of this movie swells with this sense of spirit to embed radiance in resiliency. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Don Shanahan This is a thrilling race of arrogance as much as it is one of high-performance automobiles. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Don Shanahan There's nuance dripping like venom from thirsty fangs all over the performance stage of Johnson's cinematic charade. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 The Irishman (2019) Don Shanahan The meandering pace of what all transpires reverberates with a slender essence no better than a hospice bedtime story. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Don Shanahan John Cena is cut with cuteness and has all the charm necessary. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
0/5 The Dog Lover (2016) Don Shanahan Poorly constructed with grossly misplaced performances and intentions. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Don Shanahan Gusto meets gravitas in one of the most oddly poetic and beautifully brazen movies you may ever see. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 Miss Virginia (2019) Don Shanahan The striving spirit is stirring and the capacity for empathy towards its causes is formidable. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Don Shanahan The literal cinematic equivalent of "chasing your own tail" EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Don Shanahan Joaquin's poisonous performance is maniacally mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 () Don Shanahan The sentiment of The Man Who Wanted to Fly is infectious, so enjoy the smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 Cumar - A Galway Rhapsody (2019) Don Shanahan Each chapter is an anecdote to the soul of the people. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Don Shanahan Anything that lingers feels extraneous at best. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Don Shanahan The sprightly emotions on-screen cannot help but target and trigger your own matching passion. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
5/5 Luce (2019) Don Shanahan There is a feverish anticipation of who's going to turn, who's going to crack, who's going to fall, and who's going to rise. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/5 Surviving Confession (2018) Don Shanahan A trying yet damn interesting jaunt through prickly pressures and uncomfortable themes. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 Astronaut (2019) Don Shanahan Softly chooses sentiment over spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Don Shanahan A dippy mix of sunny sauntering and tiresome puzzlement. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 The Last Five Years (2014) Don Shanahan Catchy at one moment and then poignant in the next to match the shifting narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 Searching (2018) Don Shanahan A heart attack of a brilliant film that preys upon every parent's fears in this current digital world. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 Southside With You (2016) Don Shanahan Enamors and enchants you often to forget that the two main characters are the future President and First Lady of the United States of America. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 A Monster Calls (2016) Don Shanahan Earns every unflinching ounce of its emotional draw as one of the most profoundly emotional films. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 Lucky (2017) Don Shanahan Continuously unearths affecting ways of making cantankerous endearing. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 Wonderstruck (2017) Don Shanahan Haynes's prevailing theme of identity, and heavy sense of heart infused into a family film is nothing short of a beautiful revelation. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 The One I Love (2014) Don Shanahan You'll be retreating to crossed arms of curiosity and chin-rubbing intrigue and attention. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 I Kill Giants (2017) Don Shanahan Enlightens strong emotions with a level of imagination that is both fragile and brutal with its beauty. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 Into the Ashes (2019) Don Shanahan There is plenty of heat to burn and brand from a calmer temperature of cinematic coals. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Don Shanahan One of the most entertaining and freeing film experiences of recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018) Don Shanahan The light produced by this documentary matches the inspirational shine of the subject herself. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Don Shanahan Shouts of anger and tirades of tears fuel the fights and the vocals churning from Jessie Buckley. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Don Shanahan All of this is a downright blast and a big screen feast for a summer movie season that has burned more cinematic food on the grill than it has properly served. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Don Shanahan Brush off the eye-rolling salt and you will find beaming smiles of sugar. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Two in the Bush: A Love Story (2018) Don Shanahan With proud maturity and still plenty of passion, Two in the Bush presents an honest tale of such a three-wheeled romance. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 In Reality (1970) Don Shanahan With biting personal commentary and high creativity to bend and break the tropes of romantic comedy, do-it-all talent Ann Lupo has crafted something entirely unique. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Don Shanahan Despite the immense talent, the traits and choices lack being truly worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Don Shanahan Tessa and Chris might glow like radium, but Men in Black: International is an inert gas, fleeting and faint. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Plus One (2019) Don Shanahan Every moment to cringe and every moment to cherish swirl together with very appealing zest. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Don Shanahan When you watch this new movie and actually miss the gaudy theatrics of X-Men: The Last Stand because it at least tried, that's a very surprising and telling thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Don Shanahan What would look like a capricious and half-hearted whim fit for a green reality show on basic cable and turns the the documented endeavor something ambitious, important, and miraculous. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Don Shanahan Bad quippy comedy, nonsensical plot trappings, and unimportant character inclusions are the true weaknesses that defeat these monsters. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Don Shanahan The surface is sadly where the effectiveness ends. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Don Shanahan Swelling enough from its redundancies, this symphony of gunpowder and gumption will satiate your summer thrills just fine. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019