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
4/5 The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (2021) Don Shanahan Going further with a more challenging accomplishment, its big heart proves that life without sound is still beautiful too. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 Soul (2020) Don Shanahan Be ready for hard swallows, brow rubs, and exasperating "well..." sentence starters that follow the life-and-death questions being played with freely. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Don Shanahan There is a precarious pendulum of friendly diatribes and combative challenges between the traveling band members with volcanic performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
2/5 Greenland (2020) Don Shanahan We still have an action hero getting lucky like an action hero too often does. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Don Shanahan The predicament of self-examination will be which condition of shock you're carrying as you come down from the buzz of this movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
1/5 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Don Shanahan Shanley, the talent involved, and the host nation itself are all better than this near drivel. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Don Shanahan Humanity rightly becomes the beautiful and ruminative zenith of "The Midnight Sky. " EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Don Shanahan This mashup of body swap comedy cliches and high school horror tropes turned out to be an artery-bursting romp. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Don Shanahan Just like the first yuck fest, the sequel smashes reality and fiction together with splattered eggs on all the faces involved. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Don Shanahan Even the most cultivated retro Millennial you could ever concoct or discover couldn't and wouldn't talk like Woody Allen. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 On the Rocks (2020) Don Shanahan While valuable for that level of challenging exploration to put dour on top of delight, that is a trajectory where charm exceeds its limits, and ours, to a degree. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
1/5 Antebellum (2020) Don Shanahan When the swerves hit, preposterousness obliterates cleverness. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/5 Cuties (2020) Don Shanahan If you don't like what you see of these errant kids left to their own wiles and devices, your gut is accurate and working. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
3/5 Blackbird (2019) Don Shanahan Sarandon's eyes and gestures are always moving and always telling a story. Like Jack Nicholson, she is a master of physical ambiance and unspoken ticks. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
2/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Don Shanahan Every exploration of regret, fragility, and the human spirit needs a compass and this film's one is as dead as a door nail. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 The One and Only Ivan (2020) Don Shanahan The movie can stand proud for doing its source inspiration justice in a softly affecting and entertaining way. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 Endless (2020) Don Shanahan Whimsical romance set to ethereal piano may appear to be the forefront, but the sense of sorrow is appreciably very real. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
2/5 Project Power (2020) Don Shanahan Now, at the peak of such anticipation, go back and remember the high concept movies you've seen that had very little beyond that one good idea. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
3/5 The Old Guard (2020) Don Shanahan The narrative screws might not be the tightest, but its aim is deadly enough to draw you in. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 No Small Matter (2018) Don Shanahan None of "No Small Matter" sounds inconsequential because it isn't. Anything less is antiquated thinking and this documentary pushes viewers forward from those misconceptions. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/5 Irresistible (2020) Don Shanahan Stewart unleashes this cringing astonishment in a surprising movie that pulls your leg and also very rug right out from underneath you. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Don Shanahan The worthy themes ring true for a positive and willing audience that can pause looking down on pageants and see the bigger preparatory importance. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
3/5 The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Don Shanahan This is but a small jaunt of a bigger journey for this broken family led by an evolving Sabrina Carpenter. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/5 7500 (2019) Don Shanahan The cinematic creation of hemmed-in helplessness is shared by the viewer with unadorned rawness. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Don Shanahan With stern strength, the rants of old men give way to the treatises of ghosts. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Don Shanahan Judd Apatow's semi-biographical star vehicle for Pete Davidson is a collection of half-hearted beats and half-witted mischief. That's it. Just half. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/5 Becky (2020) Don Shanahan "Girls" and "grisly" share five common letters where the extra "y" stands for "yowzers." EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
5/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Don Shanahan The proverbial needle of its excitement amplification lands on a very nifty word: TINGLES. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
4/5 End of Sentence (2019) Don Shanahan Rarely veering to hardest of hard or the ugliest of ugly, there is much homely wisdom to be had in Elfar Adalsteins' debut feature film. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2020
2/5 The High Note (2020) Don Shanahan To love underdog moxie, or any moxie for that matter, you have to have it, and the flimsy Dakota Johnson doesn't. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/5 The Lovebirds (2020) Don Shanahan The Lovebirds puts this frazzled breakup on blast with a dippy concert of calamity. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
2/5 SCOOB! (2020) Don Shanahan Mystery is the sorely needed trait for this appealing chance to start something fresh, young, and easy. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
3/5 Capone (2020) Don Shanahan Creative courage emphasizes all of this foreboding filth over the flashy flair normally associated with this mythic mobster. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 Working Man (2019) Don Shanahan Restraint and resonance like that is a hearty treat and a revelation all its own. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 All Day and a Night (2020) Don Shanahan The brutality against the hearts here hurts more than harm subjected to any flesh. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
3/5 Extraction (2020) Don Shanahan One could wring a towel dripping with the unexpected mix of blood and suds. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
2/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Don Shanahan This film creates two things: a challenge of substance and the equivalent of a violent bedtime story. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 Endings, Beginnings (2019) Don Shanahan Doremus presents another striking, bare, and brave romantic movie of sorrow and longing connection. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
3/5 Run This Town (2019) Don Shanahan This shrewdly constructed movie leaves the monster in the background and highlights the eager and opportunistic help. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Don Shanahan This funnybone-slaying riot gives way to the kind of heart-rending climax that proves the Pixar Punch keeps manifesting itself in more and more unexpected places. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
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
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