Mediaversity Reviews

Mediaversity Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joi Childs, Li Lai, Monique Jones, Murtada Elfadl, Robert Daniels
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Joi Childs Men in Black: International provides a mostly enjoyable experience but the adventures fail to engage the way the original movies did, and battles seem to reap fewer rewards. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Joi Childs Rocketman's tagline calls itself a "true fantasy", but it's the grounded elements that give it weight. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4.08/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Li Lai Always Be My Maybe breaks barriers for diverse talent but offers a simplistic take on the Asian American experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
C+ The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Robert Daniels For all of its well-meaning examinations of race, The Sun Is Also a Star rests upon troubling casting...In many regards, The Sun Is Also a Star fights itself. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4.00/5 Plus One (2019) Li Lai Plus One pulls back the curtain on romance to present what a 'perfect ending' actually looks like. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
3.08/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Li Lai Where Endgame fails its female characters by devaluing them, it forgets its characters of color entirely. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
5.08/5 () Li Lai It's a joy to see Tsai Chin, who is now 85 years old, play the lead of an action-oriented gangster comedy set in New York City's Chinatown. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.75/5 Wild Rose (2018) Li Lai Wild Rose lives and breathes feminism without ever having to comment on it. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
4.08/5 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Li Lai Moonlight Sonata is an affecting work that gives full texture to the meaning of being deaf, hard of hearing, or having loved ones in the community. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
B+ Fast Color (2018) Robert Daniels "While Fast Color adopts some comic book conventions, they're [uniquely] wrapped in feminist allegory." EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Us (2019) Monique Jones More than just a horror movie, Us represents a multilayered experience that will leave your brain in knots...In short, you simply have to watch Us for yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
4.50/5 Booksmart (2019) Li Lai Booksmart feels baked in sexual diversity. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.33/5 Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) Li Lai Michelle Yeoh remains incredible to watch, but toxic masculinity rules the kung fu genre-and Master Z is no different. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
4.67/5 The Weekend (2018) Li Lai The Weekend feels quietly radical with its rendering of Black characters in roles we normally see reserved for the white upper middle class. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
4.33/5 () Li Lai Numa Perrier wraps you in a cocoon of safety as we traverse Jezebel's difficult material together. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.83/5 Native Son (2019) Li Lai Native Son challenges society to stop objectifying Black culture, showing how worshiping it can be just as dehumanizing as loathing or fearing it. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4.25/5 () Li Lai Romantic Comedy thoughtfully explores a major category of films from a distinctly female perspective. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
1.83/5 Vice (2018) Li Lai Vice comes off as a boys' club that has its heart in the right place but ultimately succumbs to its own self-importance. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
4.42/5 What Men Want (2019) Li Lai What Men Want never reaches for lazy stereotypes to garner its many laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.33/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Li Lai Singer has been repeatedly accused of sexual assault against underage boys, leading to a thick cloud of unease that hangs over Bohemian Rhapsody. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
4.83/5 Vai (2019) Li Lai Vai amplifies Pacifika filmmaking with its slate of 9 directors, all of them indigenous women. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Monique Jones The character deaths in Solo: A Star Wars Story will leave you feeling angry, as they are unearned and disproportionately affect women. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Monique Jones Women of color are either sexual objects or played off for laughs. Mantis, found by Ego and raised as his servant and 'pet', seems to be written explicitly for the film to indulge in submissive Asian stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Monique Jones Infinity War highlights just how dude-centric the MCU has been for 10 years. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Monique Jones "Pacific Rim: Uprising challenges the notion of a leading black man who must appear culturally blank in order to seem 'safe' for non-black audiences." EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Monique Jones The cross-racial team-up of Zimmerman and Stallworth allows BlacKkKlansman to become much more instructional for white viewers than it is for black ones, since we black Americans have lived with the realities of the race-based violence all our lives. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.00/5 Green Book (2018) Li Lai Green Book has a race problem, but it delivers cringeworthy depictions of women and gay men too. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
5.00/5 The Farewell (2019) Li Lai The Farewell dives straight into the deep end with authentic representation, handily revealing the infinite diversity within Chinese identity alone. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
3.58/5 Bumblebee (2018) Li Lai Lack of racial diversity in Bumblebee is tempered by a complex female lead, with the end result of a rockin' movie guaranteed to make your Millennial soul soar. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.67/5 Hereditary (2018) Li Lai Hereditary literally demonizes a transgender spirit. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.58/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Li Lai Eighth Grade helps fill a void of complex young women in film, but its complete disinterest in characters of color feels limiting. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
4.00/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Li Lai I'm flummoxed by how many new (and progressive!) films still fail the laughably easy Bechdel Test. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
4.50/5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Li Lai Chirrut's abilities borderline the trope of portraying disability as a superpower, but thankfully writers avoid offense by giving him a personality and character development that has nothing to do with his eyesight. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.83/5 Hidden Figures (2016) Li Lai Hidden Figures presents a different angle to what it means to be Black in America and delivers it to a wide audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
2.13/5 Sing Street (2016) Li Lai Middling film that relies heavily on 1980s nostalgia-and unfortunately, the racist and male-centric tropes of that decade as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.83/5 The Fits (2015) Li Lai The Fits champions young Black women, but the true journey that Anna Rose Holmer takes us on transcends anything external. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.67/5 Arrival (2016) Li Lai In a refreshing gender role-reversal, Louise's male science partner plays the support character who deepens the main storyline of a woman. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.83/5 Mountains May Depart (2015) Li Lai The film is at its best when depicting the sheer estrangement between generations within the modern Chinese family. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.00/5 La La Land (2016) Li Lai "Beyond its music and costume, La La Land is retro in more ways than one." EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.83/5 Roma (2018) Li Lai Roma stars a Oaxacan woman of color who pierces the idea of a nebulous Latino or Hispanic identity. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
4.17/5 Fences (2016) Li Lai Fences is granular, depicting the vicious power that patriarchs can wield as they hurt the women and children in their lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.33/5 Jackie (2016) Li Lai The film is frustratingly obvious and pushes the viewer into a passive role. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
4.00/5 The Holiday Calendar (2018) Li Lai As a woman of color who never felt included in the Christmas movies I'd seen growing up, The Holiday Calendar clicked for me. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.50/5 The Great Wall (2016) Li Lai The Great Wall is about as literal to the white savior trope as you can get. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
4.17/5 Get Out (2017) Li Lai Get Out winks at centuries of painful history and honors it with an absurdist de-pantsing of race in America. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.50/5 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Li Lai Although Kong: Skull Island doesn't even pass the Bechdel Test, it's a relief to watch a silly action romp without overt misogyny or cringeworthy racism. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
1.67/5 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Li Lai The camera pans across the metropolis, displaying legions of women depicted as sex workers or fetishized, Orientalist fantasies. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
4.33/5 Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016) Li Lai A wonderfully intersectional film, featuring love and friendship against the backdrop of WWII and the languid air of the South. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
4.63/5 Kiki (2016) Li Lai You will be hard-pressed to find another film that celebrates gender and sexual expression the way KIKI does. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.67/5 Logan (2017) Li Lai At some point, we need to stop glorifying the deaths of saintly, self-sacrificial minorities and women who die to save white male heroes. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018