The Spool

The Spool is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrea Thompson, Caroline Siede, Clint Worthington, Joe Lipsett, Robert Kojder, Tim Stevens
Rating Title/Year Author
Trial by Fire (2018) Clint Worthington [A] sensibly progressive political polemic that goes down easy thanks to solid, effective filmmaking and some fantastic performances at its center. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Andrea Thompson Kiki has given girls another way to express themselves and a whole new set of aspirations. She's achieved the artistic dream, not only finding a way to fly higher but encouraging others to do so as well. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Clint Worthington Fight sequences, after all, are just another kind of dance - which might make Reeves the Mikhail Baryshnikov of shooting people in the face. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Clint Worthington The idea seems to be that Pokémon are so versatile they can work in any different kind of movie, making Pikachu work more as a proof of concept than a single, coherent story. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Clint Worthington Much like Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Ask Dr. Ruth shines a heartwarming spotlight on one of America's greatest televised teachers. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Clint Worthington Amongst the expertly-timed gags and surprisingly sweet romance, Levine and the screenwriters infuse Long Shot with solid digs at the tragic complications of political life. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Selma (2014) Andrea Thompson In a time where dedicated activists are speaking their own truths to leaders who are often even less responsive, movies such as Selma feel more essential than ever. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Clint Worthington Endgame is the best possible love letter to the MCU one could muster, a big, sloppy kiss to its fans and the characters that made these movies so appealing in the first place. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Tim Stevens What puts SOMEONE GREAT over, in the end, is the cast and the creeping melancholic tone. It goes out exactly like our trio of friends does: heartfelt, tumbling towards maturity and letting us know how great and scary each and every moment is. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Clint Worthington Little Woods rises above being a novel showcase for its two impeccable leads and becomes a broader treatise on the struggles of America's most overlooked corners. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Tim Stevens SHAZAM! is a bright cheery sugar rush of a movie. It made me leave the theatre thinking, "Is it too late to give this whole DCEU thing another shot?" EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Clint Worthington Suffice to say, Dumbo has some Big Fish Energy. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Captive State (2019) Joe Lipsett The action saves Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi allegory from its one-dimensional characters EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) Clint Worthington Perhaps even more than Get Out, Us feels like a film that requires repeat viewings to mine all its intriguing thematic underpinnings. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Transit (2018) Clint Worthington Petzold's film is a masterwork of emotional restraint, an existential romantic tragedy about the liminal state in which refugees constantly live. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Clint Worthington Praise be to Goose the Cat; I look forward to his inevitable solo film. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Greta (2018) Clint Worthington Depending on your tolerance for archness and camp, Greta will either frustrate or absolutely delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Clint Worthington Going back to its roots as a coming-of-age tale, the story grows out of Hiccup and Toothless' maturity, and the natural growing apart that comes as a result. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Among Wolves (2016) Clint Worthington Among Wolves shows a Bosnia struggling past unforgettable communal trauma, and how it affects individuals in ways both big and small. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Candy Jar (2018) Andrea Thompson The genius of Candy Jar is not in how much of Lona and Bennett's journey feels new. It's the sense of perspective and even realism inherent in their story that makes a case for the ways we can learn and grow from failure and loss. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Beast (2017) Andrea Thompson Beast isn't just one of the most unsettling movies you'll ever watch; it practically drips menace from every frame, every moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Ocean's 8 (2018) Andrea Thompson There is never a moment when the movie allows us to forget its regressive expectations about women want, or what they should be. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Clint Worthington It's a handsome but frustrating watch, equal parts civics lecture and dark political farce, with all the lily-white gravitas England's acting community can offer. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Glass (2019) Clint Worthington Suffice to say whatever illusions of a comeback M. Night Shyamalan may have had are likely shattered, like so many of Elijah Price's brittle bones. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
The Upside (2018) Robert Kojder Everyone seems to have entered this project with well-meaning intentions, but The Upside chooses to crowd-please rather than seriously explore its subject EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Vice (2018) Clint Worthington By the time the credits roll, you can't help but feel beaten down by McKay's sledgehammer tactics, dissolved by his acid tongue. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Clint Worthington Mary Poppins Returns offers up a grand old time underneath the lovely London sky. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Clint Worthington A high-court historical pantomime on par with Stillman's delightful Love & Friendship, slathered with a heaping helping of anger like mud marring a delicate ball gown. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Clint Worthington Living in this curious intersection between stop-motion animation, comic book styling, and street art, Spider-Verse comes closest to the sensation of reading a comic book. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Clint Worthington It's a rare thing when a film can throw shade at unboxing videos while reminding Mom and Dad they really should check in with their old college roommate. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Keep Talking (2017) Clint Worthington A joyous celebration of the fellowship and community that centers around something as unifying as language EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Prospect (2018) Clint Worthington Every inch of Prospect feels like Earl and Caldwell spent years developing the film's grimy, lived-in futuristic world, which is the film's real standout. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Outlaw King (2018) Clint Worthington Outlaw King plays out like a filler episode of Game of Thrones, between its Battle of the Bastards-like treatment of medieval combat and cribbing half its cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Hostiles (2017) Clint Worthington It feels like an overextended, inwardly focused self-flagellation that doesn't take Native perspectives into true consideration. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Clint Worthington The film, like Reynolds' own artistic creations, is highly considered and filled with obsessive detail, Anderson's filmmaking as intricate and delicate as lace. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Paddington 2 (2017) Clint Worthington Amid the antics, Paddington 2 still manages to be a sweet, moving tale about what families are willing to do for one another. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Clint Worthington A handsome but anemic sob story about the cruelty and vanity of Hollywood that isn't nearly as interesting as its central performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Mom and Dad (2017) Clint Worthington Mom and Dad is a deliciously perverse thriller with gore and dark laughs to spare. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
42 Grams (2017) Clint Worthington All in all, this doc offers a sumptuous meal for lovers of fine food and the challenges of creativity. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
God's Own Country (2017) Clint Worthington By the time you reach the film's final, tear-jerking minutes, you'll understand why it's one of the most lovingly rendered romances of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Astrologer (1975) Clint Worthington A balls-to-the-wall distillation of everything Denney is and wishes to be, with all the talent of a first-time filmmaker with a penchant for shameless self-mythology. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Before We Vanish (2017) Clint Worthington Before We Vanish delights as much as it confuses - and, considering its slower pace and two-plus hour running time - occasionally bores. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Clint Worthington For a series whose central appeal is ostensibly pushing sexual taboos, Freed is shockingly chaste. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Una mujer fantástica (2017) Clint Worthington At its core, A Fantastic Woman is a story about grief and the walls we put up to avoid processing it, that just so happens to include the added context of trans identity. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Clint Worthington Black Panther is a solid, if far from perfect, superhero film, a Marvel flick with a muscular political backbone and a clear sense of its own identity. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Clint Worthington There's a big, beating heart at the center of Isle of Dogs, this time around the spiritual connection that exists between mankind and the animals they love. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) Clint Worthington It's an assault on the senses, an unrelenting portrait of brutality that nonetheless finds instances of beauty among the chaos. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Lean on Pete (2017) Clint Worthington Lean on Pete is a devastating but enriching study of the ways the world tests our innocence, and the very understandable desire to hold onto it. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Clint Worthington That the film holds together as well as it does, and provides some truly fan-destroying shocks along the way, is nothing short of miraculous. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Downrange (2017) Clint Worthington All the visual flair in the world can't make up for one of the most unlikable, un-charismatic cadres of horror protagonists in years. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018