The Only Critic

The Only Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nate Adams
Rating Title/Year Author
C Trial by Fire (2018) Nate Adams I give credit to "Trial by Fire" for making a compelling case against capital punishment and the two lead performances by Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern are noteworthy, but the lazy approach to the material undermines the overall emotional impact. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
B+ Framing John DeLorean (2019) Nate Adams Absorbing and does a flawless job at chronicling the rise and fall of the once powerful tycoon. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
B- Yesterday (2019) Nate Adams "Yesterday" is a flawed and hokey mess that's colorful, somewhat endearing, and the sort of crowd-pleasing delight audiences will be craving. If you don't think about the narrative ramifications that hard, odds are you'll be singing along too. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
A- John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Nate Adams Just when you think this series can't build or, rather, bring more precision and stylistic action sequences to the medium, "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum" almost rewrites the status quo of what action blockbusters can be. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
C+ Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Nate Adams Thanks in large part to Reynolds spunk and charismatic energy, the film manages to salvage what it can of a plot that fails to catch on. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C- Wine Country (2019) Nate Adams There's a generous pour here in terms of talent, but the longer the film meanders towards its half-handed conclusion - "Wine Country" loses its flavor. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
B Long Shot (2019) Nate Adams Director Jonathan Levine is able to get millage out of his unlikely pairing between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, even if the political commentary becomes too heavy handed in the second act. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
C The Intruder (2019) Nate Adams You've seen one, you've seen them all. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
C+ Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Nate Adams As a star vehicle for Zac Efron playing the alluring Ted Bundy, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" plays as such, but for the meatier and more context driven narrative - look no further. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nate Adams "Avengers: Endgame" represents one of the best films in the MCU canon and provides an epic and emotionally satisfying finale to the characters we've grown with over the last ten years. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ Little Woods (2018) Nate Adams "Little Woods" allows the stylish cinematography to open up a small slice of the wilderness that provides a striking geographical backdrop to a film that already had the benefit of impressive performances and bold narrative choices. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
D+ The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Nate Adams The Curse of La Llorona benefits from the occasional build of suspense, but this sloppy cinematic universe of horror has become the very definition of what 2013's "The Conjuring" was initially trying to combat: smart thrills over cheap scares. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
C- Breakthrough (2019) Nate Adams Breakthrough has a resounding and obvious message of love, which is strong enough to tug at this critic's heartstrings. Except Roxanne Dawson has to glaze the film in Hallmark sappiness before the actual message starts to become clear. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
C The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Nate Adams Despite his eccentric characters, the whole experience never has a payoff worthy of its lengthy two hour run-time, Gilliam remains his own worst enemy; which is the need for artistic freedom, but never having the courage of saying enough is enough. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
C- Little (2019) Nate Adams The only salvation "Little" has are in the big personalities which Rae and Martin bring to the table, and it's a shame their talent is squandered over material (and a message) that could use a sharper edge. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
D- Hellboy (2019) Nate Adams Bloated and beyond repair, this loud and obnoxious "Hellboy" (that literally nobody asked for) goes down in flames. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
B Amazing Grace (2018) Nate Adams Watching "Amazing Grace," though somewhat lackluster as on overall film, all you can do is admire the boisterous voice Franklin gave to the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
B+ The Best of Enemies (2019) Nate Adams With the evolving relationship between Rockwell and Henson in the driver seat, it's hard to resist the sentiment of what "The Best of Enemies" puts together. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
B- Storm Boy (2019) Nate Adams Storm Boy tells a familiar, but endearing tale EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- Screwball (2018) Nate Adams Coming from someone who doesn't particularly care for baseball or documentaries on the subject in general, "Screwball" is a home run. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Nate Adams Hotel Mumbai has enough thrills and heart-wrenching moments to stay with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
D+ Dumbo (2019) Nate Adams An over-complicated adaptation, Tim Burton's dreary re-imagining of "Dumbo" fails to give the adorable and endearing baby elephant a solid reason to fly. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) Nate Adams Shazam excels best when the daffy and vintage performance by Levi soaks up the screen, this despite Sandberg's need to utilize and adopt every superhero cliché in the book. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
B+ Us (2019) Nate Adams The final shot in Jordan Peele's astounding 'Us' proves that were currently living among one of the best horror directors of this century. Ten years from now we'll be sitting around a campfire discussing which Peele film is our favorite. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
B Five Feet Apart (2019) Nate Adams Sprouse and Richardson say more with their body language and eyes than any dialogue would allow them. They anchor this young adult weepie in reality. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B Captive State (2019) Nate Adams Captive State somehow feels authentic in its far-fetched approach, offering a unique spin on a genre that's been mangled one too many times EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Nate Adams Captain Marvel is a messy origin tale that struggles to figure out what to do with its main character. Thankfully, the film finds its cinematic footing late in the third act. It should also be said: the cat rocks. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
B Greta (2018) Nate Adams You'll see everything coming from a mile away, but the performances on display in Greta make the thrills savory EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
B+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Nate Adams By the end - if you're like me - you'll already be reaching for the tissues. "Hidden World" concludes this series with a polished emotional resonance, and complements the themes of loss, loyalty, and bravery exemplified in prior installments. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B- Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Nate Adams You can't knock Cameron or Rodriguez for pushing the technology forward, even if "Alita" ends up playing like it was made from scrapped parts of better films. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
C+ Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Nate Adams Ambitious as it is Happy Death Day 2U becomes convoluted real quick. The more it tries to explain its wacky premise, the harder it becomes to root for. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
B Isn't It Romantic (2019) Nate Adams Isn't It Romantic seems to gel on its own antics and nothing else. It's silly, a bit obnoxious, and works for those who consider romantic comedies a shameful guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
B Cold Pursuit (2019) Nate Adams You'd think after recycling the same material in, by my count, nine movies, the formula would grow tiresome, but the veteran action star's latest: "Cold Pursuit" is a deliciously fun and campy revenge flick that thrives on Neeson's appeal alone. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
C- What Men Want (2019) Nate Adams The film wants to replicate the earlier films moral arc, but ends up playing to the double standards it's trying to combat. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
B- The Prodigy (2019) Nate Adams Just spooky enough to work EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
B High Flying Bird (2019) Nate Adams High Flying Bird doesn't represent Steven Soderbergh at his best, but it's a smart and savvy sports flick that doesn't take the audience for granted. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Nate Adams Not as "awesome" as its witty and stylized predecessor, but still offers a fair amount of earned belly laughs to earn its keep. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
D+ Serenity (2019) Nate Adams Obnoxious and painfully dull, "Serenity" is an early candidate for worst film of 2019 EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Nate Adams Shyamalan - who was so keen on exposing film conventions in his prime - ironically turns "Glass" into a mockery of his past works. This film should've shattered expectations, and it ends up feeling broken. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
C A Dog's Way Home (2019) Nate Adams It would've been nice had this irresistibly charming puppy been taught a new bag of tricks. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
B- The Upside (2018) Nate Adams You won't find any surprises, but then again at least The Upside tries to establish itself as its own separate body of schmaltzy cinema ready for mass intake. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
C Ben Is Back (2018) Nate Adams Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges can't sustain well intentioned, but messy Ben Is Back EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
C Escape Room (2019) Nate Adams Escape Room as nifty and erratic as it first appears, eventully steers a predictiable path and struggles to solve its own contrived puzzle EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
C Bird Box (2018) Nate Adams For as effective as Bullock's portrayal comes across, Bier leaves too much on the table in terms of mythology, and aside from brief drawings and shadows in the corridors, the monsters remain unseen (a tactic that works, until it doesn't). EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
D Holmes & Watson (2018) Nate Adams Holmes and Watson occasionally showcases the wholesome bromance that Ferrell and Reilly have created over their career - but in this instance, the duo can't crack the code of the film's own self indulgence and clueless execution. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
C- Welcome to Marwen (2018) Nate Adams Lacking any kind of emotional resonance, Welcome To Marwen could be the worst film of both Steve Carell and Robert Zemeckis's career. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
A- Vice (2018) Nate Adams Christian Bale is the gold standard here and he propels Adam McKay's wild biopic with fierce electricity. One of my favorite films of 2018. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
C+ Aquaman (2018) Nate Adams Aquaman - for the DC Universe - is better than expected. But if you understand the cinematic inconsistencies within the franchise then you know that's not a complement. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
B Bumblebee (2018) Nate Adams Bumblebee remembers its geared toward the youngsters, and doesn't forget to sprinkle a touch of humanity along the way. At last, this could be the Transformers flick you've all been anticipating. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
C Vox Lux (2018) Nate Adams Natalie Portman and Jude Law anchor the sails of "Vox Lox's" crazy madness, but they can't stop director Brady Colbert from tethering too far into the abyss. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018