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
B- Fractured (2019) Nate Adams Netflix's twisty 'Fractured' is so preposterous it kinda works. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- The Addams Family (2019) Nate Adams While it doesn't have the most original themes in a kid friendly film, there's still enough classic macabre "Addams Family" antics to help entertain the casual viewer and perhaps win over a new generation of fans in the process. Snap. Snap. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ Gemini Man (2019) Nate Adams Emotionless 'Gemini Man' represents a new low for Ang Lee and Will Smith EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- In the Tall Grass (2019) Nate Adams "In The Tall Grass" is an effective, if familiar, Stephen King adaptation. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Nate Adams Zellweger delivers what is probably a career defining performance that soars well beyond the rainbow. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
C Abominable (2019) Nate Adams Kids might get swept up in the colorful imagery and the occasionally potty humor that lands. But in the lens of some of Dreamworks finest, it would seem "Abominable" could use a little more soul searching. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
C In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Nate Adams An intriguing sci-fi frenzy that never lands. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- Bad Education (2019) Nate Adams "Bad Education" is an engaging slow-burn investigative thriller sprinkled with hefty comic touches and represents the type of ace mid-budget adult targeted film audiences crave. Hugh Jackman gives one of his absolute best performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
C- The Laundromat (2019) Nate Adams A rare miss for both Steven Soderbergh and Meryl Streep. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
B+ Ad Astra (2019) Nate Adams An ambitious and authentic space opera that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen imaginable. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
D Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Nate Adams "Last Blood?" How about "Last Nerve." EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
B Ford v Ferrari (2019) Nate Adams The attitudes of Damon and Bale give the film a dose of energy when not on the race-track, and when the engines start revving and the cars start throttling to the finish line, Mangold puts the viewer in the driver's seat and doesn't let off the gas. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Nate Adams "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" is a breezy watch that mine as well be made up of spare parts from the online portions. For something to toss on with your buddies on a Friday night, you could do a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Nate Adams "Uncut Gems" is the equivalent of a cinematic anxiety attack taking its toll on your senses. Pop a couple aspirins, bring a reliable pair of ear plugs, and watch as Adam Sandler has just pushed himself into the crowded Oscar race. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Nate Adams Eddie Murphy returns to top form in the crude, hilarious, and funkadelic crowd-pleaser "Dolemite is My Name." EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
A- Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nate Adams One of the sweetest and more delightful films of 2019, this zany satire had me grinning from ear to war. Hail, indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B Hustlers (2019) Nate Adams Sure, it's not a revolutionary cinematic experience, but "Hustlers" has the swagger, and definitely captured my attention. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
C+ Joker (2019) Nate Adams There's a more audacious film lurking in "Joker," yet there's no denying how the discourse that'll soak up the airwaves is exactly the type of conversation the iconic villain would want us to have. Whether we like it or not, the joke's on us. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Nate Adams In "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood," Fred Rogers isn't the star, it's the journalist assign to write the cover story. But Hanks - embodying the red cardigan wearing icon - is about as pitch perfect as it gets. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ Just Mercy (2019) Nate Adams No question, "Just Mercy" is a conventional legal drama, but there's no denying that Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx power the real life story of Bryan Stevenson and his dedicated quest to fighting injustice. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ Honey Boy (2019) Nate Adams Shia LaBeouf and Noah Jupe have great chemistry in the autobiographical drama "Honey Boy," but it didn't resonant or connect with me on the level I wanted or needed it too. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Nate Adams "The Lighthouse" will give certain audience members the intoxicating aftertaste of a gothic sensation, while others could walk away in frustration. That's exactly how Robert Eggers wants it. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Nate Adams Much longer than it needs to be, the dedication to the visceral imagery of Stephen King's twisted novel and rock solid performances (notably Bill Hader) makes "It Chapter Two" worth the investment. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
C Angel Has Fallen (2019) Nate Adams For a third installment in D-level franchise, "Angel has Fallen" could have been worse. That still doesn't make it good. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
B Ready or Not (2019) Nate Adams The performances are all devilish, strange, and off-beat, add in a script that packs the right amount of surprise within its grasp, and you get one nightmarish game that's actually worth playing. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ The Nightingale (2018) Nate Adams "The Nightingale" could use some cleaner touch-ups, yet this rather savage journey turns out solid, thanks to Kent's ability in understanding the demons that lurk inside our souls and how forging a path to empathy might be our greatest human instinct. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
A- Luce (2019) Nate Adams Some of the films lofty themes are wide open for interpretation, "Luce" is still a brave and audaciously riveting cinematic experience that'll find longevity in the conversation it starts regarding stereotypes and the judgement brought upon others. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Nate Adams "Good Boys" - which could be described as a live action "South Park"- somehow or another makes most of the material relatable if not downright hilarious. Full disclosure: DO NOT take your middle schooler to see this. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
B+ Blinded by the Light (2019) Nate Adams If you've ever been touched or moved by a singer or a particular song - maybe some you're too embarrassed to admit, then "Blinded By The Light" should make for an evocative journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
C The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Nate Adams "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is predictably melodramatic and goes straight for the heart-strings without stopping to dig deep enough into its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Nate Adams Arriving at a time when our news-feeds are being clamored with violence and hate, I think the country could learn a thing a two about compassion and humanity from Dora in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ The Kitchen (2019) Nate Adams No doubt about it, "The Kitchen" is a late Summer sleeper that cooks up the goods. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Nate Adams Brimming with stylistic production design and genuine suspense, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a rather mixed bag in terms of quality. When it works, it works, but the toned down PG13 rating ultimately sets the film back. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B- The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Nate Adams Equal parts lightweight and silly, 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' manages to be a slight improvement over it's nauseating predecessor EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
B The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Nate Adams Anchored by two strong performances from Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Zach Gottsagen, "The Peanut Butter Falcon" - though following a familiar path - finds salvation in its picturesque worldview of reality while offering a rousing look at life. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
C Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Nate Adams For someone who generally enjoys these films (I've liked the last three "Furious" pictures) - I can't ignore the writing on the wall. This franchise is running out of gas. Quick. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
D+ The Operative (2019) Nate Adams Painfully slow and hardly captivating, "The Operative" is another generic thriller that'll come and go without so much as making a blip on anyone's radar. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B- Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Nate Adams Though the doc struggles to balance out and see the bigger picture, "Marianne & Leonard" could inspire folks - just like me - to dig deeper into who Mr. Cohen and his muse really were. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Nate Adams If Netflix's goal was to make a watered down and tension-less version of "Argo" for their streaming service with the clunky thriller "The Red Sea Diving Resort" - I'd say they succeeded. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
B Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Nate Adams Tarantino's signature style of filmmaking is on full display in the captivating, yet uneven "Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood" which is smoothed over in part by three terrific performances from Pitt, DiCaprio, and Robbie. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ The Lion King (2019) Nate Adams Jon Favreau's gorgeous and visually stunning "The Lion King" sticks to the basics narrative wise, but manages to exist without feeling like a shameless cash grab. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
B The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Nate Adams If "Office Space" and "Fight Club" had a child, it might look like the darkly comic and satirical "The Art of Self Defense." EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
B- Crawl (2019) Nate Adams An above average creature feature that embraces its tasteless B-movie attitude EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ Stuber (2019) Nate Adams Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani's chemistry in the wonderfully silly "Stuber" is immediate, and provides the perfect dose of comedic brilliance in a summer movie season that desperately needs some spark. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
B+ Wild Rose (2018) Nate Adams Buckley sells every frame of "Wild Rose," giving flavor to the titular character while not being condescending, and providing new definition to the word starstruck. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Nate Adams "Far From Home" is really just a sweet teenage romance wrapped in a big-budget superhero package. Not the best in the live action franchise, but about what you'd expect from a live action Spidey adventure. And exploring "Endgame" cookies is a real treat. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C- Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Nate Adams Was the "The Conjuring" a fluke? Because when your franchise is cranking out unimaginative sequels in the vein of "The Nun," "The Curse of La LLorona," and now "Annabelle Comes Home" - it makes you question what you found enjoyable in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
A- Midsommar (2019) Nate Adams Unsettling and manic at almost every turn, Ari Asters sprawling sophomore effort proves he's no fluke, "Midsommar" is one gonzo acid-trip worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
B- Child's Play (2019) Nate Adams Though the "Child's Play" reboot lacks the kind of memorable and gruesome kills which define the franchise, the 2019 iteration provides enough social commentary to get a pass. Killer dolls, what can you do? EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Nate Adams Though it doesn't quite go to infinity and beyond, "Toy Story 4" offers a soothing conclusion to this comradery of characters. Forky and Duke Kaboom are guaranteed to become your new favorite obsession. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019