Escapist Magazine

Escapist Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bob Chipman
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Us (2019) Bob Chipman It could be argued Nyong'o is giving one of, if not the, best female horror lead performances ever, basically having to play both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode at the same time. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
6/10 Triple Frontier (2019) Bob Chipman Comprised so completely of seething, wordless manfeels and tension-breaking affectionate bros before things-that-are-not-bros sarcastic machismo that your media player might as well start emitting the vague scent of leather polish and rich mahogany. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
7/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Bob Chipman Starts out like 'Star Wars,' morphs into kind of a Riot Grrl 'Flight of The Navigator' and then turns into 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' once it heads back out into space. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
8/10 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Bob Chipman What's most interesting about 'Horror Noire' is its unconventionally holistic approach to the subject. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
7/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Bob Chipman Like the soulful, saucer-eyed Precious Moments Terminatrix it frames as a protagonist, 'Alita' is a high-tech hodgepodge [...] that paradoxically feels triumphant in the moments it works because you can see how much of it shouldn't have worked at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8/10 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Bob Chipman Ends up asking the younger side of the franchise's two-tiered audience to be the introspective ones this time. How often do you see that? EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/10 Polar (2019) Bob Chipman Purports to be based on the comic series by Victor Santos. But in the watching it's immediately clear that it's true basis is a mistaken assumption that the 'John Wick' movies are easier to make than they look. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Bob Chipman I appreciate this sequence as an adult, but it's because I recognize that when I was the age of these kids this part of the movie would've rated as 'THE GREATEST THING I'D EVER SEEN!' EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/10 Escape Room (2019) Bob Chipman "THAT IS NOT, IN FACT, A TWIST! THAT IS IN POINT OF FACT LITERALLY THE OPPOSITE OF A PLOT TWIST - IT'S AN UN-TWIST! A PLOT-STRAIGHTENING!" EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
1/10 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Bob Chipman between this and Vice, perhaps Carell could stand to back away from the Oscar Bait for awhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 Bumblebee (2018) Bob Chipman Such a confidently put together, fully-realized, genuinely fun little film that it'd still be the best Transformers movie and one of 2018's nicest surprises even without [the] low-key gratuitous fan service. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
6/10 Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Bob Chipman That more isn't done with the "remixing" premise means that [it's] a lesser curiosity (albeit adjacent to a good cause) rather than the true companion piece to Deadpool 2 it could have been. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
3/10 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Bob Chipman One really shouldn't be able to make a premise that starts with 'Black Metal Ellen Page versus Ivanka as imagined by Frank Miller for The Button The Blows Up The World' [this] dull. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/10 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Bob Chipman Not sure what we're supposed to expect from a dark, girl-power, Disney-brand sort-of sequel to The Nutcracker, [but] 'Helen Mirren fighting hussar Terminators with a bullwhip' isn't a key third act element that leaps immediately to mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
3/10 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Bob Chipman No, really, that's [it] now: 'What if instead of an absurdly short-tempered psychotic hermit who snaps, the Grinch is a mildly depressed neurotic who doesn't manage seasonal affective disorder very well and eventually escalates for no good reason?' EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/10 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Bob Chipman A frustratingly perfunctory movie where the lack of a strong central story suggests that no one at the studio could think of a reason this series needed a Part 2 [either.] EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018