A Reel of One's Own

A Reel of One's Own 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
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ The Mustang (2019) Andrea Thompson The fact that [Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's ] does get so much right and gets us to empathize with Roman in her feature debut is a mark of what will hopefully be a long career. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
A+ () Andrea Thompson Well Groomed may be lighter fare, but unlike other docs that explored into similar worlds, Stern's directorial debut skips the condescension for a genuinely engaging experience that feels equal parts adorable, emotional, and even triumphant. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
D The Aftermath (2019) Andrea Thompson Many movies have not only done what The Aftermath is trying to do, but done it with a courage and conviction this one obviously lacks. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- Us (2019) Andrea Thompson Peele's miss is a lot more enjoyable than most hits, but Us still ends up being a concept in service of blood, not the other way around. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ () Andrea Thompson The topic is actually surprisingly dull as Human Nature insists on going into detail about how this process works, but things liven up considerably once it gets to all the implications. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
A- () Andrea Thompson In the hands of Josephine Mackerras and lead Emilie Piponnier, what could be soap opera melodrama or another hooker with a heart of gold story becomes a complex drama about a woman who refuses to remain victimized and takes her life into her own hands. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
D Five Feet Apart (2019) Andrea Thompson There are many baffling things about the new teen weepie Five Feet Apart, but the most mind-boggling is how little it resembles itself in its unintentionally hilarious third act, when it completely comes apart at the seams. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Andrea Thompson There's a tremendous amount of skill here, but how enjoyable it is depends at least partly on how willing you are to suspend your sense of artistic democracy, shall we say. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Andrea Thompson It's damn fun to see Larson as a hero coming into her own, complete with 90s staples that includes a great soundtrack and references to Blockbuster, but it's hard to get truly invested since we know so little about Carol. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ Greta (2018) Andrea Thompson The film really shines in this buildup, as we see the painful effects stalking can have on a victim. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
A- Never Look Away (2018) Andrea Thompson The message of Never Look Away isn't exactly defeatist, and even more astoundingly, it never feels long even at three frigging hours. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- Little Monsters (2019) Andrea Thompson As their situation becomes more desperate, the film's saving grace becomes its humor, which shines in its quieter moments as well as the most dangerous ones. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Andrea Thompson The ending is far more mature than kids' movies are typically allowed to be, but so much is left out beforehand that it can't help but feel like somewhat of an unnecessary sacrifice. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B- Native Son (2019) Andrea Thompson It's understandable why the filmmakers wanted to avoid the worst of what we are capable... but it also makes the story become something far more common, and thus less than [Novelist Richard] Wright's vision. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Andrea Thompson It's light fare without feeling dumbed down or pretentious. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- Among Wolves (2016) Andrea Thompson Even amidst the trauma the movie discusses from a quiet distance, Lija makes it clear that none of his humanitarian work is due to the war. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ This Is Personal (2019) Andrea Thompson It's a whole lot of ground "This Is Personal" covers, and occasionally its ambitions exceed its many accomplishments. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Andrea Thompson "Extremely Wicked" may play on our common fascination with violence, especially when it's committed by a charming, attractive (male) sociopath. But the film mostly avoids becoming another clichéd horror story by a less than common perspective. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A+ Southside With You (2016) Andrea Thompson Much like the smooth-talking man who would become President, Southside makes balancing many expectations look easy. Topics such as race, class, and especially gender, are touched upon with amazing ease. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Don't Breathe (2016) Andrea Thompson It's been called Hitchcock on steroids, but Hitchcock was actually Hitchcock on steroids. His influence is clear, but "Don't Breathe" has no problem standing on its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- The Light Between Oceans (2016) Andrea Thompson Strip away all the marks of prestige, and it's about as deep and as realistic as a Lifetime movie, reduced to just another predictable homage to the power of forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Life, Animated (2016) Andrea Thompson Some movies have an irresistible pull. "Life, Animated" certainly does, and not just because of its feel-good message. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- Under the Shadow (2016) Andrea Thompson [Babak Anvari] makes masterful use of a time and place that is a hotbed of extreme self-righteousness, where something as basic as a woman's education and choice of clothing are under the microscope. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015) Andrea Thompson [Captain Antarès] Bonassieu may be a familiar hero, the kind of strong silent warrior who is nevertheless passionately devoted to his men, but his increasingly desperate attempts to find his absent comrades is genuinely heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- Christopher Darling (2015) Andrea Thompson The movie Christopher Darling, much like its eponymous protagonist, is lost in the usual sea of ennui that's even less sympathetic for its dullness. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- Milwaukee 53206 (2016) Andrea Thompson The personal stories are incredibly moving, as we see how being imprisoned affects a person's chances of being reintegrated into the community, but a bigger picture is needed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ There Are Jews Here (2016) Andrea Thompson There Are Jews Here is a touching love letter to close-knit small towns, but including a few more pressing issues of the present would've rounded it out nicely. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C+ Umrika (2015) Andrea Thompson "Umrika" gets too distracted by unnecessary sidelines when it could be focusing on its intensely likable characters and investing in its own intriguing concepts. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Embers (2016) Andrea Thompson Embers indicates that even when everything is taken from us, hope, love, and even connection can still flourish. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ AWOL (2016) Andrea Thompson [Lola] Kirke gives an amazing performance, but it's [Breeda] Wool who has the harder role, and effortlessly shines. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Home Care (2015) Andrea Thompson Sometimes the movie feels a bit too quiet and overly long, but mostly it is a moving depiction of life, even as the darkness beckons. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
D Mountains May Depart (2015) Andrea Thompson The movie would actually be much improved with some very heavy, very skilled editing. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Orange Sunshine (2016) Andrea Thompson [Orange Sunshine] makes for unbalanced viewing, but it also reflects and helps us better understand the time period it lovingly recreates, for better or worse. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Untouchable (2016) Andrea Thompson It's a heavy load for a film to bear, and the fact that Untouchable succeeds so well is nothing short of miraculous, especially as this is director David Feige's first film. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Almost Sunrise (2016) Andrea Thompson The more institutional issue could be explored more. But the documentary does such an excellent job of what it does choose to focus on that it's hardly missed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Queen of Katwe (2016) Andrea Thompson The ending slightly fizzles, but director Mira Nair's sure, guiding hand, her excellent cast, and the power of the story itself never fails to inspire. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Harmonium (2016) Andrea Thompson Harmonium is so exquisitely crafted, featuring such quietly magnificent acting, editing, and direction, that it barely sullies the emotional maelstrom Harmonium leaves swirling in its wake. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Moon in the 12th House (2015) Andrea Thompson The pace can be a bit too slow at times, with a climax that doesn't quite pack the emotional punch the movie deserves, but it doesn't prevent Moon in the 12th House from sensitively exploring how coping with the past shapes who we are. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Wolves and Sheep (2016) Andrea Thompson Wolf and Sheep is one of those rare films that doesn't need a narrative to be compelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Raising Bertie (2016) Andrea Thompson [Raising Bertie] is a touching story that nevertheless feels a bit incomplete. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Girls Don't Fly (2016) Andrea Thompson Director Monika Grassl takes an observational rather than a confrontational approach, wisely recognizing that any narration or confrontation would undermine all the complex issues at play here. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Andrea Thompson The casting is so perfect, the situations so heartbreakingly real, that "The Edge of Seventeen" is destined to become one of those great movies about a teenager, not a teenage movie we tend to outgrow. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- La La Land (2016) Andrea Thompson La La Land doesn't just have Male Writer Syndrome, it has White Male Writer Syndrome, which prevents writer-director Damien Chazelle's film from living up to its glorious premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Manchester by the Sea (2016) Andrea Thompson The cinematography captures the setting exquisitely, the performances are top-notch, and the directing and writing, both courtesy of Kenneth Lonergan, is a marvel to behold. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A+ Moonlight (2016) Andrea Thompson In the hands of director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the theater piece "Moonlight" is based on, it's cinematic poetry birthed from the sea, where learning to swim is akin to a baptism. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Menashe (2017) Andrea Thompson The scant 82 minute runtime manages to pack a shocking amount of heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ A Ghost Story (2017) Andrea Thompson It may be full of missteps, but David Lowery manages to pack quite a bit of substance into a style of hipster filmmaking very uninterested in catering to basic audience demands. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
D The Little Hours (2017) Andrea Thompson The Little Hours seem less like a movie than a series of outrageous comedy sketches, with little logic or order to them. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
A- The Disaster Artist (2017) Andrea Thompson [The Disaster Artist] not only lovingly recreates so many of its trademark scenes, it is full of compassion for those who will never fit in. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ Phantom Thread (2017) Andrea Thompson Take away the awards season touches, and "Phantom Thread" is just another story about upholding monogamy and family life at all costs. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019