The Babbling Blonde

The Babbling Blonde is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Beth McDonough
Rating Title/Year Author
C Joker (2019) Beth McDonough Joker is a visual feast about mental illness, the crumbling of an unstable economic system, and toxic masculinity that thinks it has something groundbreaking to add to the comic book universe, but merely adds an obtuse reflection. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Beth McDonough A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood brings the shoulder to lean on and the guidance that we cherished as children and so desperately need as adults. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Beth McDonough Portrait of a Lady on Fire feels like a flawless film. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Beth McDonough The message it sends to a generation of young girls of benevolence, bravery, and independence, is what makes Toy Story 4 a truly great addition to an already stellar trilogy of films for everyone of every age and gender. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
A Room (2015) Beth McDonough A restrained, unique prospective, coupled with honest storytelling and emotionally raw performances make Room not only a stellar literary adaptation, but one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Beth McDonough [It's] an end product that caters to the generation who grew up with the original films and inspires them to fall in love with a series all over again while their kids discover it for the first time. The Force is strong with this one. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C+ Band of Robbers (2015) Beth McDonough Although often clumsy and out of sync, the brand of comedic twists on Twain's famous literary figures and setting make Band of Robbers an adequate tale of fan fiction. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Beth McDonough The balance of this self awareness and the weight of its message are the biggest reasons Whiskey Tango Foxtrot works, and it doesn't hurt that viewers get to laugh some along the way. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A- Baba Joon (2015) Beth McDonough Amateur actor Asher Avrahami is the standout as Moti accentuating both the maturity and the playfulness the character possesses in his desires to be free to create his own future. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B Captain America: Civil War (2016) Beth McDonough The action and the introduction of some pivotal new characters are enough to satisfy most expectations. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A- Confirmation (2016) Beth McDonough The cast of Confirmation is solid all around, but it's led by a particularly outstanding performance by Kerry Washington as Anita Hill. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Amanda Knox (2016) Beth McDonough No extra fluff is added to the re-examination of this story, from the simple stills of the apartment to the frank discussions each person involved has with the camera. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Beth McDonough With only a slight misstep along the way, the whimsy and occasional grimness use to send a message about celebrating our differences makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of Tim Burton's best films in recent memory. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C- The Girl on the Train (2016) Beth McDonough The Girl on the Train spends so much time on shock value, it neglects the aspects of fluid, substantial storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B- Child 44 (2015) Beth McDonough Although the muddled, complicated subplots spin the film in too many directions to make Child 44 a truly successful adaptation of its source material, the allure of its leading performances are enough to make it worth a watch. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B+ True Story (2015) Beth McDonough [The film's] minor misstep does little to take away from the film's impact on its viewers. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Cinderella (2015) Beth McDonough Director Kenneth Branagh updates this Disney favorite not to spin it on its head, but rather to lovingly present it for a new generation to appreciate. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B+ Everly (2014) Beth McDonough Everly is a loud joyous, proud celebration of its genre, and frankly, it's just a hell of a fun thing to watch. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
D+ Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Beth McDonough Most of the actual sex has less erotic value than what can be found on late night HBO, and it certainly doesn't hold a candle to the graphic content of the novels or the erotic-charged hype surrounding the film. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Still Alice (2014) Beth McDonough Julianne Moore's performance as Dr. Alice Howland is, simply put, one of the best I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Tell No One (2006) Beth McDonough Tell No One is not only one of the most satisfying book adaptations, but also one of the most fun, perfectly-paced genre films I've seen in years. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Cake (2014) Beth McDonough Cake is mostly a melancholy, tragically stunning film, with a groundbreaking performance by Aniston and enough biting humor and heart to create the perfect balance it needs to make a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A+ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Beth McDonough The Two Towers succeeds like few other middle installments do in serving as both a satisfying benchmark that ties the introduction and conclusion to this trilogy together. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
F Blackhat (2015) Beth McDonough It's still early in the year, but Blackhat's careless, convoluted script and lazy performances could easily earn it a spot on the list of worst movies of 2015. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A The Martian (2015) Beth McDonough The Martian is the unique kind of blockbuster that you can marvel at in awe while still maintaining an emotional connection. It truly does have it all. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
D+ Pan (2015) Beth McDonough Keep calm and don't go see Pan, but cross your fingers that Levi Miller will get a role worthy of his talent. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B+ Two Step (2014) Beth McDonough The concise characterization and slow boil build make Two Step a worthy addition to the Texas thriller sub-genre. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) Beth McDonough It's honest, unapologetic, flawlessly performed, and a complex, unflinching look at female sexuality, which is no different in 2015 than it was in 1976. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Beth McDonough Although The Man from U.N.C.L.E. doesn't break any new ground and might not be everyone's mission of choice, it's stylish, fun, and an entertaining enough entry in a crowded lineup of spy-thriller fare. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Mr. Holmes (2015) Beth McDonough Mr. Holmes is an exceptional and unique addition to the vast collection of Sherlock Holmes' journeys, rich with respect for its predecessors and bold in its thoughtful and reflective approach. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Beth McDonough This mix of old and new, along with the combination of sexy and cool wouldn't be possible without The Girl herself, brought to life... by Sheila Vand. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B- Nasty Baby (2015) Beth McDonough Although occasionally trying and failing to balance the array of stories it aims to tell, Nasty Baby's performances and conclusion provide a method to the madness as it reminds us of the constant state of the human condition. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
A Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Beth McDonough Pitch Perfect 2 is a witty, fun celebration of women who empower both themselves and other women. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
B Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) Beth McDonough Although the conclusion all but abandons the goals the film sets out to achieve, Our Brand Is Crisis is a smart, timely satire that addresses the state of politics today with a healthy mix of criticism and comedy. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
C+ Body (2015) Beth McDonough Although Body takes a unique approach to a familiar suspense story and feature a promising up-and-coming lead, its rushed climax leaves a sense of watching an unfinished product. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
B+ Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Beth McDonough Bridget Jones's Baby is a hilariously satisfying revisit to franchise that pays equal parts homage and parody to the rom com genre. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Beth McDonough Call Me By Your Name is an exquisite queer love story that might be through the lens of two gay men, but it speaks to the hearts of everyone, everywhere. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
I, Tonya (2017) Beth McDonough The film scrutinizes a story as its told through the lens of Harding's family and friends, creating a more compelling and complex narrative that feels as current as ever. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019