MTR Network

MTR Network is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joi Childs
Rating Title/Year Author
8.7/10 Charm City Kings (2020) Joi Childs Charm City Kings is raw in its delivery, but with the raw comes reality. Arresting cinematography and grounded acting performances makes this worth the watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
6.5/10 Bad Hair (2020) Joi Childs To leverage Black women's hair for your story and to not give it the length it deserves cuts the potential of BAD HAIR at the root. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
8/10 Zola (2020) Joi Childs There might be moments when the story gets lost in the sauce. But from it's the commitment of the cast, to the vision of Bravo, the film - and Zola as a figure - never get lost in the game. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
7.5/10 The Two Popes (2019) Joi Childs The Two Popes have standout performances from their title characters. But without transparency regarding the church, we don't get beneath the robes, only on the surface of the cloth. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
8.5/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Joi Childs Uncut Gems raises the ante in the right ways, without getting close to folding. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
7/10 Joker (2019) Joi Childs Joker desperately searches for something to make it distinctive - and it doesn't succeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
9/10 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Joi Childs Peanut Butter Falcon 's a feel-good movie in every sense of the word, driven by stellar performances. But most importantly, we get a hero whose community isn't represented enough in films - and the few times they are, it's stereotypical. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
9/10 Luce (2019) Joi Childs LUCE is a disturbing turn of events when societal pressures mount up. That's not excusing the malicious actions that Luce caused - but rather, brings layers of complexity to what it is to live up to Black Excellence. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
7.5/10 Yesterday (2019) Joi Childs With The Beatles on its heart and solid performances in the forefront, Yesterday hits all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
9/10 The Farewell (2019) Joi Childs The Farewell explores the messiness of grief, secrets and family through the lens of east vs. west cultural differences, striking the best balance between comedy and drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
7/10 The Lion King (2019) Joi Childs This Jon Favreau-directed adventure aims to bring the much-loved animated world into the new age. And while it succeeds in that objective with transformative animation, it fails to have the emotional weight of the OG. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
9/10 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Joi Childs Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a dense documentary befitting of its star that wonderfully shows how she lived her 88 years to the fullest EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
7/10 Aladdin (2019) Joi Childs The live-action remake of Aladdin isn't "a whole new world" of storytelling, but it still makes for an overall enjoyable watch EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8.5/10 See You Yesterday (2019) Joi Childs See You Yesterday doesn't sacrifice the child-like wonder of adventure for a grounded story. For a film in this genre, the stakes are higher than ever before. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
6/10 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Joi Childs The Sun Is Also A Star is a sweet (sometimes bland) film that while has missed story opportunities still has potential as potent as the love story they try to sell. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019