Smash Cut Reviews

Smash Cut Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Karl Delossantos
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Night House (2020) Karl Delossantos The scares in The Night House come hard and fast, aided by director David Bruckner's masterful grasp of a dread-filled atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Karl Delossantos Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a matter-of-factly told abortion drama that pulls no punches as it takes on the failings of our healthcare system - especially for women. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
2.5/5 Underwater (2020) Karl Delossantos Underwater is like if you took all the character development, world-building, and plot out of the original Alien and just left the horror bits - somehow it works. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Karl Delossantos Wild Rose isn't your typical small-town girl with big dreams movie. It has an edge to it thanks to Jessie Buckley's star-making performance and her character's steely indignance. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 The First Wives Club (1996) Karl Delossantos For better or worse - more better than worse, though -The First Wives Club is peak 1990s feminist cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.5/5 The Grudge (2020) Karl Delossantos The Grudge is more horrifying than any horror movie - because it's boring. The cheap scares and thin plot do nothing but... well, make you hold a grudge against it. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/5 Little Women (2019) Karl Delossantos While Gerwig's narrative risks don't always payoff, Little Women thrives on a timeless story, great performances, and a strong beating heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Karl Delossantos There's something very off about The Rise of Skywalker. It sort of all just happens. There was no build-up, no suspense. There's nothing to experience and I want a star war to be an experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/5 Atlantics (2019) Karl Delossantos Atlantics has an intriguing enough story and Mati Diop manages some fascinating scenes of tension and emotion, but it lacks the narrative momentum for it to really take off. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/5 Cats (2019) Karl Delossantos Cats out of the bag, let's put them back in. At best, Cats is an interesting exercise in the boundaries of filmmaking. At the worst, which it treads closer to, it's a disturbing, confusing, and misguided acid trip of a musical. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 Bombshell (2019) Karl Delossantos Bombshell has a terrific performance by Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and an interesting story worth telling. However, the muddled tone, hollow characters, and awkward pacing make it a forgettable watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.5/5 Black Christmas (2019) Karl Delossantos Black Christmas has all the subtlety of a fat man in a red suit with a beard slipping down your chimney. However, the well-directed horror sequences and spirit of the original in its DNA keep the slay bells ringing. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Karl Delossantos Just Mercy may hit a lot of the familiar beats of a based on a true story legal drama, but the performances by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Rob Morgan more than make up for its flaws. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Karl Delossantos It's impressive just how much the Safdies are able to make you squirm without making you run out of the theater. Uncut Gems is a train wreck. Just one you can't take your eyes off of. That's a compliment of the highest degree. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Karl Delossantos Quiet yet filled with intensity, Portrait of a Lady on Fire nails the physicality and emotions associated with mutual unspoken attraction. It's a slow burn - pun intended - as it builds their relationship, but the pay off is absolutely worth the wait. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Karl Delossantos Leave it to Johnson, who managed to piece together one of the most compelling Star Wars movies with The Last Jedi, to construct a nearly perfect murder mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Karl Delossantos 1917 is not only a technical feat, it's also an anxiety-inducing war thriller with digressions into horror and even French impressionism. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Waves (2019) Karl Delossantos Waves is an electrifying and music-filled family drama that is as emotional as it is thrilling to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Karl Delossantos Parasite very much takes place in our world. Perhaps a slightly heightened version of it, but ours nonetheless. Mixing that with his usual dark humor and oddly specific characters, Bong Joon-ho has created an experience like no other. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Karl Delossantos Jojo Rabbit is director Taika Waititi's first "blank check" movie, which would make you think that he'd push the boundaries as far as they could go. In actuality, he stays within his borders. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 The Lobster (2015) Karl Delossantos A stunning story of absurdity that will have you laughing while also throwing you into an existential crisis. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 Honey Boy (2019) Karl Delossantos Like therapy, Honey Boy is more of an exploration. LeBeouf is using the movie to understand what he went through. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Karl Delossantos Ang Lee isn't interested in the story at all, only the tech that could be used to bring it to life. Ironically, it makes it all lifeless. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Karl Delossantos I watched Marriage Story while going through a breakup -a good and bad decision. It's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/5 The Conjuring (2013) Karl Delossantos This decade's definitive horror classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5 Joker (2019) Karl Delossantos For all the discourse around Joker, I was expecting something truly abhorrent - for better or worse. What I was shocked to find is how little of a bite it has. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4.5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Karl Delossantos A scene never rings false in Pain and Glory, even when they're particularly humorous or ridiculous. If anything, that quirky quality is what makes each moment work. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Karl Delossantos The Irishman feels like an epilogue to Scorsese's storied career - but it also makes clear that Marty is far from being obsolete. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Karl Delossantos Ad Astra has more on its mind. James Gray has more on his mind. And Pitt, better than he has been in years, understands that. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Bacurau (2019) Karl Delossantos The tone of the movie so unexpected but delightful. It's like the weird western that Quentin Tarantino never made. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Karl Delossantos When Brittany Runs a Marathon sticks to Brittany... well, running a marathon, it moves with plenty of laughs and relatable commentary. I mean, you can never go wrong with a movie with the line, "it's New York City, of course I've slept on a rat." EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Karl Delossantos Hustlers is a heist movie that also pulls off its own heist. While the movie is as glitzy and sleek as you'd expect with enough jokes and gags to keep you entertained, there's also a complex framework of themes working beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 Haunt (2019) Karl Delossantos The design of the haunted house is intriguing and disorienting with wood slat-lined halls leading to cramped tunnels and dark rooms littered with unseen dangers. If only the actual story was as inventive as the set design. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Karl Delossantos Clearly, Muschietti had a long list of things he wanted to do and tackle in It Chapter Two - and he did all of it. Unfortunately, the movie didn't need most of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 The King of Comedy (1983) Karl Delossantos Cringy, awkward, painful to watch -a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Karl Delossantos Good Boys, like Booksmart this year, proves that a raunchy comedy can be smart and thoughtful while still making jokes about a hyperrealistic sex doll. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
2.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Karl Delossantos Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 The Perfection (2018) Karl Delossantos As the twists and turns get even more egregious, The Perfection just becomes a chore to watch. It's unfortunate because the final beat is actually chilling and portends what could have been. A lighter touch would have been welcome. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Karl Delossantos Ready or Not is a skewering - literally - of the greediness of the 1% at the hands of a person that came from nothing - all the while dressed in a dirty and tattered wedding dress and worn down high tops. If that's not American, then I don't know what is. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Karl Delossantos There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Noah (2014) Karl Delossantos Bolstered by strong performances by the entire cast, strong visuals, and a filled out script, "Noah" may be one of the better biblical adaptations. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
12 Years a Slave (2013) Karl Delossantos The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jersey Boys (2014) Karl Delossantos Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9.4/10 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Karl Delossantos It's charming, well-written, superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Maleficent (2014) Karl Delossantos The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 Oculus (2013) Karl Delossantos The final product is a beautifully shot and wonderful acted entry in the never-ending pool of niche horror movies looking to shock, scare, and unnerve. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
F Odd Thomas (2013) Karl Delossantos Odd Thomas has one really good thing going for it, and that's Anton Yelchin. After that, there's not much there. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jurassic World (2015) Karl Delossantos Despite my view of the film as a satire, there are a few storylines that bogged down an otherwise quick fire film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Unfriended (2014) Karl Delossantos It's not going to go down as a horror classic, but it should be appreciated for what it is: a stupidly fun movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
A Most Violent Year (2014) Karl Delossantos J.C Chandor controls the screen with his gripping atmosphere that keeps you guessing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019