Boston Hassle

Boston Hassle is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Oscar Goff
Rating Title/Year Author
Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Oscar Goff If John Waters directed a remake of Midsommar, it would probably look a lot like Some Kind of Heaven. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Oscar Goff Shadow in the Cloud is just clever enough to qualify as a lark, without ever quite crossing the threshold into "good." EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Oscar Goff Promising Young Woman fully taps into the fury of the moment, by turns (and often simultaneously) harrowing, blisteringly funny, and utterly devastating. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Oscar Goff In the grand tradition of the sci-fi weepie ... [but] unfortunately, it just doesn't quite measure up on either side of the equation. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Mank (2020) Oscar Goff You won't be tricked into thinking what you're watching is the real world, but it's so much fun to watch that you likely won't care. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Oscar Goff Breezy, playful, and kinetic, even as it delves into the Mephistophelean inner workings of the federal government under America's second most evil president. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
The Twentieth Century (2019) Oscar Goff All I know is that it's one of the strangest, most delightfully baffling films I've seen in years, and I can't recommend it enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Oscar Goff There's something undeniably entertaining about listening to such a larger-than-life figure given the space to unspool uninterrupted. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Anything for Jackson (2020) Oscar Goff Anything for Jackson is a wonderfully clever, gleefully perverse black comedy packed with enough ideas and well-sketched characters for five movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Freaky (2020) Oscar Goff Like its central character, Freaky's grisly exterior masks a heart of gold. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Zappa (2020) Oscar Goff There's material here that even the most obsessive Zappa devotee has never seen, yet it's presented in such a way that it just might inspire a new generation of fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Nuevo Orden (2020) Oscar Goff New Order is probably the bleakest thing I've seen all year- no mean feat in 2020. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Undine (2020) Oscar Goff Like its titular spirit, Undine flits around the edges of reality, but casts a bewitching spell. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Sound of Metal (2019) Oscar Goff Sound of Metal is a sweet, melancholy character study about a deeply flawed man learning to cope with personal tragedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
Minari (2020) Oscar Goff Minari is a beautiful film, in every sense of the word. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Oscar Goff The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a cracking piece of entertainment, but it also serves as an easily accessible menu of ways to fight against oppression EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Oscar Goff Dinner in America has a big, gushy heart beating under its crust-punk exterior, and it's one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
French Exit (2020) Oscar Goff It's just exceedingly pleasant, and in an exceedingly unpleasant year, I appreciated it. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
() Oscar Goff This is simply a very funny, if deeply weird, little movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Oscar Goff We haven't seen many horror films simultaneously so graphically disturbing and so smart since, well, the days of David Cronenberg. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Hopper/Welles (2020) Oscar Goff Watching Hopper/Welles is like a great conversation at the end of a great party, and I think it's safe to say that's something we could all use right now. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Oscar Goff [McDormand's] is a fascinatingly complex, almost entirely internal performance, and it's one of the year's absolute best. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
City Hall (2020) Oscar Goff Each tableau presents its own unique perspective on what it's like to live in Boston, and plays out at its own pace. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
MLK/FBI (2020) Oscar Goff What Pollard does, and does very well, is lay out the facts as plainly as possible, and leave it to us to consider the ramifications. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
The Inheritance (2020) Oscar Goff The Inheritance would be a lovely film no matter when it saw release, but coming as it does during a time where congregation is impossible, it's a miracle. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Oscar Goff There's a lot to like about Antebellum, but its big gambit- the "cold open" on the plantation, which spans the entire first act- simply does not work. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Oscar Goff When everything onscreen is a metaphor for the characters' mental state, it's hard to care about the characters themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
The Block Island Sound (2020) Oscar Goff This is a truly cosmic horror story with some unnerving implications about man's place in the universe, but it functions just as well as a remarkably grounded character study. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Oscar Goff The Dark and the Wicked is a perverse delight, oozing with country-fried creepiness and some remarkable performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Oscar Goff There are moments when the execution is not as sure-footed as it perhaps could be, but I'm still a sucker for a good puritan freakout. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Survival Skills (2020) Oscar Goff Survival Skills is one of the most original comedies in ages- though you may spend more time gasping than laughing. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
() Oscar Goff This is a movie called Monster SeaFood Wars, about giant seafood monsters who fight each other. If that sounds like a good time to you, see it. If it doesn't, see a doctor. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
The Oak Room (2020) Oscar Goff Yet, as when you find yourself in a meandering conversation with a drunk, the film is at times frustratingly roundabout. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
The Prophet and the Space Aliens (2020) Oscar Goff One can't deny the loony spectacle of the whole thing, and some scenes ... must be seen to be believed. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) Oscar Goff Feels Good Man may be the most vital snapshot of this deeply strange moment in history EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Gutterbug (2019) Oscar Goff Gutterbug dives into its characters' lives with an electric intensity, like a Trainspotting for the basement show set. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Oscar Goff Class Action Park is horribly entertaining, and will have you laughing and gasping in the very same breath. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
Special Actors (2019) Oscar Goff It takes everything that made One Cut special- its silly humor, its surprise twists, its infectiously happy-go-lucky attitude- and applies it to a more ambitious canvas. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Sputnik (2020) Oscar Goff Sputnik isn't trying to reinvent the genre or create a franchise; it simply wants to tell a story about monsters and cosmonauts... and it does so exceedingly well. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
Boys State (2020) Oscar Goff A compelling and engrossing snapshot of political ambition and youthful masculinity. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Oscar Goff I respect She Dies Tomorrow ... but, for the most part, I just didn't enjoy it, and I can't think of many people to whom I would recommend it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Host (2020) Oscar Goff It stands on its own feet as one of the year's best horror movies, gimmick or no gimmick. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
The Rental (2020) Oscar Goff Like many actors-turned-directors, Franco has an occasionally uneven hand in terms of tone and pacing, but he also knows how to wield a killer ensemble. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Relic (2020) Oscar Goff Relic is inventive, idiosyncratic, and deeply personal. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Beach House (2019) Oscar Goff The Beach House is a mood, a disorienting hit of bad acid that overtakes you before you even realize it's working. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
You Should Have Left (2020) Oscar Goff [A] well-made and generally effective thriller which nevertheless fails to show much in the way of personality. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Oscar Goff Da 5 Bloods earns its running time through heart, soul, brain, and moviemaking artistry. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Oscar Goff Try as it may -- and it does try -- its good points simply aren't enough to justify its maudlin self-indulgence or its gargantuan running time. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Judy & Punch (2019) Oscar Goff Devilishly funny, occasionally harrowing, and wholly original. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Oscar Goff The effect is incongruously thrilling, simultaneously recalling classic radio drama ... and presenting something entirely new. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020