Narrative Muse

Narrative Muse is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Debbie Holloway
Rating Title/Year Author
The BFG (2016) Debbie Holloway There are treasures to be unearthed in the loving and poignant last cinematic words of Mathison's adaptation. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015) Debbie Holloway I recommend the film not because it's a classic or it's my new favorite movie. But...It's worth disappearing into an old, old language and confronting difficult truths about life. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Queen of Katwe (2016) Debbie Holloway There's a distinct burden to telling a true story well - and this cast and crew shouldered the task bravely. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Debbie Holloway It rises above expectations, and brings back the warmth and quirk so memorable in the original novel. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Miss Representation (2011) Debbie Holloway If the media is so derogatory toward the most powerful women in the US, "then what does it say about [the] media's ability to take any woman in America seriously?" EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
13TH (2016) Debbie Holloway Systems of oppression tend to reinvent themselves, according to 13TH. Is there a way to move past them? EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
I Will Follow (2010) Debbie Holloway Before 13TH and Selma, Ava DuVernay was making her big-screen directorial debut in I Will Follow - and it doesn't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Suffragette (2015) Debbie Holloway It's hard to believe that dropping our opinions into a ballot box, something we do so casually, took so much ink, blood, and screaming to accomplish. But it did. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Debbie Holloway I want to be up front with Harry Potter fans - this movie is not Potter caliber. But I still found it to be absolutely lovely and enchanting, with much to admire. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Debbie Holloway The world is full of beautiful, complex humans. Sometimes it just takes a bit of growing up to notice them. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
20th Century Women (2016) Debbie Holloway What did it mean to be born, to grow up in, to die in, the 20th century? Well, it meant a lot of different things. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Debbie Holloway This movie brings major nostalgia for the 90's kid and fairy-tale lover and fills in some of those glaring plot holes from the original. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Debbie Holloway Antonina Żabiński was a woman of privilege and resources, and her family's true story of heroism and generosity is almost too beautiful to be believed. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Une vie (2016) Debbie Holloway A Woman's Life is a beautiful, bittersweet reminder of the most euphoric and most heartwrenching parts of life. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
My Cousin Rachel (2017) Debbie Holloway This film uses an engrossing love story to pierce the heart of the literary femme fatale archetype to its very core. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Lady Macbeth (2016) Debbie Holloway I expected a dark period drama - but the film went way past that. This is no Jane Austen piece. Get ready for a truly psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014) Debbie Holloway U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck voices her newly embraced transgender identity, her transition, and shares the struggles she knows still lie ahead. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Patti Cake$ (2017) Debbie Holloway The cast is solid, the direction is colorful and bold, and our hero Patricia (AKA Killa P) is the talented version of ourselves we all aspire to be. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Debbie Holloway Jessica James is kind of obnoxious, mean to her dates, and she's definitely her own biggest fan. But she's 25 and she's trying really hard. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Florida Project (2017) Debbie Holloway This drama provides so many emotional sucker punches. Like Moonlight, it shows, rather than tells, the beautiful, real, and raw story of everyday Americans. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
I, Tonya (2017) Debbie Holloway It easily earns high scores across categories: the music is infectious, the direction is like a Coen-brothers romp, and the cast is all-star caliber. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Loving Vincent (2017) Debbie Holloway Loving Vincent is a bit like "Starry Night." It's simple, it's soothing, yet somehow it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Debbie Holloway It's a year be proud of the fade of girl-characters in movies who look to male companions and ask, wide eyed "What do we do now?" Not Meg. Not in Ava's movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Prince of Egypt (1998) Debbie Holloway This story reminds me that in a world run by men and kings, there is wonder and strength in the woman, in the child, and in the slave, to change the course of history. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Una mujer fantástica (2017) Debbie Holloway This isn't a story about discovering identity. This is a story of relationships, of grief, and of how social networks break down for the most vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Duck Butter (2018) Debbie Holloway The movie is almost entirely conceptual. It's not one for the history books. Still, it left such a warm spot of admiration in my heart after it was all said and done. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Dead Women Walking (2018) Debbie Holloway Haunting and tender, this exploration of nine incarcerated women deals with the most chilling verdict any justice system has to offer: the death penalty. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Tarde para morir joven (2018) Debbie Holloway Watching Too Late to Die Young felt like being carried by a gentle stream. It has a dreamlike, even-keeled quality one doesn't find in many Hollywood movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
High Life (2018) Debbie Holloway High Life is richly layered, atmospheric, and as creepy as poison ivy winding its way around your leg. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Debbie Holloway Despite the hiding, the brokenness, and the stealing, this family in Shoplifters is a small snapshot of joy, and one that shines a sorely needed light. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Debbie Holloway This engaging, unforgettable story lies somewhere between fairy tale and dystopia. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Debbie Holloway Here, there is blood, guns, sex, and revenge. The men are bedecked in makeup and wigs, the women run the war, and it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Private Life (2018) Debbie Holloway Private Life is an existential rollercoaster, and only barely about a baby. (It's more like Waiting for Godot!) EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
You've Got Mail (1998) Debbie Holloway It's surprising how relevant this movie feels, even 20 years later. But it's not just nostalgia or deep themes that keep bringing us back, it's everything! EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
() Debbie Holloway This movie gives Aynur her voice back, if just for an hour and a half. And in doing so, it gives a voice to any woman who might be hurting, abused, or silenced. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
() Debbie Holloway Clementine doesn't just show the post-breakup grieving process, it reminds us that relationships change who we are forever. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Debbie Holloway The most tragic thing is for a nation to lose its memory. Nanfu Wang is doing her part to make sure this period of Chinese history never fades from memory. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Debbie Holloway The #MeToo movement will be a success if it leads to social and legal change. But it'll take a lot of heart-wrenching stories like this one to get us there. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019