Critically Acclaimed Podcast

Critically Acclaimed Podcast is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold
Rating Title/Year Author
The Life Ahead (2020) Witney Seibold There are distantly predictable elements of 'Life's' story, but Loren ensures that the film has a heart and soul. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The Climb (2019) Witney Seibold Deeply understands and appreciates the bloviating and awkward aspects of adult male friendship that many films take for granted. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Ammonite (2020) Witney Seibold As cold and drab as the overcast beaches the central lovers wander around on. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Freaky (2020) Witney Seibold The notion of transposing the 'Freaky Friday' formula into the horror genre is certainly novel, although there was potential for so much more wicked glee. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Mank (2020) Witney Seibold A rotten, aimless slog through a trough of Hollywood nostalgia that functions better as a game of spot-the-reference than a feature. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Attack of the Demons (2019) Witney Seibold The low-fi animation has an appealingly homemade look. It's too bad the film possesses so little wit and such abysmal voice work. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Let Him Go (2020) Witney Seibold As tensions mount, so too does one's involvement in the kick-ass lives of this mom and dad. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Proxima (2019) Witney Seibold We're seeing a miniature genre emerge, one involving women overcoming horrendous struggles in order to reach the cosmos. Of these (including 'Lucy in the Sky' and 'Gravity') 'Proxima' is the most down-to-Earth. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Witney Seibold Good golly, I loathe this movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Love and Monsters (2020) Witney Seibold My goodness, what a wonderful film. Equal parts, sweet, thrilling, and comfortingly familiar. And, yes, it has some of the best movie monsters in many a year. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
On the Rocks (2020) Witney Seibold There is a lazy, wine-soaked charm between the two leads, but ultimately there is no tension or interest in their "wacky" road trip. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Witney Seibold I can't even tell what Zemeckis was getting at. This is not scary, not silly, not topical. Least of all entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Witney Seibold Borat is funnier - and more relevant - in 2020 than he was in 2006. There is, weirdly enough, far more warmth and humanity on display in this film exploring cruelty and xenophobia. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) Witney Seibold Burt Gummer is a horror icon on par with Ash from the 'Evil Dead' movies, and every go-round with him is a welcome delight. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Witney Seibold Terse, almost frills-free filmmaking from Lee results in a show about something that has been in short supply: Hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Totally Under Control (2020) Witney Seibold Ready to feel the fresh white-hot Hell of unbearable outrage? EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Black Box (2020) Witney Seibold A fun, 'Twilight Zone'-inflected little nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The War With Grandpa (2020) Witney Seibold I experienced battle fatigue. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Charm City Kings (2020) Witney Seibold The natural style and authentic locations add a great deal of excitement and purity to 'Charm City Kings.' I just wish the story weren't so predictable. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The Wall of Mexico (2019) Witney Seibold Not content to have one thing to say, 'The Wall of Mexico' settles for rambling about bits of everything before collapsing in post-party exhaustion. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Yellow Rose (2019) Witney Seibold Although possessed of certain cliches, this story of modern immigration and cultural exploration feels especially relevant during the Trump era. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Witney Seibold Ultimately, Sorkin has created little more than slick, Hollywood hokum. But it's quite good slick Hollywood hokum. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Witney Seibold One of the best films of 2020. Casual, honest, stirring, hilarious. Blank is a talent to continue watching. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Witney Seibold Flesh and identity. Blood and pain. What a delight. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Artist's Wife (2019) Witney Seibold Perhaps slight, but lets the actors breathe deeply. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Enola Holmes (2020) Witney Seibold If you're looking for a spirited, intelligent role model for kids, you couldn't do much better than Enola Holmes. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Spiral (2019) Witney Seibold There are some predictable plot elements, but the horrors of bigotry are laid effectively bare. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Devil All the Time (2020) Witney Seibold Gripping and harrowing, but why? EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Antebellum (2020) Witney Seibold What might have been a stirring message about the persistence of racism is completely undercut by some incredibly awkward storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Unpregnant (2020) Witney Seibold Who would have thought a film about teens crossing state lines to get an abortion could be so fun, madcap, and kooky? EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Social Dilemma (2020) Witney Seibold The reenactments are mawkish and preachy, but 'The Social Dilemma' does very clearly make its point. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Cuties (2020) Witney Seibold A frank look at the limited options facing young girls when it comes to fame, friendship, and being allowed to be kids. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Measure for Measure (2019) Witney Seibold Only vaguely connected to Shakespeare's work, this Aussie crime caper lacks energy and drive. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Feels Good Man (2020) Witney Seibold We will be dissecting the frog (so to speak) for a long time. Where did this large wave of extreme-right political trolls come from, and why did they choose Lurie's frog creation? And when did the line between trolling and real-world harm vanish? EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Andorra Hustle (2020) Witney Seibold 'The Andorra Hustle' is bone dry, but complicated number-crunching financial scandal is where all modern crime is now born. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Witney Seibold If you, like me, are a sucker for Kaufman's labyrinthine film-school surrealism and deep analyses of white male self-pity, then you'll find 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Mulan (2020) Witney Seibold A not-at-all enjoyable take on the 1998 film that can't commit to its fantasy, its wuxia-inspired origins, nor its dull characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Witney Seibold A convivial take on Dickens, adding life, color and exhilaration to a literary classic that deserves such treatment. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Witney Seibold Cheap and silly? Yes. Loving and warm? Definitely. Bonkers adventure? It works fine. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Tesla (2020) Witney Seibold Not so much a biography as an extended legal battle. This may have been accurate to Tesla's life, but director Almereyda leaves it on the floor as scraps of boring red tape. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Pale Door (2020) Witney Seibold Half revisionist western, half lurid witch thriller, 'The Pale Door' settles in a space where it is disappointingly neither. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Witney Seibold Attempts - and seems to accurately capture, at least on a YA fiction level - schizophrenia as it feels in the real world. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Chemical Hearts (2020) Witney Seibold A fitfully effective teen melodrama that ultimately focuses on the wrong person. Why should I care about the young man in love with a young woman, when then young woman's story is so much more interesting? EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The One and Only Ivan (2020) Witney Seibold Disney's flavorless charm spread on a flavorless ceiling tile of passable family entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Endless (2020) Witney Seibold Another teen romance that unhealthily fetishizes death as the catalyst for deeper romance. Golly, it's insufferable. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Bay of Silence (2020) Witney Seibold Sleepy and miserable. A thriller without thrills. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Sputnik (2020) Witney Seibold The '80s Soviet setting is novel and the monster is cool, but the well-worn story and baffling late-film twists add nothing to what can instantly be pegged as yet another 'Alien' knockoff. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Project Power (2020) Witney Seibold In a clever inversion of superhero tropes, 'Project Power' reveals the exhilarating fantasy of having superpowers as the gateway to villainy and crime. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Witney Seibold A dull ponderance of the art world that is as pretentious as the art world it seeks to deconstruct. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Witney Seibold A horror film that turns existential dread and suicidal depression into a spreadable disease, 'She Dies Tomorrow' wrestles with nihilism in a way that, darkly, we can all relate. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021