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 Vast of Night (2019) William Bibbiani It is confident and assured and absorbing [...] There's nothing else like it right now. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Witney Seibold Looks - really looks - at the kind of person that is typically dismissed, and finds a deep friendship and connection. Sadly, it doesn't conclude in a satisfying way. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Blood Machines (2019) Witney Seibold Want to see something truly unique? Want to see a lesbian orgy/dance number being psychically manipulated as a means of controlling a fleet of neon nightmare starships in deep space? EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Witney Seibold It barely works, and it's thanks solely to the collective charms of Rae and Nanjiani. The rest is bland, cartoony, and not entirely funny. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Mother's Little Helpers (2019) Witney Seibold It's not exactly the Boomers vs. Millennials screed it hopes to be, and follows typical story beats, but 'Mother's Little Helpers' does excel with some pretty good performances and difficult memories of a lost childhood. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Capone (2020) Witney Seibold Not just bad, but misguided. Who wanted to see a story of Al Capone in a diaper, slowly dying of syphilis? EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
SCOOB! (2020) Witney Seibold I know these sorts of movies are typically bland corporate exercises more than stories or works of art, but they don't have to feel like it. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Arkansas (2020) Witney Seibold 'Arkansas' is obnoxious, faux-quirky, and too clever by half. It feels like it was lifted directly from the wave of post-'Pulp Fiction' scuzz movies that arose in the late 1990s, but without the wit. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Clementine (2019) Witney Seibold Wispy and wistful, but mysterious in the Claire Denis mould. It can be refreshing to discover a film's story, rather than be directly told. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Bull (2019) Witney Seibold Maudlin, quiet, and natural, 'Bull' captures, with a raw edge, the lives of a marginalized society within a marginalized society, and how human connection can still grow therein. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Half of It (2020) Witney Seibold Compassionate and emotionally universal, Alice Wu's film understands several very particular teen experience: Falling in love, adolescent dignity, and thinking you're the only brain in town. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Witney Seibold The zombie action is awesome and typical at the same time. It's when it calms down and gives into bouts of sadness that 'Blood Quantum' begins to come to life. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Extraction (2020) Witney Seibold By now, aren't we past something like 'Extraction?' The exemplary action doesn't distract from the utter brainlessness and soullessness of the entire endeavor. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
() Witney Seibold A fascinating look at an important slice of L.A.'s queer history. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
To the Stars (2019) Witney Seibold Initially, you may find 'To the Stars' dealing exclusively in well-worn cliches. But you may eventually find it emotionally disarming you, and then knocking you flat. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
The Willoughbys (2020) Witney Seibold A twisted little bit of crunchy, chocolate frog, 'The Willoughbys' is a peculiar film for peculiar children. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Rising High (2020) Witney Seibold Brings nothing new to the rise-of-a-conman genre, but it does it well enough. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Selah and the Spades (2019) Witney Seibold The story itself is shabby, but the half-in-half-out R-rated near-fantasy world created by director Tayarisha Poe is more relatable, more soulful, more real, more potent, and more relevant than your usual self-aggrandizing YA fare. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Endings, Beginnings (2019) Witney Seibold Mumblecore without the thrills. 'Endings, Beginnings' is staring so intensely at its own navel that its head is embedded in its own abdomen. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Sergio (2020) Witney Seibold While what Sérgio Vieira de Mello did was undoubtedly important, this film does little to make his life seem dramatic or even interesting. Its out-of-sequence narrative adds nothing. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Witney Seibold This broad, not-very-funny farce only has one original idea in its head - to restart a film that wasn't working - and it doesn't exploit it to its full potential. What a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Witney Seibold Tzi Ma's face is etched with sadness, casting a melancholic pall over the film's entire drama. We truly understand a particular immigrant experience and why some particularly strict parents got that way. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Sea Fever (2019) Witney Seibold To call it another 'Alien' monster movie knockoff is an easy descriptor, but Neasa Hardiman's soulful and quiet direction also evoke the adult tone of 'Alien,' as well as add a unique, wet, chilly sense of place. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
We Summon the Darkness (2019) Witney Seibold The half-baked 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot' conversation at the film's beginning do little to erase how boring it becomes when it settles into predictable bloodletting and slashing. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020) Witney Seibold An obnoxious explosion of glitter right into your eyes. 'Trolls World Tour' proves that, even during quarantine, parents can be annoyed by ugly animated films with a lot of screaming in them. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Invisible Life (2019) Witney Seibold A stirring portrait of two sisters separated by systemic social injustice in 1950s Brazil. By turns, 'Invisible Life' is horrifying, moving, educational, and bleak. Its hope comes in small bites that we must savor to survive. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Slay the Dragon (2019) Witney Seibold A film that needs to be shown in classrooms. An important treatise on gerrymandering, which may be the central injustice of our time. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
The Other Lamb (2019) Witney Seibold Denotes a recent trend in horror: The feminist wilderness parable. And while 'The Other Lamb' may not have the heft of 'The Witch' or 'Hagazussa,' it evokes similar senses of dread and misogynist injustice. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Uncorked (2020) Witney Seibold The story - someone pursues an unusual profession to the chagrin of their family - is familiar. Luckily, the direction is deft and the acting is great (Courtney B. Vance is, as always, a standout), putting 'Uncorked' slightly higher than its peers. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
There's Something in the Water (2019) Witney Seibold Ellen Page has chosen a fascinating topic - the insidious and pervasive racism involved in Canadian environmental policies - but merely mentioning that it is a problem doesn't instill the passion to make positive change. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Witney Seibold How does going to summer camp create a generation of activists? Like this. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Witney Seibold The actual physics of 'Daniel's' rules become less interesting the more they are explained, but for its bulk, the film is a nightmarish exploration of dark, ultra-masculine influences on the impressionable mind. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Big Time Adolescence (2019) Witney Seibold ...Accurately recalls a very certain kind of male friend you had in the 9th grade: The ultra-cool older guy who introduced you to vices like cigarettes and pornography. It also understands that guy was destined to burn out pretty quickly. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2019) Witney Seibold A Greek chorus of old salts singing sea shanties instantly dictates the quirky and corrosive mood of this fascinating Coen-like thriller. And to remind us all: Margo Martindale is a national treasure. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
El hoyo (2019) Witney Seibold Its political symbolism and economic commentary may be blunt (to put it mildly), but 'The Platform' is delightfully grim and intense. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2019) William Bibbiani Like any good crime story, the crime reveals a ton about everybody involved and everyone on the periphery, and that's where this movie really excels: that sense of place, that sense of character, that sense of community. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
Stargirl (2020) William Bibbiani It's relatively harmless, but I think if the perspective had been shifted, it could have been legitimately very good. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
El hoyo (2019) William Bibbiani It's blunt, and I admire it. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) William Bibbiani It's too early to say it's one of the best films of the year, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
The Decline (2020) William Bibbiani If you're looking for something new on streaming, and you like thrillers, this will get you there. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) William Bibbiani A sharp, frightening, excellently acted horror movie with big ideas. And for the most part it capitalizes on all of them. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
Spenser Confidential (2020) Witney Seibold Aggressive, predictable, and offensive to the talents of Winston Duke, Peter Berg's bro-friendly action-comedy is a thudding bore. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
First Cow (2019) Witney Seibold Gentle, evocative, and bearing Reichardt's signature contemplative pacing, "First Cow" is one of the richest, best films of 2020. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
Onward (2020) Witney Seibold Perhaps a little too clean around the edges - "Onward" is clearly evoking bygone Ralph Bakshi wastoid culture - but still infused with Pixar's usual amount of heart EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
The Thing About Harry (2020) William Bibbiani Overall, it gives me everything I want from a romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) William Bibbiani It's not as inspired as the original, but it's unbelievably sweet. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Adrift (2018) Witney Seibold A film just as much about the freewheeling Kerouac-ian liberation of travel as a romance. The predictable plot machinations are hardly a detriment. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
In Darkness (2018) Witney Seibold Natalie Dormer gives a passionate performance in a thriller with a moody style but not many interesting new ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017) Witney Seibold John Cameron Mitchell's emotionally earnest filmmaking makes this interestingly shaped peculiarity weirdly affecting. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Mary Shelley (2017) Witney Seibold A moody, hipster rendition of Mary's story, reduced to a litany of whining. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020