The Bulwark

The Bulwark is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sonny Bunch
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Nomadland (2020) Sonny Bunch In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, life in an Amazon fulfillment center could've been raw material for mockery or, perhaps worse, pity. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Sonny Bunch Splitting the film almost evenly between Hampton and O'Neal takes the focus off of the tragic figure at the story's heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 Bliss (2021) Sonny Bunch I don't know that the movie works as a whole. ... Still. It's great to see Owen Wilson back onscreen. And good for him for trying to work his issues out through his art. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
3.5/4 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Sonny Bunch A Glitch in the Matrix is a fine addition to [Ascher's] burgeoning canon of obsession, and a must-watch for anyone who wants to be freaked out by where our technobabble is taking us. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
2.5/4 The Little Things (2021) Sonny Bunch A movie that's going to grow on people over the years as they grapple with its meaning. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 News of the World (2020) Sonny Bunch I admire Paul Greengrass ... for maintaining his faith in the power of the pen to shape the world in a more pleasing way. I'm not sure I share it any longer. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 Hunter Hunter (2020) Sonny Bunch It's honest in its cruelty. And honesty counts for something. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
2/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Sonny Bunch Promising Young Woman too frequently pulls its punches. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/4 Soul (2020) Sonny Bunch Sweet and sly, Soul is the hopeful note on which we needed to exit 2020. And it'll make a great way to start 2021 if you've yet to watch it. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
3/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Sonny Bunch Tight, slight, and a must-watch for anyone whose primary reason for watching movies is being transported by a transformational performance or three. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2.5/4 Songbird (2020) Sonny Bunch It's like a cultural car crash, a pile-up of people and ideas and memes slamming together 70 mph in a way that leaves nothing but goo on the windshield. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/4 Sound of Metal (2019) Sonny Bunch The sound design is such that I can't help but feel annoyed that I'm watching it in any setting other than one with an immersive, massive sound system. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Mank (2020) Sonny Bunch The fight over credit [for Citizen Kane ] is a small (and in the end, uninteresting) part of Mank. More intriguing are the various subtexts Fincher has brought to bear. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
3/4 Fatman (2020) Sonny Bunch Yes, the premise is inherently kind of goofy, even if Gibson, Goggins, and Jean-Baptiste sell the hell out of it. But it's also elegiac in its own way. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/4 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Sonny Bunch Hillbilly Elegy, the adaptation of J.D. Vance's memoir of the same name, has two big problems. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/4 Triggered (2020) Sonny Bunch That's just the snowflake in me, demanding little things like "consistency in my accents" from a picture like Triggered. You could even say I was . . . well, you know. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 On the Rocks (2020) Sonny Bunch In a weird way, this modern vision of New York City is almost as exotic as the vision of Tokyo Coppola presented in 2003 to Western audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/4 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Sonny Bunch A perfectly acceptable option for families looking for some light Halloween entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/4 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Sonny Bunch The Wolf of Snow Hollow is an aggressive piece of work, one that doesn't let the audience settle into a comfortable rhythm. ... I kind of loved it. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 Hubie Halloween (2020) Sonny Bunch A pleasant throwback to a simpler time when an SNL star with a rubber face and an awkward burble could make us laugh harder than just about anyone else on the planet. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Sonny Bunch A genuinely disturbing vision of the near future ... Possessor mixes the mundanity of modernity with the terrifying intrusion into our lives that technology often makes. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/4 The Devil All the Time (2020) Sonny Bunch A great cast ... is almost able to carry middling material. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Sonny Bunch Your ability to enjoy or appreciate this will be directly related to just how willing you are to roll with intentional disorientation and obfuscation. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/4 Tenet (2020) Sonny Bunch Tenet is ambitious and messy and big and bold. ... It's a movie worth seeing in theaters on as large a screen as possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/4 Tesla (2020) Sonny Bunch History is written by the victors. But it's rewritten-occasionally poorly, and in a way that offers us little insight into the subject being rehabilitated-by the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 Unhinged (2020) Sonny Bunch Unhinged is a pretty straightforward action-thriller ... elevated by the sort of performance that only an actor of Crowe's caliber can deliver. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Sonny Bunch An existential meditation on grappling with, well, not death, exactly, but the realization of death, the understanding that we're all going to die. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/4 Boys State (2020) Sonny Bunch Boys State is compelling enough in its absurdity. ... But it's an obscuring fiction, at best, for those trying to figure out where we go from here. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/4 The Tax Collector (2020) Sonny Bunch LaBeouf is icily compelling as a well-dressed gangbanger, almost unbalancing the picture with the gravity of his performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 The Outpost (2020) Sonny Bunch The Outpost ... may wind up being the defining movie of the Afghanistan War. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2020
3/4 The Rental (2020) Sonny Bunch A brutal and nasty-and chillingly great-little horror picture in the same vein as Bryan Bertino's The Strangers. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020