Seattle Weekly

Seattle Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brian Miller, Robert Horton, Sean Axmaker, Tim Appelo
Rating Title/Year Author
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Brian Miller A one-man shop who even composed the muted score for his movie, Eastwood reminds us how films are best created, like Maggie's destiny in the ring, with one's own hands. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Head-On (2004) Brian Miller The storytelling rhythms can be a little jarring, almost like early Spike Lee, but this seems true to the disconnect of Cahit's and Sibel's lives. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Twin Sisters (2002) Brian Miller Stamp collectors, this is the movie for you. For the rest of us, Lotte and Anna are nice but not very interesting characters, EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
American Beauty (1999) Jackie McCarthy The point of American Beauty isn't just watching the perfect suburban shell crack, but seeing the characters glue their own version of it back together. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Shakespeare in Love (1998) John Longenbaugh You have to know a fair amount about the life and work of William Shakespeare to truly appreciate how deeply stupid this script is. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Gladiator (2000) Brian Miller Gladiator certainly feels like it was written by committee and template. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Chicago (2002) Tim Appelo It's a high-wire act energized by its stars' amazement at their own reckless effrontery, a brash blast, and an original sight in a cinema cancerous with cautious recyclings. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Brian Miller As competent, affecting biopics go, Mind won't win any prizes, but you've earned yourself the right for more awards consideration, mate. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 Arctic (2018) Robert Horton The simplicity of writer/director Joe Penna's approach and the magnificence of Mads Mikkelsen's acting is more than enough to make this survival tale a gripping experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Robert Horton If the sequel doesn't have the nonstop zing of the first movie, it's still the kind of thing that makes you grin from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Robert Horton They re-create some classic routines, with obvious affection; these are performers who understand comedy in their bones. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/4 Cold War (2018) Robert Horton Along with the off-center black-and-white cinematography, Pawlikoski's most effective tool here is the way music provides the pulse of the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Robert Horton There aren't enough drumming octopi to make this movie memorable, an observation I thought I'd never have to make. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Robert Horton Crisply executed and refreshingly old-fashioned. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Robert Horton If somehow those jokes could have been squeezed into a 90-minute package instead of a 117-minute feature, maybe Spider-Verse would have more zip. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Robert Horton Serves as a corrective to all those fluffy period movies where pretty costumes and set design function as the cinematic equivalent of a bubble bath. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/4 Roma (2018) Robert Horton The way Cuarón accumulates details-the jumble of clothes drying on a roof, a broken jug after a New Year's toast, the ubiquity of the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack in 1971-builds an elemental power. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Green Book (2018) Robert Horton However much I rolled my eyes at its cornball touches, I have to admit that the film generates a great deal of goodwill, due to its smart pace, bright colors, and the Mortensen/Ali double act. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/4 Widows (2018) Robert Horton Tries to be a lot of different things: heist thriller, feminist statement, social-issue diagnosis. That's a lot to bite off, and 129 minutes isn't enough time for proper chewing. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Robert Horton It's like a beautifully embroidered needlework laid across a gravesite. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 Outlaw King (2018) Robert Horton Operates in a glum, skeptical key. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Robert Horton Has a dutiful, respectable air about it. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 Halloween (2018) Robert Horton The fellow who put the mask in toxic masculinity is loose again. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 Sadie (2018) Robert Horton "Plays as a kind of dark, slightly unreal fairy tale-like a Roald Dahl yarn where the kids take things just a little too far for comfort." EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 First Man (2018) Robert Horton Even if First Man doesn't fire on all cylinders, its unusual protagonist is fascinating in his blankness; here, the right stuff is downright cold-blooded. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Robert Horton Cooper's leisurely approach builds no momentum, and the non-musical scenes meander as the actors (apparently) improvise in close-up. This isn't storytelling as much as it is a work-shopped series of behaviors. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 Blaze (2018) Robert Horton "Blaze looks and sounds great; some of its images have a sensitively chosen-yet-offhand texture that seems to spring straight out of a vintage country song." EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Robert Horton The story carries less urgency as it ticks along, frittering away its energy amid all the special effects and sight gags. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 Mandy (2018) Robert Horton Walks a fine line between the cool and the ridiculous, and then finally erases the line. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 Searching (2018) Robert Horton It's possible this movie might work better streamed on your own laptop, as the windows-within-windows effect gets multiplied. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 Support the Girls (2018) Robert Horton Hall assumes full ownership of this warm and funny film. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 Puzzle (2018) Robert Horton With her pinched face and tiny stature (she regularly vanishes within Agnes' sweaters and jackets), Macdonald conveys a lifetime's experience of fitting into other people's plans. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Robert Horton Akhavan has executed a quietly complete takedown of an ignorant practice. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/4 Generation Wealth (2018) Robert Horton Greenfield's argument widens so far she loses focus. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Robert Horton If a scene calls for people to parachute onto a building from 30,000 feet, why not throw in a lightning storm? EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Robert Horton Ultimately, it works in large part because of a fine cast, and Van Sant's sensitive work with them. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/4 On the Seventh Day (2017) Robert Horton Writer/director Jim McKay is clearly gifted at capturing authentic places and faces, and that's what gives On the Seventh Day its everyday enchantment. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 The King (2017) Robert Horton Jarecki's after the big picture, and that's part of the problem. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 Leave No Trace (2018) Robert Horton The beautifully observed details of this heroine's journey are heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
1.5/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Robert Horton If it all sounds calculated, that's how it plays, although the film is peppier than the first Jurassic World. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 American Animals (2018) Robert Horton Instead of thinking what a lark this all is, we realize somebody is going to get hurt because of these jackasses. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 Beast (2017) Robert Horton A little like Nicholas Ray's great film noir In a Lonely Place (1950), where we watch Humphrey Bogart begin a romance with Gloria Grahame while he's under suspicion for murder-except that Beast shows us the dynamic from the female perspective. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
3/4 Deadpool 2 (2018) Robert Horton At one point, Deadpool compares the domestic grosses of the first Deadpool movie with The Passion of the Christ, which is surely what our culture's over-analysis of movie box office deserves. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 Tully (2018) Robert Horton Conceals a tender heart within an outer skin of sandpaper. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018
4/4 Zama (2017) Robert Horton Gorgeous, sneakily funny, and amazing to hear, with its soundtrack of buzzing insects and screeching birds. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Robert Horton Infinity War gets by with a witty first hour and the starry appeal of the cast, but the gears really grind near the finish. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 Submergence (2017) Robert Horton I did like the Germanic sobriety Wenders applies to the material-you never doubt something is at stake, even if the storytelling pieces don't always pay off. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/4 Isle of Dogs (2018) Robert Horton Anderson's style becomes overbearing when deployed in a precious world populated by animated talking animals. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/4 Love, Simon (2018) Robert Horton As bland as vanilla pudding. But unless you're completely vanilla-phobic, the movie's unforced good feelings are easy to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/4 The Death of Stalin (2017) Robert Horton Comes close to perfectly balancing comedy and savagery. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018