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Playboy Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Noah Berlatsky, Stephen Rebello
Rating Title/Year Author
Parasite (2019) Stephen Rebello Ingeniously written and directed, plus faultlessly acted, this is one of the great movie experiences of this or any year. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Stephen Rebello It's wise and emotionally battering, but it never forgets to be crazily funny and doesn't pander. Beautiful, heartbreaking stuff. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Stephen Rebello The suspense and supernatural elements-especially as filmed in film-noir, 35-millimeter black-and-white-are as palpable as they are astonishing. A brilliant achievement. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Knives Out (2019) Stephen Rebello A great time at the movies and just begging for a sequel. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Joker (2019) Stephen Rebello The whole damn thing is directed with such boldness and vision that Todd Phillips (yeah, the Hangover guy) should never look back again. A big-screen must see. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Stephen Rebello The cauldron-a pinch of Mel Brooks here, a bit of Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be there-bubbles over with terrific performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Stephen Rebello This is a magnificently wise, majestic, top-shelf work about the relentless passage of time and the fate awaiting us all, connected or not. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Farewell (2019) Stephen Rebello This is a humane, wise treasure of a movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
1917 (2019) Stephen Rebello Mendes and Co. make it all seem fresh and vital again. This is a a movie filled with gorgeous and grotesque imagery... EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Stephen Rebello Star Wars ends with a whimper, not the royal farewell the franchise deserved. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Stephen Rebello 'Birds of Prey' is a fast and irreverent spit in the eye to the pomposity of the overblown superhero genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Stephen Rebello The movie is getting almost universally praised as a second coming of summer-movie fun. To this viewer, it just seemed like a letdown. Tarantino is better than this. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Transit (2018) Stephen Rebello Directing with deadly and terrifying brilliance worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, Christian Petzold has adapted from Anna Segher's 1944 novel of the same name and created a paranoid Kafka-like masterwork. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Stephen Rebello The movie is not just a meditation on the old song lyric, How can we hang on to a dream? but also Why should we want to? Gorgeous, languid and haunting moviemaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
High Life (2018) Stephen Rebello It's a chilly, somber, despairing thing, this one, but put me in the cheering section. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Stephen Rebello It's all about the exploitation of race and class, and it's terrific, truth-telling entertainment. One of Soderbergh's best, ever. And that's saying something. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Diane (2018) Stephen Rebello There's not a better movie in theaters than this sometimes-surreal, surprising, marvelously wise and humane one directed by Kent Jones. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Stephen Rebello For anyone who leaned too hard into academic success in high school at the expense of carousing, partying, being cool and rocking out, the hilarious, joyously filthy Booksmart cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Stephen Rebello Gorgeous to look at and spectacularly well-acted. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Stephen Rebello Soul-stirring and absolutely unmissable. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephen Rebello Tom Holland helps the joyful film stand out amid the superhero glut. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Stephen Rebello The movie soars with its honest portrayal of Sir Elton, anchored by a show-stopping, where-did-that-come-from lead performance from Egerto. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2.5/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Stephen Rebello The movie has its pleasures, aside from the cinematography and some of McConaughey's fearlessly all-in performance. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Stephen Rebello How fantastic is it, in our predigested, everything-dumbed-down era, to be able to leave the theater baffled, debating interpretations and occasionally throwing nervous glances over our shoulders. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Stephen Rebello The well-made but frustrating Triple Frontier, which takes its title from the intersection of the borders of Brazil, Peru and Colombia, has almost everything going for it but depth, focus and gravitas. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Stephen Rebello What's the point of blowing somewhere around $200 million on boldly innovative sound and vision when it is built upon a script that just thuds along? EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Stephen Rebello Thanks to a smart script, charming performances and captivating story, the film is a delight EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Stephen Rebello Captain Marvel isn't a pain to sit through...but such a venerable character long overdue on the big screen, the talents involved in putting her there and Marvel's rabidly faithful international audience deserved much better. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Stephen Rebello The darkly comedic thrills keep coming in a film that is more fun than it needs to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1.5/4 Serenity (2019) Stephen Rebello Everyone in front of and behind the camera has done such good work in the past that maybe we should consider Serenity a bold but wacky misstep. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Stephen Rebello Morgan Neville has made an emotional, humanistic, fair-and-balanced documentary. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Stephen Rebello Wildly visually explosive and supremely confident... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Stephen Rebello It's a new landmark in humanist cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Roma (2018) Stephen Rebello Director Alfonso Cuaron has made a full-on masterpiece with this heartbreaking, semi-autobiographical knockout. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Rider (2017) Stephen Rebello The S.D. cowboy and broncobuster, no longer able to do the job that gave his life shape and purpose, gets saved by what he learns from his devotion to the beauty, stillness, mystery and wildness of horses. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Stephen Rebello America isn't broken-it's shattered. Every frame, every moment, every performance in director Debra Granik's quietly devastating and haunting survival saga tells us so. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Stephen Rebello Screenwriter-director Paul Schrader returns to greatness with this lacerating, austere portrait of a crisis of faith. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Stephen Rebello Uproarious, down-and-dirty, obscene and completely on its own weird and wicked wavelength... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Cold War (2018) Stephen Rebello This is a masterful, romantic movie filled with stunning imagery, gorgeous use of folk music and jazz and you won't find a false moment in the entire running time. Probably a classic-to-be, certainly first-class moviemaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 Vice (2018) Stephen Rebello Christian Bale is something else again. A deeply introspective, often unknowable chameleon of an actor, he creates a scarily accurate portrait of a canny, callous beast. He is the reason to see what is, in the end, a deadpan, savage tragedy of errors. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Bumblebee (2018) Stephen Rebello We're abuzz about the franchise having transformed into a leaner, character-driven and altogether delightful one... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 The Mule (2018) Stephen Rebello Clint Eastwood is as compelling as ever, and the movie offers ample helpings of heart and levity. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 Vox Lux (2018) Stephen Rebello Vox Lux doesn't bother to answer any of the questions, just tosses them at us like Molotov cocktails. No matter. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 Widows (2018) Stephen Rebello Viola Davis thrills in this taut ride that doesn't stick to genre convention. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 Green Book (2018) Stephen Rebello Green Book won't pass the sniff test for those demanding period realism or a hard-hitting, nuanced take on racism. It's earnest and uplifting, and it's racial commentary isn't subtle. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Stephen Rebello The film is surprisingly smooth. Too smooth. The way Freddie Mercury lived his life, he deserved a movie guaranteed to blow our minds. Think, say, director Ken Russell at his balls-out, gaga peak. PG-13 just won't cut it. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 Suspiria (2018) Stephen Rebello I found Suspiria to be ravishing, repellant, skin-crawling-and unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Stephen Rebello Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant deliver awards-worthy performances in this powerful gem. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 First Man (2018) Stephen Rebello It's about ordinary Americans reaching for the seemingly impossible-and, despite the human costs, scoring astonishing achievements in rocket ships crammed with spinning dials, levers, equipment that doesn't always work. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/4 The Happytime Murders (2018) Stephen Rebello The Happytime Murders turns out to be a place where good ideas went to die. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018