Exclaim!

Exclaim! is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Nusair, Laura Di Girolamo, Sara Clements
Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 The Night Clerk (2020) Sara Clements We have to support Ana de Armas in everything she does even if that means watching mediocre movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
6/10 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Laura Di Girolamo Annabelle Comes Home isn't much more than spooky funhouse nonsense, but that's all it needs to be - and for the third film in a spinoff franchise, that's pretty darn good. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
8/10 Midsommar (2019) Laura Di Girolamo As symbolically rich as a Jodorowsky hippie acid trip with the pagan matriarchal horror of The Wicker Man, Midsommar feels like a nightmare that started off as a dream. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
6/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Laura Di Girolamo Format-wise, the film may have benefited from being a more straightforward anthology of shorts based on the stories, which were effective because they were so brutally concise. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
6/10 The Kitchen (2019) Laura Di Girolamo Dramatic moments can and do work within dark comedies, and vice-versa - but by being both at once, The Kitchen ends up giving its audience cinematic whiplash. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Laura Di Girolamo It's elevated beyond cloying corniness by the naturalness of its performances, from Zack Gottsagen's unstoppable energy to Shia LaBeouf's quiet warmth and crushed-but-not-broken spirit. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
8/10 Ready or Not (2019) Laura Di Girolamo A madcap cat-and-mouse game that's exhilaratingly fun...and offers a darkly funny and satirical take on just how ridiculous the rich really are. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Laura Di Girolamo As a cohesive unit, this older Losers Club lacks the naturalness and energy that led to the original seven kids being such engaging presences. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7/10 Harpoon (2019) Laura Di Girolamo At its core, Harpoon isn't aiming for deep statements about the human condition, opting instead to spin a fun, bloody yarn. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7/10 Paradise Hills (2019) Laura Di Girolamo Director Alice Waddington's feature debut, Paradise Hills, is the very definition of style over substance - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
6/10 The Wretched (2019) Laura Di Girolamo The Wretched's style harkens back to late '90s / early 2000s horror that revels in moments of corny, deranged, gleefully freaky fun, like a Goosebumps episode for adults. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7/10 She Never Died (2019) Laura Di Girolamo Packages a story about trauma and strength within a fun, action-packed sequel that stands tall on its own, with an incredible star turn from lead actor Olunike Adeliyi. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
6/10 Come to Daddy (2019) Laura Di Girolamo McHattie and Wood have great dramatic and comedic chemistry, but Come to Daddy never regains the first half-hour's sense of bizzaro tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
8/10 Kuessipan (2019) Sara Clements Myriam Verreault excels at crafting a film told through an Indigenous lens that discusses universal themes of friendship, identity, love, and heartbreak. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
5/10 Children of the Sea (2019) Sara Clements It's so consumed in its pretty, colourful sequences that you begin to feel disoriented and struggle to come up for air. It's a pretty frustrating watch at times, as the narrative begins to feel incoherent. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
7/10 CRSHD (2019) Sara Clements It's a narrative that we've seen dozens of times before, but what makes it different is the creativity in its storytelling through its use of digital media. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
7/10 The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) Sara Clements The Ground Beneath My Feet is writer-director Marie Kreutzer's take on the 21st century working woman. It's a jarring confrontation, a mirror placed in front of the audience to show how we're working ourselves to death. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
6/10 Frankie (2019) Sara Clements Frankie, while about a family, is also a portrait of a woman face to face with her own mortality, and how, no matter our stage of life, we desperately try to avoid the inevitable. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 Arab Blues (2019) Sara Clements Arab Blues is an entertaining Tunisian culture clash comedy EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
9/10 Official Secrets (2019) Sara Clements Hood succeeds in producing one of the best films of the year, a story of heroism by a woman who had nothing to gain, but everything to lose. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
6/10 Flatland (2019) Sara Clements While Flatland does take some uncomfortable turns and makes some jarring editing and directorial choices, it's also thought-provoking and captivating, thanks to its strong cast of women. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Angelique's Isle (2018) Sara Clements At its core ... it's a film about the experiences of Indigenous women and how white men would stop at nothing to see them suffer until there's nothing left. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) Sara Clements Not only do director Pastoll and writer Blaney deliver a solid vengeance thriller, but ... [they] manage to craft a strong female lead and a script that has a self-awareness in regards to how society, especially men, look at less-advantaged women. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Sara Clements You can tell that Extra Ordinary was a project brought together by people who love the [horror] genre, and it could easily be added to any best debuts list. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) John Semley As a fan of the series it pains me to say so but after seven seasons and two films the Trailer Park Boys have worn out their welcome. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Ratatouille (2007) Noel Dix The look of Ratatouille is nothing short of spectacular, as Pixar manages to once again give their film that classic look, which isn't that difficult when your backdrop is France. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2007
Zodiac (2007) Zodiac director David Fincher has not only brought a fresh look to the [serial killer] genre, he's reinvented himself in the process. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2007
Fido (2007) Travis Hoover Currie's wit and aesthetic sense show that competency might yet come to Canadian film, making his debut feature all the more pleasing. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2006
District B13 (2004) Travis Hoover There's more entertainment pound for pound here than in any other film in release: action fans, miss it at your peril. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2006
Why We Fight (2005) Travis Hoover [Director Eugene] Jarecki simply sets out the facts, stands back and shows you the disaster that results. See it twice. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2006
Primer (2004) Travis Mackenzie Hoover A remarkably original approach to an age-old story. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2004
Honey (2003) Noel Dix Even the dancing fails to entertain. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2003
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) An original and timeless eye-popper. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2003
The Crime of Father Amaro (2002) David Nusair El Crimen Del Padre Amaro would likely be most effective if used as a tool to rally anti-Catholic protestors. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2003
The Bourne Identity (2002) Carol Harrison Absolutely no question the best date movie so far this summer. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2002
Hamlet (2000) The vision that the director is showing us is admittedly clever and cool, but is ultimately empty because it comes at the expense of the integrity of the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2001