National Review

National Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Armond White, Kyle Smith, Megan Basham
Rating Title/Year Author
Red Joan (2018) Armond White Red Joan's sentimental exoneration of one woman's treason and sedition fits with how today's media pay tribute to the kaffeeklatsch of political resisters. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Searchers (1956) Kyle Smith Apart from its stunning Monument Valley photography, The Searchers is mostly hokey and thinly written. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) Kyle Smith Get Out Your Handkerchiefs is a farce played absolutely deadpan, with such an exaggerated solemnity that it baffled the kinds of critics who like to be properly alerted when it's time to laugh. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Kyle Smith To guys like Breslin and Pete Hamill, a dive bar was an office where you met the characters, learned the secrets. Who does that anymore? EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Support the Girls (2018) Kyle Smith A canny, sophisticated, well-observed workplace comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Kyle Smith The screenwriters, Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, prove unable to elevate the material beyond its 1970s Saturday-morning-television feel. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Sauvage (2018) Armond White Sauvage/Wild is surprising and compelling for scenes that constantly convince you of Leo's sympathetic humanity, whether he is being childlike, naïve, angry, tender, filthy, or troublesome. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Kyle Smith What the point of any of it is, I couldn't say. It's all jumble and stumble. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Native Son (2019) Armond White The fact that we cannot escape Bigger Thomas's ghost is partly due to Johnson and Park's fashionable decision to subvert Wright's cautionary book and turn out one more urban-tragedy scenario, now carrying the imprimatur of HBO slickness. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Armond White Atwater and Ellis's personal development is superficial but at least the movie doesn't drag the actors through trendy cynicism. Bissell and his performers admirably sentimentalize a small but historic accord. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Kyle Smith It may be that Leigh thinks Peterloo is so criminally neglected by history that he had to abandon his customary understatement and grab us by the lapels. Unfortunately for him, nobody likes a two-and-half-hour rant, no matter how loudly delivered. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Armond White Leigh's nearly great Peterloo succumbs to the derangement syndrome now common in British and American political rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Kyle Smith It's a pleasing tale of resourceful, hard-nosed cops that's also something of an essay on cinema and society. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Brink (2019) Kyle Smith Director Klayman is less tendentious than most political documentarians, eschewing narration and not pushing viewers too hard... EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Megan Basham It's fine, but far too familiar and doesn't hold a candle (or a feather) to the original little elephant that could. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Us (2019) Armond White Interpreting Peele's silliness doesn't go beyond his trivializing black American deprivation into junk-movie entertainment. And no intelligent moviegoer should be impressed by his tonier affectations, which are mere sketch comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Armond White Now Dumbo, and the culturally unifying ideas that classic American movies once communicated, no longer take flight. Dumbo and our cultural heritage are forgotten and get chewed up in contemporary cynicism. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Kyle Smith Confronted with an already-thin story, Burton decided to stretch it out, creating a movie that's neither grand nor a waste of time. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Armond White Dragged Across Concrete presents a strangely naturalistic worldview. Instead of imagining how heartless -- or "cool" -- mankind can be, Zahler looks for hidden virtues in each situation, no matter how bizarre. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Us (2019) Kyle Smith I didn't find any of it particularly engaging despite Peele's nudging us to attach some sociopolitical importance to developments. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Armond White Captain Marvel gives political cartoons a bad name. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Kyle Smith Dragged Across Concrete doesn't gush with blood, but that doesn't mean it isn't gratuitously unpleasant... So beware, but also take notice, because Zahler is the most bewitching maker of B movies working right now. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Kyle Smith In his penetrating new HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, the Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney weighs Holmes' alleged fraud in the context of the fantasyland that is Silicon Valley. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Kyle Smith A movie about super-soldiers going up against the odds might have been formulaic, but it would have been more interesting than this one, which is about tough-talking incompetents. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Armond White Despite stretching irrelevant similarities between Welles's sketchbooks and his great films (comparisons that are fun to watch rather than enlightening), Cousins's political focus misses the moral core of Welles's art. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Transit (2018) Armond White Petzold's Casablanca-meets-Kafka exercise is a world-weary cliché. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Kyle Smith The trap the filmmakers set for themselves is this: They set out to make a girl-power statement - but feared acknowledging any differences between men and women. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Greta (2018) Kyle Smith Huppert at her worst is still pretty good. Not that her latest film is much of anything, except trash. It's debatable whether Greta is intended to be as ridiculous as it is, but it may appeal to fans of preposterous, catty, campy thrillers. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Kyle Smith I doubt that any other film released in 2019 will be as breathtaking as Apollo 11, a glorious IMAX documentary that simply flings you into the excitement of what Walter Cronkite is heard calling "man's greatest adventure." EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Greta (2018) Armond White This isn't the top of Jordan's oeuvre, but sometimes movies gain fascination for the way they absorb and reflect the day's social currents, including our media-inspired anxiety. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Cold War (2018) Armond White Patronizes European modernity and turns it into soft-core kitsch. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Armond White How ironic that [Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's] film about an artist figure uses a storytelling style that sidesteps artistic innovation and never challenges comfortable taste... Never Look Away is, at best, decorative art. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
The Tree of Life (2011) Kyle Smith Malick makes some daring, strange, brilliant choices whose connections reveal themselves only gradually and obliquely. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Sorry Angel (2018) Armond White Sorry Angel continues Chéreau's daring panorama of homosexual humanity with emphasis on moral consciousness, complete with the contradictions of desire and practicality. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Armond White In this parody of the hard-boiled-detective genre, Ruben Brandt, Collector further connects art, film, and animation, mapping out the idea of self-discovery and personal relations through culture. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Kyle Smith Fighting with My Family puts a British sense of humor inside a chassis of American gusto. It's as if Hugh Grant became a NASCAR driver. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Legend of the Demon Cat (2017) Armond White Chen gives a fairy-tale tone to this ghost story yet always goes deeper into the issues of love, death, trust and envy, loyalty and betrayal. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Kyle Smith This monumental cinematic achievement re-creates the experience of war like no documentary I've ever seen... Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kyle Smith This sketch of the art world feels true enough, but so what? Contemporary art long ago shrank itself down to the size of a softball, and a softball is pretty easy to hit. A softball that insists it is edgy is just pathetic. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Armond White I celebrate the catharsis of Cell Block 99 for dramatizing the personal virtues imperiled by venal officials and partisan social arbiters as well as by fate. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Armond White This remake is the sort of claptrap that used to be called a B-movie, or a straight-to-video release, yet its half-seriousness falls just short of nonsense. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Serenity (2019) Armond White Serenity dares a moral reckoning worthy of [director Steven] Knight's predecessors... Serenity -- a film about a man chased by his conscience -- is Knight's dream narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Armond White The Image Book considers nothing less than the irony of classical art in competition with political reality. It's a poetic analysis that achieves its power through metaphor and allusion, linking not-random images to specific mythic resonance. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Glass (2019) Armond White In Glass, Shyamalan ups the exploitative ante -- adding social collapse to serial-killer-threat and girl-victim dread. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Kyle Smith It's about the biggest themes (art, war, love, death), it's emotionally overwhelming, its dialogue is lapidary, its musical score transporting. It's one of the best films of the decade. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Glass (2019) Kyle Smith In part an oblique reflection on all that is happening in its genre, and I consider it [Shyamalan's] most mature and interesting film since The Sixth Sense. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Wife (2017) Armond White It's a gender-role tantrum rather than an exploration of gender-role consciousness. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Armond White [Director RaMell Ross'] aesthetic is strictly observational, like watching animals in their native habitat, the American zoo. Through class difference and intellectual distance, Ross treats the down-home folk like creatures. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Kyle Smith A pointillist portrait of black life in Alabama in which a series of bright little moments together form a broad and gorgeous tableau. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Armond White Profound, worthy of the previous Van Gogh salutes by Minnelli, Altman, Pialat, and Kurosawa. Schnabel subtly salutes Van Gogh's perseverance by understanding his need to paint in spite of the cruel, stupid, wicked ignorance of his world. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019