The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars Reviews

February 25, 2019
Streep's win is pretty major, and Crystal's last hurrah is notable, but this year's Oscars feel more memorable for what didn't happen (Ratner, Murphy, a more interesting Best Picture winner) than what did.
February 2, 2019
Sunday's event tried to return to tradition, but it didn't do itself any favors by starting with some of the least interesting awards.
February 1, 2019
Fitting doesn't always translate into exciting television.
February 1, 2019
It's no surprise that this year's Oscars show focused hard on reminding viewers that movies are still magical.
February 1, 2019
Any number of people could have done a livelier job than Billy Crystal last night.
Top Critic
February 1, 2019
In the end, this was a serviceable outing, not a great one. I had predicted that Billy would have a triumphant return last night, and I was wrong.
February 1, 2019
Past movie and Oscar glory couldn't disguise a lifeless show featuring a bunch of pre-ordained winners and Crystal looking repeatedly surprised that his jokes were dying.
February 1, 2019
If Crystal had simply been dull, that would have been one thing. But in fact, his ninth appearance as host wasn't so much boring as unbelievably awkward and embarrassing.
February 1, 2019
This year's Oscar telecast was a comforting affair, starting with host Billy Crystal. By now, Crystal has achieved that status of being as reassuring as he is funny.
February 1, 2019
Billy Crystal, hosting his ninth Oscar show... seemed to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner show designed to appeal to the over-50 travel club. Early on, it hit the rocks and started to list. Almost everyone drowned.
February 1, 2019
Despite Sacha Baron Cohen's best efforts, it was not the most exciting Oscars show.
February 1, 2019
Joke all you want, but for a night, anyway, Oscar unabashedly showed its age. And if that represented an improvement over 2011, chalk it up to this ballot grading on a curve.