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John Fink

John Fink
John Fink's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Similar to Obvious Child, the film avoids over the top tropes and shock value with refreshing sincerity. This is the kind of sex-positive coming of age comedy that smart, curious teens truly deserve.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
B- No Score Yet Avenues (2019) A spirited, micro-budget indie that recalls the New York City-based work of early Woody Allen with notes of John Cassavetes, Whit Stillman, and the Safdie brothers thrown in for good measure.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
C+ 50% Dreamland (2020) The playful intersection of ideas does not, however, make a film effective and Dreamland loses its way once it starts repeating itself.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
B- 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Billed as a "live documentary," Spike Jonze's picture is very much a service to the fans and in true Beasties style, his humorous approach is polished yet scrappy.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
B 100% The Donut King (2020) A moving and lively portrait of multiple family businesses and the man that envisioned and executed a delectable kingdom of confections.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
B 100% Drunk Bus (2020) Drunk Bus is far from an original film but it's the kind of cinematic comfort food that you might invite a few friends over to watch in your cramped dorm room.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
B 73% Us Kids (2020) A broad and sweeping look at the movement, what the film lacks in focus it makes up for in passion.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
B+ 97% The Go-Go's (2020) The combination of the music, personalities, and a straightforward narrative brings order to the chaos, and the film becomes a rapturous crowd-pleaser. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
B 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Playing familiar melodramatic chords in a new and interesting way, the film contains engaging and heartbreaking performances.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
B 75% The Misogynists (2020) No one will accuse the title of false advertising; this is Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men set amongst the backdrop of MAGA.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
B No Score Yet Softie (2020) Softie is a compelling act of defiance, made more alarming by the violent events documented throughout the film, including the torture and murder of an official charged with keeping the elections fair and safe.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ 100% The Reason I Jump (2020) While The Reason I Jump is a profound and moving experience, one that isn't easy to forget, it's most effective when operating as an experimental work.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ 95% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) An often hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical tale of reinvention.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
D 43% Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia (2020) Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia falls flat trying to throw so many things into the blender in an attempt to resist criticism with an IDGAF attitude. I'm not falling for it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
B- 100% Sylvie's Love (2020) Lush and elegant with beautiful performances, the jazzy period melodrama Sylvie's Love plays many notes exceptionally well.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 75% The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) An evocative character study with notes of vintage Terrence Malick. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 38% Black Christmas (2019) Being woke, funny, and scary all at once is indeed a difficult feat to achieve, but at least Takal's new take is more admirable than the standard slasher film as it has a different kind of sex and violence on the brain.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
B+ 98% 63 Up (2019) The stories are ordinary and extraordinary, providing a global overview of life's milestones without the kind of granular detail that a daily diary entry might offer up.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
B 94% Come As You Are (2020) Imperfect, but delightful for much of its journey, Come As You Are packages an important human rights message in a comedy for the bros.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
B+ 94% Western Stars (2019) The Boss, older and wiser, remains one of our most perceptive, curious, and eclectic chroniclers of the American experience.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B+ 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Provides an exhaustive history of the medium right before our ears and eyes, jumping quickly from decade to decade and bringing it all together as a comprehensive cinematic dissertation of aural complexity.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
B+ 69% The Kill Team (2019) This version of The Kill Team is a visceral study in masculinity divorced largely from sexuality or even sexual identity‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B 38% Guest of Honour (2020) Guest of Honour is fascinating and entertaining in the moment-led by David Thewlis in his best performance since Mike Leigh's Naked.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B 58% Crown Vic (2019) Crown Vic proves to be a limited yet effective study of urban police work initiated by veterans who have gotten this far on street smarts and broken windows policing, rather than the new school of a community policing approach.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- 99% For Sama (2019) The latest in a series of work about the cost of the refugee crisis and human migration, For Sama is a harrowing experience and certainly one of the most essential films of the year.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 99% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) The Chambermaid operates as a subtle study of inequality, but what emerges before our eyes is a character study free of pretense. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
C 33% Shaft (2019) Despite a few laughs, it's a film that panders to a general audience with the funky musical score of a blaxploitation flick but none of the heart, spirit, or outrage.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
B+ 100% Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) Certain moments either diminish the intellectual arguments at the core of the film or serve to further prove Bland was once here and now a specter looming over a never-ending, polarizing ongoing national conversation on racism and policing in America.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B- 89% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Framing John DeLorean is an entertaining and occasionally fascinating take on a playboy turned family man that unfortunately finds itself distracted with recreations.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 100% Everybody's Everything (2019) For those seeking to understand the Lil Peep phenomena, especially as his work continues to reach radio stations, it's a fairly comprehensive document. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 63% Yesterday (2019) If "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," Yesterday, a sweet and well-meaning comedy, is a cautionary tale in taking on such an iconic musical output without adding much new to it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
F 14% The Hustle (2019) After 94 minutes without a single laugh, you'll definitely feel the pain knowing that you've wasted time and money on this dreadful farce.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
B 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Thankfully, the film never feels as if it's a work of branded content but rather an honest and intimate portrait of a revolutionary American cultural icon.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
D+ 19% After (2019) An uninspired picture that lives at the intersection of E.L. James, Nicholas Sparks, and the Freeform network.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- 81% Go Back to China (2020) The film progresses predictably with an easy charm even if it's dragged down by occasionally clunky pacing and sitcom tropes while exploring the complexity and flaws of its characters.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B- 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come is at its best when doling outrapid-fire dialogue that recalls the works of Armando Iannucci.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Pig Hag (2019) Despite a few over the top moments, Pig Hag is a nuanced and mature although not restrained portrait of someone who we all have met.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 100% Vision Portraits (2019) An evocative meditation on sight, cinema, and the tools of filmmaking.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 49% Run This Town (2020) While this is by no means the most comprehensive way to convey the story of Ford, it is one way to tell it with a straight face and real stakes.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
B+ 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearns embraces droll humor and violence creating a subversive universe that works within its own established logic.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B- 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a skillfully crafted and often hilariously entertaining, but like an evening with Moondog, it might leave you with a hangover.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C- 80% Good Boys (2019) Despite some endearing passages, Gene Stupnitsky's uninspired crude tween comedy Good Boys is a cringe-inducing affair.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) With a healthy dose of the occasional crude joke and casual drug use that's become the hallmark of Seth Rogen's brand of humor, Long Shot is Notting Hill with geopolitics.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
C- 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) As entertaining as A Madea Family Funeral is in passages it feels like a retread of his previous works. As a filmmaker, Perry has evolved very little, reverting back to what's worked for him in the past.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C+ 33% Mapplethorpe (2019) As a biopic,Mapplethorpe comes up short, falling into the kind of tropes artist pictures tend toplunge into, full of grandiose speeches foreshadowing what's to come, perhaps a victim of low-budget indie filmmaking forcing compromises.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
C 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Unfortunately, a one-note romantic comedy with all the tropes isn't exactly the best way to parody the genre, even if it's wrapped in an empowering story that tackles the gender problems at the core of heteronormative rom-coms.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 96% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) The Disappearance of My Mother emerges as a tender and moving portrait in passages as we jump between various modes.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Often hilarious and always a delight, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is the conversational, down-home story of the Smith College-educated Texan who found herself bouncing around the country to find her voice.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 87% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Stieg Larsson's story may be best served through the lens of a filmmaker who is granted some artistic license to explore the legacy of this remarkably brave and passionate journalist.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 50% Escape Room (2019) Students of the genre will know what's coming and if you're craving a few thrills, you can do far worse. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019