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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Transsiberian (2008) The trek can hold viewers' interest throughout, despite the fact that the twists and turns don't kick in until the second half - a testament to Mr. Anderson's directorial skill.‐ New York Sun
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) If it has any redeeming quality at all, it is the potential for people on both sides of the aisle in this divisive and toxic political climate to finally have a film whose worthlessness they can agree on.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
29% White As Snow (Blanche comme neige) (2019) Ms. Fontaine necessarily has anything in particular to say about either the timelessness of the Brothers Grimm tale or the times that we live in.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
76% Skin (2019) Mr. Bell disappears into the role, masterfully drawing viewers into a film replete with made-for-TV heavy-handedness. ‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
48% My Spy (2020) Thus it is too bad the film doesn't maximize the potential of its premise, and instead devotes much of its runtime to Sophie playing matchmaker between J. J. and her mother.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
92% Wild Rose (2019) "Wild Rose" truly works because its relatively unknown star, Jessie Buckley, happens to be blessed with extraordinary singing and acting gifts.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
59% Charlie Says (2019) [T]he filmmakers never fully convey the fervor that led the Manson women astray, as Peter Jackson did with his similarly true-crime "Heavenly Creatures."‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
96% American Factory (2019) Indeed, race relations seem to be a recurring theme, but one the filmmakers refuse to address head-on. ‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
29% The Rhythm Section (2020) [It] runs smoothly enough so that viewers will be inclined to gloss over gaping plot holes and sketchy expositions. But no amount of soft-focus flashbacks to a happier time can substitute for an actual character arc.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
12% The Turning (2020) Discrepancies between the film and the source material point to the screenwriters having adapted the CliffsNotes version of James's novel instead and interspersed that with atmospheric set pieces and cheap-shot jump scares.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) It's pretty solid; and everything in it - the darkness, the claustrophobia, the jump scare, the grotesque creatures - works the way it's supposed to, but we're not in the '80s anymore.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) None of the high jinks strike as odd, a prerequisite for Mr. Arteta's offbeat style to work.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) What promises to be "Saving Private Ryan" meets, um, "Climax" unwittingly plays out like some World War I-set video game à la "Verdun."‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
20% Cats (2019) A musical of course necessitates the suspension of disbelief, but Mr. Hooper seems never to have quite made up his mind on whether to approach the material with theatrics or realism and winds up with something the cat dragged in.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) How the three disparate attempts at heroism parallel and intersect might have made an interesting movie in expert hands, but "Richard Jewell" isn't it.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Given the way the rich keep scheming and plotting against the poor and one another, "Knives Out" proves to be the exact opposite of "Parasite" in every way imaginable.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) With "Parasite," Bong Joon-ho gives the "Upstairs, Downstairs" premise a long-overdue update. ‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Just as "Downton" fawns over the genteel noblese of its ruling class, the downstairs machinations are also posited as jolly good fun.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
9% Postal (2007) The German Mr. Boll and the Canadian Mr. Knight seem to want to comment on American culture, but their bystander perspectives clearly do nothing to inform them how to maximize their material.‐ New York Sun
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
88% Newly Single (2018) Amid the familiar personality quirks, airy loft setting, glowing cinematography and orchestral score, the toxicity of Astor's narcissism and frustration leaps out.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
64% Rock'n Roll (2017) The significance of the title as embodied by Johnny Hallyday seems debatable, since his eternal coolness is here depicted as pathetic both in concept and in practice. ‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
46% The Dinner (2017) Themes of social inequality that whet our appetite eventually give way to unfulfilling contrivances.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
84% The Lovers (2017) Mary and Michael are such entitled, self-absorbed boomers that they possess little appeal besides the sex variety.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
83% The Trip to Spain (2017) "Spain" feature film feels like an irresponsibly missed opportunity for not tackling Brexit - especially when the time and place seem so ripe for it.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
70% Bad Rap (2016) Curiously, the film ultimately undermines its celebration of dedication and diversity by having an industry type assess these Asian-American rappers' legitimacy by critiquing their music.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) For the uninitiated, the film never truly articulates just how Mr. Millepied's criticism of the company's archaic traditions - which ultimately led to the fallout - could be perceived as arrogant, incendiary or disrespectful.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) When the plot juxtaposes Mr. Shannon's Elvis with professional Elvis impersonators at an airport lounge to reveal the man behind the caricature, the whole film just implodes.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
98% Moonlight (2016) It's possible to appreciate "Moonlight" purely on an intellectual level. But if you happen to be gay - and especially a gay person of color - you will know exactly what a truly monumental achievement this film is.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
91% Queen Mimi (2016) Rokah gradually exhumes the hardship of surviving the streets of Los Angeles for four decades and the associated stigma and shame that have prevented Haist from reaching out to family.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
100% Crush The Skull (2015) Easily the most thrilling thriller in recent memory, "Crush the Skull" seems destined for cult status.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
33% The Congressman (2016) Though sparklingly lush Maine locales compensate for the film's TV-movie aesthetics, the story never rises above small-screen niceties.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
No Score Yet Paradox (2016) The temporal puzzle is enough to distract from the artless direction, visibly cheap set designs and tacky special effects.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
89% Echo Park (2016) The film's ideals of a respectful, caring suitor and a diverse utopian community with a chill vibe don't necessarily register as an escapist fantasy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
67% Mad Tiger (2016) In this uncritical look at the group and its music, directors Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein put the focus on the standard reality-TV repertoire like "Making the Band."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
44% Pandemic (2016) He stages scenes as live-action video games to downplay the derivativeness of it all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
33% Ktown Cowboys (2016) Often comes off as a guided tour of Koreatown rather than an immersive, lived-in residency.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet Hot Water (2015) The film's very legitimate concerns were more expertly explored in a 2014 series by Brandon Loomis for the Arizona Republic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
92% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) The film isn't necessarily pegged to the upcoming election per se, but the logic presented within helps make sense of current affairs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
78% 1982 (2013) The film feels coolly detached because the story and characters are underdeveloped.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
95% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) Crass and macabre, yet big-hearted, it makes a wonderfully adult bedtime story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
0% Cabin Fever (2016) Roth isn't exactly known for being critically defensible or for exercising directorial restraint, but Travis Z somehow manages to up the gore quotient.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
84% Mia Madre (2016) The universal truth it imparts isn't universally relatable as with "The Son's Room."‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) "Miles Ahead" seems less a treatise on the jazz trumpter's enduring artistry and legacy than a showcase for its star-director-co-writer, Don Cheadle.‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
No Score Yet Monday at 11:01 A.M. (2016) It's hard to decipher whether these particular details signpost a dream logic or a screenwriter who doesn't get out much.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) It's basically a 106-minute in-joke on the studio system heyday, complete with lovely period details of sets, costumes and visual effects. ‐ Critic's Notebook
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) As a piece of cultural criticism, however, it painstakingly eviscerates nearly every scene in "Grey" and skewers latent sexism, classism and ludicrous sexual innuendoes, as well as the original's numerous plot holes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) Leaving an impression of government inaction and glossing over a botched special ops rescue mission that has since been declassified.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
30% The Boy (2016) If only writer Stacey Menear and director William Brent Bell took the very real horrors of domestic abuse as seriously as they do the virtual horror of paranormal activity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
69% Prescription Thugs (2016) Despite his casual aura, the filmmaker is eloquent and thoughtful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
No Score Yet Unlucky Plaza (2016) Seeing these selfish lepers all getting their comeuppance does not necessarily constitute entertainment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016