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Mike D'Angelo

Mike D'Angelo
Mike D'Angelo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, AV Club, Esquire Magazine, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 67% Olympic Dreams (2020) It's almost painfully obvious that the film's dialogue was improvised during shooting; everyone constantly looks and sounds just a bit anxious, as if they're under significant pressure to come up with something interesting to say.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
B- 80% The Traitor (2020) More than anything else, and despite its focus on a small fry rather than a don, The Traitor suggests what Gotti might have looked like in assured-or maybe even just competent-hands.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
C 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Ultimately, we're just meant to recognize bravery and salute. The movie's not strictly necessary for that.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C+ 67% Troop Zero (2020) Janney can't do much with her garden-variety stick in the mud, though, and Davis' character is saddled with way more lifelong discontent than this otherwise flimsy role can bear.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
C 39% The Song of Names (2019) Is a mediocre film worth seeing for a single magnificent sequence that only works properly in context? Here's the test case.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B- 88% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Ip Man 4: The Finale wraps up the parent series with a movie that's comparatively weak in the kung fu department but atypically solid at killing time between set pieces. The highs are lower than usual, the lows higher. It all goes down smooth.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
C- 21% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019) In any case, what remains of John F. Donovan is a barely coherent mess, and so eager for your approval that it's hard to feel anything but sorry for it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C+ 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Ironically, Frey's much-derided poetic license only serves, in this context, to make his story play just like everyone else's.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
C+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) Apart from its impressive (though partially digital) recreation of the Sistine Chapel, The Two Popes offers little in the way of purely cinematic pleasures, relying almost exclusively on the expert parrying of Hopkins and Pryce.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
C 89% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters would likely have been a forgettable mediocrity in anybody's hands, given its fact-based, muckraking limitations. Coming from the visionary who gave us Safe, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There, and Carol, it's a crushing disappointment.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Had Clapin and Laurant succeeded in fusing those two wildly disparate storylines... I Lost My Body might have been more than a mildly intriguing, visually dynamic curiosity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
C- 38% Primal (2019) It's the sort of humdrum thriller you half-watch on TV while folding laundry; any hope that Cage might do something memorable enough to momentarily pull your attention entirely away from your socks is in vain.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B 62% American Dharma (2019) It's the journalistic equivalent of Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, and while Bannon is far too media-savvy to be one of Morris' best subjects, he doesn't clamp down tight, the way Rumsfeld did.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
C+ 58% Frankie (2019) Sachs doesn't supply the neurotic wit that would make Frankie distinctive rather than just... nice.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B- 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) It's an approach that yields additional pathos, but at the expense of dramatic momentum; dispensing with all the shoe-leather sleuthing results in two-plus hours of demands for justice and accountability being politely stonewalled, over and over again.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
A- 82% In My Room (2018) [T]his droll yet poignant amalgam of the fantastic and the mundane ultimately suggests that while people can dramatically alter their behavior in response to extreme circumstances, on some fundamental level they don't really change.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
B- 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas helps make the journey look rougher than it is.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Not exactly The Notebook, then-but as an action-comedy, First Love ranks among Miike's most purely entertaining movies (out of more than 100 now!), gradually building steam until it reaches a sustained pitch of cheerful insanity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 78% Loro (2019) Pitched halfway between parody and exposé, it offers a fine model for the only approach that's likely to be effective: crafting a movie that goes just as shamelessly over the top as did the man himself.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 86% Freaks (2019) [T]he film shrewdly keeps us inside Chloe's head, filtered through her very limited comprehension of her burgeoning and truly awesome abilities.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets rarely deviates from the standard whistleblower template... What compels are the offbeat details surrounding the case.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
C 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) That it builds to the writing and publication of Woolf's landmark novel Orlando, whose title character Sackville-West inspired, only makes one wish to be watching Sally Potter's 1992 adaptation of Orlando (starring Tilda Swinton) instead.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
C- 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Uncaged improves on the first film only with its ending: This one boasts a modestly effective twist rather than a truly moronic one. Encouraging, but not nearly enough to justify a third trip down this 47-meter well.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Sure, Scarlett Johansson could probably have played the role (as well as any of the trees in the background). But if you seek a good example of why diversity in casting and conception makes for a richer cinema landscape, look no further.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B 93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) Some image-based narrative works aren't really movies or television. They're just events.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
C+ 88% The Great Hack (2019) But there's no satisfying end point to this movie, which reaches its alarmist conclusion quite early on and then functions more as a frustratingly sporadic video diary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
C+ 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Running just 75 minutes and seemingly loath to move beyond superficial feints at both comedy and melodrama, A Faithful Man, by comparison, barely qualifies as a trifle.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
B+ 93% Sword of Trust (2019) May this be the start of something special.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
C- 60% Ophelia (2019) They've created not a bold revision but a bland empowerment tale, devoid of everything that makes Hamlet great.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
C 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Ultimately, though, the film founders simply because it's dangerously low on dramatic fuel.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
C 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) However truthful or invented Our Time may be, its dynamic is tiresomely petty and small, resisting Reygadas' occasional efforts at expressionism. It plays like therapy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Ultimately, the copious, unmanipulated (one hopes!) footage of Dylan himself is what will endure.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
B+ 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) For better and worse (mostly better), Too Late To Die Young is a mood movie, situated on an emotional precipice.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B- 90% I Am Mother (2019) The film just has too much other stuff going on to delve into what it'd be like growing up as the first and so far only member of Humanity 2.0. That's a failing, but an eminently forgivable one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Certain aspects of the story... are addressed so superficially that it would have been more efficient just to show them being crossed off of a checklist.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 72% All Is True (2019) Solid, creative melodrama is nothing to sneeze at, but it can't compete with enduring genius.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's yet another documentary targeted primarily at people who don't like to read.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
B- 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This story remains fascinating, but the perspective here feels skewed.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
A- 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Enabling and mocking paranoid obsession at the same time might sound incoherent. In this hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, it's simply honest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The film boldly retells this familiar tale from a female perspective, but offers no insight into Mary apart from a superficial "You goeth, girl!"‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 66% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo doesn't deliberately skimp on character, but it's the first of his movies in which no individual makes much of an impression, and each one is fundamentally subordinate to the larger event being painstakingly chronicled.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C 85% The Brink (2019) The Brink, while far more openly critical of Bannon than American Dharma, ultimately offers little justification for spending an hour and a half in his company.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Maras... hasn't made a strong case for the value of his film's existence, either as entertainment or homage.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ 28% The Aftermath (2019) However nuanced this story might have been on the page... it plays like an especially classy and expensive soap opera on screen, right down to the impulsive first kiss that provokes a hard slap across the face.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- 71% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier becomes a fascinating sustained exercise in absurdist triage, as one mishap after another forces the men to decide whether they're prepared to throw away obscene amounts of money in order to save their skins.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C+ 96% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) [I]t's hard to become emotionally invested in someone whose impossible dream is to no longer care, and the sense of yearning that might counterbalance all the hopelessness never truly materializes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B- 84% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole In The Ground finds a somewhat fresh angle on the possessed-kid subgenre.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 90% Paddleton (2019) On the whole, Paddleton isn't quite as strong as was Lehmann's relatively little-seen debut, Blue Jay, but it builds to a duet as harrowing and tender and moving as anyone could desire, or fear, or both.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
C 38% Donnybrook (2019) Tim Sutton's screen adaptation frequently blunders over the line separating evocative exaggeration from noxious bullshit.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Unique background elements provide flavor, but apart from the drug of choice here being marijuana rather than cocaine, what unfolds could hardly be less rote.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019