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Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet Nothin' No Better (2020) Nothin' No Better hides what must have been a staggering amount of research and time spent in the community to get so many voices into such a small package.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3.5/5 92% Alice (2019) Even an overly-optimistic denouement cannot undercut either that message, or the audience's desire for Alice to have a happy ending.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3/5 80% Raising Buchanan (2019) It's all absurd, which adds to the charm, knowing that everyone here (even the 15th president of the United States) is vaguely ridiculous, yet with some redemptive depths. We're all flawed, Dellis says, but there are worse things to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2/5 59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) There's a constant refrain about the multiple masks we wear through our lives: if The Burnt Orange Heresy had just picked one, it might have been a better film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 48% Arkansas (2020) With its brooding tone of tired inevitability, his Arkansas knows exactly how to find drama and sentiment in what could otherwise just be a dour path to the inevitable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 91% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) Mixing Ken Loach-style social realism with Mike Hodge's grasp of stylish murder, much in the vein of 2012's equally razor-balanced sniper shocker Tower Block, you'll be cheering for this good woman when she faces the inevitable showdown.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) Even those dead-ends cannot overcome the fascinating story of compromised idealism and hardheaded optimism that underlies it all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
4.5/5 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) This is the best primer on political gerrymandering imaginable and should be mandatory viewing in grad school public policy symposiums and high school civics classes alike. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 88% Earth (Erde) (2019) What holds Earth back from greatness is that, like the human erosion of the planet's surface, it too ends up being a little wearing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 79% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) The Times of Bill Cunningham is slight, but that's an element of design, not a flaw.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 88% The Dog Doc (2020) A must-watch for animal lovers with a strong stomach (there is some pretty graphic surgical footage) and a stronger heart (because no one likes to see an animal suffering), The Dog Doc isn't always going to convince everyone. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 85% The Booksellers (2020) The overall experience is like wandering through an antiquarian book store, picking up a volume, starting to flip through in a leisurely fashion, and then having your arm jostled, losing your place, and picking up another tome.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 100% Driveways (2019) There's no drama or even melodrama here. Instead, this is just a small and very human piece, anchored around small and very human moments.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/5 95% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) It's slowly built emotional resonances, artfully and simply constructed with few of the common conceits of modern filmmaking - no score, minimal camera movement - while concentrating on the spaces in between.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2.5/5 100% Other Music (2020) As a record of a cultural institution, and the loss of a forum for art and community, Other Music is interesting enough, and arguably fascinating for fans of esoterica. But the camera should have taken a few more steps out of the door.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/5 73% The Wretched (2020) Smart, lean, nasty in all the right ways, and with a killer payoff, The Wretched is a monster that you'll want to let into your home.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) It's a massive achievement, turning this weighty volume into enthralling cinema.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 90% Straight Up (2020) A rat-a-tat screwball comedy with a very contemporary edge.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
3/5 70% Butt Boy (2020) Instead of a gross-out gag fest, Butt Boy is a surprisingly tender bizarro comedy that works because it plays the strangeness straight.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
100% Shithouse (2020) It's profoundly romantic but never simplistic, and that's what makes it truly special.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% The Donut King (2020) Gu does stellar work compiling and constructing Ngoy's life story through interviews, and archive and contemporary footage.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Bielenia's damp-eyed performance is the broken heart of this restrained and low-key narrative. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) The Wild Goose Lake's most undeniable appeal is in the cinematography of Dong Jingsong. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) As small town crime stories go, Blow the Man Down is intriguingly low-key, but it's in the filmmakers' quietly bold decisions that it swells above most of its ilk. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
2.5/5 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) The script by writer/director Orley does have the guts to embrace a tougher-than-normal inevitable crash-and-burn, but the predictability outweighs even the grimy observational tone.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 56% The Hunt (2020) This is Gilpin's film. If you're wondering, this is proof final that the Glow star is a mesmerizing force.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/5 90% My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) Of course, die hard fans will get a little more out of the nuances and callbacks, but the best thing you can say about My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is that you may want to delve into the earlier works.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 96% Saint Frances (2020) There's something beautifully refreshing about the casual way that it takes on so many everyday issues that we just never talk about.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 38% Wendy (2020) The magic of this Neverland is knowing we just have to believe and we will always be able to fly. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) Like Knightley, we find Emma exasperating, but that's no reason to turn away from her. Witty, wry, spry, and deliciously and effortlessly romantic, this is Austen as she is supposed to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 90% Tread (2020) With a mournful compassion for everyone concerned, Solet delicately probes the fault lines ripped wide open that day by Marv and his bulldozer - whether those faults were there before, or his actions dug them.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 92% And Then We Danced (2020) So it's the cultural specifics that make it most interesting: the specific pushes in post-war Georgia to make folk dance more masculine (whatever that means), the specific nature of cultural conservatism in Georgia.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
1.5/5 8% Fantasy Island (2020) The original show is such a simple, robust conceit that there was plenty of space and opportunity to do a contemporary reboot, but this Fantasy Island is no narrative dream destination.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2.5/5 77% A Simple Wedding (2020) A Simple Wedding is never quite as complex as the title suggests. Yet its easy charms and efforts to revise, rather than rewrite, the book of rom-com love make it worth the RSVP.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1/5 12% The Turning (2020) If there's any redemption here, it's in the children.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) For audiences who don't know the books, this is a bracing, blasphemous horror that pulls you in and twists your nerves.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) At this point, having every Vietnamese character be a bloodthirsty butcher with no lines reinforces that this feels more like a 1980s TV movie than a considered tribute to a fallen hero‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 99% Midnight Family (2019) There's something vaguely outlandish about the way they speed through the streets... Yet there's also a strong moral core, like Juan yelling at a junkie whose glue-sniffing antics leave his kid in a coma.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) When it was being shot only a year ago, 1917 was a phenomenal tribute to a generation almost wiped out in the trenches of World War I. At the moment of release, it has become more timely.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 20% The Grudge (2020) Some fans of the franchise may be aggrieved that he does little with the original Japanese ghosts, but in his version, the curse is what's important. It is rage against dying, against an unfair universe, and so it is self-propagating.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 90% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) It's also fascinating to see the always nakedly political franchise turn its lens on American racism, and it adds a new spark that was oddly lacking from the more workmanlike Ip Man 3. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Sigh. Well, at least [J.J. Abrams.] put the proper round antenna back on the Falcon. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems is a triumph of building a world and a character that are so infused with each other that they are impossible to separate.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
100% Lake Michigan Monster (2018) It's a woozy, briny daydream. a gleefully idiotic antidote to everything. Lake Michigan Monster literally makes no sense, and that's why you need to just hold your breath and dive in.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
100% Dead Dicks (2019) Brutally honest, startlingly insightful, and poignant when it could have been bizarre, Dead Dicks earns its tragic, purposefully misleading title and reframes it with dire meaning.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) True, the level designs are fun this time around, especially a sequence involving swinging bridges and giant mandrills, but Jumanji: The Next Level feels like a BioShock 2 when we were hoping for BioShock Infinite.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Where Rolling Thunder Revue works best is when it's clear in its ambiguity. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 92% In Fabric (2019) [Peter] Strickland's films, while profoundly cerebral, are always meant to processes playfully and instinctually. Like a breathy Serge Gainsbourg song caught on celluloid, it's evocative as the feel of silk sliding over skin.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) If only the story had cast off the ballast of the predictable meet-cute plot and trusted the truth more, maybe The Aeronauts would be a more thrilling flight.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Yet Dark Waters really makes absolute sense. [Todd] Haynes looks for the poison in the heartland, whether it be homophobia, racism, or domestic violence. In this case... it's literal poison.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019