Simon Abrams Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) The movie's called "Ip Man 4" for a reason, and by now, that name is synonymous with a certain kind of stylistically conservative beat-em-up, featuring well-choreographed but dramatically contrived fights between Ip and a bunch of anti-Chinese brutes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
35% The Song of Names (2019) The kind of mediocre Holocaust drama that used to be taken more seriously in the 1990s, partly thanks to the Weinstein brothers and Miramax.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 86% Only Cloud Knows (2019) While Feng's latest may be unbearably sentimental and too blunt, it's also good enough, if you're looking for a little romance and a good cry.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 52% Rabid (2019) [The Soskas] have a wickedly funny sense of humor, and a few winningly nasty ideas.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 40% Black Christmas (2019) [Black Christmas] mostly feels personal and urgent thanks to some atmospheric scare scenes and some sharp dialogue that reflect the world outside the movie theater in ways that most other studio-distributed horror films don't.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
37% 6 Underground (2019) It wouldn't be a Michael Bay movie if he didn't slavishly cater to the lowest common denominator (get ready for some sexist and gay-panic jokes!), so it makes sense that Bay's antiheroes are more obnoxious when they're trying to be good.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/4 79% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story and a lot of unexamined second-hand ideas about creativity, empathy, and spirituality.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2/4 74% White Snake (2019) There's not enough on-screen to make this listless time-waster worth recommending.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) She lets her photographs of the Sicilian mob speak for themselves, leaving a lot of room for basic questions like, "Who am I looking at in this photo, when was it taken, and what was going on when this was shot?"‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/4 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) The makers of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi don't give viewers as many reasons to invest in their versions of these characters, not beyond speech-like declarations of intent and canned drama that often resolves itself in a matter of minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
1.5/4 39% Primal (2019) Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
95% Queen of Hearts (2019) The filmmakers rarely consider their subjects' emotions or backgrounds beyond a very finite point.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
47% Ravenous (1999) I]f anyone could make a good adaptation of either of Lansdale's Jonah Hex comic mini-series or his great standard "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," it's Bird and Griffin.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 81% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) The impressive haunted house flick Girl on the Third Floor is just as much a machine to produce seductive imagery as it is an effective deconstruction of those blatant symbols.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
90% The Elephant Queen (2019) Not as tonally stable nor as thematically cogent as it could have been, but it does feature some child-appropriate scenes of animals relieving themselves, having sex, and even dying.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/4 65% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) The most uninspired and unfocused load of fan service that Smith has yet unleashed on his remaining hardcore audience.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/4 82% In My Room (2018) One of the main pleasures of watching In My Room comes from feeling your way around, enjoying the ambient sound design, and making your own thematic connections.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 73% War (2019) A star vehicle that's too weird to be dismissed, and too plodding to completely work.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
33% The Climbers (2019) Impressive sound design, which makes every carabiner clink and boulder impact seem monumental, and Lee's skilled use of close-up photography (combined with fast-cut montage editing) make The Climbers worth seeing on a big screen.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 79% Loro (2019) Loro feels like the work of a more mature artist.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 87% Depraved (2019) Depraved may not take you anywhere that you haven't been before, but it might leave you with a renewed appreciation for Shelley's mythic story.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) You have to want to invest in his characters in order for One Cut of the Dead to really take off.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
1.5/4 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Testing the limits of good taste in otherwise formulaic grimdark entertainment is one thing, but pushing against those boundaries for its own sake is just tiresome.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
17% The Fanatic (2019) The Fanatic stinks because Durst doesn't really care about whatever it is that's motivating Moose.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/4 37% Tone-Deaf (2019) A monotonous horror-comedy.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
1/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) If this type of no-brow entertainment is your thing, you may find something to like in Angel Has Fallen but that doesn't mean you need what these guys are reselling.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 36% The Divine Fury (2019) More care was seemingly put into the lighting than the scripting of scenes.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 86% Dying to Survive (2019) I'd have an easier time accepting the trite, asked-and-answered conclusions that director Muye Wen and co-writers Jianu Han and Wei Zhong lead viewers to if they were more adept at tugging at viewers' heart-strings.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) A theoretically interesting, but consistently unrewarding formal experiment.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
.5/4 20% She's Just a Shadow (2019) Writer/director Adam Sherman's apparent disinterest in his characters' hang-ups is maybe best illustrated by his movie's aimless plot.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2.5/4 67% The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) The White Storm 2 is as sturdy as it is because it's essentially an old-fashioned gangster drama with occasional modern flourishes.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/4 61% Trespassers (2019) It's got some machete- and gun-related violence, a couple of leering masked killers, and a little rough sex, but that's about it.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1.5/4 0% Killers Anonymous (2019) The more attention it demands from viewers, the less it deserves.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) The rare spiritual drama that not only feels genuinely mysterious, but also appears to have been made by people who are aware of and interested in their human characters' flaws.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 29% Bharat (2019) A corny drama about the title character's quest to support and do right by his family in post-partition India.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 89% The Raft (2019) In The Raft, less authorial control doesn't necessarily make for a better story.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) An unbearably preachy post-financial-crisis civics lesson in heist movie drag.‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/4 57% Brightburn (2019) A machine to deliver gore and violence, Brightburn also features some of the most improbably and even hatefully dumb salt-of-the-Earth type characters in a recent American horror movie.‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) There's just not a lot going on underneath the surfaces of these characters' sensitive, precise, and modestly expressed feelings.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 100% The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Errante) (2019) The Wandering Soap Opera is only as powerful as your willing-ness to meet Ruiz and his collaborators on their brain-scrambling level.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 60% Charlie Says (2019) There's just not enough to Charlie Says, an ambitious, but uneven drama about the oft-sensationalized 'Manson Girls.'‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 96% Grass (2019) One of the best expressions/variations on Hong's usual formula.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) If there must be more movies set in the Ip Man-iverse, I hope that they're as dazzling and righteous as Master Z.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Time moves differently in Long Day's Journey Into Night, a sensuous, dream-like Chinese drama.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 73% Relaxer (2019) I can't honestly recommend Relaxer to most readers, but if you like this kind of thing, you'll probably love it.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nemes' suggestive, impressionistic approach takes some getting used to, but Sunset is worth the extra effort.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) A satisfying, unsentimental psychodrama.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet We Die Young (2019) Van Damme may be famous enough that he can afford to continue noodling around with different roles and performance styles. But his fellow cast members deserve a lot better than We Die Young.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/4 71% The Wandering Earth (2019) I can't think of another recent computer-graphics-driven blockbuster that left me feeling this giddy because of its creators' consummate attention to detail and infectious can-do spirit.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
1.5/4 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Akerlund's shock tactics-brain matter, blood spatter, and realistic-sounding howls of pain-are neither shocking nor thoughtful.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019