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Steve Pond

Steve Pond
Steve Pond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TheWrap

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
21% The Tax Collector (2020) It trots out a lot of posturing and a lot of gang-movie clichés but flails instead of giving us much reason to care.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
75% An American Pickle (2020) The film is tiring at times and amusing at times at others, and successful mostly if you're willing to embrace a certain low-key sweetness that eventually smooths out whatever edges the humor had.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Deliciously disjointed and dreamlike, it eludes easy tracking and relies on the odd beauty of its imagery.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
94% The Shadow of Violence (2020) [Cosmo Jarvis] is quietly gripping as Arm.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
100% The Fight (2020) It gives each of the cases enough time to play out and also add up to a rich portrait of a complex organization.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Howard is a skilled enough filmmaker to highlight that hope just enough to keep "Rebuilding Paradise" from being overwhelmed by loss.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
98% Black Is King (2020) This visual feast based on Beyoncé's 2019 album "The Lion King: The Gift" finds its moments of glory in the strength of its images, which are more arresting than the story or the subtext.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
No Score Yet Nadia, Butterfly (2020) For all the battles that Nadia wages when she's in the water, this is a subdued and subtly powerful look at the unexpected perils of dry land.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
69% The Hater (Hejter) (2020) The film drags on until the story becomes harder to buy and the central character harder to remain interested in; at a certain point, Tomasz stops being fascinating or even threatening, and simply becomes tiresome.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
60% Radioactive (2020) It's impossible to deny the fury but also the heart that Pike finds in an obsessive woman who never lets down her guard because of the childhood trauma she hides behind it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) It's an entertaining hybrid, though, and it might make you feel a little better about losing out on your summer vacation this year.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
77% Family Romance, LLC (2020) Werner Herzog's most satisfying non-documentary feature in a decade...‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
90% Father Soldier Son (2020) You can appreciate the calm, measured approach and the care with which "Father Soldier Son" is composed and assembled, but it's hard to escape the damage that has been done to the people at the heart of the film.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
95% Showbiz Kids (2020) Without ever delving into sensationalism... [Alex] Winter presents a calm, lucid and enlightening case for why kids should stay away from showbiz and parents shouldn't encourage them - not that the ones who are so inclined will listen, of course.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) It ends in regret and anger and confusion, but it's perversely beautiful.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) An old-fashioned [movie], in a way, though effective if you're in the mood for a straightforward, tense journey-through-hostile-territory yarn.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) It might just be the perfect time for an inventive comedy about isolation and repetition.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) If you like your superhero comic-book movies with a truckload of angst on the side, "The Old Guard" might be just what you're looking for.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) It makes a solid case for itself as filmed entertainment, while also suggesting strongly that it really ought to be seen in person in a theater... What this adaptation of "Hamilton" can do is take advantage of the intimacy that cameras provide.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Suzi Q (2020) An effective, straightforward history lesson of sorts, aimed at restoring the reputation of a woman who has been little more than a footnote in U.S. rock history.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) A gripping experience.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
95% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) The film is both a tribute and a warning - it's part John Lewis' greatest hits and part civics lesson about today.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) [A] devastating indictment of the culture of mental and physical abuse that flourished for years at U.S. Gymnastics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) It's amusing, particularly if you've got a taste for kitschy pop. But really, kitschy pop essentially makes fun of itself - it doesn't need Will Ferrell to help it along.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) In the age of Donald Trump, it all seems pretty quaint, even though Stewart is essentially taking aim at the system that got Trump into office.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Miss Juneteenth benefits from subtle, offhand performances from Beharie and Chikaeze; as a portrait of a community, it's layered and rich.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) At times, Mr. Jones has the gravity and grace to remind us of what an accomplished chronicler of 20th-century horror Agnieszka Holland can be. And at times, it goes off track in ways that sadly undercut both the gravity and the grace.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) Brutally simple and brutally efficient.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
40% You Should Have Left (2020) Sure, it's creepy as hell and very stylish to boot, but "You Should Have Left" essentially plays like a scaled-down Blumhouse riff on "The Shining," only with slightly shorter hallways and considerably less ambition.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) "Artemis Fowl" is trying to be something very different - bigger, beefier, flashier and not as magical. You can't really blame it for aiming lower, but there's enough tantalizing promise here to wish that it didn't.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The more it has on its mind, the better it is, because the vitality of Lee's filmmaking lies not in the way he shows these guys hiking through the jungle but in all the other stuff he throws at us along the trail.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) "The King of Staten Island" can test the patience of all but fervid Davidson devotees, but it also manages to be an affecting comedy that moves softly through some dangerous territory.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
78% Judy & Punch (2020) There's a lot going on here, and it all gets a bit heavy-handed at times. But [director Mirrah] Foulkes certainly knows how to create a mood, helped along by a doomy score from Francois Tetaz.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
70% Becky (2020) To say that Becky is the reason to watch Becky is, perhaps, to state the obvious.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
92% End of Sentence (2020) Hawkes and Lerman are a pleasure to watch as they ease on down this road.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
69% The High Note (2020) A little flat and kind of a mess, but a low-key and pleasant one that goes down agreeably enough for most of its running time.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Nanjiani and Rae are funny and likable people who try very hard to bring some life to this enterprise... They're fun to watch, in a way, but you really wish they had something better to do.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Maybe trust is overrated, because The Painter and the Thief is a fascinating, perplexing, occasionally annoying but always involving chronicle of a truly crazy relationship.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
25% Inheritance (2020) Inheritance is really just a clunky potboiler that uses fancy settings to distract from the contrivances on which it is built.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) It's a modest, simple approach, and one that has remained consistently pleasing for all four movies.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
48% Scoob! (2020) There are big action setpieces, important lessons learned about friendship and lots of opportunities to slide in references to toxic masculinity and imposter syndrome and copyright infringement.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Yes, the bargain-basement look is a tacit admission that you really had to be there, but it's still frustrating, and it gets wearying as the film goes on.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Yeah, for the rest of the movie there is something a little Bugsy about the guy. But hey, you haven't seen Al Capone until you've seen him chomping on a carrot and wielding a machine gun while wearing a droopy diaper.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) Rewind is hard to watch. It might also be essential.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
81% How to Build a Girl (2020) You don't have to buy the details of this particular story to understand that it's a good thing to have it in the library.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
65% Clementine (2019) As arty and distinctive as you'd expect from an Oscilloscope film, Clementine nonetheless struggles to be involving as it tells an uneasy story in a determinedly subdued way.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) It's tricky to tell a feel-good story in a time in which many people are feeling anything but good, but Becoming film insists on doing just that.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
46% Arkansas (2020) While it's hard to watch "Arkansas" and not see its debt to the Coen brothers, Duke finds a voice of his own in quiet, deadpan absurdities and southern-fried eccentricities.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) It's a charming, light comedy that goes down easy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
56% All Day and a Night (2020) Despite the blasts of violence, the film feels like a meditation on this life, and one that takes its time even as we know where it's going.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020