Vadim Rizov Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
F 47% No Safe Spaces (2019) This isn't an argument for free speech, it's just paranoid whining, complete with a roundtable of comics sympathetically agreeing how sad and scary this all is, plus images of the Statue of Liberty with tape over its mouth.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino will only work for fans who can recall who all these familiar faces are - the nostalgic pull and possibility for reconnection are sometimes recapped in dialogue, most of it avoiding the ludicrously expository, but outsiders will be baffled.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
F 40% Unplanned (2019) They're performers in a parable traced over a Chick tract, filmed with a bland competence at odds with the true perversity of the material. Old-school Pure Flix: Welcome back!‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
92% In Fabric (2019) Fabric is unemotional, its primary instincts either mischievous or satirical. It's a pretty good time.‐ Filmmaker Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
F 0% Death of a Nation (2018) D'Souza fails, as ever, to make an argument that would resonate outside the QAnon echo chamber.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
F 11% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) A Light In Darkness isn't as offensive as the first film-it lacks the requisite misogyny and Islamophobia, and does a better job of looking like it's almost a real movie-but it's not far behind, an emblematic film for the foul moment.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
C+ 60% Benji (2018) This is all fairly dreary, in keeping with the franchise's long-running aversion to comedy and consistent fixation on bad familial vibes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
100% Mister Universo (2016) Rather than the usual hybrid tactic of forcing viewers to question what's real or not, the result is a buoyant, low-key, celebratory look at an extended, seldom-seen community in which every scene, constructed or captured, has the same ring of truth.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Slumdog is instantly recognizable, but rarely compelling‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
88% Silent Light (Stellet licht) (2007) He's made, unprecedentedly, a movie that's almost entirely literal even when it's being fantastical, a liberty made possible by the closed-off world Reygadas has found. And if it's a knock-out, I'm still skeptical and puzzled as to what's behind it.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach may be past the point where his work will convert skeptics, but his technical acumen is increasingly refined with each film, and the cumulative emotional impact of a nearly pin-drop-quiet coda is in inverse proportion to its volume.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
D 40% A Question of Faith (2017) A surprisingly unrelenting lecture on the dangers of texting while driving (a phrase said way more times than the name of Jesus), with a secondary emphasis on why it's good to be an organ donor.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
D 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) As far as expanding on smartphone-related IP, this is an even weaker starting point than Sony Animation's recent The Angry Birds Movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
C+ 59% The Case for Christ (2017) The Case For Christ is pretty slow going, tedious rather than offensive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
83% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) Cone-himself a preacher's son whose features generally explore Christian milieus-doesn't condescend while tracing the moment when faith becomes an obstacle to self-realization.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) A bracing, adventurous experience.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Moana (2016) No matter who wrote the songs, there was always going to be a line about listening to your 'inner voice' - it's pretty much Disney company policy.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Ne me quitte pas (2013) Ne Me Quitte Pas finds the comedy in two articulately self-destructive men who open the movie by articulating a shared wish for suicide.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
76% Trolls (2016) A pretty standard piece of subpar DreamWorks product: loud and shiny, more than a tad frantic despite a generic set of characters, written and directed by in-house lifers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
D+ 20% I'm Not Ashamed (2016) Ultimately it's just another vehicle for a series of scenes in which devout characters remind each other that God has it all under control.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
34% Masterminds (2016) The subtext is all about class dispossession, but a movie in which a character is stupid enough to propose a big-time bank robbery so that his gang can make it into the news ("the big show") is pushing it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
F 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) A series of conspiratorial talking points familiar to Breitbart-oriented readers, but reshuffled in a new, startlingly illogical order.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) With its sentimental score, passage of seasons, understated deaths, and aversion to the kind of confrontation that would make viewers truly uncomfortable, this is very much a Kore-eda film, but there's a steely center.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
91% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) For this master filmmaker, a straight down the middle effort, which doesn't mean it's not essential.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) A vital addition to a cogent body of work.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
D 8% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) From its lecture on the conservative canard that separation of church and state is a myth on down, God's Not Dead 2 is a movie for Ralph Reed's Moral Majority, with all the entangled political baggage that comes with it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) For now, The Club stands as an end to (or least pause in) Larraín's examinations of his country during and after Pinochet, again demonstrating that the past is still present in Chile while widening the scope of his indictment.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
60% Joy (2015) A surprisingly straightforward, three-act rise-fall-rise drama that, after an enjoyably all-over-the-place start, becomes increasingly streamlined and focused.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
81% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America is Baumbach's purest attempt at uncomplicated comedy, but it's also just his latest film motivated more by iterations of its characters' weaknesses and irritabilities than plot.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
2/5 73% Black Mass (2015) A compendium of dull gangster shenanigans which shirks hard reality at every turn.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/5 92% Sicario (2015) A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
B+ 93% The Fool (Durak) (2015) The dialogue is broadly generalized, urgently on point, and bracing in its undisguised diagnostic fury. If you can accept its unabashed didacticism, The Fool plays crisply.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
D+ 23% 90 Minutes In Heaven (2015) The screenplay is full of infelicitous dialogue far from a plausible vernacular, which wouldn't matter if the movie had an ounce of stylization to justify its fourth-grade-reading-level airport-novel vocabulary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
D 32% War Room (2015) Much of what follows is turgid and, for non-believers, ridiculous.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
D- 10% Faith Of Our Fathers (2015) It's obnoxious, to say the least, to use the Vietnam War as an excuse to affirm the importance of telling all and sundry about Jesus at all times (i.e., "testifying"), under all circumstances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/5 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) Loach lays on the sentimentality thick in the early stretches, and there's a stillborn romantic subplot that stubbornly refuses to enrich the main political text.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
D+ 94% The Farewell Party (2015) The Farewell Party leaves no doubt as to where it stands on the right to die with dignity when facing terminal illness, but it's so clumsily made that it serves only to exasperate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
B- 98% Iris (2015) Viewer entertainment will vary in direct proportion to interest in the unusual but ultimately mundane details of Apfel's day-to-day. She is, for what it's worth, good company.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
2/5 27% Child 44 (2015) Everyone overacts, leaning heavily on moments of unexpected shouting, with Hardy taking bottom honors.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
C+ 16% Serena (2015) There's simply not that much to see in the performances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
C+ 84% These Final Hours (2015) Incoherent and pointless as it is, These Final Hours moves with commendable swiftness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
C- 30% Everly (2015) There's the pervasive feeling that this is a prefab cult film that doesn't need to try too hard, instead offering cosmetic variations from a very limited playbook of gestures meant to provoke Pavlovian cries of "Awesome!"‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 62% The World Made Straight (2015) For all the good intentions and native hands behind the camera, The World Set Straight never seems particularly credible or convincing as a fresh look at regional history.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
78% The Grandmaster (2013) Each punch, kick and impact is captured cleanly and coherently, Wong serving the spectacle of a big brawl rather than resisting its adrenalised charms.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
B 88% Zero Motivation (2014) Melancholy climactic trajectory aside, Zero Motivation is primarily very funny, thanks both to its game cast and Lavie's flair for unexpected gags ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2014
B- 100% The Circle (2014) The romance between Ernst and Röbi acts as a microcosmic example of a larger debate whose broad terms remain familiar.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
C 71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) A disappointingly standard-issue addiction melodrama, this one the tearful case study of an adrenaline junkie whose compulsion threatens to push her family and loved ones away.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
C 75% Camp X-Ray (2014) There's something insulting about this thoroughly well-intentioned film ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
C 30% Autómata (2014) Autómata's generic urban 2044 dystopia is a realm of hazily gray CGI buildings, many rubble-strewn and abandoned.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 40% The Liberator (2014) It's a reminder of all the extras-heavy would-be epics that got tossed on film history's slag heap‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014