Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 48% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas winds up being simply okay. It may not satisfy as a romance, but it's got all the Christmas decorations you'll need to see for the season. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This sleight of hand by Flanagan is so impressive that any students of how to make books into films and/or how to do sequels ought to see Doctor Sleep just to take notes. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 73% Harriet (2019) We come out of HARRIET feeling like we've seen something important that we ought to have seen. But we don't feel like we've lived through it alongside any of its people, and it seems like that should have been part of the experience. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B+ 59% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon creates a darkly beautiful visual palette, and at the same time sets a snappy pace. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B 51% Black and Blue (2019) A propulsive thriller that never questions its convincing female protagonist's abilities or her worth. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B 92% The Lighthouse (2019) We leave the theatre feeling like we've been through something, even if we may not be able to articulate exactly what the hell it was. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
B 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Reasonably enjoyable, even though it lags in a few places and recycles some themes from its predecessor without adding much that's conceptually new. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
B- 4% Mary (2019) It should be okay for viewers who are satisfied with call and response storytelling, but its good looks don't make up for its ultimate lack of imagination. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ 69% Joker (2019) Joker is effective art in the service of a worldview that endorses a double standard. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's moderately entertaining, but neither director Lee's visual pizzazz nor the commitment of the actors can keep the story from being predictable and feeling familiar. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B- 84% Ad Astra (2019) Extremely physically handsome, and director Gray stages some intriguing action sequences. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) A fairly smart, twisty techno fable. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch boasts a number of noteworthy performances... but unless one comes in predisposed to invest, it's neither a moving dramatic experience nor a satisfying thriller. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B 71% Haunt (2019) There is a nicely mythic tinge to both the placement of the haunt and the goings-on within it. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) If cops vs. psychos with secrets is a subgenre you enjoy, Night Hunter should be acceptable fare. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Director Muscietti maintains an effective, grimy small-town look for Derry, and mostly handles scares deftly. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ 88% Ready or Not (2019) A full-throttle entry in the horror subgenre of the unsuspecting new spouse who finds out the hard way that the in-laws are unusually problematic. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) If you enjoy big shark movies, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged qualifies as decent if unexceptional summer fun. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B 79% Good Boys (2019) The screenplay by Lee Eisenberg & director Gene Stupnitsky handles its schematics well. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ 60% Driven (2019) Sudeikis gives us Jim as a small-time con artist who finds himself way out of his depth, relying on self-effacement and the appearance of affability to stay afloat. It's a very effective performance. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino does a splendid job of evoking an era and an environment that give him joy. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
B- 42% Stuber (2019) It's agreeable in a Lethal Weapon knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It's just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B+ 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Mostly, it's fun that doesn't demand a blip-like mind-wipe from the audience, for which we are duly thankful. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar will work best for those who are fans of fairytale art, folklore and horror altogether. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
C+ 63% Yesterday (2019) Director Danny Boyle's eye for composition remains reliable, ensuring that Yesterday is handsome and well-made. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) One of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- 63% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play experiments with a few new things that work, but it can't quite succeed at getting its thoughtful side to merge seamlessly with its retro camp horror side. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is fun and (does this even need saying of a Pixar film?) exceptionally well-made. If it doesn't live up to the towering effect of its predecessors, neither do most other movies. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 32% Shaft (2019) Shaft is great fun. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) If one is not inherently amused by this sensibility, though, while the film has its moments, The Dead Don't Die can start to feel like it's moving at the pace of one of its shambling title characters. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) DARK PHOENIX probably won't be anybody's favorite X movie, but for those who are jonesing for anything in this universe, it covers all of its bases well enough. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) It winds up as a big, warm, sometimes raunchy hug, with lots of catchy pop tunes. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) It succeeds as a contained horror movie, but not as an inversion of comic book lore. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B+ 51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien by no means breaks the biopic mold, but it is inviting, well-paced and uncommonly thoughtful. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The tartness of Reynolds's delivery contrasts agreeably with Pikachu's absurd cuteness. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
C- 60% War on Everyone (2017) ...it's supposed to be mutual attraction, but it feels more like coercion at the start. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 32% The Intruder (2019) The movie eventually gets to where we know it's going, but by the time it arrives there, it has blasted through every shred of suspension of disbelief, and patience, we can possibly muster. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame succeeds in delivering both the epic scope such a finale demands, and the personal touches that have made the whole franchise so winning. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B 30% Red Joan (2019) There's no arguing whatever with Dench's performance. With the flicker of an eyelid, she can go from exhausted-seeming senior citizen to sly observer. This is camera acting at its finest. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) As it is, the movie has its moments of unintentional silliness, but it's also nicely creepy. At the end, we get the sense that it has more or less delivered on its promise. It's not hugely original, but it works as popcorn horror. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 81% The Wind (2019) The Wind is atmospheric, unique-looking and has moments of real fear. It tries too hard to be a brain-teaser, but it still works as a horror movie. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B 47% Little (2019) Little may not teach anybody life lessons they don't already know, but it's often gently amusing. More, it demonstrates that Martin is a performer to watch. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 66% The Public (2019) Estevez has assembled a top-flight cast and has a worthy subject. He also has a feel for how to keep things moving. In the end, The Public sometimes goes over the top, but it's never dull. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary works as a jump-up scare-fest, but it has no deeper levels. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
A- No Score Yet Alien 40th Anniversary Presented By TCM (2019) If you ever wanted to see more corners of the universe occupied by the Nostromo and her crew, you must watch the Alien 40th Anniversary...It brings you back to the heart of the nightmare, by people who all clearly have Alien in their own hearts. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) As always, director Burton comes up with some marvelous images, and he keeps things moving along. This Dumbo is quite watchable; it's just not much actual fun. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
A- 93% Us (2019) It's a movie that invites engagement beyond its running time, designed to spark debate, analysis, and fear of mirrors. Ultimately, US could be clearer, but it's so awesome on so many levels that this doesn't really matter. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel mixes fun and urgency with an engaging title character. It's absolutely worth seeing. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- 60% Greta (2019) Director Jordan often has a keen eye for absurdity, mixing terror and hilarity, but the two never quite link up here. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is diverting enough. If you and your family really liked the first two, this should be relatively enjoyable. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019