Adam Lubitow

Adam Lubitow
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2012) There's sadness and heartbreak, but Al Helm is ultimately hopeful, capturing the power of art to connect, educate, inspire, and even foster change. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) I can see the film driving many audience members as batty as its characters, but just as many will undoubtedly fall under its hypnotic spell. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 99% Honeyland (2019) A bittersweet ode to the fragile balance of all living things. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.2/10 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A heartfelt story about people rediscovering their own self-worth and, in seeing themselves through another's eyes, learning the value they still have to offer the world. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) Fleet, funny, and gleefully bloodthirsty. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 91% Luce (2019) A riveting and thought-provoking movie that resides entirely in gray areas. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7/10 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Earnest and proudly, enthusiastically corny. If you're able to give yourself over to its pleasures, you might find yourself singing right along. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.5/10 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger's empathetic portrayal of the wounded and wobbly Hollywood icon imbues "Judy" with the heart and soul of the beloved performer. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) The film ultimately offers a potent look at the ways fanaticism can poison the actions of even inherently decent people. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.4/10 79% Good Boys (2019) Counters all its raunchiness with an inherent sweetness that... manages to say something significant about childhood friendships and the growth that's required to make them last. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison was a treasure, and "The Pieces I Am" paints a luminous portrait of this cherished writer. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.5/10 98% Maiden (2019) An inspiring look at an unsung trailblazer. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
8.5/10 99% The Farewell (2019) A warm, heartfelt, and often funny story about the bonds of family and the ways we work to stretch them as far as we can; across continents if we have to. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) For all the grisly images we see, it's moments of emotional violence that have most stuck with me. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
8.5/10 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The effect is to take something as enormous and incomprehensible in scope as a world war and make it shockingly intimate. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4.5/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Gone is the imagination and wit that made the original such a success; in its place is a lifeless and unforgivably generic piece of studio content. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6.5/10 80% Late Night (2019) Though it could have used a sharper bite, it deserves credit for weaving serious, hot-button issues into such a breezy, enjoyable comedy. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As much a loving homage to the horror genre as it is a lament for a civilization on the brink. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A breezily entertaining comedy of manners when it isn't getting bogged down by its characters' self-conscious meditations on life and culture in the digital age. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
5.5/10 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) A fairly straightforward late-in-life romance between two lonely, misunderstood people. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
9/10 99% Amazing Grace (2019) At one point the Reverend Cleveland sits, holding his head in his hands and begins to sob - and I get it, man. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
5.5/10 89% Rocketman (2019) A crowd-pleasing film, but one that clings to convention in a way that makes its story feel that much more muted and small. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8.5/10 97% Booksmart (2019) Smart, funny, and empathetic, "Booksmart" is a love letter to the blissfully uncool dorks among us. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) For pure excitement and craft, the "John Wick" films have grown into one of our most reliable action franchises. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) As the start of a potential franchise, "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" is flawed but promising. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
7.5/10 81% Long Shot (2019) A bit raunchy, a little sweet, and totally entertaining. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Funny, genuinely touching, and committed to the kind of smart-but-stupid silliness that's a joy to watch - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 66% The Public (2019) A thoughtful, compassionate drama that seeks to challenge its audience as much as it entertains. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
6.5/10 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Beyond Emily Blunt's fantastic performance, Marshall's film never reveals a unique magic of its own. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) A sometimes heavy-handed, but nonetheless powerful tale of poverty and adversity. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Pokes a bit of gentle fun at rom-coms while also functioning as an entirely earnest example of the genre it's sending up. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) A compelling variation on the narco crime-drama. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7.5/10 90% Shazam! (2019) Sandberg juggles tone to great effect, weaving together an effervescent sense of humor, satisfyingly emotional moments and exciting, character-driven action. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) When we're watching these [type of] events unfold in news broadcasts on such a regular basis, I'm not sure I can take reliving them all over again at the movies. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) A delicate, bittersweet portrait of life and love in middle age. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
8/10 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Wherever you land on the film's meaning, the picture that finally comes into view is a difficult one to shake. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Just as clever, inventive and funny as the original, even if a bit of the novelty has worn off. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/10 53% Maleficent (2014) A fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
87% First Man (2018) Chazelle skillfully manages to create suspense out of events whose outcomes are well documented. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/10 78% Green Book (2018) Another story where white people have to learn about black people's humanity, and the black characters exist so the white characters are able to learn and grow. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
9/10 93% The Favourite (2018) A scrumptious confection laced with poison." - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
9/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There's beauty, tenderness, and hope in every frame. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Over the Limit (2018) An at times harrowing dive into exactly what it takes to be an Olympic champion. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) A genuinely inspiring story of a young boy's ingenuity and how putting knowledge in the hands of those who need it the most can make all the difference in the world. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A rather half-hearted crime story, though Farhadi's textured script remains engrossing. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5.5/10 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) Our investment in the plight of Jay and Samira requires more than the promise of potential double crosses to latch onto such a flimsy narrative. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Greta (2019) No one's going to mistake it for high art, but with a game cast and Jordan's slick direction, it makes for a satisfying meal, even if it's mostly empty calories. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Throughout, Aquaman maintains a level of eye-popping visuals and crazy spectacle that always keeps things interesting. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film boasts a wonderful lead performance from Rami Malek, but its clichéd narrative and sloppy, safe storytelling let down the larger-than-life figure at its center. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
6/10 76% Smallfoot (2018) With fun [visuals] and gags that call to mind classic Warner Bros cartoons, Smallfoot is a bright, colorful entertainment that sneaks in some slyly subversive messages without becoming preachy. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018