Alan French

Alan French
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo rarely gets more than a chuckle out of its audience, making it surprisingly dull. All the energy and jokes that Waititi layers throughout his other films are non-existent - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/4 89% Klaus (2019) The use of northern landscapes provides ample opportunity to create picturesque locales. Time after time, the shots feel like concept art come to life. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) While Joker's ambition makes it interesting, it never follows through on the threads that deliver the most impactful messages. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Thanks to an endlessly entertaining screenplay and an incredible performance fromShia LeBeouf,The Peanut Butter Falconrises above the crop. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle allows for a diversity of scares that take place throughout the day and night, culminating in some truly spine-chilling moments. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
1.5/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) While Efron takes charge, the rest of the film feels as if it's struggling to catch up. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
1/4 17% Hellboy (2019) The pacing is far too quick, yet the movie's runtime comes in over two hours. Hellboy overcomplicates a fairly straightforward story in the process. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3.5/4 83% Her Smell (2019) Perry creates a captivating character that allows Moss to deliver one of the most dynamic performances of her career. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Placing the characters in dozens of settings and incorporating never before CGI techniques, the world of Missing Link comes to life. Each setpiece exudes brilliance. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) The triumph from the movies comes from the teen angle to the story. Shazam! shares more stylistic and comedy influence from Spider-Man than most DC comics. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde directs, and boy does she show promise in her debut. While she has plenty of talent in front of the camera, it is hard to argue against her abilities behind one. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
4/4 79% Fight Club (1999) Pitt dominates the screen every second he's on it, and it simultaneously represents his weirdest, funniest and most charismatic role of his career. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood represents a singular vision that no other director could bring to life. Tarantino brings to life a world on the brink of change. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 100% Penguin Highway (2019) The use of CG to augment the hand-drawn animation continues to push the boundaries of how to integrate the new technology into traditional Japanese animation. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Eichner saves "Hakuna Matata" from obscurity and even opens "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" with excellent vocals. It is a shame he can't do more to help the movie. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 83% Midsommar (2019) With a story that expands Aster's abilities, both as a visual director and in the grandiosity of his storytelling, he steps up to meet the challenge of his second feature. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
3/4 100% Okko's Inn (2019) Okko's Inn thrives thanks to a blend of superb animation and excellent storytelling - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The movie hits some obvious beats, and the mystery itself is not overly complicated. The world works really well, and for fans of Pokémon this should be the selling point. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) While the third film in the franchise fails to live up to the incredible precedent set by the first two, there's plenty of reason to love the latest adventure of Mr. Wick. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) I can happily report that Dumbo surprised me in a big way. It also marks a return to form for Burton, as his most personal and visually engaging film in more than a decade. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 82% Avatar (2009) The digital world of Pandora is spellbinding. The imagination on display from Cameron and his visual effects team is breathtaking. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/4 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) The heightened world of foxes, marriage, family, greed, and mid-life crisis became one of Anderson's greatest works. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 78% The Hangover (2009) Galifianakis went from being an alt-comedy idol to a mainstream pop culture figure. The Hangover still feels like a breath of fresh air. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) However, despite the aspects that can make loving Tarantino a slog, he has moments of true cinematic greatness that cannot be ignored. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/4 93% Us (2019) Us showcases Peele's step forward as a director and confirms that Lupita Nyong'o is a generational star. Us has a lot to say about America and the individual. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hancock does a great job with the technical aspects of the film. However, the pacing is too slow and becomes a disservice to the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/4 39% The Dirt (2019) It falls into the tropes of the musical biopic but ignores music through most of the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) The movie struggles because it cannot keep up momentum. It stalls out after the actual heist, which could reasonably find its way into the pantheon of fun action sequences. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Chasing the Thunder (2018) Settling into this specific story and eschewing the superfluous context of the situation helps drive home the emotional intensity. This makes Chasing the Thunder an exciting ride from start to nearly finish. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While Marvel really needed to focus on building this one character (instead of many at once), the power of Larson, Jackson, and more pull the picture together. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) With the 40th anniversary of "Alien" around the corner, "Memory" delivers as a love-letter and film essay to O'Bannon, Scott, and Giger's collective imagination. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 100% The Silence of Others (2019) "The Silence of Others" carries an essential message for this moment and for the victims of past crimes. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) The footage assembled simply astounds. Yet the sound design and score elements are integral to the success of the feature. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Weight of Water (2018) The struggle to stay above the water can be harrowing. Brown and Masser capture the beauty of the journey and emotional stakes of Erik's journey. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 100% Los Reyes (2019) The slice of life documentary makes for a fantastic exploration. While it suffers from pacing issues at times, "Los Reyes" stands out as an incredible work of art. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Luckily for everyone, the franchise lives up to the considerable standard it set for itself, pushing CG animation to new heights. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) While there are some funny sequences, the horror really struggles to live up. Worst of all, this movie drags, despite the movie only lasting an hour and forty minutes. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It never fully comes together without breaking up the forward momentum, and sadly that means it doesn't work. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alitasuffers from an overly wordy screenplay that spoon-feeds the audience. Perhaps worst of all, the story suffers from being repetitive. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 may not have the heft of other commentaries on the superhero genre, but it has an emotional heart unlike any other. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins explores the psychological trauma of being black in America but also showcases joy and hope. It's a beautiful duality, a feat that would make James Baldwin proud. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The campy and exaggerated display of the modern art community thrives with comedic beats. Sadly, the film is not the full-on parody you want. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 88% Clerks (1994) This remains Smith's masterpiece, and demands our attention 25 years after its premiere, just as it did when it released. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 90% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) Tito and the Birds stands out as one of the best foreign animated films in recent memory. The story hits home, and with some special animation, it rises to the occasion. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/4 91% Fyre (2019) Smith uses Fyre to tell a story about wealth, arrogance, and privilege in the world, and it sticks the landing wonderfully. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 79% Fyre Fraud (2019) Trying to use pop culture as shorthand can be helpful, but in this case, it turns the issues into actual cartoon characters. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan shoots Glass as dully as possible. The budget on the film was only $20 million. Frankly, the movie looks cheaper. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters quickly becomes one of the most heartwarming and gratifying pieces of cinema from 2018. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3.5/4 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Seek this one out as one of the most visually imaginative films of the year. A mashup of noir, heist, action, and surrealist films yields a wholly original concept. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 66% Vice (2018) The movie really thinks it is dunking on the Bush administration, like Jordan over Mutombo. In reality, Vice is closer to being Bill Murray from Rushmore . - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019