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T-Meter Title | Year
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) This final film acts as a perfect button to a legendary life in art, and it's also a launchpad to viewers who want to go back and explore her groundbreaking contributions to the cinema. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Offers multiple levels of engagement and enjoyment; it's just that it's always hinting at the superior film it might have been. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
93% 1917 (2019) The movie is more successful as a thriller than as a thoughtful examination of war and its horrors; Mendes seems less interested in the nightmare of battle and its effects on his characters than he is in Hitchcockian audience manipulation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
96% Little Women (2019) In an era in which sentimentality is a seasoning that filmmakers either shun entirely or employ with too heavy a hand, Gerwig crafts a work that is moving without being manipulative. This is a Little Women for the ages. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) If your parents or grandparents were immigrants to the United States, you're likely to recognize your family here, no matter what holiday you celebrate or what elaborate meals you cook to mark the occasion. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) There's a lot to like here, from a rich palette of autumn colors to a potentially provocative subplot about historical sins, but this is a sequel that exists not because there was more story to be told but because there was more money to be made. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) Think of this as director Paul Feig's Christmas album; it won't be the first comedy anyone thinks about in his accomplished filmography, but viewers might find themselves reaching for it come December all the same. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
92% Klaus (2019) Far more successful with holiday magic than it is with character-based comedy, but that's not enough of a flaw to keep young audiences (and their parents) from potentially turning this feature into a cherished annual tradition. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's return to the gangster milieu is anything but a greatest-hits compilation from a filmmaker in his autumn years; as a storyteller and a crafter of images, he remains as bold and as provocative as ever. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Judy (2019) There's never a feeling that Zellweger's "doing" Judy; she's being Judy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Much of the script crackles in its portrayal of both larceny and female friendship, but it frequently leaves out what seems like essential connective tissue. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
70% The King (2019) A historical piece that defies expectation and offers both the thrills of battle and a thoughtful critique of war and imperialism. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
42% Wasp Network (2019) The film seems mostly comprised of conversations in restaurants, where new characters and organizations are constantly being introduced. (Seriously, you could create a drinking game over the number of tabletop exposition dumps.) - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) A clunky, heavy-handed film that takes a pressing contemporary issue and flattens it under two genres the writer-director seems ill-equipped to handle - the mockumentary and the courtroom drama. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Flails about with an excess of bad ideas that undercut the justifiable outrage over the events depicted. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
69% Joker (2019) If you strip the Joker and his nearly 80-year history as a cultural icon out of this film, as well as all the 1970s movie homages, there's not a whole lot left except for Phoenix's performance, and it's the kind of turn that's destined to be divisive. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
45% Seberg (2019) Stewart never attempts to completely impersonate Jean Seberg, but what Stewart does capture is the spark in Seberg's eyes; she also knows how to turn off that spark, which adds additional heartbreak to the later scenes of a despairing, suicidal Seberg. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
63% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) Any controversy that might erupt over Roman Polanski's decision to implicitly equate himself with one of history's greatest victims of injustice is dissipated by the resultant film's tepid listlessness. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) Since 2005, Baumbach has had an extraordinary run of films with deeply flawed, often exasperating characters who are nonetheless always capable of growth and redemption. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) With exquisite subtlety, director Haifaa Al Mansour brings us into her heroine's world and lays out the series of indignations (some tiny, some massive) she is forced to face on a daily basis. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
80% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Even working in another language and on another continent, Kore-eda once again captures the intricacies of the human condition. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) At its best, calls to mind some devilish delights of the 1970s, from the antique-toy-stuffed manor of Sleuth to the jet set's homicidal party games in The Last of Sheila to the ever-resilient final girl of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Never feels like it's just biding its time between super-battles. If anything, and this is a compliment, the film frequently feels like a charming teen road-trip comedy that occasionally turns into a superhero movie. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar could easily retire this series with a clean sweep of films that have been lovely to look at and moving and funny to watch. But if they can maintain this level of wonderful, keep 'em coming. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Part 21st-century action franchise (kick in the action early, then keep one-upping it until the big finale) and part 1970s Irwin Allen disaster saga (fill the cast with prestigious actors and give them just enough to elevate the goofy material). - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
89% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Allows Passon to work with a larger, more complex canvas while still displaying her intuitive understanding of women seeking to overthrow repression and societal expectation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Both overstuffed and underwritten, making it seem simultaneously ambitious and lazy, frenzied and sluggish. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Has almost nothing on its mind but crossing the Ts and dotting the Is of a far-flung superhero saga, but to anyone with even a minor emotional stake in the MCU, it has the fleeting satisfaction of a shot of whipped cream direct from the spray can. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) New material from the challenging auteur, one that reflects a deeper sense of maturity, displayed mainly in the idea of the possibility of redemption. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton and his collaborators took the beautiful and moving Dumbo and somehow managed to turn it into a throwaway kiddie adventure like Gus or Million Dollar Duck. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Captures the original comics' combination of breezy heroism and nutty plotting, transferred from the 1940s to the modern era with great skill. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) The (often improvised) scenes involving Perry's elderly trio give the film genuine comic spark and energy. But when we're left with the grieving family and their sexual secrets, the movie has the dramatic and visual flatness of a TV soap opera. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Reminds us that her particular brand of perspicacity is as vital and as necessary now as it was when she covered the 1968 Democratic Convention or watched George W. Bush rocket from the Texas governor's mansion to the White House. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Both the action and the comic elements in "Cold Pursuit" work reasonably well. Neeson can do justifiable homicide in his sleep by this point, but it's still fun to watch him dispatch goons and scumbags. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Stan and Ollie is a movie about a comedy duo that has seen better days, while Holmes & Watson merely stars one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There's probably no real reason for "Mary Poppins Returns" to exist at all, but now that it's here, it does at least find some moments of delight even as it travels a familiar path. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
54% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Reynolds has this drily ironic fourth-wall business down pat, and Savage makes for an entertaining foil. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) This made-for-TV musical version rarely surfaces these days, and that's a pity, particularly since Rathbone's patented brand of hammy villainy suits the character so well - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Whisenant, who also edits, loops in tantalizing archival footage of these shows, with beaming singers extolling the virtues of AB Dick copy machines and Purina Dog Chow's incentives to grocers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) If you don't think the undead mix well with musical numbers and gaudy Yuletide decor, Anna might be the movie to change your mind. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Within a few years, the specifics of the viral-video gags in "Ralph Breaks the Internet" will be as dated as a Tay Zonday joke. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) Bright, both in its color palette and in the wit and liveliness of the storytelling. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
23% Nobody's Fool (2018) Given that this is the auteur's 20th theatrical feature film, there's no longer any excuse for the pacing issues, the scenes that don't end and the general flaccidness of his direction. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Rather than harken back to an elegant, more whimsical period, this Nutcracker calls to mind the early 2010s, when the success of Alice in Wonderland led to a spate of fairy-tale characters marched off to war with hordes of CG creatures. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% In the Loop (2009) You probably wouldn't want to spend three hours listening to Alan Partridge's drive-time radio broadcast, but this idiotic DJ delivers a solid 90 minutes of cinematic entertainment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) An object example of how a film can be entertaining and even exhilarating without being particularly good, Bohemian Rhapsody has the driving energy of a stadium anthem and the fizzy meaninglessness of a bubblegum pop song. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) An impressive showcase for McCarthy, giving her a role that tests her dramatic chops without being humor-free, and that puts her in a precarious situation of her own making without ever turning maudlin about it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film's narrative power is such that what could have been merely a message movie is something larger, an empathy-driven family drama about people living in a fractured country that is all too recognizable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
9.2/10 99% Selma (2014) I this movie has some of the most powerful moments I've seen I think all year. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018