Beth McDonough

Beth McDonough
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 68% Joker (2019) Joker is a visual feast about mental illness, the crumbling of an unstable economic system, and toxic masculinity that thinks it has something groundbreaking to add to the comic book universe, but merely adds an obtuse reflection. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
A 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood brings the shoulder to lean on and the guidance that we cherished as children and so desperately need as adults. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire feels like a flawless film. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The message it sends to a generation of young girls of benevolence, bravery, and independence, is what makes Toy Story 4 a truly great addition to an already stellar trilogy of films for everyone of every age and gender. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
A+ 100% Rear Window (1954) He (Stewart) carries the momentum of the story from beginning to end, using the subtle nuances in his voice and facial expressions to convey nonchalance, frustration, determination, then borderline obsession, and finally, naked fear. - Audiences Everywhere EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
A 93% Room (2015) A restrained, unique prospective, coupled with honest storytelling and emotionally raw performances make Room not only a stellar literary adaptation, but one of the best films of the year. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) [It's] an end product that caters to the generation who grew up with the original films and inspires them to fall in love with a series all over again while their kids discover it for the first time. The Force is strong with this one. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C+ 78% Band Of Robbers (2016) Although often clumsy and out of sync, the brand of comedic twists on Twain's famous literary figures and setting make Band of Robbers an adequate tale of fan fiction. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The balance of this self awareness and the weight of its message are the biggest reasons Whiskey Tango Foxtrot works, and it doesn't hurt that viewers get to laugh some along the way. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- No Score Yet Baba Joon (2015) Amateur actor Asher Avrahami is the standout as Moti accentuating both the maturity and the playfulness the character possesses in his desires to be free to create his own future. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The action and the introduction of some pivotal new characters are enough to satisfy most expectations. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- 83% Confirmation (2016) The cast of Confirmation is solid all around, but it's led by a particularly outstanding performance by Kerry Washington as Anita Hill. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 83% Amanda Knox (2016) No extra fluff is added to the re-examination of this story, from the simple stills of the apartment to the frank discussions each person involved has with the camera. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) With only a slight misstep along the way, the whimsy and occasional grimness use to send a message about celebrating our differences makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of Tim Burton's best films in recent memory. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train spends so much time on shock value, it neglects the aspects of fluid, substantial storytelling. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 27% Child 44 (2015) Although the muddled, complicated subplots spin the film in too many directions to make Child 44 a truly successful adaptation of its source material, the allure of its leading performances are enough to make it worth a watch. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B+ 45% True Story (2015) [The film's] minor misstep does little to take away from the film's impact on its viewers. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 85% Cinderella (2015) Director Kenneth Branagh updates this Disney favorite not to spin it on its head, but rather to lovingly present it for a new generation to appreciate. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B+ 30% Everly (2015) Everly is a loud joyous, proud celebration of its genre, and frankly, it's just a hell of a fun thing to watch. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
D+ 24% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Most of the actual sex has less erotic value than what can be found on late night HBO, and it certainly doesn't hold a candle to the graphic content of the novels or the erotic-charged hype surrounding the film. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 85% Still Alice (2015) Julianne Moore's performance as Dr. Alice Howland is, simply put, one of the best I've ever seen. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) Tell No One is not only one of the most satisfying book adaptations, but also one of the most fun, perfectly-paced genre films I've seen in years. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 48% Cake (2015) Cake is mostly a melancholy, tragically stunning film, with a groundbreaking performance by Aniston and enough biting humor and heart to create the perfect balance it needs to make a lasting impression. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A+ 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) The Two Towers succeeds like few other middle installments do in serving as both a satisfying benchmark that ties the introduction and conclusion to this trilogy together. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
F 33% Blackhat (2015) It's still early in the year, but Blackhat's careless, convoluted script and lazy performances could easily earn it a spot on the list of worst movies of 2015. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 91% The Martian (2015) The Martian is the unique kind of blockbuster that you can marvel at in awe while still maintaining an emotional connection. It truly does have it all. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
D+ 27% Pan (2015) Keep calm and don't go see Pan, but cross your fingers that Levi Miller will get a role worthy of his talent. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B+ 100% Two Step (2015) The concise characterization and slow boil build make Two Step a worthy addition to the Texas thriller sub-genre. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A No Score Yet It's honest, unapologetic, flawlessly performed, and a complex, unflinching look at female sexuality, which is no different in 2015 than it was in 1976. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Although The Man from U.N.C.L.E. doesn't break any new ground and might not be everyone's mission of choice, it's stylish, fun, and an entertaining enough entry in a crowded lineup of spy-thriller fare. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A 89% Mr. Holmes (2015) Mr. Holmes is an exceptional and unique addition to the vast collection of Sherlock Holmes' journeys, rich with respect for its predecessors and bold in its thoughtful and reflective approach. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) This mix of old and new, along with the combination of sexy and cool wouldn't be possible without The Girl herself, brought to life... by Sheila Vand. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 68% Nasty Baby (2015) Although occasionally trying and failing to balance the array of stories it aims to tell, Nasty Baby's performances and conclusion provide a method to the madness as it reminds us of the constant state of the human condition. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
A 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Pitch Perfect 2 is a witty, fun celebration of women who empower both themselves and other women. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 36% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Although the conclusion all but abandons the goals the film sets out to achieve, Our Brand Is Crisis is a smart, timely satire that addresses the state of politics today with a healthy mix of criticism and comedy. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C+ 42% Body (2015) Although Body takes a unique approach to a familiar suspense story and feature a promising up-and-coming lead, its rushed climax leaves a sense of watching an unfinished product. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B+ 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bridget Jones's Baby is a hilariously satisfying revisit to franchise that pays equal parts homage and parody to the rom com genre. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name is an exquisite queer love story that might be through the lens of two gay men, but it speaks to the hearts of everyone, everywhere. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
89% I, Tonya (2018) The film scrutinizes a story as its told through the lens of Harding's family and friends, creating a more compelling and complex narrative that feels as current as ever. - The Babbling Blonde EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Overall, any minor missteps in Captain America aren't enough to detract from the fact that Carol Danvers is an enthusiastically essential addition to the MCU. - AfterEllen.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
95% The Lavender Scare (2019) The Lavender Scare is a must watch for everyone in today's political climate regardless of sexual orientation. - AfterEllen.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
83% Blockers (2018) The sugary sweet love story of Sam and Angelica in Blockers is just right, and it's the one we need to watch on repeat. - AfterEllen.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
87% Colette (2018) This film is a biographical portrait, a tender coming of age story, a clap back against the patriarchy, and exploration of womanhood and sexuality, and surprisingly, a poignantly funny period piece. - AfterEllen.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C- 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The result is a film written and based on a novel by a female author that does little for women but overtly sexualize and dumb them down. - Audiences Everywhere EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
41% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita & Virginia is a marvelous and mesmerizing love story that should have been brought to screen for the world to see, and that is a win in and of itself. - AfterEllen.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Greta (2019) The appeal of Neil Jordan's latest film lies largely within its self-awareness. Greta takes absolutely preposterous twists and turns, but the film leans into them so gleefully that one can't help but just buckle up and enjoy the raucous ride. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan never meanders. This film is a smartly designed, tightly packaged tale of one woman's journey, the choices she makes along the way, and the far reverberating impact they had on history. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019