Caroline Framke

Caroline Framke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Variety, AV Club, Vox

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) Steven Universe: The Movie is as much an ode to the value of growing and changing as it is a celebration of the series. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
No Score Yet Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood (2017) Haddish unleashes hilarious, filthy, and even moving anecdotes to tell the story of her life to this point, without anything holding her back, at long last. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Where "Live" saw Notaro reeling from a bruise, Boyish Girl Interrupted celebrates the healing. Notaro found a way to build upon her previous set without dismissing it entirely, and her joy at cracking that code radiates from every punchline. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Complaining about "wokeness" could easily come off as out of touch and cranky, but Ansari largely avoids that trap by cracking slyly scathing jokes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) The experiment worked. With meticulous attention to set detail and wig shapes, ABC's live staging of "Henry's Farewell" and "A Friend in Need" managed to feel both like an artifact of a nostalgic past and the urgent present. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
21% Practical Magic (1998) However many stories the movie tries to tackle from Alice Hoffman's original novel, the moments that have lived beyond Practical Magic's expected expiration date celebrate sisterhood with a fierce heart and love that blazes across cities. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) Outside the dress rehearsal disaster, one of the weirder side effects of "Rent" airing on Fox is that "Rent" could never be itself on Fox. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
99% The Tale (2018) Fox's directing and script are so purposeful and direct that it can be very hard to watch "The Tale" without having to look away. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) This version of Jesus Christ Superstar was a pulsing adrenaline rush that felt like a fizzed-up energy drink to the face. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2.5/5 75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Every time Fantastic Beasts has to move the story forward, it stumbles along like a restless kid dragging herself to school when all she wants to do is play with her coloring books. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
1.5/5 28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Unfortunately, Fox's version of Rocky Horror is a hesitant mashup of the stage and film versions that somehow manages to extinguish the spark of both. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
49% Mascots (2016) As a whole, though, Mascots only occasionally rises above "pretty okay." Guest's actors...commit to the material, but the improv isn't as consistently sharp... as it was in A Mighty Wind or Best in Show, and the movie ends up lagging because of it. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) When the movie is at its best, it's scrappy, eager to please, and -- thanks to some superb comedic acting -- deliciously strange. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
4.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory [is] a powerful story of loss and, eventually, improbable triumph. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/5 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping just might be the dumbest movie of the summer -- which, in spite of how it sounds, is an absolute compliment. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
4/5 63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) I went into Neighbors 2 tentatively excited, and came out grinning my face off. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) If Grease Live had more moments to work with like "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," it might have been truly special - but there was only so much it could do when the musical itself didn't have anything else to give. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016
4/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) This film is something different, and beautiful, and achingly sad. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
64% Sleeping with Other People (2015) What matters is that these two brilliant, flawed people finding each other at this moment in their lives made them each more whole. Whatever happens next is beside the point. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
4.5/5 91% The Martian (2015) If Damon manages to get into the awards fray for this role -- and he should -- it will be thanks to the fact that he makes it easy to understand how a desperate man could still find a way to laugh. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) It was exuberant, and even a little cocky. It was different from anything else NBC has aired all year, but hopefully its success will inspire more programs like it in the future. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
F 36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) This is the sequel that chokes by stuffing itself with endless, self-indulgent cameos. This is the sequel that prioritizes product placement, which is so blatant that it becomes a joke in and of itself before it loops back around to insulting. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015