Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
50% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It delivers a dull story that hinges on two women fighting and, worse, it fails to individually give very capable actresses anything resembling Memorable Movie Moments. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B+ 100% Greener Grass (2019) With its kitschy saturated pop palette and wired, wacky surrealist bent, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's Greener Grass is like Lilly Pulitzer on MDMA. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
C 83% Judy (2019) This end-of-the-road portrait of the eponymous superstar doesn't stand out in a crowd, ironically unlike the heroine herself who assuredly did. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) In trying to understand what drove this woman to have a psychological breakdown, the filmmakers turn her into an embarrassing parody. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
C+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray's space odyssey through a protagonist's purgatory is aesthetically appealing, yet emotionally stunted. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
30% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) Overall, Can You Keep A Secret forges its identity as a serviceable romp for those who enjoy films based on postfeminist fiction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Crowley and company create compelling drama, commanding our attention. However, the filmmakers' delicately-detailed construction completely collapses in on itself. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A- 88% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's pastiche is an enticing mix of cinéma vérité and mob movie inspiration. Scorsese in stilettos, Goodfellas slathered in gloss and glitter, it's a must-see. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Sing Me A Song (2019) Balmès has greater profundity in mind when disseminating astute observations about how modern necessities and communicative devices impact cultures and ecosystems. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A bacchanal of blood, brutal beauty, and bold vision, Muschietti brings King's wicked nightmare factory alive again with all its terrifying, unhinged madness and gory glory. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) This third chapter in the Fallen franchise has done just that: fallen in entertainment quality and satisfactory thrills. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
86% Low Low (2019) While the narrative occasionally falters, the visceral way in which Richey captures his subjects provides an unflinching portrait of modern teens on the fringes of society. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Gurinder Chadha brings the connection between music, the listener, and the artist to life masterfully. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B 22% The Kitchen (2019) Its Scorsese-adjacent anti-heroes are placed in a Cassevetes-style playground, capturing feminine frustrations, fearlessness and ferocity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Captures the Latinx character's plucky spirit and soulful heart with an adult sense of irreverence and humanity. We don't have to look hard to find the real treasure here. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
26% Otherhood (2019) The heartfelt dramedy about mothers mired in midlife crises admirably tackles a rarely-seen perspective but struggles to bring all its relationships to a satisfying conclusion - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) David Leitch's film combines silly and satisfying into a deliciously frothy cocktail. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
33% See You Soon (2019) David Mahmoudieh and Jenia Tanaeva have crafted quite possibly the best bad movie of 2019. It's "so bad, it's good" escapism at its finest. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
C 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino walks a fine line between sincere and self-indulgent. Fittingly, the characters and the titular town itself echo those same qualities. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
50% Above the Shadows (2019) The savvy smarts within don't quite sustain the running time and, much like its protagonist, the film becomes transparent in its motives and sentimentality. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B 82% Crawl (2019) Aja and company teach us the skills to endure in the face of death, but also that living in Florida isn't for the faint of heart. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 53% The Lion King (2019) Magic and majesty are recaptured to varying degrees of success, but, more importantly, this provides an awe-inducing showcase for visual effects and technology. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Gary Dauberman cleverly crafts a disarmingly fun fireworks festival of frights. Simply put, it's a kaleidoscope of nightmare fuel. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
D+ 64% Child's Play (2019) This splatterrific slasher can't figure out how to blend all its heady ideas into a cohesive, intelligent and terrifying narrative. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
22% Daughter of the Wolf (2019) The filmmakers adeptly blur the lines between the heroes and anti-heroes, constructing a dynamic, character-driven portrait of rage and redemption. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
D 32% Shaft (2019) What should be an irreverent send-up turns into a glorification of the good old days of toxic masculinity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) The positive influence of When Harry Met Sally is noticeable in the undercurrents, but this romantic comedy has its own unique identity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Despite taking a few cues from the 2014 regenerated jump-off, it delivers satisfying thrills & terrific spectacle when it comes to what fans expect from these kinds of films. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) This live-action remake doesn't come close to equaling the splendor of the original, but it certainly offers a fun musical spectacular in the process. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Stronger sentiments and higher hijinks elevate this sequel above the original. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Director Ry Russo-Young gives audiences a sweet, swoon-worthy romance in which to escape. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
67% Just Say Goodbye (2019) This melodrama lacks the necessary polish to elevate not just its important message, but also the actors' performances. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, show-stopping next chapter that extends the world-building beautifully, whilst assigning meaningful resonance to the character-driven action. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's slow-burning, coming-of-age drama feels like a lived-in experience - one that's simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
34% Poms (2019) The blueprint for a genuinely inspired, warm-hearted dramedy is indeed there, it's just that the filmmakers can't figure out how to properly utilize what they have. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B- 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Like staring into a neon-lit vortex of cuteness, the film delivers a blissful sense of spirit with a hero who captivates with his charm, outrageous wit, and squishy body. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C+ 32% The Intruder (2019) Deon Taylor leans into hairpin turns with bravura and swagger, all whilst delivering genre-certified winks and nods to its unabashed insanity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
78% Sprinter (2019) This jogs along a predictable path, but makes a mad dash straight for the audience's gut right before the finish line. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1.5/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) A big pile of non-interactive, non-engaging nonsense. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This induces gasps, giggles and goosebumps a' plenty. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) Someone Great services the head and heart in equal measure, hitting home the poignant profundity of Robinson's portrait of female friendship and fortitude. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet Pilgrim's Progress (2019) This animated adaptation of John Bunyan's timeless allegory doesn't so much surprise as it does reaffirm faith during gloomy times. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) Despite a heartfelt sentiment, and the filmmakers' desire to raise awareness about an abhorrent practice, packaging it in a family-friendly narrative proves to be problematic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C+ 89% Missing Link (2019) While the film is a tad slight when it comes to narrative gravitas and character pathos, it's ultimately entertaining, humorous, light-hearted revelry. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- 47% Little (2019) With all this talent assembled in one spot, and good anti-bullying messages and sentiments on female empowerment, it's a shame Little doesn't have a bigger impact. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C 47% Dumbo (2019) Some may show up because of the promise of Dumbo's tug on their heartstrings. Others may avoid it, unwilling to have their heartstrings snapped. Both will be surprised. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! marks a sea change for the DCEU. Superb, sweet and smart, this is a BIG feel-good superhero movie you'll want to see over and over again. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
88% Made In Abyss: Journey's Dawn (2019) Despite its flaws and foibles, when this uneven first half comes to its inevitable cliffhanger close, we're still curious to see what creative craziness awaits us in part two. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Instead of bombarding the audience with heavy scientific terminology, it lets a poignant narrative unspool - one with a hugely entertaining underdog hero's journey. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
100% Superpower Dogs (2019) Not all heroes wear capes - some of them wear collars. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019