Darren Franich

Darren Franich
Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly
Publications: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 94% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a playful project, very fun, not always necessary. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D 67% Freaky Friday (2018) [Cozi] Zuelhsdorff and [Bridget] Blickenstaff give good age-crossed performances, but the tone around them is all over the place. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- 62% Yesterday (2019) I appreciated the songbook quality of Yesterday, and found something profoundly disquieting in its drugless, sexless version of the Beatles. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) You worry this franchise machinery is getting creaky from overuse, like a beloved old chair that can now only hold the weight of one tiny doll. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It took Pixar decades of technological innovation, but they finally made a beautiful piece of trash. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- 23% Men in Black International (2019) International is better than Men in Black II and worse than Men in Black III, and they're all bad, so erase this sentence from your memory. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) This movie is a gift, and a fond farewell. I love Milch's writing, his loquacious waterfall. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
C 17% Hellboy (2019) Look, I'm glad expensive movies are R-rated again. But this is the doofiest kind of maturity: boring CGI bloodsprays, F-bombs galore. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The movie's treatment of its source material is clever. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
C 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A better version of this movie would've kept its mind on the game. Better title: Rollerblade Runner. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 27% Rent Live (2019) Lots to enjoy - and yet, there was something a bit remote about this Rent. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Verse has plenty of small delights, and it looks unique. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Too many realms, not enough nutcracker. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
C+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This is one of those Marvel products peddling self-aware detachment as a defining narrative strategy...It feels less like a feature film than a meme somebody made about an Ant-Man trailer. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) So Day of the Soldado is our generation's Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, a half-mad sequel transforming a traumatized political parable into a fantasy of all-American murder gods. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Don't let the dazzle fool you. Bird's made the weirdest Pixar movie ever, revolutionary and retro, an anti-authoritarian ode to good parenting. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
C 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Depressingly, A Wrinkle in Time has less in common with its spiky protagonist than her plastic doppelganger, flattened into familiar wonders, a sincere attempt at empowerment crushed into preachy dullness. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
C- 18% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Ten years and three films deep, the loose trilogy is a case study in marketing, a portrait of how the noise around a franchise starts to matter more than the movies that form the franchise. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B- 43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) If this live musical craze continues, can I request a follow-up from this same creative team? - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
B 96% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) It's not quite good, and in some ways the film's point is rather loathsome, but it's also an enthralling look at the artistic process - and, maybe accidentally, a bleak vision of the power and privilege of celebrity. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
C 33% Jigsaw (2017) Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
C+ 91% Gerald's Game (2017) When it works, it's because of Gugino, the rare performer who can suggest victimized despair and empowered triumph. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B 74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) There's a noirish glamour ... Conversely, there are moments of raw and casual power. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The setpieces in The Villainess never lose that initial vibrant you-are-there dexterity. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B- 57% What Happened to Monday (2017) [Rapace] gives seven performances; at least four are good. It's an audition for smarter roles than Hollywood's been giving her, maybe. Or maybe it's a wigstore-raiding lark. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Bad dialogue, lame plot, fine. The bigger issue: How could a film with Elba and McConaughey have so little swagger? - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
F 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) There's a justifiable self-loathing running through The Emoji Movie, a fragile attempt to (sigh) deconstruct the meaning of Emojis while also (sigh) demonstrating the profound possibility that Emojis are the language of the future. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B 74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The Wizard of Lies is less convincingly about Bernie Madoff than it is about the struggle to understand Bernie Madoff: The search for why and how, by his family and his victims and the system, maybe even the man himself. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
C 77% Sleight (2017) It ... becomes a weirdly expository melodrama. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
C- 32% Salt and Fire (2017) A bad movie but an intriguing vacation slideshow ... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
C 52% The Boss Baby (2017) An unsettling talking-infant farce that doubles as an unsettling Pop Capitalist saga for the age of the corporate citizen. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) We live in disturbing times. Belko is an appropriately disreputable, gleefully disturbing movie. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
C 42% Brimstone (2017) Against all odds, Brimstone's a snooze. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 43% Gold (2017) Gold ain't the McConaissance 2.0. But at least the actor is having fun again. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
D 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed mistakenly assumes that the plot is the most important element of its source material. Actually, it's the least. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
C 39% Why Him? (2016) It all works in theory. But the execution's off. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B+ 76% Hairspray Live! (2016) Credit the show for its timeliness -- and for getting more clever, or maybe just less abashedly decadent, as it went along. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
D+ 15% Man Down (2016) A uniquely unpleasant mash-up of moody post-apocalyptic adventure and moodier wartime melodrama. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
B 85% Lion (2016) Where Saroo goes and what he finds there left me in tears, but you feel that a complicated true story has been airbrushed into a postmodern legend. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
B+ 38% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) God help me, I laughed. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
A 92% Grease: Live! (2016) Grease: Live reconfirms all the possibilities of the live musical event as a genuine transcendent pop experience: Clever, funny, rapturously huge in a way showbiz used to only want to be. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
B 67% Krampus (2015) If you love Gremlins but don't feel like rewatching Gremlins, consider Krampus a worthwhile diet caffeine-free alternative. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) Gatiss has written several Doctor Who scripts, and it's striking to see how he adapts the story behind the story into a vintage Who tale: A tale of misfits triumphing over long odds. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
D 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) A film composed almost entirely of jokes that were much funnier when you read them on Twitter years ago. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2013
C- 4% Playing for Keeps (2012) Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
B+ 79% Dredd (2012) Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice - and his chin. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012