Dominic Griffin

Dominic Griffin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dominic Griffin is a pop culture polymath who lives on the internet. He is the host and producer of The Armchair Auteur, a YouTube series of film criticism, and a staff writer at Spectrum Culture. He writes about film, music, television, comics, and professional wrestling at any publication that will support his unhealthy obsessions with Drake, Michael Mann and the X-Men. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd (@allnewdom) probably talking about Carly Rae Jepsen or maybe Mamet.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5.0 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) When Jojo Rabbit works, which is seldom, it functions in a way that still makes most of its core creative decisions seem questionable. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.75/5.0 42% The Laundromat (2019) ...Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns outfox[The Big Short] by running light and lean, ditching McKay's borderline pretentious derision for a laissez-faire approach to the stuffy docudrama. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers is having such a blast employing old silent film techniques and finding new textures in old settings that one hopes he stays in this new lane he's carved for himself, telling tales set as far away from modernity as possible. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5.0 26% Gemini Man (2019) ...at its best, Gemini Man proves that letting a filmmaker as talented and sincere as Lee back into the summer blockbuster space is a good start. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.75/5.0 50% Cuck (2019) Cuck is a far more engaging and daring film than it has any right to be. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
6/10 69% Joker (2019) {Joker} is one of Joaquin Phoenix's top five performances ever, one that is interesting, compelling and capable of carrying the entire film on its back... - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
1/5 13% Prey (2019) The Blumhouse brand has proven to provide entertaining little projects, even when working with little to no budget, but Prey makes even their lowest achieving fare feel like A24's awards season bait. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
7.5/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) This is one of the year's best thus far, but it is also plagued by a few truly irritating weaknesses that hold it back from true greatness. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 50% Bloodline (2019) It's difficult to imagine how Bloodline got made, given how its premise makes it feel like little more than an ill-fated pilot for a "Dexter" reboot. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a movie about strippers stealing money from finance bros so OF COURSE Dom loved it, but does that make it the best movie of 2019? - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
1.5/5 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) The result is a maudlin, tedious indie flick that's nowhere tongue-in-cheek enough to make up for its inherently ridiculous set-up. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
1.5/5 85% The Weekend (2019) On the one hand, it could seem like some kind of triumph to see a young black filmmaker play in the same shallow end of the pool, but given that she's already helmed two other (better!) features, this feels like the worst kind of regression. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
3.5/10 17% The Fanatic (2019) This movie is neither good enough to be genuinely watchable, nor bad enough to be entertaining ironically. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A little scattered, bloated and too long, but (...) not a great horror movie in my opinion. but a pretty good movie movie overall. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 95% Ága (2019) It's doubtful he set out to helm a demo reel for why local movie houses need to stay open, but it sure is a pleasant added bonus. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.75/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Perhaps if Hood focused this story solely around the intimate struggles of Gun's home life during the ensuing trial, Official Secrets would be a shorter, more tense character portrait that nonetheless peered into an overlooked period in recent history. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
1/5 5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) The new Jacob's Ladder is offensive garbage and wastes the talents of a handful of skilled actors who honestly might have arrived at a better film merely by free associating in front of a camcorder for two uncut hours. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) ...seeing performers like him and moderately more substantive screenwriting on display, it's possible Lionsgate can wring out another few Fallen films, so long as they can find more reasons to try to kill a President. Surely, that part won't be hard. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 60% Driven (2019) At best, Driven will get some replay burn on Cinemax or whatever conglomerate streaming app is erected in the next six months to battle Netflix. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) ...hopefully it's in these final moments his next outing begins, relishing in the carnage and absurdity of this subgenre rather than treading water trying to feebly rise above it. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.75/5 42% Nekrotronic (2019) Every scene is crackling with raw energy in a supremely watchable way. Whether or not the immediately forgettable plot tickles the viewer's fancy, it's difficult to imagine not having a good time watching the ridiculousness on display. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories winds up an entertaining enough experiment to warrant its own existence, if not the potential existence of future diminishing returns. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.75/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) As a movie, this is an effective genre piece that's more fun than not, more sincere than most, and less self-serious than the marketing materials might have suggested. But it tries a little too hard to have its cake and eat it, too. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's weird that these movies have evolved this far from Vin Diesel stealing Playstations in a re-skinned Point Break, but you won't hear this reviewer complaining. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.75/5 81% Jirga (2019) Benjamin Gilmour's experimental film Jirga breaks that cycle, exploring the grief of the soldier within the context of the foreign land in which he fought. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8.5/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Is nostalgic indulgence so bad? - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 71% At War (En guerre) (2019) The result is an occasionally fascinating thought experiment about a vital topic brought low by poor storytelling and a dogged adherence to a flawed set-up. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.75/5 97% Rosie (2019) Draws considerable power from a pervasive ignorance on just how thin the barrier is between housing security and absolute free fall. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) ...it just feels so hollow and so boring and so bland. There's a really strange pace to the film that I just cannot comprehend. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.75/5 99% The Farewell (2019) In tackling the complexity of grief and the nature of reconciling with death, The Farewell finds fertile ground for both tragedy and comedy. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
6.5/10 82% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color, a low-budget, sci-fi indie drama (...) operates within the superhero sub-genre, but without the plastic, toy-selling bombast these films have become known for. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/10 No Score Yet Loqueesha (2019) ...it's hot garbage, but that doesn't mean it isn't a fascinating exercise and worth delving deep into for analysis! - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
7.5/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) We may not have gotten the John Wick sequel we wanted, but it's entirely possible it's the one we need for now. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/10 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Basically, I watched all 11 Madea movies for no reason... - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
5.5/10 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It doesn't suck! - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 70% Darlin' (2019) Pollyanna McIntosh should stay on your radar, but the actress' directorial debut is underwhelming. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 84% The Brink (2019) The whole affair is as intriguing as it is blood curdling, but the longer the viewer stares, the more difficult it becomes to take it all in as a spectator. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.75/5 70% Triple Threat (2019) The script gets in the way of an easy win by trying, in vain, to actually be a good movie - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.75/5 93% Us (2019) Though not quite as timely or cohesive as his debut, Jordan Peele's Us, the hotly anticipated follow-up to Get Out, is an impressive sophomore effort which expands upon the appeal of his prior film without retracing its steps. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) A macho, run-and-gun character study about what happens to the men who fight for this country and its interests when they leave the service and how little they're compensated relative to the sacrifices they make - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 91% Starfish (2019) It's difficult to watch a film that doesn't stick the landing despite everyone giving it their all. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The latest Marvel release is being positioned less as an actual film and more a wokeness bargaining chip for social media debate. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It's a well-worn tale told better than most, a cut above the rest of Netflix's ilk and a fine debut for Ejiofor. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) A curious soap opera that nobody outside of Texas will give a [crap] about. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) With Neeson's recent confessions on the Cold Pursuit promotional tour, it's likely his latest foray in the genre may wind up being his last. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 72% Piercing (2019) Piercing is a sharp looking picture with some killer music, but unlike its source material, there's not enough under the hood to keep the viewer guessing, much less actually giving a [crap]. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Is it Gilroy coming to grips with career length anxieties about creating and analyzing fiction? It's hard to say and even harder to care. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 20% Serenity (2019) The paradigm-shifting twist buried in Serenity's saggy second act is certainly a shock, but whether or not it counts as an unavoidable conclusion depends on your personal level of masochism. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) A largely thrilling endeavor that'll play well in television reruns, but may never find a stronger audience than that. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 66% Vice (2018) It feels like McKay wishes he could go back and time and make movies like The Big Short when he was making Anchorman, which is sad, given how prescient and important those comedies were without trying so hard to be. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019