Hope Madden

Hope Madden
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's no masterpiece, but check in and you'll find a satisfying, generally spooky time. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2 29% Primal (2019) Primal contains an awful lot of stupid, but the sound is so muddy it's hard to catch much dialog. At least we have that small mercy to be thankful for. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3 82% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) So the haunted house is, in fact, the protagonist in this haunted house flick. Nice. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Every time you think you've pinned this film down-who's doing what to whom, who is or is not a parasite-you learn it was an impeccably executed sleight of hand. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5 72% Harriet (2019) Erivo will make you a believer. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Roy Cohn is dead, but as Where's My Roy Cohn? makes dismayingly clear is that his ghost still haunts us. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) A mysterious plot, Reaser's wonderfully committed performance and some unsettling imagery combine to make this one the most intriguing of the shorts. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers's film is a two-man show, a dizzying, sometimes absurd and often flatulent descent into madness. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4 93% Western Stars (2019) His speaking voice may show his 70 years, but Bruce's singing only seems richer and more inviting. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This revival offers just enough fun to not only avoid a let down, but instantly become Fleischer's second best film. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Stuffed to the antlers with sidetracks and subplots, characters and ideas, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil shows you everything and articulates nothing. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2 33% Trick (2019) This film would feel desperate to be socially relevant if it were not so incredibly lazy in just every conceivable way. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5 71% Gwen (2019) Something in the air has horror filmmakers examining the choices facing women throughout our brutal, unforgiving history. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2.5 11% Jexi (2019) Jexi is like Spike Jonze's 2013 masterpiece Her, only dumb. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5 43% The Addams Family (2019) It might entertain a slim swath of tweens, but this family deserves better than that. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2 4% Mary (2019) It's a remarkable waste of both Mortimer and Oldman's talent and the only true mystery-left unsolved, by the way-is how it drew these actors in the first place. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) As Leo stumbles headlong into an action flick in progress, Miike does what he does best. He zigs when you think he'll zag, jukes when you expect jive. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5 84% Little Monsters (2019) But the pace is quick, the bowels are spilling, and I've never enjoyed Taylor Swift's Shake It Off more. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4 69% Joker (2019) These "look what I'm doing here" scenes drag the film, but as long as you never take your eyes off Phoenix (and who could?), you're not likely to notice. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It's a deep, immersive dive into how Alien evolved to become the masterpiece that it is. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5 68% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) This kind of dry, deadpan humor fuels a film that explores the most peculiar sociological experiment. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5 96% Harpoon (2019) The film makes more than a few convenient moves, but it packs a lot of surprises and showcases very solid performances. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Daniel Scheinert follows up on the promise of the crowd favorite madness of Swiss Army Man with a crime caper of a wildly, weirdly different sort. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
1 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo: Last Blood is basically Taken meets Home Alone, only racist. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2 22% Running with the Devil (2019) Facinelli does what he can with that mustache to keep your attention, but when it comes to the school of Glorious Explosive Train Wreck Acting, he's no Nic Cage. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3 87% Depraved (2019) He tackles the myth, as well as a culture of greed and toxic masculinity, with his latest, Depraved. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5 69% Haunt (2019) Made sensibly and economically, Haunt sticks to what it knows and focuses on what it came to do. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Lopez's fable of children and war brandishes the same themes as del Toro's masterpiece, but grounds the magic with a rugged street style. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 77% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin's pulpy noir package lets Reeder explore what it means to navigate the world as a female. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) To detail any additional plot points-as tempting as that is-would spoil the enjoyable lunacy One Cut has in store. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3 63% It Chapter Two (2019) And even then, set piece after set piece seems constructed with only one aim: a clearly telegraphed jump scare. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3 No Score Yet The Wrath (2019) Yoo contains the environment to create something both believable and economical, the image of a very pretty yet desolate trap. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The film devotes frustratingly little time to the emotional weight of its premise, taking the easy way out repeatedly with cop show shoot outs. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4 91% Luce (2019) His film teems with provocation and his cast more than meets that challenge. Harrison Jr. in particular is a revelation. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4 86% The Nightingale (2019) It's a harrowing and brilliant tale of horror. It's also our history. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3 88% Ready or Not (2019) The inky black comedy plays like a game of Clue gone mad with arterial spray, the film's comic moments coinciding most often with the accidental slaughter of servants. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Unfortunately, under all that is yet another fantasy about a rich white woman who needs to find herself. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4 99% Honeyland (2019) Beautifully filmed with natural light to create a sort of visual lyricism, Honeyland becomes an allegory for our times - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) So remember, high school is a horrible nightmare. Be yourself. And no swiping! - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Øvredal's clear fondness for the terrifying source material, especially the illustrations, gives the film the primal, almost grotesque innocence of a childhood nightmare. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5 98% Maiden (2019) "What do you mean I can't? That's just idiotic." - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4 No Score Yet Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero (2019) The adjective used most frequently in Mahoney's rock doc Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero is "weird." - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) F&F: H&S consists primarily of fistfights, gun fights and vehicular chicanery stitched together with comic lines. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3 No Score Yet Hex (2018) There is more happening here than you realize, and it's to the filmmakers' credit that you only recognize the film's purpose when they are ready for you to do so. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino being Tarantino, though, he'll use the movies to make everything better. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Words of Love is an often compelling look at the relationship between muse and artist. For Cohen fans, it's required viewing. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2 70% Darlin' (2019) Three or four moments in this film of unique, subversive horror flash across the screen and then are gone, drown out by lazily written, listlessly directed cliché. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Do you know Alice Guy-Blaché? Documentarian Pamela B. Green thinks you should. She is clearly right. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2 42% Stuber (2019) Dude, that should be comedy gold, especially in the hands of director Michael Dowse, whose classic hockey comedy Goon understood the charm of the blundering, violent dumbass. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Morrison's interaction for Greenfield-Sanders's camera has a playful quality. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019