Joanna Langfield

Joanna Langfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: New York

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Ad Astra (2019) While this stellar space odyssey delivers the cool, what gives it fuel is its heat. There's a lot of both and still, at times, not enough of either. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) Even at a lengthy two and a half hour running time, we're left hanging. And don't even get me started on that rushed, incomprehensible third act. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) This is a kind of crazy movie. My kind of crazy movie. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) This high melodrama proves what good actors can bring to a production that otherwise falls flat. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarentino's combustible fairy tale is blissfully entertaining. It also reveals a new perspective from the already legendary filmmaker. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) A true visual accomplishment, what really makes this one roar, when it does, are its very human stars. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Fun. Remember fun? Thankfully, the MCU does and serves it up big time for us in this new chapter, one designed not just to entertain, but to make the transition into the new generation. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) While so many other franchises regurgitate the same old same old in what feels like a corporate cash grab, Toy Story has maintained its sweet, funny and very touching freshness. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) Oh, I dunno. There's nothing inherently terrible about this calculated installment of what was originally an inspired treat. But there's nothing particularly fun or exciting, either. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Don't even try to get your bearings in this look back at the legendary tour Bob Dylan led across America in 1975. Scorsese, whose dazzling documentaries have looked at creativity in a pretty linear way, goes full Dylan here. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) What a dismal piece of business this is! While Simon Kinberg's chapter of the X-Men saga taps a lot of the familiar notes, this barely memorable slog feels obligatory, a weak step toward the new and hopefully more exciting future. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Now this is my idea of a rock star biography. Flamboyant and fun, featuring dramatically aligned hit musical numbers, this toe-tapper never forgets the complicated soul of its you-thought-you-knew-him subject. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's coming of ager is full of heart, lol laughs and, not so coincidentally, smarts. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Nicola Yoon's acclaimed best seller hits the screen as a savvy and potent modern day romance. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) Not as captivating as it should be, this look at Rudolf Nureyev's defection still tells an interesting story. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) This thoroughly modern romantic comedy delivers as many laughs as it does sly shots at today's world. In other words, this is a sweet and goofy rom com for people looking for a little bit more than that. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Trevor Nunn's initially standard tale of spies and secrets still draws us in, surprisingly compelled by the story, inspired by a real life incident, of a British woman who collaborated with the Russians during World War II. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
93% Us (2019) Make of it what you will - and Jordan Peele gives us a whole lot to play with here- this horror is, at its most basic, tantalizing fun. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Not exactly marvelous, this origins story eventually warms up, takes flight and wins us over. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Not every film needs to be a piece of art to make its point. And, while Mimi Leder's biopic is no piece of art, it does remind us that, even before she became a cultural phenomenon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a national treasure. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) James Wan has thrown everything he can think of on the screen, but the best special effect in this extravaganza is Jason Momoa's hair. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
67% Vice (2018) Adam McKay is angry. And his firey look back at Dick Cheney makes sure you're angry, too. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There have been many very fine movies this year, but this is the only one that will have you floating on air. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel is so beautiful it hurts. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Like any art at its greatest, Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical drama lets us see things we have seen before in a way we may never have seen them before. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Oh, so what if it isn't the knockout the original Creed was? This one still lands its punches, even if a little more softly. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) As compelling as it is to watch, this film is also a reminder that sometimes you can respect the hell out of something and still be miserable as hell watching it. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) This crowd pleaser may be just the movie we need right now. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) A nifty, nimble marriage of prestige and pulp, this one packs a whole lot into a highly entertaining package. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) This Western, told in six very different chapters, feels like a mirror reflecting the Coen Brothers' filmography. Uncompromising, wildly funny, morally definitive and often deeply moving, not all of it works. But when it does, watch out. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If, indeed, the intent of this bio-pic is to chronicle the events that led to Queen and Freddie Mercury's legendary performance at Live Aid, well, I guess the goal has been met. The movie, as it is, is fine. But it could have been so much more. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It's a puzzle how a film with so many admirable parts can, for me, not come together. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper has a lot to say in this effective, beautifully made movie. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
14% Life Itself (2018) Wait: What???? I have seen Dan Fogelman's talky, mawkish melodrama and I have questions. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Unlike its heroine, this costume drama is perfectly content to have you snuggle up and be entertained. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) In what is billed as a romantic comedy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead breaks your heart. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) I just love this movie. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Small but impactful, this heartbreaker still fills us with a surprising hope. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) Glenn Close soars in a drama that never matches or comes close to her heights. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This sweetie may not be particularly crazy, but it sure is rich. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's seriously sensational film not only made me laugh but also left me with chills on the hottest day of the year. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This may be Lily James' movie, but the fireworks (literally) don't begin until the veterans take the stage. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A full throttle blast, Fallout delivers high adrenaline thrills, chills and fun. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) No sting here: this one's a big, happy hit. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) So: anybody up to go see a grizzly action drama about a young girl being kidnapped by US undercovers and trafficked over the Texas/Mexican border? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik's haunting drama makes other living-off-the-grid films feel like pretenders. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) If nothing else, this familiar familia proves just how far good actors can elevate an ordinary script. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) This is not your grandfather's Superfly. For better and for worse. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) This jewel heist caper chapter is much more paste than polish. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) These hearts are beating, just a tad too loud. Brett Haley's loving drama is full of heart, but so determinedly, you can't help but feel a bit exhausted by it all. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018