John Fink

John Fink
John Fink's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 100% 63 Up (2019) The stories are ordinary and extraordinary, providing a global overview of life's milestones without the kind of granular detail that a daily diary entry might offer up. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
B 100% Come As You Are (2020) Imperfect, but delightful for much of its journey, Come As You Are packages an important human rights message in a comedy for the bros. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
B+ 93% Western Stars (2019) The Boss, older and wiser, remains one of our most perceptive, curious, and eclectic chroniclers of the American experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B+ 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Provides an exhaustive history of the medium right before our ears and eyes, jumping quickly from decade to decade and bringing it all together as a comprehensive cinematic dissertation of aural complexity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
B+ 70% The Kill Team (2019) This version of The Kill Team is a visceral study in masculinity divorced largely from sexuality or even sexual identity - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B 47% Guest of Honour (2019) Guest of Honour is fascinating and entertaining in the moment-led by David Thewlis in his best performance since Mike Leigh's Naked. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B 61% Crown Vic (2019) Crown Vic proves to be a limited yet effective study of urban police work initiated by veterans who have gotten this far on street smarts and broken windows policing, rather than the new school of a community policing approach. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- 99% For Sama (2019) The latest in a series of work about the cost of the refugee crisis and human migration, For Sama is a harrowing experience and certainly one of the most essential films of the year. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) The Chambermaid operates as a subtle study of inequality, but what emerges before our eyes is a character study free of pretense. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
C 32% Shaft (2019) Despite a few laughs, it's a film that panders to a general audience with the funky musical score of a blaxploitation flick but none of the heart, spirit, or outrage. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
B+ 100% Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) Certain moments either diminish the intellectual arguments at the core of the film or serve to further prove Bland was once here and now a specter looming over a never-ending, polarizing ongoing national conversation on racism and policing in America. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B- 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Framing John DeLorean is an entertaining and occasionally fascinating take on a playboy turned family man that unfortunately finds itself distracted with recreations. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B+ 100% Everybody's Everything (2019) For those seeking to understand the Lil Peep phenomena, especially as his work continues to reach radio stations, it's a fairly comprehensive document. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 63% Yesterday (2019) If "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," Yesterday, a sweet and well-meaning comedy, is a cautionary tale in taking on such an iconic musical output without adding much new to it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
F 14% The Hustle (2019) After 94 minutes without a single laugh, you'll definitely feel the pain knowing that you've wasted time and money on this dreadful farce. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
B 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Thankfully, the film never feels as if it's a work of branded content but rather an honest and intimate portrait of a revolutionary American cultural icon. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
D+ 17% After (2019) An uninspired picture that lives at the intersection of E.L. James, Nicholas Sparks, and the Freeform network. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- 88% Go Back to China (2019) The film progresses predictably with an easy charm even if it's dragged down by occasionally clunky pacing and sitcom tropes while exploring the complexity and flaws of its characters. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B- 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come is at its best when doling outrapid-fire dialogue that recalls the works of Armando Iannucci. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Pig Hag (2019) Despite a few over the top moments, Pig Hag is a nuanced and mature although not restrained portrait of someone who we all have met. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 100% Vision Portraits (2019) An evocative meditation on sight, cinema, and the tools of filmmaking. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 71% Run This Town (2019) While this is by no means the most comprehensive way to convey the story of Ford, it is one way to tell it with a straight face and real stakes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
B+ 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearns embraces droll humor and violence creating a subversive universe that works within its own established logic. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B- 55% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a skillfully crafted and often hilariously entertaining, but like an evening with Moondog, it might leave you with a hangover. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C- 80% Good Boys (2019) Despite some endearing passages, Gene Stupnitsky's uninspired crude tween comedy Good Boys is a cringe-inducing affair. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) With a healthy dose of the occasional crude joke and casual drug use that's become the hallmark of Seth Rogen's brand of humor, Long Shot is Notting Hill with geopolitics. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
C- 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) As entertaining as A Madea Family Funeral is in passages it feels like a retread of his previous works. As a filmmaker, Perry has evolved very little, reverting back to what's worked for him in the past. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C+ 31% Mapplethorpe (2019) As a biopic,Mapplethorpe comes up short, falling into the kind of tropes artist pictures tend toplunge into, full of grandiose speeches foreshadowing what's to come, perhaps a victim of low-budget indie filmmaking forcing compromises. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
C 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Unfortunately, a one-note romantic comedy with all the tropes isn't exactly the best way to parody the genre, even if it's wrapped in an empowering story that tackles the gender problems at the core of heteronormative rom-coms. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) The Disappearance of My Mother emerges as a tender and moving portrait in passages as we jump between various modes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Often hilarious and always a delight, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is the conversational, down-home story of the Smith College-educated Texan who found herself bouncing around the country to find her voice. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 87% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Stieg Larsson's story may be best served through the lens of a filmmaker who is granted some artistic license to explore the legacy of this remarkably brave and passionate journalist. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 50% Escape Room (2019) Students of the genre will know what's coming and if you're craving a few thrills, you can do far worse. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
D+ 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Holmes & Watson fails precisely because its filmmaker has no desire to take control of the material. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
A 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is a rousing performance lensed with simple, raw, intimate filmmaking that's unforgettable and nourishing for the soul. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 100% United We Fan (2018) An energetic and interesting look at the culture of fandom from the grassroots efforts to save shows like Star Trek in the late 60s to modern activism taking place on Twitter and crowdfunding platforms that gave a second life to shows like Veronica Mars. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
C 23% Nobody's Fool (2018) I still think Perry, who has made 18 feature films, will eventually make his masterpiece of American cinema. This is far from it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C- No Score Yet London Fields (2018) London Fields knows what notes to play but not how they ought to come together. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 36% Hunter Killer (2018) An action movie your uncle would have liked after receiving on VHS from Columbia House. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 94% Screwball (2019) Covers the doping scandal without fear or favor, interested in the kinds of bit players behind the headlines whose stories are often way more interesting than the athletes that have fallen from grace. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
B+ 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A captivating personal journey with a concern for harmony and a gentle sense of humor. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
A- 90% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is a powerful film full of rich, raw emotions as all parties explore their vulnerabilities. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
C 30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Still, Hill's choices are mostly smart, and the film works well when throwing the three men - Brolin, McBride, and Jordan - together into set pieces recycled from better comedies. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
B+ 93% Weirdos (2016) Landing somewhere between his brilliant character study Trigger and the frustrating, if not beautiful and heartbreaking This Movie is Broken, Weirdos is an endearing throwback to the moment where good kids engage in this kind of behavior. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
B- 57% Duck Butter (2018) The real stars of the show are Shawkat and Costa, who sustain what might be in the wrong hands-for the sake of argument, let's just call them Joe Swanberg's hands-an insufferable relationship drama. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
D 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Not every Blumhouse outing will be another Get Out, but Truth or Dare is the lowest common denominator of PG-13 teen horror. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C+ 18% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) Ambitious and deeply flawed, Acrimony may appeal to hardcore fans of The Room-it's not every day a melodrama comes along that's this fun precisely because it never takes itself seriously. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
B 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Workman's film is a gentle city symphony that provides a love letter to the five boroughs without much drama or tension. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B- 87% Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018) The foundation for a terrific, informative and bone-chilling documentary about where we currently are is here, but the problem is that we're still very much in the middle of this story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C+ 17% Perfect (2019) A trippy take on genetic engineering, Perfect is a mind-altering film that, depending on the viewer's sensibilities, will either be an expressionist gem or a hollow exercise in style over substance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018