Josh Spiegel

Josh Spiegel
Josh Spiegel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter Slashfilm ScreenCrush Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 66% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap, like its 2009 predecessor, is a triumph of casting and style over substance. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
6/10 93% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) ...even with an unsurprisingly emotionally complex lead performance from Aaron Paul, El Camino can't help but feel unnecessary and overlong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 42% The Addams Family (2019) No matter what the inspiration, this new Addams Family has the unmistakable, unavoidable whiff of cinematic leftovers. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
7.5/10 77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) This movie won't land on everyone's wavelength, but for those who fit its style, it's a delight. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
9/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is an absorbing character study masquerading as a sci-fi adventure. It's one of the best films of 2019. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/10 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's a few steps above its more obnoxious predecessor, and the jokes feel more indebted to the work of Chuck Jones than you can find in most modern animated films. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
5/10 59% Brian Banks (2019) As a true story, it's remarkable. But the translation from truth to cinema leaves something wanting. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/10 22% The Kitchen (2019) This film has a killer cast, and wastes them in a baffling, atonal mess. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
6/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold has no right being as charming and fun as it is, but there's nothing wrong with a pleasant surprise in the dog days of summer. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Sure, it's all photo-real. That doesn't make this story livelier or more exciting. It simply serves as a reminder of how much trickery went into every shot of something that winds up so hollow. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The improbability of the Toy Story franchise, which inexplicably has not soured with age, comes to a sweet, emotionally apt conclusion with [this] fine capper on a generally perfect series. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black International is a particularly rough film to watch, genuinely unable to tell a good, even moderately entertaining story. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/10 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Yes, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a sequel to the 2016 hit, but this new picture is three mostly separate stories that could easily function as episodes of a TV show as they do as pieces of an aggressively inconsequential feature film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/10 54% Ma (2019) Ma isn't ever able to fully develop its characters, leaving them all a bit stranded. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/10 57% Aladdin (2019) This film is desperate to please, and trying very hard to do so. And it comes up short almost every chance it gets. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/10 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Educational value of its title aside, The Sun Is Also a Star is a fairly limp romantic drama that attempts (and fails) to tie its core relationship to The Way We Live Now. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
1/10 17% Hellboy (2019) In a word, Hellboy is unpleasant. Other appropriate adjectives to describe this reboot include dreadful, obnoxious, unnecessary, and interminable. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is the studio's most visually accomplished and ambitious film to date. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/10 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) If nothing else, The Best of Enemies is hampered by the distinct sense that it arrived about 25 years too late. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/10 47% Dumbo (2019) Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason for this film to exist. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
5/10 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is not a great film, but it has greatness within its grasp thanks to Haley Lu Richardson. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...the film's ebullience and the sheer charm offensive courtesy of lead actress Rebel Wilson makes it a perfectly pleasant, and appropriate, Valentine's Day affair. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
6/10 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King, a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2/10 9% Replicas (2019) Replicas is, like the creations being made by its hero, a weird, ungainly, and wildly unsuccessful hodgepodge of faintly recognizable ingredients. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/10 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside is a shamelessly calculated affair meant to wring laughter and tears in equal order. For a film about the power of the human spirit, it's awfully robotic. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/10 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) The cinematic reunion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, a decade removed from Step Brothers, should be triumphant and hilarious, as opposed to a desperate, sweaty mess. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/10 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is notable for featuring the Man with No Name as the lead of this new project. But it's a passable effort at best. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/10 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The issue is less the cast, which is largely quite good, and more the slavish devotion Marshall and the co-writers have to the original film's structure without improving upon it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines owes a debt it can't possibly repay to other films that it quotes without sufficient citation; even its best subplot has the distinct sense of being a melange of other stories. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 84% Creed II (2018) ...as a boxing movie, this is pretty solid, the equivalent of a song you've heard 100 times being covered by a new artist. But Creed felt like a new song; Creed II feels like a decent cover of that new song. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6/10 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet [is] a perfectly decent animated film that, to its credit, critiques its title character, despite being unable to transcend a profound sense that we've seen this all before. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
5/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The strength of this movie is also its biggest weakness: A Simple Favor boasts a heaping helping of self-awareness. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) When you make a film with Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks, and there's maybe one mild chuckle spread out amongst the four of them, something is wrong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) It's an aggressive, arrogant, slapdash action film that believes it's profound. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson is charming as always, even if the film around him can't measure up. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
7.5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The good news is, Ant-Man and the Wasp is better than the first film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) ...It's a poor choice to keep making Jurassic Park movies that feel as soulless as this. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
8/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While Incredibles 2 doesn't reach the same heights as the 2004 original, it's more intelligent than other recent sequels. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
6/10 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Though Ocean's 8 can't hope to meet the quality of those other films, Gary Ross has at least made a decent spin-off. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Much like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 is less a movie than a smirky, feature-length meme generator. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
5/10 38% Life of the Party (2018) It's nice to see McCarthy leading another comedy, but Life of the Party continues the trend that she's far better in ensemble pieces. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
9/10 86% Tully (2018) Tully is the work of older, wiser artists, anchored by a lead performance that's among the very finest of Charlize Theron's career. It's one of the best films of the year. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
6/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War, by design, feels like one half of a completed puzzle, with the other pieces strewn about waiting to be put together. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/10 80% Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh likes to try a lot of new things as a filmmaker, and working with the iPhone is another innovative step. But his stylistic choices don't pay off when the script is utterly nonsensical tripe. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
7.5/10 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The film is undeniably flawed and messy, but there is a strong, passionate sense of heartbreak at its core, and the underlying message of hope and love manages to be both corny and aspirational - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/10 45% Red Sparrow (2018) The end result is flaccid, more convinced of its intelligence than it should be, and painfully overlong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
7/10 85% Game Night (2018) Game Night manages to be both surprising and well-executed in its comic and suspenseful moments. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/10 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Clint Eastwood, with his new film The 15:17 to Paris, has gone out of his way to recreate the foiling of a would-be terrorist attack carefully. Unfortunately, he's done so in aggressively dull fashion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
9/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is perhaps [Paul Thomas Anderson's] most compelling, maddening, entrancing story to date. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/10 51% 12 Strong (2018) 12 Strong suggests a fascinating true story, but one that did not have the potential for feature-film power. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018