Julie Washington

Julie Washington
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) The Warrior Queen of Jhansi squandered a chance to make a rousing period drama about a little-known female ruler who deserves to be remembered. Let's hope the next movie about her gets it right. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
A- 43% The Addams Family (2019) The Addams Family will appeal to mature folks who grew up with John Astin and Carolyn Jones as Gomez and Morticia in the 1960s TV show, and kids who are just discovering this kooky bunch. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 84% Downton Abbey (2019) While it's delightful to think of Mrs. Patmore and Daisy forever bustling in their kitchen, and Cora and Robert forever waltzing across a parquet floor, I hope this movie closes the door on Downton Abbey for good. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A 44% After the Wedding (2019) The questions raised in After the Wedding -- about loyalty, identity and truth -- linger long after the final credits roll. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B- 88% Ready or Not (2019) The "Surprise! Your new family is nuts" idea is intriguing and worth exploring -- whether for laughs or as a serious action thriller -- in a movie that can commit to one path or the other. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
C- 97% Booksmart (2019) The strong chemistry between actors Dever and Feldstein sparks the movie... On the other hand, Booksmart fails at the funny. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron has done more drama than funny stuff... But she more than rises to the occasion here. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) With a plot that spans the universe, a huge cast and a three-hour run time, the movie could easily feel bloated. But directors Joe and Anthony Russo skillfully keep the action nimble... - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Wilson's sense of fun rubs off on Hemsworth and Chopra, who rise to the occasion admirably. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 94% Big Sonia (2017) The story of Sonia's life, lovingly told in this deeply emotional film, proves the resilience of the human spirit, and that love always wins over hate. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
B- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The trick, which Crimes of Grindelwald doesn't completely pull off, is to make us care about yet another dark wizard... Depp's amazing performance as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald anchors the film. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
A 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A slam-bang action movie that never quits moving, but more than that, it creates an authentic universe. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
B- 85% Game Night (2018) "Game Night" is one of those movies that has a good premise and solid cast, but isn't as funny as it could have been. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
A- 79% All the Money in the World (2017) Actually, this is a terrific film that deserves to be seen and enjoyed on its many merits. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
A 85% Darkest Hour (2017) [Gary] Oldman also does justice to Churchill's famous inspirational speeches, delivered in the dark, tradition-bound chamber of the House of Commons. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B- 71% Ferdinand (2017) "Ferdinand's" message of peace and friendship makes it a perfect holiday movie, even though there's not a snowman or Santa in sight. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) I really enjoyed spunky, relatable Rose, and I held my breath every time she raced into danger. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) While Victoria and Abdul lacks a big punch, it does carry a hopeful message about tolerance and love across cultures. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) No matter how well Stone and Carell play their roles, "The Battle of the Sexes" feels overstuffed and slow. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
90% Stronger (2017) [Jake] Gyllenhaal and [Tatiana] Maslany deliver nuanced, understated performances that are heartbreaking and true. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
C 65% How She Move (2008) How She Move is fun to watch while it's on its feet and moving. But when the music stops, so does our consideration. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
D 16% Untraceable (2008) We, the real-life audience, are as sick as the movie's fictional viral audience if we reward the studio behind Untraceable with our dollars. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 38% Southland Tales (2007) Southland Tales won't fill everyone's tank with Fluid Karma, but its edgy, slightly demented flavor is entertaining. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 73% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) There's good fun to be had at Monsters vs. Aliens, and it carries a worthwhile message about how everyone is a person of worth, no matter how tall, furry, bug-eyed or tentacled. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) Disappointingly, Run, Fat Boy, Run is an unsatisfying hybrid not funny enough to be a true comedy, and not serious enough for a drama. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 20% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) Fly Me to the Moon represents a leap forward in 3-D moviemaking. Let's hope the next completely 3-D animated movie picks a more exciting tale to tell. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Tomb of the Dragon Emperor isn't nearly up to the mark set by the previous modern mummy movies - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) Although Roscoe Jenkins doesn't pretend to break new ground, it makes its "honor your past" tale fresh and funny. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B No Score Yet Leo's Room (El cuarto de Leo) (2010) Despite an ambiguous ending, Leo's Room succeeds in telling a genial and universal story. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 92% Caramel (2008) Caramel doesn't have any geopolitical pretensions. It just wants to show that beauty and friendship are universal. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A 95% WALL-E (2008) Wall*E is poised to take its place alongside other Pixar instant classics. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 14% The Women (2008) The best fun in watching "The Women" is rating who still looks good and whose rose has faded (Carrie Fisher is almost unrecognizable), and ogling the frocks and heels. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 87% Hubble 3D (2010) The high-spirited shuttle crew demonstrates how much fun it is to work in space. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) While Pants 2 isn't quite the comfy fit that the original Pants was, its charming cast and sunny spirit are still magical. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 43% The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) This well-crafted historical drama is a treat for Tudor history fans and everyone else who appreciates a lusty tale. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 15% Made of Honor (2008) This sluggish clunker feels much longer than its running time. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 46% Hotel for Dogs (2009) Hotel for Dogs delivers warm messages about generosity and sticking with seemingly impossible goals. There are worse ways to spend a winter afternoon than with this amusing comedy. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 46% My Blueberry Nights (2007) An unexciting script leaves a sour taste. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 26% Drillbit Taylor (2008) Unexpectedly funny is the best way to sum up Drillbit Taylor. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) I Want to Believe will be tossed on the heap with the rest of the unnecessary remakes, adaptations and sequels. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 55% Body of Lies (2008) Director Ridley Scott makes Body of Lies a visually stylish film that also has scenes of incredible carnage and wince-inducing torture. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 32% Fanboys (2008) Fanboys laughs with Eric and the gang, not at them. It celebrates how pop culture can bring people together, and that a dream is important even if it only matters to you. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 98% Let the Right One In (2008) Let the Right One In will please horror fans who revel in the gritty, messy aspects of vampire love inside a solid screenplay. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 50% Chéri (2009) Despite its promising pedigree, Cheri doesn't ever find its way. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 65% Traitor (2008) Traitor succeeds in painting a multihued, nuanced picture that is much more satisfying than paint-by-numbers conclusions. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) The Incredible Hulk is the best kind of summer popcorn movie. Just let loose your inner green geek and Hulk out. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 40% Speed Racer (2008) An excellent cast, story and visuals combine for an adrenaline-fueled experience. Go, Speed Racer! - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
65% Who Does She Think She Is? (2009) Who Does She Think She Is? is a must-see for anyone of any gender who is trying to mute the naysaying voices and listen to their inner artist. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Those who have read the book know how the story ends, but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is so thrilling that it whets our appetite for Part 2. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Kit Kittredge makes a wonderful summer outing for grandmothers, moms and daughters -- and the boys they invite along. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017