Kathryn VanArendonk

Kathryn VanArendonk
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Staff writer at Vulture.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) Its dominant impression is of being extremely cute, in a way that usually means Aww, it's really a cute special! but which occasionally veers into something closer to a self-aware impish cutesiness. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) In spite of my reservations, though, the final leg of Slate's stand-up does feel like a sum that's doing its best to capitalize on all of the hour's many parts. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
100% Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) The Great Depresh is also proof of the idea that a story about getting better - a story about one guy recovering and an entire culture of mental health-related shame diminishing - can also be a funny story. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
86% Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Aside from the opening several minutes, Burr's whole set is like that: thoughtful, surprising, introspective. He keeps yelling, of course. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (2019) But for those who are really tickled by Torres's comedy, the special will become exactly what one of those precious, beloved objects is to him: something resoundingly idiosyncratic, with a personality that not everyone can see. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Right Now feels like a reckoning because it feels like an hour of Ansari, actively and sometimes futilely and often hilariously, attempting to wrestle with what it means to be an artist in the world right now. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
5/5 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) It feels beautiful and unsubtle and deeply sweet that Deadwood: The Movie gestures toward an ending by starting with the birth of a baby. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
100% Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) As a whole, the special would be stronger if there were more sequences with that kind of multilayered thoughtfulness. But Not Normal has plenty of moments that stand out on their own, more than justifying the few bits that feel a little thin. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
80% Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Then, just as you're about to rise up in fury, you realize that with sneakily self-immolating deftness, all of Jeselnik's most devastating hits land squarely on himself. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club (2018) It's a winking kind of gesture, a way for him to say, "Look at this delightful mess I've made." And there is something sort of delightful about it - in how deft he is at wrapping the audience up in a nice bow and presenting them back to themselves. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
100% Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2019) It's funny! But it leaves you a little annoyed that you never got to the part where you and Hart get to ride the coaster for real. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
79% Amy Schumer Growing (2019) Too often, though, Growing is an exercise in well-trodden territory. In spite of showing off her own skin, and in spite of how personal this special is, Schumer's revelations rarely get past the superficial. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) It's goofy, and if there's an edge underneath DeGeneres's frustration with the complaint that she may no longer be relatable, it's buried deep. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018