Katie Rife

Katie Rife
Katie Rife's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club
Publications: AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 62% It Chapter Two (2019) When it comes down to it, It Chapter Two just isn't all that scary. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
D 19% The Fanatic (2019) The action, while bloodier than one might expect, is as goofy and dim-witted as the dialogue. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% 1BR (2019) Real-life details culled from ex-members' accounts of life in groups like Scientology and NXIVM give the film an edgy ripped-from-the-headlines quality, as well as reinforcing the sheer L.A. of it all. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
80% Swallow (2019) Carlo Mirabella-Davis' feature debut would be worth recommending if it was simply an impeccably shot meditation on upper-class ennui of the Feminine Mystique variety. That being said, it's much more than that. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Blood on Her Name (2019) ...unexpected, morally complex, and alive with tension. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) It all ends rather abruptly, but that's just because we could live in this movie's world forever. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
B+ 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Tigers Are Not Afraid is at its most effective when it uses its fertile imagination to terrify. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C+ 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The Angry Birds Movie 2 is the very definition of empty-calorie cinema... It's also fast-paced, interesting to look at, and notably less irritating than the original, which is all you can really ask of a film like this one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
C 21% The Kitchen (2019) But while the film boasts a refreshing premise-mob wives taking over their husbands' territory when the men land themselves in jail-what lingers afterwards is the stale taste of its lukewarm execution. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B- 100% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is always in control of its deeply bizarre, suburban surrealist tone, even when its story is more like a series of comedy sketches than a feature film. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 70% Paradise Hills (2019) Paradise Hills plays a bit like the Rogue One to The Hunger Games' Skywalker Trilogy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 74% Knives and Skin (2019) [A] forward-thinking feminist bent on the Riverdale school of neon Twin Peaks fetishism. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B+ 82% The Vast of Night (2019) The Vast Of Night manages to be eerie and compelling despite unfolding mostly in a series of conversations and monologues tied together by a fictional Twilight Zone-esque show called Paradox Theatre. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 100% Bliss (2019) Bliss approaches its aesthetic with a straight-faced intensity, pummeling the viewer with woozy handheld closeups and violent bursts of montage until you feel like maybe you might have been dosed somehow on your way into the theater. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B- 88% Depraved (2019) Although mad doctor Henry (David Call) and his business partner Polidori (Joshua Leonard) are amoral enough to truly befit the film's title, the frankly rather long-winded political commentary didn't work as well for me as the lovesick monster himself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 88% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) [A] slick and thrilling take on the intersection of mental illness and creative inspiration that also doubles as a commentary on toxic masculinity. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 79% The Lodge (2019) [T]he thing that haunted me the most about the film afterwards-aside from Riley Keough's choking screams in one particularly intense, symbolically loaded sequence-was the ludicrousness of its plot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
C 58% Satanic Panic (2019) It's a film that never tries to be anything more than an entertaining lark, and only fitfully succeeds at that. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
C 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's movies are always laconic, but this one felt less like a bunch of old friends hanging out and more like old friends dutifully showing up to do one of them a half-hearted favor. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
C+ 64% Them That Follow (2019) [A]lthough Poulton and Savage's approach to the material is more anthropological than exploitative, the film nevertheless fails to go beyond the surface of this little-understood subculture. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is Tarantino's most personal film in decades, and the longings expressed in it flow from who he is as a person: an established middle-aged white guy confronting his own impending irrelevance. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
C 68% Darlin' (2019) Taking a harrowing Jack Ketchum adaptation and injecting humor into it is a challenge, one that McIntosh isn't quite equipped to handle in this wildly uneven film. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) True, the haunted objects are silly at times, but unlike The Nun, Annabelle Comes Home is only funny when it's supposed to be. And it's enjoyable because of its clockwork efficiency, not in spite of it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B+ 93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley's voice is like a sugar cube dissolving in a glass of whiskey, sweet enough to bring tears to your eyes with a throaty aftertaste that lingers after she's belted out the last note. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C 22% Men in Black International (2019) Like a UFO hovering in the night sky, one moment it's there, and the next it's gone. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C+ 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Of course the monsters should be the stars of a Godzilla movie. But until blockbuster filmmaking goes entirely non-narrative, some attention should be paid to the rest of it as well. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B- 72% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection takes deep, fetishistic satisfaction in pushing the envelope, then pushing it some more, building in seductive fits and shocking starts to an orgiastic frenzy of cinematic excess. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) Director Gail Mancuso, a TV comedy veteran, gets the desired effect-as manipulative as it may be-out of both the funny scenes and the sad ones, leading up to a finale that can only be described as weapons-grade tearjerker material. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 66% Wine Country (2019) But while this isn't the most original project that any of these women have ever done, it is as warm and comfortable as a cashmere blanket draped around one's shoulders by a considerate friend. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 58% Charlie Says (2019) Harron does a good job of conveying both the late-'60s period and the surreal surroundings of the Spahn Ranch where Manson and his followers made their home. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C+ 30% The Intruder (2019) The film is so full of jump scare fake-outs and shout-at-the-screen moments, it neglects to build sustained suspense-a far worse sin than its lack of logic, which can actually be kind of fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Wild animals. Dead bodies. Rustling noises in the dark. With these minimalist elements, Benjamin casts a nerve-fraying spell, playing tricks on the audience. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B+ 96% Little Woods (2019) If this is [DaCosta's] starting line, imagine what she'll be able to do once she hits her stride. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
B 94% Rafiki (2019) From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Lane's lighthearted approach will probably convert more than a few viewers to the TST cause-it's a short walk from pissed-off atheist to smirking satanist. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C- 17% Hellboy (2019) The sentimental father-son subplot is Hellboy at its most laughably absurd, highlighting the chasm between its script and its direction. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C+ 63% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store is so myopically intent on creating a whimsical bubble for its protagonist to live in that it ends up trapping itself inside. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) While familiar, the film's core theme of embracing the things that make you different carries an extra crumb of emotional weight, coming as it does from the director of Edward Scissorhands. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
B- 85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) But if you can tolerate a little saccharine piano music and ethereal backlighting with your food porn, Ramen Shop is an appetizing little bite of multicultural foodie edutainment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Extraordinary in its ordinariness, it's an empathetic portrait of a life that women around the world are living every day but rarely get to see on screen. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B- 60% Greta (2019) This is a slight film, unlikely to be remembered in the long-term by anyone but completists who discover it during deep dives into its leads' respective filmographies. But, oh, what a giddy ride awaits them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's as noncommittal as its lead, Natalie (Wilson)... and that's one of the best things about it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit knows that killing a man with a snow plow is a ridiculous macho fantasy, and it's going to give it to you anyway-but not without a sense of humor. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
D 34% King of Thieves (2019) Calling King Of Thieves the British answer to Gotti is harsh, obviously. But honestly? It's not much of a stretch. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Director Charles Martin Smith plows through the darker material at a relentlessly cheerful kids'-movie clip, for an incongruous marriage of tone and subject matter that's honestly a bit unsettling. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 84% Rust Creek (2019) Screenwriter Julie Lipson's well-written, naturalistic dialogue helps pass the time, as does Michelle Lawler's lovely scenic cinematography. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
C+ 50% Escape Room (2019) Clumsily scripted and extremely predictable, Escape Room absolutely deserves to be unloaded into the cinematic landfill that is early January. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 27% Mortal Engines (2018) This is a headache-inducing spectacle that raises more questions than it answers, and does little to inspire viewers to go find the answers themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C 63% Bird Box (2018) In the end, Bird Box's most significant shortcoming is that it's just too inert and unfocused to work as sci-fi horror. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018