Keith Uhlich

Keith Uhlich
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 89% First Cow (2020) The sense of a nascent community rising up out of the primordial muck is palpable, so it's unfortunate that John Magaro and Orion Lee's characters ultimately feel outside it all. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
1/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Noah Hawley treats his protagonist's story as a somber tragedy that at times stoops to trashiness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Irishman (2019) The film feels composed of burnished, often blackly funny, fragments of erratic memory. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
56% Black and Blue (2019) Too often, the suspense dissipates between action scenes when it should be consistent and relentless, even in the quietest moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) The Looney Tunes nature of Rambo's murder spree tempers much of the script's ideological offense. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger can reach all the notes and hit all the marks, but Garland's high-tension-wire emoting eludes her. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
1.5/4 43% The Laundromat (2019) Steven Soderbergh takes a macro approach to the scandal, though the results, with rare exception, are vexingly micro. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) Yet the images, and the actions within them, lack the acerbic edge that would really drive the knife in. Much like Brause himself, the film tends toward the handsome, yet hollow. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/4 68% Joker (2019) The film is one that might have been dreamed up by one of the cynical bros from the Hangover during a blacked-out stupor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
0/4 77% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi is incapable of dealing with the twin horrors of oppression and indoctrination beyond cheap-seats sentimentality and joke-making. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
90% Calm With Horses (2019) The dramatic stakes feel rather low, and play out, particularly via the blood-soaked road-to-redemption climax, in the droningly soporific ways of many an indie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's not hard to parallel David/Dickens's head-spinningly intricate descriptors with Iannucci's own prodding, poetically vulgar rhetoric. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Heimat Is A Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2019) German filmmaker Thomas Heise delves into his family's (and country's) tortured past in this transfixing documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Maternal (Hogar) (2019) Delpero shows a sure hand with her performers, especially Malale, a nonprofessional quite evidently drawing on her own experiences in a real-life hogar... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Terrifyingly mediocre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Tucker Live (2015) It's a glimpse of unguarded genius from a performer who too often treads cautiously. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
No Score Yet Jeanne La Pucelle: Les Prisons (2005) Trying to describe the profound effect of [the film] is akin to concretely clarifying the potency and the impact of Henry James' prose. It can't be done; you just know when you're in it and when you're with it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles) (2005) Joan the Maid, like many Rivette films, can be intimidating. Get past the length, and you may still need to acclimate to the movie's vision of a thoroughly mortal Joan, in addition to an aesthetic that is wholly presentational. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet Joan the Maiden Divine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) [Schumer] quickly segues into the clueless-gal-of-privilege mode that's earned her both praise and scorn. It's an interesting, frequently very funny line to watch her walk. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Pier Kids (2019) The subjects of Pier Kids live in a perpetual state of precariousness. In calling attention to their struggles, Bratton honors their endurance and celebrates their existence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet Straight Up (2019) We often make our own psychological prisons, and Straight Up is a droll embodiment of its protagonist's (and perhaps its maker's?) inner turmoil. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) The makeshift nature of Mancini's originals handily outshines this slick, corporate cash-grab. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
100% Advocate (2019) This documentary portrait of Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel gets absorbingly up close and personal. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
No Score Yet Watson (2019) Seeing the majesty of these creatures and their habitat up close makes for a flustering incongruity with the footage that Watson and his crew have captured of their despoiling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
No Score Yet Wig (2019) A far from festive affair, more of an anesthetized chronicle of Wigstock's apparent irrelevance in the current cultural and political moment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% Scheme Birds (2019) It's a testament to the filmmakers' talent and sensitivity that Scheme Birds is never unbearable to watch, nor unduly sentimental in the way of so much liberal-minded cinema. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
70% Bolden (2019) Most of the time, the imagery feels busy and labored, edited into elliptical shards and superimpositions as a way of distracting from the movie's overall hollowness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
62% XY Chelsea (2019) What Hawkins's film reveals, quite tragically and pessimistically, is a caring soul who has sacrificed their individuality to a perpetually muddled greater good. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
28% UglyDolls (2019) An imbecilic eyesore that could lay claim to being one of the worst movies ever made if it was worth such hyperbole. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Circus of Books (2019) [A] very funny, very moving documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Short History of the Long Road (2019) The story's start-stop-and-start-again rhythm, with almost all consequences elided, becomes tedious and unbelievable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
60% Flawless (Haneshef) (2018) It sticks to the standard coming-of-age template... That's not the worst thing, though, since Strashko, Mekonnen and Lugasy are so good together, like a much less movie-ish Clueless troika. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau) (2019) Effective, if oppressively somber. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Empowering in ways both profound and trivial. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) The Apollo goes a long way to ensuring that the memories created in this one-of-a-kind space will be neither fleeting nor forgotten. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
1.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Every serious narrative beat in the film is ultimately undercut by pro-forma storytelling, or by faux-improvised humor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) A fine debut about a fleeting romance... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) None of it adds up to much beyond painting the band, despite their often repellently bad behavior, in a flattering light. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
100% Mr. Jimmy (2019) It's... the very slipperiness of Sakurai's passion - to humbly become the god he worships - that continually compels. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
73% Serendipity (2019) For better and for worse, the film is both personal memoir and promo reel, and the emotions tend to be undercut by the self-marketing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
72% The Plagiarists (2019) The film improves upon reflection, raising, as it does, some knotty questions about originality in art and in life, as well as provocatively positing that even a copy of a copy of a copy has the potential to move hearts and minds. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
80% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Dolce Fine Giornata comes to feel like a soapbox from which Borcuch is proclaiming some vague treatise about the limits of art and empathy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
20% Polar (2019) Polar is pure trash, but the generousness - and, in the final stretch, the poignancy - with which Mikkelsen approaches even the most lurid of the film's conceits at least pushes it toward the top of the garbage heap. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Even in this fictional context, the line between portraying and exploiting abused innocence gets uncomfortably, offensively blurred. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
83% Always in Season (2019) Olive paints a portrait of righteous rage and determination. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) A movie that plays like the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) [An] affectionate, often uncomfortably intimate feature-length debut... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
31% Io (2019) It's not a good sign... when a movie ostensibly meant to rekindle one's faith in mankind makes you long instead for permanent apocalypse. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) The Hulu film's biggest draw is a new interview with McFarland himself, looking much gaunter, but coming off, in his every utterance, no less sociopathic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019