Keith Watson

Keith Watson
Keith Watson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 43% Midway (2019) In the film, the Battle of Midway suggests something out of a photorealistic animated film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) By focusing so narrowly on the Lewis brothers' relationship with their mother, the film inadvertently minimizes the scope of their abuse. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/4 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Daniel Scheinert's film finds a very human vulnerability lurking beneath the strange and oafish behaviors of its male characters. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
1.5/4 84% Villains (2019) Maika Monroe's engaging performance serves only to highlight how feeble and unconvincing the rest of the film is. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/4 89% Ready or Not (2019) Only in its giddily gory finale does the outrageousness of the film's violence come close to matching that of its plot. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/4 88% Aquarela (2019) At heart, Aquarela is a war film: a cacophonous survey of the global battle between man and water. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/4 100% Los Reyes (2019) The film is a quietly radical attempt to view the world from a non-human perspective. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Radu Jude's film is a bitterly comic essay on nationalist mythologies and historical amnesia. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
1/4 32% Shaft (2019) Ultimately, the only truly retro thing about this weirdly reactionary potboiler is its politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 91% Funan (2019) There are hints that the film will scale itself to the broader historical context of this era, but the screenplay never elaborates on the ethnic strife the undergirds the Cambodian genocide. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Introduzione all'oscuro (2018) a procession of taut, piquant compositions whose relationship to one another isn't precisely clear but which, when taken together, create an indelible impression of a highly specific milieu. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
91% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) The film evokes a deep-rooted spirit of reactionary malaise, of people whose lives are hopelessly circumscribed by their own fears and prejudices. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 32% The Intruder (2019) The film is ostensibly about the war for the soul of a house, but it couldn't feel less lived in. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 66% The Public (2019) The film is a clunky, overwritten attempt to pack as many tortured subplots and pre-chewed sociological insights as can possibly fit into a two-hour runtime. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) It reminds us that there's indeed a better way to interact with our planet—one rooted in patience, tradition, and a true respect for our surroundings. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton manages to put his stamp on this clunky behemoth of a film, but in the end, the Mouse always wins. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
1.5/4 37% Out of Blue (2019) Carol Morley's film wants to blow our minds, but it succeeds only at rousing our boredom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) In the film, hardly any fact about cystic fibrosis is raised without being doubly, even triply, underlined for viewers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 45% The Kid (2019) Its scenes wildly escalate to a fever pitch at the drop of a hat, before then ending, more often than not, with abrupt violence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 94% Styx (2019) The film is a penetrating an indictment of the bureaucratic obstacles placed in front of refugees. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2.5/4 70% The Changeover (2019) If, in the end, the film's narrative fails to cohere, the journey getting there is at least enjoyably swift-paced. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
1.5/4 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Jonas Åkerlund's breezy approach to this material not only cheapens the music, but also has the effect of downplaying the severity of the scene's truly unsavory politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1/4 30% Outlaws (2019) This biker drama is little more than an endless stream of brooding, yelling, and "badass" posturing broken up by grisly violence and gratuitous sex scenes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Never Fear (The Young Lovers) (1949) If the film ultimately seems to question Carol's courage, there's at least no doubt about Ida Lupino's own. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/4 100% Shiraz (1928) Only in the bittersweet final passages does Franz Osten achieve a few moments of genuinely moving melodrama. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
.5/4 19% The Aspern Papers (2019) The words of Henry James have never sounded as leaden and preposterous as they do in Julien Landais's The Aspern Papers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/4 100% The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.) (2017) There's an ever-present sense of rage and despair burbling beneath the placid surface of Barbet Schroeder's film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) Kaku Arakawa's documentary is a candid snapshot of a great artist as an old man. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
2.5/4 15% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood's shameless silliness only takes it so far, as the film is frequently undermined by Otto Bathurst's wobbly direction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/4 85% Girl (2019) Lukas Dhont isn't really concerned with Lara's journey to find peace and balance, as he's interested only in her downward spiral of crisis. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
1/4 59% The Grinch (2018) The film's vision of Christmas is so insipid and lifeless, it's hard to see why the Grinch would even bother to steal it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 67% 9 Fingers (9 doigts) (2017) Despite all its confoundments, 9 Fingers works as a unified whole thanks to F.J. Ossang's playful sense of humor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/4 79% Dovlatov (2018) According to the film, truly courageous artists aren't necessarily the ones who tackle the state head-on, but rather the ones who stay true to themselves even when no one likes what they have to say. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 72% Galveston (2018) The film is a slow, directionless anti-thriller that never manages to build tension or establish any stakes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a taut chamber thriller dominated by the flinty yet highly emotive visage of actor Jakob Cedergren. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film lays out the complexities of contemporary race relations with a deliberateness that frequently edges over into didacticism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
1/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's an appealingly shaggy buddy comedy hidden somewhere inside of The Spy Who Dumped Me, but good luck finding it amid all the desperate poop jokes, lifeless action sequences, and lazy plot mechanics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath's Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a spastic, Mad magazine-style parody of comic-book movies for the age of superhero overload. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
1.5/4 85% Path of Blood (2018) The film in effect positions young jihadis less as fervid, bloodthirsty psychopaths and more as dumb kids at summer camp. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
2.5/4 95% Dark Money (2018) Kimberly Reed's approach is too bloodless to make us feel the full weight of the injustices her film identifies. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
2.5/4 61% Uncle Drew (2018) Uncle Drew, the old-school streetballer played by NBA all-star Kyrie Irving, is a cheerfully scruffy creation, and so is the film that bears his name. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 79% Dark River (2018) While Clio Barnard so masterfully limns her protagonist's tortured soul, the brother-sister drama at the center of the film remains frustratingly hazy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
1.5/4 51% Boundaries (2018) Christopher Plummer brings a twinkly eyed insouciance to his character, but there's only so many times Jack can make a joke about, say, his adult diapers before it becomes thin and hollow. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
2.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Everything in Incredibles 2 is inexorably driven toward a big final blowout. That sequence is suitably grand and eye-popping, but haven't we seen all of this before? - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/4 49% Superfly (2018) SuperFly is a slicked-up, tricked-out revamp that dispenses with any pretense of verisimilitude in favor of rap-video extravagance and mob-movie bloodshed. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) The documentary provides little sense of intimacy with its subject, but it gives an in-depth look at the master chef's uniquely obsessive work habits. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
3/4 70% Adrift (2018) A simple, acutely observed love story that also happens to be a rousingly stripped-down tale of survival. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/4 89% American Animals (2018) As he showed in The Imposter, writer-director Bart Layton knows how to spin a compelling yarn. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
2/4 47% In Darkness (2018) Anthony Bryne's high-flown style only serves to highlight the film's icky way of exploiting real-world tragedy for kicks. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
2/4 54% Book Club (2018) It's been said that casting is 90% of directing, and it seems to be 90% of the writing in Bill Holderman's Book Club. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018