Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
New York Magazine film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- No Score Yet Perfect Harmony (1991) Despite the film's solid performances - careful understatement by Scolari, straightforwardness by the young men, as well as sharp work in a small role by Darren McGavin - Perfect Harmony remains just a well-crafted TV movie, no more, no less. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B 100% Heidi (1993) Heidi has both tenderness and spunk. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017) If you don't laugh at Macdonald's material about cellphones and George Washington chopping down the cherry tree - well, I'm sorry, but you're just not a smart person if you don't find his stuff funny. - Yahoo.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ 86% Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) One crucial trait that distinguishes [Chris] Rock from every other comedian of his generation is that his jokes proceed from a thought-out political philosophy containing both radical and conservative elements. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup (2011) With his wide, goofy grin and perpetually bemused, oh-my-gosh manner, Macdonald can render the most grim or poor-taste subjects amusing. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster (2017) This special doesn't quite fit in with Netflix's lineup of cool comedy like BoJack and hip standup specials, but that just makes Dunham's entry onto the streaming network that much more novel and welcome. - Yahoo.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B 50% Fall from Grace (1990) Fall from Grace could have been, at its most daring, an indictment of televangelism and, at the least, an entertaining hoot; instead, it's a baleful drag with superlative acting. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, comes as close as any film yet made to capturing that vast complexity of the man. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
83% The Client List (2010) In the manner of all such Lifetime productions, The Client List managed to offer cheap thrills...while offering moral uplift. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
B- 61% Stephen King's It (1990) In addition to It's slow pace, I found the ending a big letdown. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
B+ 74% Too Big to Fail (2011) What could have been a snoozy jeremiad becomes something closer to a thriller. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
B 75% Moby Dick (1998) Director Roddam gives it a good shot -- a noble attempt to bring awe and the unknowable to the small screen. That, combined with Stewart's full-force-gale acting, gives this Dick a lift it would otherwise lack. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Unlike a lot of comedy specials these days, including most of the ones Netflix does, there's no straining for coolness here, no anger, no strenuous deconstructions of gender roles or savage political humor. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
27% The Week Of (2018) If you're willing to take The Week Of on its own terms, it's a goodhearted, sentimental comedy that wants to be The Father of the Bride with more vulgarity. - Yahoo! Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) I've listened to Elvis Presley so much over the years, read so many books about him, seen so much video footage of him, that I came to Elvis Presley: The Searcher thinking I'd skim over it... I ended up watching every second. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
70% Paterno (2018) It's a very good performance in a very good film that avoids sensationalizing the crimes in order to explore pain on many levels. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) The jokes here are tight and sharp -- they pierce your sensibilities while making you laugh, sometimes out of shock, sometimes out of ruefulness, and sometimes out of the rough wisdom that he's just shared. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
67% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) [Will] Forte is very good at conveying Kenney's talent and his sadness, but I wonder how many viewers who aren't old Lampoon fans are going to sit all the way through this wiseguy reproduction of a time gone by. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
28% Bright (2017) One feels bad for Smith, who looks weary beyond what his character feels; it's as though he finds it exhausting to deliver the trite hard-boiled dialogue. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) A Christmas Story Live! was solid, but it lacked the kind of emotional resonance that makes people want to see the movie over and over. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) The Center Will Not Hold has a brisk, no-frills pace and editing. Almost inadvertently, Griffin Dunne's film reveals Didion as an essentially conservative mind, someone who prized order, tradition, and power structures. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
100% Too Funny To Fail (2017) Too Funny to Fail succeeds in being funny about failure. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
91% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game is one of the most interesting and well-acted movies you'll see this year. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
95% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) It was such a pleasure to sink down into these jokes with Seinfeld, such a treat to be carried along by such a confident professional. It's rare to be treated this way by any piece of current entertainment; enjoy his achievement here. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
B+ No Score Yet There's a deep, rich creepiness suffusing Stephen King's The Shining that makes this miniseries the most frightening TV movie ever made. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Since this is the sort of film in which the children of the subject go through photo albums reminiscing about what they remember of their mother and their childhoods with her, don't approach Diana, Our Mother as a shocking-revelation documentary. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Edited with brisk energy, Get Me Roger Stone is a good example of a certain kind of documentary - one that will appeal to opposing sides. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
86% Okja (2017) It is the many ravishing depictions of Okja's life with Mija -- the beauty the film finds in even so large and ungainly a creature -- that make Okja such a transfixing experience. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
No Score Yet Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017) A dreadful TV movie that looks more like a creepy high-school play. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) I've always admired the band more than enjoyed it. This time around, watching every minute of this long film without ever being bored, I really enjoyed the Dead, a lot. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
100% Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) The film, directed by Marshall Fine, does an excellent job of reintroducing Klein to a generation younger than the comedian's: Klein is now a hale and hearty 75 years old. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
88% Batman & Bill (2017) Finger's life as a struggling writer, the reverberations of his career failure on his family, and the film's adroit, lively way of guiding us through the potentially dull subject of copyright law all combine to give Batman & Bill a lot of juicy oomph. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) Burn is filled with amazing and often cleverly chosen footage, including an interview with singer Barry White on Dinah Shore's 1970s daytime talk show in which he talks about his participation in the Watts riots. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
95% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Louis C.K. demonstrates what lifts him above so many other performers: An honesty he can bend into jokes that provoke laughter while also, perhaps, tapping into ideas and feelings his listeners may recognize in themselves. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
58% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) The hour-and-a-half-plus seems twice as long, with Brent being constantly humiliated while grinning pathetically. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) It captures these two extremely vital spirits in the very recent past, and makes you feel the loss of them even more sharply. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
57% Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) What pulls it all together is what pulls together everything Dolly Parton touches: heartfelt emotion, un-ironic portrayals of modest sincerity (Nettles and Schroder are particularly effective), and a gift for turning treacle into musical gold. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
No Score Yet An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas (2016) It's so busy force-feeding its young 2016 audience with proper 2016 attitudes, it fails to capture what the 1950s were like, which might actually be entertaining to any American Girl doll owner. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) As directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, Marathon benefits from the filmmakers clear-eyed, meticulous chronology of the events and their steady focus on the survivors. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
No Score Yet Who Killed JonBenét? (2016) That's rich: A cheeseball TV movie asking its viewers to "let go" of their JonBenét obsession, even as Who Killed JonBenét? exploits the child one more time. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Hamilton's America (2016) All in all, Hamilton's America is a classy commercial for the show. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
63% Killing Reagan (2016) The best moments are the quiet little conversations between Ron and Nancy. Matheson and Nixon are convincing as a close couple united by true love as well as common goals and ambitions. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) It's an amazing viewing experience. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% The Dresser (2015) The crisp bite of Harwood's lines (goosed here and there by snippets of Shakespeare) and the vigorous enthusiasm of Hopkins and McKellen give The Dresser an engaging passion. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2016
88% All the Way (2016) Transferring his Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to television, Bryan Cranston bursts through the television screen with the energetic shrewdness and vulgarity of one of America's most vexed presidents. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
94% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Little Girl Blue is more like a time capsule of a bygone era than the showcase for an enduringly vital artist. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
17% Special Correspondents (2016) The entire production seems like a half-hour comedy special that got stretched out to feature-length. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Washington's performance so thoroughly captures the degree to which Hill did not seek or desire such a status, it's difficult to imagine that Anita Hill sees herself as the proud crusader the film would like to leave us with. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
80% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Pee-wee and Reubens remain cute, but never cutesy; the artist and his creation are pure products of American culture, unique treasures mixing innocence and knowingness in just the right amounts. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) This is the time of year when sentimentality can be a warming thing, and Parton's Coat will keep an awful lot of people warm this winter. - Yahoo! TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015