Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 80% Official Secrets (2019) [Keira] Knightley is top-notch in the lead role and humanizes Katharine in a way that is natural and enlightening. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) [Co-directors Rob] Epstein and [Jeffrey] Friedman are good conventional storytellers, but this is the kind of music doc where the music can simply speak for itself. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Miracle of Miracles feeds the soul and explains in depth why a play like Fiddler on the Roof will always be a theatrical treasure. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) A toothless crime drama that doesn't take advantage of its shady plot. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Comedian and TV host John Oliver called attention to the same issue during a 2015 episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight, but in film form, [director Morgan] Spurlock has more free range to fool around and make things fun. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Jillian] Bell dominates Brittany Runs a Marathon with an honest performance. Audiences will feel those endorphins kick in just in time to hail [it] an undisputed winner. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
0/5 19% The Fanatic (2019) Someone should start polishing up those Razzies for the Worst Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor of 2019. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Filled with beautiful magic realism throughout the film, [Issa] Lopez's Tigers is a powerful piece of cinematic art that will move audiences and allow them to see the hellish conditions presented through the eyes of the children who are suffering. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) A high-spirited tribute to a consummate professional who could deliver a Texas-sized rattlesnake bite you'd never forget. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 50% Itsy Bitsy (2019) Despite [director Micah] Gallo's ability to keep a consistently creepy vibe, the script doesn't bring all the dramatic and horror elements together in a cohesive enough way. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
1.5/5 57% Ladyworld (2019) "This party would be a lot more fun if it were over," a gloomy girl says at one point in the film. We couldn't agree with you more. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) The gothic tale of revenge is devastatingly grim and emotionally jarring. [Writer/director] Jennifer Kent isn't interested in genre mechanics. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite earning nine career Oscar nominations and one win between them, actors Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore are bogged down by the film's lethargic storytelling, not to mention a narrative brimming with artificial family melodrama. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2.5/5 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Once [Bernadette] goes AWOL, [the film] loses its way. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Dramatically speaking, it's a little lightweight, but the chemistry between [Zack] Gottsagen and [Shia] LaBeouf is pro-level rapport. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/5 93% Luce (2019) Luce is an enlightening experience that pushes its uncomfortable narrative to some of the most thought-provoking places of any movie this year. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Most importantly, the film is not an exercise in hero worshiping. Crosby's warts are visible for all to see. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) The movie flirts with big concepts and then flakes out. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
A- No Score Yet Chulas Fronteras (1976) An urgent reminder to Latinos nationwide that the traditions of our past can never be erased, appropriated or walled off without a fight. It's in our blood. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 81% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) With his nothing-to-lose attitude, [Johnathan] is a perfect subject for this stranger-than-fiction doc that is equal parts fascinating and odd. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 68% Gwen (2019) First-time writer/director William McGregor fashions together some thought-provoking scenarios and grim imagery, but the folktale never finds its way out of the fog. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 79% Good Boys (2019) No movie with this many dick jokes has any business being this funny. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 64% Them That Follow (2019) Directors Britt Poulton and Daniel Savage explore the religious practice of snake handling, but they do so via a less-than-intriguing narrative featuring a backwoods love triangle. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 72% Light of My life (2019) A minimalist take that hangs firmly on the natural connection of its two main characters and its effectively bleak atmosphere. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 50% Ode to Joy (2019) Adorable and very funny. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) [Isabela] Moner embraces the role with such sincerity, it's easy to smile along and enjoy something that isn't hesitant to be this wholesome. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Stories best left told around a campfire in the middle of the woods with a s'more in hand. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
1/5 16% A Score to Settle (2019) The dialogue is atrocious. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden is an inspirational voyage everyone should experience. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) As with the other Fast and Furious movies, some of the stunt work is impressive, but it's ultimately a dime-store addition to an already erratic movie franchise. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 59% Astronaut (2019) [Richard] Dreyfus is serviceable in his lead role, but there's only so much he can do when he's the only engaging character on screen below the age of 85. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
1/5 44% Critters Attack! (2019) Critters Attack! might entertain the biggest B-movie horror fans, but with a script this vapid, what's the point? - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Viewers will ... see aspects of their own family throughout the film, which supports the concept that no matter how different we are from one another, we're really all the same in the grand scheme of things and that humanity has no borders. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The elements of this unique buddy comedy and the characters' skill at maneuvering through the industry to survive is what make Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood such an enjoyable watch. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is something that can be described as both breathtaking and uninspired. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 28% Into the Ashes (2019) Revenge flicks can't get much staler than this. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
.5/5 33% Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) Call it mindless schlock if that makes you feel better about liking it, but campy movies are supposed to be ridiculous and entertaining. Iron Sky: The Coming Race is light years from the latter. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2.5/5 44% Supervized (2019) Supervized is mostly harmless and features a nasty streak and a darkly humorous edge that is enjoyable in small doses. But the senior citizen tropes diminish the script. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is a heavily improvised and sharply written dark dramedy that comes up short in the homestretch, but not before delivering a handful of funny and memorable moments. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The weird tone might placate fans of films like last year's Sorry to Bother You ... but [director Riley] Stearns can't quite assemble his ideas consistently enough to come out victorious. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 65% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Unstoppable's message of fearlessness is palpable. But as a storyteller, director Aaron Lieber is straightforward, which doesn't leave any room for a more profound examination of Bethany as an athlete or person. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) When a film as authentic albeit familiar as Wild Rose comes along, fans of dramas like Tender Mercies, The Coal Miner's Daughter and whichever version of A Star is Born is their favorite, should immediately pull up a seat and take notice. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) With some movies, it's possible to be more than satisfied by suspending disbelief and letting the earnestness, wonderment and nostalgic vibe wash over you. Yesterday is that kind of crowd pleaser. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The twist in the story turns out to be more convoluted than it needs to be, but when returning director Jon Watts keeps the focus on Peter and his classmates, Spider-Man Far from Home proves to be a good time in the MCU. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 58% Ophelia (2019) If revisionist literature is something you find compelling, Ophelia will satisfy those viewers with its empowering revelations and its elegant style. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Premature (2019) Co-writer and director Rashaad Ernesto Green's mature filmmaking style is elegant and awe-inspiring. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Building the American Dream (2019) The kind of film that can drive change if enough eyes see it. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Co-writer and director Flavio Alves tells Tina's story with compassion and writes every underrepresented trans character - all portrayed by trans actors - with ample heart. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 88% The Infiltrators (2019) The Infiltrators is unflinching yet entertaining storytelling and couldn't be timelier in this oppressive age of Trumpism. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is far from perfect and isn't even the most twisted film of the year ... but there's something about [writer/director Ari] Aster allowing so much misery to take place in broad daylight that makes his film tough to behold. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019