Kirsten Acuna

Kirsten Acuna
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Kirsten is a correspondent for INSIDER, covering celebrities, movies, television, and pop culture coverage. She holds a degree in magazine journalism and minors in both English and child family studies from Syracuse University. Kirsten has previously written for TV Guide and Time Out New York Kids. She was previously the Associate Entertainment Editor for Business Insider and a Senior Entertainment Editor for INSIDER.
Publications: Business Insider, Insider

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 83% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" delivers gripping performances, nail-biting moments, and a story of police brutality that will have audiences reflecting on society long after their screening. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
A 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Guardians" is brash, it's bold, and it's not afraid to stray from what you typically expect from Marvel in terms of superheroes. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) If you liked "Clue" - the quintessential murder mystery of the '80s - you'll be satisfied with "Knives Out" which is filled with an equally eccentric ensemble played by A-listers. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
C 53% Noelle (2019) So far, the streaming service's lineup of original movies feel like B-films that weren't good enough for theatrical releases. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
A 92% Klaus (2019) One of the year's best animated films for its sweet story of friendship and self-discovery and its push to revitalize 2D animation for a younger generation. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) "A likely Oscar contender not only for the performances of Matt Damon and Christian Bale, but also the execution of its heart-stopping races." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B- 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) At its best, "Lady and the Tramp" is reminiscent of Disney classic "Homeward Bound." At its worst, it feels like Disney's eventual direct-to-DVD franchise "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
C 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Is "Doctor Sleep" as good as or better than "The Shining"? Definitely not. The scariest moments (which aren't that scary) have all been seen before. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B 72% Interstellar (2014) The space voyage is easily one of Nolan's most thought-provoking films yet. It's definitely his most ambitious. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
A 96% Gravity (2013) Cuaron's journey into space is a great achievement, pushing the limits of what we can do with technology on screen and hinting at where it can go in the future. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
A- 91% The Martian (2015) "The Martian" is this decade's "Cast Away," but if "Cast Away" took place in a world that was constantly plugged in and online. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7" is probably one of the most ridiculous non-stop action rides you'll see this year. It's also probably one of the few action films which will also reduce you to tears by its end. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
A 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) The entirety is a delicious assault on both your visual cortex and auditory system - a giant orchestral blend of machine engines roaring and wheels peeling combined with a booming overture of drums and guitar. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
C- 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's definitely the weakest of the latest trilogy of "X-Men" movies (2011's "First Class" and 2014's "Days of Future Past"). Unless you're Michael Fassbender or James McAvoy, big talent is pretty squandered in the film. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
D 29% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "Resurgence" is not better than its predecessor, and I don't think it will ever come to play repeatedly on television on July Fourth like "Independence Day." - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
D+ 27% Suicide Squad (2016) There are so many side characters in "Suicide Squad" that character development falls by the wayside unless you're one of the big players, primarily Harley Quinn and Deadshot. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
A- 85% Deadpool (2016) From the moment the film begins and you see the words "directed by an overpaid tool" and "produced by a-hats" on screen, you know "Deadpool" isn't going to be like any other superhero movie you've seen before. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
A- 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Captain America: Civil War" is a much better version of "Batman v Superman." Not only does the film juggle a dozen major superheroes pretty seamlessly, but it manages to tell a cohesive story without making the film feel too stuffed. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B+ 89% Doctor Strange (2016) If you were puzzled by the dream-building of worlds in Christopher Nolan's "Inception," you'll be spellbound by the cities folding in within themselves in "Doctor Strange." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) Funnier than the original... The movie takes an odd over-the-top turn in its final minutes that feels like it would have been better suited in an animated Disney TV series. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) "It's the hostility and brewing war between Jolie and Pfeiffer's characters and their masterful performances that make the sequel worth a watch." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
C+ 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) If you're a big fan of the series, you'll definitely want to tune in... Though it comes to a satisfying conclusion, temper your expectations if you're hoping for too much from this continuation of the series. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
A- 69% Joker (2019) You're probably going to leave the film feeling uncomfortable, but you'll also be wowed by Phoenix's performance. He's gunning for an Oscar nod as the Clown Prince of Crime and he may certainly get it. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger rips your heart out as you watch the star's tragic downfall play out on screen in two hours. Bring some tissues along for this one. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 84% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" isn't for everyone. But it is beautiful, thought-provoking, and may make you want to reach out to loved ones you haven't spoken to in a while. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) For as ludicrous as some of the film's plot becomes, family is always at the heart of the spin-off. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
A- 53% The Lion King (2019) If you grew up loving the animated movie, the remake will transport you back to the '90s and make you feel like a kid again. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
A 83% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 'Rogue One' kicks it into hyperdrive a little over halfway through and it never really slows down after that. In fact, it continuously manages to get better as the movie progresses. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
A 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Part rom-com, part "Avengers: Endgame" sequel, and completely action-packed, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" will make you laugh, tear up, and cheer all the way through. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" isn't better than the original trilogy, but it is undeniably funny, sweet, and it will probably make you reach for a tissue or two by the film's very end. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "'Dark Phoenix' delivers underdeveloped villains and a reshot ending that will leave you wondering what the original one could've been... Fassbender steals every scene he's in as a young Magneto." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
A- 57% Brightburn (2019) An R-rated supervillain movie that doesn't hold back, this is it. Original. Grisly. Unrelenting. "Brightburn" is an excellent flip on the superhero genre. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C+ 57% Aladdin (2019) Despite stellar casting for its two lead roles, the remake of the 1992 Oscar-winning animated movie suffers from the lack of a superb villain who can equally carry the film. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "'Parabellum' is an immensely enjoyable watch with a small lull in the middle that should keep fans excited and ready to come back for a fourth film." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If you think you know where this movie is going based off of the over-abundance of teasers and trailers, I assure you, you don't. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B- 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The movie, while definitely creepier than the book, somehow managed to be both better and worse than the novel. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
A+ 93% Us (2019) "'Us' is going to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. By the film's very end, you're going to have one thought on your mind: I need to watch this again. Immediately." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A delightful entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe filled with action-packed fight sequences and chases, as well as a reminder to never let anyone hold you back from your full potential. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
C+ 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Albeit a slightly underwhelming answer to the first movie's biggest mystery, you have to give credit to director Christopher B. Landon for making an original sequel to a horror slasher that flips the movie's genre a bit. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B 37% Glass (2019) As much as I enjoyed "Glass," I don't think it's better than "Unbreakable" or "Split." - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
D- 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) The Wachowski siblings said they wanted to put together a bunch of genres, but in doing so, it's hard to figure out what this film wants to be. - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
A- 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The Force Awakens" is easily better than all the prequel films, however, I wouldn't rankit higher than anything in the original trilogy except maybe "Return of the Jedi." - Business Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
A 92% Bumblebee (2018) Six movies into this franchise, I expected to write "Bumblebee" off as another "Transformers" cash grab. But it's one of the most unexpectedly heartwarming and fun movies you'll watch this holiday. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Blunt and the many cameos are excellent in an otherwise fine "Mary Poppins" sequel. But the Mouse House's fifth sequel of the year proves that maybe you don't need a followup to every Disney movie ever made. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 65% Aquaman (2018) Jason Momoa is an excellent Aquaman and the world of Atlantis looks like something out of "Avatar." But there are some things that feel too cartoonish, some jokes don't quite land, and the film continues to make some mistakes of past DC entries. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse," feels like a comic book come to life. Sony's vibrant, hilarious holiday movie is gorgeous to look at, is incredibly self-aware, and delivers the big screen debut of a few new Spideys that will become household names. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's not a terrible film and it's definitely not a boring one. There are a few laughs, gorgeous creatures to look at, and if you've been looking for something darker in the wizarding world, this is it. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) While it may not make you as emotional as the first film, it's a must-see for the amount of cameos it includes, two fun end-credits scenes, and plenty of well-earned laughs for both kids and adults. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 59% The Grinch (2018) While it may not be completely necessary, it does give the 1966 Chuck Jones cartoon a much-needed update. And it may just scare away any nightmares you have of Jim Carrey's 2000 movie. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) As good as "Age of Ultron" is, it just leaves something to be desired. Still, you'll get the action you crave, you'll get some witty one-liners, and you'll have a really good time. - Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018