Lael Loewenstein

Lael Loewenstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
91% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) A really fascinating and well-made cinéma vérité documentary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
91% Dark Waters (2019) It's really heavy going and hard to swallow, but worth seeing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It is a great cast, but mostly underutilized... It had a lot of interesting elements -- looking like an "Eye Spy" book come to life -- but it wasn't quite sharp enough, if you will. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This made me feel hopeful and genuinely transformed at the possibility of goodness. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) As far as the story -- it did not move the franchise forward at all. In fact, it seemed to have a terrible case of sequel-itis. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
67% Adopt a Highway (2019) Hawke does an excellent job carrying it off. It could have been a stronger film, but I thought he was excellent. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) This is one of the best docs I've seen this year. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) [Scorsese] does play with our expectations both stylistically and thematically... And I've got to give props to Scorsese for embracing new technology relatively late into his career. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This really is a return to form... It brings a liberal dose of humor, plenty of action, and a little bit of a Deadpool sensibility. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
60% Ask for Jane (2019) It felt almost like you're reading a sixth grade sex-ed primer in terms of the way it hit every conceivable cliché. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) It looks beautiful and is engaging... A clever reimagining. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) What a revelation... It's quite stunning. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A fresher, reinvigorated, [and] much more energetic Spider-Man than I've seen in a long time. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
33% Domino (2019) I was not a big fan of this movie... I thought it was narratively a disaster. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
75% Halston (2019) What struck me [about the film] that I didn't realize: Halston was the progenitor of so much of what we now associate with fashion. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) I love the way [director Denys] Arcand blends different genres. This is satire, a romance and also a thriller. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Sometimes it feels just a little contrived, but it has a freeness and a lightness and a sort of Bollywood-ness to it that is a lot of fun to watch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Hard to watch, but important to see. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) It has everything you want in a romantic comedy and more. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% High Life (2019) There's some semblance of a plot, but it's style over substance. Too many bodily fluids and scatological instances for my taste. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
66% The Public (2019) Yes, it's earnest and it tries a little too hard, but it sucked me in. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) It never really comes alive. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) A sweet, family comedic drama. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) It lives up to its name... There is nothing more visceral, transporting, or transcendent than watching than watching Aretha Franklin. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) I thought this was a pretty charming, sort of French-Canadian take on 'Easy A', if you will. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
93% Diane (2019) It's a very slow burn... But by the end, I feel that she had revealed these different layers and I thought it worked. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) This is fascinating and horrifying at the same time. It leaves you kind of feeling sick. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) It's a beautiful and difficult film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It's a remarkable story... I just wish the movie had been a little more suspenseful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) This movie is compulsory viewing for anyone who is interested in the space program or even just curious about what the moon landing was like. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
90% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) It felt incredibly alive... very tactile, and I loved the score. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's difficult to walk [the] line of comedy and horror... It walks the line fairly well. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) If you like survival epics -- and I happen to love them -- this is one of the very, very best. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
37% Close (2019) This a straight-out action thriller and... I would say not one of the better ones. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
82% All These Small Moments (2019) A collection of small and wonderful moments that added up to a pretty decent film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
22% I Hate Kids (2019) It's an uneven film, but there are some funny turns. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) A little more comedic, a little more about millennials. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Like a mosaic put together by a not-gifted preschooler. It just doesn't come together. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
29% Between Worlds (2018) I'm sorry -- who does Nicolas Cage owe money to that he had to take this movie? - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) This film did a persuasive and compelling job of painting a portrait of a woman who truly was a path breaker. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
66% Vice (2018) I think Adam McKay -- better than any filmmaker I can think of -- does a terrific job of rendering the opaque comprehensible. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
57% Strange But True (2019) A wasted opportunity... It ends up being very straightforward and not that unusual. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) This is a very accomplished film... There is so much depth in these characters. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Blink of an Eye (2019) This is a surprisingly moving documentary that also taught me a lot about the world of stock car racing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) This is a really good documentary -- and a really poignant one, as well. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
74% Adam (2019) I didn't really care for the film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
18% Hot Air (2019) It's a satire and silly, but I -- for the most part -- enjoyed it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) It was scary to me. I thought "Wow, the young people are so easily swayed by [social media]." - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) A lovely, sort of upbeat, inspirational female empowerment [movie]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) [It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2012