Lauren Veneziani

Lauren Veneziani
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lauren Veneziani is a film critic in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD. She's been reviewing films and interviewing talent for WBAL-TV for the past two years and her reviews can currently be seen on WBAL TV every Saturday morning. Lauren first found her passion for film after seeing Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" at a young age. Ever since, she's been an avid movie watcher, reviews on a weekly basis and interviews actors and directors. Lauren loves movies so much she even tolerates and sometimes enjoys the bad ones. Lauren is a voting member in both the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She lives in the DC Metro area with her husband Kevin and their dog, Oscar.
Publications: WBAL-TV, DC Film Girl

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger's performance as Judy Garland will go down as a career highlight. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) 2019 Brad Pitt might be my favorite Brad Pitt. A compelling, emotional and memorable story with stunning visuals. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is made for the fans while also delighting audiences with a passionate and rich story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch succeeds with Roger Deakins' always incredible cinematography and strong performances from Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Finn Wolfhard. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is one of the biggest surprises of the year, with memorable performances from everyone, especially Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) may not be as frightening or fresh as its predecessor, but overall it is a satisfying conclusion to the chilling story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 61% Falling Inn Love (2019) Director Roger Kumble brings his rom-com charm to Netflix's first film that was primarily shot in New Zealand. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's tough to review a movie when you really enjoyed half of it (Gerard Butler and Nick Nolte are amazing!), but the other half is just so-so. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4.5/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) Samara Weaving kills it as our leading scream queen in this fresh, fun and violent horror flick to end summer movie season. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Under director David Leitch's vision, The Rock and Jason Statham open up the Fast & Furious storyline to a whole new world of possibilities. And Vanessa Kirby is pure fire! - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino's 9th film features memorable performances from Leo, Brad and Margot, and is a love story to 1960s filmmaking in true Tarantino fashion. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) In the scope of films about large animals trying to eat humans, Crawl has some fantastic action sequences that are bloody disgusting, but it doesn't make a memorable movie. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Director Jon Favreau's The Lion King is Disney's best remake in recent years, featuring stunning visuals and expanding on this famous story about the circle of life. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The newest film in The Conjuring universe is creepy, unique in its storytelling and welcomes back Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 62% Yesterday (2019) Danny Boyle's film is charming, dreamy and sweet, even if by the end it's not as fully wrapped up as it should be. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's newest film is a beautiful and frightening fever dream, featuring a killer performance from Florence Pugh. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home features strong performances from Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, even if its not the best Spidey sequel. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is a surprise sequel I didn't think I needed, but adored it. Woody's character arc is something truly special. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston re-team in this comedy that's ridiculous in the best way. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Tessa Thompson is easily the best part about this MIB sequel, too bad the story and everything else wasn't stronger. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The sequel boasts a talented voice cast and enough funny moments that both adults and children will enjoy. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix is certainly one of the weaker films of the X-Men franchise, but Michael Fassbender's performance as Magneto elevates every scene. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Taron Egerton shines as Elton John in one of the best musical biopics in recent memory. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Disney's newest live-action film recreates the classic and adds charm and more backstory to our favorite characters. And Jasmine rocks! - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton have sweet chemistry in this whirlwind and unique romance. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry are stellar in this third installment which features the best action scenes in the franchise. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Ryan Reynolds is easily the best thing about Pikachu but the film's emotional core doesn't give enough punch as well as it should. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Any excuse for these SNL ladies to get together is a good reason to watch. It also makes you want to drink a ton of wine. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen have impeccable and fun chemistry in this romantic comedy. It works!!! - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Zac Efron and Lily Collins are exceptional in this film directed by Joe Berlinger. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A perfect companion piece to Avengers: Infinity War, yet strong enough to stand alone as one of the best superhero films ever made. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Chris Pine and this director clearly have a knack for working together. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4.5/5 81% Overlord (2018) It blew me away. Creepy, gory, but very fun. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 59% The Grinch (2018) We expand more on the Grinch's backstory...Cumberbatch with an American accent is a completely transformative performance. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) I loved all the songs...I thought this was a fun movie to see with the whole family, though they could have done more with an R-rated dude... - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 69% The Perfect Date (2019) Noah Centineo continues to be our Netflix boyfriend and I'm not mad about it. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 17% After (2019) Anna Todd's novel adaptation is this generation's Cruel Intentions. The PG-13 rating holds back the story some, but stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin have impeccable chemistry. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell are exceptional in this film based on the true story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary proves that it is worthy of a remake in its third act and actress Jeté Laurence is fantastic. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Zachary Levi is born to play the role as Billy Batson. Shazam is a heartfelt, emotional, surprising and funny, a superhero film for everyone. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) While Dumbo may not be one of Tim Burton's strongest films, it's impossible not to fall in love with the sweet baby elephant and stunning visuals. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/5 54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Cruel Intentions is a 90s cult classic with impeccable performances by all of its leads and a film that has been talked about since it first debuted in 1999. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) An eerie, fascinating and astounding look at what it truly means when someone says "You are your own worst enemy." Us is that and more and only improves on multiple viewings. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal. Oh, were you looking for review points as well? - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse turn what could have been a melodramatic teen flick into a compelling and emotional drama. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The eagerly anticipated Captain Marvel features a supporting cast worthy of several sequels and a cat more memorable than its lead star. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.5/5 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) I'd rather see a film solely dedicated to Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and their friendship. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 60% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert's intoxicating and chilling performance makes Greta the intense thriller it is. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Just as clever, emotional and fun as the first film, while expanding on the story in a unique way with another driven performance from Jessica Rothe. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Director Robert Rodriguez pushes performance capture and photo realism next level with Alita: Battle Angel and Rosa Salazar's performance is truly memorable. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019