Leah Greenblatt

Leah Greenblatt
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 75% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) [A] shrewd, illuminating exploration of a man whose influence, for better or worse, may have far outdone even his wildest dreams. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 59% Harriet (2019) An impassioned, edifying portrait of a remarkable life, and a fitting showcase for the considerable talents of its star, Tony-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ 98% Knives Out (2019) A silly, stabby, supremely clever whodunnit that only really suffers from having too little room for each of its talented players to fully register in the film's limited run time. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
75% Joker (2019) A movie with the message this one hammers home again and again... feels too volatile, and frankly too scary, to separate from the very real violence committed by young men like Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck in America almost every day. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B- 25% The Goldfinch (2019) Somehow, The Goldfinch feels like more than the sum of its disparate parts; a painting in the wrong frame, maybe, but one whose imperfect beauty still draws you in. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- 76% Jojo Rabbit (2019) [Waititi] finds such strange, sweet humor in his storytelling that the movie somehow maintains its ballast, even when the tone inevitably (and it feels, necessarily) shifts. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Nearly impossible not to L-I-K-E it, exactly as it is. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 88% Hustlers (2019) Beneath all the chinchilla and body glitter, there's a smart, beating heart. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) A meticulously, lovingly made mood piece, full of empathy for the ones who can't speak - at least not always the way they want to - for themselves. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B 87% Judy (2019) Zellweger... subsumes herself completely in the role, without ever tipping over into some kind of gestural Judy drag. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 89% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A big, glossy crowd-pleaser of a film, high on horsepower, engine grease, and clean-sweat '60s masculinity. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
C+ 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Really, the main problem with Chapter Two is that it goes on, and on, for so very long. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
B 80% Official Secrets (2019) Gavin Hood's earnest whistleblower drama does a stirring if occasionally didactic job of reminding us why speaking truth to power, even at the highest personal cost, still matters. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 97% American Factory (2019) Sharply delineates the possibilities - and the limits - of a modern global economy. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B+ 88% Ready or Not (2019) Come for the crossbows, etc., and to watch Weaving's star be born in real time; stay for the socio-economic lessons and sweet, sweet revenge. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B- 79% Good Boys (2019) Mostly, the story is just scant scaffolding on which to hang cheerfully crass jokes about Stranger Things, anal beads, and cocaine. But it's a winning showcase... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater seems to treat [Semple's] tale of a blue-mood Seattleite who goes on the lam in Antarctica as literally as he can, streamlining the narrative into a sort of contained Wes Anderson whimsy. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B 44% After the Wedding (2019) If the script's epiphanies don't feel quite as shocking or profound the second time around, it's still pleasing to watch these beautiful, troubled people move through their equally beautiful spaces... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ 99% One Child Nation (2019) The movie offers an urgent and affecting reminder of what happens when the rule of law subsumes not just free will but the very act of existing - and the humanity that still, against all odds, endures. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
C- 22% The Kitchen (2019) By the time the script wends its way toward a bullet-riddled finale, with the Feds closing in and the women's alliances crumbling, you don't really care about the heat anymore; you just want to get out of The Kitchen. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B- 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Rain is not a bad movie, really, and it doesn't sell itself as anything other than earnest, floppy-eared family entertainment. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B 93% Luce (2019) No one gets off easy here, and no one quite gets answers, either; maybe that's the point. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B 86% The Nightingale (2019) A bleak, bone-splintering revenge thriller as lawless and unforgiving as the 19th-century Australian outback it's set in... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) What makes the movie feel like more than a series of increasingly unlikely X Games challenges, mostly, is the loopy man-child chemistry between its two leads, Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs and Jason Statham's Shaw. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
A- 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) DiCaprio and Pitt are probably as good as they've ever been in anything: one superbly channeling the outsize ego and fragility of an actor in early-midlife spiral, the other a sort of beach-boy Lebowski with a singular gift for sudden violence. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
B- 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense could have a lot to say about modern loneliness and toxic masculinity, ideas that writer-director Riley Stearn largely decides to deliver as bone-dry, blunt-force satire. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber knows that sense and logic aren't what its audience came for; we're here for good dumb fun - and of course, central air. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ 99% The Farewell (2019) On screen, Awkwafina can feel more like a personality than an actress; still, she finds something appealingly honest and vulnerable in Billi. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 53% The Lion King (2019) The story and the songs, with a few notable if hardly unexpected updates, are fondly faithful to the original; the magic mostly intact. Another reboot was never terribly necessary, maybe - but it's good, still, to be King. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B 93% Wild Rose (2019) It's saved from overfamiliarity by a welcome swerve in the final reel, and the visceral, raw-nerved life force that Buckley radiates in nearly every frame. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ 83% American Woman (2019) [Miller] gives a startlingly real and lived-in performance... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
A- 83% Midsommar (2019) The skin-pricking pleasures of Midsommar aren't rational, they're instinctive: a thrilling, seasick freefall into the light. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B 45% Murder Mystery (2019) Aniston and Sandler, paired before in 2011's Just Go With It, relax into their roles as if their only stake in Mystery is to enjoy the free trip to Italy and have fun running down cobblestones. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
B 80% Late Night (2019) Ganatra nimbly mixes classic rom-com tropes with fresher ideas on race, class, and the tangled ideologies of modern feminism, though her tone can also feel scattershot and sometimes too sitcom-ish. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Twelve films into a nearly two-decade-old franchise, Dark Phoenix rises from the ashes of 2016's silly, bloated X-Men: Apocalypse - not a free bird, exactly, but better than what came before. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
B 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Netflix seems to have found its true purpose in original movie programming over the past year: clever, endlessly meme-able rom-coms meant to be watched on the floor in your weird pajamas. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B 54% Ma (2019) Even as the story descends into full bloody camp at its crescendo, Spencer holds the more ludicrous plot threads together. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) There's a lot of Technicolor flair in Dexter Fletcher's flamboyant study of Elton John - and a beating heart in... Taron Egerton's portrayal of an artist whose prodigious talent was matched only by his personal demons and a desperate hunger for love. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) If the storyline doesn't so much unfold as burst out in glittery puffs - and if music cues seem to make up about 40 percent of the plot-it's still an endearing kind of chaos. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 89% The Souvenir (2019) The story casts a spell, and Swinton Byrne is a milky, beguiling presence; it's almost as if you're watching her become a person in real time. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Every demographic deserves their own ridiculous, wish-fulfilling romance; Sun just trades in too much silliness to ever really shine. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 75% Halston (2019) It's a quintessential cautionary tale, supported by reams of glamorous archival footage and the recollections of longtime friends like Joel Schumacher and Liza Minelli. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
A- 100% The Apollo (2019) The Apollo feels like both a necessary lesson and a gift. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B+ 100% After Parkland (2019) What feels important in Parkland is less about pushing any kind of political agenda or viewpoint than about simply listening, and bearing witness. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B+ 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A thoughtful and often profoundly moving portrait of the remarkable work involved in producing mindful food - and an eloquent reminder that so much of what we take for granted on our plates is, in its own everyday way, a miracle. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C 14% The Hustle (2019) The movie feels so fast and cheap that it's hard not to wonder why they've made it at all, other than to jump on a small and so-far underwhelming trend in gender-swapping '80s remakes - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Alternately charming, belligerent, and incalculably shrewd, [Efron] captures both the shark-like charisma of Bundy and the deeply damaged man beneath. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C 31% The Intruder (2019) A hammy home-invasion thriller steeped in the storied mothballs of a thousand Lifetime melodramas about dark secrets, ax-wielding sociopaths, and premium real estate. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
A- 100% Knock Down the House (2019) A documentary that captures one of the most electric moments in recent history, on radically human terms. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The movie largely delivers, splashing its ambitious three-hour narrative across a sprawling canvas of characters, eras, and not-quite-insurmountable challenges. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019