Leah Greenblatt

Leah Greenblatt
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 51% Last Christmas (2019) It's not so much that Christmas is less than the sum of its parts, exactly, as much as that it actually seems to want to be bad... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
B 51% Black and Blue (2019) Harris, eyes blazing, brings a humanity and an urgency that serve the story maybe more than it deserves: a performance above and beyond the call of duty. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) That Perkins has honed in on such sympathetic subjects makes it almost impossible not to be moved, even if Tell Me often feels less like forensic truth than an intriguing fragment of something that may, in the end, be impossible to tell in full. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
A- 97% The Cave (2019) Feels both familiar and bleakly necessary. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B+ 92% The Lighthouse (2019) A black-and-white fever dream of a film that keels between sea shanty and psychodrama, with heavy doses of the absurd. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) For all the flying intestines and skulls that split open like past-due melons, Double Tap has another squishy organ at its center: a big, goofball heart. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It mostly registers as a series of elaborate fauna-drenched screensavers stretched to fit across two hours of vague Disney myth. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B 71% The King (2019) What's left is primarily a series of grand battleground set pieces - filmed crunchily, and well - and a series of consistently strong performances. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B 84% Little Monsters (2019) The stakes are never really life or death, even when they are, but writer-director Abe Forsythe has clearly taken his lessons from Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and other flesh-rotting comedy jewels of the genre. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy... brings so much hope and hunger and pure life force to the role that he makes you believe in every punchline, pelvic thrust, and egregiously misplaced karate kick. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- 42% The Laundromat (2019) If a motley crew of movie stars is what it takes to shine more light on government malfeasance, then let Meryl carry that torch in a wig and a bucket hat. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 96% The Irishman (2019) There's an enormity to almost everything about The Irishman: the casting, the killing, the Iditarod run time. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
B+ 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain is probably too small, too sad, and too obtuse to really recommend as any kind of starting point. For longtime fans, though, it's a gift; the kind of quiet glory worth waiting a few decades for. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B+ 86% 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 72% 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+ 97% 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
69% 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- 24% 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- 79% 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+ 97% 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 61% 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 83% 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+ 92% 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 82% 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- 48% 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 43% 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- 44% 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 91% 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- 84% 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+ 88% 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