Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Outis never, ever dull and offers the kind of classy entertainment we could use more of on the big screen. And I have a feeling we'll see more of Daniel Craig's colorful character down the road. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) I didn't think I would grow attached to this disparate couple, but both Kaluuya & Turner-Smith are charismatic and the film serves them well. The end may be inevitable to anyone familiar with lovers-on-the-lam stories but it still packs a punch - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen 2is forced to contrive new conflicts for royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the kingdom of Arundel. The resulting narrative is dizzying in its complexity. I'm sure it will be popular, I just wish I'd liked it more. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Wouldn't we all like to have a Fred Rogers in our life? This lovely film allows us to indulge in wish-fulfillment, which is something movies do so well. We could use a little more of it these days. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This film has no ambition except to entertain, and it does so exceedingly well. That's not something I take for granted. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
82% The Report (2019) 'The Report'is solid and straightforward, with Driver serving as an everyman character encountering issues and roadblocks he's never dealt with before. The film doesn't whitewash or simplify its narrative but I found it thoroughly absorbing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) This fascinating feature documentary deserves a home like TCM to reach its target audience. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) WatchingMarriage Storyis a transcendent experience. I don't know how someone puts such an intensely personal story on the screen, but Noah Baumbach has done it in a way that pierces your heart. This film is a must see. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is a quiet epic that revisits a milieu Martin Scorsese has famously explored before--but never feels redundant or overly familiar. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Making Montgomery Cliftis a highly personal endeavor that should be of interest to any film buff. It leaves some questions unanswered but paints an admiring portrait of a singular talent. It's available on VOD right now and well worth seeing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbitcovers the expanse of emotions one would expect to find in a dramatic film about Germany in the waning days of World War II. It's a dazzling achievement from a supremely talented artist who wrote, directed and costars in the film. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Director Ang Lee is trailblazing new territory with a highly enjoyable, action-packed story and a perfect star in Will Smith. The entertainment value is high and cutting-edge technology organically suits the content. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is the best movie I've seen this year. What begins as a clever social satire about the haves and have-nots in our world morphs into an ingenious (and violent) thriller with endless story twists. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The gifted writer-director strikes a Fellini-esque pose as he takes us on this journey through his life, intermingling memories both happy and poignant. Ultimately I must throw off any misgivings that remain and bow to a true master - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy is back and on top of his game in 'Dolemite Is My Name.' It's a role he was born to play and, to use the vernacular, he kills it. The cast couldn't be better and the film left me with a smile on my face - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) I'd call Lucy a missed opportunity, given the juiciness of the source material. Too bad. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) This much I can promise: after seeing this documentary you'll never look at Alien the same way again. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger is now considered an Oscar front-runner for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. She is excellent, and it's nice to see her back onscreen. I only wish the film was nearly as good as she is. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Getting to know Jim Allison and some of his colleagues made me feel very small and humble. This worthy film chronicles a remarkable odyssey. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) This is a first-rate piece of investigative journalism, a cautionary tale, and a fascinating piece of entertainment, especially if you lived through the period it depicts so well. I was glued to the screen from start to finish. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) This filmis further proof that James Gray is one of our foremost & most original filmmakers. We already knew that Brad Pitt is an exceptional leading man but this performance burnishes that reputation. The film is among this year's very best - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) I don't know why critics in Toronto attacked this film the way they did. It's not perfect, to be sure, but it's not a bad movie by any means. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) In a time of rampant cynicism The Peanut Butter Falcon dares to offer a sweet, sincere story with a happy ending. No wonder audiences are responding to it. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Semple's novel is told in epistolary fashion, so perhaps it was never meant to be a movie. A good many talented people tried to make this adaptation work, but sad to say, it falls short of the mark. Like its main characteris hard to embrace. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) When the first words out of young Jacob Tremblay's mouth are "F-, yeah!" as he's about to ogle pictures on his laptop, you know what you're in for withGood Boys. The film has some funny set-pieces as it proceeds along a fairly predictable path - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Having watched Wallace since childhood I was riveted to the screen from start to finish. As a character portrait and reflection on an era, Mike Wallace is Here is as vibrant and timely as its subject - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is an omnivore of popular culture; he has no need to prove this again. This movie reveals ambition but drowns in excess. Once upon a Time...in Hollywoodis just an elaborate time-filler - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is light and satisfying. It left me while a smile on my face, and that's more than I can say for other, far more ambitious endeavors. Shelton and her co-writer Mike O'Brien earn my thanks. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) A good comedy has to have structure, just like a dramatic film, and should possess some degree of logic. Stuberflaunts its implausibility so many times I lost count. I also lost the ability to invest in its characters and situations. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) For her second feature, up-and-coming writer-director Lulu Wang has drawn on her own experiences to craft a touching story of a Chinese family. The Farewelltakes its time unfolding but pays off in a deeply moving conclusion. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-man: Far From Homeis entertaining and perfectly attuned to an adolescent audience, as well as the young-at-heart. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This seemingly sure-fire movie misses the mark. I felt like I was watching a balloon as the air inside it leaked out. I can only rate it as a disappointment. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) I was dubious about the first sequel to Pixar's wonderfulToy Story,which turned out to be terrific. This is a highly enjoyable film with laugh-out-loud gags, ingenious plotting, and endearing new characters. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) I am grateful to Sophie Huber for opening my eyes-and ears. She has made a memorable film that jazz buffs shouldn't miss. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Mindy Kaling has written perfectly-tailored starring roles for herself and the great Emma Thompson in Late Night, a smart comedy that manages to be relevant without forgetting to be funny - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) I was never an aficionado of Japanese monster movies, but this overstuffed turkey makes me long for the original imports I saw as a kid. Two hours wasted: that's how I feel. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) [Director Joseph H. Lewis'] approach to this material elevates a B picture to new heights. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Moe Berg has been the subject of several biographies but I confess that his story was new to me. I found it mesmerizing and can't think of another public figure whose biography contains so many surprises and revelations. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) This film is enjoyable if not terribly believable, & manages to take potshots at the dumbing-down of our society while spinning its fanciful tale. That's Arcand at his best, and if he's coasting a bit with this trifle I'm not going to complain - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) In real life, Elton John is not only a great songwriter and showman; he is a survivor. But the celebratory final moments of Rocketman can't compensate for the often-dreary narrative that leads up to them - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If there were ever a movie designed to please its target audience, Endgame is an emblematic example. Anthony & Joe Russo manage to juggle the many components of this mosaic with finesse, & despite the outsized running time the movie seldom lags. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) I can't begin to express the impact Be Natural had on me. I knew of Alice Guy-Blaché but had only a nodding acquaintance with her work. I am grateful to Pamela Green for opening my eyes. This is a revelatory film - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) Peterloois a difficult film to cozy up to, especially when you know the fate of the central characters. It succeeds more as a historical treatise than as a piece of entertainment. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! wants to be slick & smartassy except when it suddenly chooses to be warm and sincere-like a TV commercial for some medication or life insurance. You can't have it both ways but this film repeatedly tries to do so. This movie is a muddle - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Diane is consistently absorbing but low-key, that won't appeal to some people . It's a compassionate character study that showcases one of the most endearing of all contemporary actresses, and that's what makes it well worth seeing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
27% Clash of the Titans (2010) Clash of the Titans has a vigorous and spectacular story to tell. The film has its lulls, and cheesy moments, but for the most part it's entertaining. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Disney's new live-action Dumbo isn't awful, but it isn't very good, either. Why waste so much money and talent on a film that is foredoomed to take second place to a classic? - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
93% Us (2019) When 'Us' was over I didn't feel a sense of satisfaction. Perhaps that's because Peele packed more into his dense screenplay than was absolutely necessary. It's self-consciously clever, and strictly on a gut level, the movie left me wanting - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) British director James Kent and his colleagues have mounted an unusually handsome production with beautiful people in the foreground. But The Aftermath sacrifices substance for soap opera, and the results are mediocre at best - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustangtells its richly textured story in just 96 minutes. No more is required; it is one of the most satisfying movies I've seen this year. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019