Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: AtHomeInHollywood.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% Gemini Man (2019) iGemini Man is worth a look for the special effects alone. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
68% Joker (2019) One of the most gratuitously grim films of the decade, you can't help but wonder for whom the film rolls. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Since it's so closely associated with Lisa Nowak's story, many find fault because it doesn't exactly embrace her narrative. But the film can and should stand on its own. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) I'd call it painfully sappy if I didn't love those plucky characters, their costumes, their architecture and their interior design so much. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Expectations flew high for the film adaptation of this best-loved book. But instead of soaring, it takes a dive. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) it's a riveting story, dazzlingly told from a female perspective, that puts the stiletto on the other foot. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) While director Andy Muschietti does a fine job of keeping the creeps coming, after awhile all those chases, attacks, morphing and jump scares just become numbing. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Blanchett's performance is the highlight. The rest is a limp string of memorable moments from the book, listlessly assembled with no apparent regard for suspense or intensity. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The tone seems muddled - the discordant flash mob routines feel like music videos, and when the letters of lyrics whirl around it feels like an antidepressant commercial. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) While the individual performances are superb, the plot doesn't cook them up into anything very savory. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Despite its lackluster narration and unoriginal storytelling, The Art of Racing in the Rain is sweet, harmless and emotional. There are worse things for a film to be. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A spinoff from the wildly successful muscle car/muscle men franchise, the film is the raucous epitome of the bromantic action comedy. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has skillfully crafted each shot for sly, intentional effect, and although his storytelling is somewhat laid back, not one of the 159 minutes is wasted. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) I would have loved to see director John Favreau infuse more fantasy and wonder, as he did with the live action version of The Jungle Book. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) It's an unlikely buddy comedy for the decade, with themes of disruption and masculinity mixed in with the humor. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) It's a small film that I wish would have been bigger. But it does have heart to spare, thanks to Danny Boyle's tender direction from an endearing script by Richard Curtis. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's stronger for all the roads it didn't take: no scatological humor, no hammering of politically correct messages, no garish pop tunes wedged in to keep the energy up. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Director F. Gary Gray allows the adept cast to breathe a little new life into the franchise, although he doesn't quite restore it to vibrant health. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Biting comedy and crisp commentary, not just about diversity of gender and race, but also of age and demographics. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A clever, refreshing superpower flick where the hero, villain and many supporting cast members are powerful females. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
54% Ma (2019) There are too few nervous giggles for Ma to be campy, and too few jump scares for Ma to be frightening. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Because of its many other virtues, Rocketman can be forgiven for using that worn out, used up device of telling the story via rehab group therapy sessions. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It's infinitely better than the stage version, but not quite on par with the animated feature. Still, it's a fine film for the fam to see over Memorial Day weekend. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) An original twist on a trite plot line that follows the last big fling before graduation. Booksmart turns the trope on its ear by dispensing with cliched stereotypes. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Resistance is futile. Scratch its belly. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Thomas Newman's score is lovely, cinematography by Lasse Frank Johannessen is dramatic. Combined under the direction of Dome Karukoski, they've managed to fashion a fine film. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) The film doesn't deliver on its initial promise. What we have here is a failure to ingratiate. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
34% Poms (2019) While there are a few literal and figurative moments of in-your-face pom pom shaking, this movie is nothing to cheer about. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Who would have thought the graceful, elegant and Oscar winning Charlize Theron and the dorky, often outrageous Seth Rogan would make such a perfect pair? - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kudos to Anthony and Joe Russo for so elegantly tying together 21 movies and 25 heroes, giving poignant and satisfying send-offs to some, fresh new beginnings to others. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
42% William (2019) A surprisingly gentle yet provocative sci-fi drama about the evolution of a fish out of water. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
61% Breakthrough (2019) Sustenance for the faith-based and an interesting look at a devout culture for non-believers. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) For a pretty much by-the-numbers ghost story, it scared the hell out of me. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) An excruciating amount of ridiculous exposition numbs the audience to the relentless bludgeoning that happens in between. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
47% Little (2019) The actors do the best they can with the material they're given, but the script is awkward, lurching from scene to scene with minimal setup or payoff. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) Leigh deserves credit for exposing the blot on his hometown history with such distinctive strokes. Still, it's a long, slow wait for a devastatingly brutal and violent ending. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
54% The Best of Enemies (2019) Terrific performances by Rockwell, an extremely convincing bigoted good-old-boy, and Henson, who throws her all into the character, take the film to another level. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) The new superhero in town bursts on screen in a blaze of adolescent energy and excitement. At last we have a DC character filled with mirth rather than mourning. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) There's a lot to love about Disney's new live action reboot of the 1941 animated classic. Just keep your eye on the elephants, and all will be well. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% Us (2019) It has some masterful cinematic bites, but when you step back and take a look at it as a whole, there are too many random pieces stitched together that don't quite fit. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Jaded adults will not be overly impressed with the film's manipulation, but teenage girls will flock to see it, keeping Kleenex in business. They could make worse choices. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel almost has it all: excitement, wit, plot twists, multi-faceted villains and stunning visual effects. What it doesn't have is the gravitas of a Wonder Woman. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
60% Greta (2019) There are gigantic plot holes, with the story being far too dependent on luck (both good and bad) and coincidence. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Adults and children will be awed the wonder and spectacle of the glorious animation. It's the perfect franchise ending. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
36% Patrick (2019) With so much utterly appalling drama going on around us these days, it's nice to have a cozy retreat of a film that will entertain both you and your best friend. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's strange to say that a film about professional wrestling feels tenderly authentic and sincere, but that's how good the actors and filmmakers are. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's a romcom within a romcom that makes fun of romcoms. Of course it follows the conventions that it mocks. That's half the fun! - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) The premise has great potential, but very little of it is fulfilled as the plot pointlessly lurches about, regardless of Henson's valiant efforts. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) This pitch perfect, cold blooded film will send shivers down your spine while bringing laughter up from the darkest part of you psyche. - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) It's a bit like The Mule for Millennials - AtHomeInHollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019