Marisa Carpico

Marisa Carpico
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Pop Break

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Waves (2019) Its character arcs are often over-the-top and occasionally border on misery porn, but its heady depiction of love in all forms is equally potent. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Philophobia: Or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) ...Philophobia is a strange mix of comedy and horror that's, unfortunately, only intermittently effective. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
89% Sunday Girl (2019) Still, while elements of Sunday Girl don't always mesh, it's hard to fault Ambrosio when his film is largely so surprising and sharp. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) [LaBeouf's]...commitment to the awful truth of his upbringing is part of what makes Honey Boy so impressive. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) ...the picture it paints about the shameful truth of America's deep-seated racism is a rebuke to any glorification of the south on film or otherwise. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Mitnick's script is as focused on moving the plot forward as the inevitable march of progress Edison and Westinghouse's competition represents. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) A Tough but Cathartic Documentary about Childhood Trauma - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
83% Little Monsters (2019) As strong as Little Monsters' final scenes may be, they still can't make up for how weak the rest of the movie is. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) Ivie's film may be about the grief caused by one heinous act, but watching it feels like a divine lesson in what faith really means. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
61% The Riot Act (2018) What ultimately keeps The Riot Act from working isn't its villains but its hero. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Ocelot's intentions may be pure, but his handling of the serious social issues he tackles is so lacking in nuance that it borders on embarrassing. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
69% Joker (2019) For all the handwringing over Joker's release to call it dangerous simply imbues it with more coherence and power than it actually has. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) [Director Noah Hawley's] experiment may not work, but maybe a failed experiment is more exciting than seeing the same old stories in new packaging. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% Judy (2019) [Zellweger gives] a full-bodied performance and one that (along with the film itself) is perhaps best approached...as an elaborate drag performance. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) ...for many viewers, that twist will be a bomb so devastating that no amount of thoughtful acting or impressive cinematography will be able to put it back together. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Granted, particularly in the beginning, the film's slick tone works in large part because Lopez's performance is so charismatic. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) It's easy to dismiss social media as superficial, but the brilliance of Jawline is in its willingness to admit that it wouldn't be so dangerous if it weren't also so appealing. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) With its confident storytelling, beautiful cinematography and effortlessly real central performances, it's the mark of a stunning new voice in cinema. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
88% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) The footage we see may be from two years prior, but what it says about blackness in America feels timeless. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
70% The VelociPastor (2019) Still, considering how fun and clever The VelociPastor is...it's hard to argue that a few bad choices ruin what's an otherwise enjoyable send-up of cheap genre films. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) And while that seeming lack of focus would be a far more serious flaw in most films, here, that gentle pacing also serves to make the film's climax that much more shocking. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
94% Jay Myself (2019) ...[director Stephen] Wilkes paints such a potent picture of this New York City oddity that it's hard not to share that nostalgia by the end. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
91% Luce (2019) Luce may hold up a distorted mirror to society, but the image reflected back is totally clear. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Though Wallace is no longer around to be interviewed, Belkin nearly does it anyway. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) ...a gorgeous, moving film that will leave viewers longing to spend just a little more time in [its] Promised Land. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
61% Trespassers (2019) ...despite a promising start and some genuine surprises, Trespassers never manages to feel fresh or exciting. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) ...a funny, moving story about the secrets families keep to protect each other. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
92% The Cat Rescuers (2019) ...succeeds thanks not to the admittedly adorable series of felines the audience meet throughout, but because of how compelling its human subjects are. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
44% Back to the Fatherland (2019) ...the question becomes not how can Israel and the younger generations of Jews move on from the trauma of the Holocaust, but is moving on even possible? - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) ...there is so much to ponder and enjoy in his filmmaking that maybe it doesn't matter that the plot never delivers the emotional or intellectual punch the film needs. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) There's so much to like about this newest version of Chucky, but there's only so much you can do with a bad script. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Indeed, one of the best things about The Pieces I Am is how much it allows the audience to understand the thought and, frankly, genius behind Morrison's work. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% #LIKE (2019) While some viewers will want a clearer and more decisive finish for the teenage revenge fantasy Pirozek sets up, leaving the audience with a sense of dissatisfaction is part of what makes #Like so hard to shake. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) ...the script doesn't seem terribly interested in its characters, instead focusing on the repetitive tasks that the workers do each day. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Though Being Frank plays with some intriguing ideas, there are simply too many at work for it to do them justice in under two hours. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
88% American Woman (2019) Rather, what keeps American Woman from feeling like a real story is precisely how forced so much of it feels. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
39% Katie Says Goodbye (2019) In the end, Katie Says Goodbye is a strain of virulent misogyny disguised as a profound piece of art. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
100% For the Birds (2019) [Morphs] from a dark picture of untreated mental illness and a crumbling marriage to something more meaningful: a picture of one woman slowly taking her life back. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
95% The Lavender Scare (2019) There may be so much work left for the queer community to do in the fight for equality, but it's nice to be reminded that no matter how dark things may seem, change is possible. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) The simple fact is, if the Academy still acknowledged comedies, Late Night would be a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
100% First to the Moon (2018) Despite its flaws, First to the Moon is undeniably great. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
86% Use Me (2019) ...a taught thriller that blurs the lines between documentary and narrative filmmaking to examine a deeper truth about addiction and taboo. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
87% Mouthpiece (2019) An Imaginative, Deeply-Felt Examination of Grief - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) Simply put, The Russian Five is the definitive documentary about the Detroit Red Wings from '82 to '98. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
83% Funny Story (2019) Unfortunately, despite an appealing cast, Gallagher's film falls into old stereotypes because the script simply doesn't dig into the characters or dynamics that he should. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) ...those who come to Paounov's film looking for a better understanding of how The Floating Piers came to life will still be left wanting more. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
86% Lil' Buck: Real Swan (2019) ...what makes it so effective is that Wallecan also explores the forces both internal and external that allowed [Lil' Buck] to succeed. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
71% ANIARA (2019) It's a brutalizing watch, but a rewarding one. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
17% Perfect (2019) Rather, watching it feels like an 80-minute commercial for an opulent, minimalist lifestyle told through a kink for sexual violence against women. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) ...quietly romantic and beautifully made in a way that recalls Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood Love. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019