Megan Basham

Megan Basham
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Review, WORLD

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It takes us into the heart of what often causes anxiety, depression, and anger... Then, it inspires with a story that tells us it's possible to overcome even our oldest, most entrenched conflicts. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) The good: The sequel is gorgeous and funnier than its predecessor and has enough positive messages to outweigh the negative. The bad: It's 20 minutes longer than it needs to be... and there's not a song in it that can hold a candle to "Let It Go." - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) Clarke plays a warrior princess on Game of Thrones, but as she proves here, she may be the most winsome comedic actress of her generation. Even when the story lags, she lights up the screen with her crinkle-eyed smile. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Beautifully staged and tremendously acted, the PG-13 Harriet provides fascinating (though awful) legal details on slavery as an institution... The film does an equally fine job depicting the Christian faith that shaped Tubman's life. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
53% No Safe Spaces (2019) Despite a few digressions, No Safe Spaces succeeds because it does a solid job making its case journalistically. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It's impossible not to feel empathy for this excruciatingly sad clown... Ultimately though, Joker fails because of its genre. The character has to hit those DC marks. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) A bit of tea-and-crumpets comfort food? Of course. But, sometimes, isn't that exactly what you want from an evening at the movies? - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) Along with being brilliantly acted, well-paced, and intelligently crafted, After the Wedding is the rare film that explores tricky topics like class differences and femininity without feeling like it's pandering. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) The new material might be a little racier than the old hot pocket bits, but it's all within the context of married fatherhood. And that is what really makes this special, like his previous ones, special. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a quiet film at times, yet thanks to gorgeous cinematography and incredible performances from the two lead actors, it's never boring. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Purely from an entertainment standpoint, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more rip-roaring spy escapade. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) It may be a little early to trot out the old "feel-good movie of the year" designation, but it's going to be tough to beat director Danny Boyle's Yesterday. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) While The Lion King doesn't match the appeal of Cinderella or The Jungle Book, it is for the most part done well. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Long Goodbye: The Kara Tippetts Story (2019) A heartbreaking, convicting, and ultimately joyful documentary. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home is a nice compromise-bubbly rom-com fun on the one hand, CGI-heavy caped crusading on the other. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Do we really need another one? If the films continue to offer the innocent hilarity the latest does-yes, please, keep them coming! - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Pursuit (2019) The film doesn't build arguments likely to persuade viewers who don't already share Brooks' views. Other documentaries cover slices of the same territory with greater depth. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Strikes just the right balance: It honors the original enough to feel pleasantly nostalgic while still offering enough new scenes, characters, and jokes to make this version worth our time. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) A life as singular as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's shouldn't feel as if it's been crafted from outtakes of Dead Poets Society. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) There's no question it indicts the media for heroizing the wrong people. But that would be just another us vs. them movie, and The Highwaymen is smarter than that... - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The biggest box Endgame needed to check was to do justice to the array of personalities that audiences have come to love. Even given the three-hour runtime, its success in giving all of them their due is no mean feat. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) It's fine, but far too familiar and doesn't hold a candle (or a feather) to the original little elephant that could. - National Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Instead of a rodent manager with a Brooklyn accent to kill, we get the same old undistinguished child allies facing down corporate greed. It's fine but far too familiar and doesn't hold a candle (or a feather) to the original little elephant that could. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
76% Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Borgman handles these confessions responsibly. A lot of painful truth -- about the escalating nature of sin, for example -- comes from watching Bob and Mary Ann Broberg crumple into tears as they recount their guilt. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) To be blunt, it's insulting that Marvel felt simply making its first leading woman "one tough chick" would be enough to placate female fans. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Both men are consciously exaggerated types. The fascinating contrast at the center of the story is to what degree and for what reason each of them chooses to be. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) While not as balanced as advertised, HBO's new movie, Brexit: The Uncivil War, offers fascinating insight into the political upheaval reverberating through the Western world. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Glass has no shortage of ideas to dissect and debate. If we have to give up some of the flash and action to have them, that's a trade I, for one, am more than ready to make. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice is a screed no more illuminating or informative than a Stephen Colbert monologue or an SNL skit. It is nasty, graceless, self-congratulatory stuff. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Along with Sandra Bullock's charisma as a leading lady, the movie boasts a riveting premise that feels like a cross between "Lost" and M. Night Shyamalan's better efforts. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Offers something that suddenly seems revolutionary -- a superhero movie for... comic book fans. Nearly every exaggerated, Day-Glo frame feels like it was pulled from a hand-drawn panel. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns admirably strives to stay true to the spirit of the jolly holiday we've been having with Mary for more than 50 years. Beautifully atmospheric with watercolor parks and thick, lamp-lit fogs, there's nary a hint of cynicism. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
87% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) (2015) Oddball offers some splendid real-world education on the amazing instincts God gives his creatures and the ingenious ways we're able to use them. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's not that the movie fails on all levels. Rowling and director David Yates, along with their likable cast, are too talented for that... But on one significant level it fails spectacularly: plot. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) If you want songs about being happy, Pharrell is your guy. If you want to tell a story about a fellow as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, you need a little less sunshine and a lot more stink, stank, stunk. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) One lovely, far-too-short sequence featuring ballerina Misty Copeland offers a sad glimpse into what the movie could have been if Disney had been interested in making something beautiful that honored its source material. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
69% Babel (2006) On a practical level it's hard not to see that nearly every calamity in Babel could have been avoided had the characters exercised better judgment - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
52% The Fountain (2006) The film comes in at 95 minutes, yet it makes scant use of even that time, filling scene after scene with confusing (though often beautiful) kaleidoscopic visuals and not nearly enough plot. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
47% Bobby (2006) Estevez's hagiography feels simple-minded. That's not to say there weren't achievements to be honored in Robert F. Kennedy's career; Bobby just doesn't bother to do so. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
66% Apocalypto (2006) There is something different in Gibson's application of violence. The objections seem to lie not just in Gibson's realistic portrayal of cruelty but in the judgment he brings to it. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4% Happily N'ever After (2006) Happily N'Ever After only proves that the idea of modernizing the Brothers Grimm for the sake of laughs may have finally jumped the shark. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
22% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) Unquestionably original, watching Arthur and the Invisibles frequently feels like sitting in on an elaborate video game. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4% Because I Said So (2007) In the end, while the mixture looks sweet, it goes down decidedly sour. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
26% Ghost Rider (2007) This strange amalgamation of Texas Ranger lore, NASCAR bravado, and the-Devil-and-Daniel-Webster trickery keeps the campy fun revving just enough that you can't completely hate it. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
58% The Astronaut Farmer (2006) While The Astronaut Farmer may occasionally get its priorities mixed up, it is refreshing to spend some time with a movie that acknowledges the unique role that men play in families-a role that cannot be filled by any of today's trendy substitutes. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
14% Wild Hogs (2007) When the film isn't trading on an endless parade of gay jokes, it's focusing on an unfunny, unoriginal subplot in which the group must face off with a gang of biker bad guys. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
10% Pathfinder (2007) Without a relatable or sympathetic character in its lineup, Pathfinder is a blunt object designed to beat the audience over the head with gore until even the most sensitive viewer is left yawning at the ugliness. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
28% Next (2007) The concept behind it is fine, but the execution is terrible. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) Calling it an unadulterated exercise in nihilism might be an understatement. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) A pirate's appeal is based in large part on his status as a renegade. But Verbinski gives us pirate codes, law books, and congresses-hardly the stuff of swashbuckling lore. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018