Mike D'Angelo

Mike D'Angelo
Mike D'Angelo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice AV Club Esquire Magazine The Dissolve
Biography:
staff film critic, Time Out New York member, New York Film Critics Circle
Location: in the ghetto
Official Websites: timeoutny.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 79% In My Room (2018) [T]his droll yet poignant amalgam of the fantastic and the mundane ultimately suggests that while people can dramatically alter their behavior in response to extreme circumstances, on some fundamental level they don't really change. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
B- 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas helps make the journey look rougher than it is. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Not exactly The Notebook, then-but as an action-comedy, First Love ranks among Miike's most purely entertaining movies (out of more than 100 now!), gradually building steam until it reaches a sustained pitch of cheerful insanity. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 77% Loro (2019) Pitched halfway between parody and exposé, it offers a fine model for the only approach that's likely to be effective: crafting a movie that goes just as shamelessly over the top as did the man himself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 87% Freaks (2019) [T]he film shrewdly keeps us inside Chloe's head, filtered through her very limited comprehension of her burgeoning and truly awesome abilities. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets rarely deviates from the standard whistleblower template... What compels are the offbeat details surrounding the case. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
C 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) That it builds to the writing and publication of Woolf's landmark novel Orlando, whose title character Sackville-West inspired, only makes one wish to be watching Sally Potter's 1992 adaptation of Orlando (starring Tilda Swinton) instead. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
C- 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Uncaged improves on the first film only with its ending: This one boasts a modestly effective twist rather than a truly moronic one. Encouraging, but not nearly enough to justify a third trip down this 47-meter well. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Sure, Scarlett Johansson could probably have played the role (as well as any of the trees in the background). But if you seek a good example of why diversity in casting and conception makes for a richer cinema landscape, look no further. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B 93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) Some image-based narrative works aren't really movies or television. They're just events. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
C+ 87% The Great Hack (2019) But there's no satisfying end point to this movie, which reaches its alarmist conclusion quite early on and then functions more as a frustratingly sporadic video diary. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
C+ 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Running just 75 minutes and seemingly loath to move beyond superficial feints at both comedy and melodrama, A Faithful Man, by comparison, barely qualifies as a trifle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
B+ 93% Sword of Trust (2019) May this be the start of something special. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
C- 59% Ophelia (2019) They've created not a bold revision but a bland empowerment tale, devoid of everything that makes Hamlet great. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
C 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Ultimately, though, the film founders simply because it's dangerously low on dramatic fuel. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
C 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) However truthful or invented Our Time may be, its dynamic is tiresomely petty and small, resisting Reygadas' occasional efforts at expressionism. It plays like therapy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Ultimately, the copious, unmanipulated (one hopes!) footage of Dylan himself is what will endure. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
B+ 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) For better and worse (mostly better), Too Late To Die Young is a mood movie, situated on an emotional precipice. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B- 90% I Am Mother (2019) The film just has too much other stuff going on to delve into what it'd be like growing up as the first and so far only member of Humanity 2.0. That's a failing, but an eminently forgivable one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Certain aspects of the story... are addressed so superficially that it would have been more efficient just to show them being crossed off of a checklist. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 71% All Is True (2019) Solid, creative melodrama is nothing to sneeze at, but it can't compete with enduring genius. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's yet another documentary targeted primarily at people who don't like to read. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
B- 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This story remains fascinating, but the perspective here feels skewed. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
A- 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Enabling and mocking paranoid obsession at the same time might sound incoherent. In this hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, it's simply honest. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The film boldly retells this familiar tale from a female perspective, but offers no insight into Mary apart from a superficial "You goeth, girl!" - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 66% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo doesn't deliberately skimp on character, but it's the first of his movies in which no individual makes much of an impression, and each one is fundamentally subordinate to the larger event being painstakingly chronicled. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C 84% The Brink (2019) The Brink, while far more openly critical of Bannon than American Dharma, ultimately offers little justification for spending an hour and a half in his company. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Maras... hasn't made a strong case for the value of his film's existence, either as entertainment or homage. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ 27% The Aftermath (2019) However nuanced this story might have been on the page... it plays like an especially classy and expensive soap opera on screen, right down to the impulsive first kiss that provokes a hard slap across the face. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier becomes a fascinating sustained exercise in absurdist triage, as one mishap after another forces the men to decide whether they're prepared to throw away obscene amounts of money in order to save their skins. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C+ 93% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) [I]t's hard to become emotionally invested in someone whose impossible dream is to no longer care, and the sense of yearning that might counterbalance all the hopelessness never truly materializes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B- 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole In The Ground finds a somewhat fresh angle on the possessed-kid subgenre. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 89% Paddleton (2019) On the whole, Paddleton isn't quite as strong as was Lehmann's relatively little-seen debut, Blue Jay, but it builds to a duet as harrowing and tender and moving as anyone could desire, or fear, or both. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
C 38% Donnybrook (2019) Tim Sutton's screen adaptation frequently blunders over the line separating evocative exaggeration from noxious bullshit. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Unique background elements provide flavor, but apart from the drug of choice here being marijuana rather than cocaine, what unfolds could hardly be less rote. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
C+ 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Krzykowski's offbeat ambition makes him someone to keep an eye on, but his plodding execution still needs some work. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- 72% Piercing (2019) The movie turns ugly, but the ugliness hasn't been earned. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
C 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The entire movie feels muddled, especially in its effort to fashion a gets-her-groove-back narrative from financial ruin. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B+ 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) There are numerous tender, affecting moments en route to the finale's tearjerker overdrive, many of them productively tangential to the overarching idea of choosing one's own family. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Anyone unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy would be better off enjoying the real thing in Sons Of The Desert or Way Out West. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) If only more filmmakers would take the fragmented, kaleidoscopic approach of Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which captures the essence of the famed pianist (and radio broadcaster) by honoring his unruliness. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
C 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The film amounts to a series of easy emotional lay-ups, devoid of any psychological nuance or challenging inflection. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
C- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) Unfortunately, like most home movies, it's of precious little interest to non-relatives. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
B- 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It's as if The Big Chill's characters were all involved in Taken, with particular sets of skills ranging from condescension to passive aggression. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C+ 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Does the world need another van Gogh biopic? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B- 81% Overlord (2018) It's reasonably good, creepy fun, provided you're not troubled by fleeting, uncomfortable thoughts like "Hey, that screaming bloodthirsty mutant monster could theoretically be a reanimated Anne Frank." - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C 60% The Front Runner (2018) It's a feature-length whine of frustrated entitlement. A movie less suited to its cultural moment would be hard to imagine. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) None of this material has been fashioned with any apparent larger purpose in mind. Various people wander into the film at random, tell a story or two, and then leave. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C+ 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman has made the same documentary that he always makes (in his geographical mode), employing the same methods. Whether those methods serve him or his viewers well, in this case, is the crucial question. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
38% Reservation Road (2007) Reservation Road, in its offhanded way, depicts the world of the reasonably affluent 21st-century American more accurately than any other recent film I can think of. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018