Molly Templeton

Molly Templeton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Tor.com, Eugene Weekly (OR)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% Late Night (2019) The movie isn't without its clichés... but Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra build in nuance wherever possible. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien has no idea how that magic happens - no idea how to show it, no idea how to infuse a film about a master of imagination with anything but the most literal of fantastic imagery. Its subject deserved better. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) These broad-appeal movies have to please a lot of people just enough to keep us invested, and this one gets the job done. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy wants to have it both ways, to cover familiar ground and present a new story, and it fails at both. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is about Carol - it's not about saving the world, though that happens along the way. The antagonist, a brilliantly cast Ben Mendelsohn, is not the problem. Something much bigger - and subtler - is. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
72% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) Micmacs is clever, sweet, beautifully shot and disappointingly unsatisfying. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
50% Some Days Are Better Than Others (2011) [Matt] McCormick's eye for the small things that change a day, or a life, is sharp and compassionate; he finds the moments that initially seem unremarkable and follows them until they gradually transform into something greater. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
85% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) Tucker and Dale is a surprisingly sweet movie, even when kids are chucking themselves into wood chippers or getting accidentally impaled on conveniently located sharp sticks. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
53% Mr. Nice (2011) Part of the problem with Mr. Nice is that the endless sequences of [Howard] Marks and company moving, packing, hiding or hiding drugs lead to a muddled, disconnected narrative that lacks emotional impact. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
82% Skeletons (2010) The way [Nick] Whitfield never bounds his characters' existences with biography, gives Skeletons the resonance of a short story that contains an entire life, painted on a tiny canvas but composed of vital details that tell all the important truths. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
83% Lemmy (2011) Lemmy is a fascinating, slightly overlong, almost-warts-and-all documentary about Motörhead's bassist/lead singer. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
78% Cold Weather (2011) Cold Weather is more formally lovely than any mumblecore film I've yet seen (and I do have a modest taste for the genre, if you can really call it that). - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
47% Skateland (2011) Skateland, Anthony Burns' 1983-set coming of age story, is warm, welcoming and seen through a high gloss of nostalgia. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
99% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) How to Train Your Dragon, an animated wonder of a film, does have often-familiar, heartwarming themes about individuality, acceptance, teamwork and prosthetics. It also has wicked awesome dragons... - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry (2008) You don't have to be a tattoo junkie to find this story fascinating as a vivid, historical look at a subculture and the way it has developed, expanded and become commercialized. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
58% Hood To Coast (2010) Lovingly pieced together from a patchwork of stories, Hood to Coast is gorgeously shot and cheerfully sincere. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
100% How To Die In Oregon (2011) For a film about death, How to Die in Oregon is awfully life-affirming. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) The obnoxious and ungrateful shall inherit the Autobots, the power and the cash. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
79% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) [The Best Exotic Marigold] Hotel charms while you're watching it, lightly pushes a few buttons (some unintentionally), and gives you little to chew on when you leave the theater. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
87% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Beasts [of the Southern Wild] has the contradictory, inevitable, glorious feel of a myth, a folk tale about a place that never was but is everywhere, in a time that's entirely now and could have been decades ago. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
67% Lawless (2012) Complex, horrifying, pitch-perfect and exceedingly well acted, it's the near-brilliant film you never expected at the end of summer. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) Sleepwalk [With Me] takes familiar material and twists it slightly, bringing new themes into focus even as it relies heavily on [Mike] Birbiglia's tales of screwy gigs, stoic audiences and downright dangerous sleepwalking episodes. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
94% Elena (2012) Luxurious cinematography, careful choices about focus and editing, and excellent, constrained performances, particularly from [Nadezhda] Markina, give Elena much greater depths than its plot suggests. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
76% Samsara (2012) I can't fault the film on a technical level and I can appreciate the years of work that went into it. But it's manipulative and condescending, a series of striking visuals appropriated and arranged into a film that's not half as deep as it thinks it is. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
93% Looper (2012) Looper embraces the paradox that's required for the two-Joes story to even happen, knotting improbability, vengeance and the notion of choice into a taut, sleek, imperfect but intelligent action movie. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
87% Frankenweenie (2012) Frankenweenie, which made me cry almost as much as the audibly sobbing kids in the theater, is a big-hearted optimist's tale beautifully warped through Burton's trademark twisted vision. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
91% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) An affectionate portrait of one creative man, Beauty [is Embarrassing] may make you wonder how many other artists like [Wayne] White have stories just as deserving of a cinematic telling. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
88% Arbitrage (2012) Pointed but not polemical, [Nicholas] Jarecki's allegorical film moves along steadily, buoyed by an eerie and modern score, as it traces the fault lines of one man's delusions. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
91% The Sessions (2012) The Sessions, a candid, gentle film about a paralyzed man's quest to have sex, walks a tricky, balanced, grave and funny path that's all its own. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
89% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln's flaws don't keep it from succeeding on several levels: as a showcase for Daniel Day-Lewis; and as an uncomfortable and pointed reminder about the hideous racism that's an unavoidable piece of America's makeup. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
62% Anna Karenina (2012) Anna Karenina drags in the middle and rushes to its ugly end but the sets, the choreography, the glorious costumes and the secondary characters are pieces of a superior film. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
62% Old Goats (2014) Old Goats has moments of subtle wisdom and is refreshingly straightforward in its depiction of the lives of older men. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The Hobbit is a long and bumpy walk worth taking. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
91% Holy Motors (2012) Léos Carax's baffling, magical Rorschach blot of a film, Holy Motors, is a magic mirror: It gives you what you want from it. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) The story [Kathryn] Bigelow and [Mark] Boal tell is an ugly one, brutal, disconnected, horribly human, but what makes the film such an exceptional piece of work is the way they center it in the quietest moments: - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
78% Bill W. (2012) If you're hoping for a full, deep understanding of the founding and success of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. probably won't be the film you'd like it to be. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Though Silver Linings deserves credit for its portrayal of the middle ground of mental illness, it's as much of a mess as its characters, veering between tone-deafness and deep sympathy, convincing portrayal and cheap cliché. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) It's far more layered and subtle than its summary suggests, thanks to the magical combination of [Jacques] Audiard's direction and Marion Cotillard's uninhibited, prickly, incredible performance. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
93% Amour (2012) Never easy but always tender, Amour is quietly unforgettable, and one of the best films of the year. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
99% 56 Up (2013) 56 Up is both an exceptional standalone documentary and an excellent teaser for the series as a whole. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
58% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Predictable, burdened with unfunny dialogue and stilted performances, and insulting to its audience and its source material, this Oz is anything but great. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
9% The Host (2013) The Host might have been stronger as a TV series, with more time to spend on character development and a gradually building plot, but Niccol's cool direction and his solid cast make is a perfectly watchable genre piece. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) It's possible to admire lots of things about The Place [Beyond The Pines] but still feel like the movie stumbles on its own ambition. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
53% Oblivion (2013) There's something sturdy and likable about the way [Joseph] Kosinski tells his big story around just a few characters, drawn together across an empty planet. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
54% The Company You Keep (2013) The Company You Keep tries to split the difference between thriller and thought piece and winds up in a no-man's land between the two. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) That Into Darkness reaches for relevance while ringing hollow should come as little surprise, but that doesn't stop it from being disappointing. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Frances Ha (2013) Frances Ha is a funny, sympathetic, perfect take on the golden age for not feeling golden about your life. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
97% Before Midnight (2013) This is the most mature romance I can remember seeing onscreen. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
56% Man of Steel (2013) Man of Steel isn't going to win over those who are indifferent about Superman, but it does set the stage for future films with more interest in character than in spectacle. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Dressed up in black and white and decked out with endless decanters of wine, Much Ado is more elegant, more obviously grown-up, than much of Whedon's past work. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019