Oliver Whitney

Oliver Whitney
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
79% A Hidden Life (2019) May not be as soul-stirring as his best, most profound work, but it's always a treat to see Malick confidently working in his meditative and spiritually transportive groove. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) An exhilarating rollercoaster ride that keeps you guessing at every sharp turn, and by the end, leaves you a bit paralyzed by its magnificence. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
81% The Report (2019) A compelling, must-see thriller anchored by a pair of excellent, measured performances from Driver and Bening. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's film is at once smart and energized, told with visual panache and a rousing story about women going to any lengths necessary to survive. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It's a miracle anyone could find a way to breathe invigorating life into the murder mystery film, but thankfully, Rian Johnson is perfect for the job. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) The type of film you fall swiftly in love with, and like the memory of an old lover, stays with you long after. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Emotional and sensitive, Pain and Glory works like an intimate embrace, one that stings and soothes all at once. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse slowly snakes its way through your mind, gripping tighter until you relinquish all expectations and succumb to the strange, haunting glory of this wild ride. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
94% Uncut Gems (2019) A Safdie Brothers movie isn't a Safdie Brothers movie if it doesn't stress you the hell out, and Uncut Gems does just that. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The behind-the-scenes automotive drama can swerve formulaic at times, but Ford v Ferrari really soars when we get to the track. - GQ EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) A sensitive portrait of generational trauma, PTSD, and the pained and revelatory process of reflecting on the abusive relationships that inform who we grow into. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
87% The Vast of Night (2019) Like an old school radio play that fuses the slow-building paranoia of The Twilight Zone and chilling awe and extraterrestrial sightings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
74% Adam (2019) Adam proves why it's essential for trans creatives to have a role in telling stories about their community: Ernst presents Schrag's material from a distinctly trans perspective - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
90% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Though Mandico's debut feature may seem to be a clever and provocative tale about gender identity and eradicating toxic masculinity, it's pure gender essentialism. - them. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
8/10 93% The Favourite (2018) A movie where women hold all the power, and get to revel in some debauchery while pulling the strings, feels like a real treat. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
5/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Goosebumps and Harry Potter, only without bringing anything new or surprising to its witchy, haunted house narrative. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
8/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Like soaring through a fluid collection of memories. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
8/10 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If Redford really is done, this is a perfect way for him to say goodbye. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
5/10 87% First Man (2018) May be gorgeous to look at, butthe film fails to capture how awe-inspiringsomething as epic as a trip to the moonmust have been. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
8/10 91% Widows (2018) A first-rate popcorn thriller. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
7/10 79% Halloween (2018) It may not be as scary, as expertly crafted, or as inspired as the 1978 original, but it's a total blast that hits the spot. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
8/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper's film proves that a love story this timeless still works when done right. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
7/10 92% Searching (2018) Does Searching make a case for more movies to be made using the screen-life technique? Not necessarily. But for 102 minutes it keeps you hooked. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytime Murders tries so desperately hard to push the envelope of indecency that it crosses into the realm of being astonishingly unfunny. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon's too-muchness is the only thing The Spy Who Dumped Me has going for it. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
6/10 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Pooh's sense of wonder and innocent jubilance isn't lost in Disney's live-action/animation hybrid, but it's in service of a predictable story with so little to say. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
6/10 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Thanks to the returning cast and a showstopping Cher performance, there's enough zany delights to forgive the snoozier bits. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
9/10 99% Eighth Grade (2018) For a gloriously funny and heartbreaking 94 minutes, you will feel like you're 13 again. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/10 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) As dazzling as Ocean's 8's lineup is, this spinoff isn't as enjoyable as it ought to be. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
9/10 93% First Reformed (2018) What begins as a patient and unvarnished look inside one man's depression escalates into a crazed psychic and spiritual unravelling. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
8/10 86% Tully (2018) Theron and Davis are the heart and soul of Tully, a pair whose onscreen chemistry flickers with a magnificent glow. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/10 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) Spends too much time laughing about the outside to ever place value on what's within. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
6/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The type of shlocky horror movie you want to watch with a big audience, and, dare I say, one that is especially fun, and funny, with a chatty crowd. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
7/10 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A fascinating case study of a man losing himself to the seduction of violence while caught in the whirlpool of trauma's lasting tentacles. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
8/10 91% Lean on Pete (2018) As tragic asLean On Peteis, it's also full of exceptionally beautiful moments of connection and sweetness,one of Haigh's specialties. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
7/10 80% Unsane (2018) A pulpy thrill ride that made me audibly gasp. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/10 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It's all so dumbfounding it makes you wonder: Did Eastwood even, like, show up on set and direct this thing? - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/10 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) At best, a schlock sci-fi movie that has the quality of a straight-to-video sequel. And at worst, it should have us worried about the direction of the Cloverfield franchise as a whole. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
5/10 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Kasdan's film could've just been any generic survivalist action-comedy; slapping the board game onto the title is nothing but shameless branding. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
6/10 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Don't get me wrong, the Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum circus musical is a bad movie, but one that's just enjoyably bad enough to keep you entertained. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/10 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A giant Kenneth Branagh vanity project. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
9/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig understands the pains and the humorous discomforts of growing up so acutely that Lady Bird feels like it was made just for you. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/10 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) If Wonder Wheel ended with the reveal that everything we'd just watched was the first draft of a bad play by Timberlake's lifeguard, perhaps you could call it a success. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/10 68% Breathe (2017) A fine directorial debut from Serkis, but far from a memorable one. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
8/10 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) If Netflix gives us one 'Meyerowitz'-level performance for every bad Adam Sandler movie, then that four-picture deal wasn't a total loss. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
6/10 86% American Made (2017) Suffers from sluggish pacing, but proves Cruise is still a good movie star. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/10 63% Unicorn Store (2019) A quirky little movie that takes its whimsical, embrace-your-inner-kid metaphor much too seriously. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
10/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro made a masterpiece that will remind you what you love about the movies. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5/10 48% Downsizing (2017) Has the deceptive appearance of a quirky Charlie Kaufman-like sci-fi political tale, but it wastes its brilliant concept on a misguided, uninteresting story. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
8/10 89% I, Tonya (2018) A blisteringly funny and sympathetic portrait of the Olympian led by an outstanding, confident performance from Margot Robbie. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017