Pamela Powell

Pamela Powell
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 97% The Irishman (2019) With exceptional performances, deft direction, and exquisite writing, this is a film that will find its place in its own history. It's a masterpiece of filmmaking made possible only by the actors who have the experience and wisdom to do so. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/4 97% Knives Out (2019) This incredibly smart and funny film with standout performances from actors who are having as much fun as the viewer is sure to be tops on not just critics' lists, but yours as well. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/4 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Director Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a brilliant work of art as [Tom] Hanks captures the heart, soul, and essence of Fred Rogers. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/4 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is so much more than just a car racing movie. It's a poetic and emotional story of friendship, love, and family. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 74% Harriet (2019) Harriet is filled with memorable situations and performances, but more importantly, it gives us a more complete understanding of American history. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/4 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Overall, it's a complicated story that unfolds beautifully, but it's too bad that this very smart story had to mock an actual disorder to try to make us laugh. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/4 100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Using time-lapse macro cinematography, Fantastic Fungi is simply mesmerizing, captivating you, as you find yourself forgetting to breathe. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a disappointing live-action sequel that lacks content, but more importantly, it is a distressing and disturbing film not intended for youngsters. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/4 69% Joker (2019) As a piece of art, and film is an art form, Joker masterfully finds a voice for the brutal and believable backstory for The Joker. In the end, however, this is a film for super hero fans. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
1/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch bites off more than it can chew as it spins in circles uncertain as to what direction to take. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 71% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) [Morgan] Spurlock has a penchant for topics that matter and have a lasting impact and Holy Chicken is no exception as he creates humor and entertainment, building upon the layers to educate and enlighten the viewer... - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% 1982 (2019) With extraordinary performances, we are not only given the opportunity to walk back in time, but to also walk in another's shoes in a world where the future of tomorrow is truly unknown. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America is filled with love, heart, and information that can help you see death and your own final farewell in a new light. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Perhaps if Yesterday had not preceded the release of Blinded by the Light, my expectations wouldn't have been so high, but this film truly disappoints. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This is one of [Shia] LaBeouf's most authentic roles, creating a realistic yet flawed character with a heart and a troubled past. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is pure horrific fun and while we have seen the premise in many other movies, how they get to the final scene is filled with unexpected and mind-blowing situations. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an unusual drama filled with comedy that highlights the emotions that mother experiences. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Overall, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a vibrant, fun film that will delight youngsters as they learn great information about a unique part of the world, solve problems, and root for the kids to prevail. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is an unexpected blockbuster gem capitalizing on the strength, skills, and personalities of its stars. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It creates a haunting yet vibrant revisionist history, filled with nostalgia, humor, and of course, [Quentin Tarantino] signature "Spaghetti Western" graphic violence. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
1.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber is just another summer casualty. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/4 53% The Lion King (2019) [Jon] Favreau masterfully creates an amalgam of worlds, real and animated, to retell a beautiful and familiar story which will mesmerize children and adults alike. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Spider-Man: Far From Home," even with its charming subplot of teen love and angst, is just another super hero movie in a world where I need Captain No More to save me from seeing another film in this genre. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Gary Dauberman nimbly co-writes and directs this textbook creepy cinematic creation that will certainly fuel the fires of fear of inanimate plastic dolls. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home, even with its charming subplot of teen love and angst, is just another super hero movie. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Olympia (2018) With [McKenzie] Chinn's succinct, humorous, and touching screenwriting paired [Greg] Dixon's deft direction, it's a match made in heaven as the two create a well-balanced and meaningful story. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
1.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International is a disappointment particularly if you are a fan of that 1997 version starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/4 80% Late Night (2019) We're seeing more and more stories where women are the focal point which allows for new perspectives and ideas to be shared. Late Night is a film for everyone to see the world through a different and very entertaining lens. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The gang's all there, immediately reminding viewers why Pixar stands out above other animated features, stirring the emotions of adults and kids alike. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 39% Katie Says Goodbye (2019) It's a powerfully evocative story with outstanding performances, beautiful dialogue, and most importantly, a lasting effect of optimism. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) The film is missing heart and consistent humor and becomes a failed attempt to keep the franchise going. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 80% Late Night (2019) All rings true of society today and its issues at hand, yet the film somehow still makes us constantly laugh until tears stream down our cheeks. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It's a fun film with extraordinary special effects and designs as well as an updated vibe, but my heart holds Robin Williams in the role of the Genie and the classic animated version. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In the decade-long career of reviewing films, I cannot recall a more disturbingly grotesque display of violence. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 14% The Hustle (2019) The repetitiveness of the story is what weighs the film down, not allowing Wilson or Hathaway out of the box to shine. You're never trying to guess what's going to happen next. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% Buffaloed (2020) It's a high-paced, quick-witted film that capitalizes on the charisma of its lead actress and a story that is as engaging as it is informative and entertaining. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A wonderful surprise, filling almost each and every minute with excitement, drama, humor and visually interesting and entertaining intrigue. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/4 48% Bel Canto (2018) Avengers: Endgame was a wonderful surprise, filling almost each and every minute with excitement, drama, humor and visually interesting and entertaining intrigue. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 61% Breakthrough (2019) At each and every crossroad, it feels as if you hit a brick wall with a red neon message scrolled before you just in case you missed what was happening. With contrived and sometimes stilted situations, the film lost its verve. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/4 47% Little (2019) It's a feel-good movie that reminds us of the importance of connecting and caring for one another. Visually, this is a vibrant film, matching the boldness of the characters and their personalities. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 66% The Public (2019) The film has so many stars, many of whom take their smaller, supporting roles and make them shine, helping to create a meaningful and thoughtful story. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/4 100% Find Me (2019) A funny, uniquely charming, and gorgeous film that will inspire you to "be a traveler, not a tourist" in life. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The View from Tall (2016) Drinkall and Thornton are extraordinary in these very complicated and deeply layered roles. Their genuine performances bring authenticity to not only their characters, but to the story itself. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) While the story isn't uplifting until the very end and is mediocre in telling the story, the performances from Keaton and DeVito help to elevate the entertainment value. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War is a gorgeously thoughtful, intense thriller filled with just the right touch of comedy throughout to give us an entertaining film that has social relevance to our world today - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is exactly what a super hero movie is supposed to be -- fun and complete entertaining escapism. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) "Us" showcases Peele's seemingly innate ability to perfectly blend comedy and horror with the timing of a Swiss watch. Unfortunately, after the initial set up of the premise, the film becomes an exercise in typical horror gore. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 80% Juanita (2019) It's a funny, sweet love story that has subtle undertones about life, social issues, and race without being heavy-handed. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is a heavy-handed and forced romantic drama that may lure in young teens, but is sure to lull adults to sleep. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 60% Saint Judy (2019) Monaghan's performance as Wood is clear, strong, and real as she creates a younger yet experienced, but imperfect attorney fighting for what she knows is right. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019