Rafael Motamayor

Rafael Motamayor
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.5/10 75% Ride Your Wave (2019) Ride Your Wave may be predictable, but it quickly becomes a charming and heartfelt story about loss and clinging to life, one with realistic and likeable characters that may even teach you something about yourself. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
9/10 96% I Lost My Body (2019) I Lost My Body is a touching, macabre, and profoundly emotional animated film with a unique visual style and one of the most original stories that prove the value and the potential of animation as a medium. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
8/10 80% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) If you want a visually stunning animated poem that culminated with the brainchild of Terrence Malick's "History of the Universe" sequence from Tree of Life and "The Third Impact" from The End of Evangelion, you will love this wild ride of a movie. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
8/10 100% Away (2019) After seeing this movie you'll instantly want to keep an eye out for whatever this promising animator does next. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Scare Package (2019) Scare Package is destined to become a midnight crowd favorite, a consistently funny love letter to the genre, made by people who love horror for people to love horror. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo) (2019) Her Blue Sky blends magical realism and teenage angst in a story that is a thought-provoking exploration of regret that feels as unique and entertaining as any anime film this year. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
8.5/10 No Score Yet Butt Boy (2019) Butt Boy is an exceptionally entertaining and weird film that defies every expectation. Everyone should see this tragic and thrilling story of a man who becomes addicted to shoving things up his butt. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
7.5/10 80% Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019) It may not convince viewers that the film is cursed and they're going to die after watching it, but its commitment to the gimmick, its ethereal score, and its eerie imagery make for a creepy and effective throwback horror film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
7/10 62% The Shed (2019) The Shed offers a version of the vampire mythos that is deeply rooted in fears and concerns of today and has a valuable lesson: don't be a bully, because you never know what is hiding in the bullied kid's shed. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 100% VFW (2019) A gory and fun throwback to '80s punk rock action movies. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
7/10 75% The Vigil (2019) Introduces a vast mythology that could easily span a horror franchise of its own. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
8/10 87% The Vast of Night (2019) A remarkable debut that signals the arrival of a future genre powerhouse. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 85% Color Out of Space (2020) A disjointed and at times painfully dull movie, despite the alpacas and the Cronenberg-esque body horror. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9/10 97% Knives Out (2019) When it comes to making a movie that's entertaining, thoughtful, sharply written, and undeniably creative, Rian Johnson is guilty as charged. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
8/10 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This generation's definitive political satire starring an imaginary Hitler. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A tragedy of epic proportions that should scheme, con, and scam its way into many "best of" lists by the end of the year. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) An Itchy & Scratchy-cartoon brought to life. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 100% The Pool (2019) A bonkers roller coaster of hell from beginning to end. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
B- 100% Weathering with You (2020) Weathering With You is a beautiful film with breathtaking animation, a story and soundtrack that will make you cry oceans, and a cast of wonderful and charming characters. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) An unsettling and creepy cinematography and a terrific cast make this a worthy addition to your Netflix queue. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 95% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems it's an adrenaline-spiked gauntlet from which you can't escape, but when you come out on the other side, you feel glad you took the ride. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
9/10 100% Spiral (2019) Through a phenomenal performance, chilling atmosphere and a terrific script, Spiral builds an experience that is as terrifying as it is depressingly timely. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
8.5/10 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) A Good Woman Is Hard To Find is a lean, mean, painfully real crime thriller that will make you cheer for Sarah and her ability to overcome the worst of humanity and come out the other end kicking all sorts of ass. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
8/10 85% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic tells a poignant message about clinging to life and making the most of it. This is a sci-fi film that will twist your mind as it pulls at your heartstrings. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
9.5/10 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) This is a frightening, poignant, relevant and stunningly powerful film that will scare you right before it breaks your heart. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
9/10 89% Ready or Not (2019) Will leave you eager to RSVP for this particular wedding over and over. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Gives fans of Schwartz and Gammell's work a fun thrill ride while also serving as a great gateway horror movie for kids to get terrified and then hooked for life to the genre. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 83% Crawl (2019) Crawl delivers a throwback to the heyday of aquatic horror movies that can do for lakehouses in Florida what Jaws did for beaches. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
100% The Head Hunter (2019) The Head Hunter pushes a tiny budget to epic levels, stuffing pulpy madness and fantasy gore to immersive extremes. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
70% Triple Threat (2019) While the plot may be distracting, the martial-arts action is just as stellar and threatening as you hope it would be. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.2/5 65% I See You (2019) Aan impressive screenwriting debut, featuring enough surprises to keep even the sharpest audiences guessing, as well as a thrilling story about how easy it is to not notice the darkness in people. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen and Theron have wonderful chemistry, are surrounded by a stellar supporting cast, and aided by a delightful script that make this a feel-good and hilarious comedy. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) For a story about an Uber driver desperately trying to get 5 stars, it is impossible to give this film anything higher than 2 stars. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is the smart, funny, heart-warming comedy of the decade. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
2/5 37% Tone-Deaf (2019) A weak script and spotty editing results in a film that is neither funny, scary, or even entertaining. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 84% Villains (2019) Villains is an entertaining and thrilling black comedy featuring your new favorite crime couple, and great performances from its small cast. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 100% Snatchers (2019) Snatchers may not join the ranks of great horror movies about pregnancy, but there's enough gore and laughs to keep you entertained. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4.5/5 95% Boyz in the Wood (2019) A hilarious film that exudes energy without losing its charm, all while delivering colorful social commentary on acid. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) A heavy-handed political message, a glacial pace, and a lack of both horror and comedy prevent this one from actually ruling. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon may not reinvent the wheel, but the relationship at the core of the film and the stellar performances by LaBeouf and Gottsagen will melt your heart. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) The Live-Action South Park You Didn't Know You Needed. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is not only a brilliant and terrifying exploration of current-day America, but one hell of a prologue to Peele's The Twilight Zone reboot. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Despite featuring latino actors and being based on a latino folktale, The Curse of La Llorona lacks any flavor, instead feeling like the blandest of the Conjuring movies. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) In an age where every film is getting a remake or a reboot, Pet Sematary might actually be better than the original. It's terrifying, twisted, heartbreaking, morbidly funny, and a hell of a fun time. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/5 100% Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (2017) A heartfelt and emotionally satisfying conclusion that reminds you of what made the TV-show so special, ties up loose ends from the show, makes you cry our eyes out while also laughing hysterically, but also opens the door to more adventures. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) You will be rewarded to a bonkers and entertaining horror film, if you manage to sit through the dull first half hour. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw may seem like a critique on greediness and our relationship to art on the surface, but what Dan Gilroy has created in nothing short of a surreal, campy and bonkers and entertaining ride through hell. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/5 53% Wounds (2019) Wounds will definitely gross you out, but there isn't enough meat in these bones to keep your interest through the millionth sight of a cockroach or jump scare at the sound of an incoming text. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
80% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monster has enough slapstick humor to lure audiences in, but its goodwill and heart of gold will leave you with a huge grin on your face hours after you leave the theater. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Rocky and uneven as it might be, The Death of Dick Long manages to lure you in with wacky characters and an interesting premise, and even if it loses you with its dull second act - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019