Richard Trenholm

Richard Trenholm
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Richard Trenholm is a writer and film and TV journalist for CNET.
Publications: CNET

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man's technological innovation drowns in endless spy cliches, half-heartedly generic twists, forgettable dialogue and non-existent characterization. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Yeah, this is a tricky one. Lampooning the Nazis is a risky proposition, requiring a knife-edge balance between humor and horror. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is intense and unnerving and a radical entry into the superhero genre, but come on, Taxi Driver was 40 years ago. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Pitt stunningly embodies the astronaut stepping into the crushing vacuum of space and the even more desolate vacuum left by a missing father. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Lord of the Rings allusions are just the hook. Fans will enjoy spotting the references, but the real story is about a generation scythed down by war. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Spoiler-filled review: Endgame begins and ends with quiet, intimate moments. And it's that sense of intimacy that makes this galaxy-spanning blockbuster such a triumph. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) With lashings of sly wit and gobsmackingly gleeful carnage this sharp-suited superspy is on a mission to thrill. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Groundhog Day meets Aliens, and it's great. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) With its vast cast, ever-accelerating action and cameos from the wider Marvel world, it has to keep doubling down on spectacle as it races to its epic conclusion. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) My review could consist of me pointing at the screen for 2 hours and going, "AAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHTHISISAMAAAAAAZZZIIINNNG!" - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
83% Ant-Man (2015) Marvel ups the ant-e with easily one of the funniest superhero movies yet. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
27% Terminator Genisys (2015) Terminator: Genisys absolutely will not stop, even when it probably should. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) The story, such as it is, is entirely secondary to the parade of stylish outfits and equally stylish action set-pieces. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) A little bit Bond, a little bit Bourne, but always comfortably cruising in its own high gear, Rogue Nation is full of old-fashioned fun and thoroughly modern thrills. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
96% Tangerine (2015) It's amazing what you can do with a smartphone these days... You could shoot one of the year's best movies, for example. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
86% Steve Jobs (2015) If you want the facts, read the book; if you want a witty and dramatic interpretation of the themes and drives of this fascinating figure's life, this movie approaches from its own unique angle. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The Millennium Falcon goes upside down and the screen goes upside down! BB-8 is the cutest! New Star Wars is the best! Pew pew! - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
63% Spectre (2015) Venturing into overwrought psychological waters, the film stretches out a thin story to breaking point. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
56% Man of Steel (2013) The scenes between Russell Crowe's Jor-El and Michael Shannon's glassy-eyed Zod crackle with tension and drama that the scenes with Henry Cavill's Superman just can't match. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Wondering how to teach your offspring that the world is a horrifying, random, awful place? Let director Zack Snyder take care of that for you. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
55% Jason Bourne (2016) Jason Bourne shamelessly re-uses scenes, action beats and supposed shock twists from previous films in the series. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
74% Ghostbusters (2016) Some fans have already made their decision, but if you go into the movie with an open mind, this is one of the better remakes Hollywood has produced in recent years. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) 28 Days Later meets Matilda in a spine-tinglingly eerie premise. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
89% Doctor Strange (2016) I was dubious as to how well a weirdly bearded wizard would fit into the universe of buff superheroes and high-tech punch-ups, but this is Marvel through and through. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
94% Arrival (2016) In its combination of big themes, globe-spanning sci-fi and intimate character moments, Arrival feels like it's what Interstellar wanted to be. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Familiar thrills, but still a Star Wars footnote. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The combination of brutal violence and Italian elegance is intoxicating: John Woo meets Michelangelo Antonioni. Fellini with a gun fetish. "8 1/2mm". "La Dolce Beretta". - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
89% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Lego Batman doesn't worry about canon, continuity, logic. The only thing that matters is fun. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
36% The Great Wall (2017) Where are the dragons? - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
81% The Founder (2017) It's a classic American story. It's the American dream. And it's a lie. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Polish your spacesuit headphones, crank the volume and press play on the world's first ever mixtape movie review... - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
48% War Machine (2017) Pitt's General spends most of the flick growing increasingly frustrated that nothing is happening -- and I know the feeling. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) The familiarity of the setup works against the movie, because we know what's lurking in that suspicious-looking egg and it takes forever to pass each franchise touchstone. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
16% The Mummy (2017) As always, Cruise is right in the thick of the stunt action, throwing himself round all manner of exploding buildings and crashing vehicles. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's precision-engineered war epic has a stopwatch where a heart should be - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The artist side of Besson absolutely nails it with the superlative spectacle. But the writer side of Besson undermines the movie with a bunch of poor decisions. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) James Cameron's update of his sci-fi action classic is a great night at the movies. Just don't expect it to change your mind about 3D. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Shin Godzilla is the Dunkirk of Godzilla movies. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Instagram influencers provide the #laughs in this sly comedy, but the ending is seriously ill-judged. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Seems to believe its own hype, doubling down on the first film's excesses without a tight narrative to tie it together. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Everybody involved is firing on all cylinders and clearly having the time of their life. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
68% The Cured (2018) You'd think the zombie movie might have run out of ideas by now. But in compelling and ambitious stories like The Cured, the genre only seems to get smarter. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Many critics hailed You Were Never Really Here as a masterpiece, but I couldn't shake the feeling it was trying too hard. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
48% Downsizing (2017) Honey, they shrunk Matt Damon in a hilariously surreal sci-fi comedy -- although they should have downsized the second half . - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Probably deserves better than to be hailed as "the good Adam Sandler film on Netflix". - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) I want to live inside Blade Runner 2049. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
40% Justice League (2017) Together, they combine their powers to make a movie that's objectively terrible, and yet also kinda fun. Yay teamwork! - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) A fascinating true story of baseball and atomic spies is reduced to a lifeless, unsubtle biopic. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
64% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) If that doesn't tinklage your Dinklage, you can always have fun playing the spin-off game to "last man" films like this where you ponder "What would I do...?" - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
81% Early Man (2018) Aardman takes us to the plasticine Pleistocene age with this joyous stop-motion animation. - CNET EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019