Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle
Publications: Austin Chronicle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Lake Michigan Monster (2018) It's a woozy, briny daydream. a gleefully idiotic antidote to everything. Lake Michigan Monster literally makes no sense, and that's why you need to just hold your breath and dive in. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
100% Dead Dicks (2019) Brutally honest, startlingly insightful, and poignant when it could have been bizarre, Dead Dicks earns its tragic, purposefully misleading title and reframes it with dire meaning. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 66% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) True, the level designs are fun this time around, especially a sequence involving swinging bridges and giant mandrills, but Jumanji: The Next Level feels like a BioShock 2 when we were hoping for BioShock Infinite. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Where Rolling Thunder Revue works best is when it's clear in its ambiguity. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 94% In Fabric (2019) [Peter] Strickland's films, while profoundly cerebral, are always meant to processes playfully and instinctually. Like a breathy Serge Gainsbourg song caught on celluloid, it's evocative as the feel of silk sliding over skin. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) If only the story had cast off the ballast of the predictable meet-cute plot and trusted the truth more, maybe The Aeronauts would be a more thrilling flight. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 92% Dark Waters (2019) Yet Dark Waters really makes absolute sense. [Todd] Haynes looks for the poison in the heartland, whether it be homophobia, racism, or domestic violence. In this case... it's literal poison. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) [Shia LaBeouf] delivers a captivating, haunting, and brutally honest exploration of a life we think we know makes it unmissable. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood brings that essential essence of Fred Rogers to life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 100% Better Days (2019) Dark as Better Days gets, there's still a hopeful story about how honesty and courage and fix even the most broken systems. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) It's a fascinating story that deserves a less superficial and more accurate treatment. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 62% American Dharma (2019) American Dharma is a vivisection, and [ Errol] Morris gives Bannon the tools to do it himself. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Dark Red (2019) The Dark Red isn't afraid to get a little bloody, and it's all the more entertaining for it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet DC Noir (2019) DC Noir feels small and intimate, and is undoubtedly a time capsule of sorts. Yet that intimacy allows each story to be a tiny landscape, painted in tones of sadness and quiet fortitude. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Denying Scorsese's raw talent and experience as a filmmaker would be insanity. But that the only major film made in America this year about unions dredges up [Jimmy] Hoffa again seems tone deaf and self-indulgent. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Acceleration (2019) Nothing can save Dolph Lundgren from C-grade hell, digital squibs, and schlocky crime flicks like Acceleration. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) [Cyrano, My Love] is definitely something to touch the heart. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) In honoring both [Stanley] Kubrick and [Stephen] King, [Mike] Flanagan's greatest achievement is not being swallowed by the Overlook's shadow. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's everything you loved before, just awkwardly kludged together. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) [Alfonso] Gomez-Rejon has dared to make a truly kinetic film about the past, one that never dabbles in creative anachronisms but feels like a truly modern view upon a bygone time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 96% Promare (2019) For fans, this is everything [Hiroyuki] Imaishi maniacs can ask for: a gonzo DayGlo adventure that will never let up and never leave you bored. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The entire cast is prepared to make the family unlikable at some level, but this should be a starmaking turn for Park So-dam. Her performance as Ki-jeong and her alter ego, Jessica the art student from Chicago, is raw, caustic genius. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Think of this as entry-level Addams, and that's also its limitation. Directors Vernon and Tiernan don't add anything new, and their decision to stick to generic contemporary CG animation is a lost opportunity for something more innovative. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
81% The Lodge (2020) ... the biggest issue is that cruelty. It's all emotional, rarely physical, and almost bloodless, but it's so constant as to be grueling. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
75% Ride Your Wave (2019) [Masaaki] Yuasa entrances the eye, but he also know how to make your heart soar with this deft, delicate, and highly entertaining story of loss, of coming to terms with grief, of moving on without ever forgetting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
95% The Deeper You Dig (2019) The Deeper You Dig may be a small production, but everything in it feels aspirational, so much bigger and heartfelt and horrifying than can be expected. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) [Johannes] Nyholm has a point to make: it's just unclear if even he can explain what it is. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) If the point of Tod Browning's Freaks was that it's what's inside that makes someone a monster, Chained for Life finds that everyone is awkward, everyone sees their own flaws, and everybody is just somebody. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
73% Cold Sweat (Sudor frío) (2011) Not only is his use of chemistry gruesomely ingenious, but he finds a convincing and tense way to make two doddering coffin dodgers into memorable screen villains. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) One Cut of the Dead isn't just charming. It's an earnest and funny love letter to all the microbudget dreamers who use all their heart and ingenuity to make their movie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 50% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) This long slog through the gutter, from the first brutal murder to [Fritz] Honka's grisly yet comedic arrest, is a tough stroll that it's hard to recommend. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) [Daniel Scheinert] can take something that shocks, something that will create a real, visceral response in the audience, and still find a way to illuminate the characters. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is undoubtedly aspirational in its intent -- but it's also trite. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 60% Tokyo Ghoul S (2019) While [Tokyo Ghoul S] never shies away from its own stomach-churning visuals, Ken is too milquetoast and Shu too histrionic for their dinner date to ever leave you satisfied. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) Its microfocus, anecdotal structure, and reliance on archive footage and talking heads, undoubtedly makes this one for the true devotees of motorsports, but they'll not want to miss it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) A sublime mixture of dark social realism and magical fantasy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 83% Before You Know It (2019) Before You Know It feels like it fell out of the mid-Eighties -- and that's not a bad thing. In the tradition of Mystic Pizza or Moscow on the Hudson, it finds its humor in the light and shade of its characters, with the odd broader gag. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 87% Aquarela (2019) At every stage, Aquarela is a voyage on the edges of elemental wrath. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) The effects may be a little homemade at some points on this microbudget endeavor, but the riches are hidden in a script that refuses to spoon-feed any answers to its metaphysical conundrums. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 87% Ne Zha (2019) Conventionally animated but paced with kinetic glee, Ne Zha crams in a plethora of contemporary and pop culture references, and in those moments it's at its least fun and most obvious. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) There's a clumsiness here, a succession of setups and awkward payoffs that are so on-the-nose, so cringe-inducingly earnest, that it's hard not to laugh. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/5 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) In a summer when Alexandre Aja made the creature feature feel fresh again with Crawl, the ocean's most graceful apex predator undoubtedly loses out to a bunch of dumb Florida gators. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) A ripped wedding dress, bloodstained Chucks, and an elephant gun are this season's must-have ensemble, and [Samara] Weaving just became your new favorite underdog action star. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) As a writer, first-time director Andrea Berloff has a track record for solid, if unremarkable, adaptations and gritty true-life tales. Her take on the comic is, unfortunately, just clunky. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5 90% Luce (2019) Luce's power is that it refuses to ever pander to absolutes. Its commitment to ambiguity, to complexity, is defining. It never evades its stage roots -- nor should it have to, as its formality is pivotal. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) [Thurop] Van Orman's hands may be tied on the look of this film and on the constant pop-musical stings, but his nonsensical humor and willingness to have protagonists who are oblivious to their flaws flies through this film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 60% Them That Follow (2019) While never screaming its message, the script by first-time feature directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage still finds a way to damn the sin more than the sinner. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Mike Wallace Is Here [is] an inversion of the normal documentary hagiographic format. Instead, it's an unflinching examination of a legacy of negatives and positives that extend far beyond the newsroom. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 87% Diamantino (2019) Sweet, wild, and openhearted, Diamantino is as charming as its muddle-headed protagonist. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) While not the dead-eyed stare of The Polar Express, every time a creature delivers a line it's like watching an actor with too much Botox: The lips are moving, but the face isn't telling you anything. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019