Sarah Gopaul

Sarah Gopaul
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Digital Journal
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Frozen II (2019) It's all still very fantastical and while it likely falls slightly short of the first picture, it's still a wonderfully enjoyable movie. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) The result is an atypical murder mystery that doesn't quite go the way one expects. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
65% The Good Liar (2019) Mirren and McKellen make wonderful companions, even as both seem to be trying to keep up appearances. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's hard to put one faith's in yet another Terminator movie, but this one really does make up for the years of disappointment. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) This movie builds a brilliant new narrative around the shine that introduces greater power and more supernatural elements. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The only real downside is Tallahassee's obsession with Twinkies has been forgotten and replaced by a passion for Elvis Presley. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet Kuessipan (2019) Most notably, neither [girl] is willing to compromise their values to regain harmony in their friendship. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Crazy World (2019) One can only hope more of their movies are made available as Western audiences have never seen anything like it. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
83% Judy (2019) The last five minutes of this film is a culmination of all the emotions up to that point and it's so marvellously sad and exuberant that many will have trouble holding back the tears. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
83% How to Build a Girl (2019) This is a coming-of-age comedy that doesn't abide by the rules of typical teen girl narratives. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
80% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) The metaphor is visceral and gripping as it uses a concept everyone can relate to: hunger. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
83% The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) This is one of the best uses of a time loop narrative ever concocted. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
85% Synchronic (2019) Benson and Moorhead have always opted to let the viewer get to know their protagonists before plunging them into whatever oddity they've devised for the narrative, while leaving a shroud of mystery around the peculiarity itself. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
78% Jungleland (2019) This isn't your typical road trip or boxing movie as both those things take a backseat to the brotherly conflict between Stanley and Lion. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) This is a movie that could definitely be pulled out for repeat entertainment thanks to a couple of key performances and some inherently hilarious scenes. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Director Richard Linklater excels with quirky pictures that focus on distinct people and all of the actors do an exceptional job in bringing life to their unusual personalities. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
90% Luce (2019) The narrative doesn't always feel evenly paced, but it's gripping from the first hint of something being amiss to the very end. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) There's definitely a lot of cheesy moments, but it fits perfectly with the over-the-top rivalry. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Even though the film is definitely a Tarantino picture, it differs from his typical fair. Most noticeably, it's not especially violent. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Overall, this is a fairly standard Spider-Man narrative, balancing big, shattering action sequences with adolescent, coming-of-age issues. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Though it relies heavily on [jump scares] to give audiences a start, the film still creates an eerie atmosphere that lingers after Annabelle's imprisonment ... and intensifies when the demon is released. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) This is a movie of moments. The overall story targets a slightly younger audience than before, but there is enough for everyone to enjoy sprinkled throughout. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The first thing to get out of the way is this feels like a misguided attempt to shoehorn this amazing narrative into the "trending" women of power film movement. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The big improvement from the last picture is these battles are visible to audiences, rather than shrouded in darkness and quick editing... But there's not a lot more to praise in this movie. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The result is actually very close to the source material, which will please fans even if it lacks some creativity. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Where this movie lacks finesse, it replaces it with brute force. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This movie is basically a cuter, more kid-friendly version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) While sharing with audiences the biography of a great writer and philologist, this movie is primarily an exploration of Tolkien's influences for his two greatest tales. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
60% War on Everyone (2017) Skarsgård and Peña have excellent chemistry, both playing their roles with the perfect balance of seriousness and irony. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Politics and romance don't seem like a winning combination, but this movie does an exceptional job of making it work. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [T]he Russo brothers defy expectations and give fans a movie they didn't anticipate, but will be grateful to have. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Overall, director Michael Chaves' feature debut is a haunting horror movie that embraces the build-up and doesn't require jump scares at regular intervals. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) It's difficult not to compare films - particularly when the first picture has such a loyal following - and, in doing so, the original definitely triumphs. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam isn't as flashy as its DC counterparts, but it brings a lot of heart and laughter to the screen as a superhero movie suitable for the whole family. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
93% Giant Little Ones (2019) ... a thoughtful examination of the harm that comes from a need for labels and how empowering it can be to stop needing them to define one's relationships. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
93% Us (2019) Adelaide's constant uneasiness radiates from the screen, which is one of many accomplishments by Nyong'o in this movie. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) [The] choice to be conventional is the most disappointing aspect of the film, which is an otherwise standard period romance. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria is an authentic representation of real women and the type of woman many aspire to be. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Rather than change the way comic book movies depict women, this picture makes a standard superhero movie with a female protagonist. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
60% Greta (2019) ...even though this movie isn't as sophisticated as [Neil Jordan's] other films, it's still enjoyable because of its absurdity rather than in spite of it. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) This movie offers a unique perspective as it examines the effects of war via art in a manner that is surprisingly engaging and moving. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This is a fitting end to an exceptional and touching film franchise, balancing tears with joy as the best goodbyes are known to do. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) When looking for a popcorn movie, it doesn't matter if it's predictable - but it has to be fun and this movie definitely checks that box. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Every inch of the aesthetic was thought-out with painstaking detail that makes it all seem real and, in turn, helps bring its characters to life. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) [The film] takes a more literal approach to its narrative that builds on its self-awareness, while still delivering an amusing caper in a fantastically imaginative world. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) [D]irector Catherine Hardwicke resists the Hollywood machine enough to let Gloria survive her way. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
73% Chef Flynn (2018) Eureka is the name Flynn gave his in-house restaurant and pop-ups, and it would seem the exclamation is an apt title for his still blossoming career. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This unconventional love story captivates audiences with its nearly square frame and conflicted romance that is amazingly contained to less than 90 minutes without missing a beat or feeling rushed. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Serenity starts off as a solid neo-noir before turning into something completely different, which runs the risk of derailing the narrative and alienating audiences. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Glass (2019) The most exciting part of this type of trilogy is getting everyone into the same room, so Shyamalan doesn't waste a lot of time getting to at least one of the more anticipated meetings. - Digital Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019