Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/10 31% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's less a true 'Rambo' movie and more a generic (and small-scale) 'Taken' knock-off with John Rambo arbitrarily thrown into the mix. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
6/10 25% The Goldfinch (2019) It's a gorgeous, thoughtful, well-acted, morally complex and adult-skewing character study from a major studio. Warts and all, it's exactly what we say Hollywood never bothers to make. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) This is terrific (and terrifically-crafted) entertainment. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Ambitions aside, 'It Chapter Two' undercuts its horror and drama with consistent quips, while certain narrative choices undercut its grand themes and grander scope. Meanwhile, the entire second act exists as a way to essentially replay the first film. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
6/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) More character development for Gerard Butler's hero, well-staged action/violence and explicitly less toxic politics makes this a more enjoyable adventure flick compared to the first two. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) A great high concept, a superb ensemble and a terrific starring turn elevate this delightful bit of pitch-black horror-comedy. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
7/10 79% Good Boys (2019) It's not a grotesque celebration of bad behavior, but a gee-whiz comic adventure about nice kids who just happen to use R-rated language. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) It works as a B-movie mash-up of 'Sanctum' and 'The Descent.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) More than even the last few FAST AND FURIOUS movies, HOBBS & SHAW resembles a big, dumb, but enjoyable Saturday morning cartoon. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino says goodbye to Hollywood, in more ways than one. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
6/10 78% Descendants 3 (2019) Not as good as the second film but better than the first one, 'Descendants 3' ends the series on a solid note of character development and social topicality. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
6/10 82% Crawl (2019) I don't know why Paramount hid this one from most movie critics, but it's a rock-solid genre flick that delivers on its promises. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Be prepared for a shockingly dull remake that trades passion, emotion and excitement for "realism." - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 42% Stuber (2019) This may be the best live-action big studio comedy of the year. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
7/10 83% Midsommar (2019) It's a great date movie, provided you and your significant other share a macabre sense of humor. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It's like a 'Goosebumps' story set within the 'Conjuring' universe. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
6/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It cares a lot more about Peter Parker than Spider-Man (or the overall MCU arc), and that's a good thing. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 64% Child's Play (2019) This "unneccessary" remake is also quite good on its own merits, existing as a solid horror comedy without slavishly devoting itself to the original 'Child's Play.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
10/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A terrific adventure comedy and an appropriate franchise extension that works as a parable for Pixar's own evolution. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not a disaster, but fans of this groundbreaking series deserve a better send-off than this mediocre 'X-Men: Remakes Of Movies Past" sequel. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's not as majestic as 'Godzilla' nor as rough-and-tumble successful as 'Skull Island,' but my son exclaimed that it was the greatest movie he'd ever seen. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
6/10 54% Ma (2019) It's a terrific slow-burn drama for an hour before it becomes a somewhat rushed grindhouse horror flick. Still, it works. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) The screenplay is a mess, but 'Aladdin' gets by on its production values and dynamite star turns. I knew Noami Scott was the real deal, but Mena Massoud is a revelation. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 97% Booksmart (2019) 'Booksmart' offers a delightful fantasy set in a world where everyone is pretty smart, awfully nice and very funny. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
6/10 57% Brightburn (2019) By reimagining the Superman story as a horror movie, 'Brightburn' ends up returning the myth to its origins as a Moses parable. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) A rip-roaring (and visually beautiful) action movie that plays like a terrific video game come to life while also dealing with the whole "Why should we care if John survives?" question. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
5/10 27% UglyDolls (2019) Harmless for kids, painless for adults, but just good enough for you to wish it was "good." - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 81% Long Shot (2019) It works better as a romantic comedy than as a political satire. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
6/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's arguably, by default, the best video game movie ever made. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
6/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Surprisingly smaller-scale and lighter than INFINITY WAR, with disappointing action to boot, but it ends on a high note and the key characters get pushed in interesting directions. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/10 17% Hellboy (2019) It is a loose remake of 'Hellboy' while borrowing thematic elements from 'The Golden Army.' That's no crime, but it's a vastly inferior version of a story we've already seen onscreen. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
8/10 91% Shazam! (2019) It's a gloriously successful hybrid of BIG, ANTWONE FISHER and SPIDER-MAN, with the best part of GREEN LANTERN thrown in for good measure, proving that AQUAMAN and WONDER WOMAN were no flukes. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
6/10 70% Triple Threat (2019) If you're someone intrigued by the very idea of 'Triple Threat' and its "VOD action all-stars to the rescue" appeal, then you're going to have a good time with this one. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
7/10 93% Us (2019) It is a bit of a "What you see is what you get" genre exercise, but what you get is superbly-crafted and generally entertaining. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
6/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Like THOR and IRON MAN, this oddly Phase One-ish MCU movie is entirely dependant on its charismatic cast. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
7/10 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It works thanks to its entertaining title character, gorgeous visuals and inventive action sequences. It deserves the biggest screen you can find. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
5/10 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It gets by on its production value and the strength of another superb star turn from Jessica Rothe, but it's a disappointment compared to its unexpectedly winning predecessor. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 75% The Wandering Earth (2019) It's worth a look if you're curious about the future of tentpole cinema. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
7/10 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's not as good as the first two, but it works as a visual wonder and a sturdy fantasy drama in its own right. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Whether or not it's as good as 'THE LEGO MOVIE,' this dynamite sequel is a clear example of a creative team looking at the success of the first movie and still daring themselves to do better. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
8/10 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's a ghoulishly funny, vividly-sketched, character-driven crime comedy that doubles as a grim Liam Neeson revenge movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
6/10 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It is a solid kids movie from a time when we actually had movies just for kids alongside movies just for adults. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/10 37% Glass (2019) Maybe 'The Visit' was a fluke, and the M. Night Shyamalan who made 'Sixth Sense,' 'Unbreakable' and 'Signs' is really gone for good... - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
77% Cult of Chucky (2017) Cult of Chucky is either the Final Chapter or a New Beginning. Either way, this most tenacious of horror franchises can walk on with its head held high. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/10 67% Vice (2018) One of the worst movies of the year, one that so plays up the idea of Cheney as a chess master that it lets an entire nation off the moral hook. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
6/10 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) If the Disney 'The Jungle Book' was a loose remake of 'The Lion King,' this version feels like their animated 'Tarzan.' - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) It's 20,0000 leagues over the top! - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
8/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This animated spectacular is the best 'Spider-Man' movie since the first 'Spider-Man' movie. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
5/10 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) I like what it was about more than how it was about it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
5/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's not good, but it's not explicitly bad and it doesn't wait until the sequel to offer up Robin Hood being Robin Hood. It's just... there. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018