Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Despite what the title suggests, it's more of an impeccably crafted diamond, with a multifaceted brilliance that only comes from a masterwork. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 94% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric [is] a fantastically weird immersion into fetishized consumerism. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 67% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The whimsical swashbuckling tone and CGI-conjured daredevil thrills are all consistently intact. So, too, is a giddy sense of absurdity and self-awareness that makes the generic action-adventure tropes weirdly forgivable. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson's affection for the all-star murder-mystery movie is evident in every frame... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) What an amazing declaration. How is this a Hollywood movie? And why can't Hollywood make more? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Yes, the characters are still charming, and yes, the animation is stunning. But you know there's a problem when the movie includes three different sequences that either just describe favorite moments from the previous movie or straight-up re-runs them. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) There's no great reveal, other than the simple and simply profound fact that goodness is real. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 85% Waves (2019) Shults is a tremendously talented filmmaker taking audacious narrative and stylistic risks. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a flashy, vroom-vroom wild ride with seriously muddled politics. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
5/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story measures the mechanics of modern divorce in all its tragic, maddening, beleaguered dimensions. But Baumbach miraculously keeps his sympathies so balanced, which really makes the film soar. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Only. Kubrick. Can. Make. Kubrick. Films. Can we all just agree on that? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) The film is confessional, but it's also an exorcism. It's self-flagellation to an extreme. And, in its own way, it's an embrace of the country and culture that tortures him... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) [Scorcese] He knows how to plumb the depths of human experience because he keeps mining in different places. And in doing so, he gets closer to the truth within us all. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As history, it's trite, and as a fairy tale about intolerance, it's an evergreen. As a commentary on current events and our balkanized tribalism, it's clearly applicable and more than a little prescient. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) A bright idea that delivers more heat than illumination, The Current War: Director's Cut traffics in sensation and sizzle. Insight, not so much. But what a gorgeous ride. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/5 11% Jexi (2019) Buyer beware: smartphones are bad for you. That's the eat-your-veggies premise of the promising but poorly programmed Jexi, a charming, laugh-challenged paranoid comedy about toxic technology and AI sociopathy. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Somewhere under all the action-packed bells and whistles is an underdeveloped drama of identity crisis and dehumanization - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite is clearly a labor of love, and Murphy's total commitment to the midlife-crisis comedian is what makes the film so endearing. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 69% Joker (2019) Joker has two scenes that are absolutely brilliant. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Think Erin Brokovich, but without the push-up bras and Oscar-thirsty showboating. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo: Last Blood is uncut geriatric xenophobia. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) In space, no one can hear you weep. That's the takeaway from James Gray's magnificently dolorous Ad Astra, a galactic head trip with a title that means "to the stars" but more accurately aims for the heart. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers has a you-go-girl intensity that's downright delicious. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Don't expect a movie. This is franchise fodder at its most automated. It's an item on a menu. It's fast casual. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 88% The Great Hack (2019) Just because something's been said a hundred times doesn't make it any less true. The Great Hack is essential viewing because even if you think you've heard it all, you haven't. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 85% Luz (2019) Luz shines brightly but also blinds in the process. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) Multiple rapes. Infanticide. Aboriginal strange fruit. You've been warned. Brutal is too soft a word to describe The Nightingale, a brilliantly harrowing indictment of white male oppression set in British-ruled Australia circa 1825. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) State-of-the-art pablum. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 83% Crawl (2019) Enough with the story already! People aren't here for the plot. Thankfully, French grindhouse auteur Alexandre Aja knows full well to keep exposition brief. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's dread-drenched Midsommar, a masterpiece of folk horror, proves that the scariest monsters don't need to lurk in the shadows. How can they, in the land of the midnight sun? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The movie is pleasant enough, breezy and fun, although it's also strangely glib about death and destruction. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Don't think about it too much, just sit back and relax. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 36% Anna (2019) Anna is a perfectly enjoyable XX-chromosome shoot-'em-up with a couple of dazzlingly choreographed set pieces. But the mindless antics suffer from Euro-pretention whenever someone pontificates. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It's a hard movie to describe, let alone define. Which is the point. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Startling moments of mournful grace adorn The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a grimly playful domestic elegy layered with deeply tender pain. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is the sweetest angry film I've ever seen. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) By the time the end credits rolled, its Riviera audience seemed just as glassy-eyed as the film's silver-screen ghouls. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
78% A Hidden Life (2019) It grapples with the ultimate challenge: how to follow, and preserve, a moral compass in a time of political turmoil and rising fascism. Topical cinema, anyone? - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Think less Ingourious Basterds and more Jackie Brown. This is a hang-out movie where QT admirably moderates his showboating dialogue and baroque violence. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a quiet, deeply emotional movie that illuminates how much the creative process can be a cathartic, therapeutic exercise in healing. It's a summation of sorts, a reconciliation, and a paean to filmmaking itself. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The hilariously inventive story has so many unexpected moments of out-there mayhem that it's hard to keep count. And the ways in which Bong turns the screws on the clan of grifters is absolutely riveting. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is an unapologetic jukebox musical, using songs out of order to heighten the emotional weight of an otherwise chronological and fairly familiar story of success, oblivion, and redemption. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) A rapturously-bleak horror/fantasy... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) Eerily beguiling...a darkly comic standout... - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir initially felt both dizzying and intoxicating. The second time I saw it, my comprehension of the story was more sober. And yet the film's full range of emotions left me doubly besotted. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) How could such a road-tested premise fail? Maybe because the story wasn't so structurally sound to begin with. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 32% The Intruder (2019) It's hard to pan a movie this entertaining, but it's also hard to recommend The Intruder with a straight face. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 94% Shadow (2019) A stultifying melodrama with gonzo fight scenes so dazzling, so baroque, so downright harebrained, it will leave you slack-jawed. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) An NPR fever dream of self-righteousness gilded with smug "meaningful life" humblebrags and wrapped in deliriously seductive outdoor cinematography. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) His ethos: a contemplative connection between the durability of nature and the ethereal power of music. It's pure. And it's pure bliss. - Book & Film Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019