Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Riot Girls (2019) This dystopian thriller from Canada has style and attitude to spare, but doesn't supplement its retro vibe with compelling characters. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) What's supposed to be a deeply felt coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and residual trauma manages only intermittent poignancy while otherwise tugging too aggressively at the heartstrings. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) This sassy crime drama is not simply intended as eye candy for surreptitious perverts. It showcases, with moderate success, the brains and heart behind the parade of flesh that defines the exotic dance trade. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
89% The Weekend (2019) The level of authenticity within the intriguing character dynamics, bolstered by fine performances, provides some sensitively rendered surprises amid the obligatory relationship dirty laundry. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Vivid and immersive, this unsettling Colombian thriller about the chaotic lives of child soldiers in the Amazon jungle is both exhilarating and exhausting. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
86% Freaks (2019) Childhood curiosity clashes with dystopian peril in this science-fiction drama that supplies subversive genre thrills plus relevant subtext. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
100% Desolation Center (2019) Although the sounds might become repetitive and off-putting to non-fans, the film offers a worthwhile glimpse into a music movement that proudly partied with the outcasts. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) ... blurs fantasy and reality to an almost disorienting degree. But it also finds a dark sense of humor while turning cynicism into compassion. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
58% Burn (2019) ... might have worked better as a short subject or one-act play, but feels thin at feature length. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) While moviegoers can identify with Brittany's plight, the earnest and emotionally calculated screenplay predictably softens its edges, especially during the titular tacked-on climax. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) It shows an affinity for baseball and a love for New York's cultural melting pot, but this heartfelt working-class redemption drama mostly swings and misses. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Its conventional if uneven structure keeps the tension mild despite subject matter rife with ethical questions and contemporary resonance. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
35% Breaking Habits (2019) ... too often feels like a feature-length infomercial that's insightful only in segments and otherwise blowing smoke. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) It might not do much to advance peace in the Middle East, but this witty and charming comedy brings a unique perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
58% Satanic Panic (2019) It's not funny enough to be campy or scary enough to be thrilling, but this subversive low-budget horror flick certainly doesn't skimp on the gore, for what that's worth. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
16% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Lacking the narrative dexterity to balance elements of a psychothriller and a police procedural, this bland crime drama squanders its intriguing premise with formulaic execution. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
92% Ms. Purple (2019) Both culturally specific and universally relevant, this richly textured drama is appropriately mournful without wallowing in cheap sentiment. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
64% Edie (2019) Its inspiring message of elderly empowerment would have been more persuasive if Edie's adventure was more grounded in reality. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% Official Secrets (2019) This taut and provocative thriller captures both the broad sociopolitical complexity and the intimate character-driven dynamics inherent in its true-life story - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) As its mildly compelling tale of murder and time travel unspools, a handful of logical inconsistencies make it difficult to put the pieces together - although it's unlikely you'll care enough anyway. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
75% Spider in the Web (2019) The narrative momentum too often stalls, which prevents the film from maintaining consistent tension. That's a problem even Kingsley can't solve. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) ... both a timely examination of political journalism and a tribute to Ivins' enduring legacy. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
19% Killerman (2019) There's a visceral excitement to some of the gritty action sequences, although the screenplay suffers from derivative dialogue and strains credibility at every turn. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
19% The Fanatic (2019) John Travolta's committed performance can't salvage this ridiculous low-budget thriller. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% Before You Know It (2019) Amid some clichés and contrivances, empowered women find a fresh perspective in this sharply observed and consistently amusing saga of family dysfunction. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
68% Angel of Mine (2019) In its flimsy exploration of grief, the parental power struggle defies logic from the get-go, which might not matter if moviegoers could empathize with either side. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) The emotionally flat screenplay lacks the persuasive spark of its subjects, who wouldn't have played it so safe. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Like its working-class themes, the hummable tunes have stood the test of time. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Beneath the slick surface, the screenplay is unable to withstand much logical scrutiny - watering down most of its suspense and intrigue, and gradually becoming more far-fetched as it lumbers along. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite some sharp performances and intriguing character dynamics, this gender-swapped remake struggles to come to terms with its past - just like its characters. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
36% Tone-Deaf (2019) As the nightmarish imagery intensifies and the twisted weirdness escalates, the screenplay doesn't give us anybody to root for. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) With style and attitude to spare, the film nevertheless struggles to balance its comedic and suspenseful elements. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) Ealy's portrayal makes us care more than the screenplay, which turns into an incoherent mess. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
18% Hot Air (2019) A film that begins as a topical expose of polarizing media personalities eventually succumbs to predictably sentimental clichés. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The brutal violence is gut-wrenching, but this haunting Australian revenge thriller is more exhilarating than exhausting. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) As he regretfully reflects on his enduring legacy, Crosby's remarkable candor provides genuine insight and elevates the film above the usual retrospective. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
33% See You Soon (2019) Only the most hopeless of romantics will come close to buying the lovelorn theatrics in this eye-rolling melodrama. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) None of the characters - either of the two-legged or four-legged variety - is especially compelling, and the gimmicky point of view does little to change that. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Despite its uneven nature, this spirited live-action adventure should connect with a generation too young to recall Indiana Jones in his heyday. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Driven (2019) ... captures some of the glamour and the sleaze inherent in its story, yet rarely dives deeper to provide fresh insight. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ... a mildly amusing yet mostly uneven saga of self-discovery that lacks the narrative dexterity to modulate its comedic and dramatic elements. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Kalra conveys a charming and charismatic screen presence, and the film establishes a convincing connection between working-class artists from across the pond. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
68% Gwen (2019) The remote landscapes give the film a stark beauty, although the story is so consistently bleak that it's difficult to find an emotional entry point. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
17% Awake (2019) ... squanders a potentially intriguing concept with a series of far-fetched twists that fail to withstand the slightest logical scrutiny. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
89% Aquarela (2019) Cumulatively, it's a visceral feast for the senses and a treat for the brain. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) ... conveys a vivid sense of time and place and tosses in some violent outbursts for good measure, but it tends to oversimplify the evolving gender politics and cultural implications of the era. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Here's the in-depth documentary about Macedonian beekeepers you never knew you needed. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) Despite an intriguing premise, the film is weighed down by third-act melodramatic contrivances. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
16% A Score to Settle (2019) Nicolas Cage has practically cornered the market on these sorts of assembly-line revenge thrillers, including this predictably lackluster entry - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
54% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) It flashes potential on both sides of the camera, but this gritty Italian crime thriller is conventional beneath its mildly unsettling surface. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019