Will Leitch

Will Leitch
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.3/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood does the work. It asks you to be kind. But it doesn't forget to remind you why. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
7.3/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) [James] Gray is too skilled a filmmaker to leave us wandering and astray. And in Pitt, he has a solid emotional center that the audience will still follow anywhere, even if it's to the ends of the solar system just to confront his daddy issues. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
5.4/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It, Chapter Two is nearly three hours, and it feels every second of its running time, oddly meandering when it should be barreling toward its conclusion. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
8.7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a movie I suspect you'll someday want to put on like an old pair of slippers. It's his warmest movie since Jackie Brown. It is imperfect and erratic and sometimes infuriating. But it is nearly impossible not to love. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4.7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) [The Lion King] feels like computers attempting to impersonate real life and doing so with such rigid, determined accuracy that the result feels both emotionless and even a little ghoulish. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
A- 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This franchise is so generous, and so obviously precious to those who work on it, that we shouldn't have doubted. This one more than justifies its existence. I'm ready for four more. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
C- 23% Men in Black International (2019) It turns out, after the third attempt to recapture the magic of the first film, that the Men in Black universe is not a particularly compelling one after all. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel, like many MCU movies, sometimes labors under the weight of having to tell its own story while still connecting to the larger, ongoing saga, but it has no issues with justifying its main character. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- 70% Climax (2019) The immediate thrill of Climax, [Gaspar] Noe's newest and unquestionably best film, is how, for the first time, you see him letting go a little bit, releasing some of his notorious control, letting his films and his characters breathe a little bit. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) This is Shyamalan at his worst, a speechifying, moralizing scold who wants your adoration but doesn't want to put in the effort, or himself at risk, to earn it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
C 66% Vice (2018) McKay is a smart, talented guy, and his voice is needed, particularly on the topics that he's most interested. But first he has to figure out precisely what he wants to say. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A 87% First Man (2018) It celebrates humanity by focusing intensely on it, in all its glories and failings. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B- 80% 22 July (2018) Essentially "United 93" with "The 9/11 Commission Report" tacked onto the end of it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
A- 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a story about how the years go by, and who we are. It's a story about all of us. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
C- 14% Life Itself (2018) None of the characters in Life Itself are interesting on their own, so Fogelman attempts to gin them up some fake pathos through death, either theirs or someone near them. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
D 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) This is a movie whose mouth you want to wash out with soap. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
A- 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is as imperfect and wandering as almost all of Lee's great movies but made with their same intense passion; this is a filmmaker who always matches the emotion of the occasion. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You has so many ideas busting out of every seam, so much ambition, so much it so urgently wants to say, that it feels almost churlish to point out that the movie ends up careening gloriously out of control. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
B- 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) If the original Sicario had not existed, I bet we'd all give Sicario: The Day of the Soldado a lot more slack. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
C+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Occasionally agreeable but ultimately disposable, [it's] a bauble that feels less like a fun side journey and more like a waste of everybody's time. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The glimpses into Rogers' day-to-day life are the film's high points, even if they leave you wanting more. You come away amazed that he existed at all. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
B 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is at its best when it cheerfully doesn't give a sh-t. The more it cared, the less I did. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) You can feel the two versions of Solo: A Star Wars Story tugging at each other throughout. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
C+ 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) The movie keeps trying the bank shot of propping up its crazed premise while its lead actress, gamely, almost bravely, tries to undercut it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
C- 51% Rampage (2018) Rampage essentially throws The Rock, a few handsome co-stars, and a gaggle of semi-competent CGI shots into a blender, pours out the chunky mix into a bowl and sort of shrugs and says, "eh, eat it, I guess." - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B 72% Ready Player One (2018) In the hands of Spielberg, much of the pop culture junk that would feel gratuitous in other hands have a certain emotional resonance in his. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
C- 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time is a total groaner, a movie that wants to soar into the heavens but is weighed down by all the lead in its boots. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A- 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a movie that's impossible to shake. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
D 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It is like watching butter melt at room temperature. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C 51% 12 Strong (2018) The movie has its moments. But Thor wrestling with the Hulk is more realistic and, frankly, more relevant to the current facts on the ground. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
A- 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is a movie that is so wonderfully made, so meticulous in its construction, so deeply felt in execution, that you can almost overlook how prickly and scabrous it is. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
C 79% All the Money in the World (2017) You respect that director Ridley Scott and Plummer and the rest of the cast were able to cobble all this together, but it doesn't make it feel any less strange. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
A- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi, unlike its predecessor, has the freedom to be daring, and perhaps the most thrilling thing about it-and there are many, many thrilling things-is how abundantly it takes advantage of that freedom. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
C- 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The movie is embalmed in its own self-regard. You watch it from behind glass, a museum piece you aren't allowed to touch. Branagh was trying to make something timeless. But he just made something endless. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
D- 7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is as incompetently made as any studio movie in recent memory. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
B+ 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is about a lot of things, but what it is best at is being about smart people who aren't any better at figuring out their lives than we are but are still gonna drive themselves nuts trying. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
C 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's the sort of film where you stare at the actors as long as you can ... until you start rolling your eyes. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
C 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) This is a star-studded cast, but they're only here in name only. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
C 69% mother! (2017) There are limits to how far one is willing to follow Aronofsky down his lunatic rabbit holes. I might humbly submit that that limit is mother! - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
C+ 86% It (2017) It occasionally reminds you of how awful it can be a kid, and it also occasionally makes you jump out of your chair. But it never figures out how to do both at the same time. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
A- 92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky has the briskness and sheen of a professional, a man who, after years of restlessness, has become comfortable enough to simply tell a story with confidence, clarity and gusto. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
C+ 52% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle is a two-hour fight between a messy, sad, angry real-life family story and a Hollywood movie that keeps trying to soften all the edges and turn the tale into something "inspirational." - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B 84% Detroit (2017) What we see in Detroit is so shocking and appalling that it is perhaps unreasonable to blame the film for being blinded in rage by it. But, alas, blinded it is. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B- 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) The plot's pedestrian and familiar, but Theron still yanks the thing over the finish line. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
C 47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) This movie needs more cities and more planets, and less Valerian. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
A 93% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk will bowl you over. It is almost too much power for one filmmaker to have. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 93% Baby Driver (2017) The movie is a foot-tapping, sing-a-long gas, though, like many a summer movie before it, it's best if you don't spend too much time reflecting on its twists and turns, or expect much emotional involvement. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
D 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about this entry in this already-quite-dispiriting franchise is that Bay does not particularly seem to care one way or another this time. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
C- 44% Rough Night (2017) This movie isn't part of the solution; it's part of the problem. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot's performance has the poise and humor that conjures up memories of Christopher Reeve. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017