Complex

Complex is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Ehrlich, Eric D. Snider, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Khal Davenport, Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Michael Arceneaux
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Khal Davenport "Great story, great performances, great intrigue. Some may have done well in one of those areas, but Far From Home excels in all." EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) Kerensa Cadenas The Diary of a Teenage Girl truly keeps the spirit of the graphic novel-all of its anarchist messiness, sexual longing, teen angst-anchored perfectly by the tremendous performance of Bel Powley. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 Spectre (2015) Justin Charity At MI-6, the newbie, Millennial quartermaster could stand to learn a few new tricks. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 By the Sea (2015) Kerensa Cadenas Despite Jolie Pitt being able to literally evoke cravings through her visuals, By the Sea is a slog of a domestic drama about two beautiful married people who just can't make it work. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Creed (2015) Eric Eidelstein It's to Creed's credit that it can simultaneously operate as an action flick and as a film that has a lot to say about fathers, sons, and masculinity in general. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Chi-Raq (2015) Erik Abriss While the effort is there, more criticism of the systems responsible for creating such conditions that make a kid put so much importance on the gun could've made Chi-Raq one of the most important war movies of our generation. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Anselm Samuel Rocque After seeing the film the title now seems more fitting as Spider-Man is back home where he belongs not only in Marvel's capable hands but also in the hearts of fanboys and fangirls alike. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Frazier Tharpe Vol. 2 maintains its predecessor's feeling of being a welcome breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Dope (2015) Julian Kimble Dope adds new layers to the good kid, mad city narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
8/10 Argo (2012) Matt Barone A tonal tightrope act, displaying Affleck's adroit knack for working genuinely charming levity into moments of fierce tension. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Detroit (2017) Justin Davis Detroit is a commentary about days past and injustices that are still present, but it lacks the authenticity and the soul of the city. I'm tired of seeing this story, and I'm equally tired of Hollywood for banking on it. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Trace William Cowen If specials are anywhere near as good as this, then stand-up comedy-despite it all-is set for a great year. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
7/10 On the Job (2013) Justin Monroe Matti's thriller has more substance, driven by more fully realized characters and the compelling relationships between these men as they struggle to survive. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
I Am Heath Ledger (2017) Trace William Cowen This is a movie for fans, not voyeurs. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2.5/5 Sicario (2015) Frazier Tharpe This film is gorgeous even when ugly things are happening, suspenseful even after you've officially checked out on truly caring. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 Queen of Earth (2015) Kerensa Cadenas Queen's messy timeline anchored by Moss's completely unnerving breakdown make it hard to not feel like it's taking its own mental toll on the audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4.5/5 Straight Outta Compton (2015) Ian Servantes You don't have to be a fan to appreciate Compton, though. An emotionally rich narrative has been plucked from the hip-hop annals with masterful acting to match. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Eric Eidelstein There's something about taking a complex political catastrophe and turning it into a teenage boy action movie that keeps it from being fascinating into just merely amusing. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Hardcore Henry (2015) Ian Servantes As both an avid gamer and watcher of movies, watching Hardcore Henry was one of the most laborious tasks of my life. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 The Hateful Eight (2015) Ian Servantes There's just nothing fresh and exciting about Hateful Eight-it's simply a very Tarantino movie. His worst enemy is himself, and he couldn't stop himself from making more of the same this time around. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4.5/5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Erik Abriss Packed with blasts of nostalgic fun, sharp humor and breathtaking visual effects, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not only the best blockbuster of 2015, but the franchise reboot that this new generation of kids deserve. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Khal Davenport A hilarious action-packed adventure with great replay value. It's mindless enough to suck you in without making your head hurt with insipid plot lines and hilarious enough to keep you invested. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Khal Davenport Before Thor: Ragnarok, I wasn't checking for another Thor film. Post-Ragnarok, you can give me as many Thor sequels as you want...just make sure Taika Watiti is at the helm, and Tessa Thompson is (drunkenly) lurking somewhere on-screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Logan (2017) Khal Davenport Logan is one of the first times where we get to revel in all of the hallmarks of superhero storytelling-the action, the suspense, the reckless abandon-in a movie that, ultimately, doesn't feel much like a comic book film. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Khal Davenport "Speeches are given, battles are fought, jokes are thrown-many of them. In fact, they pack a LOT of funny into this three hours, for good or ill. In the end, the satisfaction of having stayed the course with Marvel is rewardedtenfold." EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Khal Davenport It's fun! A lot of fun...sometimes too much fun. But doesn't stick the "origin story in the thick of it" film that Deadpool did. I wish the film had just picked a tone and stuck with it. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Khal Davenport I won't front like I didn't enjoy some elements of the film, but as a whole? It felt like I was watching a film based on what worked in a number of superhero flicks over the last few years. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
3.5/4 Black Panther (2018) Khal Davenport This is without a doubt one of the best Marvel Studios releases, and low-key feels like the beginning of something different for the company. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Get Hard (2015) Michael Arceneaux Get Hard tries to highlight the reality that there are two very different sides to Los Angeles. The problem is that it does so in the most cartoonish way possible. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
Whitney (2015) Michael Arceneaux The movie isn't terrible, but it's not especially good either. If the goal was to give Bobby's side of events: flawless victory. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
Moonlight (2016) Michael Arceneaux When it comes to the black experience, Moonlight tackles subjects like hypermasculinity and addiction in the aftermath of the War on Drugs. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya ... [Tig] Notaro is wholly human in the special, someone whose stories delight with little embellishment. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2018
13TH (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim The latest film from acclaimed Selma director Ava DuVernay is a much-needed, sobering punch to the face that eloquently contextualizes the current state of America and one of its most important issues. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
2.5/5 Truth (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Truth is all about Blanchett, who really shines in-and carries-an otherwise bad good movie. (Or is it a good bad movie?) There are a lot of themes introduced, but are stated in rather sweeping gestures. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
3.5/5 Listen to Me Marlon (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Through its ups and downs, Listen to Me, at its core, is a gift for the fans. It's like an audiobook for the cinephiles and Brando lovers-almost like a bedtime story from Brando himself. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
4.5/5 Carol (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim To call Carol a Christmas miracle feels like a gaudy understatement, but that's sort of exactly what it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 Room (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Room takes a nightmarish premise in an impossibly contained set and turns it into one of this year's most emotionally poignant films. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 Mistress America (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim This is [Noah] Baumbach on a new level, thanks to [Greta] Gerwig-bless this woman-who keeps her comedic charm throughout even the strangest territories. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
Blair Witch (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Blair Witch is probably fascinating for young viewers who had never seen the original movie and didn't live through that hype, but for those familiar, it offers nothing new. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 Goodnight Mommy (2014) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim If you're squirmish...it may be best to stay away-but we dare you not to. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Even when you're squirming in your seat from the sheer length of the film, you'll definitely find yourself jumping out of it a lot too. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
Sausage Party (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim From sly, not-so-sly innuendo to unfiltered climaxes, there's not a moment in this movie that isn't packed with jokes. And the thing is, it works. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 Crimson Peak (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim What [Guillermo] del Toro had in mind when shooting Crimson Peak was probably a stylish gothic period piece in the same acclaimed lane as Pan's Labyrinth. Unfortunately, Crimson Peak fails to work on that level. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/5 The Final Girls (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim The downfall of The Final Girls is that it pretty much becomes the tired thing it makes fun of. And it doesn't do much for thrills. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/5 American Ultra (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim American Ultra, built upon ridiculous premise and casting, is not only the funniest but unexpectedly one of the best action movies of the summer. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 The Martian (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Despite being marketed under the mainstream bait of a "space movie," The Martian is, more than anything, a love letter to science, without ever feeling like a boring textbook. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
Tangerine (2015) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim At its core, this is a hilarious movie; it just happens to star two transgender women as the lead. That alone is worthy of note. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
War Dogs (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Sure, there's voiceover, freeze frames, and morally reprehensible characters, but it reads more like a parody film than an inspired one. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
Felt (2014) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Felt is a fascinating movie-one that belongs on this year's list of "you've never seen anything like it!" EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
The Greasy Strangler (2016) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Despite its repulsiveness, The Greasy Strangler has a dreamlike quality about it: It's so un-life-like, that you're transported to a fantasy world that's unmistakably a cinematic creation. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017