Forbes

Forbes is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Husband, Erik Kain, Kristen Lopez, Linda Maleh, Luke Y. Thompson, Mark Hughes, Merrill Barr, Sam Fragoso, Scott Mendelson, Simon Thompson
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Scott Mendelson It's better than the first, features strong performances and goes unexpectedly wild in the third act, suggesting the unholy offspring of a union between 'Gargoyles,' 'Avatar' and 'Aquaman.' (Yes, that's a compliment) EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Mark Hughes Gemini Man is a bad story that makes no sense.... [but] it also contains a charming cast with terrific chemistry... [and] top-notch action sequences pushing the envelop with new technologies you need to see to appreciate. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
6/10 Gemini Man (2019) Scott Mendelson It's not a very good movie, but it's absolutely worth seeing for the visuals and for the lead performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
6/10 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Scott Mendelson Natalie Portman is terrific, per usual, and the film feels less sensationalistic and more humane than the media coverage of the story which inspired it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
6/10 Joker (2019) Scott Mendelson It's gorgeous to look at and splendidly acted, but it works much better as a singular character study than as a broader sociopolitical drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Judy (2019) Luke Y. Thompson Judy isn't likely to win much of anything else, but Renee Zellweger's lead performance is Hollywood catnip. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3 From Hell (2019) Luke Y. Thompson For fans of Zombie's characters, there's enough here to tide one over. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Human Capital (2019) Simon Thompson Human Capital is a journey of a movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Linda Maleh Underneath the glitter and sex appeal, there's real substance, and that's what makes it worthy of not just our money, but our accolades. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Luke Y. Thompson This has the double function of drawing knowing laughs from fans who know the characters, and using familiar enough tropes for noobs to keep things light and easy to follow. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
6/10 The Goldfinch (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 Hustlers (2019) Scott Mendelson This is terrific (and terrifically-crafted) entertainment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Mark Hughes It: Chapter Two still has plenty of creepy moments and big creature scares, but it also has the heart that made the first installment so good and popular. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Mark Hughes Joker is one of the true masterpieces of the superhero cinema, and one of 2019's greatest achievements. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
The Banana Splits Movie (2019) Luke Y. Thompson ..until we get an actual Five Nights [at Freddy's] movie (if we ever do), this does deliver in that unique niche of furry animal animatronics gone scary. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Linda Maleh One of the most delightful things about Spider-Man is that he's a happy-go-lucky kid who's psyched to have powers and help people, and Holland portrays that vibe perfectly. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
6/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Bull (2019) Simon Thompson [Bull's] a masterstroke that will leave audiences as broken as they will be hopeful. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
7/10 Ready or Not (2019) Scott Mendelson A great high concept, a superb ensemble and a terrific starring turn elevate this delightful bit of pitch-black horror-comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
7/10 Good Boys (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Scott Mendelson It works as a B-movie mash-up of 'Sanctum' and 'The Descent.' EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Luke Y. Thompson You might just say they did it. Hooray. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Luke Y. Thompson ...the third act is the best in part because the threats are now unleashed, and the device of stories within the story can be put aside in favor of more direct actions. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Batman: Hush (2019) Luke Y. Thompson If you preferred the mystery aspect of the comics, you might disagree, but the changes that bolster Bruce Wayne's romantic issues are maybe the best in any Bat-movie since Batman Returns. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Jerrod Carmichael: 8 (2017) Andrew Husband The 30 year-old-delivers his particular brand of edgy, Richard Pryor-esque commentary on the ins and outs of being a young Black man in modern America, but with an artful touch. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
6/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Scott Mendelson More than even the last few FAST AND FURIOUS movies, HOBBS & SHAW resembles a big, dumb, but enjoyable Saturday morning cartoon. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Scott Mendelson Tarantino says goodbye to Hollywood, in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
6/10 Descendants 3 (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) Luke Y. Thompson All the usual theological arguments for a loving rather than discriminatory faith are here EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Mark Hughes Packed with cutting-edge effects, enjoyable & amusing performances, songs you all know & can sing along with, & a few little surprises, The Lion King is sure to thrill audiences of all ages. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
6/10 Crawl (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Andrew Husband The show format, the style, many of the premises and punchlines for the jokes they tell -- all of it is nostalgic. Martin and Short might as well embrace it, because their audience has. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/10 The Lion King (2019) Scott Mendelson Be prepared for a shockingly dull remake that trades passion, emotion and excitement for "realism." EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 Stuber (2019) Scott Mendelson This may be the best live-action big studio comedy of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Mark Hughes [E]verything a Spidey sequel needed to be and more. Bold, beautiful, and brilliant... EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
6/10 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Scott Mendelson It's like a 'Goosebumps' story set within the 'Conjuring' universe. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
6/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Scott Mendelson It cares a lot more about Peter Parker than Spider-Man (or the overall MCU arc), and that's a good thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 Child's Play (2019) Scott Mendelson 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.' EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
10/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Scott Mendelson A terrific adventure comedy and an appropriate franchise extension that works as a parable for Pixar's own evolution. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Mark Hughes While it's far from stellar, it's also far from failure, making it both a letdown and a bullet dodged, depending on where you're standing. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
6/10 Ma (2019) Scott Mendelson It's a terrific slow-burn drama for an hour before it becomes a somewhat rushed grindhouse horror flick. Still, it works. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) Andrew Husband There's something remarkably rarer, and rawer, about the way Sykes talks about aging in Not Normal. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
6/10 Aladdin (2019) Scott Mendelson 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. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 Booksmart (2019) Scott Mendelson 'Booksmart' offers a delightful fantasy set in a world where everyone is pretty smart, awfully nice and very funny. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
6/10 Brightburn (2019) Scott Mendelson By reimagining the Superman story as a horror movie, 'Brightburn' ends up returning the myth to its origins as a Moses parable. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Aniara (2018) Mark Hughes [A] spectacular debut of great emotional and intellectual depth, of immense narrative scope and scale, and of gorgeous visual artistry. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019