The Spool

The Spool is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrea Thompson, Caroline Siede, Clint Worthington, Joe Lipsett, Jon Espino, Robert Kojder, Rubén Rosario, Tim Stevens
Rating Title/Year Author
() Andrea Thompson It's not only thanks to [Darius] Marder's direction, but [Riz] Ahmed's passionate intensity, that Sound of Metal succeeds in its own right. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Harriet (2019) Andrea Thompson Harriet feels like a wading pool of a movie that never leaves safe waters. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Clint Worthington One Cut of the Dead isn't a zombie comedy, not really; it's a showbiz farce at its heart, and what a charming one it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Clint Worthington López's approach is confident and mysterious, never shying away from putting her child characters through incredible emotional and physical, life-and-death pain. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Haunt (2019) Joe Lipsett Haunt isn't a bad "curl up on the couch with popcorn" Halloween horror flick, but, sadly, it doesn't live up to its potential. Beck and Woods would have done well to spend a bit more time plotting this haunted house out. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Dead Zone (1983) Tim Stevens The Dead Zone evokes the feel of this moment with surprising authenticity. The movie's sense of dread, of a system that is teetering on the edge of disaster, feel unnervingly of the moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Joe Lipsett Danish director Daniel Joseph Borgman's coming of age drama is an uncomfortable story of abuse, mental illness, and escape. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Clint Worthington Chapter Two... gets lost in its own excess and wobbles too much on its precarious tightrope of tones. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Clint Worthington It's an adoring tribute - one that possibly wallpapers over some of the boy's flaws for the sake of propriety - but perhaps that's how he should be remembered. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Clint Worthington If you're able to navigate the film's murky, conflicted presentation of fitness and body positivity, there's a lot to be charmed by in Brittany. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
American Factory (2019) Clint Worthington Depressingly, it turns out how you'd expect... but Reichert and Bognar illustrate this as just part of the ebb and flow of late-stage capitalism. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Clint Worthington The kids aren't wise beyond their years, and that's what makes their exploits so watchable. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Clint Worthington Both in plot and as adaptation, Scary Stories is a film about stories, and that's what makes it so surprising and special. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Changing the Game (2019) Clint Worthington Barnett crafts an accessible, eye-opening portrait of transgender youth whose very existence is both a challenge and an inspiration to others. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Clint Worthington The cult itself feels like a lightly-stylized backdrop for an otherwise run-of-the-mill rural drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Rubén Rosario Here was a filmmaker who could have easily stayed in his comfort zone of smart-alecky banter between dudes but instead chose to pare down his dialogue and flex his visual storytelling muscles. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Django Unchained (2012) Robert Kojder On the surface, Django Unchained is your standard revenge fairy tale, but it has a mean streak that enhances every aspect of the experience. Equal parts electrifying and hard to watch, its joyously liberating ending sticks the explosive landing EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Catwoman (2004) Andrea Thompson If there was ever a movie capable of stopping years of progress in its tracks, this would be the one. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Clint Worthington It's one of his most atmospheric and assured films since "Inglourious Basterds", which shares many of "Hollywood"'s freewheeling attitudes toward the history it's telling. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Shadow (2018) Clint Worthington Like many of Yimou's wuxia films, this is a picture deeply concerned with finding aesthetic beauty among the bloodshed. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
() Clint Worthington It's not nearly as texturally rich as the works of Miyazaki ... But as a showcase for some incredible visuals, it's a pretty impressive feat. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Porno (2019) Joe Lipsett Porno is a dirty and amusing film filled with good characters and a fun premise. Despite some hiccups in the script and inconsistencies in the success of some of the humor, it's an enjoyable little horror flick EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Four Rooms (1995) Tim Stevens On the one hand, TIm Roth gives the bellhop an almost Charlie Chaplin silent film feel. The impish looks, the exaggerated shock takes, the way he bounces in place or struts behind his room service cart. On the other hand, he has lines. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Critters Attack! (2019) Clint Worthington So much of Critters Attack! feels like a not-particularly-funny Funny or Die video stretched out to feature length. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 () Joe Lipsett Despite its occasionally polarizing shifts in tone that wind up de-prioritizing character in favour of gory violence, Come To Daddy is a solid thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4.5/5 Little Monsters (2019) Joe Lipsett Little Monsters is nearly perfect; a sweet, charming, rude horror comedy that hits all of the right notes. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) Clint Worthington Salim's debut is nothing if not confrontational about issues of racism, xenophobia and the complications of political violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Clint Worthington With The Lion King, Disney didn't want to prove they were the best at making movies; they wanted to prove they were the best at making lions. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Clint Worthington It doesn't reach the swinging heights of Homecoming, but Jon Watts' follow-up gets Marvel's post-Endgame world off to a charming enough start. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Clint Worthington Aster seems to make films in which the end of the world might just come as a comfort, as something to be celebrated. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Clint Worthington If the rom-com at its center were as compelling as Curtis thought it was, maybe we wouldn't spend so much time noticing the cracks in his script's self-imposed universe. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Plus One (2019) Caroline Siede This isn't a romantic comedy where one kiss sends the couple off into happily ever after. It's one that's genuinely interested in the meaty, messy, high-stakes experience of falling for someone and starting a relationship with them. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Clint Worthington Rest assured, if nothing else, Toy Story 4 fulfills its series' mandate to leave you a blubbering mess by the ending credits. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Bound (1996) Tim Stevens The screenplay has an almost screwball sense of playfulness. There is certainly a harder edge to the insults, but the way they throw words back and forth wonderfully recalls the rhythms of that subgenre. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Assassins (1995) Tim Stevens Assassins has a frantic surface spread over a shallow vaguely disconnected center. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Halston (2019) Tim Stevens Halston the man represented America to the world as a fashion designer in the 70s. Halston the documentary demonstrates how deeply true that was, more than anyone noticed at the time. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Clint Worthington The X-Men themselves want to be put out of their misery, and Dark Phoenix is their death rattle. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Spirited Away (2001) Rubén Rosario Miyazaki has made a loopy, demanding work of art that asks your inner child to come out and play. There are few high-wire acts in all of moviedom as satisfying as that. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Drag Me to Hell (2009) Andrea Thompson It is a horror story as the most frightening cautionary tale, one that applies to all of us. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
All Is True (2018) Tim Stevens See it for Elton's swift script, the film's beautiful look, and McKellan making a meal of his time on screen. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Tim Stevens Considering the number of truly talented actors involved, the laughs prove surprisingly irregular. Lumbering where it should be spry, Country wanders from setpiece to setpiece. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Tim Stevens Red Joan, alas, shows little interest in being thrilling. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Clint Worthington Between all the gags about botched carjackings and drug-trip sequences, there's a deceptively sweet and layered story about the power of female friendship. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Clint Worthington As it stands, Brightburn is a modest novelty, a feature-length thought exercise that teeters just on the edge of insight. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Clint Worthington [A] sensibly progressive political polemic that goes down easy thanks to solid, effective filmmaking and some fantastic performances at its center. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Andrea Thompson Kiki has given girls another way to express themselves and a whole new set of aspirations. She's achieved the artistic dream, not only finding a way to fly higher but encouraging others to do so as well. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Clint Worthington Fight sequences, after all, are just another kind of dance - which might make Reeves the Mikhail Baryshnikov of shooting people in the face. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Clint Worthington The idea seems to be that Pokémon are so versatile they can work in any different kind of movie, making Pikachu work more as a proof of concept than a single, coherent story. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Clint Worthington Much like Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Ask Dr. Ruth shines a heartwarming spotlight on one of America's greatest televised teachers. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Clint Worthington Amongst the expertly-timed gags and surprisingly sweet romance, Levine and the screenwriters infuse Long Shot with solid digs at the tragic complications of political life. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019