The Only Critic

The Only Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nate Adams
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Charlie's Angels (2019) Nate Adams This could've easily been another reboot that need not exist, except in Banks' strategic world building and natural approach to the material, "Charlie's Angels" has something to say in 2019 that its predecessors did not. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ Noelle (2019) Nate Adams Make some hot chocolate, throw on some comfy PJs, and put "Noelle" on for a breezy Saturday morning watch. After that, it won't be long before it disappears into the pathos of the Disney engine and off your radar for good. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C- Lady and the Tramp (2019) Nate Adams "Lady and the Tramp" is fairly harmless and little ones unfamiliar with the original narrative will likely be enthralled by shiny scenery and mildly engaging songs, but you're better off just queuing up the animated classic instead. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C Knives Out (2019) Nate Adams "Knives Out" is witty and has an ace performance from Daniel Craig, but the mystery and big reveal left me underwhelmed. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
C- Midway (2019) Nate Adams "Midway" - Roland Emmerich's clunky and loud remake - makes Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" look like a Best Picture winner. Yikes. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ Doctor Sleep (2019) Nate Adams Both inventive and thrilling, "Doctor Sleep" is a terrific sequel to the iconic story "The Shining" and represents a welcome and earned trip back to the Overlook. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Nate Adams Bong Joon-ho's wild 'Parasite' is 2019's first real masterpiece EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
C Harriet (2019) Nate Adams "Harriet" lacks a sense of urgency nor does it rise to a level where it's more than just a fine piece of casual movie-going. In some circles, that'll be okay, but I think Harriet Tubman deserves better than average storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
C+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Nate Adams Give credit to Tim Miller for trying to take this convoluted series in a fresh direction, but "Dark Fate" ends up feeling like a rehash of the series. Despite all the best efforts from a bulky Linda Hamilton and an engaging Arnold Schwarzenegger. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ The King (2019) Nate Adams "The King" lacks the wow factor of something akin to "Gladiator" and you watch desperately waiting for something to elevate the straightforward, though inventive, narrative, and try as this exceptional cast does, "The King" leaves much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
C Black and Blue (2019) Nate Adams "Black and Blue" - though featuring a strong Naomie Harris in the commanding lead role - loses track of the message it wants to send regarding police corruption and brutality. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
C+ Countdown (2019) Nate Adams Despite "Countdown" getting bogged down by cheesy one liners, unconvincing performances, and poor execution overall, I do give credit to the filmmakers for at the very least trying to be ambitions. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
D Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Nate Adams "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" never feels like a movie, instead it's a shiny Disney product that's going to look good on their streaming service. A total eyesore. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
C Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nate Adams "Double Tap" tries to push for any cheap laugh it can get, merely recycling old jokes, and then repackaging them for a new audience. Maybe there should be a rule for originality? Because ten years later, the zany freshness of 'Zombieland' has worn off. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- Fractured (2019) Nate Adams Netflix's twisty 'Fractured' is so preposterous it kinda works. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- The Addams Family (2019) Nate Adams While it doesn't have the most original themes in a kid friendly film, there's still enough classic macabre "Addams Family" antics to help entertain the casual viewer and perhaps win over a new generation of fans in the process. Snap. Snap. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ Gemini Man (2019) Nate Adams Emotionless 'Gemini Man' represents a new low for Ang Lee and Will Smith EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- In the Tall Grass (2019) Nate Adams "In The Tall Grass" is an effective, if familiar, Stephen King adaptation. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Nate Adams Zellweger delivers what is probably a career defining performance that soars well beyond the rainbow. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
C Abominable (2019) Nate Adams Kids might get swept up in the colorful imagery and the occasional potty humor that lands. But in the lens of some of Dreamworks finest, it would seem "Abominable" could use a little more soul searching. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
C In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Nate Adams An intriguing sci-fi frenzy that never lands. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- Bad Education (2019) Nate Adams "Bad Education" is an engaging slow-burn investigative thriller sprinkled with hefty comic touches and represents the type of ace mid-budget adult targeted film audiences crave. Hugh Jackman gives one of his absolute best performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
C- The Laundromat (2019) Nate Adams A rare miss for both Steven Soderbergh and Meryl Streep. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
B+ Ad Astra (2019) Nate Adams An ambitious and authentic space opera that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen imaginable. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
D Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Nate Adams "Last Blood?" How about "Last Nerve." EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
B Ford v Ferrari (2019) Nate Adams The attitudes of Damon and Bale give the film a dose of energy when not on the race-track, and when the engines start revving and the cars start throttling to the finish line, Mangold puts the viewer in the driver's seat and doesn't let off the gas. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Nate Adams "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" is a breezy watch that mine as well be made up of spare parts from the online portions. For something to toss on with your buddies on a Friday night, you could do a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Nate Adams "Uncut Gems" is the equivalent of a cinematic anxiety attack taking its toll on your senses. Pop a couple aspirins, bring a reliable pair of ear plugs, and watch as Adam Sandler has just pushed himself into the crowded Oscar race. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Nate Adams Eddie Murphy returns to top form in the crude, hilarious, and funkadelic crowd-pleaser "Dolemite is My Name." EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
A- Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nate Adams One of the sweetest and more delightful films of 2019, this zany satire had me grinning from ear to war. Hail, indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B Hustlers (2019) Nate Adams Sure, it's not a revolutionary cinematic experience, but "Hustlers" has the swagger, and definitely captured my attention. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
C+ Joker (2019) Nate Adams There's a more audacious film lurking in "Joker," yet there's no denying how the discourse that'll soak up the airwaves is exactly the type of conversation the iconic villain would want us to have. Whether we like it or not, the joke's on us. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Nate Adams In "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood," Fred Rogers isn't the star, it's the journalist assign to write the cover story. But Hanks - embodying the red cardigan wearing icon - is about as pitch perfect as it gets. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ Just Mercy (2019) Nate Adams No question, "Just Mercy" is a conventional legal drama, but there's no denying that Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx power the real life story of Bryan Stevenson and his dedicated quest to fighting injustice. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ Honey Boy (2019) Nate Adams Shia LaBeouf and Noah Jupe have great chemistry in the autobiographical drama "Honey Boy," but it didn't resonant or connect with me on the level I wanted or needed it too. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Nate Adams "The Lighthouse" will give certain audience members the intoxicating aftertaste of a gothic sensation, while others could walk away in frustration. That's exactly how Robert Eggers wants it. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Nate Adams Much longer than it needs to be, the dedication to the visceral imagery of Stephen King's twisted novel and rock solid performances (notably Bill Hader) makes "It Chapter Two" worth the investment. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
C Angel Has Fallen (2019) Nate Adams For a third installment in D-level franchise, "Angel has Fallen" could have been worse. That still doesn't make it good. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
B Ready or Not (2019) Nate Adams The performances are all devilish, strange, and off-beat, add in a script that packs the right amount of surprise within its grasp, and you get one nightmarish game that's actually worth playing. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ The Nightingale (2018) Nate Adams "The Nightingale" could use some cleaner touch-ups, yet this rather savage journey turns out solid, thanks to Kent's ability in understanding the demons that lurk inside our souls and how forging a path to empathy might be our greatest human instinct. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
A- Luce (2019) Nate Adams Some of the films lofty themes are wide open for interpretation, "Luce" is still a brave and audaciously riveting cinematic experience that'll find longevity in the conversation it starts regarding stereotypes and the judgement brought upon others. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Nate Adams "Good Boys" - which could be described as a live action "South Park"- somehow or another makes most of the material relatable if not downright hilarious. Full disclosure: DO NOT take your middle schooler to see this. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
B+ Blinded by the Light (2019) Nate Adams If you've ever been touched or moved by a singer or a particular song - maybe some you're too embarrassed to admit, then "Blinded By The Light" should make for an evocative journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
C The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Nate Adams "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is predictably melodramatic and goes straight for the heart-strings without stopping to dig deep enough into its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Nate Adams Arriving at a time when our news-feeds are being clamored with violence and hate, I think the country could learn a thing a two about compassion and humanity from Dora in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ The Kitchen (2019) Nate Adams No doubt about it, "The Kitchen" is a late Summer sleeper that cooks up the goods. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Nate Adams Brimming with stylistic production design and genuine suspense, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a rather mixed bag in terms of quality. When it works, it works, but the toned down PG13 rating ultimately sets the film back. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B- The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Nate Adams Equal parts lightweight and silly, 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' manages to be a slight improvement over it's nauseating predecessor EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
B The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Nate Adams Anchored by two strong performances from Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Zach Gottsagen, "The Peanut Butter Falcon" - though following a familiar path - finds salvation in its picturesque worldview of reality while offering a rousing look at life. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
C Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Nate Adams For someone who generally enjoys these films (I've liked the last three "Furious" pictures) - I can't ignore the writing on the wall. This franchise is running out of gas. Quick. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019