National Review

National Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Armond White, Kyle Smith, Megan Basham
Rating Title/Year Author
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Armond White Ozon counters the trendy notions of "toxic masculinity" and victims seeking justice. This insight into masculine vulnerability makes the film remarkable. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kyle Smith Has just about everything you look for in a funny movie: a fresh idea, swagger, a strong point of view, and gifted comic actors such as Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. One element it's missing, however, is that it isn't funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Armond White Waititi's simplistic view of human behavior and political history isn't even as sophisticated as Indiana Jones's witty cultural summation: "Nazis -- I hate those guys!" EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Kyle Smith The mystery element of the film is tangled and not particularly compelling, and Norton's chief purpose as a filmmaker seems to be to give himself a lot of attention as an actor. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Kyle Smith Mainly it provides a showcase for Aaron Paul as Pinkman. Freed of competition from Bryan Cranston, he really gets to show off what he can do as an actor. Bravo to him. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Parasite (2019) Armond White Bong is an unfunny extremist. In Parasite, he annihilates the concept of the nuclear family by setting a brood of lower-class con artists against an upper-class family unit. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Kyle Smith A dusty artifact of a script livened up with bleeding-edge technology. It's a fair debate whether the moldy script or the brand-new tech is its most regrettable aspect. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Kyle Smith Getting hit with such a snootful of mega-misery is not necessarily what I'm looking for in a relationship movie. I don't find catharsis here. All I see is a kind of cinematic therapy session. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Megan Basham It's impossible not to feel empathy for this excruciatingly sad clown... Ultimately though, Joker fails because of its genre. The character has to hit those DC marks. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Armond White All these performances (Pain and Glory is the best-acted film of year) idealize complicated human relations. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Parasite (2019) Kyle Smith Far from being melodramatically schematic, it leaves some ambiguity around the edges, raising questions it doesn't necessarily claim to be able to answer. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Kyle Smith Joker is brilliantly done, searingly filmed, and so drenched in its seamy milieu that you can practically feel the roaches skittering under your feet. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Armond White Phoenix and Phillips turn Joker into a sociopolitical mishmash. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Kyle Smith Scorsese opus No. 25, The Irishman, features a lot of the strengths of those earlier films, but while it's a good film, it isn't a great one... Scorsese doesn't bring to it anything like the ironic voltage that courses through Goodfellas. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Judy (2019) Armond White Judy's lapidary construction is a setting for Renée Zellweger's performance, which attempts a precarious tribute... Zellweger's sensitivity ensures that only a cruel viewer could ignore Garland's struggle against common obstacles. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Socrates (2018) Armond White Trading on sentimentality, this type of storytelling coerces viewers by projecting social consciousness through juvenile media icons. Above all, the ploy is politically devious; the idea of innocence is manipulated as rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Tattoo of Revenge (2018) Armond White Tattoo of Revenge's kaleidoscopic cross-section of bohemian, underworld, and media types is such a sensual feast that it evokes the troubled temperaments of today's social disorder. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Nashville (1975) Armond White Works of popular art are rarely so pertinent as to make viewers rethink their own lives. Seen today, Nashville fills in the intellectual, spiritual, and political chasm caused by Hollywood's juvenile Millennial escapism. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Kyle Smith It's a pleasure to spend two more hours with this crew, especially Lady Violet, who despite being a sort of caricature of the conservative mindset nevertheless manages to make a robust case for traditionalism with elegance and wit. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Kyle Smith The ponderousness that is supposed to make the film feel deep merely makes it feel soggy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Kyle Smith Burr has the gift of being surprising, of resuscitating a done-to-death subject... Still, some bits work better than others. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Armond White Hustlers is appalling. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Kyle Smith Essentially a promotional video meant to push [the album As You Were] and a follow-up, Why Me? Why Not., which arrives next week, so it is reticent about his many bad choices, dismissed in a brief montage as "personal problems." EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Armond White Now that the fashionable Left has abandoned compassion -- and complexity -- this slicker-than-Michael Moore doc buries Roy Cohn as a paradigm for Machiavellian ruthlessness. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Armond White Ronstadt speaks of herself honestly and modestly, but the talking-heads tributes in this doc are trite. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Stano (2019) Armond White A rare, affecting baseball film, it's also an unapologetic, unhip redemption tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Kyle Smith Ronstadt is reticent about her private life, and the film doesn't pry... The work is enough to fill a movie, though. Hers was a gutsy, label-defying career defined by a love of all kinds of music. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Armond White Blinded by the Light actually avoids everything that is interesting about cross-ethnic pop culture. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Kyle Smith The set mostly misses the mark. And what is that mark? The truth. Chappelle remains one of the most vital, and certainly among the most daring, of standups... His latest hour is a setback. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Kyle Smith The title of Good Boys is meant to be ironic, but the harder these kids try to be bad, the more endearing they are. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
American Factory (2019) Armond White [A] facile, generalized survey. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Olivia (1951) Armond White Director Audry and her sister, screenwriter Colette Audry, made Olivia as artists, not activists. And the cast of exquisitely nuanced actresses exercised imaginative understatement. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Hot Air (2018) Kyle Smith The script is sometimes funny, but the movie never is, because Coogan detests his character so much he plays him with a kind of constipated fury that kills the wit of the writing. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Kyle Smith A beguiling new documentary full of strange details, some unnerving, some wonderful. Backed by Davis's resplendent music, it's frequently hypnotic, even heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Armond White Thor's final school pageant performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is," intended to express his sense of growing apart, is the single most mawkish and dishonest movie ending so far this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Kyle Smith Apocalypse Now builds a vision of war around paradoxes and incongruities and grueling ironies. It interrogates the whole business of war without being reductionist or trite. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Armond White Children could enjoy watching the story as an ever-changing fable, but adults will get more out of its depiction of multifaceted political art. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Kyle Smith Though this is a formula picture that occasionally ventures into hokey territory (notably in its climactic moments), it's engaging and warm throughout. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Armond White The Kitchen is neither a good movie nor a reliable dramatization of female power. It is, in fact, a laughable insult to women and their social circumstances. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Kyle Smith A drama offering actors the caliber of Moore, Williams, and Crudup is an enticing prospect, but the movie winds up sinking into a pudding of emotion. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Luce (2019) Armond White More than a battle of wills between a high-school teacher and her star pupil, the movie Luce uses that familiar premise to explore the beliefs -- and the fears -- by which our enlightened, progressive society lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Kyle Smith Makes unfortunate, distracting use of cheesy dramatic reenactments in telling this awful story. But it also raises important questions about Emwazi's journey to terrorism. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Kyle Smith Tries to make the case for Wallace's importance but pretty much comes up empty. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Armond White Finally, Tarantino asks audiences to think about life -- not just the movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Armond White Thanks to Belkin, we can appreciate the difference between what Wallace called "tough questions" and what an irate interview subject called "rude." EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Kyle Smith Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a really good 100-minute movie rattling around inside a 160-minute space... I'd still recommend the movie, barely. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Armond White Biblical and Shakespearean archetypes are trivialized by the new Disney. Its style of fake realism prevents one from imaginatively projecting onto the animation. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Armond White Barbarians makes the nightmare of Communist oppression, and its continuing effect on the popular and artistic psyche, absolutely clear -- and pertinent. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Kyle Smith Sometimes not changing anything is a daring choice, and though Favreau's take does much less original thinking than his 2016 live-action Jungle Book did, it never feels like an insipid dinner-theater remake. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Forrest Gump (1994) Kyle Smith Forrest Gump has layers and nuances and ironies, and it's far bleaker than it is given credit for. Just because a movie is a monster hit doesn't mean it isn't interesting. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019