Chelsea Phillips-Carr Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Chelsea Phillips-Carr

Chelsea Phillips-Carr
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 50% Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (2017) Ultimately, even with these images, Disappearance is not quite strong enough for a lasting impact.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
79% Her Smell (2018) The film is unwieldy, a brash regurgitation of cinematic and narrative styles with a regressive heart.‐ Another Gaze
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/5 54% The Wind (2018) The film has a conspicuous lack: intent on a political discussion of gender while situating itself within the frontier's violence, The Wind's social critique only goes so far.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
86% The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Killer Robots is essentially a film of style over substance. It has a look, it has emotional overtones (mainly that of a fear of technology), but it never dives too deeply into its subjects.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Elephant Queen (2018) The Elephant Queen is so kid-friendly it feels neutered... The documentary is without a doubt charming, but it is also too innocuous for its subject matter.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) By reiterating her own cinematic output, cultural importance, and significance in the story, von Trotta rather uses Bergman as a launchpad to discuss authorship and challenge the idea of a canon.‐ Another Gaze
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 88% First Man (2018) The film can be best summed up as "bland": with bland performances in a bland looking film, it is blandly entertaining, and blandly inspiring‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
47% Touch Me Not (2018) The objectifying gaze Pintilie demonstrates for marginalized bodies feels completely intentional rather than excusable, well-meaning ignorance in a quest for inclusivity.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Complicity (Kazenoki wa koto no youni) (2018) Complicity is an almost mawkish film, but its sentiment works. Moments which could be tastelessly melodramatic, or even emotionally manipulative, manage to hit the right chord despite themselves. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Clara (2018) With a more creative approach to science fiction, Clara would have benefited from a closer look at how women can be people, too.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Erased, Ascent of the Invisible (Tirss, rihlat alsoo'oud ila almar'i) (2018) Erased is a powerful, thoughtful film on death, trauma, and nationhood.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 77% Dogman (2018) Garrone's film is a one-note loop of a persistently passive man.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 82% Ever After (Endzeit) (2018) While not a bad film, with such striking visuals, and with true originality in how the film approaches its genre, it is deeply disappointing that Endzeit was not just slightly better.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 22% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) Girls of the Sun is simply not in good taste.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Grizzlies (2018) If only The Grizzlies could have had more of this, more moments for the Inuit characters to take up space on their own terms, then it might have been better.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
1/5 43% Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (2018) Les Salopes is stale, shallow, and reactionary, and out of touch with the current conversation.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) (2018) The Sweet Requiem is a capably made film, but overly digestible: in its very moving drama, it makes a set of complex, dire circumstances feel all too simple.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) Gradually, The Nun loses interest in being a horror film.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
69% Manto (2018) Das displays great skill and sensitivity as a director, which unfortunately is held back by her choice of a conventional narrative template. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Colette postures in its simplistic feminism: despite viewing Willy as a fool, his narcissistic, regressive misogyny is given more space than Gabrielle/Colette's own talents. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 57% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) As a replica, Dark Web is not as haunting as the original, but it is nonetheless as fun way to pass two hours.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Without lazily defaulting to formula, the film reinvigorates its genre.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
2.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) The ocean is too wide, and the hunt for the giant shark feels too broad, where a focused adventure would be more impactful. The film fails to realise that being bigger doesn't mean scarier. ‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Night of all Nights (2018) The Night of All Nights a thoughtful film. With its focus on heartwarming love stories, it has space for hardship and drama amidst its overarching romantic comedy.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
100% Over the Limit (2018) An exploration of one woman's ambition, Over the Limit goes beyond its simple narrative in its psychological questions.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
89% King Lear (2018) Klebeev's King Lear then becomes interesting because of its focus on Rotin. Viewers are subsumed into his perspective, with nothing outside to challenge it‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
75% The Crescent (2017) This slow-burn horror film is never entirely successful.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
56% Caniba (2018) Perhaps it is shocking to watch, but Caniba has little to it beyond that shock value‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) In its speedy pastiche and unending energy, Let the Corpses Tan is like a caffeine-induced panic attack rather than the high-speed and engaging film it should be.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
50% Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2018) It may not stick in ones mind after the end of its 81 minute runtime, but it would be hard to not enjoy oneself while watching.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016) Indivisibili wastes the Fontana's natural acting talent for a work of pure fetishism. Poorly shot on top of that, de Angelis' film has very little to offer.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
90% Gerald's Game (2017) Departing from Jessie's subjectivity, Gerald's Game ends too easily, a contrived and reductive conclusion which departs from the perspective that made the film original, engaging, and meaningful.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) With a central thesis unable to fully grapple with her beauty and her intelligence, it ultimately fails to fully create a narrative of a woman who was more than her beauty, and more than brains-despite-her-beauty.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
35% Valley of the Dolls (1967) In its melodrama, Valley of the Dolls may be reduced to trashiness, but we'd be denying its skill and sensitivity, and perhaps the value of trash. It's not so bad it's good; it's just good in a different way.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet Black Creek (2017) Black Creek is unwatchable. It is a film with the appeal of a damp sock.‐ GoombaStomp
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Beatriz at Dinner is by no means a bad film. Hayek's portrayal of inner strength elevates her character beyond simplicity, and is Lithgow's brash, campy evil is entertaining.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
1/5 78% The Hero (2017) The Hero is a thoroughly unenjoyable watch.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Despite its 2.5 hour run-time, it never feels dull, with a constant complex yet natural progression.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 71% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Relying too heavily on formulaic horror, this prequel to 2014's Annabelle is flatly mediocre.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Saved by its relative complexity and acting talents, Ingrid Goes West works best as a psychological drama, rather than a social critique of technology.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Playing to its strengths, whether that means an effective use of cliché, or a showcase of Samuel L. Jackson being Samuel L. Jackson, The Hitman's Bodyguard makes the standard action-comedy effortlessly fun.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The Only Living Boy in New York is insufferable in almost every way possible.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 33% Beyond Words (2017) Uncomfortable in its lack of sensitivity, the awkward story never reaches the heights of the film's visual elegance.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
1.5/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) Passionless and uninspired, a derivative non-Coens noir throwback with barely the inklings of racial critique is not anything effective or enjoyable.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) [Mary Shelley is] too intent on the historical romance genre, which, by all means, it does fairly well.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
1/5 81% Brad's Status (2017) The problem with Brad's Status is that Brad's prattling on is never pleasant, and the film knows it.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga terre des âmes) (2017) There is a lot to admire in Hochelaga: wonderful performances, polished beauty, and historical intrigue make the film engaging.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 100% Our People Will Be Healed (2017) While this can feel too dry, especially in the film's extremely conventional documentary style... it is undeniable that the subject is a necessary one to learn more about, and we can thank Obomsawin for depicting it so thoroughly.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 70% High Fantasy (2017) High Fantasy is an engaging film which makes good use of its short 71-minute runtime for a fast-paced yet very full narrative.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) Mademoiselle Paradis can feel a bit slight in terms of drama. But with such visual strength and assured aesthetic sensibility, it hardly matters.‐ Scene Creek
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018