Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 82% Green Book (2018) What Farrelly has succeeded in assembling out of used parts is a gleaming crowd-pleaser that fires on all feel-good pistons.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
45% Miami Vice (2006) Mann does deserve credit for wanting to do something new with the material. It's just too bad he spent so much time making changes in costuming, art direction, soundtrack and character, only to turn around and tell the same old story.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) A little John Wayne here, a little John Wayne Gacy there, the brothers' latest is freaky frontier fun and the definitive riff on how the West was weird.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) One of the most frustrating things about Boy Erased is that it isn't stunning. Between the deeply felt source material and the powerhouse cast, it's easy to imagine it could have been.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This is the sort of screen magic that can't be faked. Miss it and, mark my words, you'll never forgive yourself.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 81% Overlord (2018) The imprimatur of J.J. Abrams notwithstanding, Overlord is so been-there-done-that that a more fitting title might've been World War ZZZ.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Carrie Mulligan cinches a Best Actress Oscar nod with her dazzlingly calibrated performance as Jeanette Brinson.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Let's leave it at this: Redford's film farewell reminds us of what made his career so memorable, but it definitely won't be among the many movies for which he's long remembered.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
5/5 98% Free Solo (2018) Those few moments are so amazing and beautiful, they make you want to rewind and gape at them over and over. Which I'm still doing.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) This is a remarkable, moving, one-of-a-kind picture.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Sound. Fury. Nonsense. A franchise is born. Beats me what moviegoers thought they hadn't seen a hundred times before in this one-man buddy film. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1.5/5 29% Night School (2018) Where's the sense in taking Hart off that stage, sticking him in a classroom and paying him to write on an actual chalkboard?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The director's latest is the movie he was born to make.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
1/5 84% The Wife (2018) Everything's so high-toned and important that viewers clearly are supposed to think Merchant Ivory, when, beneath the tuxes and tiaras, this is closer to a second-rate soap.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
.5/5 11% Peppermint (2018) That's right, the race for Worst Picture of the Year looks like a lock.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
.5/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) In addition to being tasteless, shoddily written and unimaginatively staged, Operation Finale is just amazingly dull.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Moretz delivers a quietly nuanced turn as a young woman dropped behind enemy lines and taken prisoner but determined not to crack.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) It doesn't have a thing to say other than that our weapons of mass destruction are bigger, more advanced and, you know, cooler than everyone else's, and it manages to say it with a borderline Breitbart air of supremacy.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) The bottom line: The Meg is never less than big, dumb fun.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) What's this? I wondered. The answer, I discovered two days later, is the breezy, completely bonkers buddy film for which we didn't know we'd been waiting all summer.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Phoenix pulls another odd, compelling creature out of his sleeve.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
5/5 78% The King (2018) It's safe, I think, to say few filmmakers are visionary enough to conceive of a project this ambitious, much less pull it off.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) [Director Debra] Granik's latest cements her standing as a filmmaker of extraordinary craftsmanship and humanistic vision. She's poet laureate of the dispossessed, an artist capable of seeing both the forest and the trees.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
1.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Even by Mouse House standards, this is puerile stuff. Plus a waste of serious comic talent.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Who's out there right now consistently dashing off deeper, darker, more trope-twisting scripts than Taylor Sheridan?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Given today's comic-book-driven climate, a picture this profound is honestly a little like a miracle.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Not since A Clockwork Orange has the pack mentality of young males been examined this compellingly.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Jodie Foster's first film in five years also happens to be the lamest she's ever made (yes, I saw The Beaver). An artist as intelligent as she is should have had reservations about Hotel Artemis. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) The romantic backstory is terminally saccharine, and the flashback-flash-forward scrambling with the source material is likelier to induce viewer seasickness than the giant waves rocking the boat.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 32% Loving Pablo (2018) You might not wind up loving Pablo, exactly, but his story's a killer. Even without Pacino.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The reality, though, is that nothing the least bit subversive is happening here.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
37% Life of the Party (2018) Watching a gifted performer run out of gas creatively is never pleasant, but rarely does it make you feel like needles are being jammed into your eyes.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
1/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan proves bad news both for viewers and its once-mighty director.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
.5/5 73% Gemini (2018) It's the cinematic equivalent of a selfie.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's been downhill since Trainwreck, a film the star wrote herself. If her latest has anything to say, it's that it's time to remind fans what made her so appealing in the first place. Everything she needs to turn things around is inside Amy Schumer. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) It's difficult to fathom how creature feature crap like this winds up at the top of the box office. The same way, I suppose, that someone like Donald Trump winds up in the nation's top office. The American people get the monsters they deserve.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's a clever premise brilliantly realized, and never less than a big-screen blast.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) As I say, the movie has its moments. Just way fewer than expected and than many reviewers have promised.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The movie is great. And, if it helps people put themselves in the pumps of the Marinas out there, how could that be anything but fantastic?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
5/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) ... it's such a well-made, fantastically acted work that its last-minute prestige-season spin-out is dumbfounding.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
.5/5 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Written by Mark Dujsik, the critique is so incredibly, obsessively dense with references to technique that it makes almost no sense at all.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is many things. Regrettably, a good movie isn't one of them.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4.5/5 84% Game Night (2018) ... Game Night is a gloriously preposterous comedy/thriller hybrid that pays homage to the oeuvre of David Fincher - a delightfully preposterous thing for an absurdist comedy to do.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) ... 140 minutes have rarely added up to this much insanely wacked-out fun.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Like all art that employs negative space, The 15:17 to Paris is really about what the audience doesn't see: in this case, the unthinkable horror El-Khazzani would have unleashed if a handful of ordinary people hadn't done what they did.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4.5/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Despite the occasional Old Vic melodrama, Oldman lends it all an irresistible credibility.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
93% Icarus (2017) U.S. intelligence concluded Russia hacked the election in retaliation for our part in the unveiling of its doping program. In other words, because of what's revealed in this film. The Russia investigation, as it turns out, is playing on Netflix right now.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
71% Hostiles (2018) Cooper's based most of his scripts on perceptive best-selling books. In this case, he reworked an unfinished manuscript by Donald E. Stewart. So what we have is a film about the barbaric birth of a nation from the guy who gave us The Hunt for Red October.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
5/5 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The film's last-minute twist is strictly spoiler territory, so all I'll say is that Call Me by Your Name is that rare achievement: a great film that only gets greater as it unfolds.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Spielberg's rush job about the role of journalism is diminished by dot connecting, historical liberty-taking and a cloying sense of self-congratulation. Instead of an incisive comment on our strange American moment, The Post is, in the end, old news.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018