Deirdre Crimmins Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Spiral (2019) The misdirection has mixed results, and can lead to confusion as well as fright, but never boredom.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum constantly punches down, and seems to mistake displaying racism as the same thing as criticizing it. In the end, it seems to be a missed opportunity to create a nuanced argument about the state of the country and our violent past,‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
58% The Owners (2020) Home invasions gone wrong can be a particularly interesting premise for a film... The Owners seems to think of itself as a similar cautionary tale, but many truly baffling choices leave the film flat and feeling lazy.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
98% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) The Dark and The Wicked lives up to its title with unsettling brutality. Its presentation of evil and disdain for humanity makes for one of the more troubling films in recent memory.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
66% Rent-A-Pal (2020) A heartbreakingly tragic story of loneliness and fractured friendship, Rent-A-Pal is packaged in a teasingly superficial plot of a man gone mad.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Slaxx (2020) It is possible to have a ton of fun watching a pair of haunted, autonomous pants on an overnight killing rampage, and Slaxx shows us how it is done right.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Bleed with Me (2020) Bleed With Me is not flashy or gory and monstrous. However, it does stand as an example of what can happen in a cabin in the woods that would shake you to your core.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
89% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The Columnist is a sharp condemnation of those hiding behind their keyboards, hidden inside a hilarious look at a woman pushed to her breaking point.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
100% Minor Premise (2020) Minor Premise shows that rock solid speculative cinema does not need more than excellent performances and a single location. They simply must dare to dream and ask the big questions. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
83% Lucky (2020) [Satires] can heighten reality, amplify the absurd, and challenge cultural structures, all in the name of making their argument. Lucky does all of those things, while keeping true to the emotional experience of women in the world.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
78% Hunted (2020) The interplay of nature and civilization, lore and reality sculpt Hunted into a beautifully rich world of wolf versus woman. The tension is palatable, and the fear is real.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
93% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) It is a striking glimpse into a witchy world of crops and villains, but it does leave us partially unsatiated.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
100% The Mortuary Collection (2019) The Mortuary Collection is as whimsical as it is pernicious. It is the cinematic embodiment on an evil grin.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
100% Uncle Peckerhead (2020) Laughing at death and guffawing at plumes of blood might not be for everyone in these dark times, but for the morbidly minded it is a delight. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
88% Sputnik (2020) It has a lot to say about what makes life valuable and how far you should go to give life validity. It also happens to be a visually intriguing monster movie that starts out in space.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
50% The Pale Door (2020) Between the uneven pacing of the plot and the regressive presentation of witches, The Pale Door is a difficult film to champion. It is actively fighting against the elements which it should embrace, and the audience is who gets lost in that tussle.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
58% Random Acts of Violence (2020) It is both a slasher film, and a satire of slasher tropes. It is in conversation about violence, while being violent. It occupies the same space it is criticizing, and then it fills that space with blood. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) It is political and critical, and uses those causes to lift up and enhance the terror in folklore, rather than taking them on as a footnote or a context. It shows that horror can be sensitive, and often these exemplary horrors harness that. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Interpretations of romantic relationships, American grandeur, and mental health would all be understandable here, and it would be reductive to dismiss other readings. The film is rich enough for everyone to play in its sandbox. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
0% Nothing But the Blood (2020) Nothing But The Blood is obviously micro-budgeted, though its many shortcomings are not directly related to the budget. It has a lot of big questions, but cannot manage to get to any answers. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
No Score Yet Marionette (2020) Marionette is fun as hell when it leans into the wild, thrilling mystery it has carved out for itself. While it is chock full of horror tropes, it never quite falls into being boring or cliché.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
61% Radioactive (2020) Radioactive is buoyed by Pike's engaging performance and, frankly, the life of Marie Curie herself. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
93% The Oak Room (2020) The stories themselves, though well executed, are not nearly engaging enough to carry the entire film.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) The Beach House cuts sharply and swiftly, but it does so with grace and intelligence.It will leave you wishing that it was the standard in horror experiences, and not the brilliant exception.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Highly stylized and based squarely in satire, We Are Little Zombies somehow manages to be a heartfelt look at what makes a family and what it means to grieve.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Turns in solid performances from all of the actors, but overall it has no teeth. It is a lukewarm criticism of election finance and a mild condemnation of the fetization of the perception of "Real America," but it fails to go for the jugular of either. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
94% Babyteeth (2020) It is the subtly balanced performances which save Babyteeth from ever tipping into judgement of its characters. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) If you settle in to spend a little time with complicated characters on their own terms, Shirley is a beautiful change of pace.‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
69% Becky (2020) Happily, Becky seems to be relatively aware of its own shortcomings and sticks to what it does best: Mayhem and angry youths. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
70% Butt Boy (2020) Writer-director Tyler Cornack and co-writer Ryan Koch have created a tale of fetishes and obsession, but draped it within a gumshoe driven mystery which is keenly aware of its campy roots. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) Blood Quantum takes an older monster, puts it in an even older cultural war, and attempts to present this as a new take. The end result is a gory, uneven zombie film that mostly works when it realizes its own intelligence. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Why Don't You Just Die! has enough blood in it to make Herschell Gordon Lewis swoon. It is fun, fast, and a good reminder that so much can happen in one apartment with endless buckets of blood.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
69% The Room (2019) The Room is not a gorefest nor is it an atmospheric spooktacular. It is an unnerving tale of the rules of our world breaking, and it does not hesitate to show the dark consequences.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
100% Big Fur (2019) Big Fur smartly assumes that the audience needs a good primer on taxidermy's mechanics and history. It sprinkles these practical lessons throughout the quick 76 minute running time. ‐ That Shelf
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Josie & Jack (2019) Neither exciting nor sexy, Josie & Jack takes a long cold look at a brother and sister and lets all of us come up with our own judgment on them.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) To anyone yearning to revisit the old noir days of fedoras and dames, Motherless Brooklyn will be a fun little throwback. However, the accumulation of missteps in its execution are far too many for me.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 48% Eli (2019) Despite the risks Eli takes, at its core the movie is not very good. The performances are expected but competent. The scares are hollow jump-shocks where the score tells you precisely what's coming next.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap is a fun enough visit with familiar characters, though not nearly as much fun as the first film.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/5 33% Trick (2019) The things that Trick gets right, it gets very right. The kills and the element of surprise keep it a quickly moving fright fest. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The creatures are a sight to behold, as are each of the kingdoms. The fighting is tense and exciting. All of that is nearly enough to craft Maleficent: Mistress of Evil into a wonderful fantasy film... but only nearly.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Spending a little more time with the beloved Jesse Pinkman is a welcome experience, but the lack of emotional rawness and character drive make it a less involving visit than I yearned for.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) There's barely a nod to character development or relationships. Instead, we're dragged from one unconnected scene to the next. In addition to all of this, the animation is lackluster and flat. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 36% In the Tall Grass (2019) Natali has been able to tackle out-there concepts by making them visually appealing and emotionally raw. In the Tall Grass tries very hard to compete on those two axes, but the strain to connect them and the mundane setting make it very hard to root for.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) By no means a failure, but it's a meandering way to fill in the gaps between glorified web comedy shorts.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 69% Joker (2019) The physicality and emotional rigor of the part of this evil man are easily met by a seasoned professional such as Phoenix.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 74% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Pelican Blood might not strictly sit within the horror genre, but it will crawl under your skin all the same.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 67% The Wave (2020) The Wave is a fun enough way to watch one man piece together his bad times, when time has no meaning.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4.5/5 94% Jallikattu (2019) The brilliance of Jallikattu is the coexistence of its diametrically opposing natures. It has a simple story, but it's excruciatingly complex in execution. It's rural, but still crowded with people. Most of all, it's both beautiful and violent. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Its adoration of the One Percent and its refusal to look deeply into any single plot thread make it a little tedious and a little repetitive for any casual fans.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 84% Depraved (2019) Depraved is director Larry Fessenden's take on the Frankenstein story, with his own modern twist. The update makes it gloriously timely without losing any of the underlying tragedy of the original tale.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019