Joshua Rivera Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A visual testament to how wonderful it is to meet people, and how the person you think of as you is actually an amalgamation of many different minds.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
41% Rebecca (2020) Even with the artistic freedom of the 2020s, the new film still manages to feel like the lesser work, because it's only interested in the most superficial reading of the story.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The main problem: despite its likable heroes and clear villains, The Trial of the Chicago 7 cannot bring itself to indict the system that turns the wheels of its story.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) No one's going to forget Sherlock Holmes.... Hanging out with Enola doesn't seem all that bad; if nothing else, it's a nice change.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) The Devil All the Time takes on a novel's texture but lacks its depth.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
74% Mulan (2020) The movie itself feels like an anticlimax: Mulan is merely a serviceable film that's rather easy to forget. It does not live up to the expectations placed on it, nor does it make a compelling argument against its earliest critics.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
96% Feels Good Man (2020) Its efficiency is remarkable.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Dances from existential dread to compressed breakup story to withering comedy from scene to scene.‐ The Verge
Posted Aug 7, 2020
84% Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) It's a movie worth celebrating - not because it is better than its live-action siblings, but because it's maybe the most complete take on Batman and Bruce Wayne on film.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) I discovered a bit of nostalgia I didn't even know I was harboring.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs is definitely funny, but it's a darker, hazier affair.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Nanjiani and Rae don't have chemistry that lights the screen up, but they are extremely good at arguing with one another, both about petty relationship quibbles and things more trivial, like what, exactly, qualifies as an orgy.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) A reminder that something that seems impossible can be done; it just takes an immense, downright unfair amount of work to will it into existence.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) As an action movie, Bloodshot is the worst kind of uninspiring: not bad enough to circle back around toward fun, not good enough at action to be even momentarily impressed by a fight scene.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) A smart update from the Invisible Man of Wells' novel.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
88% Onward (2020) It's fine. A perfectly watchable film that could have been great if it, like its protagonist, remembered that the secret to magic is really believing in the wild thing you're about to do.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It's a rare thing to hear a conversation in a movie that makes you sit up a little straighter; it's even rarer that you hear a silence that does the same.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Anything can happen, and Birds of Prey relishes in the havoc that implies.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
91% Weathering with You (2020) Weathering With You does a poor job of balancing its supernatural weather story with its central romance.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) Sometimes you just want more for someone, even if they are rich, famous, and probably doing fine. Today, that person is Robert Downey Jr., star of Dolittle.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's here to serve action and comedy in roughly proportionate amounts, with big set pieces that are just thrilling enough to hook you and jokes that are just funny enough for you to hope no one dies.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is a solemn war movie with popular appeal, the kind of thing that makes award nominations guaranteed. But it's also hollow, lacking the emotional heart that makes the genre more than empty spectacle.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It whiffs on its biggest emotional moments.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) It cannot be understated how good Driver and Johansson are as the Barbers.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Even though Knives Out ultimately brings its mystery to a satisfying conclusion with a culprit named and cuffed, there's another one that gets away clean: white guilt.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) As visually singular a work The Lion King is, it often presents itself as plainly as possible, causing many of its most powerful scenes to ring hollow as it fails to sustain or build any sort of emotional foundation in any given moment.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) As an action movie, Captain Marvel is really clever, with more than a few twists that'll surprise both comics fans and newcomers...the biggest problem then, is that Captain Marvel is doing so much, we don't actually get to know her all that well. ‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
93% Us (2019) Jordan Peele's Get Out follow-up is a more ambitious, scarier film that you'll want to talk about with everyone. ‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) It wants us to believe that we can fly without that feather that gives us the confidence to overcome our fears. I'd believe them, if they ever stopped peddling feathers.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is both a farewell and a celebration of 11 years of the audacious and wildly successful Marvel Studios experiment. It's very good at both of those things.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Serenity is a movie that's truly about the journey, not the destination. But when you put it all out there, the twist doesn't really elevate the film's quality, just its lunacy. ‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
37% Glass (2019) The timeline is barely comprehensible, with twists so openly telegraphed they'd have saved the Titanic.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) When you're riding a damn shark into war and there's an octopus playing drums and also Nicole Kidman is there? I wouldn't say no.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is wonderful in a lot of different ways.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
91% Widows (2018) That's kind of incredible in a genre film, to get such a complicated cross-section of a place in one marvelously efficient thriller.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
67% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy relies on and exploits a toxic cultural shorthand that makes it read as a dirge for white innocence, dragging its otherwise clear-eyed portrayal of the cyclical nature of addiction down into something more base and contemptible.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
30% Venom (2018) ...Venom knows this, and because of that, it doesn't bother to make much sense. Its entire deal is just having fun with the dynamic between Eddie Brock-Tom Hardy giving a downright incredible performance as a man possessed.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
59% Slice (2018) Watch it late at night, with the kind of people who'd have a good time at a "bad movie night." Because Slice is exactly that -- stylish kitsch, the kind of thermonuclear cheese that's absolutely delightful to watch even if it doesn't make a lick of sense.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
9% Fantastic Four (2015) Make no mistake, -- the movie isn't all bad. Not in the least! ‐ Business Insider
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane remains a staunch believer in the old horror tenet of the unseen and unspoken being infinitely more terrifying than anything made explicit.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
93% Logan (2017) [It's] a very good, very violent action movie, with a sense of stakes that modern blockbusters rarely have.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis has a clever little bait and switch, one that's not going to blow anyone's mind -- it's not even hiding it all that much -- but it's what makes the whole thing work.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is terribly constructed. Why things happen doesn't really make much sense. The plot is an illogical mess of action scenes and joke setups.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert proved just how freaking good a live TV musical can be when it's firing on all cylinders.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Keeping the story structure familiar likely acts as a way for the film to stay grounded as it explores its weird subject and you see them coming clearly.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) For a film that seems so slavish to the imagery of the original anime... it's incredibly timid about reproducing what makes those scenes memorable, which is that they were gross and uncomfortable.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A movie that is so top-to-bottom fun that it's hard to believe the same studio put out the doomsday spectacle that is Avengers: Infinity War a mere two months ago.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) There's no film more scathingly clear-eyed about America in 2018, and you need to see it right now.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) It doesn't hurt that it's anchored by Elsie Fisher, who looks like she's giving an incredible performance as the film's lead, Kayla. ‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
38% Death Note (2017) I'm not sure who Death Note is for.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017