Simon Abrams Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 75% Teenage Badass (2020) There's enough affection and charm in the movie's first half to keep Teenage Badass running on fumes most of the way home.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 82% Spiral (2019) This movie is progressive intentionally, but not formally, and the difference between its creators' themes and consideration is unfortunately glaring.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2.5/4 61% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no Kodomo) (2020) The universe may in fact be held together by dueling perspectives, but the only thing consistent about Children of the Sea is its inconstancy.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
2.5/4 86% Get Duked! (2020) Get Duked! is most charming as a teen hangout comedy, but it's not so memorable as a superficially topical anti-Brexit riff on The Most Dangerous Game.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
1/4 20% One Night In Bangkok (2020) One Night in Bangkok fatally stalls whenever Kaosayananda has to develop his hitman drama beyond place-holding cliches.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
1/4 77% Emperor (2020) [Emperor] re-presents a dark period in American history without being inspired or insightful enough to be worth your curiosity or emotional investment.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 75% Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir) (2019) It's indulgent, absurd, frustrating, and more than a little gross. It's also idiosyncratic and funny enough, and in ways that Jodo's fans will probably love.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2/4 79% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og Stjæle Hester) (2020) There's some appreciable serenity and a lot of personal grief on display in Out Stealing Horses, but it's only visible in fits and starts.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2.5/4 100% Host (2020) Savage and co-writers Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd do a fine enough job setting up their movie's better set pieces, but it's hard to overlook some obvious foreshadowing here, and some ham-fisted symbolism there.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
0/4 80% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) Retaliation may be effectively provocative, but only because its creators put more effort into upsetting viewers than converting us.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
.5/4 56% Game of Death (2020) A killing spree ensues, though 'spree' makes it sounds a lot more fun than Game of Death ever really gets.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
1/4 88% Volition (2020) The plot twists in this movie are so obvious and unappetizing that you couldn't miss them if you tried.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/4 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) A relentless, but emotionally well-balanced character study.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 74% Followed (2020) While Followed won't lead you to any conclusions that you can't get reach by yourself, it's sometimes fun getting there anyway.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
0/4 82% Scare Package (2019) Your mileage may vary when it comes to this sort of pandering humor, but that doesn't make Scare Package more clever or less janky.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2.5/4 73% The Soul Collector (2020) There's something eerie, and sometimes even dreadful at the heart of The Soul Collector.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
2/4 93% Yourself and Yours (2020) An exhausting, and mostly frustrating display of emotional scab-picking.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/4 82% Debt Collectors (2020) Debt Collectors is only a bit more where The Debt Collector came from: this sequel has all of its predecessor's eccentricities, but none of its breezy confidence.‐
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2/4 71% Villain (2020) Nobody in this movie has a complex inner emotional life, so it's not surprising that the movie's ending is ridiculous.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
2/4 47% Arkansas (2020) Arkansas doesn't usually look like much (lots of music video lighting), and is often over-edited.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
2.5/4 87% Deerskin (2020) Georges' descent into madness is never as immediately compelling as it is theoretically clever.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
1.5/4 75% The Wretched (2020) The Wretched doesn't work as either comfort food or gross-out entertainment.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3/4 86% 1BR (2020) There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Sarah, and seeing her claw her way to it is often fun, albeit in a gasp-inducing sort of way.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Why Don't You Just Die! is stylish enough, but it's rarely as clever as it is busy.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2.5/4 28% Clover (2020) While Clover may not be original, it is pretty watchable.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
1/4 72% Vivarium (2020) There's more hand-me-down genre movie tropes than recognizable human behavior in the new sci-fi/horror hybrid Vivarium.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
1.5/4 54% Lost Transmissions (2020) [Pegg and Temple are] good enough to make you want to care, even when their characters don't seem to be worth caring about.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
70% Escape from Pretoria (2020) Almost everything that's enjoyable is a variation on stuff you've probably seen in superior prison movies, though Radcliffe's haunted performance is exceptionally compelling.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2.5/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) There's not much to Porumboiu's latest beyond a surplus of plot twists and double crosses.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
91% My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) This new movie delivers more of what the anime has to offer fans, and very little else.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2.5/4 47% Greed (2020) Greed is what you get when intelligent, righteously pissed-off filmmakers try, sometimes successfully, to make an acidic black comedy about late capitalism.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/4 93% Ride Your Wave (2020) The movie's unabashed sentimentality never feels unbearable.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
52% Guns Akimbo (2020) Kind of fun if you don't expect more from it than a bratty, gore-soaked sci-fi/action black comedy about a shy gamer who learns to stop worrying and accept that he's part of an online community full of desensitized players and bloodthirsty trolls.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
1/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's too inoffensive to be hated and too wretched to be enjoyable.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/4 84% The Traitor (2020) [The Traitor] exists just outside the realm of genre movie conventions and deep inside its unreliable protagonists' hard-scrambled psyche. It's a nightmare; it's a gas.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
75% The Nowhere Inn (2020) A collection of comedic and musical sketches that are not funny, weird or thoughtful enough to sell its creators' insistent, but mostly trite and undeveloped, ideas about the performative nature of self-fashioning and creative authenticity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/4 85% Zombi Child (2020) French voodoo/gothic drama "Zombi Child" is mostly satisfying, but also a little frustrating because of its creators' walking-on-shells sensitivity.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 91% Weathering with You (2020) Weathering With You is a perfect entry point for animation fans who are still looking for the next big Pixar or Hayao Miyazaki.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 57% Darbar (2020) Darbar, Rajinikanth's latest Herculean tribute to himself, is about as enjoyable as it is ridiculous.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
87% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) The movie's called "Ip Man 4" for a reason, and by now, that name is synonymous with a certain kind of stylistically conservative beat-em-up, featuring well-choreographed but dramatically contrived fights between Ip and a bunch of anti-Chinese brutes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
39% The Song of Names (2019) The kind of mediocre Holocaust drama that used to be taken more seriously in the 1990s, partly thanks to the Weinstein brothers and Miramax.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 75% Only Cloud Knows (2019) While Feng's latest may be unbearably sentimental and too blunt, it's also good enough, if you're looking for a little romance and a good cry.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 55% Rabid (2019) [The Soskas] have a wickedly funny sense of humor, and a few winningly nasty ideas.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 39% Black Christmas (2019) [Black Christmas] mostly feels personal and urgent thanks to some atmospheric scare scenes and some sharp dialogue that reflect the world outside the movie theater in ways that most other studio-distributed horror films don't.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
35% 6 Underground (2019) It wouldn't be a Michael Bay movie if he didn't slavishly cater to the lowest common denominator (get ready for some sexist and gay-panic jokes!), so it makes sense that Bay's antiheroes are more obnoxious when they're trying to be good.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/4 83% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story and a lot of unexamined second-hand ideas about creativity, empathy, and spirituality.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2/4 68% White Snake (2019) There's not enough on-screen to make this listless time-waster worth recommending.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
74% Shooting the Mafia (2019) She lets her photographs of the Sicilian mob speak for themselves, leaving a lot of room for basic questions like, "Who am I looking at in this photo, when was it taken, and what was going on when this was shot?"‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1/4 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) The makers of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi don't give viewers as many reasons to invest in their versions of these characters, not beyond speech-like declarations of intent and canned drama that often resolves itself in a matter of minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
1.5/4 38% Primal (2019) Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019