Glenn Heath Jr.


Glenn Heath Jr.
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird never forgets that these players are people first, and not merely X's and O's on a dry erase board. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
71% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) This isn't Farhadi's tightest script; messy subplots and redundant dialogue exchanges make Everybody Knows feel bloated at times. Much more interesting are the ways in which it reveals issues of class through both passive and overt aggressions. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) While well-meaning, the film pales in comparison to Gianfranco Rosi's superior Fire at Sea. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% End Game (2018) It's as emotionally devastating as it sounds. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Rousing and brave. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Black Sheep (2018) Told through a stirring first-person interview with the main subject, it makes for an apt companion piece to Yance Ford's Strong Island. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) Worthy of your attention... This is pure hate on open display. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Marguerite (2019) It's easy to lose track of the delicate, sincere Marguerite, the story of an elderly woman's friendship with her home nurse. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Fauve (2018) With bleak, dystopic locales reminiscent of Tarkovsky, this elemental study of power and regret is a stunner. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Skin (2018) Simplifies a ripped-from-the-headlines tragedy, but at least has a sense of it's own ridiculousness. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Detainment (2018) A brutally trite, slow-motion-obsessed portrait of banal evil. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Late Afternoon (2017) Louise Bagnall's film is modest by design and somewhat simplistic, but its heart is in the right place. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Animal Behaviour (2018) Written, directed and animated by Alison Snowden and David Fine, this comedy of unbridled rage and ego unfortunately relies far too heavily on cliché for laughs. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Weekends (2017) Its minimalist 2-D sketches are sobering and surreal, a shape-shifting monument to the protagonist's growing anxiety. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet One Small Step (2018) Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas trace victories and tragedies without the crutch of dialogue, but still manage to paint in broad, sentimental strokes. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Bao (2018) Despite its Pixar polish, the film remains a moving testament to how quickly life can pass us by. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) The film is many things at once; political critique, love story, tragedy and artist origin story. Yet, it fails to conjure any momentum with any of these specific identities. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A lumbering blockbuster with more spectacle than soul. One wonders what will it take for both Rodriguez and Cameron to rediscover the proficiency and economy of spirit that made their first works so impactful. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Like all of Jackson's best work, They Shall Not Grow Old is a humbling experience about the loss of innocence. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) There's enough wit and charm to forgive an otherwise tepidly made revision of classic Hollywood lore. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) Employing stiff camera moves and foreboding music cues, Kusama surrounds her humorless lead with an equally serious aesthetic canvas... But the revenge narrative becomes too convoluted. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) If Hale County chooses to immerse itself in environments occupied by groups of people rather than excavate individual subjects and their personal lives, it remains a compassionate film nonetheless. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Morphs into an engaging exploration of how impassioned arguments mirror the beginnings of social change. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
66% Vice (2018) For long stretches, it's a striking example of brutal American self-reflection from a time when very little of that existed. But McKay's love for absurdity and irony only takes these historical traumas so far. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It is a deeply sad mosaic of good people who are ultimately defined by the bad they've done, whether fairly or not... It remains up to filmmakers like Kore-eda to remind us that people are never this simple. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón does not conjure up nostalgia or false sentiment. He mixes personal melodrama with epic scale, creating gripping sequences where normalcy suddenly experiences tectonic shifts. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
60% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's hyper-stylized film proves to be purely a concert for one, a thematically hollow mix of grad school philosophizing and exploding glitter. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Under a hail of uproarious rage and absurdity, The Favourite subverts the idea that only one kind of person can become a slave to the process. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Practical and deeply monotonous... The film favors the tired talking-heads model employed by countless filmmakers, which leaves much to be desired stylistically. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
72% Chef Flynn (2018) The adult world of fine dining soon comes calling, overwhelming all sense of fun and play. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Even when the film seemingly expresses a sunny disposition, that's just its devilishness playing possum. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
79% Green Book (2018) Green Book is very aware of the ideological divide it hopes to bridge. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) [Director Frederick] Wiseman's apolitical style has never seemed more in need of some propulsive activism. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
90% Maria By Callas (2018) Don't call it a comeback for Callas, but rather a long awaited vindication. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The synergy between McQueen's rigorous formalism and [Gillian Flynn]'s salacious overtones feel strained at times, but the result is never boring... Underneath the dime store novel theatrics is a fascinating consideration of women under extreme duress. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning causes an uncompromising sense of uncertainty in the viewer... Like a great magic trick, the film remains elusive and mysterious even after the grand reveal. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Most certainly an actor's movie, Wildlife's power nevertheless hinges on Dano and co-writer Zoe Kazan's script based on Richard Ford's novel, a pristine example of economic storytelling that enables each performance to intensify naturally over time. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 100% The Grief of Others (2018) A quiet bruiser about repressed anger, silence, and ultimately forgiveness. It depicts complex domestic crisis in a non-linear, almost magical way with aesthetic fractures that expand the possibilities of the frame and deepen over time. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
85% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Feels like wiki-cinema that simplifies the complexity of an interesting historical figure. This seems like a major missed opportunity to get at something more. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
97% Spotlight (2015) There's a lot to be said for a movie this interested in the stress of mental exertion. It's literally all work and no play, exemplifying the kind of extreme dedication that broke a decade-spanning case wide open. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
78% Big Trouble in Little China (1986) A startlingly joyous revisionist Western. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
92% James White (2015) An unnervingly personal character study about alienation and self-pity in the millennial age. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
81% Chi-Raq (2015) Lee's latest may be the epitome of a hot mess, but it's one we need now more than ever. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
82% Entertainment (2015) Entertainment challenges our tolerance for comic absurdity by making it confrontational. At times, it's hard to figure out whether you should be laughing, gasping or both. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
67% The Danish Girl (2015) Looks as flat as a board. It has zero interest in composition, or any elements that might suggest film is a visual language... However, the film's self-serving faux-progressiveness is a worse offense. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
96% In Jackson Heights (2015) The most important American film of the year. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
60% Joy (2015) It's the rare biopic that doesn't feel grandiose or self-important, exploring bigger American themes through both the fantastic and mundane parts of a strong, well-fought life. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight wouldn't be itself without the nervy performances of its diverse cast. Some are long-time Tarantino regulars and others fresh meat. But all are up to the task of deconstructing the archetypes they've been tasked to play. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
78% The Revenant (2015) With all of its technical virtuosity, The Revenant nevertheless has little soul. DiCaprio's performance is a tortured master class in method re-acting, but all of the prolonged suffering turns gratuitous. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
92% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa is not just a character study about one self-defeating man who can't see the forest for the trees, but one that rather overtly hints at all the other character studies (and voices) worthy of our attention. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018