Keith Uhlich


Keith Uhlich
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Serendipity (2019) For better and for worse, the film is both personal memoir and promo reel, and the emotions tend to be undercut by the self-marketing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet The Plagiarists (2019) The film improves upon reflection, raising, as it does, some knotty questions about originality in art and in life, as well as provocatively positing that even a copy of a copy of a copy has the potential to move hearts and minds. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
83% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Dolce Fine Giornata comes to feel like a soapbox from which Borcuch is proclaiming some vague treatise about the limits of art and empathy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
26% Polar (2019) Polar is pure trash, but the generousness - and, in the final stretch, the poignancy - with which Mikkelsen approaches even the most lurid of the film's conceits at least pushes it toward the top of the garbage heap. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Even in this fictional context, the line between portraying and exploiting abused innocence gets uncomfortably, offensively blurred. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
86% Always In Season (2019) Olive paints a portrait of righteous rage and determination. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) A movie that plays like the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) [An] affectionate, often uncomfortably intimate feature-length debut... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
33% Io (2019) It's not a good sign... when a movie ostensibly meant to rekindle one's faith in mankind makes you long instead for permanent apocalypse. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
76% Fyre Fraud (2019) The Hulu film's biggest draw is a new interview with McFarland himself, looking much gaunter, but coming off, in his every utterance, no less sociopathic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
88% Fyre (2019) Smith's film doesn't lack for dark humor. Yet there's a mournful undercurrent that comes to the surface whenever he shifts focus to the residents of Great Exuma. the island where the fest was to be held. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
54% The Last Laugh (2019) Would that there was a first laugh. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) The film seems destined to survive all future nuclear winters, enduring as a time capsule of humanity at its most pitiably pedestrian. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The story's knotty aspects reverberate under its sentimental-cum-inspirational surface. In the guise of a glossy entertainment, Welcome to Marwen gets at some unnervingly irresolvable truths about humanity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) The longer the film goes on, the more it becomes apparent that there's barely enough substance here to support an Aesop's fable, let alone a Los Angeles crime epic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
No Score Yet I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2018) It's as if Cordero and Croda are trying to goose the drama rather than unearth it, never entirely trusting that Felipe's life is interesting enough as is. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Good as Lucas Hedges is at acting the tortured teen, as in a scene in which he lashes out at a bus-stop advertisement of a shirtless male model, Jared is finally too much of a cipher for his story to really hit with the force that it should. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 No Score Yet The Flower (La flor) (2016) The arc of La Flor's first three episodes, in particular, suggests someone continually working and reworking the film of their dreams, adjusting the tone, the approach, the narrative twists and the emotional intensity on the fly. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
39% Hell Fest (2018) You've seen it all before, and better: A blade to the chest, an axe to the leg, a syringe to the eye. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Chemistry counts for something, and Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek have it in spades in the trifling-at-best, galling-at-worst dramedy The Old Man & the Gun. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The film is at its most potent in the scenes where human frailty and the specter of injustice come more elliptically to the surface. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) A few too many on-the-nose needle drops make the film play like a schmaltz-infused music-video-cum-alarmist-anti-drug-PSA. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2018) Elegant, if a bit too reverent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
No Score Yet Fig Tree (2018) Though Asmamawe and the rest of the cast are quite wonderful, especially in the sense of familial camaraderie, the film is dutiful and depressing, the endpoint always evident and inescapable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
71% Hold the Dark (2018) Pitch-black to a fault. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
1.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) For all of the film's attempts to get back to the sinisterly sidling Michael of the first Halloween, his stealth movements no longer terrify because his fixations are less unthinkingly instinctual, more compulsively mortal. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
95% In Fabric (2018) The conceit (killer couture!) is only as good as its context, and this is where In Fabric excels. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
44% Donnybrook (2019) A repellent mixture of Malick-like dreaminess, Scorsese-esque brutality and the lurid shock/schlock of William Faulkner in Sanctuary mode. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper understands that a message is only as resonant as its messenger, so he surrounds himself with collaborators, old and new, who can sell even the hoariest cliché. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
71% Greta (2019) Coupled with the carnage is a potent undercurrent of grief... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
68% Kursk (2018) A competent, by-the-numbers action melodrama... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) No bluff, it's a white knuckler. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) Like flesh without a skeleton to support it, the film ultimately collapses in a hollowed-out heap. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 66% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) It all feels cheap and looks cheap, a far cry from what S. Craig Zahler can do when overseeing a film's words as well as its images. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
2/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It misses no opportunity to prop up Cruise's indomitable earthly ego while his character runs, jumps, falls, fist-fights, sky-dives, and clambers up rope and cliff in service of...what exactly? - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet Two Plains & a Fancy (2018) Two Plains & a Fancy is a cosmic joke forged on a Kickstarter budget. To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, it made me laugh. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2018) Chained for Life expands on the idea of difference as a humanizing catalyst, and cinema is its playground. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Shooting in Vain (2018) Deserves a smack. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
No Score Yet No Alternative (2018) Never mind. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2/4 89% Hereditary (2018) In writer-director Ari Aster's smugly agitating feature debut, the devil is certainly in the hackneyed details. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) Union certainly dedicates herself to all the huffing, running, jumping and emoting, though her efforts never counter Breaking In's aura of trashiness and disposability. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
83% Alex Strangelove (2018) The film's softheartedness proves to be a fairly adequate delivery mechanism for some tough and tender observations about modern queerness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
54% Bad Samaritan (2018) A low-budget serial killer thriller so ludicrous and imbecilic that it's almost charming. Almost. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
No Score Yet Phantom Cowboys (2018) A melancholic and provocative mood piece. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
2/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Throughout the film, rapidity of dialogue and drama is mistaken for actual rhythm, of which directors Anthony and Joe Russo have one mode: pedal-to-the-metal pandemonium. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
75% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) Golden. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
38% Mapplethorpe (2019) [Smith's] work, sadly, is continuously undermined by everything surrounding him, beginning with a script, written by Timoner and Mikko Alanne, that frustratingly sticks to the then-this-happened conventions of a standard biopic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
84% Jellyfish (2018) If British teenager Sarah Taylor's (Liv Hill) life was a movie, its relentless ghastliness might make even a seasoned miserabilist like Ken Loach say, "C'mon, now." - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Mood indi-so-so. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3.5/4 100% Good Luck (2017) Ben Russell's documentary is a thought-provoking snapshot of humanity reduced to a pale shadow by economic discontent. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018