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Darren Franich

Darren Franich
Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) Gadsby should host next year, tell no jokes, and specifically try not to make anyone laugh. Guarantee she'd still be funnier than this year's hosts.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
C+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This is one of those Marvel products peddling self-aware detachment as a defining narrative strategy...It feels less like a feature film than a meme somebody made about an Ant-Man trailer.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) So Day of the Soldado is our generation's Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, a half-mad sequel transforming a traumatized political parable into a fantasy of all-American murder gods.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Don't let the dazzle fool you. Bird's made the weirdest Pixar movie ever, revolutionary and retro, an anti-authoritarian ode to good parenting.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
C 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Depressingly, A Wrinkle in Time has less in common with its spiky protagonist than her plastic doppelganger, flattened into familiar wonders, a sincere attempt at empowerment crushed into preachy dullness.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) What fun we had at this year's Oscars! Long show, sure, but where to cut it?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
C- 18% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Ten years and three films deep, the loose trilogy is a case study in marketing, a portrait of how the noise around a franchise starts to matter more than the movies that form the franchise.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B- 43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) If this live musical craze continues, can I request a follow-up from this same creative team?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
B 98% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) It's not quite good, and in some ways the film's point is rather loathsome, but it's also an enthralling look at the artistic process - and, maybe accidentally, a bleak vision of the power and privilege of celebrity.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
C 36% Jigsaw (2017) Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
C+ 90% Gerald's Game (2017) When it works, it's because of Gugino, the rare performer who can suggest victimized despair and empowered triumph.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B 75% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) There's a noirish glamour ... Conversely, there are moments of raw and casual power.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The setpieces in The Villainess never lose that initial vibrant you-are-there dexterity.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B- 59% What Happened to Monday (2017) [Rapace] gives seven performances; at least four are good. It's an audition for smarter roles than Hollywood's been giving her, maybe. Or maybe it's a wigstore-raiding lark.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Bad dialogue, lame plot, fine. The bigger issue: How could a film with Elba and McConaughey have so little swagger?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
F 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) There's a justifiable self-loathing running through The Emoji Movie, a fragile attempt to (sigh) deconstruct the meaning of Emojis while also (sigh) demonstrating the profound possibility that Emojis are the language of the future.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B 73% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The Wizard of Lies is less convincingly about Bernie Madoff than it is about the struggle to understand Bernie Madoff: The search for why and how, by his family and his victims and the system, maybe even the man himself.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
C 75% Sleight (2017) It ... becomes a weirdly expository melodrama.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
C- 31% Salt and Fire (2017) A bad movie but an intriguing vacation slideshow ...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
C 52% The Boss Baby (2017) An unsettling talking-infant farce that doubles as an unsettling Pop Capitalist saga for the age of the corporate citizen.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) We live in disturbing times. Belko is an appropriately disreputable, gleefully disturbing movie.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
C 40% Brimstone (2017) Against all odds, Brimstone's a snooze.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 43% Gold (2017) Gold ain't the McConaissance 2.0. But at least the actor is having fun again.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
D 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed mistakenly assumes that the plot is the most important element of its source material. Actually, it's the least.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
C 39% Why Him? (2016) It all works in theory. But the execution's off.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B+ 79% Hairspray Live! (2016) Credit the show for its timeliness -- and for getting more clever, or maybe just less abashedly decadent, as it went along.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
D+ 15% Man Down (2016) A uniquely unpleasant mash-up of moody post-apocalyptic adventure and moodier wartime melodrama.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
B 85% Lion (2016) Where Saroo goes and what he finds there left me in tears, but you feel that a complicated true story has been airbrushed into a postmodern legend.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
B+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) God help me, I laughed.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
A 91% Grease: Live! (2016) Grease: Live reconfirms all the possibilities of the live musical event as a genuine transcendent pop experience: Clever, funny, rapturously huge in a way showbiz used to only want to be.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
B 65% Krampus (2015) If you love Gremlins but don't feel like rewatching Gremlins, consider Krampus a worthwhile diet caffeine-free alternative.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) Gatiss has written several Doctor Who scripts, and it's striking to see how he adapts the story behind the story into a vintage Who tale: A tale of misfits triumphing over long odds.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
D 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) A film composed almost entirely of jokes that were much funnier when you read them on Twitter years ago.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2013
C- 5% Playing for Keeps (2012) Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
B+ 78% Dredd (2012) Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice - and his chin.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012