Leah Greenblatt

Leah Greenblatt
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 77% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Spoonfuls of sugar always help the movie magic go down; if only this Mary had gotten a necessary twist of lemon, too.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A- 65% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) What keeps the film from feeling like period-piece amber... is the keenly feminist sensibility of first-time director Josie Rourke and the fierce charisma and complicated humanity of its two leads, sovereigns till the end.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
B+ 82% Ben is Back (2018) Hedges is a flayed nerve, jittery and raw. Roberts may be the true revelation, though: She begs, she bargains, she swears like a teamster.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
B 61% Bird Box (2018) Bier keeps the mood taut and defiantly in the moment.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
A- 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The kind of movie whose takeaways you could spend hours debating and still feel miles away from being sure of anything at all.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
C+ 91% Widows (2018) It's not clear exactly what kind of movie(s) Widows wants to be: feminist heist thriller? Sprawling political saga? Bare-knuckled gangster noir?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B+ 82% Green Book (2018) In a world that seems to get uglier every day, this movie's gentle heart and mere humanity feel like a salve.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B+ 57% The Grinch (2018) The latest animated iteration of Christmas' most famous nemesis might not be strictly necessary, but it's still pretty fun - and revamped just enough to feel fresh.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B+ 82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Abstract, meditative, dreamily surreal: much less a traditional biopic than an evocative series of scenes and images rooted in Willem Dafoe's fevered, close-to-the-bone performance.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
B- 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There might not be a more gorgeous-looking movie this year than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B- 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek has the ineffable pixie dust the part requires (if not the teeth; the famous Freddie overbite is prosthetic).‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B+ 89% A Private War (2018) The movie finds its rhythm as it goes, toggling between the sheer terror and adrenaline of embedding in the world's ugliest conflicts, and the murkier traumas of bringing that knowledge back home.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 76% Mid90s (2018) Hill is too smart to mistake nostalgia and signifiers for storytelling. Instead, he makes Mid90s resonate with universal poignancy and electric energy; his kids are the best, messiest kind of real, and they're alright.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Mostly... it's an excuse to let a bunch of talented actors loose, and they meet the bare-bones script more than halfway.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B 89% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) An intriguing but ambiguous portrait of a flawed, fascinating woman who knows herself either too well or not at all.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
B- 32% Loving Pablo (2018) Both actors gamely bring the full heft of their movie-star charisma.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B 83% Monsters and Men (2018) Green illuminates his characters with care and subtlety, allowing them to live inside shades of grey that a black-and-white world rarely allows.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B 76% Smallfoot (2018) Beneath the easy slapstick, there's a timely moral too: Don't fear the unknown, embrace it. Just try not to squish it.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B 85% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) As the tone wobbles between absurdity and tragedy, it also starts to shift toward something deeper and more bittersweet than mere midlife ennui.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B- 81% Destroyer (2018) A solid-enough L.A. noir whose hook, and albatross, is the transformation of a beautiful Oscar-winning actress into a desiccated crone.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) If Can You Ever's actual story feels slight, it's worth staying just for the characters.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 62% Bel Canto (2018) Weitz is mostly known for lighter, more observational stories like About a Boy and Mozart in the Jungle, and the strongest moments in Bel Canto are the small ones.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A dusty, squint-eyed Western ramble full of wry cowboy humor and sudden death.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B+ 92% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) In some ways Beale feels less like a movie than a well-staged, meticulously shot play; a period piece that floats beyond its specific time and place and into the realm of allegory.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B+ 79% Halloween (2018) The movie mostly works because it's so fundamental, and funny too: Michael still never speaks; his mask and his slow, deadly, deliberate walk say everything they need to.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
A- 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give feels like the welcome crest of a new wave: not bland chronicles of sparkle-skinned vampires or dance-squad rivalries but real, often painfully relevant tales about race and justice and millennial identity.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The acting is uniformly excellent, and the movie looks almost disconcertingly great...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) What sticks... is the larger message the movie delivers in its call to private citizens on public service: Run, vote, care.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B+ 63% Outlaw King (2018) Unlike Bruce's scrappy band of rebels, Outlaw never really has the element of surprise: It just comes in blazing, like a king.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Star is less a story now than a myth - not so much reborn as recast, and passed on to the care of the next generation.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
C+ 46% Destination Wedding (2018) Its verbal turns are so wildly overwritten that all the actors can really do is hold on to the wheel well, racing through reams of ratatat dialogue.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B 73% The Children Act (2018) The pale, sharp-featured Whitehead brings an appropriately feverish intensity to Adam, who looks less like a typical 21st-century teenager than Lord Byron with a backpack.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B+ 92% Searching (2018) First-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty (a former Google employee, appropriately) is a resourceful man, and a very clever one; he nearly aces his high-wire conceit to the end.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B 93% Support the Girls (2018) To see a black female over 40 holding the center of a story about ordinary, unsung lives makes Support a low-key pleasure; one that transcends its own shaggy narrative.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) The plot is essentially a wisp, and Byrne is far too luminous for her sad-sack role. But Juliet still feels winning; the small, sweet grace note on a familiar melody.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
B+ 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Writer-director Josephine Decker more than earns the label "auteur," and all the connotations that come with it.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B+ 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A movie... you don't so much watch as wear like a slanket.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) If Asians really only grazes true Crazy, the movie is still a deliriously glossy, globe-trotting trifle -- two hours of romantic fantasy and real-estate porn poured on so thick it's almost lickable.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B- 71% Christopher Robin (2018) It's just an earnest tribute, tastefully faithful to the source -- and flatter, somehow, than the story ever was on the page.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B 49% Like Father (2018) The movie's arc is too conventional by half, but the appeal of the two main actors keeps it (sorry) afloat, maybe more than it should...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B+ 83% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald... refuses to let Agnes be an easy avatar for midlife longing and suburban discontent. With her fierce, strange energy at the center, the film builds quietly toward its own small revelations, piece by piece.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) A thoughtful if somewhat shapeless drama about the struggle between human instinct and ideology, populated by finely-drawn characters...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
C+ 43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Essentially a humid, fantastically soundtracked pile of screenwriting clichés about a disaffected teen discovering sex, drugs, and trouble one Cape Cod summer circa 1991.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
A- 95% Dark Money (2018) Damning, clear-eyed, and as gripping as any John Grisham thriller.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
B 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It mostly succeeds in its own glittery, aggressively winsome way...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) A fascinating if incomplete portrait of genius interrupted - and a life that should have lasted much longer than it did.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Depraved comedy and intimate domestic drama fight for supremacy in Iceland's Under the Tree -- a dark, discomfiting farce that plays like David Lynch for the umlaut set.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
A- 88% Whitney (2018) Whitney feels like the kind of film anyone who cared at all about her should see: the fullest portrait yet - if one that will always, inevitably fall short - of a singular artist and human being who may have eluded understanding in the end. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B 53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) But if it doesn't exactly feel revelatory or deeply explored as a historical document, it's still an intriguing story, capably told.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B- 52% Boundaries (2018) It all bumps along, as road trips do, through silliness and boredom and occasional, unexpected charm. But Feste's story never really gets the rhythms right.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018