Valerie Kalfrin


Valerie Kalfrin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a multiple award-winning journalist who has left crime reporting behind to focus on fictional mayhem. I write reviews, essays, criticism, and deep dives into film, entertainment, pop culture, and storytelling for The Hollywood Reporter (Heat Vision), The Script Lab, Script magazine, Film Racket, ScreenCraft, CC2K, Final Draft, and more.
Publications: Film Racket, CC2K, The Script Lab

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Although not as gruesomely clever or funny as Tales, it gets in some decent barbs amid its behind-the-scenes backstabbing and bloodletting. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 20% The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) It certainly makes for an interesting life, but the interviews and presentation don't elevate Weld as truly remarkable. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) the film's shifts in tone, unfocused script, and lagging pace, particularly in the second half, make for disappointing plunder - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 80% All These Small Moments (2019) Costanzo tugs on a lot of threads in this family tapestry, but the result is misshapen - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B+ 84% Creed II (2018) the film explores well enough how much of the past shapes who we become, and with Jordan, Thompson, and Stallone, it creates an endearing onscreen family. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
B+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "The third remake of this decades-old Hollywood tale has a lot on its mind about art and fame in the modern age. Yet it also crafts an old-fashioned, touchingly tragic love story." - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) By expanding the possibilities of spider-heroes, it engagingly shows how heroics hinge most on a person's character. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) If you're a superhero fan-or perhaps have superhero fatigue-this deliriously funny film will at least put a smile on your face. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
4/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) both funny and poignant - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) light on its feet with a calculating mind - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo fleshes out a solid past for a guy who learns to trust less and still has enough goodness within to join up with a galactic rebellion later - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) a lot like 2016's Deadpool, actually, only with more outlandishness and a larger supporting entourage - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 85% Tully (2018) After seeing this, you just might want to give a mom a hug. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 38% Anon (2018) Anon creates a compelling and timely premise, but it gazes one way while something more intriguing happens out of view. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
1/5 19% The Titan (2018) takes a timely and tantalizing premise about finding a new home after Earth becomes uninhabitable and squanders it completely - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Teens in my screening laughed at all the right moments, and even applauded at the end - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
2.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane is unsettling whenever it stays grounded. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) an exhilarating reintroduction in Tomb Raider - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) novel never quite dazzles despite its big-name cast, elaborate costumes, and loads of glitter - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
1/5 19% Mute (2018) Something in this material clearly spoke to Duncan Jones. But whatever that was is lost in translation. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1.5/5 55% Half Magic (2018) Half Magic has something to prove when it should have had a sharper focus and more storytelling magic. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation also is about how we react to change itself. That leaves no easy answers. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/5 81% Early Man (2018) Even if the story doesn't soar to the studio's other heights, Early Man still has its kicks. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) It's like watching a story assembled by Mad Libs. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
2.5/5 57% The Commuter (2018) stretches credibility - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
2.5/5 84% Anti Matter (2017) Viewers might not be entirely satisfied with the answers in the somewhat ambiguous ending, but Anti Matter deserves kudos for asking the questions. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) could have been way more bananas - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) we finally have an onscreen Peter and Spider-Man who captures the character's essence from the comics, flaws and all - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 49% War Machine (2017) A quicker pace and tighter structure could have helped War Machine pack more power - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 41% Brimstone (2017) a Western mystery/thriller that wants to portray women's lack of power in the Old West but ultimately becomes repetitive. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) poignant and funny - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4.5/5 95% Moana (2016) Here's hoping Moana opens the floodgates for more adventures with both girls and boys at the helm - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 61% Allied (2016) as the right look and certain elements of other wartime romances and espionage thrillers but ultimately seems more of a pastiche than a satisfying whole - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) a cerebral wonder of a film - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 92% Into the Inferno (2016) the film crafts a sense of awe and humility by peering at the roiling lava, its terrifying beauty and destructive aftermath - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
3/5 30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) embraces being a sequel 20 years after the fact with the same mix of genuine humor and hopefulness that helped make the original a worldwide smash in 1996 - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016