Angelica Jade Bastien

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For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 74% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Angelica Jade Bastien's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Crawl
Lowest review score: 10 The Kitchen
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
26 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Angelica Jade Bastien
    A score by the Newton Brothers thumps like an errant heartbeat. The actors sparkle with chemistry. At times, its aesthetic and thematic pursuits click into place and the film sings at a mournful register as it charts the generational trauma and addiction of Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor). But Doctor Sleep proves stronger in parts than as a whole.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Harriet only highlights how this genre can fail despite the so-called important nature of the picture and a talented black director at the helm.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    But a star — even a great star — can only do so much when the film around her is a haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    But days later, I keep coming back to Jennifer Lopez’s performance. With a wave of her hand or a dip in her hips, light seems to change and move with her. Lopez has always been charming — even great — in films like "Out of Sight" (1998). But here she’s doing the best work of her career, weaponizing an undeniable charisma and turning it into something hard, pointed, righteous, even angry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    It Chapter Two moves with an almost too swift purpose, never feeling the weight of its nearly three-hour runtime; although it is long, the film feels frustratingly thin. Meanwhile, the film is aggressively sentimental, and moments of emotional catharsis or terror don’t often hit the way they need to. When they do, it is because of the dedication of the acting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Don’t Let Go is a slog. I wish it loosened up, better balanced the potential fear, joy, wonder, and delight spooling out of its premise to yield a more adventurous result. Instead, it carries itself with dread and stilted seriousness, alleviated only by noteworthy performances from Reid and Oyelowo.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    At its best, the movie is a vicious, richly funny, and artfully brutal tale that places Weaving’s performance as its gravitational center. She lends Grace a scrappy, sharp energy that beguiles.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The Kitchen is one of the most frustrating films in recent memory owing to how it squanders the mammoth potential baked into its dramatic genre — and its cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Ultimately, Skin — despite its artful compositions and meditative editing choices — devolves into a reductive redemption fable that doesn’t fully wrestle with the racism or politics governing Babs’s decisions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Crawl is a great example of a simple story exceedingly well-told. It’s a bloody adventure full of teeth-gnawing turns of fortune, mordant wit, vicious gator kills, and surprising tenderness — that clocks in at a blessedly fleet 87 minutes. It’s a perfect horror film for the summer, as much an ode to the cataclysmic, humbling aspects of Mother Nature as it is a love letter to father-daughter relationships.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Unfortunately, Child’s Play is undone by a lack of tension even its best performances can’t conjure, and a familiar story that only skips lightly along the surface of gnarly ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Even the film’s most charming character work is undone by the stale jokes that populate its script.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Ma
    Ultimately, to borrow a phrase from writer Michele Wallace, Ma is too wistfully hegemonic to truly work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Unfortunately, instead of coming across as a warm throwback, Nappily Ever After is a romantic comedy saddled with a reductive understanding of black womanhood without enough cast chemistry or beauty to distract us.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Detroit was directed, written, produced, shot, and edited by white creatives who do not understand the weight of the images they hone in on with an unflinching gaze.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Violence in The Bad Batch has neither artistic nor narrative purpose.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Jenkins and her collaborators have done what I thought was previously impossible: created a Wonder Woman film that is inspiring, blistering, and compassionate, in ways that honor what has made this character an icon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Ends up being an emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Despite the care put into the story and its heavy themes, Live Cargo has no emotional impact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Full of dazzling images that suggest a rich, profound narrative the film is never able to achieve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Angelica Jade Bastien
    A more audacious film, bolder and more violent than its predecessor. It’s also surprisingly hilarious, wringing humor from physical pratfalls and dry wit in unexpected moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Angelica Jade Bastien
    For all of its wondrous world-building and trippy effects, Doctor Strange isn’t the evolutionary step forward for Marvel that it needs to be storytelling-wise. Underneath all of its improvements, the core narrative is something we’ve seen countless times.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The acting starts off capable even if it reflects the same lifelessness of the film itself, but as the story continues the performances only magnify script issues that become unbearable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Angelica Jade Bastien
    X-Men: Apocalypse is a confused, bloated mess of a film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Keanu, directed by Peter Atencio, only provides you exactly what you expect and nothing more. In many ways, it plays like a less subversive sketch from the duos magnificent, defunct show “Key and Peele," been ballooned to 98 minutes — the film’s greatest problem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Miles Ahead is a film of ugly, bold bravado.

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