Would seem to be as close to a can’t-miss premise as one can imagine yet, despite that, it somehow does miss – and by a wide margin.
"Blue Bayou" channels plenty of anger and passion and the narrative lynchpin is compelling but Chon’s capabilities as a writer don’t match those as a director and an actor.
The underlying idea is intriguing and observing the main character's behavior has the same appeal as watching a train wreck, but the conclusion is unsatisfying.
At times unpolished but offers a sympathetic portrayal of the title character and avoids excessive melodrama or a too-facile ending.
Fascinating, garish, and compelling, "Benedetta" dabbles in some of Verhoeven’s career-long weaknesses while highlighting a great many of his strengths.
It’s fascinating to watch the minutia of how the TV show was produced. Many of the details are surprising; unfortunately, the movie’s dramatic elements aren’t as compelling.
This is first and foremost a thriller/horror movie that trades in tension and suspense both of the slow-boil kind and the more traditional form.
In addition to being Branagh’s most personal film, it’s also his most intimate, and is unquestionably one of 2021’s most affecting motion pictures