Alex Abad-Santos

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For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alex Abad-Santos' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 10 Hellboy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
33 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    Lightyear itself is a sweet musing on the value of friendship, an origin story that gives the titular character a sense of purpose, and a zippy ride through an often-gorgeous cosmic world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    Booster and Ahn understand that the world their characters live in isn’t always generous or kind. Their wistful film also shows that despite gay life’s cruelties, it doesn’t ever mean it’s lacking in love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Abad-Santos
    For the most part, though, Deep Water has abandoned thought and logic for horny, unhinged vibes. It’s so much beautiful fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Alex Abad-Santos
    With a lack of humor and deadly exposition, Morbius propels itself into an absolutely wild third act, perhaps the unintentionally silliest finish I’ve seen this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    Reeves has created the best iteration of Batman in years, in a film that examines the humanity behind the character. And it’s one that I would like to see again and again.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    On its face, Venom 2 is a no-frills, rock-and-roll superhero flick that unashamedly swings for the fences when it comes to camp and cheese. Yet beneath those elements, it’s strangely about finding love and the intimacy of relationships, building on the rom-com core of the first movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Abad-Santos
    Even if Black Widow is years late and can feel retroactive in parts, Nat’s own (very good) movie asserts the character’s legacy in the MCU and what she meant to the franchise as a whole.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    The film isn’t without its pleasures; it’s fun to see Aquaman and Wonder Woman beat people up and smirk afterward. I didn’t realize that watching Superman blow on stuff and freeze it with this super breath was something that would bring me immense happiness. And I’ve sunk an afternoon or more into video games in the past. But it would’ve been nice to see Snyder knock this out of the park and supplement his eye for visuals and his unique style with a story that had a bit more soul, especially with his very rare $70 million second chance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    The film’s use of neon candy pinks, its star’s striking choice of nail polish, the soundtrack, the casting, the drama imbued in every shot, no matter whether it’s an extreme close-up of just-smacked bubblegum or a wide shot of a bleak overpass, or our electrifying heroine (played by Carey Mulligan) — it all works in unison to deliver a mesmerizing film wrapped around Fennell’s savage idea.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    Large adult sad boys who want to take over the world and launch it into an apocalypse is something we’ve seen before (see: Loki in Avengers, Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Luther and Doomsday in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Steppenwolf in Justice League). This formulaic story is something fit for the other guys. The more time spent on it, the less time WW1984 spends being wondrous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    Whereas Crowley left no one off the hook in his scathing play, creating a purposely painful experience, this remake seems to lack the same purpose of frightening accountability. The flourishes that made the original work so risky and raw feel more like polished, glimmering performance in the adaptation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    It’s frustrating, though, to see a movie so tight and entertaining in its action and so gangly in exposition. The result is a rambunctious female-driven revenge thriller, filled with tentpole moments of crackling verve that is knit together by flimsy exposition and voiceovers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Alex Abad-Santos
    Gemini Man is a demo reel for some fancy new movie technology, an EPCOT attraction dressed up as an action flick.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    Throw in the earnest sweetness of Peter and MJ’s growing friendship, and Far From Home leaves us on as strong of a high as the low that its first act takes us to. That warm and fuzzy feeling makes it impossible not to think of how great a movie Far From Home could’ve been had it not tripped over its own feet in setting the stage, or unspooled itself from that tangled-up beginning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    Gorgeous, absolutely charming.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth’s chemistry and rookie/vet dynamic is almost enough to make you forget about the missed opportunity and just relish in all the alien tomfoolery.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Alex Abad-Santos
    It’s the worst of the bunch, a continuation of the franchise’s swan dive into joyless mediocrity, while managing to destroy any affection one might have for Marvel’s merry mutants.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    The most shocking thing about Avengers: Endgame is that there are several moments within this colossal movie that feel like a Marvel miracle. These are the pockets of time when what you watch on screen sends a shock of joy jumping through your skin, making your eyes go wide and watery at the spectacle.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Alex Abad-Santos
    While its nightmare visuals are stellar, the real villain of the movie is its rotten writing, which turns Hellboy into hanging action sequences loosely stitched together by two or three sentences and a vague suggestion of a narrative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    Shazam’s tale of orphans and wizardry is not perfect — Sivana is a stylish but ultimately forgettable menace — but it’s pretty close.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    I was hoping for something higher, further, faster, and more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    Aquaman’s greatest strength is its visual style. Even when it borders on bioluminescent whimsy, it’s so distinctly and ceaselessly its own, instead of mimicking its DC/Warner Bros. counterparts. You almost don’t mind that you’re watching comic book cheesiness or such a convoluted plot because, like Momoa’s hair, it’s just so fun to look at.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Abad-Santos
    With its risky visual storytelling and tender script, Into the Spider-Verse earns the greatest honor that one can bestow on a Spider-Man movie: It somehow makes you want to see more Spider-Man movies. Including at least a few more for Miles Morales alone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Abad-Santos
    Yet that prickly view of fatherhood is what I kept coming back to as the fizz of the movie faded away. It makes Ant-Man and the Wasp feel like something more distinct than just the Ant-Man sequel, and helps it stand out from the other two movies Marvel put out this year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    Ocean’s 8, at its most endearing, is a slick, glamorous romp that makes you yearn for three more hours with its impossibly charismatic crew.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    A superhero movie so tightly made and brilliantly entertaining that even Deadpool himself would have trouble finding fault with it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Abad-Santos
    Infinity War boasts the most breathtaking, audacious moment in superhero movie history, one that rocketed through my brain and tore apart everything I thought I knew about the past 10 years of Marvel moviemaking. For the first time in a while, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Abad-Santos
    Coogler and his talented cast and team tell a story that dazzles, one that dares its audience to dream of a world unrestrained by our own stifling reality, without ignoring how the pain of the real world informs those joyful dreams.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Alex Abad-Santos
    Justice League suffers from a mediocre, mismatched script that undercuts its characters. But Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller make it work for them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Abad-Santos
    Though the movie isn’t perfect, particularly in how it underuses some characters and gifted actors, those complaints are easily overridden by distinct moments where charm, oddity, and spectacle collide to create the kind of soul-soaring magic that Marvel at its best is capable of.

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