Angelica Jade Bastien

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For 55 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Angelica Jade Bastien's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 The Worst Person in the World
Lowest review score: 0 Bad Hair
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 55
  2. Negative: 15 out of 55
55 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Men
    Despite all the broken bones, the graphic deaths, and the copious amounts of blood, the driving idea behind Men is not bold enough to feel frightening. Instead, it’s remarkably tepid.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is trying for a blend of horror and humor, something close to the heart and terror that Raimi was able to bring to bear throughout his career. But here, his craft has been hemmed in, gamified, leeched of color and vivacity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Ambulance, the latest from director Michael Bay, is a film powered by the jittery force of will and blissful confidence that comes with doing cocaine. Lots of cocaine.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The Lost City isn’t terrible, just aggressively mediocre. It is the kind of movie you put on in the background after coming across it on TBS while you fold laundry on a Sunday afternoon. If anything, The Lost City makes evident not a lack of stars, but a persistent inability on the part of contemporary Hollywood to know what to do with them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The Worst Person in the World acts as a forceful reminder that the entanglements between women and the love interests dancing in and out of their lives matter less than the lifelong relationship we must maintain with ourselves.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The Matrix Resurrections might lack the ground-shaking originality of its 1999 predecessor, but it manages to chart a stunning, divergent path, philosophically and cinematically.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The film finds a raw beauty in the wonders and heartbreaks of everyday life. It’s a humble portrait of a family’s deepening connections supported by a number of cinematic pleasures — expert sound design and cinematography; touching performances by Norman and Hoffman; and a tremendous showing from Joaquin Phoenix, operating at a register he’s rarely found before. It’s a career best for him — lovely, empathetic, humane.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    With Eternals, Marvel proves itself to be nothing more than a staid, lumbering black hole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    In trying to reckon with the contradictions of the ’92 film, as well as carve out their own work, DaCosta and her collaborators have created a misfire that can’t make its tangle of politics — about gentrification, the Black body (horror), racism, white desire — feel either relevant or provocative. When Blackness is whittled down, this is the kind of poor cultural product we are sold.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The film’s humorlessness is off-putting; it is slick to the point of lacking texture. But the underlying problem is more fundamental. Gunpowder Milkshake is led by someone without the star power to carry it, surrounded as she might be by actresses far more interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Cruella takes one of the richest narrative archetypes — the madwoman — and whittles her down into a glossy, hollow, capitalism-approved monster fueled by girl-boss politics. It has nothing to say about how women move through the world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The neo-Western inflected work is a lean, engrossing, action-packed shot of adrenaline that is striking in its aesthetic decisions and boasts some exceedingly fun turns from its actors. Most important, it proves once more why Jolie is a star.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Ma Rainey postures toward being an actor’s showcase, but its storytelling — and its actorly pitfalls — prohibit that from being the reality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Sadly, all that glittered in the franchise’s first outing is gone in Wonder Woman 1984. The disappointing sequel highlights not only the dire state of the live-action superhero genre in film, but the dire state of Hollywood filmmaking as a whole.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    But the reason it all works so effectively is that Marcantonio trusts his audience. His direction is perhaps the film’s greatest strength, demonstrating a striking sense of tone and mood amounting to a destabilizing effect.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 0 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Bad Hair surprised me, ranking as the most stunning floundering of filmmaking in 2020 — a failure of empathy, intellect, and morality that I haven’t been able to shake.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    The leads set the tone for this unfortunate waste of time, heralding a series of issues that reflect poorly not only on this ugly retread but on much of Hollywood’s recent output as a whole.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Antebellum is ultimately a travesty of craft and filmmaking with a perspective that hollows out the Black experience in favor of wan horror.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Angelica Jade Bastien
    What makes this movie so frustrating is that it ends on an intriguing message about what we inherit, what we’re bound to through our families. But without the heft of sincere horror behind it, Relic falls short of its potential and we’re left wondering how terrifying this message actually is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Miss Juneteenth is a film defined by its gentle beauty and simplicity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    While Ross lacks the bite and Johnson lacks the depth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. feels like a revelation. He’s bristling with warmth, intrigue, and mystery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Angelica Jade Bastien
    In concert, they paint an intricate portrait of women forced to navigate the whims of men in a patriarchal culture that refuses to listen, let alone believe the voices of survivors — most pointedly, of black survivors, the documentary reminds us. In that vein, despite its faults, On the Record is a necessary social document.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Angelica Jade Bastien
    This is a film designed to be watched while performing a menial task — folding the laundry or washing dishes. Even during a pandemic, or perhaps especially so, we have more pressing things to do with our time than drain it away watching mediocre Netflix comedies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Angelica Jade Bastien
    At this point, what could have been a passably entertaining diversion, the kind of film best enjoyed overcoming a hangover or while folding laundry, falls flat on Diesel’s lips. He lacks the gravitas of delivery, disinterested in his lines even before he finishes saying them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Unfortunately, The Photograph doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of its premise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Above all else, Clemency is a supreme actors’ showcase, backed by a director of fine-tuned emotional intelligence and a cinematographer who understands the depth and beauty of black skin tones.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Angelica Jade Bastien
    If the righteous retelling ever feels heavy-handed, it’s Poots’s command of her role and the cast’s electric chemistry that make this a reckoning fit for our fantasies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Angelica Jade Bastien
    Queen & Slim does a disservice to both the themes of love and anger by never giving the latter the depth it deserves, leaving the film a beautiful object to behold but a hollow narrative to consider.
    • 59 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.

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