Monica Castillo

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For 222 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Monica Castillo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Shirkers
Lowest review score: 0 The Departure
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 222
222 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    Similar to how Pixar’s Coco paid tribute to Mexican culture, Encanto holds many nods to its Colombian roots, from the use of flowers and animals specific to the regions to crafting songs that incorporated their respective countries’ musical palette.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Monica Castillo
    India Sweets and Spices works so well in part because Ali gives her character the authenticity of someone trying to do the right thing while still figuring out how to handle her privilege and tradition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Monica Castillo
    C’mon C’mon is the kind of movie that invites reflection. It’s not building towards a larger cinematic event or full of explosions. It’s a sincere drama about relationships, told from the perspectives of different members of one family.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Monica Castillo
    The game of wits between Phil and everyone else is a chilling one to watch, and it’s exactly the kind of end-of-the-year movie to finish things with a bang.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Monica Castillo
    Some moments are sweeter than others, but overall, this cookie cutter rom-com has nothing more or less than what its subgenre demands.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Monica Castillo
    There are some fun ideas and moments in Dead & Beautiful, but Verbeek seems to want to avoid offending anyone with the suggestion that the rich are vampires—which is the premise his movie is built on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Monica Castillo
    Crow’s camera captures the nuance of what these teens face and how law enforcement instructors and recruiters sell children on the idea of following in their footsteps.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Monica Castillo
    The Blazing World falls short narratively and visually, not leaning hard enough into its stylistic possibilities to leave an impression past its opening credits. It’s fantasy for the sake of therapy, and there’s no romance or joy here in imagining a better realm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    Kempff immerses her audience into her character’s tortured headspace, like a tragic hall of mirrors that seems endless.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Monica Castillo
    No One Gets Out Alive builds its suspense through scares both real and supernatural. While I’m less satisfied with its ultimate execution, Jon Croker and Fernanda Coppel's script has a lot going in its favor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    As far as coming-of-age musicals go, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie sends a charming, feel-good message of self-acceptance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Monica Castillo
    King Richard may be a fairly straightforward biopic, but it’s an enjoyable one, giving viewers the chance to enjoy a heartwarming if not uncomplicated story, talk about parenting and the stresses the many characters faced on their way to the history books
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Monica Castillo
    As tragic biopics go, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain isn’t interested in wallowing in misery. Instead, this amusing retelling of Wain’s life is a way to introduce his quirky illustrations to a new generation, putting them in a new light that’s more in line with the irreverent and animated creatures Wain once imagined years ago.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Monica Castillo
    The parts of the movie that are going to resonate the most have the pacing they need to bring up one’s own memories of listening to a grandparent’s advice, of doing something you shouldn’t have to impress someone, or working up the nerve to talk to someone you liked. Perhaps these resurfaced memories are an unintended souvenir of visiting Branagh’s “Belfast,” but it’s one that may stick with moviegoers for quite some time after the credits roll.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Monica Castillo
    The tightly wound human drama increases to a boiling point that simmers all the way to the credits.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Monica Castillo
    While it doesn’t come together seamlessly, there are wonderful moments between Dinklage and Bennett, even Harrison Jr. and Mendelsohn have their moments to shine. Perhaps it’s why this version of Cyrano felt so bittersweet, leaving the audience with a sense of what might have been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    Pablo Larraín’s Spencer is a haunting reimagining of a tense Christmas holiday in the life of Princess Diana.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Monica Castillo
    Tim Fehlbaum’s The Colony has many ideas about the future, and while not all of them quite stick together, there’s a few interesting aesthetic and narrative choices to make it something of a curiosity. There’s enough going on to capture your notice for brief stints before trailing off into dense plot details or well-worn sci-fi tropes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Monica Castillo
    It’s a movie that’s confrontational and awkward from the start, distancing its viewer with an acerbic perspective and characters that trade more thorny verbal jabs and slaps than anything resembling warm affection.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Monica Castillo
    To Marcello and and co-writer Jay S. Arnold’s credit, there are a handful of surprises that defy some of the more expected youthful rom com tropes. But the rest is a lot of the same teenage romantic tribulations we’ve seen before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    There’s a strange peace and acceptance in the film, painful as it is, that life did not work out in favor of the youthful hopes and dreams of its characters. Perhaps it’s because so many of us have had to mourn some sort of loss and move on with our lives like the family.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Monica Castillo
    At least the movie features a few solid performances to make it a worthwhile diversion for some viewers. Others less inclined to easily resolved romances may want to book some other excursion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    It is an educational journey, an uncompromising look into the challenges of an artistic life, and a tribute to the man whose studio and dance company still bear his name.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Monica Castillo
    [Papushado] creates a world that’s so strange, in both a visually striking sense and one that doesn't always work, that even when a performance sputters out or a line of dialogue rings false, it doesn’t tank the movie. However, that level of spectacle through eye-catching production design and visual style means that sometimes the movie’s vivid colors and bullets outshine the star-studded cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    While some elements of the story don’t work as well as the visual playground Ameen sets up for her characters, Scales is still an impressive feature debut.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Monica Castillo
    First Date feels like a throwback caper to something you'd find on cable, funny yet full of action with a generous helping of a timeless romance for good measure. It’s the kind of movie you come across and have to see how it ends.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    Good on Paper sometimes gets silly, sometimes serious, but it never waivers from its mission of being funny through it all.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Monica Castillo
    Awake has just enough scares and strangeness, plus a sense of dread and paranoia, to make its horror creepy and enjoyable. It’s not a flawless thriller, but enough different elements click into place, like Rodriguez and Greenblatt’s performances.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Monica Castillo
    Carnaval is like Girls Trip by way of Brazil, but the acting and many of the comedy’s punchlines are fairly over-exaggerated. The four leads are just a step above stock characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Monica Castillo
    It becomes something heartfelt yet funny—a truly hard balance to strike—but Drunk Bus pulls through for our enjoyment.

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