Yolanda Machado

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For 56 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Yolanda Machado's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 95 Zola
Lowest review score: 15 Playing with Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 56
  2. Negative: 5 out of 56
56 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 39 Yolanda Machado
    While director Reece has some 20 films to his credit in the last decade alone, it appears that he still doesn’t quite have a handle on either plot or pacing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Yolanda Machado
    It’s a valiant effort from Berry, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark, weighed down by a formulaic script, uneven fight direction, and little depth in exploring how a female fighter’s experience might change when a role written as a white, Irish woman is played by a Black actor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Yolanda Machado
    While Clifford is definitely cute, the script (screenplay and story are credited to five writers) lacks any depth, relying upon Whitehall to carry and deliver the comedy — so much so that Casey feels simultaneously exaggerated and two-dimensional.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Yolanda Machado
    Ron’s Gone Wrong offers partially realized messaging about social media while populating the story with elementary sight gags, too many overused “fish out of water” tropes, and attractive merchandise options.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Yolanda Machado
    Building on 2019’s solidly entertaining animated entry, The Addams Family 2 remains kooky and fun, yet it lacks the warmth from the previous film and feels more juvenile, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Yolanda Machado
    Natalie Morales’ directorial debut Language Lessons creates a warmth that so often gets lost in these virtual meetings. With her gentle guidance and two very heartfelt performances, the result is a warm, lovely film about platonic affection and the human need for connection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Yolanda Machado
    The Lost Daughter is a masterwork in perception and all that society places upon mothers and motherhood.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 55 Yolanda Machado
    Cinderella has far less substance than [Cannon’s] other features, ultimately making this a one-time, forgettable watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Yolanda Machado
    The Night House works as an exploration of grief because of Rebecca Hall’s incredible performance, plain and simple. But as a horror film, it overpromises early on and then fails to deliver on any chills that go beyond a jump scare.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Yolanda Machado
    Paw Patrol: The Movie” is both entertaining and educational, and that’s always a major accomplishment for a family film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Yolanda Machado
    Jolt won’t be the talk of awards season, but it knows how to entertain, offering the enjoyable spectacle of watching one woman taking down everything and everyone in her way, using what the world has told her (and so many other women) to get rid of — her feelings and her demand to be heard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Yolanda Machado
    Zola feels utterly contemporary but will no doubt be examined for decades to come, as a marker of both this particularly crazy time in history and of the moment that social media became self-aware. Whip-smart, funny, complicated, and just plain wild, Zola is 90 minutes of brilliance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 59 Yolanda Machado
    The overly simplistic nature of the script becomes both pragmatic and detrimental, never allowing any character the depth they are owed while providing just enough of a formulaic plot, one that asks nothing more than for you to enjoy the ensemble.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Yolanda Machado
    Spirit Untamed has vivid moments of beauty, but loses its gallop with a facetious storyline about identity as it keeps trying to define itself as an “empowering” film for little girls, missing the mark on both fronts.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 71 Yolanda Machado
    At times the humor feels elementary (and at others a little flat), but the story really finds itself when it weaves musical history into this road-trip tale in a captivating and entertaining manner.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 45 Yolanda Machado
    Slow, emotionless and boasting fairly mediocre production values, this misguided kid movie turns Jack London’s classic tale about the natural world into something barely recognizable as part of that world.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Yolanda Machado
    Sonic the Hedgehog might not become a kid-movie classic, but it makes for a great little getaway to enjoy with the whole family. That, in itself, earns a golden ring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Yolanda Machado
    Though I have some reservations about a choice made towards the end of the film, everything else — from the cast to the documentary-style filmmaking to the varying perspectives of different characters from diverse backgrounds — is ambitious and intriguing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Yolanda Machado
    I do understand that the message McMillin wants to make is how much harder these kids have to try to be looked at as Americans, even when they love and are devoted to a sport that is as American as apple pie. But by not adding moments of joy, those little wins here and there, and forgetting to show the beauty that this community holds, he does what so many others have already done — othering them, even in their own story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 57 Yolanda Machado
    I felt frustrated walking out of Underwater: Here’s a movie with good production values, a great leading actress, and a fantastic score, yet it gets so lost trying to figure out what story it wanted to tell that it completely forgets to form a connection with the audience.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Yolanda Machado
    During the holiday season, when kids are being aggressively marketed to by every toy company who wants the top spot on Santa’s list, families deserve a movie that isn’t one long toy commercial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Yolanda Machado
    Viswanathan’s resounding, yet quiet performance allows the audience to see Hala for who she is — a smart, funny, intelligent, angsty, confused, and completely normal teenage girl.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 15 Yolanda Machado
    The film is bland and predictable, underestimates kids’ abilities to understand story and humor, and relies way too much on sight gags that are clichéd and overdone.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Yolanda Machado
    Lieberman’s script really meets kids at their level of understanding, and yes, at times the gags were clichéd and perhaps over some kids’ heads (like Cousin It’s license plate “C U Z”), but the humor isn’t forced, managing to get some chuckles out of the grown-ups too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Yolanda Machado
    Nothing here truly changes animation, and yet, you can’t help but walk out of the theater with a smile on your face.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 32 Yolanda Machado
    It would have behooved Simpson to consult others — not just regarding direction, editing and writing, but perhaps just to speak to someone else before taking on this particular narrative and creating yet another Native American story told through a white man’s lens that benefits absolutely no one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Yolanda Machado
    It’s the story of the conflict between Robbins and Mostel that unveils another layer of how the odds were truly stacked against the show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 94 Yolanda Machado
    The Peanut Butter Falcon is charming, enveloping, and an absolute joy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Yolanda Machado
    The biggest challenge of an actor in any live-action update of an animated character is to make an audience that is already loyal to the original fall in love with a newer rendition. And that’s exactly what Moner does; her Dora has the DNA of everything that made the original so special while offering a fresh take for newer generations experiencing the character for the first time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Yolanda Machado
    Despite its trappings, Relive is a family drama with a slight supernatural twist, and had Estes explored that, perhaps the film would feel more whole. Instead, Relive winds up being a thriller without any actual thrills.

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