Yolanda Machado

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For 42 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Yolanda Machado's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 95 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Lowest review score: 15 Playing with Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
42 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 47 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 45 Yolanda Machado
    With a title that’s almost as lazy as its script, Stuber is a lackadaisical attempt at a “woke” buddy-cop comedy that just can’t figure out how to fuse together its story with the message it is trying to promote.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Yolanda Machado
    Ultimately, of course, it’s Buckley who makes Rose-Lynn soar off the screen. It’s a dazzling, raw, intoxicating performance, and when she sings, it’s simply electric.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 59 Yolanda Machado
    Despite the script’s lack of character depth, Miller gives a consistently phenomenal performance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Yolanda Machado
    A witty, intelligent, and entertaining view behind the scenes of a late-night talk show.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 59 Yolanda Machado
    Attempts to be a psychological campy thriller but gets so lost in trying to construct a message that all the exaggerated thrills die before even lifting off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Yolanda Machado
    The Biggest Little Farm is a decent personal narrative film — even inspiring at times — but it could have provided a much-needed educational view and a deeper look at the importance of California’s essential agricultural life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Yolanda Machado
    Wine Country shows that women in their 50s are in one of the best phases of their lives, a time to be celebrated, welcomed, and enjoyed with good friends and good wine.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 49 Yolanda Machado
    It isn’t to say that The Curse of La Llorona is bad; it definitely had the crowd I watched it with screaming in horrified delight and laughing at just the right moments. But it lacks any cultural understanding of its subject and is a missed opportunity to connect to the plethora of ghost stories the Latino culture contains in its soul. Que pena!
    • 46 Metascore
    • 57 Yolanda Machado
    I am not religious, nor have I ever claimed to be, but I enjoy a good inspirational tale. And I do believe that miracles can occur and that those stories absolutely serve a purpose in mainstream films. But in “Breakthrough,” I found myself being dismissed as a viewer, being directed to put my confidence in a story that was layered in the superficial aspects of faith — to trust without question, and just to believe that prayer conquers all, even as the film provides no foundation as to why I should.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Yolanda Machado
    Writer-director Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”) excels in his decision to direct the story with gorgeous, bright, bold colors but seems to flounder in telling his story in a way that resonates for children and adults. His script seems aimed at elementary school-aged children, with light-hearted and easy humor, but it fails to hold interest beyond a few scenes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Yolanda Machado
    Skid Row Marathon is a light-hearted attempt to show a softer side of a pressing issue. While the film will no doubt inspire some, it lacks an understanding of the real issues that exist in that environment. It becomes part of the system that proclaims that homelessness is a problem, but it does nothing to say why.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 47 Yolanda Machado
    There’s no question that Elba is a talented actor, but his debut on the other side of the lens falls a bit short. Director needs to make decisions to get a story across, and Elba appears to have been too shy or too reluctant to make them. Yardie suffers for it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Yolanda Machado
    Booksmart is, by far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Yolanda Machado
    Even with a completely unrealistic premise, and a handful of trope problems, Long Shot is still charming enough to bring the laughs, the escapism, and the twitterpation that any great romantic comedy can provide.

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