Alison Herman


Alison Herman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Flavorwire, The Ringer

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Wilson may not be a radical reimagining of the rom-com protagonist, but she does represent an expansion of its previously narrow parameters. It can't and won't upend a template it holds so much obvious affection for. But it does model a path forward. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) With swagger and passion, Esposito makes a statement that still never stops being funny. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) Relatable is the work of an entertainer who has given herself permission: to admit just how awful it felt to be rejected by people she loves because of who she is; to complain about being asked to dance wherever she goes; to not be relatable. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is one of the best of 2018... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The movie isn't interested in being about women, or even womanhood, so much as the specific women we watch mature from partners of convenience into true equals. And yet these people aren't a mere substitute for an archetypal male character. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper's 2018 rendition of A Star Is Born manages the impossible: bringing this seemingly old-fashioned story about fame into the present while retaining its classical, timeless appeal. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
82% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation registers upon revisit as something far more interesting and evocative than a historical moment's dutiful retelling. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
29% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) The lack of a forcefully asserted personality, only emphasized by some unfortunately drab stage design, bled over into the rest of the show. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Hannah Gadsby's Nanette is the mic drop to end all mic drops-a cross between comedy special and one-woman show that's actually a 69-minute Dear John letter to the entire enterprise of stand-up. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) Kid Gorgeous is a polished, whip-smart, joyful offering from a midcareer comic who's made all three of those descriptors a signature. To be great, a special doesn't necessarily have to be a game-changer-it just has to make you laugh. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Where Baby Cobra saw Wong feign longing for a more traditional kind of femininity, in Hard Knock Wife she addresses the financial realities of her marriage head-on. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
25% Overboard (2018) A charming but forgettable reboot...As a movie, Overboard delivers. As Anna Faris's return to the multiplex, however, it can't help but disappoint. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty isn't just a regression from Inside Amy Schumer; it's a less shrewd treatment of almost identical themes. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Rock has thus made his most personal special without ever getting that personal - a testament to his talents, not a criticism of them. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
100% Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017) "It's chaos, be kind" is how Oswalt closes the special, a perfect motto for both this highly specific story and whoever might be listening. It's not exactly revolutionary, but that's what makes it so profound. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
92% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Few comedians have managed to dodge the dog-caught-the-car problem of successful stand-ups as smoothly as C.K. has. Look no further than his latest special, Netflix's 2017, for proof. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
27% Pan (2015) Because between the inadvertently hilarious and the downright offensive, Pan is a generic mold for a reboot that shares little with the original beyond a handful of proper nouns. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling imbues Fantastic Beasts from start to finish with a sense of discovery. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Bright Lights is a heartbreaking tribute to a singular mother-daughter relationship. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
38% Staten Island Summer (2015) If [Colin] Jost is angling for a big-screen, or in this case laptop screen, career, Staten Island Summer is an inauspicious start. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017