It's an enormous movie—enormous in its ambition, and enormous in its ingenuity. As such, it is distinctly out of step with the times. Monumentality is acceptable in the action blockbuster, but when it comes to anything else, the small and the subtle and the half-toned are the markers of refined taste. . . . At a moment that celebrates unimpeachably "nice" filmmakers, Payne continues to be less concerned with trumpeting his virtues than with pressing viewers to question their own.
December 19, 2017