Deirdre Crimmins

Senior Critic
Deirdre Crimmins is Chicago-based freelance film critic and a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. She contributes regularly to Rue Morgue magazine, previously she wrote for both High Def Digest and Birth.Movies.Death. Though a lifelong horror film fan, she also loves a good musical or screwball comedy when the mood strikes.


Articles by Deirdre Crimmins:


  • July 22, 2022

    Nope Review: Yup, It’s Aliens

    Jordan Peele threw his cowboy hat into the extraterrestrial ring with his latest horror western Nope, and we sure are glad he did.

  • February 9, 2022

    Slamdance 2022: Therapy Dogs Review

    High school is an intense time. Not just because it is the cliff between childhood and adult responsibilities, and not just because it is a time in your life when you are completely surrounded by peers who are all absolutely saturated in a chemistry set’s worth of hormones, but also because everything suddenly feels like […]

  • April 20, 2021

    SFFILM 2021 REVIEW: Supercool

    The golden age of teenage hijinks movies has not passed. From Booksmart to Blockers and even Good Boys and The Prom the tradition of wedging adolescent yearning into calamitous evenings has never been stronger. But for every American Pie there are a dozen sub-par American Pie rips offs. Supercool might have a capable cast and […]

  • April 16, 2021

    SFFILM 2021 Review: Cryptozoo

    Borrowing cinematic tricks from established films and genres, Cryptozoo is a mostly successful adventure with the lesser known creatures of mythology. The animated feature comes from filmmaker Dash Shaw. His previous film, 2016’s My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, is whimsical and funny, and not afraid of its own absurdity or affection for […]

  • March 30, 2021

    SXSW 2021: Swan Song Review

    Balancing reflection with honesty is a struggle for people, as well as for film. How well do we remember our own lives, and what good does it do us to remember the pain? Swan Song does not ask that question exactly, but it does play fast and loose with reality. And why shouldn’t it? The […]

  • March 3, 2021

    The Sinners Review: Reaching But Not Grasping

    With a large cast, plenty of intersecting storylines, and a heavy dose of religious motifs, The Sinners is a lot to take on for any first feature film. Director and co-writer Courtney Paige does her best to spin all of this into a high school thriller à la Agatha Christie, however the overall experience of […]

  • November 10, 2020

    Cup of Cheer Review: Deck the Halls With Parody

    Every year for nearly a decade it has felt like we are approaching the limit of Holiday cheer saturation. But then, just as the calendar turns a corner from October to November, we can see on the horizon that there are still some untread corners of humanity left to douse in merriment and spiced wine. […]

  • October 6, 2020

    Possessor Review: Where Is My Mind?

    A high-concept tale of futuristic assassins and brain implantation might sound slick and flashy, though it need not be. Possessor is that very movie, but it is personal and emotional, and questions the boundaries of self, all while sitting in a nest of speculation. The film begins with an assassination. However, unlike your run of […]

  • October 2, 2020

    Hosts Review: I’m Dreaming of a Weak Christmas

    HostsHosts has done good ideas and a couple solid scenes, but ultimately it suffers the fate of a confusing mythology and a lack of focus. Written and directed by Adam Leader and Richard Oakes, Hosts is a Christmas horror. It starts with Jack (Neal Ward) running into friend Michael (Frank Jakeman) who also happens to […]

  • October 2, 2020

    Shelf Help: Spooky Spookies

    Whether you believe time has meaning or not, it is now October. The spookiest time of the year. But that beloved haunting feeling might need a little coaxing, even in ideal conditions. Fear not! We are here to help you get into the swing of the season. Today our Shelfers share: What helps you get […]