Steven Rea

Steven Rea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Entertainment Weekly , Houston Chronicle , Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
1851
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 79% Fury (2014) " Fury presents an unrelentingly violent, visceral depiction of war, which is perhaps as it should be. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 74% St. Vincent (2014) " If St. Vincent flirts with sappiness - it does, and how - Melfi has struck gold in the pairing of Murray and Lieberher. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/4 92% Birdman (2014) " It is exhilarating moviemaking, an out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as one of the best films of not just the year, but the decade, the century. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 28% Men, Women & Children (2014) " It's a wonder the actors aren't showing bruise marks from all the heavy-handed direction, the unrelenting solemnity of the thing. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/4 81% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Everything about The Two Faces of January is right, even as the events it describes - a couple's idyllic Grecian holiday, a charming American's adventures abroad - go terribly wrong. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 93% Pride (2014) " Pride takes a footnote in the history of Britain's crippling yearlong industrial action and gives it a human face. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) " The Judge is a tale of family dysfunction, the sins of the father and all that. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 64% One Chance (2014) " Feel-good stories feel good for a reason, and this one is practically operatic. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/4 81% Tracks (2014) " Wasikowska plays this wordless wanderer just right. That is, she makes her real. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl presents a deft mix of whodunit and who-you-gonna-believe? " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " It's a wonderful world, full of Rube Goldberg contraptions below and colorful Dickensian squalor and excess above. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 62% The Equalizer (2014) " If audiences and star are so inclined, it's easy to see this premise and this character - a tough, taciturn gent burdened with regret and a very special skill set - going into Roman numerals. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 73% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " Benjamin captures Hendrix's nodding swagger, his effortless cool, and most important, his voice - going beyond mimicry into some other, spookier realm. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " It's bleak business, and as it hurries toward its explosive, expository conclusion, the film becomes nonsensical, too. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " Worth it for the talent on display, disappointing for what the talent has been given, or not given, to work with. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 58% My Old Lady (2014) " Kline's character is an alcoholic and not exactly lovable, but we come to empathize. Smith, the grande dame of British theater and film, is wickedly wry and quick. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " It has the steady pace of a police procedural, with a flawed but noble hero and the colorful lowlifes that populate any hard-boiled mystery scribe's world. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " The movie toys with real emotions, with our emotions, in ways that are pat and writerly and button-pushing in the cheapest, cheesiest ways. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 27% Lost in Space (1998) " I don't know about you, but my eyes glaze like doughnuts when people start time-traveling, showing up in two places at once, or one place twice -- which is what happens here. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3/4 69% God Help the Girl (2014) " Browning, staring down the camera and singing up a storm, brings buckets of soulfulness to a script that might not be terribly deep. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " A film about learning, and changing, and learning to change. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Drop (2014) " In the end, this tale of lonely souls and soulless thugs - of money and morality - even feels kind of hopeful. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
1.5/4 3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) " Never -- at least not since the first Mortal Kombat -- has tedium been so loud, so full of backward flips and flying fists to the kissers of centaurs from another realm. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) " With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2.5/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) " If you're in the mood for some knuckleheaded comedy at the expense of -- in mad scientist Dr. Forrester's words -- "a stinky cinematic suppository called This Island Earth," then get thee to some place playing MST3K. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The Trip to Italy doesn't feel entirely new, but there's comfort in familiarity, too. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " Brosnan ... slips back into his intel identity with seeming effortlessness. The watchfulness, the calm, the jujitsu moves, the walking-through-rooms-with-the gun-held-straight-out-in-front-of-you stuff. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " A friend, after seeing Jacob's Ladder, griped, "I wasn't afraid of dying -- until I saw this movie." Put that blurb in an ad and see who shows up at the multiplexes. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2.5/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " Moretz has a nicely calibrated energy and intensity, and the teen romance ups-and-downs of Mia and Adam's relationship - are they really soul mates, or will he drop her when the right groupie shambles along? - feel authentically OMG-ish. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3.5/4 93% Frank (2014) " A delightful, oddball surprise. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 7% Are You Here (2014) " Are You Here lacks more than just the question mark that should go on its title. It lacks a point-of-view that makes sense, that feels central. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Why sit through this pimply excuse for pulp fiction? Why not read the real boys (Goodis, Cain, Thompson), or see the real films (Forget it, Jake. It's not Chinatown)? " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/4 59% A Five Star Life (2014) " A frothy romantic comedy tinged with melancholy and yearning. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 35% The Giver (2014) " Noyce, working from an adaptation by screenwriters Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, finds a compelling through-line ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 93% Speed (1994) " De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The kind of cliched, misfit crimefighters-versus-demented villains scenario that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird happily parodied when they came up with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books way back in the 1980s. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 63% Mood Indigo (2014) " It's hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " It's Radcliffe and Kazan, clinking their takeout coffees (well, there's no clink in cardboard, is there?) and radiating soulful desire and distress, that make What If more than just an iffy affair. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/4 89% Calvary (2014) " [Gleeson] projects fierce intelligence, wit, gentleness, ruefulness, soulfulness. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It would be curmudgeonly to count all the ways in which The Hundred-Foot Journey is unsurprising, unrealistic, unnecessary. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) " The oversized terrapins are characteristically flip as they backflip through an unnecessarily muddled plot. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 6, 2014
1.5/4 29% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) " It's pandemic time! " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 91% CODE BLACK (2014) " A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " For all its visual delights, Magic in the Moonlight, the 44th feature written and directed by the admirably industrious Woody Allen, has to be one of his bigger duds. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/4 9% Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) " Mom and Dad Save the World, which was directed by Greg Beeman and has the straggly feel of an extended Saturday Night Live skit, boasts unusually inspired production design. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 19% Very Good Girls (2014) " Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Happy Christmas examines, in its shambling way, the challenges facing dual-career couples as they become parents. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
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