Steve Crum

Steve Crum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers , Kansas City Kansan ,
Critics' Group:
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " ...A funny, bittersweet dramedy that connects, in large part due to a superb cast." —
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 36% The November Man (2014) " Brosnan is a nitty, gritty, Bondish (due to his handsomeness) secret agent with absolutely no penchant for tongue-in-cheek joking, drinking non-stirred booze, or loyalty to the Queen. " —
Posted Aug 27, 2014
B+ 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Formula or not, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' maintains its fresh appeal from opening to end credits. The film greatly benefits from Chris Pratt's loopy, devil-may-care persona." —
Posted Aug 1, 2014
A+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " What a terrific film, what a technical achievement. If you were impressed three years ago with the special effects in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' and surely you were, prepare to be blown away with this sequel. " —
Posted Jul 11, 2014
D 25% Tammy (2014) " 'Tammy,' tell me true, why couldn't you have been funnier?" —
Posted Jul 2, 2014
C- 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " As good as this 'Transformers' looks, and the visuals are the only reason to see this spectacle, the flawless effects become overbearing after nearly three hours. (I was checking my watch after 90 minutes.) Enough is too much." —
Posted Jun 27, 2014
A 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Each part is plum and comedically necessary. Who would have even thought of casting Tilda Swinton or Ralph Fiennes in a wild comedy? Voilà, they seem perfectly cast." —
Posted Mar 21, 2014
A 97% Gravity (2013) " Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás, have penned a fantastic yet credible story of courage, friendship, and survival. Even the title, 'Gravity,' is appropriate in its dual simplicity. (This) is a perfect movie. Seeing it in IMAX-3D is perfection plus." —
Posted Oct 4, 2013
A- 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Both (Daniels) and Strong have compressed an engrossing saga covering the Civil Rights Movement, five presidents, a family's generational growth, and a love story into 132 minutes. It had to be a daunting task, but it works" —
Posted Aug 16, 2013
B 68% Elysium (2013) " Director-screenwriter Neill Blomkamp, who imprinted the movie history map with his incredibly original 'District 9,' does not equal that triumph. But portions of 'Elysium' come near." —
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B+ 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Marvel has the most tortured, flawed superheroes in the comic book universe. Proof positive is substantiated throughout 'The Wolverine,' arguably the best of the shiv-wristed franchise. It is also the most grueling to watch. " —
Posted Jul 26, 2013
A 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " ...Just as charming, hilarious, clever, and well paced as its predecessor." —
Posted Jul 5, 2013
C- 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Lone Ranger creators George W. Trendle and Fran Striker are surely doing pinwheels in their respective graves. (This new take) is an odd mix of parody, homage, and re-imagining of the legend." —
Posted Jul 3, 2013
D+ 65% The Heat (2013) " The f-bomb isn't just used, it is part of McCarthy's character's breathing process. Frankly, after the 38th f-you, it had gone beyond boring." —
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 68% World War Z (2013) " (Pitt's) character could use some Kevin McCarthy/'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' frantic demeanor." —
Posted Jun 21, 2013
C- 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " It is all about style: ultra colorful, superb costuming, knock-out set design, and all in 3-D. That last ingredient pops the imagery past one's eyes and deep into the brain cells. Way past my comfort zone." —
Posted May 10, 2013
A 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Prepare to be hoodwinked, thanks to screenwriters Drew Pearce and Shane Black. Black also directs this terrific 'Iron Man' installment, which both exhilarates and exhausts." —
Posted May 3, 2013
C- 54% Oblivion (2013) " It looks good, particularly on an IMAX screen, but the flick is ultimately style over substance. Involving it is not." —
Posted Apr 19, 2013
A- 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " There is a great deal more than magic and also says a hatful of bunnies about audiences and the pervasive, decadent state of entertainment in our society. " —
Posted Mar 15, 2013
A- 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " What a stunner it is. Presumptuously speaking, this new take (a prequel) is/will be a modern classic." —
Posted Mar 8, 2013
D 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " It is not (Bruce Willis') fault he has grown more than a tad too old to play John McClane (for the 5th time since 1988), but he can be blamed for signing on to such a script-shallow, decibel-deafening blast-fest." —
Posted Feb 15, 2013
B 79% Quartet (2013) " While 'Quartet' seems to be part of a double feature with 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' it does lack 'Exotic's' breadth of characterizations and humor." —
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Despite the Ed Gein and love story MacGuffins, 'Hitchcock' makes for a 'good evening.'" —
Posted Dec 8, 2012
A 90% Lincoln (2012) " Figuratively, at its visual core, 'Lincoln' is a collection of Mathew Brady photos come to life. Daniel Day-Lewis dominates. His Oscar worthy performance encompasses greatness...(He) IS Lincoln." —
Posted Nov 17, 2012
A 92% Skyfall (2012) " The franchise has refashioned itself by never once forgetting its glorious history, including a certain 'Goldfinger' car." —
Posted Nov 9, 2012
A 78% Flight (2012) " No doubt whatsoever that Denzel Washington will be Oscar nominated, and likely win, for 'Flight.' His performance is a stunner." —
Posted Nov 2, 2012
A- 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " This is the kind of film requiring vigilant attention. Do not leave to get snacks. You will be 'Cloud Atlas' lost forever. ...A complex and must see film." —
Posted Oct 26, 2012
A 96% Argo (2012) " The plaudits have to go to Ben Affleck, whose producing/directing/acting trifecta makes 'Argo' one of the top films of the year, and a natural for the Oscar. " —
Posted Oct 13, 2012
C 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " I did see and greatly enjoy the previous 'Bournes,' but was dizzied at what the heck was going on in this new take. No doubt this is the end of the franchise." —
Posted Aug 10, 2012
B+ 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Once Batman finally gets back to action, with the audience's dander by that time primed to the max, the film explodes in scene after dazzling scene of air to street attacks and counter attacks. " —
Posted Jul 24, 2012
A- 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The trick with 'The Avengers' is to satisfy each superhero's fan base while simultaneously divvying out each hero's scenes in equal portions. Director-screenwriter Joss Whedon has pulled it off with muscle flexing aplomb." —
Posted May 6, 2012
B+ 85% Bully (2012) " At last a proactive campaign of awareness and action to defeat bullying is afoot. This documentary has already been lauded as a step toward that goal. " —
Posted Apr 14, 2012
B+ 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " An imitation Three Stooges flick cannot possibly get any funnier than 'The Three Stooges: The Movie.' I laughed, and my surprise." —
Posted Apr 13, 2012
B- 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " The screenplay itself is problematic, but Streep dazzles. " —
Posted Jan 14, 2012
A 77% War Horse (2011) " The story is reminiscent of 'Courage of Lassie' (1946) since it involves a beloved pet, of sorts, that is thrust into a world war, and whose survival, let alone return to its home base, is fraught with impossibility upon impossibility." —
Posted Dec 26, 2011
A- 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Director David Fincher has crafted a disturbing dazzler of a thriller, embellished by sharp acting. " —
Posted Dec 21, 2011
B 68% Tower Heist (2011) " The production overall is breezy and fun, with a nonstop pace after the first half hour. That is when the action really kicks in. The on location filming, particularly Trump Tower and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, is superb." —
Posted Nov 4, 2011
B- 60% Real Steel (2011) " After all the 'Transformers' exposure over the last few years, who would have guessed more battling bots would hook our interest? Maybe it is because 'Real Steel's' bots need humans to think for them." —
Posted Oct 8, 2011
B+ 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " (The leads) have the necessary chemistry to carry 'Cowboys & Aliens' for its rip-roaring two hours. True, Daniel Craig handles all the rough and tough physicality, while the elder Harrison Ford is, appropriately, much more reserved." —
Posted Jul 30, 2011
A 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " (Director David) Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves have lovingly transported (Rowling's) vision to the most satisfying finale, truly grand, in film history. " —
Posted Jul 15, 2011
F 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Once again, the Judd Apatow-influenced school of witless comedy reinforces that we should bust a gut laughing at virtually the lowest of low humor. This is funny? No." —
Posted Jun 24, 2011
B 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " Sure, the revisionist history, plot device is troublesome, but the film's digital effects provide enough spectacular action and levitation eye candy to soothe any blue Beast." —
Posted Jun 5, 2011
B- 77% Thor (2011) " ...Above average movie eye candy. Branagh's direction as well as the writing, which includes an abundance of intelligent dialogue sequences (for a comic book), are a plus--as is the acting overall. " —
Posted May 7, 2011
A- 92% Source Code (2011) " ...An unconventional think piece, impressively helmed by Duncan Jones. Intellectual sci-fi fans will love it. The 'Transformers' and 'Battle: Los Angeles' visualists will get headaches from thinking too much. " —
Posted Apr 2, 2011
B- 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) " Maybe this flick could actually spawn a movie franchise. At the very least, it could work on TV. The gimmickry is in place, reminiscent of 'Burke's Law' and the chauffeur driven Rolls. " —
Posted Mar 18, 2011
B- 55% Unknown (2011) " 'Unknown' is a nail-biter, an edge-of-seater, and a fast couple of hours. It is just as well that its action moves faster than logic." —
Posted Feb 19, 2011
D 43% The Green Hornet (2011) " What should have been, could have been. It sure isn't this Green Slacker." —
Posted Jan 15, 2011
C- 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Stars Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund play second or third fiddle to the glitz, so place your movie ticket bet on vibrant reds and blues that reach out of the screen to be the main attraction here. It's all in the eye candy." —
Posted Dec 20, 2010
A- 87% Black Swan (2010) " Ballet is an art which explores love and death through the symbolism of music and dance. Mix in a ballerina with extreme self esteem issues, and you get a fascinating, edgy film. " —
Posted Dec 17, 2010
B 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " Spectacular and increasingly brooding as ever...the most foreboding and shocking of them all." —
Posted Nov 19, 2010
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