Adam Fendelman

Adam Fendelman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Adam Fendelman's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5.0 49% San Andreas (2015) "When the story is as weak as the film's fault lines and the character development never develops, the problem with blowing $100 million mostly on special effects is all you're left with is unintelligent disaster porn. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 29, 2015
4.5/5.0 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The epitome of a badass thrill ride and what a reboot should really be, I'll patiently wait another 30 years for someone to achieve what George Miller has pulled off here. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 15, 2015
4.0/5.0 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Hitting society's central nervous system through the real fear of AI gone horribly rogue, this complete sequel package weaves together a rich story, rousing special effects and the sacrificial duality of being a superhero versus the layman. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 1, 2015
4.0/5.0 81% Furious 7 (2015) "A tactful and touching legacy for Paul Walker, "Furious 7" is a relentlessly action-packed thrill ride that actually has a story, too. Its fun is propelled by characters you give a frick about even if you've never called yourself a franchise fan before. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
4.0/5.0 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Often motivated by financial greed, many sequels satiate businesspeople while disappointing moviegoers. But "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" manages to buck the often-botched sequel trend with yet another naturally charming film. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Mar 9, 2015
4.0/5.0 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "Telling the tough truth instead of being lied to with a glamorized version of theatre through rose-colored glasses, "The Last Five Years" establishes Anna Kendrick as a serious singer through Jason Robert Brown's naturally flowing, unpretentious music. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2.0/5.0 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Beneath its curious surface, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is an uninformed and unrealistic "romance" set in the BDSM world that dangerously dramatizes sexual violence and glamorizes domestic abuse. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 14, 2015
2.0/5.0 12% Seventh Son (2015) ""Seventh Son" wastes a promising cast with unfocused and incoherent story decisions, unusual-but-not-in-a-good-way acting, unfortunate choices with gender roles and one-sided depiction of people with color. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 8, 2015
2.5/5.0 82% Black Sea (2015) "While "Black Sea" physically dives deep, the story is shallow, the character's motivations are irrational and the drama is forced. The star of the film is the old, rickety submarine and the tension only she provides. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 1, 2015
4.0/5.0 49% Cake (2015) "More than just a vehicle for awards, "Cake" features an overdue, career-growing, award-worthy, emotionally honest role for Jennifer Aniston anchored by a patient script written by real humans about real humans. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jan 24, 2015
3.0/5.0 72% American Sniper (2015) "Entertaining, tense and thrilling, "American Sniper" devolves into glorification -- sugarcoating the truth and creatively changing details to assure we see the hero Chris Kyle was without most of the much darker anti-hero he also was. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jan 18, 2015
3.5/5.0 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Neither Hollywood nor purely Broadway, Disney's big-screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" finds an imperfect but charming, family-friendly home on Hollyway. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/5.0 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "One of Hollywood's best in splitting up the cinematic cellular DNA of one story into three, Peter Jackson is a master of mitosis. He now concludes a trilogy in traditional too-long but epic fashion after spending 513 screen minutes on only 445 pages. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Dec 17, 2014
2.5/5.0 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Weak source material split into two films for no creative advantage only results in a disappointing artistic decision ruled by financial greed. The film anti-climatically makes us wait and leaves us asking: "For what?" " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Nov 23, 2014
4.0/5.0 72% Interstellar (2014) "Marrying the brains of "Inception" with the epic splendor of "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" asks vastly important brain-scratching questions, inspires your forward thinking and treats you to one hell of a mind-altering thrill ride. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Nov 7, 2014
4.0/5.0 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "You can't stop watching the demented, sociopathic, narcissistic but refreshingly blunt Jake Gyllenhaal in the razor-sharply written and visually exquisite "Nightcrawler". " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Oct 31, 2014
1.0/5.0 7% Ouija (2014) "I don't blame the actors or filmmakers for "Ouija" being the worst horror film of 2014. It's the 11 narcoleptic producers who Hollywood's allowing to slap together this same tired formula. No wonder they're too lazy to make a horror film actually scary. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1.0/5.0 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "The worst Nicholas Sparks film of the nine based on his novels, this is the epitome of disingenuous, manufactured and manipulative. The salt on the wound of an already bleeding heart is that the young adults outshine our artificial "A"-list lovebirds. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.0/5.0 23% Dracula Untold (2014) ""Dracula Untold" is an artificial glorification lacking reason for the retelling. Even Dracula's wife outshines him in her supporting role. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Oct 11, 2014
3.0/5.0 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "While neither genre breaking nor a 2014 standout film, Liam Neeson nonetheless makes you want him yet again as your dad. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Sep 21, 2014
2.0/5.0 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "The film's fatal flaw is it can't figure out who it is and do just one thing well. In the end, "This is Where I Leave You" is a failed comedy, a forgettable drama and a poor man's "August: Osage County" copycat. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.0/5.0 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "Sex sells, but this film-noir sequel makes you feel dirty if you're left thinking that's enough. And if you count how many bullets are fired and compare it to how many holes you can shoot through its plot lines, the latter outnumbers the former. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.0/5.0 22% Into The Storm (2014) "After overprioritizing its special effects and being barren of a story and characters who make you care, all you've got here is an exotic Lamborghini on the outside with a lawnmower engine failing to chug it along. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Aug 10, 2014
2.5/5.0 60% Hercules (2014) "The second the film cleanly wraps up with nowhere else to go, you move about your life. Perhaps all you might question later is what his bushy beard is made from. Then you'd have your first laugh once learning that it came from yak testicle hair. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jul 26, 2014
4.5/5.0 97% Life Itself (2014) ""Life Itself" pulls you in not only as a fly on the wall but as a guest at his family's dinner table. The film isn't afraid of showing pain and doesn't apply makeup on Roger's degenerating face or about his story as a whole. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jul 6, 2014
4.0/5.0 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) ""The Fault in Our Stars" returns us to the rare, gender-crushing ingredients in "The Notebook". It figures out how to put a guy and a girl together and actually release in them natural chemistry instead of artificially forcing them to feel it. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.0/5.0 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) ""Django Unchained" already recently nailed it. By contrast, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is an attempted copycat -- messily comprised of some comedic hits but more misses -- that we just didn't need. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 31, 2014
4.0/5.0 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Blockbuster films so often blow so much of their budget on special effects but think of the plot as an afterthought. This one dares to reverse that mistake by investing heavily in its writing and allowing CGI to perfectly complement it. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 24, 2014
2.5/5.0 74% Godzilla (2014) "Except for the clear purpose of cashing in on yet another "Godzilla" remake, everything is happening for no reason. Worst of all, what is ensuing misses and even mocks the reason why IshirĂ´ Honda originated 1954's Godzilla in the first place. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 17, 2014
4.5/5.0 91% Locke (2014) "Expensive Hollywood trickery often is superfluous filler for a film that is otherwise too weak at its very core. Character and story matter most, and "Locke" only needs one man in one car to keep you mesmerized for 85 straight minutes. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted May 3, 2014
3.0/5.0 73% Oculus (2014) ""Oculus" wins with what it does inside its own mind, which incites yours without needing gore to bring about fear. But the most glaring problem is it doesn't need to be a "ghost story" to get you there. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Apr 12, 2014
4.0/5.0 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "If the original is anything to applaud, the sequel usually isn't. And even more rarely is the sequel actually better. But with this near-perfect comeback, we don't see so much of it coming, we enjoy nearly all of it and we can't ask for very much more. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Apr 6, 2014
2.5/50 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) "It's challenging to enjoy this rushed and incomplete film purely for what it is rather than fault it for what it could have been. It feels like an elementary-school field trip rather than a film ready for nationwide IMAX distribution. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
2.5/5.0 49% RoboCop (2014) "While entertaining at moments and lacking a more enjoyable RoboCop, the most grievous omission is a true villain. You get the feeling that RoboCop has nothing to do. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/5.0 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) "Plagued by writers Adam Cozad and David Koepp, the result is a rookie/veteran script struggle that is selfishly directed by actor Kenneth Branagh. History will view it as the worst Jack Ryan film of the five. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jan 18, 2014
1.0/5.0 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) "It's a summer blockbuster wannabe that opened in January instead to recoup the piece of its $70 million budget that it can. The film self-professes its primary character as a legend without making him feel like one. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jan 11, 2014
4.5/5.0 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "Despite my bladder nearly not making it after 3 hours, thankfully the true story of Jordan Belfort kept me completely distracted and entertained at the behest of my bodily needs. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2.0/5.0 39% Delivery Man (2013) "Has Vince Vaughn peaked? While "Delivery Man" isn't his re-breakout role and it's not in nearly the same comedic league as its "Starbuck" inspiration, the film does show you a lesser-seen side: his drama instead of his comedy. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/5.0 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "If "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were alive today to witness "Thor: The Dark World," he'd tell it to focus on being a superhero film rather than failing to dabble in science fiction. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Nov 9, 2013
2.0/5.0 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) "Unless you've lived life under a rock and haven't ever seen this story or you just want to bask in the splendor that is the Paul Giamatti show, your memory of any previous tale of woe from Juliet and her Romeo is more than sufficient. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/5.0 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) "The film had the right idea with Barry the strawberry, who poops jelly when he's afraid. But "Cloudy 2" is relatively simple, too straightforward and forgets that kids are smart, too. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/5.0 33% A Teacher (2013) "The premise is attractive, but the execution is unfinished. Lindsay Burdge as the teacher who falls for her student makes this undiscovered indie worthwhile. But while we have reason to believe she's smart, we never understand why she's so stupid. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Aug 25, 2013
3.5/5.0 64% 2 Guns (2013) "A saving grace is still a saving grace no matter how much you blow holes in it. Instead of knocking it for relying too heavily on its Wahlberg/Washington bromance, realize instead that it's leading with its strength and that strength works. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2.5/5.0 43% Red 2 (2013) "Despite being a failed comic book movie, "Red 2" is stronger with each quirky character it has successfully defined than the overall movie it has created with them. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jul 20, 2013
0.0/5.0 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) "If "Grown Ups 2" was anything in the ballpark of a "good movie," then sea cucumber excrement is tasty. (One of the dirtiest animals on the planet, they resemble a long sausage and dine on dead animal carcasses). " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1.5/5.0 11% After Earth (2013) "Nevermind M. Night Shyamalan's cumulative global box-office grab of $2.5 billion on total production budgets of $665 million. Numbers lie. "After Earth" is a wasteland riddled with cinematic trash. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jun 1, 2013
3.0/5.0 54% Oblivion (2013) "An ostentatious steak dinner in the special effects department never makes up for a story that tastes more like cheap ramen noodles. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Apr 20, 2013
2.0/5.0 27% 21 And Over (2013) "We feel manipulated into giving "The Hangover" masterminds our 10 bucks again while getting an immature regression back to what appears like a college film made by college film students. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Mar 3, 2013
2.5/5.0 56% Snitch (2013) "Dwayne Johnson doesn't just want to be The Rock. And perhaps he is more after all. Despite his professional wrestling fame, "Snitch" is Johnson's plea to be respected as a true, dramatic actor. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2.5/5.0 28% Broken City (2013) ""Broken City" safely navigates shallow waters and floats by as a mediocre thriller without emerging as a standout crime film or a total flop. " ‐ HollywoodChicago.com
Posted Jan 20, 2013
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