Diva Velez

Diva Velez

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Diva Velez'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
4/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Exhilarating from its first moments, Straight Outta Compton seizes its viewer and doesn't let go. Director Gray captures the rage and electricity of the era in this portrait of rap legends, NWA. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3.5/5 83% Runoff (2015) "Intelligent and entertaining, Runoff moves its audience from what was perhaps a vague, wistful notion of the rural existence of family farming to witness the harsh realities of a tragically disappearing American way of life " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Leadened by a dull script and lacklustre visuals, Tomorrowland cannot match its well-meaning message about the power of hope and saving the future right now with its primary mission to be an entertaining movie. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 24, 2015
4.5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Mad Max: Fury Road is a glorious symphony of violence, action, and subversive wit and wisdom that goes far beyond anything its series' predecessors or any recent action film has done. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 17, 2015
2.5/5 62% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) "Dark Star gives us the world of H.R. Giger at its most intimate, yet fails to make use of the access to ask any questions or gain any insight to the late, groundbreaking artist. Giger is an enigma that this film seems determined to remain an enigma " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Better than the average sequel, yet less sharp, fresh and energetic than I'd hoped, there's still plenty to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron that makes it well worth the tons of dosh it's sure to pull in. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Twenty "Unsurprisingly, Twenty is a box office hit in its native South Korea, but thanks to its sweet, slightly naughty silliness and the powerful allure of its cast, fans everywhere can enjoy this charming and hilarious coming-of-age tale " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 18, 2015
1.5/5 30% Chappie (2015) "Modern fairy tale, vision of sci-fi dystopia or dark comedy; like the identity crisis of the film's robot, Chappie suffers from not knowing what it wants to be and a script full of dialog for simpletons and nonsensical moments galore doesn't help " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The filmmakers can't be faulted for a sequel, but they can be blamed for saddling their stunning cast with this half-baked, 80's sitcom-level, shell of a script. No one will be visiting The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel without some real renovations. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 8, 2015
1.5/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Panders to Twilight's housewives and teens demo using that story's template, but with sex! Kinky sex! The sex is incredibly boring and the alleged "romance" between a naïve college student and her stalkerish zillionaire suitor is deeply troubling " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 14, 2015
2.5/5 69% Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) "Whatever room meant for discussion and insight in this film falls in favour of a puffier piece that feels more like promotion for the group's tour than an effort to make anyone truly understand their struggle. I did not want it that way. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 31, 2015
4.5/5 60% Ode to my Father (2014) "Heartwarming, brilliantly acted and unexpectedly funny, Ode to My Father is an epic odyssey through Korean history that feels so personal, it is impossible not to be engrossed in the emotion of the story. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 10, 2015
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Rip-roaring, irreverent and so much fun, Guardians of the Galaxy succeeds in not only introducing and connecting these relatively unknown characters into the Marvel pantheon, but in making it one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable of the bunch " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 2, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "One of Tom Cruise's best in years, Edge of Tomorrow steers clear of its source material's heaviness and just tries to entertain, which is does in spades, packing in the action and Director Liman's gallows wit approach to a Groundhog Day premise. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 49% Maleficent (2014) "Aside from being admirable as a rare girl-friendly film in a summer of boydom, if you're coming to see Maleficent it's to watch Angelina Jolie devour of the scenery in the role she was born for. The camp factor alone is worth the price of admission " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3.5/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "While entertaining and bolstered by excellent pan-X-Universe performances, Days of Future Past is a grimmer, less exhilarating chapter in the saga. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 25, 2014
2/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "Dull and wanting with a misdirected focus on cliché human drama instead of kaiju stomping. Those unfamiliar with Godzilla might enjoy, but it's not what it should have been. After 60 years in showbiz, doesn't the King of the Monsters deserve more? " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 18, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "Miles beyond the great 2011 chapter. Ups the ante in storyline, character development and action, while giving a thrilling setup for future installments. It's the best of the Marvel/Avengers pantheon since The Avengers movie. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3.5/5 93% Journey To The West (2014) "The cast is extremely funny and the movie will entertain viewers new to his work, but happy as I am to see anything from the multi-talented Stephen Chow, for this longtime fan, the movie feels a bit empty without his comedic onscreen presence. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "Non-Stop is no more than one would expect from a B-movie actioner; some thrills and a small bit of action. Despite its deficiencies and lack of inspiration and thanks to the steady and winning presence of Liam Neeson, it's also no less. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1/5 49% RoboCop (2014) "It's been a while since I've wanted to throw a shoe at a movie screen, and it's been never since I've wanted to hug Paul Verhoeven. Damn you, terrible RoboCop remake for making me wish for both occurrences. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 17, 2014
0.5/5 23% That Awkward Moment (2014) "Crude, stupid, shallow and infantile; towards the end of That Awkward Moment, a taxi hits one of the characters, obviously for "comic" effect. I gave that cab a standing ovation and was bereft to discover it didn't finish the job. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "Lighter on action and futuristic visuals, Catching Fire is superior to the first film by virtue of notable performances and more compelling storyline. If the quality of the filmmaking continues into Mockingjay, I'll be thrilled to see how it ends. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "Nearly three hours of repeated debauchery and nasty deeds fails to bring Goodfellas-style bite and tension to a situation where the worst that can happen to the film's unlikable characters is the possibility of serving time in a cushy jail. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/5 93% American Hustle (2013) "An incongruous jumble, American Hustle's supporting cast and Lawrence's stellar turn lingers in the eye, not the movie as a whole. For a film that perhaps attempted to break a mold, it suffers from simply not knowing what it wanted to be. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3.5/5 40% Commitment (2013) "Enjoyable, if slightly tepid teenage spy actioner and a must-see for fans of KPop star T.O.P of Big Bang, Commitment's mix of gunplay and hand-to-hand combat is harder and bloodier than one might reckon for the film's expected demographic " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 7, 2013
1.5/5 41% Oldboy (2013) "Dreary, flat, oversimplified, uninspired. Surely the failure of Oldboy will prove many right who decried this remake years ago. I wonder what a more nuanced, imaginative director might've done with a script that wasn't dumbed down for the masses? " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Nov 30, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) "Flat, boring, the antithesis of a thriller, the fascinating story of WikiLeaks is a letdown. Even Benedict Cumberbatch's show-stopping octopus dance - which will surely be the rage at all the hottest clubs - can't breathe life into The Fifth Estate " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "Some might dread its violence, but in its truth in showing us the American slavery experience, 12 Years a Slave is glorious in its brutality. It's required viewing for all Americans and a vital universal lesson about man's inhumanity to man. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4.5/5 89% The World's End (2013) "Retaining the hilarious chaos and offhand hipness expected of Mssrs. Wright, Pegg and Frost, The World's End doesn't quite spark with Shaun of the Dead's audacious freshness, but is great fun and a definite improvement over the fizz-free Hot Fuzz. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) "Featuring interviews with R&B and rock royalty while exploring the uniquely American sound that crossed racial boundaries, Muscle Shoals is oddly paced and tone-deaf to its own message at times, but still important viewing. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/5 68% Elysium (2013) "More admirable for its ideas than its execution, the film manages to balance its iniquities with capable performances that keep Elysium from being completely forgettable. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet 9 Muses Of Star Empire "Fascinating viewing for fans, non-fans and the genre's increasing number of new fans, 9 Muses of Star Empire is a bitter pill to swallow in the face of the bubblegum joy usually associated with the danceable, disposable perfection of K-Pop. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) "Del Toro's love letter to otaku everywhere is kept from perfection by doltish dialog and overly dark battle scenes, but Pacific Rim is an incredibly enjoyable blast of summer fun worth seeing on the largest screen possible. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jul 13, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) "With its lowest common denominator super-fast flesh eaters and SFX set pieces, there are worse mindless enjoyments than World War Z. Like zombies of yore, it could've done with more brains. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) "An unceasing torrent of CGI explosions, destruction and superhuman Kryptonian combat, Man of Steel is more bang for your summer movie buck, but would there was magic and spark to go along with all that muscle. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 24, 2013
4.5/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) "With its pulsating soundtrack and compelling subject matter 20 Feet from Stardom is an exuberant celebration of some of modern music's most invaluable and unsung heroines. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 23, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) "For anyone who ever wanted to see a Will Smith summer blockbuster where Smith does nearly all his acting sitting down while his miscast, out-of-his-depth offspring does all the work, After Earth is the movie for you. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 3, 2013
4.5/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Maintaining its reverence for the source material while employing an exuberant and clever script with one heck of a plot twist, Star Trek: Into Darkness is great fun and a more than worthy successor to the excellent first film. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 27, 2013
3/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "Baz Luhrmann's vision of the Roaring Twenties dazzles as a purely sensory piece of sight and sound. The hollow narrative doesn't stop The Great Gatsby from entertaining as a gorgeous, glittering work of visual art. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 12, 2013
2.5/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "While not a complete failure as visceral eye-candy, Iron Man 3 substitutes schmaltz for inspiration and novelty. It's disappointing that what appears to be the franchise's last chapter goes out not with a bang, but with a shrug. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 5, 2013
3.5/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) "Redford's idealism is at the forefront of The Company You Keep, but it's the portrayal of decades-old friendships and trust by an ensemble of some of cinema's finest actors that really makes it worth watching. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4.5/5 64% New World (2013) "Tense, dark, violent and brilliantly acted, if New World is any indication of what's in store for the future of the Asian cop drama; harder, sharper, yet finessed and even elegant, then carry on Korea. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 31, 2013
2/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) "Even a mindless popcorn movie needs to bear some plausibility and this one pulls too hard on my belief suspenders. All the explosions and bombastic violence in the world cannot hide a dumb flick and there we have Olympus Has Fallen. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 25, 2013
4/5 62% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) "Powered by subject Arnel Pineda's charm and humour as well as that excellent classic rock soundtrack, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is an inspiring and entertaining fairy tale you really can believe in. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4/5 100% A Werewolf Boy (2012) "Drenched in fairy tale romance and beautifully acted with one of the screen's most charismatic teen couples, I'll take A Werewolf Boy's sweet, quiet charms over the overwrought, turgid Twilight films and their CGI puppies any day. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 20, 2013
1.5/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) "A dumb, noisy generic actioner that someone copied and pasted John McClane into to make a buck. Fans of the Die Hard franchise have every right to be insulted as should any movie lover with half a brain. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 19, 2013
3/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) "Less the unpredictable zeitgeist fans expect of innovative director Kim Ji-woon and more like the stunt action comedies of the 1970s and 80s The Last Stand is serviceable fun on the visceral level of those films. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 65% Mama (2013) "While neither groundbreaking or memorable and burdened by a weird resolution, somehow its pop-up shocks and younger cast's beguiling performances make Mama entertaining enough. After all, mothers can be very scary. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 20, 2013
2.5/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a story stretched too thin; dragged out by drudging slowness and obvious padding that its handful of thrilling action sequences can't improve. " ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 3, 2013
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