Drew Hunt

Drew Hunt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
137

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
33% As Above/So Below (2014) " An intriguing and intensely creepy premise is sqaundered on this rudimentary found-footage horror film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/4 40% Last Weekend (2014) " The film's attempt at political commentary amounts to a half-baked treatise on good governance in the face of tyranny and socioeconomic exploitation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
39% If I Stay (2014) " There are even shades of Bergman in the existential premise, but director J.R. Cutler is more interested in the young leads' cookie-cutter romance, and the clunky nonlinear plot precludes any sort of comprehensive narrative." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 86% Kink (2014) " More than just a thorough examination of hardcore pornography, Christina Voros's doc is also a sort of chronicle of the filmmaking process. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The light, comedic tone is weighed down by unimaginative pop-culture references and half-witted one-liners." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2014
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Sandler's films have always been stupid, but the early stuff is pretty harmless; here the jokes almost always come at the expense of someone else, the kind of needless bullying one expects of a YouTube comment section." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 28, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " The director's view of the wider world is flat and schematic; the mother's dealings with an indifferent school district, the ineffectual police, and her aloof ex-husband lack complexity, and the maudlin tone overwhelms any social insight." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 17, 2014
—— Colette (2014) " This paltry Czech drama based on his semiautobiographical book The Girl from Antwerp is among the worst films about the subject that I've come across." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 10, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " Like a classic road comedy, this tends to drift from scene to scene rather than adhere to a strict plot; the movie revolves mostly around McCarthy, hilarious in her best performance to date." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 6, 2014
—— The Pin (2013) " [A] dreary Canadian drama." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
—— Love Triangle " This sultry, slow-burning melodrama generates palpable suspense, though the low-budget production values, mannered performances, and hokey dialogue often result in unintended laughs." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
50% Blumenthal (2014) " Fisher is a fine actor, but his movie is entirely derivative." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
91% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " Ai granted Johnsen significant access to his personal and professional lives following his release, including his tender interactions with his young son, and the film's intimate nature recalls the verite style of Ai's own video work." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " The film beautifully connects the procedural ennui of large-scale legal cases with the individual struggles of those directly involved." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
58% La Rafle (2012) " Director Rose Bosch's intentions seem genuine, but her dramatizations frequently undermine the horrific real-life events on which they're based." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " [A] bawdy, ugly farce." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
1/4 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " Robin Williams once again proves he can insufferably crank the energy to 11 without batting an eye, only this time his frenzied comic demeanor is replaced with equally harried contempt." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " The conceit is riveting at first because Knight forgoes any backstory or exposition, though as the foreman's plight becomes clear, the tension quickly dissipates." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2014
—— Metalhead " This moody Icelandic character study illustrates the subjective nature of grief and the self-destructive ways people handle loss." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2014
100% Ape (2014) " This unnerving character study by Joel Potrykus embraces the anxieties and neuroses of its protagonist, but despite the dire subject matter it manages to be fractiously playful." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 25, 2014
33% Mars At Sunrise (2014) " [Habie uses] a narrative framework similar to that of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But whereas that Michel Gondry comedy kept its central plot in focus as it became more visually elaborate, this just grows more alienating." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 24, 2014
50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " This jumbled drama gets decent mileage out of actress Kristen Wiig but is hindered by a subpar script that fails to translate Munro's characterizations and intricate plotting to the screen." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 17, 2014
1/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Heaven Is for Real is by Christians, for Christians, and deliberately, if subtly, antagonistic toward everyone else." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
—— Somos gente honrada (Here's the Deal) " Director Alejandro Marzoa doesn't reinvent the wheel here, but the charismatic leads and their comedic banter keep this watchable." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 10, 2014
71% Documented (2014) " This is unmistakably the work of a journalist, unadorned and straightforward, with Vargas taking a direct and rational stance. But he's not averse to raising hell." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 10, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " Essentially a giant promo for the annual NFL draft, this rote drama appeals to fans by liberally employing all the familiar trademarks, team logos, and broadcast personalities." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 10, 2014
—— When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin " This 2013 video documentary by Robert Nazar Arjoyan is rather straightforward aesthetically, but Ra's gregariousness and tenacity make him a compelling presence." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/4 44% In the Blood (2014) " Aside from being another rote addition to the revenge-film canon, John Stockwell's In The Blood is also a supreme waste of Gina Carano's talent. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 80% Whitewash (2014) " Church has a flair for deranged humor delivered in his trademark deadpan, and in Whitewash, he's given the difficult task of playing the straight man to his own clown." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " That tidy resolution is telegraphed from the outset, but the energetic, never-mocking tone of all involved allows the film to stake its place alongside some of the genre's stronger and more enduring touchstones." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2.5/4 53% Blood Ties (2014) " The film exhibits strong character interplay and resides in an unconventional milieu, in effect turning rote material into something that feels decidedly eccentric. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
3/4 —— Quod Erat Demonstrandum " Andrei Gruzsniczki doesn't denounce his characters; rather, he recognizes the ways betrayal, treachery, and corruption is rationalized under such overbearing institutional influence. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
1/4 9% Dark House (2014) " The film's dialogue is knowing and the action sequences are elaborate, but only in ways that advance the shady story toward its hokey denouement." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The slow-motion battle scenes are technically impressive and occasionally elegant, but there's enough machismo here to choke a thousand NFL locker rooms." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 6, 2014
47% The Pretty One (2014) " The film is trite on the surface, but through some complex plotting, writer-director Jenée LaMarque slyly incorporates foreboding themes of guilt and delusion that push the farcical elements to the brink." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1.5/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Its blind reverence toward the Russian mythos is so grandiose that it becomes impossible to rescue it from self-importance, and as such President Putin would likely give it two big thumbs up." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2014
29% Pompeii (2014) " Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/4 40% Black Out (2014) " The film's references to other stylistic touchstones, while thematically apt, rarely carry any sort of critical inquiry, as if Toonen was more interested in homage for the sake of homage than as a means of contextualizing his worldview." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) " Cast largely with local first-time actors, the film is strikingly authentic and has the ragtag charm of a community art project." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 52% Lucky Bastard (2014) " In the end, considering the numerous ways the film goes limp, it seems credibility still eludes the found-footage genre. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who displayed a knack for slapstick with 21 Jump Street, fill the script with delightfully absurd one-liners and sharp pop culture references." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 6, 2014
89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " As Côté dives deeper into these moods, the film turns aggressive and impressionistic, moving from low-key drama to tragicomic fairy tale." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 6, 2014
1/4 33% A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014) " Strands of Simon Pegg's amiable persona are found in the film's more tolerable bits, but even this seasoned vet's unique voice is lost amid the glut of references to other work. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " The movie's found-footage conceit never creates a proper atmosphere, something essential to any horror film but particularly one involving the occult." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/4 64% Old Goats (2014) " Taylor Guterson's film offers thoughtful, if familiar, comments on friendship, self-doubt, and romantic angst. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
—— Mortified Nation " It's not entirely useless, but calling this a documentary is a stretch considering it doesn't actually document anything beyond the show's supposed greatness." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 16, 2014
.5/4 50% Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014) " Because it actively defies and outright ridicules all notions of aesthetic intent, proper form, and moral propriety, this lazy Z-film pastiche is essentially impervious to standard critical evaluation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 26, 2013
1/4 25% Trap For Cinderella (2013) " Ian Softley is far too interested in the minutia of the plot to bother with the Chabrolian elements of bourgeois excess or the Hitchcockian themes of mistaken identity. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/4 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " The film may be another unimaginative fan letter, but at least Kathleen Hannah is worthy of such devotion." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
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