Drew Hunt

Drew Hunt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
116

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
44% 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 54% 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
—— 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
63% 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 45% 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 47% 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 10% 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
45% 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
24% 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 57% 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
88% 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
49% 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 83% 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
2.5/4 71% Weekend Of A Champion (2013) " The film is at its most fascinating when Jackie Stewart authoritatively and pedagogically discusses the nuances of his trade." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2013
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " A career-best effort by French writer-director Alain Guiraudie." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 7, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " This visually polished, Oscar-baiting docudrama chronicles her final two years, and even in death she's a subject of invasive speculation." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 7, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The story is ridiculously complicated." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 7, 2013
1.5/4 73% The Motel Life (2013) " The sparse poeticism of Portland author Willy Vlautin's debut novel, a sullen depiction of blue-collar American life, is gutted for this overdone film adaptation by directors Alan and Gabriel Polsy. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2013
—— Sole Survivor " Disaster groupies may eat this up, but everyone else will just feel uncomfortable." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 20% A Perfect Man (2013) " In its elliptical presentation of its characters' lives, brings to mind the latter-day films of Philippe Garrel, but Kees Van Oostrum's genre experimentation aligns him with Paul Verhoeven." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
1/4 78% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " Mike Mendez's film is closer to recent sci-fi cable TV movies like Sharknado than the sleazy exploitation fare of the '70s. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2013
73% Free The Mind (2013) " A wealth of information is sufficiently articulated, though the film's greatest strength is Ambo's compassion toward the subjects." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 11, 2013
—— A batalha de Tabatô (The Battle of Tabato) " Director João Viana deftly handles the story's allegory, ensuring the film's poetic qualities without underplaying its sociopolitical themes. The overall effect is that of a fable anchored by history." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 11, 2013
50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " The film is too broad to be discerning, but there are a few laughs here and there, thanks to a solid comedic ensemble." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 11, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Seydoux and Exarchopoulos deliver worthy performances, but Kechiche mishandles his ultrawidescreen frame by shooting almost every scene in the same shallow-focus medium close-up." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 10, 2013
1/4 11% I Will Follow You Into The Dark (2013) " A moralistic ending is telegraphed from the beginning and routinely fulfilled by the end, rendering the rest of this trite, visually unappealing mess virtually worthless." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2.5/4 43% Vikingdom (2013) " Intentionally or otherwise, Yusry Abd Halim allows the film, in all its candy-colored visuals and slow-mo-laden action scenes, to revel in its inherent campiness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " This is entertaining enough, but ultimately it's spuriously triumphant Oscar-baiting fluff." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 26, 2013
45% And While We Were Here (2013) " For every such moment there's a sappy montage or overt visual reference to Rossellini to cheapen the effect." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 19, 2013
74% The Wall (2013) " An elegant, slow-burning exercise in narrative minimalism." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) " A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/4 18% The Ultimate Life (2013) " Its thinly veiled message of social conservatism and religious affirmations as the pathway to an ideal life is delivered with all the predigested sentimentality of a Hallmark card. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " Most of the credit belongs to Wright, whose chaotic style belies the film's meticulous construction." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2/4 53% Devil's Pass (2013) " As Renny Harlin's career progresses, it seems more and more that his early gems were merely happy accidents." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
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