Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Dustin Putman is an alumnus of American University with a BA in Film & Visual Media. A member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), he has been reviewing movies professionally since 1997 and has been quoted in print ads, magazine articles, television commercials and DVD/Blu-ray covers. His debut book, "The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween," was published in 2013. Dustin loves all things Halloween and lives in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
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3/4 33% As Above/So Below (2014) " Delivering a more riveting journey than ultimate destination, the film excels as a fantastical, thick-tensioned mood piece with an eye for the deliciously, preternaturally unknown. It also happens to be damn scary." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 50% The Legend of Hell House (1973) " Fans of "The Legend of Hell House" and haunted house stories in general should have no qualms about picking up a copy. Recommended." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2.5/4 44% Aftermath (2014) " No one will be anointing "Aftermath" a feel-good triumph anytime soon, but there are flashes of unanticipated sensitivity and disquieting inspiration that cannot be denied." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2.5/4 40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " When a premise is juicy enough and the accompanying script is good enough, it can go a long way in smoothing over certain irksome deficiencies. For that matter, so can a host of legitimately earned scares." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2/4 17% Jersey Shore Massacre (2014) " Distinctly unimaginative in its third act but competently made nonetheless, "Jersey Shore Massacre" should divert viewers under the right circumstances. Otherwise, this is pretty disposable fare." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 25, 2014
1.5/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Spotty and slipshod, an unsteady, mostly vacuous excursion that not only shines a light on how much better "Sin City" did it, but virtually erases from memory with each passing scene." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 38% If I Stay (2014) " "If I Stay" overcomes its more hackneyed embellishments and mawkish dialogue for a sensitively composed tale where themes of sacrifice, understanding and courage ring identifiably, piercingly true." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 14% Leviathan (1989) " Pulled off with a fine cast and a taut storytelling sensibility from director George P. Cosmatos, the film is worth a revisit or a first-time look, whichever the case may be." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 92% Toy Story of Terror! (2013) " A brief but entertaining addition to the series canon. Disney's Blu-ray release comes with an audio commentary, three more "Toy Story" short films, and a bunch of other worthwhile extras. An engaging package that is easily recommendable." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.5/4 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " There is a lot to admire as the film embraces a pleasing brand of old-school chills over modern-day, pop-culture hipness." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 19, 2014
2/4 63% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) " [Blu-ray Review] Some movies from childhood hold up when they are seen as an adult, and others do not, trapped only in the nostalgia of the time in which they were first watched. Recommended for fans, but temper expectations." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Bloated at 126 minutes, its long-windedness a letdown for a franchise that has yet to capture a confident, clip tone and rhythm. The further it goes, the more it falls victim to this lugubriousness." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 36% Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004) " [Blu-ray Review] A top-notch A/V offering, a few short but cute extra features, and a slight but likable movie for any age—what's not to like? Disneyphiles and families with little ones should be confident in picking up this title. Gawrsh!" — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 —— Without Warning (It Came Without Warning) (Alien Encounters) (1980) " [Blu-ray Review] Looking great and jam-packed with quality bonus content, the Blu-ray of "Without Warning" is something of a dream. Highly recommended." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 71% Fun & Fancy Free (1947) " [Blu-ray Review] Disney's 2-in-1 Blu-ray release of "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" and "Fun & Fancy Free" is an irresistible deal that should become a mainstay in any Disney fan's high-def library." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/4 93% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) " [Blu-ray Review] Disney's 2-in-1 Blu-ray release of "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" and "Fun & Fancy Free" is an irresistible deal that should become a mainstay in any Disney fan's high-def library." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 83% Hercules (1997) " [Blu-ray Review] Isn't one of the Mouse House's absolute best, but it is an astutely written entertainment with a keen aesthetic sense and a fun ensemble of characters. For Disney collectors, picking "Hercules" up is a no-brainer. Highly recommended." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 89% Bears (2014) " Not without its contrivances as it caters to younger audiences, "Bears" is a nonetheless earnest, adorable real-life adventure." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 12, 2014
2.5/4 65% Motel Hell (1980) " [Blu-ray Review] For genre fans of the offbeat, horrific and tongue-in-cheek, Scream Factory's impressively packed Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of "Motel Hell" is worth seeking out." — TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 12, 2014
3/4 32% The Giver (2014) " For a motion picture taking place within a population suffocated by its own sameness, "The Giver" dazzles and provokes as a rallying cry in favor of the irreplaceable messiness and beauty that life has to offer." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 11, 2014
1.5/4 39% Step Up: All In (2014) " "Step Up: All In" is so divorced from anything resembling reality that it is astonishing to behold. The best advice, though, would be to avoid beholding it." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " In spite of the movie's shortcomings, there is an eager-to-please quality to the whole of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" that is difficult to resist." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 41% Life After Beth (2014) " Cloaking tragedy in a veil of humor without compromising the truth of its thematic eulogy to love and loss, the film runs the gamut of emotions. It's droll. It's mournful. It's adorable, and surreal, and eerily burrows its way under the viewer's skin." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " A junk-food thriller with skillfully believable special effects and a lurchingly ham-fisted script, one that commands attention and spurs resulting groans in equal measure." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/4 18% Tarzan (2014) " There is much to admire in "Tarzan," but no lingering emotional through-line to this particular telling." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Aug 5, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " A vivaciously crowd-pleasing space adventure. Of all of Marvel's many Phase I and Phase II projects tackled, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is, to date, the most alive with imagination and wonder." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " With "Magic in the Moonlight," Woody Allen appears to have made a movie just to make one, bringing to it little of the passion, urgency and inspiration that separates his superior efforts from his second-rate fillers." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 65% Lucy (2014) " A movie of tireless ideas and exciting stylistic panache." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/4 61% Hercules (2014) " "Hercules" did right by casting Dwayne Johnson in the lead, but then lets him and the audience down. This is overpriced, distinctly unsatisfying Hollywood schlock without a trace of bite." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 —— Curtains (1983) " The closer one peers into the weird and macabre pleasures of "Curtains," the more its technical mastery and subtextual implications reveal themselves." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/4 45% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " What keeps the movie energetic and resounding comes down to the astute performances from its actresses and the almost aching reality they bring to a premise both silly and ultimately tragic. Whether they're dead or not, growing up can be hell." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/4 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " Tonally and creatively messy, and filled with entirely too much shouting. In the case of "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn," less would have been much, much more." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Gloriously animated with a preference for woodsy, mountainous landscapes (just make sure it is seen in the 2D format where the colors shine their brightest), "Planes: Fire & Rescue" outdoes itself when stacked next to the underwhelming "Planes."" — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " A fitting companion piece that doesn't simply repeat the formula of its predecessor. Each are worthy of discussion and debate, both of them socially conscious, politically loaded allegories that just so happen to also pass for genre fare." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " There are a handful of solid laughs sprinkled throughout, but the assumption is that bigger and better jokes are yet to come. They never do." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " It is nothing short of stunning to watch "Boyhood" unfold. Richard Linklater's magnum opus offers more than what one has any right to expect from a film while simultaneously illuminating the infinite boundaries to which cinema is capable of going." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " For all of Caesar's complexity, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" lacks intimacy and personality in all that surrounds him." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 29% SX_Tape (2014) " It is difficult to become fully absorbed in goings-on when the characters keep having to deal with plummeting IQs." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 —— Killer Legends (2014) " An eerie, insanely watchable documentary, "Killer Legends" was tailor-made for true-crime enthusiasts and folklore buffs." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 40% Lake Placid (1999) " An old-hat but somehow still fresh horror-comedy that wins its audience over by the personalities onscreen." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/4 58% Rigor Mortis (2014) " [Blu-ray Review] Lacking in scares and suspense, the picture throttles its audience with visual effects and evocative imagery, but never gets to the heart of the characters." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Flawlessly, heartbreakingly captures the joy, the fallibility and the transcendence of one's ever fleeting existence. Roger Ebert may no longer be here, but his impact and legacy will endure." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " "Snowpiercer" is a rich, ravishing experience, a motion picture dripping in social consciousness and thematic intricacy without becoming preachy or losing sight of its other purpose as a rousing, robust entertainment." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " As much as Melissa McCarthy is a presence worth watching in almost anything, it is difficult to get too excited about the low-key, wishy-washy "Tammy."" — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " A sci-fi adventure with more interest in the truths of being thirteen years old than in its otherworldly storyline, the project's sincerest moments are not surprisingly skewed toward the former coming-of-age material." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " A grisly thriller composed of talent on both sides of the camera, but the material rarely rises above lukewarm." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 17% Final Terror (1985) " [Blu-ray Review] "The Final Terror" has been entirely unavailable in the U.S. since the days of VHS, but it fully earns the right to be rediscovered on Scream Factory's outstanding Blu-ray release." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " "Transformers: Age of Extinction" isn't a "good" movie by any conventional standards, but as nothing more than empty, stupid, sometimes dazzling spectacle it provides exactly what audiences who flock to this series will be looking for." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 70% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " One of the most enraging films to come around in some time, a picture of very real, uncompromisingly savage horrors." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jun 24, 2014
2.5/4 53% Blood Ties (2014) " A familiar crime yarn of strained familial bonds, but it manages to find an emotional truth and urgency in between the editorial streamlining of its various story threads." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
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