Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Biography:
Dustin Putman is a film critic from the Washington, DC area. An alumnus of American University, he would review movies as a child, but his teen years saw hobby turn into passion and his life as an internet film critic began. Dustin was soon accepted by the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) as a charter member and, in 2001, TheMovieBoy.com was born. Since then, he has become a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and has published over 1,500 full length reviews. Dustin has been quoted in print advertising, magazine articles, on DVD covers, and in television commercials.
Publications:
DustinPutman.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2681
Total QuickRatings:
2
Location:
Frederick, Maryland, USA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2681
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 89% Locke (2014) " Ultimately, "Locke" is more noteworthy for the process of how it was made than the worthwhileness of the finished outcome, leaving nothing to the imagination while squandering the opportunity to explore what is going on behind Ivan's eyes." — DustinPutman.com
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Anyone can throw a stream of broad, raunchy jokes onto the screen and hope they stick, but if there is a real story, identifiable characters, and a beating heart behind them it can smooth over the occasional slack gag and rambling pacing." — DustinPutman.com
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " The finished product plays as if it was thrown together by people whose research consisted of skimming over the West Memphis Three's Wikipedia entry." — DustinPutman.com
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " A lavish big-screen spectacle to be proud of, an entry in the Marvel canon that comes thrillingly close to matching the spirit and sentiment found in Raimi's original trilogy." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 83% The Double (2014) " If "The Double" is a tad too chilly dramatically for there to be much purgative punch, its unique ambience of unease and eccentricity is irresistible." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A lean, unsparing carousel of vigilante-style comeuppances, "Blue Ruin" brings newfound immediacy and quaking apprehension to a plot that, on paper, sounds as if it has been seen many times before." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Pertly humored and touching in spots without becoming too soapy, the film's entertainment value, plain and simple, goes a long way in smoothing over its problem areas." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 —— Dead Shadows (2014) " At 76 minutes, "Dead Shadows" still feels a bit stretched beyond its means and concludes with little of the tragic grandeur it is aiming for." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 25% Mr. Jones (2014) " In attempting to experiment with horror tropes and the found-footage format, director Karl Mueller tries too hard and walks away with a muddled, drastically uneven hodgepodge." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Somber but not humorless, "Only Lovers Left Alive" plays to a languid but involving rhythm that is its own." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
0.5/4 8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " It becomes apparent after only moments that the filmmakers are once more happy to reach for the lowest common denominator, slapping together an icky non-stop barrage of bodily functions, racial stereotyping and rancid epithets and call it a comedy." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " "Transcendence" is much too lofty a title for a film that is rarely, if ever, transcendent." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/4 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " A 106-minute game of cat and mouse where no one is safe, Greg McLean's second installment is fearless in the depths it plunders, very, very nearly matching the original in terms of its disturbing vitality and ultimate prolonged urgency." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2.5/4 64% Chances Are (1989) " [Blu-ray Review] Worthy of being rediscovered by fans of any of the actors or '80s comfort-food movie enthusiasts in general, "Chances Are" earns a recommendation." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 14, 2014
1.5/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " A misguided sequel that seems meandering and carelessly thrown together with no attention paid to its mixed messaging and detrimental alteration in location. "Rio 2" takes a property that was already on the mediocre side and cuts it at the knees." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Any movie that engages its viewer on a topic he or she is normally not interested in is doing something right. And so, despite an array of plot contrivances and strained storytelling banalities around the periphery, "Draft Day" grew on me." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " At the risk of classifying a work so thrillingly unclassifiable in its unrivaled vision, "Under the Skin" is an instantaneously quintessential 21st-century masterpiece in science-fiction and horror." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 74% Oculus (2014) " The buzz, it turns out, has overinflated a film with a riveting structure and not much else going for it." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 9, 2014
2/4 33% Stage Fright (2014) " For an enthusiast of horror and Broadway like myself, it is disappointing to root for "Stage Fright" and keep getting let down by the scattershot results." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " There is the feeling that the expansive world of this ongoing Marvel saga is no longer spinning its wheels, but headed somewhere potentially fresh and exciting." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 51% Hateship Loveship (2014) " First and foremost, a vehicle for Kristen Wiig's transformative range as an actor. "Hateship Loveship" is a low-key gem." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 75% The Pirate Fairy (2014) " A congenial animated feature that grown-ups can enjoy, parents will appreciate for its valuable themes, and little ones will be over the moon about." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky has missed the boat on fulfilling this story's full potential. In terms of money spent and talent procured, this is a major creative fiasco in the annals of big-screen turkeys." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 —— Winnie the Pooh - Springtime with Roo (2004) " [Blu-ray Review] Lovers of all things Pooh will undoubtedly want to own this Blu-ray release, while children in the single-digit range will now have another go-to title to watch every Easter." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1/4 27% Alien Abduction (2014) " A found-footage knock-off of "The Blair Witch Project" that grows more shameless by the minute." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 20% Sabotage (2014) " Does not cover all that much fresh territory, but the film commands attention by taking the material to its extremes. Director David Ayer brings seat-jolting tension and savagery to the otherwise subjectively familiar." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 33% Odd Thomas (2014) " Even if "Off Thomas" would have likely had a more fruitful life on the small screen, it is still an enjoyably fast-paced way to spend 96 minutes—with a few additional surprises up its sleeve. " — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/4 31% Beneath (2013) " [Blu-ray Review] Well shot and technically competent. It's also a bit of an insult to the viewer's intelligence." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/4 74% Enemy (2014) " A bravely imaginative, startlingly unnerving, freakily mesmerizing puzzle-box mindbender." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " It is a near impossibility to stop from smiling during "Muppets Most Wanted," the charming feel-goodness of its spirit spreading to viewers like a particularly enchanting airborne virus." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 41% Divergent (2014) " A cogent testament to its overall success: when the movie ends, the urge lingers to find out what will happen next." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 64% Bad Words (2014) " The gusto with which "Bad Words" embraces its title cannot be discounted, but the film never equips itself as successfully as it wants to." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 33% The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) " [Blu-ray Review] An amalgamation of satire, conventional box-checking and fright tactics, "The Slumber Party Massacre" is smarter than most naysayers give it credit." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2.5/4 19% The Jungle Book 2 (2003) " [Blu-ray Review] A minor work from the Mouse House, but Disney enthusiasts will still want to pick up this high-definition package for the stupendous picture and lossless audio upgrade. They know who they are, and for them this Blu-ray comes recommended." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2.5/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " If "Veronica Mars" gets one thing right—and, let's be serious, it gets a lot of things right—the most lasting impression is the one it leaves its viewers with." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " It is okay, even desired, that movies like "Need for Speed" embrace a popcorn-munching frivolity and sense of fun, but there still needs to be an underlying accountability for its subject matter and onscreen figures meant to be rooted for." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " "Patrick" isn't one for necessarily spinning its wheels, but it too often hurts itself by jumping the rails into insanity." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3.5/4 86% In Fear (2014) " "In Fear" is an oft-frightening film that stays with you. One of the most accomplished genre offerings of the last few years, it is a must for horror fans and suspense enthusiasts." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " This swirling, pun-heavy time-traveling farce gets its smartly written part-wacky/part-sweet tone exactly right." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " [Blu-ray Review] Dynamically directed, legitimately suspenseful as the climax plays out, and consistently captivating for all 102 minutes." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Has what it takes to bring a sense of awe back to modern audiences no longer easily impressed with fantastical, effects-driven sights." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 5, 2014
1.5/4 38% Haunt (2014) " A humdrum, even irritating slog that, safe to say, won't be giving anyone a sleepless night." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1.5/4 5% The Outsider (2014) " Embraces its disposable B-movie leanings, but remains mediocre even under these modest prospects." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Looking for a better movie in the same vein? Try 2005's "Flightplan," 2005's "Red Eye," or even 2006's "Snakes on a Plane," and treat this disappointing entry as the afterthought it finally becomes." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Irresistibly brash and deeply moving, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is a vanity-free portrait of a phenomenal artist." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2.5/4 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " A jet-black, vaguely satiric but never jokey crime thriller. Enthralling, wince-inducing and purposefully unpleasant." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 26, 2014
1.5/4 19% HairBrained (2014) " "HairBrained" is stuck in one of those strained, superficial movie worlds that resemble Earth, but bear few commonalities with real life and human behavior. The experience of watching it is frustrating, then obnoxious in its too-cute adorkableness." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/4 85% The Jungle Book (1967) " [Blu-ray Review] Looking and sounding like a million bucks (or more) and full of exhaustive bonus content new and vintage, the Blu-ray release of "The Jungle Book" is a must-own for anyone who loves animation, the Walt Disney studio, or film in general." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/4 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " As comedy, as drama, as crime actioner, the film ends up making little impact at all." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 29% Pompeii (2014) " As far as soapy, action-oriented, melodramatic spectacles go, "Pompeii" fits the bill." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 41% In Secret (2014) " A brooding and sumptuous thriller. "In Secret" is immensely fine, sudsy climactic theatricality and all." — DustinPutman.com
Posted Feb 19, 2014
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