Ed Whitfield

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " 141 minutes of noise and incident. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Apr 25, 2015
82% Furious 7 (2015) " It remains a reliably entertaining series but if its to go on much longer those in creative control will have to sit down and think hard about how to give future sequels more life than pyrotechnic polish. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Apr 3, 2015
84% Cinderella (2015) " It's hard to see this new Cinders as anything more than a brand-based cash grab when its sole function is to succeed (and perhaps replace) a movie that's ageless. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Apr 3, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) " 100 mins of overplayed, undernourished comedy acts like a retarding serum. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Apr 3, 2015
27% Wild Card (2015) " Unjustly ignored. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 23, 2015
61% Run All Night (2015) " A nasty movie with great pace and a strong spine thanks to two alchemic leads. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 22, 2015
56% Focus (2015) " You don't want to be any of these b*******. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 14, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) " Chappie's a mechanised Jar Jar Binks. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 8, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) " Part 2 will surely establish the monster has a twitter account. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 7, 2015
11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " Our faith in intergenerational relationships is dangerously compromised. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Mar 4, 2015
99% Selma (2015) " First rate. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 22, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " A desultory dud, that swaps out [the novel's] prolonged and explicit intercourse for tame (conceived as tasteful) inserts, padded out by the troubled relationship between a straw man and blow up virgin. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 14, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " A film that begins with the line, "tonight the sky is full of miracles" is downhill from there. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 9, 2015
53% The Interview (2014) " What baffles is why Rogen and his retinue, having survived so many solid comic premises undermined by flabby improvisation and witless stoner shtick, don't get disciplined and start delivering on their ideas. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 9, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) " It's not for nothing that Vice has won the Robert Altman award; its critique of early '70s California and its oft bewildered protagonist are reminiscent of the great man's Long Goodbye. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 7, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " If the movie weren't so dependent on the gravitas of its adult leads and so resoundingly impoverished without them, then the prospect of sequels would be enough to awaken anyone's inner teen. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 7, 2015
91% Ex Machina (2015) " It's a place where man's social retardation and his sexual fantasies collide. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Feb 7, 2015
13% Mortdecai (2015) " There's a chasm between grounded character comedy, touched by impeccable timing, and a kook gurning for the camera. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 27, 2015
95% Whiplash (2014) " As close to a perfect film as you're likely to see. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 21, 2015
73% American Sniper (2015) " Despite the jingoism and uncritical appraisal of the war in which Kyle served four tours... Jason Hall's script can't help but draw attention to the ironies, many of them cruel, that form the context. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 18, 2015
75% Enemy (2014) " Rewarding for those who enjoy the menace and mystery that accompanies the cinema of the mind. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 16, 2015
88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Director Bennett Miller's a poor biographer but a good storyteller. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 14, 2015
9% Taken 3 (2015) " A poor man's Fugitive, cut with generic action beats, washing powder, sugar, and other stuff designed to kill the buzz. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 14, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) " Big Eyes is a highly mannered and empty movie that robs its story of the very things that made it worth telling in the first place. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 9, 2015
93% Birdman (2014) " Birdman works best and lives longest in the memory, not as a formal experiment, but as an excellent trawl though the psyche of insecure actors. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 7, 2015
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " The problem is that it's a reprise of a relationship designed to meet the approval of the living-breathing counterparts. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Jan 2, 2015
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Scott's film can't quite decide whether it's fully behind the Almighty's righteous ire or not. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Dec 27, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) " Unbroken reminds us that it's not what a movie's about but how the story is told that ultimately sorts the art from the artless. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Dec 27, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " It's funny that Battle of the Five Armies, a mercenary sequel, is a parable about avarice as a corrupting force. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Dec 13, 2014
82% Black Sea (2015) " No serious fan of below the waterline thrills should miss this boat. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Dec 6, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) " It will appeal to people who like their melodrama repackaged with faux cynicism in a bid to reach those that wouldn't have touched the story had it been told straight; that is, without Murray's cultural cachet. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Dec 6, 2014
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Horrible Bosses 2's affected zaniness/stupidity makes it exhausting and ultimately, a mite tedious. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 30, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) " For around two thirds of its running time The Homesman has affected to be a great revisionist Western...but the final third courts derision. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 24, 2014
89% The Drop (2014) " The star of the show is Hardy, muted for much of the running time but centre stage when it counts. His stealth turn makes for a rewarding thriller. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 23, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Enjoy counting the cash, Lionsgate. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 22, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) " It's rock solid, but Turing's admirers will say the scope of his achievements demanded a little more. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 22, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) " Nolan's attempt at trumping Kubrick's ultimate trip falls short because it lacks the old master's laser-like focus and magnetic solemnity. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Nov 9, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " The only surprise in this long, though generally engaging melodrama, is a risqué bit of incest; a refugee from a previous draft, perhaps, that somehow made the screen, possibly at the insistence of Downey Jr, who realised his flick needed a little spice. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 24, 2014
21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Liebesman's remade The Amazing Spider-Man. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 24, 2014
29% Annabelle (2014) " Like the titular doll, this thing's off the shelf. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 17, 2014
97% '71 (2015) " The film's more interested in the politics of war, rather than the specifics of the conflict; the idea, to paraphrase Richard Dormer's ex-army medic, that rich ****s use stupid ****s to kill poor ****s. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 15, 2014
95% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " It's impossible to watch Hartley's retrospective and not feel just a modicum of envy when presented with two blunderbuss chancers from Tel Aviv who wanted to make a movie featuring erotica in the trenches, or a blockbuster about arm wrestling, and did. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 12, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) " The ground it covers was trod at greater speed and with more style in the prologue to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 movie. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 4, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) " It remains a story out of control and flushed with insanity, much like the eponymous absentee. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Oct 4, 2014
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) " It could be a long time before Canada's favourite son finds himself invited to an awards after party. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 29, 2014
61% The Equalizer (2014) " The combat trained, hardware savvy beast, who deposes his enemies with cold, clinical efficiency, is a proxy for the film's no nonsense style. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 29, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " A worthy addition to the neo-noir canon. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 27, 2014
66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) " We'd happily sterilise all the eponymous characters. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 21, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man's a fine swan song for an actor who could do more with a look and exasperated outburst that many of his contemporaries. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 14, 2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " The final act pits the movie against logic, in a dust up that logic's sure to lose. " ‐ The Ooh Tray
Posted Sep 12, 2014
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