Elias Savada

Elias Savada

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Elias Savada's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) "If you're going to resurrect the likes of John McClane or Jack Ryan, it might be wise to put a few more bucks and minutes into developing a decent story.... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3.5/5 56% The Best Offer (2014) "What a nice way to start 2014, with this intricate, multi-layered tale of mystery, deceit, and delicate anxiety... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 5, 2014
3.5/5 81% If You Build It (2014) "If You Build It works successfully as a human interest story, albeit one with a bittersweet ending that condemns the stingy, misguided minds running at least one of our country's school boards... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 27, 2013
1.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "Jackson's latest, too lengthy, excursion to Middle-Earth is a muddle in the middle of an overwrought trilogy derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/5 69% About Time (2013) "In the end, it's a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis' previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Backwater "It's nice to see a script that dares to elevate beyond the usual platitudes Backwater turns a nice stroll in the woods into a journey into a dark, terror-filled dimension. This is not your daddy's Twilight Zone... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2.5/5 48% Carrie (2013) "The recipe in today's reimagining of Carrie calls for the same servings of thrills and shrills, making the new film a serviceable approach to the King classic... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3.5/5 53% Haunter (2013) "Haunter isn't an extraordinary ghost tale, but it's got a nice lyrical blend of fear, gloom, and unsettling evil moments... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3.5/5 85% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) "Your brain will be overflowing with information by the end of this short 79-minute exercise. Taxing? Perhaps. Entertaining. Yes... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/5 85% The New Black (2014) "Richen and her crew have fashioned a well-polished and informative piece that hopefully will provide a blueprint for other communities in states that refuse to legalize gay marriage. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/5 93% The Hunt (2013) "The cornerstone to The Hunt is the mesmerizing performance by Mikkelsen, whose portrayal of a Danish everyman's shattered descent into a horrifying nightmare is one of the most powerful performances I've seen in recent memory. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 22% Rushlights (2013) "Stutz has crafted a decent thriller, actually. A lesser-man's Body Heat " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 27, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet We Always Lie to Strangers (2014) "Like the Leap Day tornado that hit the area in 2012, there's a resiliency afoot here. We Always Lie to Strangers won't muster up storm-size crowds (well, it might if they play it in Branson), but it's a nicely observed slice of life... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3.5/5 88% Remote Area Medical (2014) "While it may not be an exceptional film, it is an exceptional story of an unique, ephemeral event, captured with an unfettered eye and not a single special effect... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3.5/5 73% A Will For The Woods (2014) "A Will for the Woods will help build awareness of the movement while also telling an immersive (for everyone, including the embedded filmmakers), heartwarming tale of one man's passionate struggle to find both peace on earth and peace in earth..." " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 29, 2013
3.5/4 75% Caucus (2013) "This isn't a pulse-pounding documentary, but a well structured slice of election life. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet I Learn America "The film takes the omnipresent camera approach, following the students and their teachers and social workers as they progress through one day at a time for a year... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/5 10% Molly's Theory Of Relativity (2013) "Jeff Lipsky's world is somewhere between Venus and Mars, and I'm still not sure if that means Earth... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4.5/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) "It's hard to say if Tom Berninger could make another film that clicks like this one, at least one which keeps him out of the frame. Yet, he has made an adorably lumpy movie. Go figure... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/5 64% The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2013) "Fitfully depressing and bravely open, Gurchiani's film commiserates on life's fleeting and often harrowing destinies... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Age of Aluminum "There's a lot of bad shit in the world. You wouldn't think aluminium would be one of them. The Age of Aluminium puts us on notice. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/5 100% Masquerade (2012) "Following in the long tradition of lavish Asian epics, this new South Korean entry is a beautiful addition to the genre of period prince-and-the pauper themed films. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2.5/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) "It's a middling gangster film, but belabored with too much Sturm und Drang, particularly in banging over the audience's head the constant reminders of the fiscal cliff. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) "With Brooklyn Castle it's really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 93% Barbara (2012) "Barbara offers us historically motivated immorality offset by some heartfelt sensitivity, a side order of depression, and finishes off with some ennobling hope. It's definitely one of the best foreign films of the year. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 28% Struck by Lightning (2013) "There are some nice spins on old high school clichés and enough off-center characters and good, occasionally great, dialogue that should make this one of the year's early hits in the art house market. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4.5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "Zero Dark Thirty is truly one of the best films of 2012. In my list, it is the best... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 65% Mama (2013) "There's a lot of imagination in the film's scare tactics that remind me of the disturbing charm of Val Lewton movies of old. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) "There may be some wit afoot, particularly with director-writer Tommy Wirkola's good-for-a-chuckle rethinking of the missing child notices adorning milk bottles, but the film is still just a one-note, hired guns story-with groupies. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Zero Killed "Hot topics abound in Zero Killed. A contemplative step above Psych 101, and perhaps a distant cousin to last year's off-putting Compliance, with occasionally blood-soaked, squirm-inducing moments. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2.5/5 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) "Nothing to write home about, but with some decent fight sequences, good stunts, and amusing banter between Stallone and Kang. No need to rush out to the cineplex, although worthwhile to catch on-demand later this year. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
0.5/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) "The score by Marco Beltrami might suggest a mission impossible, but the movie's reality is more like a poor man's Wile E. Coyote-Road Runner cartoon... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2.5/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) "Beautiful Creatures is a half-filled glass of teen pablum... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) "... thorough in its revelations, and thoroughly depressing on how the world has been thwarted in this important attempt to heal itself. The film is intent on putting on notice all the "guilty" parties that deny the dangers of climate change... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Hard Shoulder "It's not brilliant filmmaking, but Hard Shoulders does have its imaginative moments of character-driven craziness... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 79% No Place On Earth (2013) "No Place on Earth is a satisfying hybrid that allows another worthwhile glimpse into courage during times of horrible tragedy... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 44% Gut (2012) "We're looking at an early David Cronenberg in the making here. Gut is Troma-fan Elias' love letter for his fellow horror buffs... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4.5/5 50% Now You See Me (2013) "The brilliant heist caper and the fascinating realm of illusion blend flawlessly in the summer's most intelligent film... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Chastity Bites (2013) "Fresh from its world premiere at Dances With Films comes the delightfully cheesy horror comedy Chastity Bites, which takes a John Hughes high school world and puts a blackened spin on it... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
1/5 11% After Earth (2013) "... the lame video game story line and nauseating narration of After Earth will certainly give you a queasy feeling that will make you grasp for an air sickness bag. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) "Onata Aprile's short career should blossom as people react to her subtle performance here. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 3, 2013
2.5/5 59% Detour (2013) "For every breath he's grasping for, you're holding one in, anticipating what might follow. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 3, 2013
4/5 44% To Rome with Love (2012) "To Rome With Love is a triumphant examination of life and love's many splendors, spilt out on the streets on Rome at their wickedly absurd and poignantly profound moments... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) "While Kazan and Dano don't (yet) capture the deep-rooted romantic whimsicalities of Tracy and Hepburn, their off-screen chemistry has certainly helped make Ruby Sparks one of this year's more enjoyable moments on screen... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) "Life's sadder moments are quite well displayed in Trier's nuanced approach. For many popcorn munchers, that regrettably doesn't translate as a must-see movie in today's crowded marketplace... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) "Bachelorette is a poor-woman's Bridesmaids, in need of a bit more laugh-inducing moments... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4.5/5 87% Middle of Nowhere (2012) "Somber and moody, with assured direction by Ava DuVernay overseeing an exceedingly at-ease cast, the mood poem that is Middle of Nowhere is one of the best little films of the year... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3.5/5 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "[it] generally moves along with moxie, charm, gobs of special effects and stunt work, and fond memories of the USO style shows that sold war bonds and boosted support in the battle against the Nazis. Yes, there's even some singing and dancing. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2011
2/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "Good grief. Another one? " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 20, 2011
1/5 16% Priest (2011) "If you've watched any of the trailers, they make about as much sense as the full feature does. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 15, 2011
3.5/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) "This better-than-average indie effort-a first feature from Dan Rush, an accomplished commercial director-is a dramatic change-of-pace for the former SNL star... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 13, 2011
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