Elias Savada

Elias Savada

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% 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
1.5/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) "Unlike its well-received predecessors...the latest widescreen cinematic edition, based on the 1952 book, feels feeble and undernourished, with drab use of 3-D effects to boot. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 11, 2010
3.5/5 67% Conviction (2010) "Conviction has its world-shattering (and predictable) moments, but audiences love small victories like this one. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2010
1.5/5 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) "Formulaic and telegraphic, there are no surprises in this chaste, passionless movie... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3.5/5 47% MacGruber (2010) "My advice? Wear gloves, a surgical mask, and get the proper inoculations before entering the theatre. It's the first sexually transmitted comedy of the year. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
1/5 18% Princess Ka'iulani (2010) "Looking more like a Hallmark Movie-of-the-Week and reading like a CliffNotes summary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1890s, the $9-million historical romance Princess Kaiulani won't raise any eyebrows or ruffle feathers... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
.5/5 30% Survival of the Dead (2010) ""A man dies, he gets stupid," someone observes in the film. Maybe if a man makes too many films about the dead, the same fate awaits him. Mr. Romero, you are on notice. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) "So, part propaganda piece (will everyone in Detroit start packing?) and mostly predictable, warmed-over rehash, I'm guessing most young girl fans of Will Smith's son will find Jaden to be the cat's meow in his first starring role. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4.5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) "Toy Story 3 has all the sass, action, and derring do of the Indiana Jones movies, the charm, admiration, and fun of its predecessors and cousins at Pixar, and enough laughter and imagination to fuel generations to come, " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3/5 76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) "For lovers of the greatest of outdoors, The Wildest Dream is a worthy excursion, especially on the big IMAX screen. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/5 41% The Expendables (2010) "If the plot line doesn't leave you numb with disbelief, the excessive explosive outbursts and viscerally edited dismemberments will drop you, or someone you care about, wet in the seat. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
1/5 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) "If given the opportunity to see Lottery Ticket again (once was enough!), I'd break down... and buy some lottery tickets instead. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4/5.5 66% The American (2010) "In the end, it's suspense that wins out. The film has a Hitchcockian flavor, which will delight those fans. Very cool, indeed. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
0.5/5.5 22% Case 39 (2010) "Its time to put the nail in the otherworldly evil child genre until someone comes up with something original. The only thing supernatural about Case 39 is its ungodly presence on this planet. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3/5.5 64% Secretariat (2010) "Secretariat is basically an amiable crowd pleaser. It's a good film about a great horse. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3.5/5.5 65% Jackass 3 (2010) "Prudish? Don't go. Curious? Go. It's chock full of material that will set your funny bone shaking and your teeth rattling. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4/5 66% The Blind Side (2009) "Unfortunately, it had to battle against the dumb, romantic juggernaut New Moon. Sandra Bullock and company will give you many more moments of enjoyment than any lame hormonally-challenged vampire-werewolf can offer. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 25, 2009
4/5 75% The Road (2009) "It's a grueling experience that still allows for the viewer to survive with a self-centering hope. This is no Disney amusement ride. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 24, 2009
2/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) "Perhaps the Spanish-based animated feature Planet 51 should have added a dash of Pedro Almodovar to spice up a rather ordinary revisitation of ET. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 24, 2009
4.5/5 94% An Education (2009) "Technical elements are among the best this year. Photography, editing, music, production design, and costumes all add seamless period flavor to the puritanical stew that was London almost a half-century ago. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 30, 2009
1/5 7% Whiteout (2009) "Whiteout is a colorless wasteland. There's only one thing that could have helped cover this film up: A flashback that changed the script's name to Wite-Out. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 90% Zombieland (2009) "Thankfully there's nothing remotely serious about Zombieland. It's just a heck of carnival attraction (Shoot the ducks/Shoot the zombies) on a roller coaster filled with laughs. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) "Michael Moore may be a little rough and unkempt, but he's preaching a story we must all hear. This is no fairy tale. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3.5/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) "It's nice when so many technical and emotional elements come together in a film. Coco Before Chanel is a hard luck, true life fairy tale story told with poignant humility, embellished with solid acting and determined direction. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 93% The Damned United (2009) "The Damned United will be savored and appreciated when considered for year-end prize consideration. Don't wait till then to see it. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2009
1/5 25% Fame (2009) "Everything is predictable, which is to the detriment of the mostly fine, young talent that appears in this ineffective retread. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 22, 2009
4.5/5 83% Independent Lens (2007) "Very enjoyable debut feature...Popper's camera captures the angst of the grassroots crusade in its massive slog for integrity on the campaign trail. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 20, 2006
4.5/5 76% Transamerica (2006) "This unlikely director-writer has managed to show us something many of his Hollywood peers can't--how truth hurts, and that once confronted it ultimately builds a better sense of self-dignity. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 20, 2005
1/5 13% Hide and Seek (2005) "[Director John] Polson offers up a few chilling scares, but the underwritten screenplay really does show off [Hide and Seek's] weaknesses. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 30, 2005
.5/5 1% Alone in the Dark (2005) "horrific and horrible " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2005
.5/5 8% White Noise (2005) "If you're alive, please avoid White Noise. The dead will never forgive you for wasting your time, money, and psychic energy on it. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 8, 2005
4/5 88% The Woodsman (2004) "Here's a year-end "for your award consideration" release that does have a chance, at least in positioning Bacon for acting award kudos " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 6, 2005
.5/5 4% Darkness (2004) "Simply put: Darkness fails. It's about as chilling as an unplugged refrigerator. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 1, 2005
2/5 56% Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004) "Fighter Pilot is a mere snippet of entertainment, enlightening in the oversized format, but underwhelming as a thrill ride. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 27, 2004
2/5 30% Flight of the Phoenix (2004) "Toy planes might fly at Christmas, but "Flight of the Phoenix" got stuck halfway down the chimney. Ho, Ho, No... " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 19, 2004
2.5/5 78% Overnight (2004) "A cautionary time excursion into another standard-issue rise and fall scenario, about making movies and recording albums. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 15, 2004
3.0/4 87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) "...a nostalgic merry-go-round. It's quaint, charming, and often entrancing. You're riding the best horse on the ride. And the music couldn't be better. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jul 20, 2004
3/4 97% S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2004) "It is not a film-which unflinchingly captures a still festering wound on humanity-you are likely to forget. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jun 18, 2004
3/4 87% Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) (2003) "Kári's deadpan humor instills the film's emptiness with a warm glow. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jun 7, 2004
3.5/4 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) "All hail Harry Potter! " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jun 7, 2004
3.5/4 89% The Clay Bird (2002) "The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jun 7, 2004
1/4 35% Games People Play: New York (2004) "The only way anyone in the audience will win is if they walk out on the film, seek out management, and ask for their money back. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted May 24, 2004
3/4 76% Bon Voyage (2004) "...a film drenched in rich character and drunk with the buffoonery of life amid chaos and circumstance. It's a rousing Gallic gem. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted May 24, 2004
2.5/4 90% P.O.V. (2004) "If the film is a humanist's vision, it is also is a genealogist's dream come true-of spiritual and historical discovery despite insurmountable odds. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Apr 5, 2004
1/4 49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) "This is the True Gibson Story version of the death of Christ, in all is re-created gory. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Mar 9, 2004
2.5/4 100% The Burning Wall (2002) "...not a frame of film is wasted in telling its story of lives tortured, drugged, humiliated, and terrorized by fascist, pro-communist ideology. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Mar 9, 2004
0.5/4 1% Twisted (2004) "San Francisco still belongs to 'Dirty' Harry Callahan. Twisted, this town ain't big enough for the two of you. Scram! " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Mar 9, 2004
1/4 46% Eurotrip (2003) ""No Europeans were harmed in the making of this film." Oh, that's supposed to be funny? " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Mar 6, 2004
3/4 52% The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004) "The joke...is sustained fairly well...only flattening out in the middle of the film, but returning for a crazed finale. With enough room left for tapioca! " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Mar 6, 2004
2.5/4 26% Along Came Polly (2004) "Along Came Polly is an engaging trifle, flatulently overwritten yet filled with enough eccentric characters and comic timing to make it worth the risk. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Feb 2, 2004
3.5/4 93% Touching the Void (2004) "Fear Factor. Survivor. Move over, you minor league adventurers. You want compelling? Climb up to Touching the Void. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Feb 2, 2004
3/4 72% Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) "...a sight for sore eyes, but there's something missing here that would make the film a truly mesmerizing piece. A good story. " ‐ Nitrate Online
Posted Jan 4, 2004
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