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John Serba

John Serba

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John Serba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): MLive.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 2 "If "Game of Thrones" succeeds at anything, it forces us to emotionally align with loathsome characters who are slightly less loathsome than other characters. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 92% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 1 ""The Red Woman" is one overstuffed episode, but one that draws tighter the zillion loose ends left after season five. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 96% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 3 "It's not often one gets to exact revenge on his murderers, because one is often dead before one gets the chance to do so. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) "A grueling experience, viscerally suspenseful, inspiring in me a mighty clench in my seat. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "(Visually), the Russos aim for clarity and hit the bullseye. And more importantly, they'll satisfy a core audience of fan-types that can be, shall we say, high-maintenance. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 96% Krisha (2016) "Shot like a creeper of a horror movie, it's intense and focused, seemingly crafted from raw tension, building to boiling catharsis. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 78% Keanu (2016) "You'd think (this) ridiculous comedy might be all about the laughs. And although there are many to be had, you'd be wrong. It's about the human inability to resist irrepressible cuteness. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
1.5/4 8% Mother's Day (2016) "There are moments in "Mother's Day" where the film grabs comedy's hair, pulls back its head and slits its throat. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
1.5/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "Drafting on a recent smash Disney success, (the film) aims to answer the question no one asked: What if the characters from "Frozen" were complete jerks? " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 72% Miles Ahead (2016) "Messy, audacious and entertaining, a passionate truth about the man, as the filmmaker sees it, hears it, feels it. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "The film's slyly profound tagline reads, "Here for a good time. Not a long time." Subtext: enjoy it while it's here, because it'll be gone before you know it. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "A new masterpiece of artful visual effects. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) "With "Midnight Special," filmmaker Jeff Nichols writes checks he can't quite cash. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 18% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) "With the original's wondrous, naturalist cinematography so clearly burned into the memory, it's difficult not to make an unfavorable comparison. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) ""Zootopia" is a vibrant and smart movie... at times, though, it feels more like commercial compromise than the distinctive art of superior animated works. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "A classic case of a star's charisma overcoming a screenplay's shortcomings. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 50% Demolition (2016) "Gyllenhaal's presence levels out a screenplay that's an assortment of truisms and thoughtful moments, heavy on one hand but subtle on the other. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "It's by turns maddening and beautiful, passive and provocative. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
1.5/4 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Regressive on all fronts, a broad, shallow thing, miles wide and an inch deep. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "All this gloom and doom is just the pits. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "This (series) drags on, and continues, and lingers, and keeps on truckin', and if I sound redundant, believe me, it's absolutely in the spirit of the movies. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 81% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) "I laughed long and hard at Pee-wee's corny puns and throwback sensibilities, a satirical reflection of times when innuendo wasn't always intentional, but was all the funnier for it. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "It's extreme for its own sake, and too rarely for the satirical purposes of Baron Cohen's better vehicles, "Borat" and "Bruno." " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "(It's) all about how the filmmakers control the narrative, making it easier to manipulate the audience. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/4 82% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "It's a feel-good movie you won't feel guilty for enjoying, or even loving. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/4 12% Gods Of Egypt (2016) "It's with a quiet, sad desperation that one yearns for the doofus almost-charm of a Brendan Fraser movie, but this is where "Gods of Egypt" leaves us. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
2.5/4 79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "You might say the character has some texture. The guy's flawed, a born outsider, and you can't help but like him. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) "It adheres to the orthodoxy of the genre with standard jump-scares that satisfy in the theater, although troublesome questions bubble up from the cauldron after you walk out. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3.5/4 30% Mojave (2016) "Monahan has an ear for loaded and clever dialogue, an eye for intimidating landscapes and a feel for the desolation of the soul. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1/4 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Do not watch this movie while alive. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Charmingly odd and disarmingly funny. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1.5/4 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) "How do you satirize something that's already a joke? " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "See it to invoke further appreciation of your cozy and dry couch and mattress, and to witness Affleck's charismatic performance. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "There's a rich, colorful narrative to experience through a character like Po, who's a klutzy goof on the outside, but is finding the graceful spirit within. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "The final shot of "45 Years" is an emotional atom bomb. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Once the gimmickry is exhausted - and a few of the jokes repeated - you'll be wondering why a movie titled "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" isn't funnier, wittier, more glibly satirical. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
4/4 73% Youth (2015) "Paolo Sorrentino's script and direction are indulgent and extravagant, his words and pictures thoughtfully considered for comedy, character and quiet provocation. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 83% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool knows he's in Yet Another Superhero Movie, and, by skewering the idea of Yet Another Superhero Movie, assures that this is not really Yet Another Superhero Movie. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1.5/4 24% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Calling "Zoolander 2" the character's identity quest is a stretch. His time would be better spent trying to find himself in the nearest black hole. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 77% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Moore pokes fun at everyone, tones down the sarcasm and delivers his points with airy conviction. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2.5/4 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "The first film Bay's directed that isn't a pointless and cynical bacchanalia of explosions. It will probably be the least financially successful effort of his career. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 19, 2016
3.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "Inarritu's work on "The Revenant" is vigorous and cinematic, his reverence applying not just to nature but the art of filmmaking, emphasis on the art. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) "Todd Haynes blends the emotional sincerity of character with a pointed sociopolitical statement and a quiet satirical contempt for the squareness of its 1950s setting. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 61% Concussion (2015) "Landesman seems uncertain if he should serve character or procedure, and ultimately does justice to neither. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Danish Girl (2015) "Classic Oscar bait, a picture with stately tones, an air of self-importance, a theoretically daring central performance. But Vikander's performance is by far its most credible asset. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "It's quite funny, a deeply cynical movie about a deeply cynical group of people working in a deeply cynical environment. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Not about what its characters say, but what what they say says about them. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Director J.J. Abrams is like a kid trying to cram in as much playtime as possible before bed. His enthusiasm is infectious, almost overwhelming. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
1/4 0% The Ridiculous 6 "Sandler is transcending the very concept of comedy, seeking existential blankness, a course through the cinematic universe entirely lacking in effort, creative expression and human emotion. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The story works in service of the visuals, when the opposite should be true. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
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