John Serba

John Serba

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

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
3/4 76% People Places Things (2015) "Consistently funny, smart and poignant. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/4 41% No Escape (2015) "I got swept up in its relentless energy, its modest desire to be a generic B-film intent on increasing your heart rate a half-dozen times. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/4 86% The Tribe (2015) "It must overcome its gimmick, or become a footnote. Slaboshpitsky succeeds by using a language that crosses all social and cultural barriers: violence. Also, sex. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 24, 2015
2.5/4 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "As uneven as NWA was incendiary. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 24, 2015
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "The primary lesson learned here is, never drink and drive the interdimensional teleporter. I'll go out on a limb and declare that a message of dubious value. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3.5/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "It's slapstick, pantomime, facial expressions, exaggeration. It's camera movement, staging, set design. It's visual storytelling. It's the art of film at its purest. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Although I prefer the more spirited and original "Ghost Protocol," I thoroughly enjoyed "Rogue Nation" for what it is, and what it sets out to be: unapologetic fun. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Aug 4, 2015
3.5/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The more these men talk, the more the conversation becomes about abstract concepts of self and personae, about why we tell stories, fiction or non-, about communication itself. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/4 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "Although often absorbing and on par with the quality of spectacle we expect from the franchise Rises proves that its predecessor is a film nearly impossible to follow. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 28, 2015
3/4 60% Southpaw (2015) "Without the character touches Gyllenhaal brings to the table, the stakes would be lower, and "Southpaw" would be just another forgettable, formulaic sports melodrama. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 28, 2015
1.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "A collection of 1980s references in search of jokes. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Tremendously, consistently funny... sweet and sophisticated beneath the onslaught of crude comedy. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 21, 2015
3.5/4 86% Inception (2010) "It's an exceptional effort, so dense, it practically demands a second viewing to suss out whether the film is just a bunch of high-concept psychobabbled hooey or a profound sci-fi excursion into the human psyche. I'm banking on the latter. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "It's enjoyable enough. The current critical buzz, about how it starts slow but ends strong, unlike so many other superhero-origin films, is relativism gone slightly mad. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3.5/4 97% Amy (2015) "Culling from a variety of disparate sources, director Asif Kapadia assembles a portrait (illustrating) her consistency of character. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "The film's kitschy, retro production design is creative, some of the FX are endearingly hokey, and the screenplay has its share of laughs and solid dramatic moments. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Take the characterizations a couple steps deeper, and you could re-title the movie "Beneath the Thongs." But then it wouldn't be as much fun. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Absolutely essential viewing, as vital and unsettling a documentary as you're likely to see. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/4 54% Minions (2015) "(These movies) are higgledy-piggledy and filled with jibber-jabber - and trying to sell you snacks and bric-a-brac - but they never really sink to the level of jiggery-pokery. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "In some ways, Me and Earl is The Fault in Our Stars for film critics who love Werner Herzog and Once Upon a Time in the West. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The Cold War-era fear of nuclear annihilation that hovered over the original movie feels so quaint now, it surely needed to be subbed out for a billion evil iPhones. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "MacFarlane's ambition is to make us laugh, not make us wonder why we're conscious beings pondering our float through the void. He succeeds for the most part. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) "Superficially colorful, but a dark comedy at heart. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "It's a complete experience, sophisticated on all fronts, most prominently the visual and emotional ones. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/4 94% Iron Man (2008) "Downey's performance is larger and more animated than the action and special effects; he's the heart beneath Iron Man's titanium plating and the best reason to see the film. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 74% The Connection (2015) "(It) has nothing new or original to show us. But the film is a success for its clear and functional presentation of an absorbing crime story. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "It has some simple ambition, being a broad criticism of corporate financial interest making really gross crunching noises as it takes advantage of the little people. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) ""A straightforward melodrama... the animation serves its impressionist flavor to balance its more plainspoken qualities." " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) "The performances pop off the screen... giving dimension to characters that slyly criticize the caricatures they could have been. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "At least marks a technological progression from the days when directors of earthquake movies just shook the camera and dropped painted chunks of Styrofoam on the set. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2.5/4 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Although 'Far from the Madding Crowd' is saved from being cinematic decoupage by Carey Mulligan's thoughtful lead performance, it's kind of a dud. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 21, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "I was lost in the relentless imagination of this thing, which baits us with the purest of popcorn fodder, yet smashes the ceiling of the Bechdel Test with a righteous feminist roar. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 20, 2015
2.5/4 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) ""There are worse cinematic crimes than being an amusing mess." " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 15, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Someone should call in a 10-79 on this type of odd-couple chase comedy: bomb threat. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 11, 2015
2/4 44% The D Train (2015) "An attempt to be both funny and an offbeat character study, but it doesn't do either very well. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 8, 2015
4/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "A reminder that human nature is inextricably entwined with nature itself, and is therefore as capable of creation as it is destruction. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 5, 2015
3.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon's sincere love of this stuff is in most every shot, and that affection is infectious. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 4, 2015
2.5/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "The type of bittersweet film that can trump the resistance of reason and logic, and sweep us into a story of longing, regret and renewal. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 27, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "The film differentiates itself nicely from others of its ilk, for lurking beneath the heady stuff is a tense, frightening horror film. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 45% True Story (2015) "This type of wallow in ethical murk isn't always exciting, but it's heady and deep. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/4 83% While We're Young (2015) "Broader and significantly funnier than any Baumbach project yet. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/4 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "I'm thankful real life is not governed by Coen Bros.' omniscience. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "James Wan directs Furious 7 like a boy tossing his Matchbox cars and action figures down the steps. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
1.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) "Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart work diligently to soften the movie's mean spirit. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "Stylish filmmaking, invigorating and delightfully creepy. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2.5/4 45% Home (2015) "Death by cuteness. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
1.5/4 30% Insurgent (2015) "Dauntless, Divergent, Erudite, Abnegation, Factionless, Candor. May I add the audience faction, Ennui? If ever a screenplay felt bludgeoned lifeless by a thesaurus, this is it. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 23, 2015
95% Star Trek (2009) "With this new, dynamic duo in place, the possibilities for exploring the fabled final frontier seem endless. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "Possibly the best adaptation of the classical fairy tale yet. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/4 30% Chappie (2015) "The execution of the Chappie character is idiotic, Blomkamp trying to wring laughs out of a robot that spews pidgin-gangster jargon and swaggers while clutching its groin. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Mar 11, 2015
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