Justin Strout

Justin Strout

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 97% The Artist (2011) " The Artist is at turns funny, heartbreaking, thrilling and a visual marvel with only the aid of Ludovic Bource's sublime score to guide our reactions. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 93% The Sessions (2012) " Hunt's tangible disregard for false modesty does justice to the misunderstood surrogacy profession, while Hawkes' committed yet matter-of-fact portrayal of O'Brien masterfully avoids theatricality or sappy heartstring tugging. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2012
4/5 93% Looper (2012) " Johnson's brilliant move is to center his sci-fi around a basic human survival drama. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4/5 85% The Master (2012) " Ultimately, it's a movie about the right brain, the left brain and all the toxins of life that swim between them. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 19, 2012
4/5 60% 10 Years (2012) " First-time director Jamie Linden's thesis is clear: Nobody has changed all that much in those mostly collegiate 10 years, but that doesn't mean they still can't. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2012
5/5 67% Lawless (2012) " Lawless is everything that a film haunted by the likes of Faulkner and McCarthy should be: a Southern Gothic masterpiece that treats life and death more like a functional condition than a physical phenomenon. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 29, 2012
3/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " What these movies require is against-all-odds chemistry, and Shepard and Bell have that in spades. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2012
4/5 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " Taken at face value, The Queen of Versailles reveals nothing about the rich that isn't plainly evident on the E! Network. But its most surprising quality is also Jackie's: endurance. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 15, 2012
4/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " Even when the logic isn't quite there - something about the fragility of life comes up in the third act and really just lays there - like Cindy and Jim Green, its good intentions are reward enough. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 15, 2012
4/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " It's a good-natured, humanely observed dramedy, geriatric or otherwise. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
2/5 40% Music from the Big House (2012) " Music from the Big House middles along as a formless, touristy showcase for Chiarelli. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2012
4/5 88% Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) " From the noise-drenched opening credits to the final, bittersweet song, the concert footage - a DVD of the entire nearly four-hour show is reportedly in the works - pulses with excitement. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2012
4/5 55% People Like Us (2012) " People Like Us looks great and feels lived-in, especially by Pine and Banks, who are both so charismatic and innately intelligent that they can make almost any plot mechanism seem organic. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jun 29, 2012
1/5 22% Darling Companion (2012) " Oh, man. Man, oh, man. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted May 16, 2012
4/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " This is the Avengers that fanboys have always felt in their bones, and Whedon's camera is constantly in motion and in command. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted May 2, 2012
2/5 22% The Raven (2012) " The screenplay by actor Ben Livingston and former Playboy Club writer Hannah Shakespeare, resists adventure at every turn; it feels rushed, poorly structured and determined to disappoint. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2012
4/5 84% Bully (2012) " No matter their age, show this to kids you care about, and tell them it gets better. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Apr 11, 2012
2/5 13% W.E. (2012) " Hear us out, Madge: Next time, go with what you know. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 28, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The Hunger Games expertly toes the PG-13 line, suggesting more than showing, but not shying away from brutality as an integral part of the film's and novels' grim message. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 21, 2012
3/5 38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) " Their brand of scatological nonsense may have found its most favorable home on the big screen. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 29, 2012
4/5 74% Rampart (2012) " The same measured calculation that went into casting big actors for small roles to keep the attention on Harrelson goes into many choices throughout Rampart, and though the effect can be frustrating, it feels correct. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2/5 25% Act of Valor (2012) " If you begin with the dismissive claim that we will experience what the film industry can't do, you'd better be ready to show it and prove it. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 22, 2012
2/5 26% This Means War (2012) " It feels like it was constructed by a committee with focus-group worksheets in hand. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 15, 2012
4/5 93% Pariah (2011) " On a second viewing, I couldn't escape one thought: There's nothing simple about teens coming out to their parents. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 25, 2012
2/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " No matter what your opinion is of Thatcher the politician, it can surely be agreed that this is no way to treat a highly successful person's life's work. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2012
2/5 72% Carnage (2011) " When cold apple-pear cobbler is enough to undo Jodie Foster's mother of the victim when everyone's still trying to be nice, there isn't anywhere else to go but down. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2012
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " Eventually, Tinker Tailor unpacks its chilly distance and spy-versus-spy narrative for an effect that's grand in its intricacies but sparse in its telling. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2012
70% The Pill (2011) " Writer-director J.C. Khoury has sensibility and a refreshing amount of sense, too. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2012
2/4 96% The Muppets (2011) " Under James Bobin's direction, however, the outing feels cheap and strangely small-screen. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2012
3/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Location is Fincher's strongest quality, and every log cabin, train station and archival vault here feels lived-in, bone-chillingly cold and full of surprises. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4/5 95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) " I don't mind a tender tribute to the man who made such a tender impact on the world, and the astounding archival footage is worth a million "dark turning points." " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2011
1/5 64% Young Goethe In Love (2011) " An Ashton Kutcher/Katherine Heigl rom-com vehicle with pretty dresses. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2011
3/5 91% Into The Abyss (2011) " Herzog asks, in that probing yet gentle, meditative voice we've come to cherish, "What does it mean?" Oh, Werner. We don't ask such things in 'Merica. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 30, 2011
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) " Everyday Sunshine is an uplifting entry that rises to its task rather than letting the music do all the talking. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2/5 72% Like Crazy (2011) " The stage couldn't be more set for a crowd-pleasing weeper. Unfortunately, Like Crazy does not live up to its campaign. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " Banderas still looks great in a suit, and Almodóvar is still a masterful artist concerned with sex, art and exotic Brazilians. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 9, 2011
4/5 91% Take Shelter (2011) " As a portrait of a man on the verge of losing everything, Shannon is remarkable. His stoicism feels environmental, rendering his withdrawal naturalistic rather than manufactured. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 2, 2011
3/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " Robinson is a solid director and The Rum Diary is rarely dull. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 26, 2011
1/5 36% Restless (2011) " Restless is just as relentlessly whimsical and calculated as it sounds. The big surprise, however, is just how dreadfully acted, written and, yes, directed this clunker truly is. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2011
4/5 94% 50/50 (2011) " For every caustic one-liner and hip indie-rock song in 50/50,there are just as many hanky-requiring sentiments and just as many moments of stomach-churning disquiet. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 94% Moneyball (2011) " Baseball curses are tough to beat (as anyone in Boston can tell you), and at least this one left us with a decent movie. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 92% Senna (2011) " The film is a snapshot in time of an imperfect, interrupted life more than a gateway drug to racing enthusiasm. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 93% Drive (2011) " A beautifully dressed diet plate that nonetheless requires a man-sized proviso: That's still the brilliant Gosling onscreen, and that alone probably merits your money. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 91% Tabloid (2011) " Any film that elicits wide-eyed comments like, "What a story!" afterward is inherently successful. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 83% Warrior (2011) " The film takes off into the stratosphere, perfectly balancing concise editing, strategic momentum and masterfully performed fight dances while never letting the audience forget why this is happening and where we are in the competition. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 7, 2011
4/5 71% The Future (2011) " It's easy to be distracted by the talking cat or the talking moon, but they are merely wallpaper over a yawning chasm of panic and disappointment. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/5 77% The Debt (2011) " It not only holds up to the original, but exceeds it in many ways. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/5 91% Point Blank (2011) " How refreshing to encounter a film that keeps its own secrets. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/5 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) " Our Idiot Brother is heavy on situational ephemera but light on narrative thrust. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3/5 82% Life, Above All (2011) " Manyaka's performance is jaw dropping, entirely earning the neat little bow that the movie seems determined to put on top of her mission. " ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 17, 2011
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