Luke Y. Thompson

Luke Y. Thompson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Biography:
First published at the age of 10 when one of his poems was printed in a children's book in Ireland, Luke Y. Thompson had been an unofficial film critic for friends and family for many years before writing for the zines AteBall and his own KnifEdge, the latter of which caught the attention of the editors at the Los Angeles New Times, who were looking for a fresh perspective. Initially syndicated throughout all the New Times publications, his audience expanded with the merger of New Times and Village Voice, causing a few New York readers to get slightly upset. LYT has a degree in film production from USC, an L.A. Press Club Award for work done at the old New Times Los Angeles, and an honorable mention award for his online blog. But what he really wants to do is direct. And act (his most notable credit thus far was in Gregory Hatanaka's MAD COWGIRL, which he also assistant-directed). And rule the world. Luke is a shameless self promoter, as anyone who's seen his website, lytrules.com, can attest, especially if they bought one of his T-shirts (or rather, LYT-shirts) while there.
Favorites:
2001 (and all things Kubrick), Wings (1922), Flash Gordon (1980), Citizen Kane, Eraserhead, Beetlejuice, Robocop, Gone With the Wind, Carnival of Souls, Lost Highway, The Empire Strikes Back (NON special edition only), The Crow, Fight Club, Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam, The Room.
Publications:
Anchorage Press , Dallas Observer , E! Online , Geekweek , Houston Press , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles CityBeat , LYTRules.com , Nerdist , New Times , OC Weekly , Topless Robot , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1780
Total QuickRatings:
439
Location:
Hollywood, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
71% Oculus (2014) " Are you willing to put up with an otherwise excellent frightfest even if it limps to that finish line after sprinting for an hour-plus?" — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 11, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " If you can avoid clinging to the literal in his movie and see the deeper emotional truths beneath, it just may move you to feel the pain of doing right, and embracing it anyway, not always knowing how far is too far." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 28, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " Divergent is not the movie for me. But if you find yourself still stuck in an adolescent world of cliques, and think you're the only one who uniquely feels as you do - well, this may be empowering." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 19, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " I laughed at the jokes, but I shrugged when it was over." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 13, 2014
92% Journey To The West (2014) " There's not an actor in this movie, from the leads down to the extras, who doesn't mug like crazy, and there's not a moment onscreen that isn't utterly ridiculous. That, however, was clearly the goal" — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 7, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " If you don't go for the 3-D Imax version, you're cheating yourself - the only point of this movie is to take everything over the top, and that should include the viewing experience" — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 3, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " I can't entirely recommend Non-Stop, but I'm also not completely immune to its charms." — Topless Robot
Posted Feb 27, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " The new RoboCop is...not operating on the same masterful level as its source material. But unlike many, MANY other things associated with the RoboCop brand over the years, it also does not suck." — Topless Robot
Posted Feb 12, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " This is a toy story worthy to stand alongside Toy Story, and a guaranteed future classic." — Topless Robot
Posted Feb 3, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " While all involved talk a good game, this movie really is a bit of a toss-off, a disposable date movie to enjoy momentarily and then completely forget about." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 17, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Characters go outside! There are jokes! It's no longer about the problems of rich, white homeowners!" — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 3, 2014
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " What sucks is that the production design and the creatures look really cool, and a quest narrative set in this world could have been a lot of fun." — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 24, 2013
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " He's not a regular guy dreaming of being exciting - he's a formerly exciting kid who was forced to become boring. This is a pretty significant, fundamental change." — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 20, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " One can certainly object to the neat, three-act structure that this screen story shoehorns reality into, while pointing out that if the thing hooks you emotionally, it simply doesn't matter." — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " As a fragmentary middle piece of something, it isn't complete unto itself, which makes final judgment hard. With that in mind, it is very fun to look at, especially in 3D." — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 6, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " ...s strong as it may be in some areas, this new version is still ultimately little more than a passable cover tune. But if it leads mainstream audiences to the real deal, I'm for it." — Topless Robot
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " While I get more joy watching my wife geek out on these movies than I do viewing them alone, there's not a lot of overall fault to find here unless you want to get into nerd-level nitpickery" — Topless Robot
Posted Nov 20, 2013
85% The Congress (2014) " I'm impressed with this live-action/animated hybrid, but not as engaged as I'd hoped, though I'm pretty sure it merits further contemplation." — Topless Robot
Posted Nov 15, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " It's not a stinker by any means - in a vacuum, this movie would be a perfectly serviceable fantasy film. But as a Marvel movie, it suggests that these things are becoming progressively more formulaic" — Topless Robot
Posted Nov 4, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " The folks who patronized Chick-fil-A as a political gesture may feel quite hoodwinked if they try to do likewise here." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 31, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " An entirely conventional filmed comedy with this pair could have worked, and I suspect a gonzo, Jackass-style montage would have been decent as well. Putting the two together results in a final product that's only half as good." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 25, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " Arnold. Stallone. Hitting. Guns. Catchphrases. If you want more, keep holding your breath; for me, this is guy-movie junkfood far more rib-stickingly satisfying than either Expendables or The Last Stand." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 18, 2013
78% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " All the pacing of a classic monster movie is here, though director Mike Mendez is a bit more generous with revealing his carnivorous critter than some (I assume the budget was fairly small, but he gets value out of it)." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 18, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Disney's right to just ignore it; I wish I could advise you not to do the same." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 11, 2013
21% The Seasoning House (2013) " It's atmospheric and a tense journey, arguably not unlike Gravity if you were to replace the vacuum of space with a bunch of angry, accented dudes" — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 9, 2013
—— The Dead 2: India " What fans of the book wanted from World War Z is gradually being delivered by Howard and Jon Ford's The Dead series" — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 9, 2013
—— The Demon's Rook " It's hard not to love these monsters, handcrafted from a mountain of latex and buckets of fake blood, all making their introductions in clouds of dry ice and spooky red lighting." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 9, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " ...a super-expensive thriller, at heart like many others, that I enjoyed reasonably well." — Topless Robot
Posted Oct 4, 2013
78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " Metallica: Through the Never may be the most fun I've had in a movie theater all year...As a movie, though? That's where things get complicated." — Topless Robot
Posted Sep 26, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) " Should this universe get expanded on the creators' terms, I'm game for more - but would prefer it not be yet another variation on monsters in the dark with a token blonde." — Topless Robot
Posted Sep 6, 2013
62% Scenic Route (2013) " Perhaps even more effectively than The World's End - but in a less escapist fashion - this is a parable of responsibilities and foibles filtered through genre (horror, in this case)." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 23, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " ...for much of the movie I was prepared to say that The World's End was easily the best of the Wright/Pegg/Frost collaborations. But then came that ending." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 21, 2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " As it turns out, this is a step above Stephenie Meyer...but there's still a ways to go if it's going to get really good in any way other than by comparison." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 21, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " If you still love the characters, there's enough to like here that you won't be mad. Unless you think too long about their wasted potential." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 15, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " Blomkamp's best weapon is satire - as seen in moments where Damon tries to get sarcastic with robots, and tends to get either beaten or offered free medication. Unfortunately, the director goes with heavy handedness more often." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 2, 2013
64% 2 Guns (2013) " I'd like to suggest you take a shot every time Washington and Wahlberg shoot each other knowing glances or suggestive banter. And make sure you have a designated driver." — Topless Robot
Posted Aug 1, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " It may not be perfect, but at least this time it is recognizably Logan." — Topless Robot
Posted Jul 26, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Let me just be blunt: anyone who excuses this movie on the grounds that the action is cool - not that there is anything wrong with that, and I mean it - needs to forfeit the right to ever again complain about Hayden Christensen, Shia LaBeouf or Megan Fox." — Topless Robot
Posted Jul 10, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Yes, the Minions rule, and I look forward to their spin-off movie. But I need to care about Gru, and I don't." — Topless Robot
Posted Jul 5, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " What if the entire movie is in fact a fantasy memory that masks the genocide of [Tonto's] people that he cannot bring himself to process, leading him to create a fiction in which he was a legendary hero?" — Topless Robot
Posted Jul 2, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) " ...an unabashed disaster - an epitome of awful Hollywood cliche and Unthinking Screenwriting 101 so egregious that Michael Bay himself would likely spit on it." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 26, 2013
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " I'm not going to tell you it's a must-see, but it is a charmer." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 24, 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " He is precisely the sort of guy who merits a comprehensive documentary about his career, yet Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction isn't that movie, at all." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 24, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " ... this is the greatest specific [David] Lynch impersonation I've ever seen" — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 21, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " If horror's your bag, You're Next should be your next. Movie to see. Is what I'm saying." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 21, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " 3...2...1...Letdown!" — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013) " I wouldn't suggest paying to watch it, but if you held a gun to my head and told me I had to see it again, I'd say, "Sure, fine whatevs." It's far from the worst movie based on a TV cartoon I've ever seen." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 17, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " By the end, you will feel like you got hit and run over by a motion picture. Possibly in a good way." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 10, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Will you care? If you just like looking at stuff that's cool, sure. If you were hoping Brad Pitt would stretch his acting muscles, or that Max Brooks' novel would be faithfully adapted...possibly less so." — Topless Robot
Posted Jun 7, 2013
11% After Earth (2013) " A beautiful bit of world-building that - if you're not chronically opposed to Will Smith and his kid - will transport you to the kind of adventure that I know I imagined in the backyard when I was younger than Jaden Smith." — Topless Robot
Posted May 30, 2013
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