Luke Y. Thompson

Luke Y. Thompson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

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,, can attest, especially if they bought one of his T-shirts (or rather, LYT-shirts) while there.
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.
Anchorage Press , Dallas Observer , E! Online , Geekweek , Houston Press , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles CityBeat , , Nerdist , New Times , OC Weekly , Topless Robot , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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Hollywood, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1802
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
59% 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
31% 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
50% White House Down (2013) " 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
68% 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
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " I don't know that I like The Hangover Part III, exactly, and I'm not even sure I'm supposed to...but I have a lot of respect for how it goes about its business." — Topless Robot
Posted May 23, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Star Trek Into Darkness is the most visually spectacular film in the franchise...Narratively, however, it's more problematic - its incessant references and cribs from predecessors are a disappointment." — Topless Robot
Posted May 9, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " It's only May - or will be by the time you see it - but cinema Santa came early. Joy to the nerds - this movie is as good as its photoshopped posters were amateurish." — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 29, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Like its anti-heroes, Pain & Gain imagines itself to be Robin Hood on steroids. Instead, it's your drunk friend who thinks he's the life of the party and ends up passing out in the backyard after making you laugh a few times." — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 25, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " I found it a powerful piece of sci-fi that's exactly what I want to see more of. By which I don't mean a specific sequel to this." — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 18, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " This I do know - as abstract and surreal as it is, I like it about a million times more than Primer." — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 12, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " There are genuine scares in addition to fluids, but they're the fun kind, as opposed to the painful, nerve-wrackingly drawn-out suspense of movies like Mama or Ju-on." — Topless Robot
Posted Apr 5, 2013
28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Sure, we can nitpick things like Joe Colton not having a beard, or Roadblock not talking in rhyme, but the spirit of the property many of us loved in one form or another is there." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 26, 2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " I can understand not enjoying this film. I can also tell you that I did." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 22, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Fool me twice, shame on me; fool me never, and you shouldn't be in the prestidigitation game." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 15, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " ...if you're not smiling during the opening moments of Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, you've got no soul. If you're still smiling by the time the movie's over, you've got no discernment." — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 8, 2013
52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " ...there's only so much complexity you can wring from the tale of Jack and the [expletive deleted] beanstalk. And by "so much" I mean "none."" — Topless Robot
Posted Mar 1, 2013
39% Dark Skies (2013) " Cloudy with a Chance of Meathead" — Topless Robot
Posted Feb 22, 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " And having spent all these words ragging on the film, I will continue to semi-recommend it anyway. Why? Well, I happen to like big dumb action, and as long as that's all you're expecting, that is a thing that you shall receive. " — Topless Robot
Posted Feb 15, 2013
61% John Dies at the End (2013) " John Dies at the End could be an all-time classic." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 25, 2013
60% The Last Stand (2013) " It's paced like an Asian crime drama rather than an American action movie. If it weren't for the fact that most people are paying to see an Arnold movie, that probably wouldn't be an issue." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 18, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " Make no mistake, on the primal level that it needs to, Mama works one hundred per cent; I can't recall being this scared in a movie since the heyday of J-horror." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 18, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " If these movie cops were your local police, you'd want them strung up on charges and locked away. In a fictionalized past, sure, it's still amoral, but that would only be a problem if the movie ever took itself seriously." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 11, 2013
55% Dune (1984) " Critics at the time labeled it "confusing"; I don't see how, considering that you hear what everyone is thinking, all the time, and they repeat their key thoughts constantly so that their actual acting never has to do the job of telling the story." — Topless Robot
Posted Jan 7, 2013
61% Jack Reacher (2012) " ...with Clint Eastwood too old for this stuff now, a reminder of this kind of thing isn't bad" — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 21, 2012
88% Django Unchained (2012) " a fun-filled tribute to those older, cheesier genres, Django Unchained absolutely works, and aside from being overlong is a pleasure to view. But it isn't more than that" — Topless Robot
Posted Dec 14, 2012
70% Les MisĂ©rables (2012) " Because it's "Les Miz," and it's...AAAAAWEsome!" — Nerdist
Posted Dec 11, 2012
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is more fun than The Fellowship of the Ring, no doubt about it." — Nerdist
Posted Dec 3, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) " ...actually more entertaining than the 1984 original... though that isn't saying a lot." — Nerdist
Posted Nov 21, 2012
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " I know this movie wasn't made for me; if you're not a hardcore fan, it probably wasn't made for you either. Unless you're a stoner. Because in that case, I suspect it totally was." — Nerdist
Posted Nov 15, 2012
89% Starlet (2012) " ...unlike so many deconstructions of the Hollywood dream that show the darkness beneath, Starlet does that and still lets us keep dreaming in the best way." — Nerdist
Posted Nov 14, 2012
—— The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On " ...should you just be a viewer in the mood for a wonderfully shot piece of drama hinging on conversation, interaction and alienation, go see The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On" — Nerdist
Posted Nov 13, 2012
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