Michael Sauter

Michael Sauter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Michael Sauter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Film Journal International

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Z For Zachariah (2015) "The three last people in the world come together to eke out survival in this thoughtful-and thought-provoking-take on life after Armageddon. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 24, 2015
54% Minions (2015) "This is what happens when filmmakers throw everything against a wall and see what sticks. A lot of it doesn't stick. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "Will satisfy its built-in audience while leaving the uninitiated sufficiently amused-even if they don't get every in-joke. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% Poltergeist (2015) "Yet another unnecessary remake, this suitably scary haunted-house tale is likely to be loved only by those who never saw the original. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2015
31% Echoes of War (2015) "The filmmakers had a powerful story here. They just didn't know how to tell it. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2015
44% The D Train (2015) "Don't be surprised if The D Train goes on to become a cult fave. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 7, 2015
94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "The imagery of this film will linger in this reviewer's mind long after the monkey names are forgotten. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) "While ultimately serving up the expected, The DUFF is fresh and funny throughout, largely thanks to two vibrantly written lead characters. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 19, 2015
39% Black or White (2015) "Kevin Costner continues a quietly incremental comeback with this child-custody drama. It could have been his Kramer vs. Kramer-but doesn't even come close. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 28, 2015
B 96% Yellow Submarine (1968) "Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2014
52% Low Down (2014) ""Low Down" is not the most harrowing portrait of lives slowly lost to addiction. It is, however, among the most saddening. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
8% The Best Of Me (2014) "By the end credits, before the tears even dry, all but the true Sparks faithful will understand that they've just been played. Again. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 16, 2014
36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) "A good cast comes and goes and can't quite carry this overly stylized, globetrotting dramedy, about one man who literally searches high and low in his pursuit of true happiness. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 18, 2014
35% The November Man (2014) "It is what it is: an unusually resonant, well-textured thriller that you can still eat plenty of popcorn to. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 26, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) "But each unhappy couple is unhappy in its own way - and this couple's way is nothing if not unique. The same could be said of this daringly original film, from first-time feature director Charlie McDowell. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2014
36% The Giver (2014) "The good news is that The Giver is an assuredly directed, stylistically adventurous parable that does a surprisingly moving job of celebrating the many emotional colors of the human experience - as messy as they can often be. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) "The man who masterfully navigated Titanic returns to the deepest blue sea - this time in a real-life adventure, starring himself as the protagonist. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) "In every important way, Tammy is the better McCarthy vehicle [than Identity Thief]. It's warmer, wittier, far less slickly contrived, and much more recognizably human, in its emotions and behavior " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 1, 2014
81% Fed Up (2014) "Without being preachy about it, Fed Up flat-out tells us that it is indeed past time to be fed up -- to insist that action be taken, and take it ourselves. This film is a bracing wake-up call. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) "Marching to the same beat as its predecessor, this belated follow-up delivers even more visual excess and brain-deadening bloodshed. Those who will find this fulfilling already know who they are. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) "Taut, tense and riveting, Liam Neeson's latest action vehicle is not just another Liam Neeson action vehicle. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) "With a crackling script and masterful direction, Russell has made a fiction that is stranger -- and way more fun -- than the truth. He has the help of a dream cast of actors, all at the top of their games. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 12, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) "It is balanced, full-bodied, heartfelt. Portraying the Mandelas as all-too-human, it is all the more moving during those moments when they soar. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 25, 2013
18% Free Birds (2013) "It's not that the filmmakers were just mailing it in...But you can't just force inspiration, or creativity, or a sense of humor. They're either there or they aren't. Too often in Free Birds, they aren't. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 31, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) "The filmmakers have done an admirable job of branching out from Meatballs 1, and making a new and different, and exceedingly entertaining, follow-up. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) "In his third and best "chronicle," Vin Diesel's tough, gruff deep-space rogue does what he does best: fighting hordes of hungry aliens in a hostile extraterrestrial environment. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 5, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) "A storyline that couldn't be timelier unfolds with a vintage air of 1970s cynicism in this unusually thoughtful thriller. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 27, 2013
30% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " So yes, Kick-Ass 2 does have its share of winkingly subversive humor. It also takes care to honor the emotional connections that the first Kick-Ass established for anyone who was paying attention " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) "Because yes, along with a very topical, deeply resonant theme and premise, Elysium has a hurtling momentum, with enough boom-crash-splatter explosiveness to wow even the most hardened action junkie. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 8, 2013
43% Red 2 (2013) "Who can count how many times that high concept has resulted in sheer overkill? But with this sequel, more-is-more works-every over-the-top moment of it. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 18, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) "The third time is not the charm in this second sequel, which changes up the franchise formula-and not in a good way. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2013
100% Elemental (2013) "Three eco-activists walk it like they talk it, in a documentary that doesn't have to preach or overload us with statistics to get its message across. Meanwhile, its sobering images of despoiled natural resources vividly speak for themselves. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 17, 2013
B 69% Dance Me Outside (1994) "Dance Me Outside nevertheless stays compelling, thanks to its cast of appealing unknowns. You haven't seen anyone quite like them before -- and that's meant as high praise. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 8, 2013
18% 1st Night (2013) "The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 3, 2013
66% The Iceman (2013) " Harsh, gritty-and increasingly grisly-this true-crime story dramatizes the life and bloody career of contract killer Richard Kuklinski: just another suburban dad who never brought his work home. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 29, 2013
79% No Place On Earth (2013) " Just when you thought you'd seen the horror of the Holocaust from every perspective, this somber but ultimately uplifting true story of survival takes you to a whole new place-literally underground. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 5, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " While sticking to a fairly standard mainstream comedy story arc, this sturdy Steve Carell vehicle still serves up enough dark, edgy humor-most of it involving Jim Carrey-to also appeal to hipper sensibilities. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 14, 2013
77% Samsara (2012) "This visually spectacular travelogue captures memorable images from every corner. The end result is not just a gorgeous picture show, but also a thought-provoking rumination on our complicated relationship with our home planet. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) "What may surprise all but the most dedicated Python fan is the self-deprecating candor and bittersweet whimsy with which Chapman's memoir lays out his most private joys, hang-ups, foibles and demons. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) "From its shoestring budget to its familiar tropes, this could have been independent filmmaking at its most generic. But with its off-the-wall premise, snarky wit and heartfelt performances, it's quite the opposite: an inspired original. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
100% Under African Skies (2012) "This absorbing documentary takes an up-close and intimate look at the musicians' creative process, then zooms out to recall the political turmoil that this landmark album left in its wake. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
67% Ted (2012) " The creator of TV's "Family Guy" directs his first live-action movie-in which he gets to say and do all the profane, politically incorrect and just plain gross things he can't say or do on television. And a lot of it is pretty funny. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
17% The Watch (2012) "A talented cast shines brightly, but can't carry the weight of this under-inspired sci-fi frolic. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) "This disturbing documentary takes a revealingly close look at rampant clerical pedophilia--but its sweeping overview of the Catholic Church's willful obliviousness is just as eye-opening. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
D 0% Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1993) "This might make an appropriately absurd finale for a series that long ago went over the top. But Paul Kersey's not finished yet! " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2012
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