R. L. Shaffer

R. L. Shaffer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 82% Goon (2012) "Goon is a remarkably sweet, shockingly violent and incredibly enjoyable movie that ranks up there as one of the best hockey films ever made. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jun 6, 2012
8/10 53% Safe House (2012) "Safe House is fairly predictable at times, but it also boasts brutally intense, edge-of-your seat action and great star performances from Reynolds and Washington. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jun 5, 2012
6/10 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) "Certainly enjoyable and occasionally tense despite some wobbly performances and plot holes. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jun 4, 2012
8/10 93% Coriolanus (2011) "Coriolanus plays a bit flat at times, but it's a challenging, and even exciting, piece of cinema that's sure to inspire much love from Shakespeare enthusiasts. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 29, 2012
5/10 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) "Visually rich with lavish sets and fun movie monsters, but Journey 2 is about as underdeveloped and hollow as assembly-line filmmaking can get. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 25, 2012
8/10 67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) "An odd, but rewarding sequel that ups the ante on comedy and effects, and manages to offer a refreshing spoof of the first film. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 22, 2012
9/10 85% Gremlins (1984) "Gremlins hosts the perfect blend of Capraesque Christmas spirit, humorously tainted by stinging horror and hilarious offbeat comedy. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 22, 2012
5/10 38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) "Not nearly as endearing, nor as funny, as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, Billion Dollar Movie is likely to become a cult hit, but nothing more. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 18, 2012
2/10 6% The Devil Inside (2012) "A terribly written, dubious slice of unscary found footage spiritual horror that ends with an ellipsis, not a period. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 17, 2012
5/10 80% Haywire (2012) "Haywire is a tired spy thriller that meshes the three styles of Steven Soderbergh - pop, clinical and indie - into one messy, sometimes dull B-movie. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 17, 2012
9/10 79% The Grey (2012) "The Grey is a powerful drama, a chilling tale of horror, and an uplifting, emotionally raw look at the nature of man and spiritually. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 16, 2012
3/10 43% Mother's Day (2012) "A sloppy, ugly, illogical story mixed with graphic torture, attempted rape and grisly violence. Mother's Day is a film only a mother could love. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted May 3, 2012
4/10 8% 11-11-11 (2011) "11-11-11 has a few scary moments here and there, but it's mostly a flat, lifeless spiritual horror spin on The Number 23. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 26, 2012
9/10 79% The Innkeepers (2012) "The Innkeepers is an eerie, haunting and sometimes funny ghostly chiller that's bound to win over those with a taste for classic nail-biting horror. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 26, 2012
8/10 No Score Yet Roadracers (1994) "A slick, fast-paced greaser picture that shows off the incredible talent of director Robert Rodriguez. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 18, 2012
6/10 51% Contraband (2012) "Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 17, 2012
9/10 96% The Muppets (2011) "An energetic return to form reminding audiences, both young and old, why everyone should love The Muppets. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 4, 2012
9/10 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) "A knockout, tense action picture that proves there's plenty more life left in the Mission: Impossible franchise. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 1, 2012
7/10 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) "A very moody, well made retelling of Stieg Larsson's book, but the film also lacks much purpose and sometimes focuses on the grim with an exploitative eye. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 1, 2012
6/10 72% The Ring (2002) "A well-made remake that adds quite a bit to the original story. Alas, The Ring also feels dated and dull. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 1, 2012
2/10 11% Creature (2011) "An awfully made, awfully acted, awfully plotted, and awfully boring more. In a word, Creature is awful. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Apr 1, 2012
3/10 25% Hop (2011) "Hop starts out cute, but slowly dissolves into a mundane, droll experience completely derivative of Alvin and the Chipmunks and numerous Christmas movies. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 23, 2012
7/10 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) "Outstanding performances and fascinating visual design are somewhat marred by a slow pace and a dry narrative. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 22, 2012
7/10 21% The Sitter (2011) "A crass, but sweet nod to Uncle Buck, flavored with funny characters, a few sparks of drama, and a few too many cliches. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 22, 2012
8/10 86% Battle Royale 3D (2000) "Battle Royale is a masterpiece of mayhem, violence and unfettered teen melodrama. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 19, 2012
7/10 61% Wizards (1977) "Story and characters leave much to be desired, but there's something wonderful about this refreshingly gritty, innovative animated feature. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 19, 2012
8/10 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) "The film might be too chaotic for some audiences, but for those willing to sit back and enjoy the rapid-fire ride, Happy Feet Two will bring a smile to your face. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 15, 2012
7/10 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) "A very entertaining, energetic film, highlighted by gravity-defying action set pieces. However, Tintin is also a bit emotionless, lacking character development. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 11, 2012
7/10 35% Immortals (2011) "Weakly plotted and emotionally flat, but visually alluring, memorable and sometimes very entertaining. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 5, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet Justice League: Doom (2012) "An immensely enjoyable thrill ride, but also an occasionally frustrating and short adaptation. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Mar 1, 2012
9/10 94% Hugo (2011) "One of the year's very best, Hugo is a rousing, moving, poignant tale being told on many more levels than what is seen on screen. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 27, 2012
8/10 84% Puss in Boots (2011) "Puss in Boots delivers just the right mixture of fun, exciting and super cute. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 24, 2012
6/10 43% J. Edgar (2011) "DiCaprio keeps the film afloat, but J. Edgar lacks any real controversy and never fully reaches deep within the man's dark psyche. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 23, 2012
6/10 68% Tower Heist (2011) "Tower Heist succeeds because of Eddie Murphy's snarky performance, and fun turns from the rest of the cast. But the heist itself is a little dumb and the story is riddled with plot holes. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 22, 2012
2/10 30% The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) "Mocks torture porn while being the worst form of it all at the same time, The Human Centipede II personifies what not to do with a sequel. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 17, 2012
6/10 36% In Time (2011) "Starts out great, almost like a pseudo sequel to Niccol's other sci-fi drama Gattaca, but slowly unravels into a mindless chase picture that never really captures any real depth or meaning. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 12, 2012
5/10 6% Dream House (2011) "Dream House is not the film it was advertised as, but beyond the wonky finale, reshoots, and strange editing there is an interesting tale to be told here. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 12, 2012
5/10 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) "Funny in spots, but the story and characters have almost nowhere to go. The direction feels aimless and crafted like a DTV film. In other words, this is an enormously disappointing threequel. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 12, 2012
8/10 89% Lady and the Tramp (1955) "A somewhat dry, but very good Disney animated effort punctuated by a few Disney-defining classic moments. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 12, 2012
10/10 93% Drive (2011) "A classic tale of revenge, love and madness is given a refreshing polish and shine by director Nicolas Winding Refn. Drive is one of the year's very best. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 1, 2012
6/10 35% The Thing (2011) "There's nothing really new about this remake/prequel, but the film's attention to continuity and detail is respectable and interesting for fans of John Carpenter's 1982 classic. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Feb 1, 2012
7/10 60% Hostel: Part III (2011) "Not quite as disturbing as the first two films, or as metaphorically fascinating, but full of clever twists and turns. Hostel Part III is a better-than-average low-budget thriller. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
7/10 86% The Wild Hunt (2010) "Rough around the edges, but The Wild Hunt is thoroughly entertaining, engaging and even a bit tense. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
6/10 33% Burke and Hare (2011) "A misfire to be sure, Burke & Hare's comedic timing feels one step off, resulting in a film with solid performances and an amusing story, but not many laughs and not much replay value. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
9/10 71% The People vs. George Lucas (2011) "An outstanding look at the enormously dysfunctional relationship between a creator and his adoring fans. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
9/10 No Score Yet Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future - V. 5 - A Fire in the Dark (1988) "While the show is dated in many respects, the plot, characters and narrative twists are still a delight. And the series' ambitious action, production design and effects are noteworthy achievements. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
6/10 67% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) "Certainly inspirational and occasionally haunting, with great effects, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is also a bit overlong and padded. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
6/10 86% Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) "The film is pretty thin, but the scares are effective and creepy. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
6/10 50% Damnation Alley (1977) "Slow moving, with cheesy visual effects and some nasty B-movie trappings. But the story and setting are both dreary and fascinating. And performances are top notch. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
7/10 71% [Rec] 2 (2010) "Not as fresh or frightfully exciting as the first film, but certainly scary, occasionally inventive and almost always enjoyable. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
5/10 No Score Yet Cyrus: Mind Of A Serial Killer (2010) "Predictable and a bit sloppy on many levels, but occasionally effective, scary and somewhat intriguing. " ‐ IGN DVD
Posted Jan 29, 2012
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