R. L. Shaffer

R. L. Shaffer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
R.L. Shaffer is a critic at IGN.Com, DVDFuture.com, and a freelance writer. He's professionally studied film, film criticism, screenwriting and production for over 12 years. He's been a published film critic for 10 years.
Publications:
DVDFuture.com , IGN DVD
Total Reviews:
412

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 412
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 69% 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 84% 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 —— Roadracers (Rebel Highway) (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 —— 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 —— 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 (Nightmare) (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 —— 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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