Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Phoenix , Los Angeles Times , Newsday
Total Reviews:
688

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 61% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " A delicate and ephemeral romance." — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/4 39% Tusk (2014) " Kevin Smith, of "Clerks," delivers a weird in-joke inspired by one of his podcasts. You probably had to be there." — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " "A Walk Among the Tombstones" feels like one of its villains: spiteful, sadistic and amoral." — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " Though it sometimes feels calculated and mechanical, it's also solid, well crafted and entertaining." — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " "This Is Where I Leave You" is the year's first real crowd pleaser, a comedy-drama that presses all the right buttons but does so with intelligence and skill." — Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/4 11% No Good Deed (2014) " The final plot twist is about as fiendishly clever as an episode of General Hospital. Is that a spoiler? You're welcome." — Newsday
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Drop (2014) " Fine performances, including Gandolfini's last, help compensate for a patchwork plot by first-time screenwriter Dennis Lehane." — Newsday
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 71% Kelly & Cal (2014) " An offbeat drama with a pervasive sense of unease. Compelling, if slightly inconclusive." — Newsday
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/4 70% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " "Dolphin Tale 2" is both uneventful and predictable, but it deserves credit for treating its nonhuman characters with respect." — Newsday
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 92% Frank (2014) " "Frank" has a wry sense of humor, the ring of authenticity and glimmers of genuine wisdom." — Newsday
Posted Sep 5, 2014
1.5/4 7% The Identical (2014) " Where is all this going, you ask? Good question." — Newsday
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/4 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The movie's trademark mix of live action and drawing techniques (white silhouettes, reddened lips, an abundance of venetian blinds) looks fantastic. If it's depth you want, you've knocked on the wrong door." — Newsday
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Overall, "When the Game Stands Tall" feels like a post-loss locker-room speech: meaningful, but less than inspirational." — Newsday
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 37% If I Stay (2014) " If you're not in tears by this movie's end, it probably wasn't intended for you anyway." — Newsday
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 69% What If (2014) " Director Michael Dowse ("Take Me Home Tonight") can't quite decide on a tone -- sly, whimsical or wacky? -- but the problem is the material." — Newsday
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 79% Land Ho! (2014) " A low-key, odd-couple comedy built mostly around Nelson's coarse ad-libs and Eenhoorn's sighing reactions." — Newsday
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " A slightly breezier and dependably brainless installment of Stallone's action franchise." — Newsday
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 44% Step Up: All In (2014) " "All In" is a lesser effort in this franchise, but not without its charms." — Newsday
Posted Aug 11, 2014
0.5/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " "Sharknado" without the jokes." — Newsday
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Overall, it's tough to grumble about such a sturdy and crowd-pleasing soufflĂ©." — Newsday
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Rougher and slightly funnier than the 1990 original, but still harmless junk at best." — Newsday
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 78% Get On Up (2014) " "Get on Up" turns Brown's life into an even bigger mess." — Newsday
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Though based on a comics series launched in 1969, "Guardians" comes on with a hip, absurdist humor that feels thoroughly modern." — Newsday
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/4 60% Hercules (2014) " "Hercules" heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when's the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving." — Newsday
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Richard Linklater's latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It's a one-of-a-kind experience." — Newsday
Posted Jul 24, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The cat-and-mouse games, while entertaining, feel familiar. What elevates the movie is Hoffman's performance as a man pouring his soul into the only work he knows." — Newsday
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 66% Lucy (2014) " At first, it's dazzling. Besson forgets, however, that he's promised us pulp entertainment and instead delivers a serious treatise on next-step metaphysics." — Newsday
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " It's better-made than the first -- DeMonaco's writing and directing are much stronger -- and it also has the courage of its convictions." — Newsday
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life." — Newsday
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Given its subject matter and R rating, "Sex Tape" isn't as wild or woolly as it could be." — Newsday
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " "Third Person" is such a solipsistic, navel-gazing creation that it seems to have barely made it out of Haggis' mind and onto the screen." — Newsday
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " This movie is never maudlin or sentimental. It shows us a man who, whatever his flaws, seemed to live his life in exactly the right way." — Newsday
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The tone is dire, the visuals dark and doomy, the pace epically slow. Like so many sequels, it's everything the first film aspired not to be." — Newsday
Posted Jul 10, 2014
8% America (2014) " You could bother debating D'Souza on history and semantics and rudimentary logic, but chances are you'd end up feeling like Meathead arguing with Archie Bunker." — Newsday
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " A surprisingly strong cast and solid direction make all the malarkey in this horror flick tolerable." — Newsday
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " Without a strong story or well-defined character to guide her, McCarthy resorts to old tricks and repeated routines." — Newsday
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " The movie tracks "E.T." so closely ... that you can almost hear the legal ice cracking beneath the children's bicycle tires." — Newsday
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " "Begin Again" is an ode to the indie-rock spirit, but its music -- written by Carney and others -- is as safe, smooth and Starbucks-friendly as Norah Jones." — Newsday
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Like a nuclear arsenal launched by an insane despot, Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" aims for a million different targets and incinerates them beyond recognition." — Newsday
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/4 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " It's everything the first movie wasn't: noisy, clumsy and derivative." — Newsday
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Clint Eastwood's version of the buoyant Broadway musical doesn't hit the same high notes, but it's a must-see for fans of Valli and the early pop era." — Newsday
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Many "who knew?" moments to keep pop-culture fans fascinated." — Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " The movie is crammed with jokes about how bad sequels are. And guess what? Exactly." — Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Gruesome? A little. Scary? You bet. But that's exactly what makes the "Dragon" films so different, and so much better, than the average children's fare." — Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " The actors are decidedly mismatched -- not to each other, but to the material." — Newsday
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Wears its cynicism the way many young people do: awkwardly and not very convincingly." — Newsday
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It's fun for a while, but "Edge of Tomorrow" is what the GIs used to call a blivet -- 10 pounds of movie in a five-pound bag." — Newsday
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " It's another example of MacFarlane's ability to mix poop jokes with romance, foul language with sweet sentiment, offensive humor with boyish charm." — Newsday
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " For all its sociopolitical smarts and coded subtexts, the "X-Men" franchise, based on the Marvel comics, is primarily about entertainment, and this seventh installment is no different." — Newsday
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " "Palo Alto" feels earnest and promising, but half-formed." — Newsday
Posted May 22, 2014
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