Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Phoenix , Los Angeles Times , Newsday
Total Reviews:
624

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " "Volume II" is no more fulfilling than "Volume I."" — Newsday
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 58% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Turturro has many dots that he never connects here." — Newsday
Posted Apr 17, 2014
0.5/4 20% Transcendence (2014) " Drags science fiction back to the Cold War era, if not the Stone Age." — Newsday
Posted Apr 17, 2014
1.5/4 51% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " A supposedly true story that uses faulty logic to reduce the complexity of faith to a fairy-tale. By rights, it should displease atheists and believers alike." — Newsday
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " "Under the Skin" clearly does not intend to telegraph its meaning, but meaning may not be the movie's strong suit." — Newsday
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2.5/4 61% Draft Day (2014) " "Draft Day" might be a trick play, but it manages to score." — Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " Ultimately, the film rides on Frost, who carries it with charm, grace and plenty of heart." — Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014
1.5/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The movie has one goal: to amuse the most children with the least amount of effort." — Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 90% Le Week-End (2014) " [It] lacks a solid plot or even much structure -- yet it works beautifully." — Newsday
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "The First Avenger" was a work of art, while "The Winter Soldier" is serviceable entertainment." — Newsday
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " That heady blend won't please everybody, but Noah is a daringly inventive, thoroughly entertaining and ultimately very serious movie." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Despite some flaws and frustrations, this is one movie whose ending you will not see coming." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Wades only ankle-deep into some complicated territory." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1.5/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " It's a maddening mix of realistic characters, fine performances, ponderous pacing and oppressive mood lighting, none of which serve to cover up one central, glaring problem: a romance that never feels real." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " In his directorial debut, Bateman casts himself as a foul-mouthed, racist jerk. It's a stretch for the nice-guy actor, but the role doesn't suit him." — Newsday
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2/4 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " Delicate animation and a charming score may be why this Belgian film earned an Oscar nomination. Its story, however, makes no sense whatsoever." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Highly explicit, but more intellectual than erotic. Music, math and sex make an intriguing jumble of ideas, though coherence may not appear until "Volume II."" — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 41% Divergent (2014) " Somewhat silly and teen to the extreme, but Woodley and James are surprisingly strong. It's up to them to keep this hopeful franchise alive." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " "Veronica Mars" isn't really a movie but another episode -- and not even a grand finale -- with all the familiar characters and in-jokes that viewers expect." — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The tender friendship between the wide-eyed Zero and the worldly Gustave gives this movie an emotional core that isn't always an Anderson priority." — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Keaton, riffing faster than a souped-up Agera ("Christmas came early, wing nuts!"), is clearly having a great time. That makes one of us." — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " The movie has trouble stitching together disjointed episodes into a coherent narrative. Thanks to a strong voice cast, however, the characters retain their charm throughout." — Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " A plotless montage of anonymous bodies." — Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Gorgeous, wondrous and troubling." — Newsday
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " "Non-Stop" may be a tad derivative -- you could call it "Sky Hard" -- and its ending crash-lands in more ways than one. When all its engines are firing, however, it's a heck of a ride." — Newsday
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 22% Son Of God (2014) " The movie feels duty-bound to stay absolutely faithful to its sacred source material. It's the classic dilemma of the proselytizer: How far into the secular world can you go to deliver your message?" — Newsday
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " What's missing are the jolts of realism and flashes of insight that made the original so stealthily effective." — Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " There are remakes, readaptations and reboots, and then there is "Endless Love," a movie that bears almost no resemblance to its source material whatsoever." — Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " It's all rather surprisingly well acted (Kinnaman and Oldman are better than they even need to be), but "RoboCop" is missing a crucial ingredient: fun." — Newsday
Posted Feb 12, 2014
1.5/4 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " It's "Twilight" as directed by Mark Waters, of "Mean Girls." It's an idea that might have been intriguing 15 years ago, before those movies existed." — Newsday
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " At times, this fact-based film feels like a breezy heist flick, while at others it's a somber tribute to the sacrifices of war. The two tones don't harmonize, and they never ring true." — Newsday
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " It's the smartest, funniest and most dazzlingly inventive children's movie to come along in years." — Newsday
Posted Feb 6, 2014
0.5/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " A movie that checks absolutely every box and still utterly fails the test." — Newsday
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " The romance develops so suddenly (note the three-day weekend of the title) that we never quite believe it, and several murky flashbacks suggest a twist that never satisfactorily arrives." — Newsday
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " What the film doesn't have is a sense of humor." — Newsday
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Why did this bright, vivacious, intellectually engaged girl willingly lock herself up in a wealthy man's seraglio? Put bluntly, what did she get out of it? In the end, "The Invisible Woman" remains a mystery." — Newsday
Posted Jan 23, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " A disjointed and unconvincing movie that is also embarrassingly derivative of "Paranormal Activity."" — Newsday
Posted Jan 19, 2014
1/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " Hart's springy energy and Ice Cube's deadpan snarl can be amusing, but they can't compensate for weak material." — Newsday
Posted Jan 17, 2014
1.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Pine brings a welcome boyishness and idealism to Ryan, but he's clobbered with clichés by his director and screenwriters. The evildoers, it turns out, were right in his own backyard." — Newsday
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " The overall mood resembles a furry, nut-based version of Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing."" — Newsday
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " This painfully feeble version of the strongman story fails on every level, from Lutz's wooden acting to the styrofoam special effects." — Newsday
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " The Latino cast gives the movie a fresh, modern feel, but the underlying formula is becoming unacceptably stale." — Newsday
Posted Jan 3, 2014
1/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " A two-hour onslaught of extreme profanity, vicious insults and verbal violence ..." — Newsday
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " "Lone Survivor" offers glorification with little characterization." — Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Martin Scorsese's epic tale of debauchery feels overlong and sometimes misses its mark, but it's the director's raunchiest, funniest film yet." — Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2013
1.5/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Director-star Stiller plays Mitty as a zoned-out sad sack surrounded by whimsy. The result is a confused dramedy that isn't funny or compelling enough to make us care." — Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2/4 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " "47 Ronin" would have been more fun if it kept swinging its sword instead of falling on it." — Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2013
1/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Grudge Match has wasted its two talented stars so badly that it almost counts as elder abuse." — Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/4 94% Her (2014) " "Her" goes light-years beyond science-fiction cliches. As the story progresses further into unexpected territory, "Her" sometimes feels like an out-of-body experience." — Newsday
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " This sequel may not produce any quotable lines, but to borrow one from the original: Don't act like not you're not impressed." — Newsday
Posted Dec 17, 2013
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