Ralph Novak

Ralph Novak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Ralph Novak's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61% Back to the Future Part II (1989) "This is a sequel for sequel's sake - all title, no content. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
81% Jungle Fever (1991) "You'll remember Sciorra and Snipes but wish you had learned more about them -- and the society that complicates their lives so cruelly. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
69% Die Hard 2 (1990) "One might think a movie with a reported budget of $62 million would have had a few bucks to spend on a gaffe spotter. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2015
35% The Woman in Red (1984) "The film drones on through all the clichés of infidelity to a resolution that isn't emotionally, morally or comedically satisfying. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2015
97% The Crying Game (1992) "[An] exhilarating whirlwind of a drama. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2015
93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "If Lee is saying that racism is profoundly painful, frustrating and confusing, no one will argue. But this film states the case without offering any insight. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2015
86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "This is first-rate adventure stuff, an all-missions-accomplished submarine movie. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2015
71% Cry-Baby (1990) "Waters's writing is woefully uneven. It's as if Sam Kinison had decided to tell knock-knock jokes -- sterile, unfunny knock-knock jokes at that. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
67% Prancer (1989) "It's a tribute to veteran TV writer Greg Taylor's script and, especially, to the acting of 9-year-old Ms. Harrell that the movie remains engaging and palatably sweet. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) "Hackford just lets his cameras roll -- and the film rocks. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
89% Light Sleeper (1992) "While Dafoe has made a career of looking wasted, and does cynicism better than anyone around, he too is handicapped by his unsympathetic character and Schrader's clumsily unidiomatic script. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2014
69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) "Just when it's on the brink of becoming one of the most disturbing, disorienting and penetrating psychological horror movies, Jacob's Ladder -- in a self-deflating few minutes -- turns itself into a shaggy-dog story. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2014
33% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) "This swindle of a sequel is so dim that it looks as if it were lit by candles. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2014
40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) "A movie that displays two traits nobody would ever associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It is grim and it is no fun. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% No Way Out (1987) "As befits the title, it dead-ends long before it's over. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2014
6% Mobsters (1991) "To say that production designer Richard Sylbert, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and cinematographer Lajos Koltai give the settings a handsome, authentic look is like saying that the Titanic had nice chandeliers. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2014
19% Navy Seals (1990) "Anyone in the market for some B-film Arab-bashing might find this movie tolerable entertainment. It's otherwise destined to make its biggest impact among Charlie Sheen archivists. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5% A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) "This lame effort, Disney's latest live-action motion picture for children, owes a big, fat nod for its plot to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In no way, however, does it improve upon the original " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2014
81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) "The two actors create vivid characters, but they're so unsympathetic and Van Sant drags them through so many tiresome, pretentious scenes that it begins to look as if Phoenix's narcolepsy isn't part of the plot. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
76% Licence To Kill (1989) "This series' record of maintaining an admirable level of quality stays intact, even if this film might best be used as a cinematic appetizer to see before renting a tape of one of the Connery or Moore classics. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 20, 2014
38% Days of Thunder (1990) "Gentlemen, start your clichés. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 20, 2014
57% The Sandlot (1993) "Any of Charles Schulz's baseball-oriented Peanuts strips contains more understanding of baseball and more insight into children, as well as more pointed fun. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 7, 2014
87% Field of Dreams (1989) "Alden's script goes from charming to preposterous to preachy. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
77% A League of Their Own (1992) "The movie drones along uninvolvingly, as if it were erecting a monument, not telling a story. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
81% The Natural (1984) "The scouting report on The Natural has to read: lots of tools but no heart. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
64% Cobb (1994) "A curiously gripping amalgam of Patton, Citizen Kane and Melvin and Howard. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
6% Bolero (1984) "Is this a bad satire? No, it's a bad serious romance. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 5, 2014
4% Wired (1989) "The reenacted Saturday Night Live routines that made Belushi a star seem grim. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) "All right, maybe the world isn't flat. But this listless historical epic sure is. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted May 3, 2014
4% Problem Child (1990) "The end is refreshingly less sentimental than it seems to be shaping up to be, but the film's ugly moments can't help but leave a bad taste. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2014
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) "This is a big, colorful, sharp-witted and beautifully photographed rendering of the tale of the olde English guerrilla fighter -- two solidly entertaining hours. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) "The film, photographed by Tonino Delli Colli, is striking to look at, especially its New York street scenes, which were shot in Manhattan, Montreal and a back lot near Rome. The acting is stunning. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
96% GoodFellas (1990) "While Scorsese generates vivid images, he covered this ground in the superb Mean Streets in 1973. Here there's nothing to learn, nobody to sympathize with. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2014
88% Platoon (1986) "No sane person should want to get any closer to war than this film. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2014
88% Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) "There is so seldom even one great performance in a movie that three is too much to expect. For that reason alone, this story of a couple battling for custody of their young son is a remarkable achievement. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2014
93% The Deer Hunter (1978) "Robert De Niro is, once again, explosive in this stunning Vietnam movie. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
88% Gandhi (1982) "Above all, Kingsley's astonishing performance, capturing both Gandhi's divine light and his irresistible simplicity, inspires this ambitious film. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
82% Dances With Wolves (1990) "To say this movie is sporadically artful is to say that it is more interesting than most films around these days. But it is still a failure, if a glorious one. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
84% The English Patient (1996) "When the movie penetrates to the heart of their buried past, Patient becomes even stronger, stranger, grander -- a threnody beneath a cloudless desert sky. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) "[Tandy and Freeman] are so affecting they turn what could have been merely well-meant hokum into a touching tribute to compassion and human dignity. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
71% The Ref (1994) "While director Ted Demme seems to be trying to impose a Home Alone tone, he only succeeds in lending an air of desperation, with lame subplots blundering into the picture. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
75% The Santa Clause (1994) "This is the most playfully amusing, inventive new cinematic Christmas fable in several decades. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
84% Lethal Weapon (1987) "Thanks to a peculiar chemistry and a terrific script, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lift this movie above mere TV-cop fodder. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
88% A Christmas Story (1983) "It won't make anyone forget Miracle on 34th Street, but this is pleasant fare as far as holiday films go nowadays, which isn't very far. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2013
86% A Midnight Clear (1992) "This film about a real incident that occurred near the end of World War II is involving, always focused and affectingly acted. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2013
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) "Adults, despite being wowed by the dazzling, geez-how'd-they-do-that animation, will find their attention wandering to Christmases past. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2013
80% Batman Returns (1992) "Batman Returns, though, is full of grim, Dostoyevskian undertones, not to mention a multitude of bloody, violent scenes. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2013
91% Time Bandits (1981) "This is an enterprising project in free-form cinema; it's just not very entertaining. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) "Once again, love will redeem the beast, and Beauty's dancing clocks and singing teacups will blend marvelously with the tintinnabulation of bells this holiday season. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2013
94% Aladdin (1992) "Sweetly spirited, brightly funny and forthrightly romantic, this variation on the classic myth would rank among the most enjoyable Disney animated features even without Robin Williams' contribution. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
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