Randy Cordova

Randy Cordova

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Los Angeles Times
Critics' Group:
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
248

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 —— The Current (2014) " When it comes to entertainment, everyone knows what road is paved with good intentions." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " She is more than a little abrasive in the finished documentary, yet she is also compulsively watchable. No wonder she's a star." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " The film isn't bad as far as these things go. A lot of it is due to the cast, as the leading couple create some believable sparks." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2014
1.5/5 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " If a supernatural teen film ever required CliffsNotes, it would be this one." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " First-time writer-director Tom Gormican keeps the dialogue moving at a rapid pace, which doesn't obscure the fact that most of what is said is dopey and witless." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/5 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Hudgens isn't a bad actress, but she isn't a natural in this role. A viewer is constantly aware of how hard she is working, which puts a wall between her and the audience." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " Throw in an abandoned house in the neighborhood that is suddenly occupied, a vanishing obstetrician and a first communion ceremony that goes terribly wrong, and the chill factor quickly rises." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 21, 2014
0.5/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The whole thing is a total bore." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1.5/5 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " The whole thing is sentimental corn, which isn't bad if it's handled with conviction and sincerity. But the direction by John Stephenson (better known for special effects than directing) is resolutely stiff and hollow." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The cast is great fun, each getting his or her own moment to shine." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Although you may never be bored with "All Is Lost," you are rarely fully engaged." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 63% The Summit (2013) " A film that feels curiously hollow." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/5 55% Pulling Strings (2013) " The movie boasts an understated sweetness, largely fueled by Camil's movie-star charms. He's the kind of performer who doesn't have to work hard to win over an audience; he is instantly likable. In a movie like this, that's money in the bank." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4.5/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " "Wadjda" is a terrific film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/5 70% C.O.G. (2013) " The film features snappy, hilarious bits among the coming-of-age vignettes, but it loses momentum as it winds toward a finish. You won't grow bored with the characters, but you might check your watch a few times." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " The movie ultimately winds up falling between two stools, failing as both a biography and an action film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/5 56% Inch'Allah (2013) " Atmosphere can't compensate for the enormous black hole at the center." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 29, 2013
1.5/5 14% The Time Being (2013) " A brittle, pompous drama about artists and the price they pay for inspiration." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2/5 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " So light and inconsequential it may as well not exist. It makes you want to yank that annoying exclamation point out of the title, because it doesn't deserve it." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " It's hard to imagine another comedy coming along this year that is this abrasive and free of laughs. It's like everyone involved intentionally tried to create a horrible movie." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 51% White House Down (2013) " The dialogue sometimes clunks. But the film also delivers the requisite thrills and action, and with strong, likable actors filling up the lead roles, it's the kind of exciting, escapist fare designed for summer viewing." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1.5/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Perhaps the most annoying thing about the movie: The final scene sets up yet another sequel." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 23, 2013
2.5/5 51% At Any Price (2013) " A viewer is constantly aware of how much everyone is striving. It's the cinematic equivalent of a stranger who trips all over themselves in an effort to become your new best friend." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 9, 2013
2.5/5 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " Unfortunately, sharks and whales aren't the stars of the film, so the movie is a pretty humdrum affair when it focuses on humans, even when actors are playing characters based on real people." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 2, 2013
1.5/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " The navel-gazing grows obnoxious, especially as the people on screen seem more like archetypes than characters." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2/5 40% Mental (2013) " A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 28, 2013
4/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 27, 2013
2/5 71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) " The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It's all very empty and blah." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2013
4.5/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " It starts out as one type of film and ends up as another, and manages the transition seamlessly." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 6, 2013
1.5/5 28% Broken City (2013) " "Broken City"? More like "Broken Movie."" — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4.5/5 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " It zigs when you expect it to zag. It's perceptive and thoughtful as it swerves around potholes that easily could have broken an axle." — Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 12% Alex Cross (2012) " Picture Alan Alda in the title role of "Dirty Harry," and you have a good idea why Tyler Perry playing a hard-edged cop in "Alex Cross" doesn't work." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/5 41% 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (2012) " Both actors somehow stay grounded despite all the shenanigans. Hunnam, in particular, is quite adept at playing against his movie-star looks." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " If a viewer enjoyed the exotic locale and fast-paced action in the original film, here they get a different city and even more amped-up happenings, with a plot that intrigues enough to reel a viewer in." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4.5/5 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " To paraphrase one of the characters in the movie, it's A-Ca-Awesome." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 78% Dredd (2012) " With its dark characters and the grim setting, the film masterfully creates a compelling, nightmarish atmosphere." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2/5 77% Samsara (2012) " Fricke and his crew capture such moments as a Hawaiian volcano erupting to life with a stunning, you-are-there clarity. But the film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3.5/5 57% Sparkle (2012) " "Sparkle" is pure melodrama, but it's a high-powered, well-acted, entertaining melodrama. You may not always believe it, but you won't be bored." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2.5/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " For the most part, the movie's rhythms feel slightly off -- there are long stretches without a laugh -- and there is a mean-spirited air to the whole thing." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 16, 2012
1/5 4% A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012) " There is nothing the slightest bit heavenly about this project, which is wrong-headed in just about every department." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 3, 2012
4/5 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " When you expect it to go in one direction, it goes off in another. Most of the time, that clever element of surprise pays off." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/5 41% Silent House (2012) " It's a home-invasion shocker a la "The Strangers," but this one is made even more trippy by the gimmick that the film appears to be shot in one long take and occurs in real time." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
2/5 28% Project X (2012) " The whole thing is chaotic and crazy, but it's also fairly predictable." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2.5/5 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 8, 2012
3.5/5 40% Red Tails (2012) " The film's sincerity and good intentions shine through the hokum." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 19, 2012
2/5 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " The cornpone wisdom overflows from the screen during "Joyful Noise," like maple syrup on your grandmama's flapjacks." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2012
2/5 20% The Double (2011) " It's simply not very good." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 3, 2011
2/5 70% Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) " Ultimately, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is like meeting with an overeager salesman. In real life, that's not necessarily an unpleasant experience, but it also doesn't last 90 minutes." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 3, 2011
4/5 60% Real Steel (2011) " The movie really comes to life during the marvelous boxing sequences, which are often drop-dead exciting." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 5, 2011
2/5 23% What's Your Number? (2011) " Someday Anna Faris will find a movie vehicle that takes full advantage of her quirky comic rhythms and goofball timing, but it sure isn't "What's Your Number?"" — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 29, 2011
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