Randy Cordova

Randy Cordova

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Randy Cordova'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
2.5/5 18% Pixels (2015) "It manages to achieve the weird feat of feeling overlong and choppy at the same time, like someone edited the film with a pair of garden shears. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 90% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "The film feels quietly truthful, as it focuses more on small, pivotal moments than big ones. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/5 86% Eden (2015) "Perhaps what Hansen-Løve lacks is perspective. The movie runs a very long two hours and 11 minutes, and the excess is easily felt. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/5 40% A Little Chaos (2015) "This is a movie in which everything feels vaguely familiar. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4.5/5 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "It never lapses into mawkishness, but remains clear-eyed and compassionate. It's not coldly clinical; instead, the characters are treated with grace and respect. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet The Cokeville Miracle (2015) "Like a lot of inspirational films, the movie could use a little more subtlety and restraint. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 33% Poltergeist (2015) "The original film was promoted with the tagline "It knows what scares you." If there was a truth-in-advertising law regarding films, this movie's ad copy would read: "Poltergeist: Meh." " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Befitting the subject matter, the movie is sweet-natured and sentimental. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 48% Ride (2015) "As a screenwriter, [Hunt] can be a bit obvious: It's the kind of film in which the son addresses his mother by her first name. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 8, 2015
2/5 81% Dior and I (2015) "[It] adds up to something that won't have much appeal beyond the fashionista crowd. And even they probably would prefer browsing through one of the designer's catalogs than sitting through this glossy bore. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Big and numbingly loud, "Furious 7" jets around the globe so we can watch cars crash, explode and repeatedly defy gravity. If that sounds like a great way to spend two hours and 17 minutes, read no more. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 83% Above and Beyond (2015) ""Above and Beyond" is a straightforward, rah-rah documentary that shines a light on a group of World War II pilots who were recruited to essentially create the Israeli air force during the Palestine War in 1948. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/5 55% Road Hard (2015) "Supporting turns by Philip Rosenthal and David Alan Grier as two pals in the business are fun, but they can't prevent the movie's rather aimless nature or self-indulgent feel. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1.5/5 No Score Yet 72 Hours (2015) "The movie fails as both a comedy and morality tale. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 81% Human Capital (2015) "In "Human Capital," the destinies of two Italian families become intertwined after a hit-and-run accident in which the victim is a waiter. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "It's no surprise "The Boy Next Door" is junk. What is disappointing is that it's not fun junk. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (2014) "If it never achieves the heft it wants, it at least manages a sitcommy kind of charm, like an extended episode of The Golden Girls. Perhaps more importantly, it gives Rowlands a lead role, which is never a bad thing. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 16, 2015
1.5/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) "All kinds of problems are forgivable in a movie like this if the finished product is exciting. That doesn't happen here. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2.5/5 60% Ode to my Father (2014) "Everything is lathered with a syrupy, string-laden musical score designed to gnaw at a viewer's tear ducts. It's about as subtle as having an off-screen narrator yell "Start crying!" before big scenes, and probably as effective. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 8, 2015
5/5 91% The Way He Looks (2014) "A warm, smart and thoroughly delightful coming-of-age story. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 60% Drunktown's Finest (2015) "At most times, the movie feels quite intimate and honest. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2.5/5 73% Camp X-Ray (2014) "On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "At a certain point, it's akin to reading a mediocre murder mystery. You finish it because you're too far in to quit, as opposed to actually caring how things wrap up. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 29% The Song (2014) "The performances are uniformly fine, which keeps things involving. Powell, in particular, is terrific. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/5 33% Last Weekend (2014) "The characters flutter about, argue and flirt, but they are simply too bland and vacuous to make much of an impression. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/5 No Score Yet 108 Stitches (2014) "108 Stitches wants to be a gross-out comedy in the Van Wilder or Old School tradition, but A) it isn't funny, and B) it isn't gross. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 12, 2014
1/5 7% The Identical (2014) "Elvis Presley made some bad movies, but let's give the King his due: He never made anything as outright awful as "The Identical." " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 4, 2014
26% As Above, So Below (2014) "Once the characters go underground, things start happening. Not scary things, mind you, but things. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 31, 2014
3.5/5 61% A Five Star Life (2014) "There is a warm naturalness to the dialogue, and Buy is wonderfully evocative. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "There's comfort food and there are comfort movies. In Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hundred-Foot Journey," you get a full helping of both. And guess what? It's all very comforting. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 70% What If (2014) "Radcliffe is delightful, showcasing a sly, winning comedic style. Kazan's charms are a bit more twee (her character is also more undefined), but the warmth and energy between the two is undeniable. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/5 54% The Fluffy Movie (2014) "Iglesias makes his strongest impact when he sticks to material that is extremely personal. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2.5/5 61% Heli (2014) "Although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "The movie is never boring. The atmosphere is decidedly unsettling and a viewer will jump a few times. Even the acting is fairly solid. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4.5/5 54% Trust Me (2014) "There's a fine tradition of acerbic movies that skewer Hollywood: Think "Sunset Boulevard," "The Player" and "What Just Happened," to name a few. The dark-humored "Trust Me" is a worthy addition to the list. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Song Of The New Earth "The filmmaker's seeming lack of skepticism makes for rough going if you don't buy into Kenyon's vision. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 71% Documented (2014) ""Documented" is obviously a bit of advocacy filmmaking, which is fine, but most of the time it's not compelling enough to reach beyond the converted. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) "A slight, minor comedy that feels like something Woody Allen might have come up with on a lazy afternoon. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 1, 2014
2/5 77% Watermark (2014) "Although the visuals are spectacular - a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic - there's not much else here to grab on. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 1, 2014
4/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) "A consistently fine actor, Firth does marvelous work here, as Lomax must balance the demons of his past with the specter of forgiveness. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet 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 11% Vampire Academy (2014) "If a supernatural teen film ever required CliffsNotes, it would be this one. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 23% 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 22% 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
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