Randy Shulman

Randy Shulman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Randy Shulman'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
4/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Rob Marshall opens the musical up for the screen without going too far. It's grounded, replacing razzle-dazzle with full-on emotion. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "You can't help but walk out feeling as though you've just seen one of the more important stories about one of the more important people - gay or straight - of our time. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Every so often there's a sign of the old Katniss - a hint of anger, a moment of resolve - but mostly she spends the movie with a very bad case of the blahs. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "For all its sci-fi trappings...Interstellar comes down to one thing, and one thing alone: the notion of following your heart. Yes, it really is that simple. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "A spider monkey could have written a less obvious screenplay. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Singer keeps tight narrative control over a complicated plot, showcasing his directorial gifts in a magnificent climax that shuttles between two timelines with artistry. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "More than once, it leaves you impatient...as Edwards revs up some good old-fashioned monster mashing and then abruptly cuts to the aftermath. It's like having sex withheld. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted May 15, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "The Russos raise the stakes on each successive action sequence, until they arrive at [a] thundering, brutal, intensely suspenseful climax. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 89% It Came from Kuchar (2010) "Fun, frisky, ceaselessly enjoyable documentary froth. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Oct 17, 2009
2/5 71% An Englishman in New York (2009) "Falls somewhere between unbearable and fascinating. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Oct 17, 2009
5/5 83% The September Issue (2009) "One is forced to admire Wintour's decisiveness, her unwavering faith in her own instincts, as well as her ability to keep a multitude of creatives in check." ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4.5/5 68% Brüno (2009) "A giddy mash-up of social, sophomoric and shocking humor. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 12, 2009
2/5 16% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) "A blasé horror cocktail that has one or two good scares but mostly is a way to lay waste to time you never really wanted back anyway." ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Apr 5, 2009
4/5 98% The Life of Reilly (2007) "The schmaltzy surface-nature of the show, however, is redeemed by Reilly's performance... and by a final story... " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Mar 10, 2009
5/5 65% Watchmen (2009) "An engrossing, full embrace of the superhero form. Original, psychologically and intellectually rich and, more frequently than not, profoundly disturbing. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Mar 5, 2009
3.5/5 90% Coraline (2009) "The animation is just plain jaw-dropping, and the implementation of 3D gives the film an added boost of visual splendor. You feel like you're living it. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 94% Milk (2008) "Van Sant's innate stylistic detachment keeps Milk from attaining its full potential as a rousing, rich drama. It's 2 percent when it should be whole. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 26, 2008
4/5 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) "There are some people it will offend. To them I say, go bask in some Happy Days reruns. To the rest of you: Go see it and delight in laughing until your sides split. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 14, 2008
2/5 68% Pineapple Express (2008) "The guns-blazing, body-count-mounting final act is a wasted opportunity -- and not in a good wasted way. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 14, 2008
2/5 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) "[Speilberg] is no longer a young director, and nowhere is that more apparent than in his approach to this Indy. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jun 12, 2008
2/5 39% Speed Racer (2008) "Provides all the hallucinogenic benefits of an LSD trip without any of the nasty side-effects " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted May 16, 2008
1/5 53% Penelope (2006) "Penelope isn't really suitable for anyone. It's a boar. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Mar 6, 2008
2/5 77% Cloverfield (2008) "When all is said and done, and Cloverfield plays out, we're left with...'a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.' " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jan 24, 2008
5/5 89% Eastern Promises (2007) "After the movie ends, and you recall its various touchpoints, Cronenberg's work suddenly acquires unexpected retrospective depth. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Sep 27, 2007
5/5 88% Superbad (2007) "If Beaches was the ultimate chick flick, Superbad is one for all dudes, young and old. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 23, 2007
2/5 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) "POTC: At World's End strives for epic-ness, but it's not an epic. It's fluff. And fluff should never, ever exceed more than 1 hour and 47 minutes, including end credits. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 26, 2007
5/5 89% The Simpsons Movie (2007) "The vocal work is so finely honed by the cast of regulars, that the acting conveys a timing and skill rarely encountered in even the best live-action comedies. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 26, 2007
3/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) "Spider-Man 3 fails to enliven. It doesn't have the satisfying, jolting rush that makes you leave exclaiming, 'Wow! I can't wait to see that again!' " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted May 3, 2007
3/5 87% The Lookout (2007) "[Gordon-Levitt's] performance is flawless in a film that is mildly flawed, a film whose twists and turns really don't amount to more than slight bends in the road. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Apr 5, 2007
4/5 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) "The movie's driving force is Dench, whose extraordinary performance only underscores her post as one of the world's finest living actresses. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Feb 23, 2007
5/5 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) "Del Toro has an unmistakable aesthetic -- his movies bear the stamp of an auteur. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Feb 23, 2007
1/5 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) "Gone is the nuance, the mystery, the fright factor, in its place a near-campy Dr. Phibes-like obsession with revenge. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Feb 23, 2007
2/5 34% Breaking and Entering (2007) "Dramatically, it's pale and wan, an almost defiant bore. It sits there, like a month-old stew hiding in the back of the fridge: thick, gummy, indigestible. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Feb 23, 2007
4.5/5 78% Dreamgirls (2006) "Dreamgirls belongs to Hudson. When she sings, the movie transcends its celluloid confines, becoming an experience that is spiritual, impassioned, profound. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jan 4, 2007
3.5/5 62% Blood Diamond (2006) "The action sequences, filmed with a jerky hand-held camera to impart a sense of realism, are impressive, incorporating a palpable danger that sends shudders. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Dec 22, 2006
2/5 33% The Good German (2007) "If it weren't for a singular, gripping performance by Cate Blanchett, The Good German might as well have been titled The Incredibly Boring German. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Dec 22, 2006
5/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) "Casino Royale revives, rejuvenates and refreshes the series.... Watching it, you realize what it must have been like for 1962 audiences to experience Dr. No. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Dec 7, 2006
3/5 54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny proves one thing: Rock and roll never dies. It just gains weight. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Dec 7, 2006
1/5 50% For Your Consideration (2006) "If there were any justice in the world of movies, the film's distributor would gather up all copies of For Your Consideration before it hits theaters and burn them. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 16, 2006
4/5 100% The Queen (1968) "Helen Mirren gives perhaps her most remarkable performance in an already remarkable career. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2.5/5 76% The Prestige (2006) "The PrestigeH is infused with faux intellectualism -- it pretends to be more cerebral than it really is, when all it really wants to do is be the new Sixth Sense. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 2, 2006
5/5 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) "Borat [blends] the mockumentary form with...an extreme, fearless level of performance art, creating a glorious and profound new kind of comedy experience. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2/5 68% Snakes on a Plane (2006) "The movie isn't just mediocre -- it's profoundly mediocre. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 24, 2006
3.5/5 24% Lady in the Water (2006) "There's no twist in Lady in the Water, but that's not to say it doesn't possess an abundance of cleverness. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 18, 2006
1/5 39% Scoop (2006) "It fails to evoke one laugh over the course of 90 minutes, revealing Woody Allen's sense of humor to be not merely ailing, but dead -- completely, utterly, forever dead. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 18, 2006
3.5/5 85% The Descent (2006) "Writer-director Neil Marshall has...a gift for psychological subtext that infuses the narrative with a nasty, poisonous moral venom. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 18, 2006
5/5 68% World Trade Center (2006) "World Trade Center is likely the one summer release you least want to see.... But the fact is, [it's] the one film you don't want to miss. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Aug 18, 2006
3/5 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) "A Scanner Darkly finds Linklater in experimental mode, which is a far, far better place for him to be than in a little league dugout. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 21, 2006
3.5/5 63% Clerks II (2006) "Funny, flip, frequently shocking, sometimes appalling, and always engaging. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 21, 2006
4/5 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) "It's every bit as terrific as the inaugural film, occasionally surpassing it with mind-boggling, spectacularly choreographed action set pieces. " ‐ Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Posted Jul 21, 2006
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