Richard James Havis

Richard James Havis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , Hollywood Reporter
Total Reviews:
109

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
49% La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007) " This deliciously wicked slice of demonic horror from Italian master Dario Argento serves as a devilish antidote to bleak shockers like Saw." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2008
82% XXY (2007) " A tough, engaging, extremely touching work of cinema." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 9, 2008
75% Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies) (2008) " Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2008
88% Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks) (2007) " Infectiously enjoyable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2008
91% Sputnik Mania (Sputnik) (The Fever of 57) (2007) " Clips from old television broadcasts make this space documentary entertaining." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2008
0% One Missed Call (2008) " The direction is uninspired, acting is lifeless, and the script borders on the inept. A PG-13 rating means that it's short on shocks, too." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 8, 2008
68% Ben X (2007) " [Director Nic] Balthazar's determination to draw a positive message from a negative situation doesn't quite fit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 5, 2007
50% The Art of Crying (Kunsten at græde i kor) (2006) " This slice of Nordic doom and gloom envelops the gruesome behavior of its subjects in a jaunty charm." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 28, 2007
65% Trilogia: To livadi pou dakryzei (The Weeping Meadow) (2004) " It's a typically poetic film, rich in powerful imagery, which sees a bitter personal tragedy unfold against the major events of 20th century Greece." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 15, 2007
93% This Is England (2007) " Its tough but moving neo-realist approach make it one of the better British films of recent times." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 9, 2007
38% Milarepa (2007) " Those expecting a reflective Buddhist piece will be surprised. First-time director Neten Chokling's film actually is a powerful revenge drama. Despite the film's low budget, there's also spectacle, courtesy of the Himalayan locations." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2007
78% Love For Sale: Suely in the Sky (O Ceu de Suely) (2007) " ...a well-observed slice of social realist cinema." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2007
19% The Invasion (2007) " It's short on both coherence and shocks, and features a quick, deus ex machina ending which will have viewers leaving the theatre feeling let down." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 17, 2007
9% Bratz: The Movie (2007) " A cut above the usual dramas aimed at teen female audiences, not least because it's about more than shopping and romance." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 6, 2007
96% The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) " A clever structure by director Seth Gordon means that The King of Kong ends up more engrossing than its bunch of geeky characters initially suggest." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2007
37% The Guardian (2006) " A well-judged performance by Kevin Costner brings drama to this actioner." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing) (2005) " Director Damien O'Donnell has achieved a warm and uplifting movie which is marred only by a brief drift into melodrama in the middle." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
33% Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006) " A moderately enjoyable affair which only drags in the middle." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
66% Screamers (2006) " A committed piece of agit-prop, which benefits from the passion of its protagonists." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 28, 2006
23% Home of the Brave (2006) " The good scenes hit home, but the bad ones tilt towards melodrama and sentimentality." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 14, 2006
72% Flushed Away (2006) " Although Flushed Away is on a much bigger scale than its homely predecessors, it's still comfortably offbeat and funny." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 1, 2006
38% Unknown (2006) " The result is passable, though it's clear that his forte lies elsewhere." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 25, 2006
64% The Go Master (Wu Qingyuan) (2006) " A deeply thoughtful biopic of a legendary gaming master." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2006
83% Paprika (2006) " An intelligently written piece that only falters during the finale, where Kon sacrifices the film's logic for an explosive ending." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2006
85% The Hoax (2007) " Jaunty, likable and surprisingly relevant tale of one of the better scandals of the '70s." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2006
86% Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach) (2008) " This film lacks Hong Sang-soo's usual insight and narrative innovation." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2006
85% Hurricane on the Bayou (2006) " While it attempts to be apolitical, the filmmakers short shrift of what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina weakens an otherwise worthy film." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 2, 2006
56% Feast (2005) " It works as a funny and slicker-than-expected parody of the genre." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 2, 2006
89% Starter for 10 (2006) " Social commentary elevates this light coming-of-age drama about a young British boy's university days." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) " The ambitious staging of Jaa's lean and long-limbed Muay Thai fight scenes makes them look impressive. There is just too little happening in between to engage a wider audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2006
100% Krrish (2006) " Succeeds mainly because of its hell-for-leather exuberance." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 24, 2006
36% Eleven Men Out (Strakarnir okkar) (2007) " [Eleven Men Out] thoughtful and funny characters, something that should give this droll drama appeal beyond a niche gay audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2006
—— Brasília 18% (2006) " Brasilia 18% ultimately succeeds as a good story well told." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2006
98% Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2006) " This second film by Chinese director Lu Chuan is a solid and atmospheric drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 2, 2006
87% The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2006) " This quirky documentary about a group of American hairdressers who establish exactly that shows that the power of hair salons should never be underestimated." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 25, 2006
89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) (2006) " This debut feature by Filipino director Auraeus Solito is a neatly observed take on Manila street life." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2006
97% Iron Island (Jazire Ahani) (2006) " A powerful political allegory." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2006
65% Wild Tigers I Have Known (2007) " Stylish flourishes hold things together in the absence of strong plotting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2006
65% Yang Ban Xi: The 8 ModelWorks (Yang Ban Xi, de 8 modelwerken) (2005) " It's a worthy subject, but its credibility is damaged by some banal fabrications." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 12, 2006
5% Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) " Toilet humor, jokes about paraplegics and serious overacting make this lowbrow comedy an irritating watch." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 28, 2006
38% Marebito (2005) " Marebito is a disturbing supernatural drama that leaves a sour taste in the mouth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 30, 2005
60% Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005) " Tremendously enjoyable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 13, 2005
68% Before the Fall (Napola) (2004) " This well-made World War II film from Germany is both a coming-of-age story and a critique of National Socialist ideology." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 21, 2005
19% Doom (2005) " There's so little to go wrong that those who like their entertainment mindless and violent will find little fault." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 20, 2005
86% Zui hao de shi guang (Three Times) (2005) " In spite of its undeniable aesthetic and cinematic value, though, the film lacks the emotional engagement and social importance of [the director's] classic work of the 1980s and early '90s." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2005
100% Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema) (2005) " Hong, who reportedly always carries a notebook with him, is an excellent observer of the minutiae of daily life." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 4, 2005
89% A State of Mind (2005) " This fascinating documentary details day-to-day life in the hard-line Communist state of North Korea." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2005
84% The Future of Food (2005) " A powerful, if one-sided, attack on the GM food industry." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2005
4% Dirty Love (2005) " This banal comedy is filmmaking of the lowest order." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2005
72% The War Within (Over the Mountains) (2005) " It does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2005
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