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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% A Hologram for the King (2016) "A nuanced geopolitical parable has been repurposed into a generic romantic comedy, the equivalent of turning, say, The Corrections into a sitcom. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 4, 2016
71% Miles Ahead (2016) "Cheadle gives a convincing physical performance, looking and sounding eerily like Davis, but this is otherwise a confounding cartoon. The actor worked hard for the chance to bring his dream to the screen, but the bottom line is, he kind of blew it. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 27, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) "Baker, we learn, spent the last decade of his life in Europe, using heroin and making much of his greatest music. As an antidrug message, Budreau's film blows. As the study of a famous creative figure, it gets inside to a degree biopics rarely do. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 20, 2016
19% The Boss (2016) "A great comic mind is a terrible thing to waste. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 13, 2016
21% I Saw the Light (2016) "Abraham's snoozy, meandering, insight-free biopic was originally slated for an Oscar-qualifying November release. Then someone at Sony Pictures Classics watched it, I guess. A title more apt by far would have been I Saw the Lite. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 6, 2016
94% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Suspense and tension are masterfully deployed. Your knuckles will be white. The edge of your seat will see action for 102 minutes. And you will never think about drones in quite the same way as you did before you saw this timely, electrifying film. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 30, 2016
81% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "I'm not sure what this is, beyond a tiresome oddity for the viewer and a career low for its star. Something tells me the most sensible way to deal with Doris is simply not to say hello in the first place. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 23, 2016
74% Youth (2015) "How the hell did Paolo Sorrentino's latest not dominate awards season? Spotlight and The Big Short are timely films. Youth is timeless. " ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 16, 2016
65% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "112 minutes of insensitive cultural stereotypes, casting that'd make the bigots who inspired #OscarsSoWhite proud and shots of dogs humping. Seriously. I lost count of the number of times the directors cut to close-ups of hounds going to town. WTF indeed. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 9, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) "Nemes has said his goal was to tell a Holocaust story "without projecting postwar emotions or emotions codified in film." I think it's safe to say the filmmaker has created an unforgettably fresh hell. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 2, 2016
96% Heart of a Dog (2015) "As a child, she tells us, she compulsively tried to imagine "things that have never happened in the history of the world." Older, wiser and never better, Laurie Anderson has imagined a movie that meets that challenge magnificently. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 24, 2016
93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "I can't imagine whom this lightweight curio is intended to appeal to, honestly. With its combination of third-rate Charlie Kaufmanisms, clumsy meta touches and ho-hum narrative, it certainly didn't appeal to me. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 17, 2016
77% Where to Invade Next (2016) "A playful, subtly patriotic work from our greatest cinematic gadfly. His goal isn't to criticize this country but to point out that others have solved problems we're still grappling with, and to suggest we take a hint. What a foreign concept. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 10, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) "The Pendleton rescue ranks with the most amazing stories in nautical history but Disney tweaked and twisted the facts and added hokey, hammy stuff that never happened to the point this comes off more like a high-seas Hallmark movie. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 3, 2016
82% The Revenant (2015) "Revenge, it's said, is a dish best served cold. In Alejandro González Iñárritu's symphony of savagery, The Revenant, it's served frozen, bloody and without mercy. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 27, 2016
93% Room (2015) "Abrahamson's film does the virtually unimaginable: It stares down inhumanity and, in the process, emerges as perhaps the year's most uplifting cinematic experience. Room won't win Best Picture but it will win your admiration. Maybe even your heart. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 20, 2016
88% The Big Short (2015) "Not every filmmaker has what it takes to shape material this bleak into a blackly comic blast, but McKay and his AAA-rated cast are on the money throughout. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 13, 2016
61% Joy (2015) "Mangano's rags-to-call-in-riches saga is so kitschy and improbable that you can imagine Tim Burton drooling at the thought of taking a seriocomic stab at it. The problem is Russell decided to tell a different sort of story and much of it is a snooze. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 23, 2015
59% Sisters (2015) "Poehler and Fey attain Bridesmaids heights, with Fey working bluer than a Smurf sailor and wringing nonstop laughs from her potty-mouthed riffs. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 16, 2015
29% The Letters (2015) "The movie's writing, direction and acting are not alone in blowing. Ciaran Hope's overwrought score sounds like a mashup of music from hokey old biblical pictures. If a duller, less inspired film hits the cineplex this season, it will be a miracle. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 9, 2015
76% Trumbo (2015) "Cranston brings style and brio to the part but his character rarely achieves three-dimensionality.The man who gave us Roman Holiday, Spartacus, The Brave One, Exodus, Papillon and dozens more deserves far better film treatment than he receives here. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 2, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) "The filmmakers and cast are careful to focus on the drudgery, dead ends and shoe leather that go into an enterprise of this scale, eschewing sensationalism. Of the film's 128 minutes, not one is wasted on self-righteous grandstanding or speech making. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 25, 2015
19% Love the Coopers (2015) "Dialogue so dumb it will make your ears bleed-some of it spoken by a pet; one-dimensional characters with zero entertainment value; Keaton, as usual, wearing selections from the Jane Jetson Collection and overacting. Love the Coopers is ho-ho-hopeless. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 18, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) "Will Craig slip into that tux once more? For now, all we can say for sure is that, if he doesn't, it'll be a shame. As Carly Simon sang almost 40 years ago, "Nobody does it better." " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 11, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) " For all practical purposes, it's Steve Jobs with aprons. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 4, 2015
85% Steve Jobs (2015) "Look closely and you'll see this isn't really a movie about computers at all. The machines are there, but the new iterations introduced in the launches-the ones the filmmakers are truly interested in-are the slowly new and improved models of Jobs the man. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 28, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Spielberg's latest is like a double agent: Coded into this tale of Cold War intrigue is a stinging indictment of U.S. policy during our wars in the Middle East. Just exactly where, the film urges viewers to ask, are the James Donovans of today? " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 21, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "Having digitally rebuilt the city with astonishing historical accuracy, Zemeckis stages Petit's 45 minutes on a cable, 1,600 feet above the street, as one of the most lovely, terrifying, suspenseful and joyous sequences in movie history. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 14, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) "Matt Damon may play the marooned astronaut who fights to make it home in this feel-good sci-fi epic, but the big news is that director Ridley Scott is back. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 7, 2015
71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "You know a movie's something special when it succeeds at generating tension and excitement from a game in which two people do little more than stare at a board and move pieces of wood. And does it ever. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 30, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "Johnny Depp ditches the flouncy flourishes, silly accents and funny hats and gets back down to the business of acting in Black Mass, easily his finest film in a decade. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 23, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) "I've watched loved ones suffer the indignities of dementia and can't help but find the filmmaker's decision to use them for comic fodder and cheap shocks in deplorable taste. Shyamalan should be ashamed. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 16, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) "Mistress America lacks the star power of last fall's While We're Young, but it has something more important - Greta Gerwig - and, largely for that reason, it's the superior picture. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 9, 2015
45% No Escape (2015) "Dowdle's intent is to put an ordinary American family in the way of the kind of harm that Westerners the world over face today with increasing frequency. ISIS is going to give this film five stars and use pirated copies as recruitment tools. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 2, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) "The high point (get it?) is an imaginatively choreographed confrontation between Mike and a literal truckload of assassins. They should've called it Operation Overkill. The sequence is delightfully reminiscent of the church massacre scene in Kingsman. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 26, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The most remarkable novelist of our age is the subject of the most remarkable picture of the season - possibly the year. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 19, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) "This is a psychological thriller that reflects a genuine grasp of human psychology. That's uncommon. It's what made Hitchcock Hitchcock. It's what makes The Gift one of the extremely rare films that deserve to be described as "Hitchcockian." " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 12, 2015
26% Vacation (2015) "The movie may have been 30-plus years in the remaking, but it most definitely is a trip. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 5, 2015
95% Amy (2015) "This mesmerizing, meticulously crafted and moving film offers a reminder that, before the people she trusted allowed her to become a punch line, Winehouse was a serious talent. With Amy, Kapadia sets the record straight. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 29, 2015
80% Ant-Man (2015) "To say the least, this is a movie with a few bugs in it. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2015
14% The Gallows (2015) "Horror has experienced a renaissance with the release of innovative works such as The Babadook and It Follows. Viewers expecting The Gallows to continue the trend will be disappointed to find that Cluff and Lofing have, so to speak, left them hanging. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 15, 2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Hey, I appreciate quirk as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure the untimely, painful demise of a young woman is the most appropriate subject for showcasing a filmmaker's hip worldview. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 8, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "At nearly two hours and half a dozen story lines, Ted 2 is simply too much of a so-so thing " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 1, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Cinematographer James D. Cooper makes his directorial debut with this entertaining, if incomplete, account of how the six men made it together as far as the creation of the rock opera Tommy before self- destructing. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2015
91% Love & Mercy (2015) "Love & Mercy is that rare biopic that respects both its subject and its audience. It's the most insightful portrait of an artist and his process I've ever seen on screen, a privilege to watch. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 17, 2015
94% Spy (2015) "Feig worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat and he's helming the Ghostbusters sheboot. What he hasn't done before is write a screenplay for a major feature. And it shows. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 10, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "With a bench this deep, it's mathematically impossible for the film not to be entertaining - or, at least, weird in an extremely interesting way. As it happens, Aloha is both. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 3, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "In places, the CGI mayhem is snazzy, but mostly the whole business is exhausting. It hardly helps that Robertson comes close to exceeding the perkiness limit even for a Disney product. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 27, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "This is not your father's Mad Max. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 20, 2015
7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "I know what you're thinking. Uptight female cop, mismatched female buddy, drug lords, sight gags involving a female law enforcer's underwear - this is kind of like The Heat, right? Wrong. Its creators attempt to commit literary larceny but bungle the job. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 13, 2015
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