Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Threat , MovieWeb
Total Reviews:
303
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
11% No Good Deed (2014) " The suits at Screen Gems had the right idea. They just failed to carry it through. Their mistake wasn't scrapping the picture's press screenings. It was failing to scrap them all." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 17, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " Once in a great while, a film leaves you dumbstruck. Which is wonderful, unless you happen to be a reviewer. You're kind of expected to come up with something to say." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 15, 2014
35% The November Man (2014) " For a guy who used to be James Bond, Brosnan makes a surprisingly unconvincing superspy and the story is a meatheaded misfire riddled with loose ends, plot holes and action clich├ęs." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 3, 2014
37% If I Stay (2014) " If you see just one weeper based on a YA best seller about teen love blossoming beneath the dark cloud of death this year, do yourself a favor: See the other one. If I Stay makes The Fault in Our Stars look like Citizen Kane." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 28, 2014
50% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Woody Allen pulls off a pretty impressive trick with his 44th film: He makes the charm of Emma Stone and Colin Firth disappear. Rarely have such appealing performers found themselves stranded in roles this underwritten and tiresome. " — Film Threat
Posted Aug 20, 2014
20% Into The Storm (2014) " This is a storm that's far from perfect. But adjust your expectations sufficiently and you just may have an experience that doesn't blow." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 13, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " It's not every day you see something you don't see every day. The day you experience Linklater's remarkable new work, I guarantee, will be one you won't soon forget. It's perhaps the most artful and audacious experiment in the history of film." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 6, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " Douglas flails in search of a credible comic tone and Keaton doesn't so much play a character as wear a succession of signature getups. This is wrinkle porn at its laziest, cheesiest and most braindead. And so it blows. " — Film Threat
Posted Jul 30, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Siskel's widow recalls he kept his condition a secret to spare his kids and James drives home the devastation of the unexpected loss for Ebert, who vowed that, should anything like that happen to him, he'd hide nothing. Sadly, something did." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 23, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " 2014 is barely past its midpoint, but, my friends, we have a winner: Paul Haggis' latest is a lock for worst movie of the year. It's a crashing bore with the tagline "Watch Me." Don't." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 16, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " This is a road movie in which Melissa McCarthy - one of the planet's funniest people - takes her audience down a dead end." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 11, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Transfourmers, as I like to call it, is everything you could want in a big-budget tentpole, so long as what you want is sound and fury signifying nothing beyond a guarantee that more of the same is already on the way." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 2, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The second half of the film feels tacked on from a different project. It's a cautionary tale. Not about drugs or hubris but about poor bookkeeping. " — Film Threat
Posted Jun 25, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street takes Hollywood comedy to a whole new place - a neat trick for a picture whose business plan is revisiting the past. " — Film Threat
Posted Jun 18, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Liman's the brains behind the Bourne franchise, so one approaches the picture with great expectations of breathless action, depth of character and narrative dazzle. One is in for great disappointment." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 11, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " A meta western so gutbusting it makes Blazing Saddles look like Unforgiven. Ignore all other reviews. It's genius. " — Film Threat
Posted Jun 4, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " There will be drool." — Film Threat
Posted May 28, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " If devastation porn is your cup of tea, this is the picture for you. That's all it has to offer-just monster-on-monster, building-bashing action like you haven't seen since maybe last week. " — Film Threat
Posted May 21, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " A funny, fascinating rumination on art, ambition and the fickleness of fate. It's also unique in the history of film: a documentary that goes behind the scenes of a movie for which not a single scene was ever shot." — Film Threat
Posted May 14, 2014
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The story is movingly universal. You'll connect with these characters. You'll root for them as they risk everything to break free of the bleakness they were born into. And you'll feel it when, just as things begin to go well, they go haywire instead. " — Film Threat
Posted May 7, 2014
24% The Other Woman (2014) " Nothing in this upside-down ode to empowerment is remotely believable - much less entertaining - and no one in the cast does anything that even resembles acting. It's a manic, misogynistic mess from start to finish. You can feel your brain cells dying. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 30, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " A tale of two Brit boomers looking for lost love in Paris, this is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with room service. Broadbent and Duncan have never been better. Their eyes and body language say as much as the dagger-sharp dialog. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 23, 2014
74% Oculus (2014) " The filmmaker has some truly trippy fun with the siblings' cells. These are easily the eeriest phone calls since Robert Blake dead-dialed in Lost Highway. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 16, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Perhaps the most surprising thing about Lars von Trier is that he still can surprise us. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 9, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " With his latest, the time has arrived to stop thinking of Anderson's movies as great to look at and start thinking of them simply as great. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 2, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " The fledgling filmmaker finds what feels like just the right ratio of glitz to guts. One comes away with the sense that Stritch wants more than anything for the show to go on, while knowing better than anyone that her final bow can't be far off. " — Film Threat
Posted Mar 26, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Morris' latest is a sequel of sorts to The Fog of War (2003) with its examination of another military mastermind's imprint on history. His attempts to penetrate Rumsfeld's delusions and defenses, however, are hindered less by fog than smoke screens." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 19, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " It's hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mind-bending stunt. What you're less likely to expect is that it's a 17th-century Dutch masterpiece that's pulled out of a hat." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 12, 2014
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " It's La Dolce Vita for the 21st century, of course. But, more than that, it's the rare work that not only tips its hat to a masterpiece but sort of shockingly tops it." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 5, 2014
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " What it lacks in Albanian sex traffickers, the picture makes up for in bizarro comic flourishes and heartstring-tugging corn. I've seen Lifetime movies with more existential drama." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 26, 2014
93% The Past (2013) " Farhadi piles on plot twists and sensational revelations until we realize what we're watching is soap opera packaged as art. Five or ten minutes into hour three, the film reaches a critical mass of preposterousness." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 19, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " This ho-hum ode to the importance of great paintings and statues is as much fun as an art appreciation class and just about as exciting." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 12, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " You're certain to wonder when the manhunt for the wunderkind auteur is going to begin. Because, in Labor Day's nearly two hours, the Jason Reitman fans have come to know is nowhere to be found." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 7, 2014
—— Unmanned: America's Drone Wars (2013) " Greenwald's work gets to the point like cinematic surgical strikes. As with Whistleblowers, he's in and out in an hour and doesn't leave a base uncovered. The bottom line: The present administration is basically the previous administration on steroids." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " A tale of two flawed, fascinating creatures for which you should have great expectations. " — Film Threat
Posted Jan 22, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Think Zero Dark Thirty minus the happy ending." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 15, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " For the first half hour or so, Streep's bitch-on-wheels shtick is good mean fun. But the script jettisons so much of the play that the remainder feels sketchy and super-stagy - like something Eugene O'Neill might have written for the Lifetime channel. " — Film Threat
Posted Jan 8, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell's principal obsession is the period and, I'm sorry, but someone really should've taken the filmmaker aside before shooting began and reminded him the decade's been done to death. Maybe Ron Burgundy could've broken the news." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 18, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wish you'd watched The Deer Hunter." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 11, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Dench pulls a De Niro here, trading on her legend in the service of a profitable triviality which morphs the tale of a woman's lifetime of regret into a feel-good buddy film offering yuks at the unsophisticated biddy's expense." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 4, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The combination of that cadaverous visage, redneck rage and cowboy cockiness yields an affecting portrait of a complex man defying the odds - and the authorities - by figuring out how to survive a plague while Big Pharma worked on making a buck off it." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 27, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " This shipwreck isn't a train wreck by any means, but, in the case of the writer-director's sophomore outing, less really is less. All Is Lost winds up nautical miles from all it might have been." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 20, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Well, it took a Brit to get the job done, but we finally have it: a nightmare snapshot of plantation life from the viewpoint of an American slave." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 13, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " A geriatric riff on The Hangover. Minus, you know, the tiger, the roofies and the laughs. " — Film Threat
Posted Nov 6, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " As long, strange trips go, Bad Grandpa's cross country odyssey feels more long than strange." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 30, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " This portrait of the world's most notorious bean spiller reveals so little I couldn't say with more certainty today than a year ago whether his crusade for transparency is sincere or just a freedom of information act." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 23, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " A funny, life-affirming portrait of a well-meaning young woman who's a work-in-progress and a welcome departure for its director." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 16, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " A minimalist masterpiece that more than merits the response it's gotten from the public and critics alike. How fitting, given its subject, that the acclaim has been universal." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 9, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " An overrated racing picture that literally goes nowhere fast. " — Film Threat
Posted Oct 2, 2013
—— Manhattan Short Film Festival 2011 " Every one of these ten shorts is a winner in its own way and proves beyond a shadow of a digital doubt that less, in the right hands, definitely can be more." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 25, 2013
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