Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Film Threat , MovieWeb
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71% 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
76% 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
83% 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
88% 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
33% 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
94% 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
33% 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
76% 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
52% 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
94% 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
29% The Family (2013) " Obviously Robert De Niro was abducted by aliens, and the fellow we've watched sleepwalk through nearly 20 years of shlock is a pod person. A pod person with a terrible agent." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 18, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Director James Ponsoldt has a drinking problem. The problem is that he apparently can't stop making movies about drinking. " — Film Threat
Posted Sep 12, 2013
62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Spurlock makes inventive use of 3-D technology. The picture is trippy in places, making it more pleasant to sit through the forgettable songs than it otherwise would be. But Beatles comparisons? Please. One Direction is less a band than a business plan." — Film Threat
Posted Sep 4, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " After all the great things I'd heard, I felt like I must've stumbled into the wrong theater as I watched the sloppy, misanthropic sitcom that is Blue Jasmine" — Film Threat
Posted Aug 28, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " The picture's most significant problem is simply that it's pointlessly truncated. It's the truth, just not the whole truth. Stern and Whiteley's is a story about big business when it should've been a story about big ideas. " — Film Threat
Posted Aug 26, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " Certainties are few in this life, but you can take it from me: Though the movie listings might suggest otherwise, there's no such thing as Miller time." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 14, 2013
60% War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) " The film doesn't so much unfold as detonate. It's a swift kick in the pants at 66 minutes and utilizes a deft blend of archival footage, graphs, subject interviews and bites from knowledgeable talking heads such as David Carr." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 7, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " A moving bit of business about a boy learning the secret to making life a day at the beach and the best work yet from two guys who really do go way, way back. " — Film Threat
Posted Jul 31, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " James Wan's 2004 breakthrough, Saw, was the definition of torture porn. His latest, on the other hand, is simply torture." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 24, 2013
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Sandler and his pals are in the enviable position of having the muscle to do their thing for fun and profit. " — Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Plot holes are barely outnumbered by the undead. How, for example, did the zombie apocalypse bring civilization to the brink of collapse without folks hearing about it on CNN? The film's writers, as Ricky Ricardo would say, 'have some splainin to do.'" — Film Threat
Posted Jun 26, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " The dirty half dozen may find God at the last minute, but they've all been disciples of Judd Apatow for years. So the absence of taste is balanced by an abundance of heart." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 19, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " Nothing wipes the smiles off their faces-even when jobs vaporize, girlfriends bail and homes go into foreclosure. After a while, their positivity actually began to creep me out. They're like Stepford bros." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 13, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " The final act reaches up its sleeve and pulls out a big twist that's supposed to take us by surprise - but, instead, just takes us for idiots." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 5, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Well, the wolves have packed it in and anyone who coughed up 10 bucks for a ticket to this fecal threequel has my deepest condolences." — Film Threat
Posted May 29, 2013
90% A Place at the Table (2013) " A must-see dispatch from the front lines of this struggle packed with sobering statistics and infuriating facts - among them, that one in four American children is chronically hungry." — Film Threat
Posted May 22, 2013
68% Renoir (2013) " A portrait of the artist as an old fart. " — Film Threat
Posted May 15, 2013
91% The Sapphires (2013) " By-the-numbers in every sense of the word, the film tracks a tried-and-true sort of triumph while featuring renditions of soul classics so bursting with energy and joy you won't care that the originality meter is leaning on empty." — Film Threat
Posted May 8, 2013
94% Lore (2013) " Think "Little Red Riding Hood" meets The Road." — Film Threat
Posted May 1, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " You know a picture's derivative when a list of titles in the same genre technically constitutes a spoiler. It's not so much that these films provide the picture's DNA as that Kosinski uses them as his personal cinematic ATM. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 24, 2013
78% 42 (2013) " Helgeland's handling of the material is simply too by the book, giving us the milestone in place of the man. " — Film Threat
Posted Apr 17, 2013
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " Many secrets are revealed and examined in director Dror Moreh's mind-blowingly fine film. If I have a quibble, it's that he never reveals the most tantalizing secret of all: how the hell he pulled it off." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 10, 2013
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