Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
The Playlist
Total Reviews:
94

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 83% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " 'Electric Boogaloo' is often a deeply entertaining and amusing romp through the annals of trash cinema history. At least initially. Even at a fairly routine 105 minutes, the doc begins to wear out its welcome with its repetitive style and narrative." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 21, 2014
B —— Hyena " "Hyena" may not be wholly original, but its cancerous tenor positions many of its various talents as ones to watch. " — The Playlist
Posted Sep 11, 2014
C 67% Madame Bovary " "Madame Bovary" is an attractively crafted movie that tries to insinuate disillusionment in every shot and frame. But in doing so, the movie feels more precise and calculated, misplacing a vitality that it desperately needs." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 11, 2014
C 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Too bland to be memorable, too painless to hate, the slight "This Is Where I Leave You," is like a forgettable breeze. While ultimately disposable, with nothing insightful to say about family, at least is has the decency not grovel or beg you to love it." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 9, 2014
C 67% The Equalizer (2014) " Low expectations may permit you to enjoy this picture, especially if all you seek is to numb yourself at the movies. "The Equalizer" might be the most enjoyable bad movie I've seen in a long time." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 7, 2014
A- 82% Nightcrawler (2014) " A deliciously dark, cynical and riveting examination of struggle and suffering gone awry." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2014
C- 88% The Drop (2014) " "Beyond the clunky inelegance of the plot, none of the actors are given much do that you haven't seen a hundred times before in far more inspired crime dramas."" — The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2014
A- 100% The Salt of the Earth " "The Salt of The Earth" is a mesmeric and unforgettable look at the world and it sufferings through the eyes of a remarkably insightful and honorable artist." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2014
C 71% Kelly & Cal (2014) " While anchored by the aforementioned strong performances, too many unsurprising or banal plot clichés are abused." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 2, 2014
B 85% The Imitation Game (2014) " Crowd-pleasing and rousing, the movie's winning third final act will definitely render the picture as solid contender in awards season." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 2, 2014
C- 82% Wild (2014) " "Wild" never really earns its hard-fought struggle for redemption and personal reinvention." — The Playlist
Posted Sep 2, 2014
C 59% Hellion (2014) " "Hellion" just can't quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way." — The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
B+ 100% Burning Bush (2014) " Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, "Burning Bush" is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late '60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. " — The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
B 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " "Magic In The Moonlight" is an occasionally delightful, if familiar and sometimes strained comedy." — The Playlist
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Gibney never quite finds Fela, and the quest isn't always remarkable either, but such is the spirited brio of the seminal subject that some of his dynamic essence still shines through." — The Playlist
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " "It's the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn't feel as if it was written by committee."" — The Playlist
Posted Jul 9, 2014
B+ 73% Bluebird " Carefully shot, well-observed and featuring terrific performances... "Bluebird" is an affecting and moving examination of family, mothers, connectedness and the ripple effect of tragic consequences." — The Playlist
Posted Jun 25, 2014
B+ 97% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The season four finale is gripping and absorbing as is par for the course in the final episodes of this mob drama series, but also tragic and heartbreaking in ways you might not have imagined. " — The Playlist
Posted Jun 16, 2014
B 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " ...Days of Future Past manages to never buckle under the weight of its unbelievable foundations to make for the summer's most satisfying blockbuster so far" — The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2014
D+ 12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " ...Walk Of Shame is a movie that asks you to not judge its main character by the cover that is her skimpy and short banana yellow Marc Jacobs dress, but the insubstantial contents...are so deficient, you're not given any reason to care either way. " — The Playlist
Posted May 11, 2014
C+ 73% Godzilla (2014) " Aaron Taylor-Johnson take over the movie and compared to Bryan Cranston, he is wooden, dull, and uncommanding, and the movie begins to deaden with his lead weight." — The Playlist
Posted May 11, 2014
B+ 94% Art and Craft (2014) " ...Art And Craft is a intriguing depiction of counterfeit impulses (both wrongly perceived and irrepressible), immense talent gone awry and what lies behind the desire to create." — The Playlist
Posted May 2, 2014
B+ 60% Five Star " The key take away is that Miller's film is a (mostly) focused and captivating character study of a man torn between family and duty and an adolescent mixed up in that milieu." — The Playlist
Posted May 2, 2014
A- 80% Zero Motivation (2014) " ...Zero Motivation is the discovery of an exciting new original voice in cinema, who happens to be really funny, intelligent and female. We can't wait for more." — The Playlist
Posted May 2, 2014
A- —— Goodbye to All That " Goodbye To All That never dares to sentimentalize, but the performances and tones are so well played that the movie is tenderly wistful in all the exact moments" — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
D- —— 5 to 7 " Much more of an adolescent male fantasy than a relatable, genuine film about love or relationships, 5 To 7 is deeply naïve and has very few, if any real insights to the heart or human condition." — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
D- —— Electric Slide " Tiresomely told, uninteresting and turgid, Electric Slide is as insipid as it gets - a meaningless movie about almost nothing at all." — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
B+ —— Glass Chin " Measured, assured and featuring across-the-board strong performances, Glass Chin in many ways is a tiny little drama about the virtues of character." — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
B- —— Every Secret Thing " Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a Mommie Dearest melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg's move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is...an uneven one. " — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
B- —— Alex of Venice " At its best, Alex Of Venice is soulful, thanks to its actors and music." — The Playlist
Posted Apr 25, 2014
B- 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) " Time Is Illmatic is comprehensive, even wisely holistic, but still feels as though something is missing; " — The Playlist
Posted Apr 18, 2014
B+ 55% Breathe In (2014) " Breathe In may telegraph where it's going late in the game and these irrational decisions might make for some frustrated viewers, but it is without a doubt one of the most emotionally poignant and heartbreaking movies we saw at Sundance last year." — The Playlist
Posted Mar 28, 2014
C+ 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " The lead teens in particular give the material a realness that may not have been there on the page, and the filmmakers know enough not push the quaint story beyond the safe parameters it operates in. " — The Playlist
Posted Mar 28, 2014
B- —— Sequoia " It may be a bit much, but at least the ugly truths aren't totally erased in favor of wrapping up everything nicely in a perfect bow." — The Playlist
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B 100% The Heart Machine (2014) " ...Wigon has created a thought-provoking debut, even if it doesn't always hit its intended marks. " — The Playlist
Posted Mar 14, 2014
D 22% Need For Speed (2014) " "This is a movie that Vin Diesel himself will pull over to the curb, roll down the window, look above his designer shades and give you a thumbs up for, before screeching off wildly into oncoming traffic."" — The Playlist
Posted Mar 13, 2014
D+ 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Forgettable and only mildly entertaining, 300: Rise of An Empire seals its own fate at the initial story level by being so deeply invested in its own mythmaking and playing it super safe. " — The Playlist
Posted Mar 7, 2014
C- —— Butter On The Latch " ...until the filmmaker can include some kind of adhesive, narrative or otherwise, that can glue her disparate ideas together meaningfully, all that one is left with is evocative images and elusive auras that never truly or satisfyingly add up to much." — The Playlist
Posted Feb 21, 2014
B+ 100% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter " Its ambiguity should dazzle and delight; even in its darkest reading, Kumiko goes into the night softly, like a bunny rabbit retreating from the severity of the world." — The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2014
B+ 100% The Babadook (2014) " ...The Babadook is a smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright. " — The Playlist
Posted Feb 1, 2014
D- 47% War Story (2014) " Elusively told to the point of a irritation, joyless and shot in chilly incarcerating rooms, War Story has the look and feel of an exhausted ashtray and borders on the pretentiously unclear." — The Playlist
Posted Feb 1, 2014
D+ 40% Low Down (2014) " Low Down proves that even extraordinary performances can get outplayed by the grimness of a disheartening one-note song that ends almost as hopelessly as it begins." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 24, 2014
C+ 79% Land Ho! (2014) " While Land Ho! is easy to admire and appreciate in its quiet observations and tender form, the movie's restraint is such that it travels distances, but never quite gets to its destination in a way that's ever truly moving or engrossing." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
C+ 50% Song One " ...Song One is well intentioned, well-shot and has its musical heart in the right place, but it often feels incredibly familiar, and the more contrived, credulity-straining moments don't help. " — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
A- 89% Calvary (2014) " ...Calvary may not be for all audiences, with its pitch-black heart and sober existentialism not exactly commercial stuff, but its unwavering commitment to the intelligent thorniness of its themes...bring it soaring close to something divine." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
A- 100% Listen Up Philip (2014) " A deeply misanthropic portrait of narcissism, the brittle nature of artistic talent and the struggles of living in New York City, this toxic comedy pulls very few punches when it needs to get really nasty." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
B 86% Cold in July (2014) " About fathers and sons, the trespasses each make on their kin, sins and flat out cold-bloody revenge, Cold In July also has a lot more going on underneath the surface that one might expect for an elaborate genre film." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
B+ —— The Sleepwalker " A darkly mysterious and extremely accomplished first feature, The Sleepwalker suggests the things we lost in the fire might be much deeper than material possessions..." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
B+ 48% I Origins (2014) " ...I Origins is the fully-formed expression of all of [Mike] Cahill's ambitious ideas. It also cements him as the real deal; a filmmaker who will hopefully continue to take us to places full of mystery, wonder and awe. " — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
B- 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " The inexhaustible indie filmmaker might not have struck gold twice in a row, but the silver linings of Happy Christmas are largely engaging, truthful and affecting." — The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2014
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