Ryan Hamelin

Ryan Hamelin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Ryan Hamelin's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) "I can only speak from experience, and what I saw was a powerful, arresting, and ultimately moving film that aimed for the sky and only rarely fell short. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Mar 3, 2013
A 88% Django Unchained (2012) "It'll be fun to watch at home, but there's something about the energy of the room, particularly with people seeing the film for the first time, that's hard to replicate. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Mar 3, 2013
C+ 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) "It's an incredibly long and drawn out character study... one that isn't nearly as rewarding as most people would have you believe. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Mar 3, 2013
A- 92% Skyfall (2012) "For fans of the genre, Skyfall is the rare gem that manages to be both the dramatic and emotional character study and the epic visceral thrills of a studio tent-pole. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 22, 2012
A 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) "The structure is an evolving narrative that continually reframes itself in different contexts, adapting to the changing landscape of a dog kidnapping gone very, very wrong. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 10, 2012
A 96% Argo (2012) "Argo is a shining example of cinema at its most powerful, a well-told story delivered in the best possible format. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
D+ 21% Taken 2 (2012) "Unfortunately, you'll be straining to find something compelling in this dreck, as the film feels more like a half-baked expansion pack than a standalone project. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B 78% Dredd (2012) "In fact, it's a tightly paced, fun, violent romp through a grim future earth that lives up to the comic book property that spawned both its title and its titular hero. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 93% Looper (2012) "It's a breath of fresh air for the genre, and one of the strongest examples of single-vision filmmaking in quite some time. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "The unraveling of that world is a slow burn, but unlike with The Dark Knight, the pressure doesn't coalesce immediately, or, for some viewers, even at all. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) "No, the bad apples fall in the shape of a script-by-committee, and a badly overreaching Charlize Theron who could have been fantastic if properly directed. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B- 69% Men in Black III (2012) "Now that they've shaken the rust off, I'd be curious to see what a fourth film could bring, as they really haven't tried to close the door at all with this one. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C- 34% Battleship (2012) "If you expected this movie to be good, you sort of deserve to be disappointed. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C+ 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) "In just about every way it makes good on upping the ante from the last film, there's another element that suffers an equal amount. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 84% The Hunger Games (2012) "There's always going to be parts of any adaptation that rub readers the wrong way, but on the whole the filmmakers never compromise Suzanne Collins's original vision. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
D 57% Safe (2012) "It's like playing a dumbed down version of chess, albeit blindfolded and told repeatedly how stupid you are for not being able to follow along. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 57% Detachment (2012) "You won't leave the theater feeling the same way you did walking in, nor will you look at the world in precisely the same way. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 31% Man on a Ledge (2012) "It's a throwback to the adrenaline pumping days of yore, when you'd begin an unassuming plot, only to find yourself thrust to the edge of your seat and held there. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 77% War Horse (2011) "This is a long movie. At two and a half hours, it feels exactly its length, and if you're not committed to putting that much in, you probably shouldn't see it in a theater. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) "The story is actually so linear that it feels convenient at times, and the focus prevents this installment from having the more relaxed meandering scope of previous outings. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) "Every year there's one film that manages to meet and then truly exceed an already high bar of expectation for me, and this year, this is that film. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) "There was an awful lot of fun to be had throughout, and I'd recommend it even on the grounds of an escapist afternoon adventure. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B 59% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) "The finale is easily the most capable part of the film, and it does a great job of redeeming much of the earlier portions of the movie. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 79% Shame (2011) "Shame is a freight train slamming into the side of your head. It's a suckerpunch, a kick in the nuts, and a lightning-rod all rolled into one. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 66% We Bought a Zoo (2011) "Crowe brings everything you've ever loved about his work together in one movie, while ditching a lot of the thinner yet flashier visual material that defined earlier projects. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 94% Hugo (2011) "It's the kind of movie that you don't see anymore, a story that isn't particularly marketable, but with a budget to allow the filmmaker to stretch his legs creatively. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
S 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) "Will it be a lot for some to stomach? Probably, but hey, if it doesn't make you work for it, would you ever really be in a position to love it? " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C+ 36% In Time (2011) "The script plays like a game of "spot the studio note." Every few minutes, there's a line of dialogue so forced and so expositional, that all you can do is cringe. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B- 46% Anonymous (2011) "This is very well constructed and persuasive film, powerful enough to inspire the casual viewer to head home and research the story for themselves. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 35% Immortals (2011) "The shots are so precise, the storytelling so specific, that it's a marvel to behold the finished product, a large-scale swords and sandals epic with a singular focus. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 60% Real Steel (2011) "Surprisingly, it's a movie that understands the power of good storytelling, delivered effectively, and the way we relate to characters on an emotional level. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C 35% The Thing (2011) "There aren't a lot of surprises left in store, and unfortunately for the studio, you can't generate good drama or tension if we know our protagonists can't ultimately win. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 94% 50/50 (2011) "Jonathan Levine gets to the heart of the characters with speed and grace, and before long you feel that familiar tug on the heartstrings as events begin their downward spiral. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 95% Moneyball (2011) "The film makes some great choices about what moments to focus on, and I loved the development we had with the daughter, and the way that informs our understanding of Beane. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B 95% The Guard (2011) "If you liked In Bruges, you'll enjoy The Guard for a lot of the same reasons, but it won't stick with you nearly as well. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 93% Drive (2011) "This is an old school movie, and the retro vibe gives it a timeless quality that should sustain its cult appeal for many years to come. One of the year's best films. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
C 84% Contagion (2011) "This may be the most sterile virus outbreak movie produced by a Hollywood studio, keeping the viewer at arms length as though determined to only engage their intellect. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
B+ 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) "The ending is a little bit less satisfying than it should be, and suffers from a reigned in approach that matches its cramped production schedule and relatively tight budget. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A- 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "Offers us a lot of the classical elements of an Indiana Jones movie but with fantastic Marvel additions that really separate our world from the one being created in the films. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Oct 8, 2012
A 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "There are going to be elements of any adaptation that sit differently with each viewer, and though I liked the vast majority of the choices here, it's not a perfect finale. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jul 19, 2011
C+ 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) "It's only a disappointment as storytelling, and apparently audiences care even less about that these days than they did when the second film grossed $800 million worldwide. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jul 19, 2011
C+ 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) "What audiences will receive is a pale shadow of the original, trading wit and originality for gross-out gags and outrageous yet predictable plot turns. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jun 18, 2011
C+ 26% Green Lantern (2011) "Younger audiences are going to love the film while adults looking for a bit more of a solid foundation will miss the heft of a well grounded narrative. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jun 18, 2011
A- 82% Super 8 (2011) "Though it ultimately doesn't succeed in every way, it's the journey, not the destination, that makes it something special. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jun 18, 2011
A 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "Unfortunately for the studio, this is not lowest-common-denominator filmmaking, and I worry the average moviegoer will choose to save their money for something conventional. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted Jun 18, 2011
B+ 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) "Kung Fu Panda 2 succeeds where so many sequels fail, taking what worked in the original and crafting a new story that is different enough to be satisfying and surprising. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted May 28, 2011
C- 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "It doesn't hold a candle to the original, or either of its dense sequels, preferring to wallow in the shallows of double crosses for no better reason than to eat up time. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted May 28, 2011
B 15% Priest (2011) "The money just isn't there for a proper third act finale, but Priest plays its cards well and doesn't bite off more than it can chew. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted May 28, 2011
A- 77% Thor (2011) "With a surprising amount of humor, the film manages to take itself just seriously enough to feel real, yet not ignore its patently ludicrous premise. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted May 28, 2011
C+ 78% Fast Five (2011) "The film consists of a vague or disconnected conversation, followed by a revelation, followed by a one liner, followed by a montage... rinse and repeat. " ‐ The Cinema Source
Posted May 28, 2011
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