Sam Bathe

Sam Bathe

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Fan The Fire
Total Reviews:
219

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Guns and explosions aren't that exciting when the plot hasn't sucked you in, and lacking the imaginative, spunky spirit of the original, Machete Kills just feels so much more laboured." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " An honest tale of love and desperation from a couple making ends meet, Ain't Them Bodies Saints might just have been Lowery's audition for the big leagues. And he nailed it." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
1/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " I will concede that there were 3 scenes which pulled something between a chortle and a guffaw from me, but by that time they came along, my face had already set into such a stony grimace that smiling genuinely hurt." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It would have been nice to have seen more of the rest of the cast, particularly the other members of the news team, but Ferrell does a great job of carrying what ends up being a fairly lengthy main narrative." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " An engaging and well executed turn from the accomplished Ozon." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/5 48% Parkland (2013) " Ultimately Parkland is not thought-provoking, inspiring or even brave enough to be offensive, but it does raise some interesting scenarios and is full of some very solid acting." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 —— Family (2006) " It rattles along at a slick pace and the final sequence is everything you could want from a closing crescendo." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " You get the feeling that there's an extremely interesting story unfolding, but we're constantly on the periphery and there's not nearly enough substance to sink your teeth into." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " There are moments of laugh out loud comedy mixed in with grim scenes of graphic violence, all punctuated by some of the most fantastically sweary tirades you're likely to hear this year." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Prince Avalanche is a slow burn and it does grow on you over time, but despite the central pair sharing undoubted chemistry, the movie's dialogue isn't as riveting as it needed to be and it inevitably feels a little flat." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Even if it's flawed by a few obvious clichés, Love Is All You Need still comes highly recommended." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " If you can look beyond Harmony Korine's misogynistic, uncomfortably leering view of the women in his film, there is some stuff to enjoy, though the film is held back by an unfortunate lack of substance." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
5/5 68% Trance (2013) " A complex, breakneck and stirring modern thriller, superb in both execution and conceptual ideas even if it is a little over-indulgent." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Jack The Giant Slayer is an entertaining family adventure, with moments of tension and humour in equal measure." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " The natural charisma of the two leads is about the only thing that saves Identity Thief; it's a very generic, very lazy Hollywood comedy." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Hot properties John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) penned the script, and while it's another effort which lacks depth and real emotional involvement, they're certainly proving themselves as dependable, if not exceptional, talents." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 51% Welcome to the Punch (2013) " Welcome To The Punch should feel a little grander, like it's on a bigger scale to match the wide-ranging plot." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " The Iceman is dark and gritty but there's not enough excitement or tension to really pull you in." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 40% Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood " Brutal, shocking and powerful in all the right ways, Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood is a visceral flood, pushing the limits to get across the extreme nature of the police brutality." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " There was barely enough depth to these characters to pull us through the first 100 minutes, now five hours later they've become thoroughly boring." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " A satisfying next step in a series which brings out the little boy and his Hot Wheels cars in all of us." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
5/5 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " The Kings Of Summer is a brilliant, endearing and engaging coming of age comedy, not only the funniest film of the year, but also the best film of the year to date." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " Writer/director Stu Zicherman's last work in Hollywood was co-writing Jennifer Garner superhero movie Elektra, so A.C.O.D. is quite at least a big step in the right direction, but I hope there's a little more craft and a little more bite on the next film." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " In his almost documentary style of filmmaking, Lindholm has achieved an impressive sense of realism and you can certainly see why the film has attracted a lot of attention on the festival circuit." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 7% Fire With Fire (2012) " If action B-movies are your thing then this is just about worth searching out." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
0/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " Dangerously ignorant and inaccurate on the subject of diabetes, Hansel and Gretel should be disregarded at all costs, and the filmmakers really ashamed they put something so irresponsible on the big screen." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 13, 2013
3/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " Kids will enjoy Hotel Transylvania, and it won't bore the socks off adults too." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " The hit and miss nature of Ruby Sparks is a surprise given it's from the same duo that brought us Little Miss Sunshine." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
1/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Actively frustrating and a tedious experience to endure." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " A lack of originality does hold the film back, but with decent work behind the camera and a breakneck finale, Paranormal Activity 4 is still a solid watch if you've an evening spare, or horror film night coming up." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " The sky's the limit for Ben Affleck right now, and its nothing less than he deserves." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
4/5 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " Another notch on Tom Cruise's action hero belt and demonstrates why he is still one the most bankable action men in Hollywood" — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
2/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) " The morals of the story don't come through, while the film's extensive metaphors are belatedly rammed down your throat like a get out of jail free card." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
2/5 85% Sightseers (2013) " Director Ben Wheatley's uncompromising style fits the deadpan humour perfectly but despite the movie's comic tones, the characters are still so unappealing that the movie's overall nature proves restrictive." — Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 4, 2012
1/5 50% Tower Block (2013) " Thanks to the muddled plot motivations Tower Block really struggles in the final third." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4/5 95% The Imposter (2012) " If only the movie didn't almost glamorise Bourdin's action, they'd have been onto a real masterpiece." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
1/5 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Starring famous East End faces, the likes of Alan Ford are meant to bring a grit and X factor to the film but their catchphrases are nothing more than a cliché." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4/5 67% Lawless (2012) " One of the standout movies of the year, never mind the summer." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Consider this another step on Josh Radnor's ascendancy into filmmaking." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " Engaging and sensitive" — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4/5 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " A heartfelt romantic-comedy that turns a predictable story into a genuinely enjoyable adventure." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
1/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " Apparently Fox are making a fifth, and people wonder what's pushing originality out of Hollywood." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
2/5 63% Jackpot (2014) " Chronically let down by a lack of character development, with no spark at the off to get the whole thing rolling." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) " A marvellous magical adventure, that'll perhaps stand the test of time even better than some of Pixar's movies we right now call classics." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " With a stuttering story, some elements of the narrative struggle to hit home but Prometheus is still generally a success." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 2, 2012
1/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) " Re-watch the teaser trailer, skip the final production." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 26, 2012
2/5 81% Get the Gringo (2012) " A less than subtle attempt to get him [Gibson] back to the renegade action star roles with which he made his name." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 11, 2012
3/5 75% Damsels in Distress (2012) " It's a while since anyone has made a film like this, and it'll probably be longer until we get another, so even if Stillman isn't your cup of tea, you should try to savour Damsels while it lasts." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 3, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) " Slo-mo action at every turn probably doesn't help but at least it's not the total horror show it could have been." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " While the film struggles at the start as Tatum and Hill share little chemistry, they improve minute by minute and are one of the shining lights by the end, their journey boasting a surprising emotional pull." — Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 30, 2012
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