Sam Fragoso

Sam Fragoso

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Royal Road " A breathtaking cinematic essay. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 11, 2015
B+ 56% #Stuck (2014) " Through these characters the film cuts through our romantic affectations by digging beyond the artifice, and eventually, and perhaps a bit unexpectedly, finds its way into our hearts. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 72% Interstellar (2014) " It's an experience. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3.5/4 92% Dear White People (2014) " Arguably the most vital film to come out of Hollywood in 2014. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2/4 77% Fury (2014) " Ayer's overlong, 134-minute screenplay never pops with any urgency, passion, or fire. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " A hypnotic confluence of action, comedy and hysteria that is at once unnerving, exhilarating and unlike anything I've ever seen. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
A 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) " A masterpiece. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " A galvanizing portrait of defective love that twists, turns, and unfurls until you don't know what to think anymore. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/4 34% Two Night Stand (2014) " A foreign film without subtitles - a movie whose language is incomprehensible to anyone who has truthfully been involved. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Sep 29, 2014
B- 35% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Walks the tightrope between nausea and uplift, but Pegg pulls through. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 26, 2014
1/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " We are, at least in some small measure, partly responsible for the abhorrent, radioactive hazmat that is Shawn Levy's latest film. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Sep 24, 2014
C- 61% Bird People (2014) " A textbook example of ambition undercut by tonal and pacing inconsistency. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
A 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " A searing satire of an antiseptic Hollywood system, a meta-commentary on "Celebrity" culture, a melancholic evocation on the impermanence of youth, a pensive portrait of clandestine love ... " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 88% Top Five (2014) " Rock's third directorial effort proves to be his strongest and most similar to his rollicking standup routines. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
D 42% Manglehorn (2015) " A movie so listlessly written and constructed that it nearly redefines tedium. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
D 18% Let's Be Cops (2014) " If you like your movies in which two males treat women poorly, mock homosexuality and repeatedly slap each other in the face, this film is for you. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Aug 14, 2014
D+ 22% Into The Storm (2014) " Into the Storm isn't the unmitigated disaster it appears to be. It's much worse. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Aug 8, 2014
C 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Gunn's listless adventure through space is not as uproarious as the Iron Man series, as thrilling as the Spider-Man franchise, or as dramatically serious as Nolan's Batman trilogy. " ‐ Bullett Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B+ 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A jubilant and delightful trifle that - much like many of his other 44 films - ponders the rhyme and reason of our existence, however futile or fruitful that may be. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jul 25, 2014
.5/5 0% Among Ravens (2014) " The emotions feel calculated, not earned. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 33% Drones (2014) " Drones is in constant combat against itself, poorly balancing searing commentary on excessive drone use and rampant stupidity. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 76% The Last Sentence (2014) " Like the man himself, the film, with its immaculate black-and-white compositions and cluttered plotting, is riddled with virtues and vices, high and lows " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B+ No Score Yet Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. (2014) " The film excels beyond a mere home-video replete with nostalgia and admiration, instead morphing into a living testament of De Niro Sr's profound work - an art galley so big and beautiful not even a Peggy Guggenheim exhibit could compete. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 96% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Rasoulof's dissident return to filmmaking is ultimately little more than a sporadically searing, unfocused and listless treatise on the pervasive censorship enforced by the autocratic Iranian government. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " A tired exercise in scatology, a film laced with enough poop, piss and penis joke to last you a lifetime. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 29, 2014
C- 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " From the opening frame to the closing credits it's clear that Words and Pictures is not too concerned with either of its eponymous art forms. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2014
1.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Webb's second entry into this tiresome franchise amounts to little more than a case study in superhero movie banality. " ‐ SFBay
Posted May 7, 2014
91% Locke (2014) " The film's modus operandi-set entirely in an automobile-hinders the script's ability to evolve into anything resonant. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " Depending on how the next few decades unfold, people will look back at Transcendence as either a prophetic or surreal piece of filmmaking. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Apr 20, 2014
61% Draft Day (2014) " I left with the unshakable feeling that this is the type of movie Costner would've starred in (and made better) 20-years ago. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Apr 16, 2014
85% Under the Skin (2014) " A formalist masterwork: moody, meditative and mystifying. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Like the rambling speech that opens Dom Hemingway, Richard Shepard's initially amusing, genre-less piece of filmmaking tragically expends its virtues thin by about the 30-minute mark. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2.5/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " It takes all of 10 minutes for Doremus' film to reveal itself to us: this is a movie about a conflicted father who has arrived at a crossroads, both morally and artistically. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Underneath Bad Words' thick layer of sardonicism and snark, there is heart. You just have to dig deep. Very deep. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Apr 4, 2014
F 17% God's Not Dead (2014) " Dubious religious content aside, God's Not Dead is, above all, a dismal piece of filmmaking. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 29, 2014
1.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " Despite being filmed and set in Chicago, Divergent feels like a manufactured product churned out by the Hollywood system. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " My lasting wish is that Neeson, now 61, retires this grating schtick soon. His Golden Years are nigh, and his undeniable talents need not be wasted any longer. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Mar 4, 2014
B+ 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Batra's directorial debut is no monumental step forward in the medium, but it does belong to a rare breed of movies that embraces the prospect of new and unforeseen love wholeheartedly, without cynicism or superficiality. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Feb 27, 2014
D- 15% Endless Love (2014) " This is not a film about love, and all the joy, pain and heartbreak that comes along with it; but it sure does feel endless. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/4 49% RoboCop (2014) " Jose Padilla's RoboCop is a galvanizing action picture that doesn't settle for merely retelling Verhoeven's original narrative, but updating it, both visually and thematically. " ‐ SFBay
Posted Feb 13, 2014
D- 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " Even the real Monuments Men wouldn't preserve The Monuments Men, an immeasurably insufferable piece of a filmmaking that does a complete disservice to the unsung heroes its depicting. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 43% Cooties (2015) " This (mostly) unfunny and amorphous comedy lacks any sort of clear direction. A great premise wasted. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 1, 2014
B+ 70% They Came Together (2014) " An orgasmic spoof of every romantic comedy since time immemorial. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 1, 2014
B 56% Snitch (2013) " Effectively illustrates the great heights we occasionally rise to for the ones we love. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
B- 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Antithetical to the horror excursions Sam Raimi built his name on, iOz the Great and Powerful is a heartwarming fantasy drenched in opulence. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
C 66% The Iceman (2013) " Lack of originality and insipid screenwriting may soon be read as the autopsy of this actively tiresome genre. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
C- 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Jaggedly oscillates between action absurdity and familial drama. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
C- 65% The Heat (2013) " Deserving neither a love letter nor an autopsy, Paul Feig's fifth directorial feature is as aggressively average a movie as I've seen in recent memory. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
D+ 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " However, the bigger issue at play here is the lack of subtlety, a concept seemingly not invented at the time Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this movie. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 1, 2014
2/4 73% Alive Inside (2014) " It's difficult to carefully consider Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memorywhen it feels like a sappy high school video project. " ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 31, 2014
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