Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw
Favorite Movie Quotes:"We're gonna need a bigger boat." -- Roy Scheider, Jaws "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the War Room!" -- Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove "Give my best to the twins." "Triplets." "Triplets? God, how they grow." -- Jonathan Pryce and Michael Palin, Brazil "How long do you like to be held? All night, right? See, there's your problem ... somewhere between ten minutes and all night is your problem." "I don't have a problem." "Yeah you do." -- Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally ... "Why did you come to Casablanca, Rick?" "I came for the waters." "The waters? Casablanca is in the middle of the desert." "I was misinformed." -- Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains, Casablanca "It's the stuff dreams are made of." -- Humphrey Bogart, The Maltese Falcon "What hump?" -- Marty Feldman, Young Frankenstein "Who are these guys?" -- Paul Newman, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid "What we have here is failure to communicate" -- Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke "Here endeth the lesson" -- Sean Connery, The Untouchables

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Scott Renshaw's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Heller and her cast find too many piercingly honest moments for the movie ever to feel like a wallow in exploitation. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/4 91% Meru (2015) "You know a documentary is working when you see its subjects talking about events that have already happened, yet you're still anxiously wondering if they'll make it out alive. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "Whatever Baumbach and Gerwig want to say about the inspirational charms of life's colorful, flaky characters, they can find a way to say it without shouting. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/4 42% We Are Your Friends (2015) "The buzz of restless energy in co-writer/director Max Joseph's movie at times keeps it from finding a groove, but it certainly captures the Millennial uncertainty at its center. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2015
1.5/4 18% War Room (2015) "It's initially refreshing to find an affluent African-American family in the protagonist role, and there's merit to the self-healing that comes from spiritual practice. But structurally, the movie is a mess. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "It's the pasteurized, processed, individually-wrapped version of Besson-ian Eurotrash cheese. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "[A] colorful and entertaining a portrait of that moment -- and the fascinating personalities who created it. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/4 47% American Ultra (2015) "Occasionally, a movie feels like it was built specifically to show up on the midnight circuit, but there's something about trying to be a cult favorite that cripples actual filmmaking. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Once I Was A Beehive (2015) "It's hard not to smile at a movie that respects faith for its power to comfort, heal and unite. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Segel and Eisenberg both capture their interplay beautifully in what is essentially a two-hander built around their conversations. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "There's no weight to any of this stuff, but it has enough fizz that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. doesn't feel derivative. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4/4 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "The Act of Killing was one of the most emotionally staggering explorations ever filmed about how easy it is to justify horrible evils; this follow-up approaches the subject from a different, equally devastating angle. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
1.5/4 39% Irrational Man (2015) "We get the kind of expository nonsense that has crippled so many late-period Allen films, including double voice-over narration by Abe and Jill that further assumes the themes and plot points need additional repetition. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
2/4 26% Dark Places (2015) "Without enough material to develop her character, Theron is left to over-play Libby's anger awkwardly. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "A joyous mix of simple family-friendly narrative and a no-nonsense duck being paid off for his part in a scheme with slices of bread. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
1.5/4 8% Fantastic Four (2015) "The end result is a patchwork monster that, by its third act, is almost painful to watch, even if everyone in Hollywood really should watch it as a cautionary tale. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Execution in art is everything -- which is why it's possible for director Jonathan Demme, writer Diablo Cody and a great group of actors to take a familiar concept and make it seem fresh and frisky. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "It's a film with so much it wants to say that the words sometimes collide. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Aug 1, 2015
3/4 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "A laser focus on the titular, infamous 1971 incident keeps this dark drama intriguing even when it gets too obvious in its nudges at 21st-century events. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/4 53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "How awesome are LEGO bricks, right? I mean, aren't they the best? If you have even the slightest doubt as to their transcendent superduper-ness, this feature-length infomercial is determined to pound it out of you with a LEGO hammer. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2.5/4 26% Vacation (2015) "Vacation in general tries to do that thing so many 21st-century raunch-comedies do, where filmmakers try to balance the gross-outs with the idea that it's really all about people and their emotions and their sensitivities and whatnot. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Like the James Bond films, the entries in the Mission: Impossible series are really only as good as the sum of their set pieces -- and they might actually have become more reliably thrilling. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/4 13% Aloft (2015) "A story that's meant to be about profoundly heartbreaking life moments somehow winds up feeling purely theoretical. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "[Heineman] needed either to find a compelling reason to keep the American vigilantes in this film, or keep the focus entirely on the genuinely gripping material in Mexico and the far more complex protagonist in Mireles. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/4 55% Paper Towns (2015) "It's refreshing to find a funny, frisky teen narrative that makes the simple pleasures of friendship as profound as True Love. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
1.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Mostly this is a messy attempt to make a movie for 10-year-olds built entirely on Gen X nostalgia, requiring expository descriptions of every video game premise between the tossed-off pop culture references. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 60% Southpaw (2015) "Gyllenhaal, though, finds yet another reservoir of intensity for a tricky role, much as he did for last year's Nightcrawler. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/4 86% Inception (2010) "The result is something almost as thrilling to contemplate as it is to watch. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/4 86% The Tribe (2015) "While The Tribe does at times feel designed to be shocking, it also demands that you pay attention in a way that we're not used to paying attention in the movies. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Plenty of Hollywood movies are built around a star playing a pop-culture character, and there are far worse things than the result of someone thinking, "Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes." " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "While Ant-Man may not have mastered giving its hero a soul, it reminds us that you can still have a blast at the movies even when the good guy and bad guy are having a life-or-death fight that can be contained inside a briefcase. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "What's missing is anything even remotely resembling a story, even the thin mentor & protégé narrative that supported Magic Mike. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) "It's clear that nobody here really grasped why those Raimi Spider-Man tales were great. They gave you something that stuck with you, not something the studio is hoping you've forgotten by the time they decide to make another one. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The "boy and his dog" relationship between Baymax and Hiro becomes an emotional nexus that's part E.T. and part Johnny Sokko & his Giant Robot. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "That busy-ness is part of what makes it impossible to fully embrace this movie, because you can never completely forget that it's less about telling an individual story than keeping a machine chugging along. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Vaughn gets the most out of both his energetic cast and the undeniable genre pleasures of watching stuff like a well-tailored gentlemen take on a henchwoman with swords in her prosthetic legs. But there's something terribly misjudged tonally. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 13, 2015
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Bryan Singer juggles more than a dozen mutants and whole heaps of story for a satisfying comic-book action spectacle and allegory. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3.5/4 82% Eden (2015) "Eden winds and meanders through its 21-year course, with supporting characters disappearing and reappearing. But that's part of what makes it effective: watching time flow by as one man mostly stays in one place. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/4 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/Less didn't require a sermon, but it could have used something to anchor the story more firmly as an allegory with a conscience. It could have used more of Tarsem's distinctive Tarsem-ness, as well. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Where other comic-book fare has felt like action blockbusters with sprinkles of comic relief, Gunn has been allowed to make a comedy that happens to feature comic-book characters. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3.5/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) "The dialogue, even when it's in questionable taste, snaps with intelligence. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Reeves conjures a spectacle that has you questioning every moment where movies have conditioned you to cheer instinctively, because the heroism of a moment is so often defined by your allegiances. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2015
4/4 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) "What continues to astonish about the Pixar films is the way they manage to pair blissful entertainment with the miraculous experience of being human. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Edge of Tomorrow's simple, smart pleasures include a look at how many screw-ups it can take to learn there may be things -- and people -- beyond yourself that are worth fighting for. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2.5/4 36% Max (2015) "The solid construction of the suspense-thriller elements only make it feel stranger that, deep down, Max doesn't want us to think of it as a suspense thriller. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Del Toro's Escobar lingers on the edges of the story, the cold menace of his business dealings overlapping with his own self-image as a devoted family man and philanthropist for the Colombian poor. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2.5/4 22% The Strongest Man (2015) "It's uneven, goofy and personal, in all the ways that independent comedy can be both delightful and occasionally befuddling. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Me and Earl is far from a celebration of missing out on the depth and complexity of the people around you. It's a reminder that a life spent skimming the surface of those people is an opportunity missed. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Seth MacFarlane often seems determined to make people laugh in ways that they're not proud of -- so mission accomplished, I guess. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) "Occasionally the fights and chases take on a chaotic quality that's far from crystal clear. Yet somehow it still works, because the director has created such a pervasive atmosphere of restlessness and tension that you find yourself in Bourne's skin. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 23, 2015
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