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 78% 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
3/4 86% 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 50% 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 23% 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 14% 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 18% 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 58% 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 85% 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 64% 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 74% 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 86% 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 21% 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 38% 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 51% 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 13% 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 81% 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
2/4 48% Live From New York! (2015) "A sloppy wet kiss. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/4 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "It's a fascinating in-the-moment experience. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2.5/4 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "Maybe two and a half hours is pushing things juuuuuust a touch. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "As terrific a technical achievement as Inside Out might be, it's an even better piece of writing. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/4 89% Dope (2015) "The lively performances and funky comic energy keep it hopping, even as it's busily hopping all over the place. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2.5/4 90% District 9 (2009) "A moderately entertaining slice of sci-fi action that doesn't really work as idea-driven drama. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/4 81% Results (2015) "While he takes a somewhat circuitous route to get there, Bujalski winds up with a fairly charming portrait of people stuck in ruts of isolation, without the people skills to get out of them. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "It's an honest, rich story about the emotional volatility of a young girl, and it just happens to be a story that's told through animation. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World simply shrugs its massive shoulders at trying to be anything but a nostalgia-pandering, still-occasionally-fun product that will be appearing on T-shirts at Universal Studios this summer. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "The events of Brian Wilson's later life make for more obvious drama, but a lesser movie. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet The Cokeville Miracle (2015) "Christensen weaves a few genuinely tense moments into his portrayal of the conditions inside the school, but the narrative faces a huge structural barrier in that the end of the crisis isn't the end of the movie. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Director/co-writer Brett Haley's simple, low-key character drama gets a boost from Blythe Danner's lovely lead performance and a unique spin on the crises of purpose that can face us at any age. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/4 90% Sunshine Superman (2015) "Boenish's enthusiasm and life-force energize Sunshine Superman whenever he's an onscreen presence; his absence proves to be a much harder thing to turn into compelling cinema. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/4 32% Entourage (2015) "If Entourage has any message about the superficiality of the movie industry, it would be, "Hell yeah, we're all for it." " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "It's a fantastic showcase for Bradley Cooper playing the kind of character it's not always easy for an actor to capture. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted May 29, 2015
3/4 91% Slow West (2015) "The characters may often feel like props for Maclean's observations on the violent conflicts that built America, but he shows that Westerns can still provide thrilling shoot-'em-ups. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "I've yet to figure out the magic ratio where how much I'm laughing at a movie balances how much I'm cringing. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "If the goal of Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz was to convey the sheer grueling ordeal faced by their protagonist, they succeeded in a way that's both powerful and challenging to maintain dramatically. " ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted May 15, 2015
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