Stephen Carty

Stephen Carty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Eye for Film , Flix Capacitor
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
160
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Edinburgh, Scotland

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " Impatient viewers are likely to complain that Night Moves is too slow and subdued for their tastes, but those in the market for an alternative thriller will find much to enjoy." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " A Dame To Kill For is as one-note as the first film, but Eva Green is a perfect femme fatale, while there's a bigger role for Powers Boothe - and more Powers Boothe is always a good thing. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3/5 78% Sin City (2005) " There's something unsatisfying about Sin City, but it is elevated by a great cast and the visuals are incredible. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 89% Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) " The perfect showcase for Robin Williams and his peerless abilities as a comic performer. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 24, 2014
2.5/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Million Dollar Arm isn't a complete strikeout, but it's a by-the-numbers Disney sports movie, and it doesn't have enough wit, charm or drama to elevate the formula. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 24, 2014
3/5 53% Blood Ties (2014) " As much a family drama as a crime thriller, Blood Ties is character-driven, so sparing in terms of action, although the regular eruptions of violence pack a genuine punch." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
5/5 97% Good Will Hunting (1997) " Good Will Hunting remains Gus Van Sant's most satisfying film to date. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4/5 76% Welcome To New York " Ferrara's unflinching direction results in several absorbing sequences ..." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.5/5 68% World War Z (2013) " World War Z is far from perfect, but Marc Forster generates enough tension to compensate. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians has been described as Marvel's biggest to date, but it is still very much a typical Marvel movie. There are some witty lines, but the tendency to undercut dramatic moments with self-aware humour and knowing one-liners is overdone. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 2, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " A promising set-up and a decent voice cast aren't enough to elevate this child-friendly animated caper." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " Director José Padilha is clearly trying to do something different, but the end product is frustratingly underwhelming." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The effects are impressive and the film benefits from another remarkable performance from Andy Serkis, but it is let down by an underwhelming story that is populated with underdeveloped human characters. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " There's very little action throughout, but the narrative is so involving that this isn't a problem whatsoever." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " Two damaged souls attempt to heal themselves through music in this uplifting crowd-pleaser from Once writer/director John Carney." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly " Admirably ambitious but poorly realised ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 4, 2014
3.5/5 85% Dead Poets Society (1989) " Certain aspects of the story aren't entirely convincing, but Williams delivers a memorable turn as the kind of teacher we all wish we had." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Consistently funny and surprisingly self-aware, 21 Jump Street is far better than expected. In fact, it's the best mainstream comedy in recent years." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jun 14, 2014
2/5 33% A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) " Contrived but occasionally diverting ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street contains plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and Tatum's ability to play dumb is consistently amusing. At the same time, however, many of the gags are over-stretched, and the film is too self-referential for its own good. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 77% The Dirties (2013) " Patience is required during the first half, but The Dirties eventually develops into a genuinely interesting piece of work. Imagine a low-budget fusion of Chronicle and Gus Van Sant's Elephant. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jun 7, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The intensity becomes exhausting at times, but The Wolf Of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese's funniest and most purely enjoyable feature in years. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
1.5/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, the most enjoyable aspect of Grace Of Monaco was reading the scathing reviews that filtered through after it debuted at Cannes. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Andrew Garfield is note-perfect, and the chemistry he shares with Emma Stone is reason enough to watch, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too cartoony and childish for its own good. A disappointing backwards step for the series. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " X-Men: First class doesn't quite live up to its title, but incoming director Matthew Vaughn gets enough right to put the tired franchise back on track. Some of the teen mutant stuff is silly, but Fassbender is - wait for it - magnetic. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted May 15, 2014
1.5/5 24% The Canyons (2013) " The Canyons is flawed in a number of ways, but it remains a genuinely curious proposition (no, seriously) due to the unusual nature of its production and the eclectic assortment of talent involved. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted May 10, 2014
3/5 92% Frank (2014) " Frank will be too odd for many viewers, but Fassbender is very impressive and there's some interesting material in amongst the strangeness. Favourable half-smile. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted May 7, 2014
5/5 97% Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " The second season has more fantasy elements than the first, but otherwise it's largely more of the same. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " Locke is driven - quite literally - by human drama, with Steven Knight using the insular premise to fashion a moody character piece. Not all of it works, but Hardy holds our attention throughout. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Like Jon, the film could do with a stronger climax, but on the whole this is a very impressive debut from a very talented young man. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " The First Avenger is Marvel's strongest movie since Iron Man, but it's actually more of an old-fashioned WWII adventure than it is a typical superhero blockbuster. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 78% Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " The plot dictates that we see less of Ron Perlman than usual, and as you might expect his presence is missed. But Charlie Hunnam continues to anchor the show in impressive fashion, while CCH Pounder makes for a worthy opponent. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 —— 1 (2014) " Arriving in the wake of Rush, 1: Life On The Limit feels familiar in places. That said, there's plenty of fascinating material, and some of the racing footage is absolutely spectacular. Vroom with a view. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 89% Starlet (2012) " This modest indie boasts naturalistic direction and a few impressive performances, while the presence of a tiny Chihuahua results in some of the most adorable dog acting since The Artist." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 39% Birth (2004) " Parts of the story don't make sense, but Birth has a hypnotic, spellbinding quality that draws you in. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 2, 2014
4/5 86% Sexy Beast (2000) " Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 1, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) " Some might find the self-referential comments a little too clever-clever, but this is a consistently funny and quietly powerful piece of work. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Mar 1, 2014
2.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The Dark World is more of a missed opportunity than a complete failure, but it's disappointing nonetheless. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " In terms of quirk and whimsy, the film is liberally perfumed. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 23, 2014
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Machete don't do new jokes. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 72% Machete (2010) " Machete is enjoyable to a point, but the novelty soon wears off and there isn't enough inspiration to sustain the concept for a full-length feature film. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 16, 2014
4.5/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The first thing you notice is McConaughey's radical weight loss, but his performance is equally worthy of attention and deserving of some serious recognition come awards season. Likewise his eighties 'tache. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4.5/5 88% RoboCop (1987) " Part man. Part machine. All '80s classic." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 2, 2014
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The Fifth Estate is often guilty of spelling things out and over-simplifying matters, but it's absorbing in places and held together by two strong performances. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Feb 1, 2014
2.5/5 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " More of a familiar spy romp than a cerebral espionage thriller, Kenneth Branagh's long-gestating reboot is disappointingly generic and unremarkable. Costner is ace, mind you. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4.5/5 100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " Breaking Bad delivers a final season that is as gripping and rewarding as we've come to expect. It's the show that knocks. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2.5/5 43% The Call (2013) " For the first 45 minutes or so, The Call is surprisingly tense and effective. As soon as Berry leaves her desk, however, it unravels quicker than you can say "poodle perm". " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years A Slave boasts a number of quietly powerful moments, but it doesn't offer much to think about. Though Ejiofor delivers a remarkable lead performance, the film proves emotionally distant. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 15, 2014
3/5 52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Fans of Merchant's usual schtick will find much to like, but this brand of cringe comedy has grown dated and predictable. Still, the lanky funnyman has terrific comic timing and delivery, and the show gets a pass. Just. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2.5/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn dials down his fast-talking schtick, but the story is often unconvincing (533 kids?) and there are very few laughs. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 13, 2014
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