Stephen Carty

Stephen Carty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Eye for Film , Flix Capacitor
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
169
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Edinburgh, Scotland

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 169
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 39% 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
2/5 74% You're Next (2013) " Horror fans might take some enjoyment from all the grisly deaths, but it's not long before a nagging sense of killing fatigue sets in. Call it 'goredom', if you will. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Wan and Whannell have attempted to do something interesting, but Chapter 2 - AKA Back To The Further - is overly complicated as a result. More repetitive than last time and less grounded. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 5, 2014
4/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " More than just a geriatric cash-in on The Hangover, this likeable crowd-pleaser is surprisingly funny and enjoyable. It's great to see Morgan Freeman playing drunk, while Kevin Kline steals the show. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 5, 2014
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) " The final third marks a jarring shift into increasingly silly territory, but the build-up and jump-scares are effective. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " As a romantic comedy for grown-ups, Enough Said is something of a refreshing rarity. Both Gandolfini and JLD are wonderful, as is Nicole Holofcener's naturalistic dialogue. Enough Said. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " There are one or two questionable developments along the way, but the second half of the season offers a surprising return to form. Plus, the performances and Saul's beard remain as compelling as ever. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/5 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Whether you hold Anchorman as the best comedy of the modern era or the most overrated, there's little doubt that it's kind of a big deal. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/5 49% Redemption (2013) " Part socially-conscious thriller, part Jason Statham beat-'em-up, Hummingbird is admirably ambitious but not quite able to pull its abundance of ideas and plotlines together. The Stath is great, mind you. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " More of a competent overview than a definitive account, Long Walk To Freedom doesn't quite manage to put the man in Mandela. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Watching Pain & Gain might give you testosterone poisoning, but it's easily Michael Bay's funniest and most interesting work to date. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The Desolation Of [insert your own pronounciation here] is still a long way from the original trilogy, but it's a marked improvement over An Unexpected Journey. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4.5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " For folk's sake, the Coen brothers have done it again. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 8, 2013
2/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " The first Kick-Ass managed to have its cape and eat it. By comparison, Kick-Ass 2 is flat and tonally unsure. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 8, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet The Class Of '92 (2014) " The Class Of '92 might be slightly limited in terms of appeal, but for fans of football - and Manchester United, in particular - it's a must-see. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " It's never quite as remarkable as the story it's based on, but The Railway Man is occasionally affecting and impressively acted. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 62% Day of the Flowers (2014) " The film is guilty of generic storytelling and jarring plot developments, but it's also likeable and mildly diverting in places. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/5 77% Thor (2011) " Though slightly perfunctory at times, Thor is a funny and well-judged introduction to the character. It could have been far Norse. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 69% The Newsroom: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " Finding its feet thanks to a compelling ongoing storyline, the second season of Aaron Sorkin's politically-charged HBO drama is an improvement over the first. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 29, 2013
2.5/5 60% Dexter: Season 8 (TV, 2013) " One of the main problems with the final season of Dexter is that it rarely feels like a final season. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " To paraphrase Roger Murtaugh, they're not too old for this s**t. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Familiar territory for Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is far more successful in terms of authenticity and tension that it is characterisation or depth. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 59% Stuck in Love (2013) " Elevated by warm performances and a relatively involving story, this middlebrow indie drama gets pass marks in spite of its generic trappings and lapses into sentimentality. Plus, Lily Collins' eyebrows. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2.5/5 34% The Internship (2013) " On the plus side, Vaughn and Wilson's reunion - let's call it Google Crashers - isn't as unwatchable as some would have you believe. On the negative, however, it's undoubtedly half an hour too long, and not nearly funny enough. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Nov 6, 2013
2.5/5 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " While you can forgive Pacino and Walken for looking exhausted at this stage in their careers, it's sad to see them taking on listless material that involves Viagra gags. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3.5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " As an immersive cinematic experience, Gravity is quite incredible. In terms of storytelling, however, it isn't quite out of this world. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " After Earth isn't the all-out disaster some would have you believe, but it certainly isn't the win Shyamalan sorely needs at this point. What happened to the guy who made Unbreakable? " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 33% Deadfall (2012) " Serviceable if ultimately uneven, Deadfall is let down by inconsistent material and muddy character work. Still, at least the snowy location work looks good. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " Bachelorette achieves a refreshing rarity: a film where women are allowed to be as flawed and messed-up on screen as men usually are. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Dark, sombre and deadly serious, Prisoners has more than fifty shades of grey in it, but Rogers Deakins ensures that each and every one is great to look at. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 29, 2013
5/5 89% Rush (2013) " Easily Ron Howard's best film in years, Rush is a thrilling example of populist cinema at its best. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " A watchable yet utterly by-the-numbers thriller, Runner Runner is so consistently formulaic that you'll know where it's going from start to finish. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 28, 2013
4/5 83% Mister John " The film is absolutely hypnotic, while Aidan Gillen manages to convey roughly seventeen different shades of internal anguish with pained facial expressions alone. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " Providing a joyous antidote to the grim social realism that Scottish cinema has become associated with, Sunshine On Leith is a charming, big-hearted crowd-pleaser. A feel-braw, if you will. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/5 63% Filth (2014) " The extreme approach won't be for everyone, but James McAvoy holds everything together with a tour de (police) force performance. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 25, 2013
4.5/5 91% Network (1976) " As relevant today as it was back in 1976, Network is arguably the best film ever made about the television industry. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 59% Riddick (2013) " Putting the fury back into the Furyan, Riddick recaptures the stripped-back edge of Pitch Black, opting for an R-rated, back-to-basics survivalist romp that suits the character far better. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 15, 2013
3/5 64% Red Heat (1988) " A serviceable yet largely uninspired actioner from the late eighties, Red Heat is a minor entry on the resumes of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and filmmaker Walter Hill. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 83% Big Trouble in Little China (2001) " Some of the acting is ropey and the effects are dated, but Big Trouble In Little China occasionally looks and feels like classic Carpenter, while Kurt Russell is on charismatic form as the frequently ineffective tough-guy hero. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 11, 2013
4/5 95% Before Sunset (2004) " While Before Sunset is absolutely consistent as a sequel to Before Sunrise, it's also likely to prove more relatable for those viewers who didn't connect with Jesse and Celine last time. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/5 29% The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) " Big, bloated and surprisingly uninspired, The Chronicles Of Riddick is everything that Pitch Black wasn't. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 28% 21 And Over (2013) " At its worst, 21 And Over plays like a broad and generic - though far from hateful - campus comedy. At its best, it proves mildly amusing and touches on interesting material about friendship. " ‐ Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 6, 2013
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