Stephen Carty

Stephen Carty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Eye for Film , Flix Capacitor
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
133
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Edinburgh, Scotland

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 133
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 34% 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 96% 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 78% 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 58% 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 59% 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
4/5 23% 8MM (1999) " Strangely compelling, the film works best as an old-fashioned private eye movie, with Welles carrying out mundane investigative work as he becomes increasingly obsessed with finding answers and uncovering the truth." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 1, 2013
4/5 66% What Doesn't Kill You (2008) " The film won't win any prizes for originality, but it's elevated by two hugely engaging performances from Ruffalo and Hawke. Rubbish title, though. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Sep 1, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " While We're The Millers is far from a superior comedy, it's also funnier and more enjoyable than you're probably expecting." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 31, 2013
3.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Though not quite as enjoyable as Adventureland, The Way, Way Back is a likeable, Sundance-flavoured charmer. The central character is arguably too wallflower-y for his own good, but Rockwell is absolutely ace." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 86% The Driver (1978) " A precursor to Michael Mann's early work, The Driver is a lean and moody urban thriller that boasts a number of superior car chase sequences. Essential modern noir." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 28, 2013
2/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Less Die Hard In The White House than a glorified Steven Segal flick. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4.5/5 98% Chinatown (1974) " Arguably the best private eye movie ever made, Chinatown is an enthralling, sepia-tinted throwback to the shadowy, hard-boiled detective films of the '40s and '50s. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 75% The Hard Way (1991) " A criminally under-seen action-comedy from the early nineties, John Badham's The Hard Way is a hugely enjoyable example of the mismatched buddy-cop genre at its best. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4.5/5 91% Shaun of the Dead (2004) " Smart, likeable and consistently funny, Shaun Of The Dead is one of the most popular British comedies of the last few decades, and deservedly so. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 99% Apocalypse Now (1979) " While uneven and arguably messy as a result of its famously troubled shoot, Coppola's mythic odyssey captures the madness, insanity and horror of war in a way that few others have been able to, resulting in a hypnotic, unforgettable experience." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 17, 2013
4/5 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " Everything about the film rings authentic and true, not least the outstanding, trophy-worthy turns from dual leads Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3.5/5 96% The Deep (2013) " Imagine, if you will, Life Of Pi without the paddling zoo animals or aesthetically-pleasing tropical backdrops." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " A delicate family drama worth seeing, What Maisie Knew is touching and beautifully acted. You might come for Moore and Coogan, you'll stay for Skarsgård and Aprile." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3.5/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Far more enjoyable than its rubbish title suggests, 2 Guns is a surprisingly funny action-comedy in the classic, mismatched buddy cop mould. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3.5/5 68% Elysium (2013) " More impressive than exceptional, Elysium doesn't quite reach the same satisfying heights as District 9, even if it is largely more of the same. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/5 69% About Time (2013) " While the time-travel premise might suggest otherwise, About Time is very much a Richard Curtis film. As such, your enjoyment will depend largely on your liking / tolerance for his work." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " What's extraordinary about The Gatekeepers isn't just that these guys have agreed to speak on camera - which is remarkable in itself - it's how utterly, astonishingly open and candid they are. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3.5 / 5 77% Kick-Ass (2010) " It could be argued that you can't have your cape and eat it, but for the most part Kick-Ass is witty, knowing and hugely fun. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/5 100% Before Sunrise (1995) " Cynical viewers who have left their optimistic, twenty-something years behind might find it difficult to connect with the characters, but Linklater deserves credit for crafting such an impressive sense of naturalism. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 7, 2013
4/5 83% They Live (1988) " Arguably John Carpenter's most underrated film, They Live combines kick-ass action, clever allegory and eerie, they're-among-us sci-fi paranoia to hugely enjoyable effect. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 96% A Bronx Tale (1993) " While the story occasionally feels a touch familiar, A Bronx Tale proves dramatically compelling whenever Bob is trying to teach his son or sharing the screen with Chazz. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 3, 2013
3/5 34% Passion (2013) " Though not quite the return to form we might have hoped for, this Euro-flavoured noir thriller offers a watchable enough cocktail of sordid betrayal, corporate backstabbing and kinky face masks." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 3, 2013
4.5/5 73% Cop Land (1997) " A hugely underrated crime drama that deserves - nay, demands - serious revaluation, with Stallone impressing in what is arguably the performance of his career." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 3, 2013
3/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " More of an abstract mood piece than a traditional narrative film, Only God Forgives is bound to disappoint those looking for either a conventional slice of Ryan Gosling or another Drive. In terms of style, though, it's hugely impressive." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 86% Alan Partridge (2014) " It won't convince non-Partridge fans, but the loyalists are in for a ruddy treat, as Alpha Papa - AKA Dog Day Alan-Noon - is the sort of film they're hoping for. Back of the cinematic net." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2.5/5 85% Down Terrace (2010) " A British gangster movie that isn't really a British gangster movie, Down Terrace shares more in common with the domestic realism of Mike Leigh and Shane Meadows than it does the geezery mob antics of Guy Ritchie and his alumni." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " While The Wolverine isn't the definitive stand-alone instalment we'd hoped for, it's a significant improvement over Origins. The finale is disappointingly generic, but for the most part James Mangold gets it very right. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 50% Welcome to the Punch (2013) " Creevy's ambitions are admirable and he creates an impressive sense of atmosphere throughout, but it's let down by a sketchy plot and surface-level characters. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3.5/5 89% The World's End (2013) " In some ways, The World's End is the weakest of the Three Flavour's Cornetto trilogy, but in others it's the most emotionally engaging and relatable. Although it's let down by a frustratingly unsatisfying final fifteen minutes. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5 / 5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " While occasionally fun and far from the disaster many predicted, The Lone Ranger is uneccesarily over-plotted and unjustifably over-long. More Pirates Of The Caribbean than Rango. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 24, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Not quite the Thinking Man's Transformers we were hoping for, Pacific Rim sees hugely impressive robot visuals let down by a familiar story that embraces cliches." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " More arduous than raucous, this unfunny, odd-couple road movie wastes both a promising comedy premise and a pair of talented comic performers. Bateman and McCarthy deserve better." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 10, 2013
4/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Lighter and more accessible than the likes of Lost In Translation, Coppola's fifth feature is perceptive, funny and deceptively knowing. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 5, 2013
1/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " A remarkably half-baked remake of John Milius' 84 actioner (which wasn't a classic to begin with), Red Dawn is every bit as ludicrous as it sounds. And then some. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2/5 12% Safe Haven (2013) " It's sad to see a formerly-respected director like Hallström churning out such predictable material, while an audacious, smack-you-in-the-face climactic twist has to be seen to be believed. " — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3.5/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " Like Monsters, Inc., Pixar's latest skews younger than its best titles, but it's also genuinely funny and sees fit to include more depth this time around." — Flix Capacitor
Posted Jul 3, 2013
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