Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Stephen Cole'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
2/4 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) "Here Comes the Boom will probably connect like a haymaker with most of its intended audience. The leads are likeable, and the plot, though beyond incredible, is at the very least distracting. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) "Bourne fans will find much to enjoy about The Bourne Legacy, even if they are forced to do without the title character. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 10, 2012
1/4 No Score Yet El Jefe "What could these women see in a dreary sack of mutton like Ricardo? " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2/4 13% Piranha 3DD (2012) "Like so much adolescent, made-for-guys comedy-horror, Piranha 3DD is so weirdly uptight about women you figure exhibitors should hand out teen health guides as well as 3-D glasses. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2012
3/4 75% The Intouchables (2012) "The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2012
1.5/4 24% Jesus Henry Christ (2012) "Watching Jesus Henry Christ sometimes feels like being trapped in a building with a faulty fire alarm. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 25, 2012
2/4 37% Dark Shadows (2012) "Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 11, 2012
3/4 75% Sound of My Voice (2012) "A sharp little cult thriller with a do-it-yourself ending. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 27, 2012
2/4 21% My Way (2012) "Adolescent boys will savour My Way's bombast and solemnity. Cringing adult audiences will more likely beat a retreat before final call. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2/4 21% My Way (2011) "The big-budget South Korean film is a mash-up of Chariots of Fire and Saving Private Ryan linked together with pounding orchestral swells. The film too often gets stuck in a shooter video game groove upon entering Spielberg domain, however. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012) "A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con... " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) "The Three Stooges weighs in at about 15 howlers over 90 minutes. Not bad, about the same ratio of hilarity to hokey as the Stooges' old shorts. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/4 59% Fightville (2012) "If only there was more of Dustin and his colleagues' back story in Fightville, the fight film might have been a real knockout. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 6, 2012
2/4 43% American Reunion (2012) "Confirms the perception that only losers attend high-school reunions. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 6, 2012
2/4 No Score Yet Off World "It would be interesting to see what Guez, a director who clearly knows his way around a camera, might be able to do with a few charismatic actors. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 16, 2012
3/4 90% Family Portrait In Black And White (2012) "Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2.5/4 0% Donovan's Echo (2013) "Halfway home to being a really good little clairvoyant thriller, Donovan's Echo would have benefited greatly from a Stephen King rewrite. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 82% Goon (2012) "What a disappointment. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 31% Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012) "Good Deeds is more proof that Perry is a crude dramatist. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 40% Love (2012) "Vince Vaughn is nowhere in sight, so you know it can't be a Valentine's Day offering from the Western world. It tries though. It tries. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 17, 2012
3.5/4 74% Rampart (2012) "Hallucinatory, elliptical, with dialogue as rich as chocolate cake, this is the self-proclaimed Demon Dog of American crime fiction at his fevered best. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2.5/4 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) "The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2/4 No Score Yet Moon Point (2012) "Unfortunately, Moon Point's fresh, interesting ideas are compromised by an often mean and shallow script. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
2/4 56% The Viral Factor (2012) "Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
1/4 No Score Yet Not Since You (2009) "Some films need script doctors. A slow, unconvincing cable-TV movie, Not Since You requires script hospice workers. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2.5/4 51% Contraband (2012) "Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 13, 2012
3/4 60% Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer (2011) Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 17, 2011
3/4 89% Dragonslayer (2011) "Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 16, 2011
2.5/4 75% Surviving Progress (2012) "Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 2, 2011
2.5/4 78% The Mill and the Cross (2011) "The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry." " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 11, 2011
4/4 88% Margin Call (2011) "Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 11, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet Billy Bishop Goes To War "Peterson's frantic, charismatic performance captures the giddy, hallucinatory velocity of war. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2011
2/4 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) "Though beautiful to look at and graced with moments of ticklish camp, The Skin I Live In is also sluggish, arbitrarily conceived and, especially in its sagging middle, unaccountably dull. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2011
No Score Yet Down The Road Again Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2/4 8% 1911 (2011) "The Revolution will not be televised, Gil Scott-Heron once sang. Nor should it be filmed, we might add -- at least not as a costume drama with stirring speeches, an inspirational love story and gloriously heroic military charges. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2011
2.5/4 10% Trespass (2011) "Though hardly indispensable, Trespass is an agreeable time-waster distinguished by one good performance and enough clever twists to keep you, if not on the edge of your seat, at least happily alert, guessing along with the plot. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/4 40% French Immersion (2014) "Funny in both official languages, French Immersion is the story of career-conscious English Canadians who flock to a small Quebec town to meet a Tremblay and learn French. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet A Matter of Taste "A Matter of Taste does an admirable job demonstrating how much body and soul go into a good restaurant. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 30, 2011
4/4 100% We Were Here (2011) "The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more than 15,000. Whole peer groups were happy, healthy, and then dead in months. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 30, 2011
2/4 67% Limelight (2011) "Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2011
1.5/4 41% Straw Dogs (2011) "A routine, if rather gruesome thriller with attractive leads ducking in and out of danger. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/4 65% Starbuck (2013) "An ingratiating comedy based on the premise that it takes a village to raise an adult. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4/4 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) "Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Bermuda Triangle. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2.5/4 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life accepts its subject on his own terms. And the compromise feels like capitulation before its hero's last record spins to a close. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/4 84% Contagion (2011) "It's the dark comic moments and the film's sci-fi, B-movie, race-to-develop-a-vaccine subplot that prevent Contagion from being a gloomy two hours in the dark. That and Soderbergh's delight in characters. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 9, 2011
3/4 83% Warrior (2011) "Warrior is a weirdly affecting hybrid, a 100-proof melodrama that's two-thirds Sylvester Stallone and one-third Eugene O'Neill. Think Rocky's Long Day's Journey into Night. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 9, 2011
2.5/4 No Score Yet Wound (2012) "Continuously shocking and often painful to watch, the New Zealand horror film Wound should challenge its audience, many of whom believe the genre is best enjoyed as camp entertainment. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 2, 2011
No Score Yet Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore "nly cult enthusiasts will appreciate The Godfather of Gore as cinema history. The rest of us are left with a bunch of great stories about cheerfully unsavoury characters. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2.5/4 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) "A cheerfully offbeat Aussie take on superhero movies. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2011
2/4 22% 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (2011) "3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy fails to live up to either its promise or title. " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 19, 2011
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