Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
CBC.ca Arts , Globe and Mail , National Post
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
313

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 —— 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 74% 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 13% My Way (2011) 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 —— 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 —— 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 —— 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 —— 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
—— 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 " 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 —— 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 —— 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
—— 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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