Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

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Hollywood Reporter , Movieline
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
61% Hercules (2014) " There's just enough plot to keep the movie lurching forward, and there are plenty of battle scenes to delight connoisseurs of carnage." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 24, 2014
16% And So It Goes (2014) " Despite the utter predictability of the plot, the picture wins you over. It starts off clumsily but grows more engaging as it continues." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 14, 2014
88% Test (2014) " The film is an appealing variation on a popular genre, and if it's a little too low-key to attract a mainstream audience, it marks a promising step forward for the writer-director, Chris Mason Johnson." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
80% Redwood Highway (2014) " While this road movie may not have great originality or huge box-office potential, it's a low-key charmer with a large-souled performance at its center." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2014
25% Goodbye World (2014) " Think The Big Chill crossed with World War Z, an odd combo that never jells successfully." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2014
17% God's Not Dead (2014) " The film is slickly produced, with a competent cast, and although it sometimes stacks the deck shamelessly in defense of its credo, it does allow a few dissenting voices to slip into the debate." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
56% At Middleton (2014) " Modern-day Brief Encounter benefits from sparkling dialogue and splendid acting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
48% Black Nativity (2013) " A first-rate cast enlivens this ambitious but syrupy holiday musical." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2013
68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " All in all, this long-delayed sequel is a very mixed bag, with just enough laughter and tears to squeak by as holiday entertainment." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 13, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " There is much to admire in Percival's film version, but you may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 6, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " The cult of J.D. Salinger will be burnished by this lively but superficial doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2013
48% Parkland (2013) " The film is otherwise engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " Viewers who see the movie will find it absolutely riveting, and this is a tribute to the filmmaker's skill and to the excellent cast that brings the story to life." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " Well-acted British courtroom drama never really delivers the necessary thrills." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
69% The Happy Sad (2013) " Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2013
5% Paranoia (2013) " Slick but muddled thriller about corporate espionage never gets our pulse pounding." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " Some viewers might have preferred a stronger finale, but the movie manages to raise provocative scientific questions about our place in the universe while also delivering some neat, understated thrills." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 29, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " A good premise and a good cast flounder in search of a wittier script." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 5, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Young viewers looking for unbridled raunch will be sadly disappointed, and so will other moviegoers expecting more than a few wan chuckles." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 22, 2013
—— Defiant Requiem Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2013
—— A vizsga Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2013
57% The Power Of Few (2013) " The picture... can't be said to break any new ground in the gritty, mean-streets genre. But it has a better-than-average cast and a few clever plot twists, and it ends up being an occasionally amusing time-killer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 8, 2013
42% Midnight's Children (2013) " The film is ambitious and often sumptuous to watch but not always dramatically satisfying." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 22, 2013
71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) " An offbeat slice of Americana will intrigue thoughtful moviegoers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 22, 2013
33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " Passable animated entertainment is stronger on humor than adventure." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 15, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) " Routine romantic thriller lacks acting and directing flair." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2013
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture. All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2013
4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " Attractive actors can't redeem a sodden script." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 5, 2012
—— Me and Me Dad " A director's daughter probes her family's turbulent history in this elegant doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2012
26% 2016: Obama's America (2012) " No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2012
97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " Canada's foreign-language submission is a searing classroom drama about grief that should be an Oscar front-runner." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 13, 2012
90% Punk's Not Dead (2007) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2012
—— Montevideo, Bog te video: Prica prva (Montevideo: Taste of a Dream) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2011
93% Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011) " A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2011
88% Margin Call (2011) " Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2011
71% Dzi Croquettes (2009) " Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2011
89% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) " Dori Berinstein's tender but sharp portrait finds a lot of depths in the woman whom many see as a camp figure." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 17, 2011
95% Weekend (2011) " The two leading actors give deft, expressive performances that have us rooting for both of them. Cullen has a broodingly sensual presence, while the impish New makes a charmingly prickly foil." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2011
75% Leave it on the Floor (2013) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2011
64% Unraveled (2012) " The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2011
—— Norberto's Deadline (norberto Apenas Tarde) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 25, 2011
—— The Student (El estudiante) (2009) " A dynamic piece of filmmaking that promises a bright future for Santiago Mitre." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 21, 2011
99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " Fascinating doc about a photographer surveying the highs and lows of New York society." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2011
88% Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011) " A splendid film about a movie crew blindsided by the real world." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2011
71% The Nine Muses (2011) " Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
95% Knuckle (2011) " The fighters hit hard, and so does the movie." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
100% We Were Here (2011) " Deeply affecting doc revisits the AIDS epidemic without any grandstanding." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
40% Granito (2011) " The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
—— Mamma Gógó Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 15, 2011
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