Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Biography:
Critic for Movieline.com
Publications:
Hollywood Reporter , Movieline
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
327

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 327
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% The Wrestler (2008) " Although the film teeters on the brink of sentimentality, it never topples into the slush, and this is a tribute to the rigorous direction as well as the astringent performances." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2008
1% Disaster Movie (2008) " No one expects sophisticated wit from this type of movie, but would it be too much to ask for more than a chuckle every 10 minutes?" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2008
43% Death Race (2008) " Actors try to add a touch of class to a picture that's utterly crass." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 22, 2008
68% Were the World Mine (2008) " This picture dares to summon the spirit of the Bard as well as the ghost of Arthur Freed and succeeds as a rousing, warm-hearted spectacle." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 31, 2008
63% Sixty Six (2006) " Although the subject might sound specialized, the picture is engineered with such skill that it transcends the ethnic details to become a universal story of a boy trying to find his place in an inhospitable world." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 30, 2008
61% Felon (2008) " Directed with pounding energy by Ric Roman Waugh and acted to the hilt by a cast comprising several of yesterday's stars proving their mettle, the movie delivers the thrills and emotion that prison movies require." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 17, 2008
39% The Stone Angel (2007) " Ellen Burstyn deserves another Oscar nomination for this compelling drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
41% Hancock (2008) " Great concept, shaky execution." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 24, 2008
84% Rudy (1993) " Sean Astin is utterly winning..." — Movieline
Posted May 29, 2008
84% Kabluey (2007) " This charming, pointed comedy is a genuine discovery." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2008
70% Bart Got a Room (2009) " Bart has enough laughs to snare a distributor and decent-sized audiences." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 30, 2008
64% The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) " The fight scenes are fun, but the filler in between is deadlier than one of Li's lethal kicks." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 16, 2008
72% American Zombie (2007) " Performances vary widely in quality. Some of the "experts" who expound on zombie culture are portrayed by such amateurish actors that the film threatens to collapse." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2008
52% Funny Games (2008) " It's not exactly entertainment, but it casts a poisonous spell." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2008
22% Never Back Down (2008) " At its core Never Back Down is just another teen exploitation movie, but middle-age viewers who wander into the theater might get the same giddy rush as the kids." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2008
80% The Hammer (2007) " The movie benefits from unpretentiousness; it never takes itself too seriously." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2008
70% Definitely, Maybe (2008) " The romantic banter between Will and his three paramours strains for sparkling wit and only occasionally achieves it." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2008
15% How to Rob a Bank (2007) " It seems especially depressing when so-called independent filmmakers have nothing on their minds except aping the style of Hollywood's hip caper movies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 5, 2008
—— Recycle (2008) " There are many telling details in the film, even if it ultimately raises more questions than it can possibly answer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 30, 2008
—— Anywhere, USA " A genuinely odd duck, a quirky regional comedy that doesn't quite resemble anything else you've seen." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 30, 2008
48% Bottle Shock (2008) " Rocky for wine aficionados." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2008
—— The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008) " You won't want to get to know these obnoxious characters." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2008
—— The Deal (2008) " A wacky Hollywood satire that never catches fire." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2008
—— Wind and the Water " Wind and the Water is not an earth-shattering film, but it replays a familiar story in a novel setting and achieves a lyrical intensity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2008
50% Assassination of a High School President (2008) " Doesn't find enough novel insights to make for essential viewing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2008
91% Alice's House (A Casa de Alice) (2008) " Despite all the crises brewing in this family, we never feel there's anything at stake." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2008
—— Half-Life (2008) " Marks the debut of a promising, truly independent film artist." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2008
66% The Escapist (2008) " All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2008
—— Drummer " A most entertaining ride with audience appeal well beyond the festival circuit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2008
76% Captain Abu Raed (2007) " Belies the inexperience of its makers, for it's a substantial, deeply moving film that has the potential to captivate audiences everywhere." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2008
17% Sleepwalking (2008) " This is a breakthrough performance [for AnnaSophia Robb] that should do wonders for her career." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2008
87% Liberty Kid (2008) " Even though Liberty Kid is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 10, 2008
53% Steep (2007) " Helicopters take us astonishingly close to the skiers as they climb up dizzying peaks, then race down 90-degree cliffs and sometimes jump off precipices with parachutes to bring them back to Earth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2007
74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) " Family films that won't make adults gag are always in short supply, so a pleasing British fantasy, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, is a welcome addition to the holiday season." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 13, 2007
50% Dirty Laundry (2006) " The film's plea for tolerance is commendable but would have more weight if only it were executed with more panache." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2007
—— Torn from the Flag (2007) " This is a lively piece of history, put together with a good deal of technical skill as well as unmistakable passion." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 28, 2007
9% Sex and Breakfast (2007) " Turgid and pointless." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 22, 2007
63% Holly (2007) " An unsparing look at child prostitution is a hard sell for audiences, but this movie is a memorable achievement." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 9, 2007
33% O Jerusalem (2007) " Even with its flaws, the film finds many moving moments as it surveys the ravages of a perpetually divided country." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 24, 2007
14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) " A ho-hum exercise in mysticism and hocus-pocus." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 5, 2007
23% Raising Flagg (2007) " Given the inherent limitations of the material, all of the actors work diligently and quite effectively." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 1, 2007
5% Good Luck Chuck (2007) " Laughs are MIA in this month's comic raunchfest." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 20, 2007
51% The Kingdom (2007) " Peter Berg's movie is no more than an action movie with an exotic backdrop. That would be fine, if only the movie were more exciting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2007
53% Across the Universe (2007) " Despite all the inventive work, the film never achieves the soaring sense of bliss that would place it in the pantheon of movie musicals." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2007
13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) " Sharp performances enliven this formulaic comedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2007
56% Weirdsville (2007) " The film jumps around following the misadventures of the characters, and the whole enterprise comes to be frenetic and convoluted rather than pleasingly impudent." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2007
15% The Brothers Solomon (2007) " The movie doesn't have much visual style or atmosphere, but it does have a kinder, gentler spirit than many gross-out comedies, and that makes it a likable time killer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2007
51% The Bubble (Ha Buah) (2007) " The film's humanism gives it an overwhelming impact." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2007
88% Superbad (2007) " Like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, the film all takes place during a single day and night. But it doesn't have the smarts or the depths of those ensemble comedies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 8, 2007
36% Descent (2007) " You'll want to avert your eyes from this intense and intensely unpleasant drama about rape and revenge." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 31, 2007
60% Arctic Tale (2007) " The film would be more enjoyable if one could turn off the soundtrack and simply revel in the stunning visual evocation of this white-on-white world." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 19, 2007
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