Stephen Rebello

Stephen Rebello

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 81% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) " In the end, this Far From the Madding Crowd is a handsome but bloodless version of the Hardy classic. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 1, 2015
2.5/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " Overall, though, for all of its cheesy fun mixed with doom-and-gloom observations on the plight of humanity, this Avengers leaves us with the nagging feeling that we've been here too many times before. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 1, 2015
2.5/4 61% The Water Diviner (2015) " Crowe, who's been having a rough time finding his footing again for a decade now, underplays his role so self-consciously that when he wants us to feel his pain, all we feel is his ego. He fails to move us. And so does The Water Diviner. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 24, 2015
2/4 23% Child 44 (2015) " The movie goes wildly off the rails chasing so many characters, subplots, and complications that you may find yourself zoning out. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 74% Felix & Meira (2015) " Felix and Meira makes fascinating observations on forbidden love and as well as on the Hasidic community. Although its pace is sometimes pokey, it's a movie offering nice rewards to the patient. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 91% Ex Machina (2015) " Gleeson is terrific and Vikander, who stars in five other films this year alone, is a revelation. As is Ex Machina, a movie that looks like something destined to be savored, watched and re-watched endlessly over the years. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 82% Furious 7 (2015) " It's bananas -- a loud, crackpot joyride and you'll love every messed-up minute of it. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2.5/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) " The tragic sadness of a Victorian wife and the unraveling of her marriage might be a worthy subject but, as brought to the screen by so reverently and bloodlessly, Effie Gray is a bit of a drag. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 27, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Gunman (2015) " It's just another tourist salad bar of stale, limp man-on-the-run clich├ęs with chases, hand-to-hand-combat, gunfire, and an hilariously pretentious sequence set during a bullfight. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 27, 2015
0.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) " With such a promising premise at its center, Get Hard could have been scathingly, satirically funny, a kind of 48 HRS meets Trading Places for moderns, but, oh, man, it's not. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) " Danny Collins isn't what it could have been but at very least the actors are terrific and some of the dialogue has a welcome, tart edge. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 96% It Follows (2015) " It's all made more powerful and paranoia-inducing because the shuffling stalkers could be anyone, anytime, anywhere. They're as inexplicable as they are impossible to escape. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 21, 2015
3/4 91% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " The Wrecking Crew is breezy, intriguing, tuneful, joyous stuff for anyone. For rock and pop fans, though, it's absolute catnip. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 21, 2015
3/4 61% Run All Night (2015) " The dark, grim Run All Night delivers the action goods while giving Neeson a chance to show us all over again what a great actor, and screen presence, he is. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 21, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) " McFarland, USA may not take us anywhere new but it gets us to the finish line with know-how and an aim to please. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2/4 37% Black or White (2015) " It isn't enough that the movie's heart and soul are in the right place. It needed edge and art to throw a punch. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 7, 2015
1.5/4 30% Chappie (2015) " You may find yourself wanting every character in this thing to die horribly. And quickly. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Despite good stuff, the movie sputters, drags, and lurches from episode to episode, juggling way too many characters and plot complications without having much reason for existing. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/4 56% Focus (2015) " Focus, nicely filmed and very competent, delivers come snappy dialogue and fizzy, forgettable fun. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 23, 2015
3/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " Kingsman: The Secret Service isn't for the politically correct or the faint of heart. But, if you're on its groovy, twisted wavelength, it's a stone blast. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " In the end, Fifty Shades of Grey isn't so much terrible as it is timid and tame. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 100% Humpback Whales " For landlubbers or the more adventurous, Humpback Whales is worth the journey. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) " The Last Five Years is a small, bootstrap kind of movie, obviously a labor of love, and it works well because of the passion, charisma and Broadway belts of the two leads. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " While the visuals dazzle, the storyline never grabs hold. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2015
97% The Artist (2011) " The Artist recreates a movie era so full of wonder and emotion that it may make you question whether the way we were wasn't a whole lot better than the way we are. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 17, 2015
2.5/4 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Kill the Messenger painstakingly makes the case that it tells a story which matters but fails to tell us why we should be outraged. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) " The Equalizer is empty and merely efficient but it's enjoyable as hell with Washington in solid, focused Man On Fire form. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/4 91% Art and Craft (2014) " The moviemakers have created a unique portrait of a highly unusual, gifted oddball who is -- unlike his paintings -- a true original. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2/4 62% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " By the time the movie ends, we don't even know very much more about these two than we did when we started: that they're a pair of privileged, great-looking people with a photogenic case of the oh-so-sads. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " Although the self-made hero Zamperini deserves every bit of the respect the movie shows him, Unbroken could have done much less noble idolatry and much more edge and insight. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " There's no doubting the sincerity and passion of actor Bradley Cooper, director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall in bringing that saga to the screen. So, why is it a good movie instead of a great one? " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
4/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Foxcatcher gets under your skin and stays there. It's easily one of the best things we've seen this year. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 82% The Homesman (2014) " The Homesman isn't dull. It's too peculiar for that. But neither does it make you want to saddle up and ride off with either of its two leading characters, either. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is just a long, slow teaser for next year's grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
1/4 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " The movie is just a hodgepodge of badly filmed chases, ridiculous capers and riff-y scenes in which talented comics looking as though they're having great fun talking over each other and drowning each other out -- just not loudly enough. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
1/4 53% The Interview (2014) " Park is sharp, funny and oddly sweet as the dictator but, even with a toned-down assassination sequence, the movie is a throwaway, worthier of a few laughs than it is a full-on international furor. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " The movie may not deliver every Sondheim fanatic's hopes for a perfect cinematic Into the Woods but it makes for at least a respectable, if not remarkable night at the movies. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " There's no arguing the immensity of it or the beauty of its visual images. But what's around the many show-stopping moments is too generic to send us out of the theater properly awestruck, reverent and wowed. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " This smart, lean, tough and, yeah, talky flick has been very shrewdly and knowingly directed/adapted by Scott Frank (who wrote The Wolverine), who knows the noir conventions -- rain, melancholy, tough, doomed characters, paranoid plotting. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2.5/4 72% Interstellar (2014) " You go in to Interstellar hoping to be mind-blown, thrilled, and smartened-up. Although it's beautifully made, brainy and sometimes insanely gorgeous, you may find yourself wondering what the big whoop was all about. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 85% John Wick (2014) " It's a modest movie, yes, but it's got style, know-how, hits the spot and knows enough to keep Reeves kicking ass constantly but saying little. Satisfaction pretty much guaranteed. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Although it's narrow gauge and barely touches on Hawking's breakthrough theories about time, space and matter, it's really well made and spectacularly well-acted. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/4 89% The Drop (2014) " Directed flatly and with disappointing tone deafness by Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead), the movie's various plot threads never weave together convincingly. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
74% Godzilla (2014) " We guess if you're up for a big, state-of-the-art, kick-ass 3-D giant monster movie, Godzilla gets the job done. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow obviously cost a fortune to make, but it has a light, shrugging, tossed-off air that makes it all the more impressive, let alone enjoyable. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 90% Wild (2014) " Happily, Wild is scrappy, impressive movie with trippy visuals, a respect for the transformative power of nature, a powerful strong central performance and a deep well of pain. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Cumberbatch does what he can to fill in the blanks and he is the real thing here -- all shyness, rudeness, acid comments, pathos, dazzling intellect and aching melancholy, while suppressing his velvety star charisma. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " As an ode to jazz, to the single-minded pursuit of greatness, and to the agony and exultation of jamming to one's inner drummer, Whiplash hardly misses a beat. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Creepy, nasty, often hilarious stuff, Nightcrawler shows Gyllenhaal exactly where he seems to want to be and having the time of his life while he's at it. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is out of this world, a powerful reminder of what cool, crazy, dangerous, hugely entertaining things can happen when big studios let grownup filmmakers make movies for and about grownups. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 4, 2015
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