Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Stephen Whitty'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
2.5/4 72% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "She's a great character, so it's sad that "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" isn't a better movie. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 58% Southpaw (2015) "What this movie really is at heart is just a good-natured, perfectly decent, meat-and-potatoes palooka. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 56% Paper Towns (2015) "In a summer full of superheroes, dinosaurs and earthquakes it could very easily get drowned out. But try listening a little harder. It has something to say. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1.5/4 18% Pixels (2015) "You can see the calculations of the filmmakers - Hey, let's put in a cute kid! Let's add a funny animated sidekick! - but you can't see why they wanted to make this film in the first place. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 22, 2015
1/5 40% Staten Island Summer "Do yourself a favor: Don't. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 21, 2015
3.5/4 86% Inception (2010) "It's just grade-A filmmaking. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3.5/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The best of it, as in Condon's other movies, are the details of emotions, fleeting but just as quickly caught - true concern camouflaged by flashes of impatience, unutterable despair masquerading as simple grief. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 17, 2015
1.5/4 39% Irrational Man (2015) "Flatly shot and dully told, it's just this year's film in what, for Allen, long ago became an unbreakable annual tradition, a way for our most famous amateur existentialist to somehow validate his own existence. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man emerges only as a minor hero - fine for occasional gags and cameos in upcoming Marvel ensembles, but undeserving of all this attention. And his movie feels, not like a well-deserved launch, but a contractual obligation ... " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Schumer's pretty wonderful, and the movie - in a summer that was still waiting for its R-rated smash - is great fun. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2/4 53% Boulevard (2015) "All in all, it's just a sad story, sadly told. And here's the saddest thing of all - it's one of the last stories Robin Williams will ever give us. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 10, 2015
1/4 14% The Gallows (2015) "The plot is a collection of contrivances (Oh no, the lights all went out! My cell phone won't work! I'm running for my life, I'd better keep filming!) and the scares are simple, sudden, stupid shocks. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 78% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) ""Do I Sound Gay?" is fun, and while there's too much of Thorpe onscreen - and his family, and his friends, and other easy-to-land interview subjects - there are some interesting insights here from other writers and celebrities. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 21% Self/less (2015) "Like its hero, it's an interesting combination - and it might just surprise you in how good it can be. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 8, 2015
1/4 54% Minions (2015) "Why shell out money to see this in the theater when you can just buy a DVD next year? Or, more to the point, buy the plush toys that something like this is really all about. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2.5/4 75% Jimmy's Hall (2015) ""Jimmy's Hall" is a nice place to visit, for a while, to look and listen and have a chat or two. It means well, to be sure. But after half-an-hour, you may find yourself looking at your watch and starting to make other plans. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "A guiltlessly dumb movie that mostly coasts by on pecs appeal, hip-hop beats and pelvic thrusts. Lots of pelvic thrusts. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) ""I'm old -- not obsolete," Schwarzenegger growls throughout. This movie's both. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 38% Max (2015) "Don't you sometimes want Cheetos? Well, "Max" is like a big bowl of them, with a dog to share them with. Who's such a good boy. Such a good boy. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 26, 2015
1.5/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Sure, MacFarlane can write simple jokes as long as the 'f' key on his laptop holds out. Some of them are even funny. But a lot of them don't pay off, and most trod the same well-worn territory -- potheads, practical jokes, politically-incorrect cliches. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/4 24% Burying the Ex (2015) "Dante has always been at least as much of a comedian as a monster fan, and the film has plenty of gruesome dark humor about embalming fluid and rigor mortis. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/4 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Clearly this is a serious topic, but right from the title - meant as a child's malapropism for "totally bipolar"-the instinct is to go cute. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 47% Manglehorn (2015) "David Gordon Green directs two very different kinds of movies, and I'm beginning to realize I don't much like either of them. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) ""Inside Out" is about the passing of childhood ritual, its most bittersweet moments the ones glimpsed in a rear-view mirror, as it reminds the unfaithful: Remember when you loved that? When you lived for this? Until you didn't anymore? " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1/5 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "A picture that trades any suspense for endless scenes of a bored Bruhl staring at a screen, trying to find a story. Any story. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/5 81% The Overnight (2015) "Occasionally the film feels more like a string of acting exercises than a tightly edited sex comedy. Still, there's plenty of raunchy romance here and some good, deliberately cringe-worthy lines. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/4 48% Live From New York! (2015) "If you simply love the show, and want a movie about how it has reflected - and, rarely, helped change - attitudes about sex, gender and race, then "Live From New York!" may fit the bill. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "An unusual story that combines get-the-Kleenex teen melodrama with plenty of wry film-school jokes. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Along with the repurposed plot comes a sort of retro, kind of comforting '80s feel, with -- until a final, hyper-edited battle sequence -- a seeming willingness to allow the scenes some room to breathe. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 95% Spy (2015) "[It] does have its moments, and it does have McCarthy. And while it's not worth much more than a rent, it does make us look forward to what she's going to do with "Ghostbusters." " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/4 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "You need more than a few sudden noises and scary shocks to make a good horror movie. But "Insidious: Chapter Three" is at least an OK horror movie. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Its message - that the most beautiful art often comes from the ugliest places - is simple. And moving. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/4 32% Entourage (2015) "For a show that was all about seizing your moment, it may have missed its own. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) "At least this feels like a Cameron Crowe movie. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 29, 2015
2/4 33% Poltergeist (2015) "This remake is over 20 minutes shorter than the original "Poltergeist," and it saved most of that time by sacrificing the beginning and end. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 22, 2015
1.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Strip "Tomorrowland" down to its essentials, and you get an ending out of "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and a moral which boils down to: Just be positive, OK? So OK. I'm positive "Tomorrowland" was a disappointment. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 19, 2015
2.5/4 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "Sometimes the whole is less than the sum of the parts. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "What Niccol is really interested in ... is what this kind of warfare does to the men and women pushing the buttons and adding up the numbers. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Flaws in the story - some easy political posturing, too many shallow characters - can't even come close to touching George Miller's strengths: A nightmarish visual imagery, an easy command of composition, a relentless sense of pace. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 13, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "For someone with a background in choreography, Fletcher has no idea of how to sell physical comedy. Characters stumble around and drop things but there's no grace to their clumsiness, no punchline at the end of their embarrassment. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 8, 2015
3/4 78% The Seven Five (2015) "Clearly told and well-edited ... " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 7, 2015
1.5/4 53% Maggie (2015) "It's hard to figure out what's supposed to keep us interested in this very grim, very grey tale. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 6, 2015
0/5 20% Bravetown (2015) "This isn't "Bravetown." It's Crazytown. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 6, 2015
3/4 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "We learn about the highs and lows of Spinney's life, and get some insight into his character - a character which, not surprisingly, seems to have the same capacity for childlike wonder and joy the much-mourned Henson had. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 6, 2015
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A chance to see another fine portrayal by Mulligan, and an opportunity to spend a few hours in a fevered fantasy world of prim and proper ladies and hot-headed shepherd boys. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 2, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Most of these characters are great fun, and there are still stories to tell. So why not do it, instead of telling and retelling the same tale, only bigger? " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 28, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Even slightly self-censored, its images of broken cities and the walking wounded is a strong restating of the film's message: There is no such thing as a "good" war. There's only war - sometimes necessary, sometimes not. And always inhuman. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Burstyn is as beautiful and emotionally present as always and Ford - after so many years of grumpily picking up paychecks - seems delighted to be acting again, and in a real movie. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 24, 2015
1/4 44% True Story (2015) "Longo's character remains not just opaque, but uninteresting, while Finkel's gets endless, useless attention. As fascinating as he may have been to himself, the movie never conveys that appeal to us. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "An enjoyable documentary, with some painless lessons. And a good heart, too ... " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 17, 2015
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