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
2/4 32% 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 75% 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 7% 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 76% 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 85% 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 75% 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 61% 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 49% 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 93% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "An enjoyable documentary, with some painless lessons. And a good heart, too ... " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/4 33% Beyond The Reach (2015) "It isn't nearly as much creepy fun as it sounds like. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 62% Unfriended (2015) "Give this movie credit for trying something new - and flat-out committing to it. But just because no one's tried an idea before doesn't mean it's a great one. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 23% Child 44 (2015) "Just say nyet. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 15, 2015
1/5 23% Broken Horses (2015) "Inside some bad movies, there's a good one, fighting to get out. Inside Broken Horses there's just another bad movie. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1.5/4 28% The Longest Ride (2015) "The movie has nowhere to go and spends more than two hours getting there. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Although "Ex Machina" is small and talky - it has just four characters, and the only action comes at the end - it also looks good. The set direction is interesting and evocative. The effects impress but don't overwhelm. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Like the Alps it's set in, "Clouds of Sils Maria" just goes on and on. Except in its case, there are more valleys than peaks. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "It's the kind of movie in which the endlessly antagonistic villain and hero express their boiling hatred by driving head-on into each other's rides. At high speed. Twice. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "It's all a little tired and condescending - like some screenwriter's self-serving memories of his last trip to see Mom - and having Mirren occasionally exclaim what fun or thrills they're having doesn't make it so. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) ""While We're Young" is snarky, smart and surprising, right up until the final shot. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 47% Home (2015) "The Gummi-colored animation is imaginative, but director Tim Johnson's ho-hum 3D cartoon remains strictly 1D. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2/4 33% All Good Things (2010) "The film is so busy working hard to convict one rather shady character, it never convinces us of its own reason to exist. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/4 16% The Gunman (2015) "The actors are good and the action is thrilling. And if the film isn't quite as seriously political as I'm guessing Penn told himself it was, it's definitely an offbeat change of pace for us. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1/5 22% Tracers (2015) ""The Fast and the Furious" - except slower and less incensed. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2.5/4 31% Insurgent (2015) "While the ending is meant to build up anticipation for the inevitable parts three and four, it plays as mostly resolved; you don't walk out of the theater thinking, I can't wait til the next one. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 60% Run All Night (2015) "Mostly thanks to its stars, it is a perfectly acceptable, if unnecessary, addition to the angry middle-aged guy action-movie genre. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "A beautifully shot, nicely acted, oddly multilayered movie. And one based on the simplest scare of all: Don't look now, but something's behind you. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/4 11% The Cobbler (2015) "Maybe there's a good movie in here somewhere - or would have been, more than 40 years ago, with Judd Hirsch as the shoemaker. Or nearly 60 years ago, as a quick "Twilight Zone" episode. But as it's done today, it's just forced and unfunny and fake. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 84% Cinderella (2015) "After all the other films that seem to be aimed at them and really aren't, little children and the people who love them could really use a slice of simply delicious cake like this. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The same problems as the first film also re-occur, and this time they're a bit more glaring. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1.5/4 30% Chappie (2015) "There are some nice special-effects here, and great production design, but Blomkamp forgot to give us any characters to latch onto. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "A great primer on how corporate propaganda works now, in the age of 24-hour news channels addicted to "debate" when there is none and "controversy" where none exists. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "A dark and twisted Hollywood Gothic that - with its mixed-together helpings of incest, murder, madness and surreality - can feel a little more like David Lynch than Cronenberg. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "It's a strong and stirring film. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 56% Focus (2015) "Sexy stars, pretty cities, nice music and some tricky action. If that's a con game, well - I'm happy to be had. And you will be, too. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 71% The DUFF (2015) "It's not "Mean Girls." It's not even "Easy A." But it's definitely a solid B. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "The movie can risk being patronizing, at times. And boy, is it manipulative. But all art is manipulative, in some way. And maybe being manipulated to have a little hope isn't such a bad thing after all. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "You're sorry when one episode ends; you can't wait for another to get to the gruesome point. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "The first movie was raunchy, but this one is just rude - with plenty of bodily fluids being flung around, and far too many jokes about genitals. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 83% Queen and Country (2015) "A lovely movie, as achingly bittersweet as all nostalgia, marked by surprising moments of commonplace beauty - a brilliant morning sky, a gently burbling Thames - and real rough emotion. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 18, 2015
2/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "It relishes low-class ugliness. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/4 64% The Rewrite (2015) "Before it was done to death, there was something terribly appealing about Grant's heroes, and many of his romantic comedies -- something "The Rewrite" nicely reminds us of. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "The songs are smart and "Company"-era Sondheimesque, courtesy of composer Jason Robert Brown, and director Richard LaGravenese has done a stylish, fast-paced job. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2.5/4 39% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "If you're going to do a remake of a movie you've got to ask yourself one question: Why? And hard as you look at the screen here, it's difficult to see Lee's answer. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 12, 2015
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