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% 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 63% 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 27% 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 45% 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 26% 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 80% 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 50% 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 82% 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 81% Me & Earl & 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 59% 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 31% 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 51% 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 83% 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 62% 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 48% 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
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 61% 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 24% Child 44 (2015) "Just say nyet. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 15, 2015
1/5 21% 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 30% 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 91% 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 53% 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 46% 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 17% 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 30% 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
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