Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
MSNBC , Newark Star-Ledger , Newhouse News Service , San Francisco Examiner
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2027

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Showing 1 - 50 of 2027
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 61% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A movie which proceeds logically, but not always laughingly, from careful setup to dutiful complications to unsurprising denouement." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 58% Lucy (2014) " For Besson devotees who sat stoically through "The Lady" (or patiently during that endless "Arthur and the Invisibles" series) "Lucy" is a trippy return to form - to mind-twisting stories, to rocket-propelled camerawork, to eyes-wide-open dreams." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The story unfolds slowly, with the filmmaker's own fascination with process at center stage." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 16% And So It Goes (2014) " Adequate perhaps for a matinee on a dull weekday - but only if the senior discount applies." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 40% Wish I Was Here (2014) " "Wish I Was Here" is a welcome, if belated, second chapter in a filmmaker's career. I just hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to see what he thinks about life as a forty-something ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " "The Lottery" without the poetry, "Death Wish" without the Bronson, "The Return of the Archons" without the Archons, it's just nasty and brutish." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " "Sex Tape" doesn't seduce, it doesn't surprise and it certainly doesn't satisfy. It only leaves you feeling a little taken advantaged of, as you take your walk of shame back to your car - and hoping you never hear from it again." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2.5/4 42% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " There are enough silly jokes and simple excitement here ... to keep the youngest ones interested, and a few mild puns to occasionally make the adults smile." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " A marvelous, minimal epic of a movie ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 75% Land Ho! (2014) " "Land Ho" is a sneaky delight, built out of small smiles and little incidents." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 22% A Long Way Down (2014) " There's not much meat here - just a slightly smart setup without any followthrough." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " I never ceased to amaze at the man's work ethic (he saw, and covered, hundreds of movies a year, filing stories even the week of his death). And I marveled at the grace with which he navigated his final, immensely challenging years." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " At least the title is honest. The whole movie's an echo - of something better and far more original, now bounced back at us, more and more quietly, until it finally fades away." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 30% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " It's all cliched, of course, and has been since "The Exorcist" ... but it's still effective, perhaps more so with anyone who, like our hero cop, comes from the world of scented smoke and altar boys." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/4 23% Tammy (2014) " The real problem with the movie is simple - it's just not funny enough, and too worried about making McCarthy's usual hilarious supporting character into a woman sympathetic enough (that is, bland enough) to be the heroine." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 100% Bound By Flesh (2014) " They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/4 79% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " [It] leaves us wanting more - more on Bulger's childhood, more on the Irish gangs, more on the awful crimes themselves." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " For the longest time "Snowpiercer" rushes forward, like the bullet train itself - sleek and swift and unstoppable. And it takes us along for the ride." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5/4 68% They Came Together (2014) " I never stopped smirking as I watched the movie. But I would have traded all of it for half-a-dozen genuine smiles." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " There's something charming, even comforting about its predictability, and sweet about its tone." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/4 48% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Had he seen his own bio backstage, you can't help but feel he would have fussed with it a bit more before sending it out so unadorned." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " One-hundred-and-sixty-five minutes. Think about that." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 50% Le Chef (2014) " Personally, I'd rather see "Big Night" again." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " As deliberately, consciously old-fashioned as it sometimes is, Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" is also often fresh, with a self-aware sense of fun ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " This is the sort of film that only makes sense as a rental - with, perhaps, a couple of friends, and a very generously mixed pitcher of margaritas." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 23% Third Person (2014) " It gets too clever - perhaps a sign of those 20, or 50, endlessly tweaked different drafts." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Polanski's direction of his performers is assured. His camerawork is precise. And the power games - moving, shifting, constantly surprising and inescapably, queasily conflating art and artist - hold us in their thrall." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Rover (2014) " While some of the film's ambiguity is welcome - we're never told why society has fallen apart, it's just a sadly acceptable given that it has - a good deal of it is disappointing." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1.5/4 31% Lullaby (2014) " The digital photography is crummy, and the characters who most need to convince ... feel created out of whole cloth. Polyester cloth, at that." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/4 55% The Signal (2014) " A slow-starting but smart and deliciously weird sci-fi thriller ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " At what point is sarcasm just a cheap substitute for wit? Exactly when does joking about how all sequels are just lame, repetitive cash-grabs start to suggest that maybe yours is, too? Actually, in this case, about 40 minutes in." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " This was not a sequel that anybody needed, outside of the accountants. And there's another already planned." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " A man is more than just the sum of his dropped names and star-dusted anecdotes. And a movie needs to be more than this." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " It's a small, modest film that doesn't act like it's groundbreaking. But it is." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " [The book] took readers on a satisfyingly teary journey. The movie mostly does too, but what may have worked in a novel is a little more awkward in a film." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 84% Night Moves (2014) " "Night Moves" is a serious film, and certainly more thoughtful one than another recent eco-thriller, the gimmicky "The East." Yet it remains - especially for Reichardt - an oddly uninvolving one." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 30, 2014
3/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Audiences can be pleased to find a story in which its young female characters aren't victims, or even pretty little liars, but just friends. And good ones, at that." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 30, 2014
1.5/4 49% Maleficent (2014) " The direction by Robert Stromberg is an immediate mess. A long-time special-effects whiz making his filmmaking debut, he crowds every scene with gimmickry; the opening CGI landscapes are so overdone they look like bad cartoons." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A big, bright, loud and occasionally smart entertainment, and well worth seeing once - although not, perhaps, every day for the rest of your life." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " It's well-made, often (and outrageously) funny, and manages to keep up the pace and interest for nearly two hours. Clearly there's more to MacFarlane than a bad Oscar show, "Ted" and some Fox-TV toons." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " It does a great job of collecting Vidal's Wildean aphorisms on class, democracy and liberty." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 23, 2014
1/4 14% Blended (2014) " I think I smiled, twice." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 23, 2014
2/4 26% The Love Punch (2014) " Hopkins managed a genuine delight a few years ago with "Last Chance Harvey," starring Thompson and Dustin Hoffman as two late-in-life lovers in London. But his new script has none of that wit." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " If you are an "X" maniac, Singer's given you the movie you've been hoping for." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Call it a novelistic film, if you must. But know that it is a cinematic film, too. And above all - a James Gray one." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 16, 2014
2.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " If you really don't ask for anything more than a solid hour or so of giant creatures beating on each other, well then, this new "Godzilla" is for you - just the way all the old ones were." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 13, 2014
2/4 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Ultimately "God's Pocket" is a little too much, of everything. And yet not quite enough for Slattery, who deserves something more." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 83% The Double (2014) " While this film about copies may feel a little familiar, it's also original - in all the best ways." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 71% Palo Alto (2014) " In the end, it's all a bit too slight and self-pitying to truly engage our interest; not so much "Less Than Zero" as less than compelling." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " If you want the cinematic version of a dim sum brunch, or cocktail hour at a tapas bar - lots of little plates, good flavors and uncomplicated fun - "Chef" has a table saved, just for you." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 9, 2014
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