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:
1965

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1965
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 20% Transcendence (2014) " "Transcendence" never grapples with the concepts it introduces, sticking to an absolute-genius-corrupts-absolutely plot that was old back in the first season of "Star Trek," and ending with a muffled whimper." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 8% Authors Anonymous (2014) " "Authors Anonymous" may be about amateur writers. But its own script needed a professional polish." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/4 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " "Only Lovers Left Alive" marks an artist's welcome return. And the much-needed rescue of a classic monster from the grubby grip of tween novels." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Railway Man (2014) " In the end, for a movie about such a grim and grotesque chapter in history "The Railway Man" commits the most improbable sin of all. It's dull." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 46% Hateship Loveship (2014) " When a script can't give even a drugged-out Jennifer Jason Leigh a tasty scene to chew on, it's playing just a little too nice." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/4 71% Oculus (2014) " It's just a little vague, a little familiar, a little fake." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " It's about gamesmanship. About judging character, fast. And yes, about grown sons, and father's shadows. Also about some smart filmmaking." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " A beautiful and often hypnotic film." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 86% Alan Partridge (2014) " Even if you haven't seen any "Alan Partridge" shows, you'll be able to pick up the thread of this one right away. And you may be pleasantly surprised ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " True, von Trier films all the ugliness beautifully - with occasional breaks for mystic images, and bad jokes. But to what point?" — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 45% In the Blood (2014) " This isn't much more than a straight-forward, get-the-baddies action flick." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Far from being a breakthrough, "Dom Hemingway" is more of a breakdown, a loose, loud, haphazard collection of parts - and not one of them worthy of the praise Dom heaps so generously on his own." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " If this was meant to be a portrait, it's one completely framed by its subject." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 80% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " It's not just these children's smiling faces that are hidden here - it's everything that might make you want to search out the meaning behind them." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The man was a more interesting person than the poster-ready icon presented here." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " Despite its title's implied urge to relax, refresh, recharge, "Breathe In" remains just a little too calm - and ultimately airless." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " Somehow David Ayer got Arnold Schwarzenegger to do something he hasn't done in years. Make a real movie." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " What Aronofsky does give this familiar tale is a great love of the Earth and a wonderfully complex Noah." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The simple, even sometimes simplistic script is helped a lot by its cast." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It chooses to avoid the easy gags and go for stronger drama by having Cap confront something he really wasn't prepared for: A S.H.I.E.L.D. that seems to have lost its way, and may even have a few traitors buried deep inside it." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 47% Blood Ties (2014) " I share Canet's affection for Sidney Lumet films full of scraggly sideburns and big brown Fleetwoods the size of the QE2. But if you really appreciated those movies, you'd use your memories of them to jumpstart something new." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " While it overplays the poor-misunderstood-artist angle, though "Jodorowsky's Dune" does at least give the filmmaker a stage." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " One of [Von Trier's] most sympathetic films since "Dancer in the Dark."" — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The real problem with "Divergent"? In the end, it doesn't dare diverge enough." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " If you don't love the chipper Kermit, the self-involved Miss Piggy, the sweetly foggy Fozzie - not to mention the hard-to-explain Beaker, Animal and the Great Gonzo - well, please, sit over there. I don't think I quite trust you." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 19, 2014
3/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Even if "Enemy" sometimes goes too far - and, in proffering any kind of internal logic, never goes far enough - it grips your attention from the very first scene. And will haunt you long after its last." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " "Bad Words" serves, at least, as proof that Bateman can do a variety of parts, and direct a smart economical comedy - and if Hollywood is as smart and economical, it will give him the chance again." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 79% On My Way (2014) " It's a slight film which very much depends on the fond affection engendered in audiences by its star. Luckily that's still in ample supply." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " "Better Living Through Chemistry" ... is too much like the pretty suburbs it was shot in - neat and slick and comfortable. But ultimately, and deliberately, safe." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " This movie offers nothing but noise and silliness. And, possibly - if it has the effect on its target teen audience I think it's going to - a very dangerous ride home afterward, for everybody." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " While Anderson delights in creating a fictional (but very real) mittel-Europe, he also does it with the craft of old Hollywood, using carefully made miniatures and handpainted backdrops." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " The story of a young Palestinian, pushed into informing by the Israeli secret police, and forced to navigate conflicting feelings of loyalty, betrayal, self-interest and revenge." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Fifty years ago, animated entertainment was a lot quieter. But that was my "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." This is someone else's. And it should give them, and even a few open-minded parents, almost just as much giggly fun." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " There is much grinding of teeth, and mauling of history, and anachronistic use of gunpowder, until we plug our ears and desperately pray to the gods of Olympus, or the brothers of Warner, that they might make an end." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " It's a slight idea for a film, but director Ritesh Batra (who also cowrote) nicely expands it ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " To wave a flag, sing a song and celebrate it as the uncomplicated and inevitable victory of good over evil is the sort of easy message only an old propagandist - or a president for life - could really cheer." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 22% Son Of God (2014) " The film is willing. But its spirit is weak." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " It's both ridiculous and a little rote; Neeson has worn this genre into a rut and he still has a few more action pics lined up, one of them with the same director." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2.5/4 45% In Secret (2014) " Olsen and Isaac never really create the kind of amour fou that a story like this depends on, let alone the self-loathing guilt that their crime is supposed to engender." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " It's a spectacle all right - but mostly just of a lot of people, some of whom should know better, making an utter ash of themselves." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1.5/4 11% Barefoot (2014) " Really, the emotionally ill have enough stigmas to contend with. They don't need the patronizing-yet-popular movie one of "They're just like us - only, you know, more innocent."" — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1.5/4 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " It's like a bad Liam Neeson actioner crossed with a worse American sitcom, and it's a mess." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " It's a good set-up and contrast, and Pink keeps things moving, while finding times for a few in-jokes and some nice tunes on the soundtrack." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 14, 2014
1.5/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " This is supposed to be a movie about obsession. Instead it's just cupcake meets beefcake, with a big glass of milk on the side." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2.5/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " Like RoboCop himself, it doesn't seem quite as truly, organically alive as it once did. But it sure looks sleek, and moves pretty fast. And if you don't think too much, it almost feels like the real thing." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 11, 2014
1.5/4 5% The Outsider (2014) " Given a lot of style, this could have been another "The Limey"; given even a bit more humor and flashier action sequences, it might have passed for another Statham picture." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " It is a fascinating story, and although one told before - the 2003 documentary "Prisoner of Paradise" also touched on this "model" ghetto - Murmelstein has a wealth of detail at his fingers, particularly the vicious lies the Nazis themselves told." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " In a way, its familiarity is part of its small charm - and, in a modern world full of imperfect causes, its occasional nostalgic comfort." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Like the toy it's based on, it's goofy and colorful and something adults and children can enjoy together." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " Both Garcia and Farmiga dive head-on into raging rapids of doubt, pain and recrimination." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 31, 2014
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