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:
2039

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Showing 1 - 50 of 2039
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 60% If I Stay (2014) " "If I Stay" only left me nearly comatose - and very eager to walk into the white light of the lobby." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/4 88% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The celebrity mimicry and the shouted jokes still can't conceal how stale around the edges the concept is getting." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 43% Life After Beth (2014) " A nicely strange, and often strangely fun movie - and, unlike most of the summer's comedies, a film with some brains. Even if it only wants to eat them." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 31% The Giver (2014) " In a too-crowded world of young-adult franchises, mostly it succeeds best at providing only what its villains so fervently desire - unsurprising, unrelenting sameness." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 57% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " In the end, the movie seems to be as much about James Cameron as anything else." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 72% What If (2014) " Even if the movie feels headed in a predictable direction, it's fun to follow it, and even if the characters sound a little interchangeable, it's still amusing to hear them speak." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It's the movie version of comfort food. Except even in comfort food there's a difference between something made from scratch, and something that comes out of a box. And "The Hundred-Foot Journey" still tastes of powdered cheese." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " The script doesn't just leave things unsaid but unnoticed, and the film's conclusion isn't much more than a half-hearted well, yeah, whatever." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/4 25% 4 Minute Mile (2014) " Even if the story itself has been around the track a couple of times, veterans like these know how to bring it safely home." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) " You have a movie about faith that doesn't seem to have any in its own ability to hold our interest. But it does have Gleeson." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The movie knows that junk art is still art, that no one is more in need of something to speak for them than the inarticulate - and with that it takes the secret pull of comic geekdom and elevates it to a kind of bittersweet, obsessive romanticism." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2/4 77% Get On Up (2014) " To put music and race aside, and then try to tell the story of James Brown, is to climb into the ring with both hands tied behind your back." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2.5/4 49% 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 64% 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 17% 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 41% 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 58% 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 19% 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 44% 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 29% 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 24% 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 91% 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 77% 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 95% 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 69% 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 83% 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 46% 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 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " One-hundred-and-sixty-five minutes. Think about that." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 47% Le Chef (2014) " Personally, I'd rather see "Big Night" again." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/4 53% 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 24% 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 54% The Signal (2014) " A slow-starting but smart and deliciously weird sci-fi thriller ..." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 84% 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 48% 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
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