Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 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 32% 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 65% 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 27% 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 29% 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 89% 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 91% 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 82% 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 54% 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 85% 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 95% 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 9% 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 85% 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 86% 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 62% 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 95% 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 82% 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 59% 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 35% 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
1/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The whole thing's about as transgressive as ordering a Cabernet Sauvignon with your fish. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2.5/4 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Obviously, this is not a particularly serious movie -- there's one scene of happy villagers leading a witch off to execution that feels remarkably like a "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" outtake -- but neither is it sloppy. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/4 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "Even childless (and sober) I still had a pretty good time, and if you like silliness with a sprinkling of surrealism, you will too. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "We should expect a little more from the Wachowskis than this. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/4 37% Black or White (2015) "Costner deserves credit for continuing to make - or, at least trying to make - grown-up movies. But he's undercut at almost every point here by director Mike Binder ... " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2.5/4 36% Song One (2015) "The film, like the world it's part of, remains just a little too precious, a little too self-involved, a little too insular. Instead of singing out, directly to us, it hums its little tune only to itself. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/4 18% Strange Magic (2015) "I know we're talking about fairy tales here. But why does the king, who resembles a cockroach and talks like a Scot, have a mother who seems to be a slug and talks like a Jewish-mother joke? " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 23, 2015
1.5/4 13% Mortdecai (2015) ""Don't be tiresome," Paltrow tells Depp at one point. Or did I forget myself and yell that at the screen myself? " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2.5/4 49% Cake (2015) "It's not a bad film. But you would have to live within Claire's very small and pampered world to think it was a brave one. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2.5/4 33% Blackhat (2015) ""Blackhat" is enjoyable, for what it is. But it's not what it could be. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/4 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "This isn't something anyone really needs to buy. It's OK, it'll do but - like Hart's character - it's strictly a rental. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) "Find yourself a small child and go - but be sure to stop for tea and biscuits after. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "It's well-acted, nicely crafted and imaginatively envisioned; it shows yet another side to an interesting and rapidly developing filmmaker. " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2.5/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "If someone is really that intent on self-destruction, why should we be his audience? " ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 25, 2014
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