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:
2044

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 2044
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 52% 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 75% 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 74% 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 65% 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 83% 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 22% 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 79% 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 21% 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 40% 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 29% 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 15% 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 29% 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 68% 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 32% 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
3/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " While "Labor Day" isn't the stuff of blockbusters, or Oscar juggernauts, it is a simple, adult romance, made for grownups by grownups, about love and second chances." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Maybe in development this movie needed an awkward moment of its own - one where the filmmaker was taken aside by one or more older, preferably female studio executives, who'd read him some of his script out loud." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 82% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " The film's production is both realistic and avant garde." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 29, 2014
2.5/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " We're drawn in because Hudgens is so good at making this wild child real." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 13% Reasonable Doubt (2014) " Cooper and Jackson never really develop as characters, and the film hurtles towards a pat, violent conclusion." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " For 100 minutes, I didn't think about anything else at all. And sometimes that small relief is the best thing a movie can give." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3.5/4 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " A promising start to a probable new franchise, and an early bright spot on the late winter film calendar." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 14, 2014
1/4 45% Raze (2014) " "Raze" is a sadist's idea of entertainment, mixed-martial-arts without the art, misogyny without the guilt." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " "Cold Comes the Night" isn't worth a special trip to the theater. But it's definitely a sturdy, at-home pleasure if you're clicking through your video-on-demand options some wintry night." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " There's quite a bit to enjoy here, particularly for fans of hurtful, overheated family melodrama. And of nasty sharp-tongued comedy as cold as ice, and black as tar." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 27, 2013
2/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " There's nothing here you haven't seen before - or see around you, today - and very little reason to go into a theater and see it again." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Why would a man cheat people out of millions and then spend it on hookers, 'ludes and stupid pranks? Hey, why wouldn't you?" — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " There's something slightly hypocritical about it ... preaching respect for the simple life, even as it's crammed full of overpriced visuals and larded with painfully obvious product placements." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 24, 2013
D 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Although he has no debts to us, perhaps it's time De Niro really considered if he doesn't owe himself a little more." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2.5/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " This is the sort of bare-bones story that well served plenty of World War II movies once, and it would work here, if Berg had the sense to develop these men as characters, first." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/4 94% Her (2013) " The movie is brilliantly visualized and consistently compelling and - although this is not a flaw, but an observation - it definitely says different things to different people." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Ferrell and director Adam McKay pushed things even further, raunchier and weirder." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " A desperately Oscar-hungry contrivance whose only hope lies with the terrific Thompson." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " All in all, "American Hustle" is a fun ride - while it lasts." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Our heroes trudge on a bit, have a furious fight, escape. They trudge on some more, have an even more furious fight, and escape again. It just feels overstuffed, like some dwarfish banquet, course after course after course without any clear end." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " Although this film presents an interesting cast, they never feel like a crew." — Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 6, 2013
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