Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Austin Chronicle , RopeofSilicon
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2.5/5 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " What Frost lacks in grace on the ballroom floor -- and he's not bad, mind you -- is more than compensated for by the joyful expression on his face when he's tripping the light fantastic" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 —— 50 to 1 (2014) " Though infinitely more real than the symbolically bloated Seabiscuit of over a decade ago, 50 to 1 never completely gets under the skin of horse racing." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " There's little about this latest installment that's inferior to its predecessors. Indeed, Muppets Most Wanted comes close to being the best one yet." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1.5/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Need for Speed celebrates reckless driving with the bloodless consequences of an Xbox game rated for 10-year-olds. (Little wonder: The 3-D film is loosely adapted from the video racing series of the same name.)" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Five seconds: That's the maximum length of any uninterrupted shot in McG's action thriller 3 Days to Kill. Call it filmmaking for the Adderall Generation." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " The action sequences are entertaining enough while watching them, but nothing sticks once you've left the theatre." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Let's go out on a critical limb, shall we? The Lego Movie is the best thing to come along since that other toy-centric movie revolutionized animated films about 20 years ago." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " It's the subtext of 19th century gender politics that keeps this footnote in Dickens' life mildly interesting, but it's a not much upon which to rest an entire movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Above everything else, Russell has an unerring talent for drawing out the best from his actors. Everyone here is in top form, though [Bradley] Cooper's near-manic FBI agent dictates some odd acting choices." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " It's a hogwash justification for the Disney philosophy of filmmaking, but as delivered by the consummate pro Hanks, you find yourself halfway believing it." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1.5/5 49% Black Nativity (2013) " A hybrid of Hallmark Hall of Fame and Glee, Lemmons' muddled adaptation is neither fish nor fowl, a filmmaking choice that denies Black Nativity much of its emotional potential." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4.5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Brutal yet elegant, 12 Years a Slave is a beautifully rendered punch to the gut about the most shameful chapter in American history." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/5 94% I Am Divine (2013) " Sincere but overly reverential." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Muscle Shoals may not appeal to every generation's musical tastes, but for those of you who love that sweet soul music and crave that ol' time rock & roll, believe me: It's just the ticket." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it's over." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1.5/5 29% The Family (2013) " The film's remorseless brutality in response to relatively minor transgressions is hard to swallow, even for those with the darkest senses of humor." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 71% I Declare War (2013) " Its unpredictable tone clicks back and forth between the comical and the serious like the safety catch on a firearm. But no matter what you ultimately think about it, you can't deny one thing: It's not like anything you've seen before." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 30, 2013
1/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " The inert techno-thriller Paranoia is much like watching an app download on a weak Internet connection -- slow and tedious, it seems to take forever." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " While its plot points are pedestrian at best, the genius -- at least, the definite charm -- of We're the Millers is its notion of family as something beyond a simple blood connection, particularly when exigent circumstances create the ties that bind." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " The sonorous voice of the late Winters in the role of wise Papa Smurf will have old-timers pine for the zaniness that comic genius could inspire in his prime. If only The Smurfs 2 had a smidgen of that madness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The seen-it-all-before elements of this supernatural thriller directed by the filmmaker who gave us Saw, however, are more hoary than horrific. It might as well be retitled The Amityville Exorcist." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " The film's primary pleasure is watching James communicate Duncan's growing confidence in the acceleration of his stride or the occasional unguarded smile. It's a likable acting turn, though one the film does not always serve honestly." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 12, 2013
2.5/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Given the outlandish premise, you'll wish the film twinkled with a more savvy sense of humor and adventure, like the chapters of the Toy Story series, for example." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3.5/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " When the gut-wrenching conclusion of A Hijacking comes in the form of a single, random act, it's only then you realize how far you've been pulled into its emotional core." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " As in many of Shakespeare's comedies, dark moments mark the dramatic action midway through Much Ado About Nothing. But Whedon brings the proceedings back to boisterous life in the last act." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/5 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) " The tone of The Kings of Summer is unique: Stand by Me by way of Napoleon Dynamite." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/5 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " It's an absorbing and often lyrical piece of storytelling that doesn't overembellish the facts or rely on a pumped-up score or whiplash editing to heighten the dramatic action." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 31, 2013
1/5 56% American Mary (2013) " Given its many failings, nothing short of an extreme makeover could save American Mary. Scalpel, please." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 31, 2013
3.5/5 80% Madonna - Truth or Dare (1991) Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/5 —— Road of Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan (2009) Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
1.5/5 25% Four Christmases (2008) " No yuletide season would be complete without the crappy Christmas movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2008
2/5 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2008
1.5/5 13% College Road Trip (2008) " A Disney production that would seemingly be more at home on the Disney Channel than in the local multiplex." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) " Young moviegoers will like the way the film empowers their cinematic peers in this battle of good against evil, though smaller children will probably be scared out of their wits." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/5 22% Never Back Down (2008) " While the character of Jake isn't an emotionally taxing one, Faris has his moments, especially in a low-key scene in which he attempts to explain why his character is full of rage." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1/5 14% Deception (2008) " An indigestible concoction of ingredients thrown together without the benefit of any serious consideration of logic." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/5 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " A flawed but occasionally affecting film." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 24, 2008
1.5/5 —— A Kiss Before Dying (1956) Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2008
2/5 55% Elsa y Fred (2008) " The dream fulfillment seems more silly than romantic, and it brings the movie to an abrupt end that is wholly unsatisfying." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2008
2/5 38% Savage Grace (2007) " Savage Grace is a movie that badly wants to shock you. The only thing that might raise an eyebrow here, however, is the shocking rate at which everyone lights up a cigarette every five minutes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3.5/5 88% Young@Heart (2007) " Young@Heart eschews the clich├ęs about old people for something that we can all relate to: our own mortality." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2008
1.5/4 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) " Stallone is in desperate need of reinvention, but he seems myopically focused on rehashing the past rather than exploring the future." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2008
2.5/4 65% The Kite Runner (2007) " An example of how good intentions don't necessarily make for a good movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/5 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) " It's clear that Margot is a troubled soul in some kind of terrible pain, but the film does little to depict her as anything but a pushy, judgmental, and overly critical human being." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3.5/5 27% Lions for Lambs (2007) " Lions for Lambs is worth seeing for no other reason that you've never seen anything like it before. It's political theatre that shouldn't be missed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2007
1.5/5 14% The Ten Commandments (2007) " This is the inaugural film in a franchise of 12 feature films based on Bible stories, using a crude form of three-dimensional computer animation. One can only hope that the future entries in the series are better executed than this first one." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 26, 2007
4/5 90% Michael Clayton (2007) " Smart and thoroughly entertaining." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2007
3/5 43% The Brave One (2007) " Unfortunately, the plotting in The Brave One is rather pedestrian and often flawed, undermining this film's potential for greatness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 13, 2007
1.5/5 37% The Ten (2007) " If you're looking for ha-ha funny, then The Ten is probably not for you -- you'll be more likely scratching your head in befuddled wonderment." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2007
0/5 6% I Know Who Killed Me (2007) " A gruesome whodunit that's missing more than a few brain cells." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2007
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