Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Austin Chronicle , RopeofSilicon
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2/5 60% My Old Lady (2014) " Instead of a brittle bite into a fresh lemon tart, you get the labored chew on a stale croissant." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 92% Venus in Fur (2014) " While the extraordinarily talented Polish-born director rarely falters in translating the source's theatrical strengths, his Venus in Fur feels oddly impersonal, lacking the trademark touch of Polanski perversity." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/5 87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The Trip to Italy will rekindle an appreciation for that special friend (or friends) with whom you can always be yourself, who knows how to make you laugh, who accepts you without judgment and without fail." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 95% The Dog (2014) " Try as you may, however, you can't turn away from this obscure footnote in pop culture history, even at his most aggravating. It's that twisted thing we call celebrity." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/5 7% Septic Man (2014) " The yuck factor challenges your gag reflex at every turn." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " The enervated pace is like cinematic sedation; it's a wonder the film found the strength to finish." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/5 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " When will the movies' obsession with this rarely performed religious practice ever wane? God only knows." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/5 59% Hellion (2014) " The relief you'll experience during the beautifully modulated ending to Hellion may elicit a heavy sigh, deep and gratifying." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 79% Before You Know It (2014) " What they say is something all of us should take to heart, regardless of that number we refer to as our age." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is a loving, nudge-in-the-ribs valentine to this unsung hero of the entertainment industry." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The film's second half, however, disappoints in many respects." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " As lovely as it sometimes is, what this film needs is a little more shape and a little less ambience. It's a delicate balance admittedly tricky to achieve, but one that is clearly within the capability of this talented new filmmaker." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
1.5/5 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " Mom's Night Out is a movie only a mother could love." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
1/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " This lack of plausible narrative is either the result of lazy filmmaking or shortcut editing. Either way, you lose." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
1.5/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Unfortunately, Belle's amazing athletic agility cannot alone sustain this undercooked remake of the only slightly more interesting 2004 French film District B13." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
2/5 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " It's not great filmmaking, or even good filmmaking for that matter, but you may find yourself saying "Amen" nevertheless." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/5 51% 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 17% 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 22% 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 29% 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 95% 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 80% 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 48% 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 96% 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 68% 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 75% 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
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