Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 75% Roar (1981) "On its merits, the film is abysmal, any way you look at it. Still, you can't take your eyes off it (between wincing). " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "The premise is ripe for potent melodrama, but director Jacquot (who gets co-screenwriting credit) ultimately doesn't finesse the situation. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) "Perversely entertaining. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 16% The Gunman (2015) "The movie's veiled indictment of multinational corporate interests that generate unrest in Third World nations for their own financial gain also falls somewhat flat, taking a back seat to the shoot-'em-up histrionics. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "It's all so very enchanting, just as a fairy tale should be. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 88% Faults (2015) "As the down-on-his-luck Roth, Orser gives the darkly comic performance of a man barely able to keep his head above water. Laughing at Roth's sad predicament seems so wrong but yet so right. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/5 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "The ethereal Irish animated fantasy Song of the Sea looks like a beautifully illustrated children's storybook, one in which you slowly turn the pages to fully savor the imagery enhancing the tale being told. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) "By the time the film's ending upends traditional conventions with its unlikely couplings, you're too distracted to fully appreciate the chutzpah, instead cringing at the opening chords of "Wild Thing." " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015
1.5/5 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "What the film needs is a subversive touch, something that doesn't play it safe. Otherwise, The Boy Next Door is just another pretty face. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2.5/5 54% Spare Parts (2015) "Spare Parts stands and delivers on its own intriguing merits. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) "The musical threads in Sondheim's score wind their way through the film effortlessly, and the performers relish the razor-sharp lyrics he's given them. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2.5/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Art can shape the truth in ways that resonate beyond the obvious. Regrettably, the truth-shaping here grapples for significance, without any apparent aim. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/5 90% The Great Invisible (2014) "To the filmmakers' credit, the points of view in The Great Invisible are comprehensive and varied, though it's clear who they view as the good guys and bad guys here. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/5 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) "There's something amiss here, something that Eric Bogosian's frequent voiceover intrusions can't adequately explain, even when spelling out Philip's and others' inner thoughts and feelings. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Redmayne's options for conveying this emotional core might seem limited, but like Hawking, he doesn't allow the laws of nature to constrain him. With a smile, a frown, or a tear, he says everything without uttering a word. It's a wondrous thing to behold. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2014
2.5/5 41% Horns (2014) "As the bedeviled Iggy, Radcliffe strives admirably, with mixed results. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/5 70% Take Me to the River (2014) "It feels like a mishmash effort overall, more a home movie than a theatrical release. That's fine. If you approach it on those terms, you can't help but feel the love, too. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 59% 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 91% 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 86% 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 94% 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 28% 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 60% 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 77% 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 73% 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 78% 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 28% 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 49% 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 77% 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 96% 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 69% 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
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