Steve Macfarlane

Steve Macfarlane

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Steve Macfarlane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 94% Spy (2015) "It's the sustained, full-bodied mania of Melissa McCarthy's performance that anchors the film's many winning blind-alley gags. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
.5/4 0% Survivor (2015) "This is the kind of filmmaking that gets touted as "workmanlike" when it's really straight-laced to the point of tepidness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3/4 67% The Connection (2015) "The film feels utterly infatuated by the cop/crook dividing line long-since drawn, if not flogged, by Michael Mann. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2015
1/4 19% Playing It Cool (2015) "As characters endlessly digress on the differences between rom-coms and real life, the film evinces a schizophrenic relationship with its own inside-baseball cynicism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "Given its played-out subject matter and hoary coming-to-terms narrative arc, one's ability to enjoy the film hangs on a tolerance for the ever-popular on-screen man-child. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 82% Furious 7 (2015) "It lays bare that the franchise's most radical asset is also its most conservative: an overriding emphasis on, above all else, the on-screen family. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Kreditis Limiti (Line of Credit) "Georgian filmmaker Salome Alexi's superb Line of Credit delicately skewers its characters' expectations for the post-Soviet good life. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1.5/4 91% The Tribe (2015) "The film is more interested in performance and symbolism than in the meaning of its characters' words or their substitutive gestures. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/4 96% 1971 (2015) "Johanna Hamilton's 1971 represents a mind-blowing scoop disguised as a fairly garden-variety issue doc. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3.5/4 80% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Empire coasts with the chutzpah of a series that knows exactly what it wants to say and how to say it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/4 52% The Humbling (2015) "Philip Roth's original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino's performance into a martyr's desperate plea for an audience's love. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "It suffers from a bloodless unwillingness to put too much on the line, made corporeal in the editing, with music-slathered time lapse standing in for Bennett's adrenaline-fueled epiphany during a roulette binge in Reno. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
3/4 99% Selma (2015) "Did this retelling--both epic and intimate, lush and brutal--really need to wrap itself up with a PBS-worthy montage? " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3.5/4 48% Miss Julie (2014) "The film is no tearjerker, but it makes the stage play's hidebound, soul-baring pleasures mesmerizing on screen, and without copping to reductivism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
2.5/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "It shrugs off the bigger questions about Iranian politics its first half appears to raise, falling back instead on a gestalt of the eternal, Kafkaesque regime, wherever the viewer may find it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/4 58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) "The film places its characters in a reflexive historical continuum that dooms them to be mere demonstrative types from start to finish. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
1/4 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "It's hard to tell if the film is hampered or helped by the performances of its three stars, because it's so amateurishly written and directed that their participation beggars belief. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/4 69% Laggies (2014) "To Keira Knightley's credit, she's all too willing to undercut her pretty-girl reputation by looking and acting a fool for Lynn Shelton's camera. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1.5/4 72% Camp X-Ray (2014) "An expensively mounted treatise on important issues that's terrified to dig in obsessively, yet so ramrod-stiff with indignation that it never comes anywhere near compelling entertainment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "By putting so much weight on his characters' speech, Alex Ross Perry's is an approach with honestly few contemporaries in American independent film. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 100% Cavalo Dinheiro (2015) "It's the multitude of miniature narratives that gives Pedro Costa's film its abiding, silent outrage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2014
.5/4 2% Left Behind (2014) "Left Behind is one of those films so deeply, fundamentally terrible that it feels unwittingly high-concept. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 94% Eden (2015) "Every substrata of music geekdom deserves a period piece as intimate as Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve's swan song for the golden era of French house music. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) "While the trivia value may feel tremendous, only One9's interviews with Nas, his father, Olu Dara, and his brother, Jungle, manage to make the doc legitimately moving--a history lesson in popular culture. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2014
2.5/4 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "Opting for scenes that tend to be fragmented, flawed snippets from a much bigger story, the film exudes a bizarre confidence in not trying to encapsulate the singer's whole life in 120 minutes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
4/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Cinema is a vernacular of domination, and quaking with revelations both formal and personal, the film attests that Godard has spent his career apologizing for it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "For these fractured family units, incest seems the natural endgame of a merit system based exclusively on pernicious nepotism and inveterate ass-kissing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2014
1/4 35% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) "It culminates in a weepy climax that verifies its status as a proud hunk of propaganda from America's massive self-help industry. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) "For American viewers who don't know, the doc will be a worthy footnote to a long bout of deliberate cultural amnesia, but it's too telling that the Vietnamese remain in the background. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/4 65% Life Of Crime (2014) "Down to its too-crisp rubber Nixon masks, Daniel Schechter's film revels in obnoxiously self-aware period detail. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/4 100% Level Five (2014) "Level Five pictorializes the cruel moment when curiosity encounters tragedy, and the all-too-human abandonment of interest that can follow. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2014
3/4 68% Web Junkie (2014) "Without a frame of footage nor a single interview presented from outside the camp, the documentary shows a capitalist nightmare that accords its victims zero wiggle room. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Almost Man (2014) "Martin Lund's script is perspicacious in making Henrik's bad choices understandable enough emotionally, but also nudges the audience toward wishing the man would wise up. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/4 No Score Yet Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater "Between their wildly different bodies of work, a shared appeal emerges: to stop, look, listen, and consider not just what's in front of you, but also where it came from and where it might be going. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1/4 20% Affluenza (2014) "The film is like an episode of Gossip Girl that's mistaken itself for one of the great satires by Evelyn Waugh. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "This is a summer blockbuster contingent on grand bargains, tactical retreats, and a ferocious, inevitable shock-and-awe campaign. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2014
52% Weekend at Bernie's (1989) "Ted Kotcheff's moth-bitten, notoriously macabre comedy Weekend at Bernie's is best--and most rewardingly--revisited as an unintended rumination on the queasy moral crises of Reaganomics-era America. " ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jul 6, 2014
0/4 23% Third Person (2014) "If the glue holding Crash's arcs together was Paul Haggis's belief in the power of racism, this time it's love. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/4 65% The Rover (2014) "Robert Pattinson's stare is almost thousand-yard enough to make the film's sense of tragedy feel downright Greek. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2014
20% Renegades (1989) "What's left is a thin daguerreotype of an idea that was losing steam before cameras were even rolling. " ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 5, 2014
1/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "All the whiny point-scoring is such an explicit appeal for audience sympathy that the dialogue feels derived from a malnourished stand-up routine. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 77% Cyber-Seniors (2014) "The film is too standard-issue in its making to probe beyond the rough outlines of a success story. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 83% Sol LeWitt (2014) "What first feels like a neurotic avoidance of Sol LeWitt the man instead becomes a kind of mirage of his life, as though he managed to evaporate into his body of work. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
1.5/4 61% Draft Day (2014) "The cruelly obvious third act congeals the film as a wet-eyed monument to the Kevin Costner character's particular brand of American manliness, one that values gut instinct, it's implied, over cold and ruthless calculations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) "Viewers' tolerance for Errol Morris's apparent sheepishness will hinge on their prior appreciation of the filmmaker's investigative acumen. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2.5/4 41% Cesar Chavez (2014) "Not unlike Michael Peña's prior supporting roles, Chavez is marked by an explosive anger kept under a cherubic, sweet-natured mask, providing the surprise lacking in the story's text. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/4 50% Mahi va gorbeh (Fish & Cat) "The film is a game: Shahram Mokri challenges his viewers to grip parallel narrative threads in what feels like suspiciously real time, rather than to assemble or contextualize any metaphorical ones. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3/4 90% Obvious Child (2014) "Whatever your foreknowledge of low-budget Brooklyn dramedies, it's impossible that Gillian Robespierre's film won't lob you at least a few curveballs. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Historia del miedo (History of Fear) "Often in the space of a single shot, History of Fear will propose a lopsided power dynamic between characters, only to sculpt the scene to yield still more unreconciled tensions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2/4 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) "The film's clearest winner is Pat Healy, whose depiction of a man willing to corrode his entire life to provide for his wife and kid feels true despite the script's silliest moments. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2014
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