Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Steve Murray's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 79% 1408 (2007) "Based on a Stephen King story, 1408 takes the simplest plot and turns it into an enjoyably surreal, unnerving creepfest. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 21, 2007
A- 88% Red Road (2007) "A must for movie lovers who want to see how so much drama, mystery and emotion can be created from so little. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 16, 2007
B+ 70% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) "Bloodier and more action-filled than the original, Weeks nevertheless stays faithful to the grim, grimy tone director Danny Boyle established in his 2002 film with its haunting shots of a metropolis turned into a tomb. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 10, 2007
B 68% Disturbia (2007) "A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Apr 12, 2007
B 76% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) "A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 22, 2007
B 85% Old Joy (2006) "Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 15, 2007
C 70% Backstage (2006) "Backstage doesn't really tell us much about the world of rock musicians, or the mental workings of their scariest fans. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 8, 2007
B- 100% Premium (2007) "In gasoline terms, Premium isn't. But the romantic dramedy has some high-octane emotional moments, thanks to writer-director Pete Chatmon's wise dissection of the games one-time lovers play. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 1, 2007
C+ 51% Puccini for Beginners (2007) "The movie offers a charming view of a small-town Manhattan where strangers constantly give Allegra romantic advice. Though that device is a little too indebted to Woody Allen, at least Maggenti does Allen a lot better than Ed Burns. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 1, 2007
C- 72% Inland Empire (2006) "With Inland Empire, the whole thing feels stuck in Lynch's noggin. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Feb 8, 2007
B- 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) "Some pig, in a so-so but lovingly made movie. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Dec 14, 2006
B- 65% Apocalypto (2006) "There's no denying Gibson's talent behind the camera. He knows what he's doing, and does it with tremendous skill and conviction. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Dec 7, 2006
C+ 63% 10 Items or Less (2006) "It's a shame that at the final checkout, the movie wants to choose paper, but instead goes for plastic. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 30, 2006
C- 55% Déjà Vu (2006) "Déjà Vu gives you the feeling that you've seen parts of this movie before. Only, the parts were all from better films. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 21, 2006
C+ 48% Harsh Times (2006) "The film is basically a two-hour countdown to a predictable explosion. You may enjoy the ride, but you won't remember a whole lot about it farther down the road. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 9, 2006
B+ 76% The Prestige (2006) "The movie is a mind-tickler that makes the viewer actively engage with the story and try to penetrate its elegant sleight-of-hand. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 19, 2006
B- 66% Shortbus (2006) "Yes, Shortbus is all about hooking up, but in emotional as much as sexual ways. That's what makes the movie engaging, and sometimes even moving. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 12, 2006
B+ 95% 49 Up (2006) "The films have taken on an autumnal shade as we revisit people who seem quietly aware that the years behind them are more than those ahead. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 5, 2006
B- 70% Heading South (2006) "Exploring female desire in a way films rarely do, Heading South is a film of sometimes subtle, sometimes blunt metaphors for the interaction of rich and pauperized countries. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 23, 2006
B+ 78% House of Sand (2006) "Rigorously structured, but with the power to shake you to the heart. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 7, 2006
B+ 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) "This guilty-pleasure adrenaline rush has one goal in mind: to be an airtight action machine that leaves you dizzy from the crunchety-crunch-crunch of Tony Jaa as he proves himself a contender with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 7, 2006
C+ 86% Quinceañera (2006) "You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 31, 2006
B+ 85% The Descent (2006) "Marshall understands that sometimes there's nothing quite as oddly exhilarating as the bleakest, no-way-out kind of horror. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 3, 2006
C 18% Shadowboxer (2005) "One of the campiest, most lushly ludicrous movies to come out in a while. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jul 27, 2006
C 40% Nacho Libre (2006) "Sometimes it looks like a movie that was more fun to make than it is to watch. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B- 72% Clean (2005) "Assayas' tale of the difficult search for redemption is less a standard road-to-sobriety story than a chance to marvel, close-up, at Cheung. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 25, 2006
C 83% Somersault (2004) "Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 18, 2006
D 57% Kinky Boots (2006) "Oh, do come in, love -- welcome to the Twee Brit Comedy Factory. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 13, 2006
C- 36% Art School Confidential (2006) "It's often as naive as it is knowing and can feel as unfocused and sketchy as a film one of Strathmore's students might make. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 11, 2006
C+ 56% The Notorious Bettie Page (2006) "... the movie's worth a look simply for Mol's career-boosting performance. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 6, 2006
B- 42% Don't Come Knocking (2006) "The kind of movie you stretch out in, wander around, and -- like the characters onscreen -- just let happen to you. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Apr 20, 2006
B+ 80% Brick (2006) "What sounds like a stunt, or a genre-mashup oddity like Bugsy Malone, proves to be a sharp, tongue-in-cheek exercise, balancing deadpan menace with well-timed comedy. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Apr 6, 2006
C+ 48% Summer Storm (Sommersturm) (2006) "While it has little in it that hasn't been covered by other coming-out movies, it's pleasant enough. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 30, 2006
C- 61% Find Me Guilty (2006) "A few good performances can't carry a sluggishly written and directed movie that you may want to rename Find Me an Exit. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 16, 2006
B- 78% CSA: The Confederate States of America (2005) "A mockumentary often as unnerving as it is amusing, CSA: The Confederate States of America kicks off with a simple premise: What if the South had won 'the War of Northern Aggression'? " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 2, 2006
B+ 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) "Block Party is an easygoing, loose-limbed, big-lunged celebration of, well, celebration. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 2, 2006
C- 23% Freedomland (2006) "A blunt, awkward, wannabe Important Movie, Freedomland bludgeons its good ideas into a pulp of overacting, overdirection and black-and-white characterizations in a story meant to be shaded in gray. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Feb 16, 2006
B- 74% Loggerheads (2005) "Despite a meandering tone, Loggerheads is consistently watchable thanks to committed actors playing recognizable, decent folks just trying to do the right thing -- or rectify mistakes of the past. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jan 12, 2006
C+ 49% The Dying Gaul (2005) "Like minimalist composer Steve Reich's prickly, tense music on the soundtrack, the movie itself is too often too intellectual, experimental and abstract. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 23, 2005
B+ 89% Paradise Now (2005) "The movie is driven by the characters' passionate, despairing arguments about the fine line between victimization and violence. But Paradise Now also has, at times, an almost surreal visual flair. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 10, 2005
C- 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) "It's less a whodunnit than a whocares. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 3, 2005
A- 90% Capote (2005) "Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 29, 2005
A- 87% A History of Violence (2005) "A model of clean, lean storytelling. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 2, 2005
B+ 92% Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958) "The movie's most compelling element of all is Moreau, wandering the nighttime streets trying to find her lover. It's as if she's blown from one cafe to the next on a blended wind of passion, dread and the lonely trumpet wail. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 22, 2005
B 52% Yes (2005) "The actors are so committed to Potter's vision, they persuade you to go along with them. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 8, 2005
B+ 85% 2046 (2005) "Think of it as a visual tone poem about longing and loss, a journey through a vale of luminously beautiful tears. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 1, 2005
B- 65% 5x2 (2004) "A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 18, 2005
B 57% Last Days (2005) "Shot in long, single takes, the movie willfully tests your patience. You wish it would hurry up. Yet when it ends, it haunts you for a few days. (Well, me anyway.) " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 11, 2005
C+ 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) "Suffers from narrative shapelessness. It's hard to tell what message Miller is trying to convey. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Apr 1, 2005
61% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) "Stiles nails her feminazi, bound-for-Sarah Lawrence shtick, but just as easily melts into giggles or pulls off a slapstick drunk scene. " ‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 6, 2005
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