Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Total Reviews:
230

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 78% 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+ 71% 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 (Casa de Areia) (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 (Echo Park, L.A.) (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: Confederate States of America (2006) " 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 (5 x 2: Five Times Two) (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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