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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) "Suggests an incipient posthumanism in more senses than one … both compelling and troubling in a way that reminds me of the History Channel series "Life After People." " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2011
A- 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "After a rash of immature, bad-boy cinematic superheroes … a hero for whom decency, humility and self-sacrifice come naturally is a breath of fresh air. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 22, 2011
B+ 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) "An unexpected gift, an unlikely return to a magical and gentle world that belongs so firmly to the past that I would have thought the journey all but impossible. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 15, 2011
B+ 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "Here at last, in the final chapter, the Harry Potter franchise rouses itself toward something approaching greatness … After eight installments, this last Harry Potter film finally left me wanting just a bit more. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 15, 2011
F 14% Zookeeper (2011) "Offensive to women, men, children, parents, WASPs, Asians, African-Americans, animals and zookeepers … a movie with no conceivable audience. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 8, 2011
C- 35% Larry Crowne (2011) "Both Hanks and Vardalos tend toward slack, low-conflict storytelling, and the convergence of their sensibilities is an almost somnolent series of anecdotes in search of a story. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 1, 2011
F 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) "At some point merely extending an experience, whatever the attraction of the experience may be, doesn't add to it. It just makes you later getting home. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 29, 2011
C+ 39% Cars 2 (2011) "A work of disheartening anonymity … not only is Cars 2 mediocre, it doesn't even feel like mediocre Pixar. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3/4 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) "In the end it's about seeing through the illusion of nostalgia and yet not being disillusioned — about cherishing the past, while living in the present. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2011
D 48% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) "An explicit shot of a penguin doing its business on a man's face [is] an apt metaphor for what the movie has to offer family audiences. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 17, 2011
C+ 26% Green Lantern (2011) "If only the filmmakers had put as much creative energy into the character of Hal Jordan as they did into his lovingly rendered CGI-enhanced suit " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) "Offers a genuinely religious vision -- a vision of creation and man's place in it that is spiritual in the best, not the worst, sense. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 10, 2011
C+ 82% Super 8 (2011) "Works so well for an hour or so that it's disappointing to watch it unravel in the third act and then fall apart completely at the climax. In retrospect, it's a mess. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 10, 2011
A- 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "Does what few franchise films do today: It takes risks, offers surprises. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 3, 2011
C+ 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "Playing straight man to Depp may have been a thankless task, but without Will to goad and mock, and without Elizabeth to flirt with and discomfit, Sparrow's roguish schtick palls. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted May 20, 2011
C+ 77% Thor (2011) "It starts pretty promisingly, and it stays pretty promising throughout, and at some point you realize it's never actually going to deliver on that promise. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted May 6, 2011
C 11% There Be Dragons (2011) "Alas, it's precisely these glimpses of the film There Be Dragons might have been that make its failure, and the lost opportunity it represents, all the more disappointing. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted May 5, 2011
3.5/4 55% The Conspirator (2011) "If it speaks truth to power, it's a truth I can imagine bringing together the film's left-wing director and the likes of Ron Paul or Glenn Beck. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 15, 2011
B+ 72% Rio (2011) "From the arches of the Carioca Aqueduct to Sugarloaf Mountain … Rio is as colorful a look at a faraway world as kids are likely to get without reading subtitles. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 15, 2011
B+ 98% Born To Be Wild (2011) "I'm a fan of the diorama approach [to 3D], but Born to Be Wild makes the case that a nature documentary in IMAX 3D can and perhaps should bring us as close to the action as possible. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 12, 2011
D- 25% Hop (2011) "Hop is the kind of movie that makes helpless critics wish we could stage an intervention. Parents! It doesn't have to come to this! " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 12, 2011
B+ 46% Soul Surfer (2011) "Does nearly everything you expect it to, but it does it more likably and satisfyingly than you might think it would. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 8, 2011
3/4 92% Source Code (2011) "Patently bigger, faster, slicker and more mainstream than Jones's impressive debut film Moon, but it's a work of similar intelligence, themes and interests. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 1, 2011
A+ 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) "That almost unheard-of film that you do not judge — it judges you. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 18, 2011
2/4 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) "In spite of all the Twilightery, the movie shows just enough interest in its fairy-tale inspiration to make its failure frustrating. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 11, 2011
B 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) "Uses Dick's fantasy conceit … to noodle concepts of fate, free will, chance, Providence and theodicy in a tale of star-crossed lovers appealingly played by Damon and Blunt. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 4, 2011
F 30% Sanctum (2011) "This might sound like a line from a movie review on The Onion, but: I would have thought "executive produced by James Cameron" meant something. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Feb 4, 2011
2.5/4 20% The Rite (2011) "Reminds me less of recent exorcism films than of the sort of movie that Terence Fisher made for Hammer Films. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 28, 2011
C+ 51% Tron Legacy (2010) "After a leisurely real-world prologue and a big first-act gladiatorial sequence, the movie comes to a crashing halt — and never really gets going again prior to the stumbling, muddled climax. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 29, 2010
A 96% True Grit (2010) "The Coens' film is franker than its predecessor about the violence of the old West and of Portis's book; it is also franker about the religiosity. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 29, 2010
3/4 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) "Kidman and Eckhart give stellar performances in a quiet tale of grief and (perhaps) healing. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 17, 2010
B+ 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) "Is it possible that the makers of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have made the best film in the series to date while while charting a course even further from the book? I think it is. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 10, 2010
3/4 86% Unstoppable (2010) "Denzel Washington and Chris Pine versus runaway train. That's enough, isn't it? How much more do you need? " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 24, 2010
B+ 90% Tangled (2010) "The whole film is gorgeous in a way few non-Pixar computer-animated films are … Disney's post-Renaissance growing pains aren't over yet, but they're moving in the right direction. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 24, 2010
C 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) "Someone coined the term "mythology-bound" for franchise films that get so wrapped up in their own histories that they forget to tell an engaging story about likable characters. I think it was me. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 18, 2010
B 72% Megamind (2010) "Isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it's good, clean fun. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 5, 2010
A+ 93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) "At the intersection of great animated films, great filmed stage musicals, and great fairy-tale romances, Disney's Beauty and the Beast stands alone ... the quintessential Disney masterpiece. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 16, 2010
D 46% Hereafter (2010) "Demeaning both to believers and to unbelievers, and for the same reason: It stacks the deck too heavily in one direction. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 16, 2010
A- 96% The Social Network (2010) "None of these ideas is revolutionary, but The Social Network embeds them in a taut, intellectually exhilarating narrative in which daredevil dialogue simultaneously defines characters and obscures motivations. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 1, 2010
A- 89% Waiting for Superman (2010) "Johnny can't read or add, but he has boundless self-esteem. Is the glass one-third full or three-quarters empty? Would Johnny know the difference? " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
C- 16% Alpha and Omega (2010) "Almost totally bereft of surprises. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 17, 2010
B+ 92% Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (1940) "Takes awhile to catch fire. It's always engaging, though, and builds by stages to a riveting climax at the Swiss border that would have done the Master of Suspense proud. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
C- 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) "Fitfully entertaining and sometimes brilliantly silly — just not really engaging, and occasionally objectionable. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
B+ 75% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) "Almost defiantly old-fashioned. There is something charming about the idea that children will still go for this sort of thing. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
D- 51% The Switch (2010) "On some level, Wally is acting out on his deep feelings, and what he's doing to his "friend" is a violation of her dignity not far removed from rape. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
B+ 55% Flipped (2010) "A remarkable family film that accomplishes something rare: It catches its young protagonists in the act of growing up, of beginning to learn who they are. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
B- 41% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) (2010) "A flawed but ambitious film, full of potent mythic images — battling dragons; a shadowy doppelganger — but one that fails ultimately to resolve those images in a satisfying way. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
A 94% Winter's Bone (2010) "It's bleak, slow moving … but in its gradual, aimless way it ratchets up the tension to terrific heights, and its climactic twists come home with the force of a shotgun blast. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 5, 2010
D 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) "It's the Oprahfication of religion … Liz's time in India is spiritual tourism, as her time in Italy was culinary tourism; it's all a self-help consumerist approach to world cultures. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 13, 2010
A 85% Get Low (2010) "Amid the tangled narrative that Felix has made of his life is a startlingly countercultural notion, almost foreign to Hollywood cinema: Love, by itself, is not enough. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Aug 3, 2010
B+ 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) "Gets right what most matters, above all Ramona herself. " ‐ Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 23, 2010
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