Steven D. Greydanus

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He co-hosts "Reel Faith" for NET NY television and appears regularly on radio. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including "The Church and Film" and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. Steven and his wife Suzanne have seven children.
Favorites:
Not my best-ever list, but a random list of films I love to watch again and again....The Kid Brother, 1927 The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1927Modern Times, 1936The Wizard of Oz, 1939 Fantasia, 1940 The Philadelphia Story, 1940Casablanca, 1942The Big Sleep, 1946 Singin' in the Rain, 1954 A Man for All Seasons, 1966 Star Wars, 1977 Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1982 Silverado, 1985 Back to the Future, 1985 Midnight Run, 1988 Strictly Ballroom, 1992 The Fugitive, 1993 Babe, 1995 Jackie Chan's First Strike, 1996 The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001
Publications:
Christianity Today , Decent Films Guide , National Catholic Register
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
864
Location:
New Jersey, 20 minutes outside Manhattan

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 864
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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+ 89% 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 (2012) " 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+ 76% 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 84% 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
B- 62% Salt (2010) " Salt is tasty in moderation, though you wouldn't want to make it a big part of your diet." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4/4 86% Inception (2010) " The most audacious and multifaceted Hollywood entertainment for grown-ups I've seen in years." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 16, 2010
B 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) " Gets right almost everything that Prince of Persia got wrong." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 14, 2010
B 81% Despicable Me (2010) " Just imagine if Lemony Snicket's Count Olaf actually got hold of the Baudelaire children, and then had to deal with schlepping them to dance practice and escorting them to the amusement park." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 8, 2010
C- 53% Knight & Day (2010) " The "all in a day's work" cheerfulness with which Roy chats up June as he racks up an ever-higher body count, meant to be funny, comes off as is off-putting, at least if he's meant to be the good guy. " — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 23, 2010
A- 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " Toy Story 2 remains the high-water mark, but in this finale Pixar once again reaches for the sky." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 18, 2010
C- 47% The A-Team (2010) " Pretty much an archetypal example of everything that's wrong with Hollywood today. Was the show this dumb? Does it matter? A movie's job is not to live down to its source material." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 11, 2010
B- 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " May not be competing at the same level as the original, but it respects the tradition, and if it doesn't really have anything new to say, it still says it in a reasonably engaging way." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 10, 2010
D 53% Agora (2010) " Hypatia has been misrepresented for centuries as a martyr of religion's war on reason … a version of events traced to the anti-Catholic 18th-century writer Edward Gibbon and popularized by Carl Sagan." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 28, 2010
C- 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " As a leading man, Gyllenhaal succeeds only in reminding you (a) how much Brendan Fraser or Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie brings to the party and (b) how much more you would like being at that party." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 27, 2010
B 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) " After three films aimed squarely at adolescents, I'm mildly surprised to find that DreamWorks has made a final chapter aimed more or less at middle-aged men." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 20, 2010
C- 43% Robin Hood (2010) " I'm just so sick of this. This grim, joyless, faux-realist medieval world … movies in this King Arthur / Kingdom of Heaven mold that seem almost entirely lacking in sympathy and affection for their hero's world." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 13, 2010
B+ 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Hammer and Vanko's uneasy dance rivals Tony and Pepper's banter for Iron Man 2's funniest couple … The screwball vibe is even more pronounced … with wittier dialogue and even more deadpan delivery." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 6, 2010
A- 68% Babies (2010) " Everyone should see Babies. Even people who have cats instead of children should see Babies. There are a number of cats in this movie, and some feline moments that must be seen to be believed." — Decent Films Guide
Posted May 5, 2010
3.5/4 81% Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) (2010) " My new favorite freaky thing is the wack-eyed mantis shrimp, a testy little fellow who gets violently territorial with crabs loitering around his front door - as one learns to its grief. Get off my lawn, punk." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 22, 2010
C+ 57% The Perfect Game (2010) " There has been only one perfect game in the history of the Little League World Series, and the story is as unlikely and as perfect as any underdog sports-movie fairy tale." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 16, 2010
D 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " Violent, joyless, humorless and unmagical." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Apr 6, 2010
B+ 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) " The film's final image is a poetic paean to the Book's living power—a power that The Secret of Kells, like Aisling, recognizes without, perhaps, fully understanding." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 2, 2010
B+ 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " Blends the mythic-culture awesome of Kung Fu Panda, the geek chic of Cloudy With Meatballs and the dragon-riding euphoria of Avatar [without matching] the soulfulness of Lilo & Stitch." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 25, 2010
2/4 53% Green Zone (2010) " It's tidy, comforting revisionism, like sending Rambo back into Vietnam so we can win this time. Instead of a morass in which the search for WMD simply peters out, we get the closure of a smoking gun." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 12, 2010
2.5/4 45% Creation (2010) " The film comes down, in a sense, to what Emma thinks after reading The Origin of Species. Of her verdict she can only say, "May God forgive us both."" — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
D 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " Aggrieved feminist didacticism … What I don't think my daughters need is yet another case of Squelched Girl Syndrome, à la Monsters vs. Aliens." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 4, 2010
B- 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " Harry Potter meets Clash of the Titans … The backdrop of Greek mythology makes an enjoyable change of pace from the medieval fantasy magic of the Potter stories." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Feb 12, 2010
2/4 34% The Wolfman (2010) " What does it say about The Wolfman that its token cleric is vastly less interesting than his broadly comic counterpart in Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit?" — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 12, 2010
A —— Reluctant Saint (2010) " Could almost be viewed as a spiritual sequel of sorts, or at least a follow-up, to Rossellini's The Flowers of Saint Francis." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Jan 8, 2010
B 76% The Young Victoria (2009) " Frothy, spirited and fairly inconsequential. I like that about it." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 18, 2009
B+ 83% Avatar (2009) " A virtual apotheosis of Hollywood mythopoeia." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 17, 2009
B 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " Naveen is no Emperor Kuzco, and Tiana is no Nani, but compared to almost any Disney fairy tale short of Beauty and the Beast they're Disney's most engaging power couple to date." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 11, 2009
2/4 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " Uncritical celebration of that overwrought, obsessive passion that is the hallmark of immaturity, that subordinates all sense of one's own identity and readily leaps to suicidal impulses and fantasies." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 19, 2009
2/4 39% 2012 (2009) " If 2012 is an apotheosis of all disaster movies, that means it's also an apotheosis of all disaster-movie clichés." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 13, 2009
B 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " The story is robust enough to survive the theme-park treatment, and for the most part it's a very good ride, with a welcome note of actual Christmas caroling spirit." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 6, 2009
A- 72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " The book is about anger, while the film is as much about sadness. Here is a film broken-hearted over the messiness of the world. It is sad, and beautiful, and true." — Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 6, 2009
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