Steven Rea

Steven Rea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Steven Rea's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 56% Focus (2015) "Even if you're willing to forgive its sinkhole plotholes and farthest-fetched conceits, the film - from cowriters/co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa - ultimately makes no sense. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/4 96% Red Army (2015) "It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "It's a cheerfully horrific affair, a sanguine comedy that feels more than a bit like a Christopher Guest farce or an elaborate Monty Python sketch, imprinted with the Kiwi comic sensibilities of co-directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "There are good things to say about the inspirational Disney sports film McFarland, USA, starting with its up-from-the-scrap-heap story, which happens to be true. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "In the future, in the past, at all points along the space-time continuum, the Theory of the Teenage Male Mind throws everything out of whack. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "A story of political and spiritual corruption, of men and women accustomed to power, and of others fighting against it. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Isn't the stuff of bondage and discipline, sexual role play, silky blindfolds, and whips and floggers supposed to be, well, exciting? " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "A tiny, tasteful throwback to more innocent times, when actresses with exotic names would strip off their costumes while embracing far-fetched scenarios - and one another. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) ""Technically, I'm an alien," Mila Kunis voice-overs, by way of introduction to this epically kitschy space opera ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 39% Black or White (2015) "Oh, the bathos! The loony wrongheadedness of the screenplay! " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3/4 82% Black Sea (2015) "Black Sea is a submarine thriller set in the murky depths of exactly where the title says. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3/4 90% Mommy (2015) "Scary and wild, forthright and furious. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 30, 2015
2/4 49% Cake (2015) "Directed in moody, downbeat tones by Daniel Barnz, Cake doesn't know when to stop piling on the angst. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The Dardennes are aces at these small-scale human dramas, and Two Days, One Night is almost without flaw ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "The great strength of the film is that it never resorts to cheap sentimentality. The facts themselves are hard enough, crushing enough. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Gritty, suspenseful and almost poetic in its depiction of an unforgiving town, A Most Violent Year is just shy of being great. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/4 34% Blackhat (2015) "Stock markets, bank accounts, and NSA sites aren't the only thing being hacked in Blackhat. The whole thing reeks of hackery. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "If American Sniper fails at being a truly great film, it is no fault of its star. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/4 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) "This is what Selma dares to do so well: show us the small, private moments in King's life, the intimacies, the humanity. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Mr. Turner is no barrel of laughs. It's a barrel of life - an extraordinary one. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2.5/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Inherent Vice is a sun-glared, neon-limned muddle of noir plotline and potheaded jokery that not only doesn't make sense, but actually seems to try hard not to. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "A jolly mash-up of symbol-laden, signature once-upon-a-time tales about lust, envy, greed, and misguided pursuits of happiness. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Produced with a Masterpiece Theater eye for period detail, but also with a missionary's zeal to honor a wrongly dishonored man. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3.5/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) "A wondrously strange true story about art and heartbreak, intellectual property theft, and the subjugation of women. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 25, 2014
2.5/4 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Like many a sequel that has exhausted its plot possibilities, Secret of the Tomb looks abroad to add color and culture. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
2.5/4 27% Annie (2014) "Quvenzhan√© Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of the trippy bayou indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, simply has to skip into a room - and into the frame - to light things up. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "If you want to see a Renaissance faire turned into an apocalyptic battlefield, this is the ticket. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2/4 74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) "Long and dull, despite the sumptuous production design and light-shimmering photography (and the orgy). " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Computer-generated imaging has advanced spectacularly over the decades, but moviegoers, and gamers, have been there every step of the way. Miracles aren't as impressive as they used to be. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) "A moving (literally and figuratively) experience, a road movie where the road is a trail that sometimes disappears into the trees, or takes a turn onto a jagged precipice. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/4 86% Top Five (2014) "An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 73% Point and Shoot (2014) "Point and Shoot is as much about the collective movement toward Me-ism as it is about VanDyke's assiduously self-crafted journey. Either way, it makes for a great story. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "No matter how successful The Babadook turns out to be - and Jennifer Kent's horror story deserves all the success it gets - the prospects of a best-selling kid-lit tie-in don't look good. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 5, 2014
2.5/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "If Penn-wings of Madagascar has a certain machine-made feel about it (and it does), that doesn't mean attention hasn't been paid to the animation. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "At a certain point, The Homesman will take you by surprise. By the end ... it will take your heart. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
2/4 41% The Better Angels (2014) ""God tells truths in parables," someone says - a line that Edwards most likely aspires to take possession of, as if his poetic, pictorial parable had its own truths to tell. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Even if you don't know the details of this real-life, late-20th-century tragedy, director Bennett Miller's masterfully observed psychological study is imbued with a sense of an inevitable, catastrophic meltdown. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "A strong, striking political drama. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Redmayne should be getting a lot of notice for his performance; it's palpable, it's poignant. Jones, too, is terrific. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar is an experience. Nolan's vision of our galaxy, and galaxies beyond, is daunting, majestic; the hardware of space travel looks right, almost familiar. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) "It's as much a horror movie as it is a keenly realized indie about jazz, about art, about what it takes to claim greatness. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 77% Fury (2014) "Fury presents an unrelentingly violent, visceral depiction of war, which is perhaps as it should be. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) "If St. Vincent flirts with sappiness - it does, and how - Melfi has struck gold in the pairing of Murray and Lieberher. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/4 92% Birdman (2014) "It is exhilarating moviemaking, an out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as one of the best films of not just the year, but the decade, the century. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "It's a wonder the actors aren't showing bruise marks from all the heavy-handed direction, the unrelenting solemnity of the thing. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/4 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "Everything about The Two Faces of January is right, even as the events it describes - a couple's idyllic Grecian holiday, a charming American's adventures abroad - go terribly wrong. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 92% Pride (2014) "Pride takes a footnote in the history of Britain's crippling yearlong industrial action and gives it a human face. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) "The Judge is a tale of family dysfunction, the sins of the father and all that. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 63% One Chance (2014) "Feel-good stories feel good for a reason, and this one is practically operatic. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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