Steven Rea

Steven Rea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 72% 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 28% 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 88% 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 72% 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 71% 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 75% 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 93% 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
3.5/4 81% Tracks (2014) " Wasikowska plays this wordless wanderer just right. That is, she makes her real. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl presents a deft mix of whodunit and who-you-gonna-believe? " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) " It's a wonderful world, full of Rube Goldberg contraptions below and colorful Dickensian squalor and excess above. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) " If audiences and star are so inclined, it's easy to see this premise and this character - a tough, taciturn gent burdened with regret and a very special skill set - going into Roman numerals. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " Benjamin captures Hendrix's nodding swagger, his effortless cool, and most important, his voice - going beyond mimicry into some other, spookier realm. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " It's bleak business, and as it hurries toward its explosive, expository conclusion, the film becomes nonsensical, too. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 62% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " Worth it for the talent on display, disappointing for what the talent has been given, or not given, to work with. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) " Kline's character is an alcoholic and not exactly lovable, but we come to empathize. Smith, the grande dame of British theater and film, is wickedly wry and quick. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " It has the steady pace of a police procedural, with a flawed but noble hero and the colorful lowlifes that populate any hard-boiled mystery scribe's world. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " The movie toys with real emotions, with our emotions, in ways that are pat and writerly and button-pushing in the cheapest, cheesiest ways. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 27% Lost in Space (1998) " I don't know about you, but my eyes glaze like doughnuts when people start time-traveling, showing up in two places at once, or one place twice -- which is what happens here. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) " Browning, staring down the camera and singing up a storm, brings buckets of soulfulness to a script that might not be terribly deep. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " A film about learning, and changing, and learning to change. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Drop (2014) " In the end, this tale of lonely souls and soulless thugs - of money and morality - even feels kind of hopeful. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
1.5/4 3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) " Never -- at least not since the first Mortal Kombat -- has tedium been so loud, so full of backward flips and flying fists to the kissers of centaurs from another realm. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) " With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2.5/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) " If you're in the mood for some knuckleheaded comedy at the expense of -- in mad scientist Dr. Forrester's words -- "a stinky cinematic suppository called This Island Earth," then get thee to some place playing MST3K. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 2, 2014
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