Steven Rea

Steven Rea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Entertainment Weekly , Houston Chronicle , Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
1816
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1816
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " Though we don't get to know Steadman the man all that well (rough time at boarding school, and yes, he has a wife and a dog), we do get to know his art." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2014
2.5/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards' expertise in the visual effects field manifests itself in the seamlessness of the computer-generated imagery, if not in its extraordinariness." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2014
3/4 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Something happens to François Ozon's people when they get near the water." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
4/4 88% Locke (2014) " A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 83% Belle (2014) " Brings these themes to a dramatic head: romance and race, privilege and justice." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " Even if you dispute the facts, one thing is clear: As a nation, we are fat, and getting fatter." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/4 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child. What a laugh riot!" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/4 4% Cool World (1992) " Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 4, 2014
1.5/4 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) " Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 3, 2014
1.5/4 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " The mix of violence and laughs never gels, the rejoinders are snapless, the pace slack." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 52% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) " Decoding Annie Parker is a movie about resilience, about staring doom straight in the face - with a smile, with hope." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " To call Blue Ruin a revenge thriller is to sell this barbed-wire-sharp and altogether surprising American indie short." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Garfield is mumbly and gangly as Peter, and unrecognizable as Spider-Man, suited-up head to toe with the dome-like corneas that allow neither glint nor gleam of the actor's eyes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 81% A Few Good Men (1992) " The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 86% Heat (1995) " So why doesn't Heat, with its elaborately staged, tautly edited robberies, its killer cast, edgy score and elegant cinematography, offer more satisfaction? It's the script, stupid." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 29, 2014
4/4 90% Alphaville (1965) " A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/4 50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Liza Johnson's nicely tuned, and turned, adaptation of the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage."" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Thank goodness for Leslie Mann." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Swinton, her hair white and long and her eyes tired and kind, and Hiddleston, moody and resigned, are wonderful - delivering their lines with the dry sighs of a desert breeze." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 94% Fargo (1996) " A small, supremely satisfying film. Heck and you betcha, it is." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3.5/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Under the Skin definitely gets under your skin." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 77% Teenage (2014) " If Teenage delivers a sweeping generalization or two (or three) ... Wolf's documentary makes up for it with footage that's just too good to be ignored." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " Soon the worlds of technology and humanity collide - super-medicine, super-intelligence, super-ecosystems, super-confusing!" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " There's something flimsy and unformed at these characters' cores, something that no amount of jumpy close-ups, skittering sideways glances, and rainy music can make up for." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " Kurt and Courtney is an entertaining swim through the muck of the rock underworld. But as journalism, it's an utterly sloppy piece of work." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Finding Vivian Maier is a find in more ways than one." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 93% Child's Pose (2014) " A dark piece of neorealism - and a searing indictment of Eastern Europe's newly moneyed classes ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 86% Joe (2014) " This world feels studied in its "authenticity": the rusted GMC pickup, the tumbledown shack, the boozy brothel, and angry Joe Ransom guttin' deer and tending to his own gunshot wounds with a grimace and a bottle of alcohol." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The kind of crime flick where the characters volley dialogue like furious ping-pong players, riffing with delight, their lines ripe with pulpy metaphor." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " The NFL gets a "special thanks" in the end credits. Maybe it should have been the other way around." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " A long plod ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 44% In the Blood (2014) " In the Blood is generic B-movie fare, bloody and, alas, increasingly dumb." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Many films have examined from many vantages the Khmer Rouge's nightmare reign, notably Roland Joffé's 1985 Oscar winner The Killing Fields." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " There's too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " Check your cynicism at the door, and just revel in its enormity." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 38% The Lawnmower Man (1992) " The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/4 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " Ernest & Celestine is a genuine charmer for kids, and for the parental units tagging alongside." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Not exactly a breezy getaway, the film visits the sites, and drops down on rougher terrain, too." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 74% Enemy (2014) " A spooky enigma, more ponderous than provocative, more silly than suspenseful." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " Darren Aronofsky's Noah is the Old Testament on acid. It's the movie equivalent of Christian death metal. It's an antediluvian Lord of the Rings, fist-pumping, ferocious, apocalyptic, and wet - very wet." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 42% The Face of Love (2014) " A Lifetime Channel-like meditation on grief and moving on ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " "What do we live for?" is the question that pops up in The Lunchbox, a romance set in Mumbai. The film, a first feature from Ritesh Batra, aims to offer a meaningful answer: We live, ideally, for love." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Nymphomaniac: Vol. I is intimate, in-your-face, and, mostly, enjoyably ridiculous." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 41% Divergent (2014) " With a couple of elaborate action set pieces and some trippy, dreamlike sequences when Tris' thoughts are on display, Divergent is sure-footed, suspenseful, and sequel-ready." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) " There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything -- from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography -- fits perfectly." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far the most headlong comedic affair in Anderson's canon. It's practically Marx Brothers-ian at moments. And Fiennes - who knew he was capable of such wicked, witty timing?!" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " You'd have to be a true carmudgeon (sorry) to want it to stop." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Stritch, in her trademark billowy white blouses and skinny black tights, or in bed, without makeup and without, sometimes, a lucid notion, reveals herself to be full of opposing emotions and desires." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1.5/4 10% The Bag Man (2014) " Whatever you do, do not look inside the bag." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a cool, midcentury-modern look (dog and boy live in a populuxe Manhattan penthouse) and a voice cast that may not be A-list but fits the bill nicely." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/4 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) " This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 4, 2014
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