Tirdad Derakhshani

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
138

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " What an extraordinary dream it could have been." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 57% 13 Sins (2014) " 13 Sins is a smart, stylish picture elevated by fine performances by Webber and a superior ensemble of supporting players, including Richard Bower, Ron Perlman, and Pruitt Taylor Vince." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3.5/4 71% Oculus (2014) " What makes Oculus ingenious is how Flanagan and co-writer Jeff Howard take this hackneyed storyline and twist it - round 'n' round - ad infinitum into a dizzying corkscrew of a narrative." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " It'll keep the kids content for a couple of hours, though it's likely to bore the grown-ups." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " A brilliant, dazzling, and devastating 21/2-hour ballet of brutality that's more ordeal than entertainment ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 79% On My Way (2014) " A droll if minor dramatic comedy about a woman who goes out for a pack of smokes and ends up on an odyssey of self-discovery through the back roads and tiny villages of rural France." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " We get little in response from Rumsfeld but a demonstration of his cunning at parrying, dodging, and twisting queries." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " An amateurish mess, with faltering direction and wooden acting." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Particle Fever explores with awe-inspiring precision, and in remarkably accessible language, how 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world built what in effect is the ultimate test tube for particle physics." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " A rich, multilayered character study cleverly garbed as an action thriller, Bethlehem is a searing critique of the conflict and its toll - not just in human lives, but also in two peoples' gradual, overall loss of humanity." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 47% Blood Ties (2014) " An ambitious, if disappointing, period crime drama featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as warring brothers on opposite sides of the law." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/4 45% The Art of the Steal (2014) " An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " A stunning minimalist erotic thriller that explores with arresting photography and economical use of dialogue how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " An ill-conceived if mildly amusing comedy about middle-class ennui, sexual frustration, and drug abuse." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " This is good, escapist stuff." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 80% If You Build It (2014) " An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary from director Patrick Creadon, best known for 2008's I.O.U.S.A., which chronicled America's less-than-healthy fiscal condition." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Rocket (2014) " A powerful, deeply moving drama about a young boy who comes to terms with the tragedies that have befallen his family by creating a thing of beauty - a gorgeous, high-flying rocket emitting triumphant bursts of color - out of refuse left by the war." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/4 33% Bottled Up (2014) " A small, intimate, bittersweet, and wonderfully crafted love story, it may very well add a spring to your step as you exit the theater." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " An endearing, witty romantic dramedy-slash-supernatural-thriller about a small desert town in California beset by demonic apparitions and a satanic cabal of deranged would-be mass murderers." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/4 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " A suspenseful, violent horror film that touches on the inner lives of sexual predators, the question of guilt and remorse in the human soul, and the practice of torture." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 73% The Attorney (2014) " What makes writer-director Yang Woo-seok's feature debut special is how it handles this shocking incident with verve, style, and humor." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 50% Somewhere Slow (2014) " A terrific low-budget indie romantic dramedy ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 31, 2014
0.5/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " A happy-smiley Christian fairy tale disguised as a hard-hitting shard of social realism." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 75% The Suspect (2014) " It's grown-up, deadly serious, and free of the ham-handed romantic subplots that mire so many films from the region in ick stew." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Walking With Dinosaurs is too good a visual treat to miss, especially if you catch the 3-D version. But don't expect to enjoy the predictable, paper-thin story." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 20, 2013
1.5/4 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " A sci-fi-horror yarn stocked with a winning cast but hobbled by a lamebrained script and dull set pieces." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2/4 40% Commitment (2013) " Lots of family tragedy, saccharine love, and high-impact tae kwon do." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) " After a while it's hard to take Dosunmu's barrage of off-center compositions ... dialogue sequences that have the actor converse with empty space, and close-ups that reduce faces and objects to blobs of light." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 22, 2013
1.5/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Just call this movie The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " A mildly amusing, if ultimately pointless prison-break thriller from Mikael Håfström." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2.5/4 36% Ghost Team One (2013) " A terrible yet lovable take on the haunted-house yarn." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " We Are What We Are doesn't waste time with cheap scares. Mickle keeps his story on a steady, slow simmer, transporting us minute by minute into the very heart of dread." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2/4 33% Wedding Palace (2013) " The cross-cultural rom com about a Korean American's search for true love is marred by serious overacting, broad characterization, flat comedic skits. It tries too hard, like a comic who's the one laughing hardest at his jokes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 3, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Colony (2013) " Charlotte Sullivan looks really, really cute in blond dreadlocks. But she can't save the movie, nor can her impressive costars, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers, and Laurence Fishburne." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 52% Thérèse (2013) " A remarkably pretty, if equally dour, portrait of the bored, oppressive life led by the provincial bourgeoisie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " A wickedly clever play on the genre that takes you by the scruff of the neck and drags you through 90 minutes of the most inventive mayhem, murder, and pitch-black comedy you're likely to see this year." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/4 94% Drug War (2013) " Drug War is a deeply intelligent, exhilarating and eminently satisfying adult crime story, one of the best thrillers you're likely to see this year." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 80% Europa Report (2013) " There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " A mescaline-alcohol-and-panic-fueled orgy of confessional dialogue, sex acts, arguments, confessional monologues, and more sex acts." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3.5/4 98% Blackfish (2013) " While Cowperthwaite's film opens with a simple question about the behavior of a single killer whale, it ends up mounting a persuasive ethical argument against keeping orcas in captivity." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " V/H/S/2 is likely to be as popular with fans as its predecessor. It certainly earns that right." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/4 95% A Hijacking (2013) " A Hijacking is one of those perfect films that crop up every few years to prove that with true artistry, even the most exhausted genre can yield something new, rich, and strange." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2.5/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/4 62% Byzantium (2013) " Lyrical, full of visually enthralling fantasy sequences punctuated by moments of intense, bloody violence ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/4 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Dirty Wars is essential viewing for all Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It's intense and depressing. It'll make you angry." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/4 38% The Purge (2013) " In its own clumsy, exaggerated way, The Purge takes a strong stand against our cultural obsession with violence and our tendency to conflate justice with vengeance." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 85% Sightseers (2013) " A brilliant, deliciously wicked, and thoroughly enjoyable road film ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 30, 2013
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