Tirdad Derakhshani

Tirdad Derakhshani

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tirdad Derakhshani's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) "A breathtaking, disturbing look at urban angst and the emptiness of youth culture ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 2, 2015
86% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A charming, exciting, and impeccably written sci-fi drama for grown-up. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 26, 2015
97% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 23, 2015
1.5/4 8% Phantom Halo (2015) "Messy and confused, the film is a mishmash of tropes from Shakespeare, heist movies, family melodrama, and romance novels hastily thrown together. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "For all its talk of death, The Farewell Party, featuring a terrific ensemble cast, is a story about life. Always honest, graceful and funny it explores with deep compassion its characters familial and romantic relationships. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2.5/4 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "There's a great deal of intelligent material here. Winterbottom mounts a harsh attack on our fascination with killers and our tendency to forget the victim. Yet it's overlaid with so much navel-gazing, it's hard to take. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 19, 2015
56% Complications: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Watching Matt Nix's new USA series, Complications, is like taking an advanced seminar in unintended consequences. A fun, thrilling, twisty, and at times mind-blowing seminar. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2015
69% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Packed with entertaining visuals, it's also rich in characterization, even featuring a few very funny storylines. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/4 0% Freedom (2015) "A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 4, 2015
97% Hannibal: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2015
29% Stitchers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Stitchers... is frothy fun. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2015
93% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Before trotting it back out for its second turn around the track, producers have made some welcome adjustments to the show's pacing, structure, and characterization. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 1, 2015
81% Nightingale (2015) "Nightingale rages on at times with no real direction. At others, it hits us over the head with pretentious symbolism. Oyelowo's inspired performance keeps it afloat. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 28, 2015
75% The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite it all, this is seriously addictive stuff. Where is The Whispers leading us? I wager we'll all be glued to our TVs trying to figure that out. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 28, 2015
9% Grace Of Monaco "Kidman seemed a natural choice to play Kelly. She manages to soar in several scenes. Hampered by the subpar material, she seems utterly lost, unable to master what could have been the role of her career. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 26, 2015
55% Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's little more than a fragmented series of sketches stitched together by an ineffectual structure. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 26, 2015
55% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "We'll leave it for the experts to decide how much Aquarius fudges the truth. As drama, it's gripping, disturbing, and rewarding. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 26, 2015
33% Poltergeist (2015) "It's not exactly a scary film, but it does provide an enjoyable ride. It's good fun. But it left me befuddled. A little sad. And a little angry. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2015
27% Between: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While Between is a somewhat derivative creature that's not likely to rewrite the rules of the genre, the first episode (the only one made available to critics) sucks you right in with its intriguing premise and exciting action. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2015
4/4 100% Apu Trilogy "The Apu Trilogy is a masterpiece no cinephile can afford to miss. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 22, 2015
3.5/4 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "A fascinating, suspenseful story about obsessive love, money, the Mafia, and murder. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 54% 5 Flights Up (2015) "5 Flights Up is a sweet film with a few nicely turned lines, some good jokes, and some very lovely dialogue. But it's not much more than fluff and air. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/4 97% About Elly (2015) "Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "At turns horribly funny and simply horrific, Piven's film suggests our therapeutic age has reduced us all to psychic cripples who resort to emotional exhibitionism in lieu of honest self-examination and self-expression. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "It fails to pursue any of the fascinating questions its premise raises. Instead, it dives headfirst into Nicholas Sparks territory and explores, though not without some charm, Adaline's romantic life. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 61% Unfriended (2015) "A horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 33% Beyond The Reach (2015) "There's not much here: The characters are paper-thin, and the action is slow, at times agonizingly so. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/4 97% Black Souls (2015) "A somber piece of film poetry about men so invested in a rigid notion of honor and revenge they become trapped in an endless loop of violence. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "It leaves behind a nagging feeling, a suggestion there's more to the story than its story. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Not a great film. Or particularly good. In fact, it's fairly bad as B-movies go. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/4 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Marvel's Daredevil, Netflix's latest offering, is a well-scripted, beautifully acted superhero saga that is surprisingly impressive. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 9, 2015
91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Always fascinating and often quite odd, mad, and weird, Outlander has the most peculiar mix of gothic horror, swashbuckling adventure, magical fantasy, and romance you're likely to experience on TV. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 6, 2015
40% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The series is no less absurd, but it's far more fun than the movie: We all know about the ax murders. It's more fascinating to watch Lizzie continue to weave her web of evil after her trial. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2.5/4 27% Marfa Girl (2015) "It's refreshing to see a film set amid the daily life of an impoverished, rural immigrant community. It's a shame the only aspect of the social world that is explored is the sexual exploits of a few teens. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/4 64% A Girl Like Her (2015) "One of the most moving and intelligent of the recent glut of films and TV specials about teenage bullying. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 22% The Barber (2015) "An ambitious, if wildly uneven, character study that relies on a taut script, snappy dialogue, and a few well-placed plot twists ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 29% Cymbeline (2015) "If too many filmmakers try to amp up the excitement in Shakespeare with movie magic, Almereyda goes to the opposite extreme in Cymbeline. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 97% '71 (2015) "Demange's feature debut miraculously distills the often Byzantine nature of the power politics behind The Troubles in a deeply intimate chamber piece about a single day in the life of a British soldier. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
50% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The dialogue, for one thing, is likely to rub serious drama fans the wrong way with its mix of cheap one-liners, bad metaphors, and a stunning amount of epithets and four-letter words - anatomical, sexual, scatological, it's all there. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "A superbly researched and edited documentary about the women's movement in the 1960s. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 55% Road Hard (2015) "Carolla, who co-wrote and co-directed the picture with Kevin Henchis, has a way of making his remarkably stiff screen presence endearing. He plays Bruce with gentle self-mockery and a touch of genuine pathos. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Duhamel and Winters were born to share the screen as the odd couple who must solve a seriously strange series of crimes. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 2, 2015
36% Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite its faults, ABC's drama is a winner. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/4 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Mildly enjoyable despite its basic mediocrity ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/4 72% The DUFF (2015) "It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The film tries so hard to be a clever, deconstructive meta-tale, forever winking at the audience about its silly story, that it metas itself into insignificance. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
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