Tirdad Derakhshani

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Philadelphia Daily News , Philadelphia Inquirer
Total Reviews:
159

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 88% Siddharth (2014) " A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3.5/4 86% Violette (2014) " It's a perfect approach to Leduc, whose work is so grounded in the messy, fleshy realities of life, it scandalized critics with its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as lesbianism and incest." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 40% Aftermath (2014) " There's very little that actually thrills in this well-constructed, if underwhelming film that works best as a how-to vid for nuclear war-minded DIYers." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " An equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 29% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Like other entries of its pulpish ilk, the picture packs lots of violence, a fair bit of gore, and plenty of cheap scares." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3.5/4 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " A formidable, if perversely overlong epic, Snowpiercer is a dystopian moral parable about survivors of a second ice age that wipes out virtually all humanity." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/4 85% Korengal (2014) " In a series of expertly edited interviews conducted with infantrymen on their way home after a year in the Korengal Valley, Junger exposes us to the war's psychological toll." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 76% Lucky Them (2014) " A clever, fun, and affecting romantic dramedy about love and rock-and-roll." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 86% The Discoverers (2014) " A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " A cross between a Woody Allen farce and a one-woman show by Sarah Silverman." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/4 65% The Rover (2014) " An evocative, moody road movie through the Australian Outback that's as sparse and dry as the desolate landscape it traverses, its deliberate rhythm punctuated by short periods of shocking, bloody violence." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/4 85% Borgman (2014) " Filled with surreal touches and shocking scenes of black humor, Borgman steams ahead with the power and inevitability of a nightmare." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Remarkably enjoyable, even joyous, the film chronicles Vidal's life from his privileged beginnings, his years at some of the country's most elite prep schools, and his shocking decision to join the Army instead of attend college." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Despite its many flaws, this is a major work that deserves attention." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 30, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn directed by Pottstown-born indie-film provocateur Jim Mickle." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 30, 2014
2/4 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " A fast-moving, lean killing machine that will delight genre fans." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2014
2/4 31% God's Pocket (2014) " A messy, shallow, muddled morass of a Philadelphia crime story set in 1978 ..." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 21% Devil's Knot (2014) " An exhaustively researched - and, quite frankly, very exhausting - adaptation of journalist Mara Leveritt's book." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Wait, haven't we seen this before?" — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " What an extraordinary dream it could have been." — Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 59% 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 74% 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 79% 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 83% 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 84% 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 77% 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 44% 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 94% 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 81% 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 33% 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 22% 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 24% 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
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