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
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
25% 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 58% 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 75% 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 59% 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 98% 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 69% 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 62% 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 67% 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 30% 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 96% 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 52% 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 83% Zero Motivation (2014) "A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/4 14% 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 71% 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
3/4 93% The Infinite Man "Great fun will be had by audiences, past and future. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 23% White Rabbit (2015) "It sometimes reads as a cheap, sleazy horror film, but its heart seems to be in the right place. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/4 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 36% Song One (2015) "Starts off as a singularly strong slice-of-life drama before dissipating into thin air. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/4 98% Paddington (2015) "A charming, witty, gentle mix of live action and CGI that will delight children and parents. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 53% Little Accidents (2015) "Little Accidents paints a vivid portrait of a community facing an imminent existential crisis. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 56% Spare Parts (2015) "At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/4 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "I almost passed out, hyperventilating after uncontrollable bursts of hyena laughs. It took a full evening's rest for the ache to dissipate from the belly. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 71% The World Made Straight (2015) "The film illustrates how the most powerful and welcome stabilizing forces in human life - history, family, geography - can turn so easily into deadly traps. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 84% Predestination (2015) "Predestination is a hair-raising, emotionally resonant thriller that fleshes out Heinlein's minimalist conceptual piece with strong characterization and an absorbing story line about domestic terrorism and murder. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 9, 2015
53% The Interview (2014) "The film is not a dangerous weapon, or a tool for anti-Korean propaganda. It does kill, but with comedy. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 24, 2014
46% The Gambler (2014) "Despite terrific, witty performances by Williams and Goodman, most of the talent is wasted in this picture. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 23, 2014
1.5/4 29% The Captive (2014) "For all its problems, The Captive does try to hit the themes that have obsessed Egoyan for three decades: desire, death, memory, and time. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/4 93% Diplomacy (2014) "Arestrup and Dussollier are mesmerizing as they attack and parry, argue and counterargue. They reminisce about their lives before the war and wax poetic about their families - then engage in battle again. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
95% The Game: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Game is wonderfully atmospheric, stylish, and sexy. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 51% Low Down (2014) "Fanning's performance rescues the film from mediocrity. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
1.5/4 23% Jessabelle (2014) "An ineffective, derivative, and awkwardly executed mash-up of ghost flicks and voodoo movies. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
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