Tom Charity

Tom Charity

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Biography:
Village Voice film critic.
Publications:
CNN.com , L.A. Weekly , Times [UK] , Total Film , Uncut Magazine [UK] , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
174

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters." — CNN.com
Posted May 12, 2014
95% Star Trek (2009) " Did somebody just reach through the space-time continuum and pull out a white rabbit?" — CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " I seriously doubt there will be a more hilarious and heartfelt blockbuster all summer." — CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Waltz will be unknown to most American audiences -- he was certainly unknown to me -- but he's nothing less than sensational as the silky, polyglot SS officer charged by the Fuhrer to root out the remaining Jews in France. " — CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " Bourne -- or whatever his name really is -- is such a resourceful and reckless agent of chaos, we thrill to him despite the fact that he's officially a non-entity." — CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " If only what happened in Vegas had stayed in Vegas." — CNN.com
Posted May 24, 2013
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Ludicrous, but undeniably fun and surprisingly affectionate, this is really all you could ask of a car crash movie, and more." — CNN.com
Posted May 24, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " There are no two ways about it: The Great Gatsby is misconceived and misjudged, a crude burlesque on what's probably American literature's most precious jewel." — CNN.com
Posted May 15, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections." — CNN.com
Posted May 2, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " It's a dogged, thoughtful and well-acted movie that might have been more effective if it kept a narrower focus." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 26, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " This crude and ugly entertainment is as crass as everything this depressingly successful filmmaker has done." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 26, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " Glossy, derivative, ambitious and fatally underpowered." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 19, 2013
87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Let's hope Universal stays the course and gives us that opportunity. People as creative as del Toro and his gang need all the support we can give them." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) " The climax is a bit of a yawn, but most of what precedes it is vigorous and sharp." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 14, 2013
65% Watchmen (2009) " Watchmen the movie provides ample evidence that more is more, but less might have been closer to Moore in spirit (that is, anarchic, witty and compelling)." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 14, 2013
77% Thor (2011) " Thor is on much safer ground here on Earth. The tone is immediately different: more relaxed; comic, not cosmic." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013
75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " It's delirious stuff, often laugh-out-loud funny." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013
82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " Full of fresh, sharp touches and nonchalantly brash performances, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World consistently hits the sweet spot." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances." — CNN.com
Posted Apr 10, 2013
8% The Host (2013) " This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humor and minimal excitement." — CNN.com
Posted Mar 29, 2013
65% Spring Breakers (2013) " An authentically cracked expression of the crazy, conflicting signals bombarding today's teenagers." — CNN.com
Posted Mar 22, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " The new Oz falls short of the 1939 Oz in charm and innocence, and certainly in songs. But as family entertainment, it's hard to fault such a rapturous spectacle and astute, suspenseful piece of storytelling." — CNN.com
Posted Mar 8, 2013
52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Jack the Giant Slayer is slight, but consistently amusing." — CNN.com
Posted Mar 1, 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " If there's something crassly opportunistic about exploiting a real life disaster on the scale of Chernobyl for cheap thrills, that's part and parcel of the film's cynicism." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 14, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) " Even with all its shortcomings and sentimental fudges, there is something about McCarthy's refusal to lie down and play the victim that gives it a comic edge. A blunt edge, to be sure, but an edge all the same." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 8, 2013
60% The Last Stand (2013) " The movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 5, 2013
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " What's striking is the absence of triumphalism -- Bigelow doesn't shy away from showing the victims shot down in cold blood in the compound -- and we come away with the overwhelming sense that this has been a grim, dark episode in our history." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 5, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 5, 2013
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " If this long-delayed and blatantly pandering CGI malarkey is anything to go by, Hollywood's current craze for fairy tales isn't going to have a happy ending." — CNN.com
Posted Feb 5, 2013
76% Premium Rush (2012) " An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 8, 2013
79% The Grey (2012) " The Grey remains a genuinely gripping survival story and a refreshing change from stale urban action flicks." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 8, 2013
74% Hope Springs (2012) " Streep fans, I think you're going to enjoy this one. I know I did." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 8, 2013
85% The Master (2012) " In the end it may not have the emotional uplift the Academy or a popular mainstream audience craves, but make no mistake, this is an enthralling drama about a peculiarly American restlessness, and the striving for insight and grace." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 8, 2013
87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 7, 2013
97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 7, 2013
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 7, 2013
94% The Sessions (2012) " A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
92% Skyfall (2012) " It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Bond movie so much." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
93% Looper (2012) " Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
96% Argo (2012) " Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists." — CNN.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " Quentin Tarantino has made a spaghetti western and cross-pollinated it with a blaxploitation picture, but it's fully formed, unapologetic and easily one of the best popcorn flicks of the year." — CNN.com
Posted Dec 24, 2012
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " An Unexpected Journey is a major comedown, a muddle-headed and cumbersome piece of filmmaking that betrays Jackson's mercenary motives -- Tolkien's book, too." — CNN.com
Posted Dec 13, 2012
87% Life of Pi (2012) " This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best." — CNN.com
Posted Nov 21, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date." — CNN.com
Posted Jul 19, 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing." — CNN.com
Posted Jul 3, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash." — CNN.com
Posted May 8, 2012
96% The Muppets (2011) " A mixed bag then: The Muppets isn't the best or the worst of Kermit's big-screen capers. At least it's a reminder that here's one frog who isn't about to croak." — CNN.com
Posted Nov 23, 2011
35% Immortals (2011) " The movie's landscape is a disappointingly barren digital domain, the same gray cliffs, deserts and seas familiar from 300 and so many game-worlds." — CNN.com
Posted Nov 11, 2011
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