Variety Staff

Variety Staff

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% El Norte (1984) " It is beautifully lensed and comes across as a kind of giant Renaissance canvas. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
85% Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) " Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
73% Daisies (2012) " Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) " Whammo entertainment. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2014
69% Wild in the Streets (1968) " An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2014
33% The Rookie (1990) " Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ... " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) " No more original or eventful than an average police TV show, so it must sink or swim on the moment-by-moment cleverness of the dialog and the behavioral talents of Hines and Crystal. Fortunately, these elements prove formidable. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
60% Salome (1922) " Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2014
43% Sodom and Gomorrah (1963) " Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2014
71% The Hot Spot (1990) " The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life in Sebastian Lelio's pitch-perfect, terrifically written Gloria. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) " Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
55% Now, Forager (2012) " A lack of dramatic force and zero chemistry between the leads make the film play like a compilation of episodes rather than a flowing narrative, but two sequences are inspired, and the rest has an earnest if underwhelming appeal. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2013
100% Abraham Lincoln (1930) " Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) " A brisk, eye-opening documentary about the Nixon White House, this triumph of editing is composed of homemovies, accompanied by later TV interviews and priceless audio from the secret tapes, making it a must-see for anyone interested in Americana. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% The Big Easy (1987) " Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2013
20% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) " Hampered by a thin screenplay, film is padded further by often-pretentious direction by Sidney J. Furie against expansive physical values. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% The Fox (1967) " A beautifully photographed, dramatically uneven Canadian-made film. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) " [The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
29% Hurry Sundown (1967) " An outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
25% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) " All this is well mounted and lensed but sans the right dramatic flourishes to get human depth, melodramatic gusto or humane symbolism into the right focus. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
60% Gaily, Gaily " A lushly staged, handsomely produced, largely unfunny comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
0% The Art of Love (1965) " Writer Carl Reiner and director Norman Jewison go aground by allowing too many bits to fill their pot. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
91% A Woman of Paris (1923) " A Woman of Paris is a serious, sincere effort, with a bang story subtlety of idea-expression. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2013
78% F.I.S.T. (1978) " F.I.S.T. is to the labor movement in the United States what All the King's Men was to an era in American politics. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2013
90% Pandora's Box (1929) " Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2013
82% Hangmen Also Die! (1943) " From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2013
81% ...And Justice For All (1979) " Attempts to alternate between comedy and drama, handling neither one incompetently, but also not excelling at either task. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2013
50% Some Girls (Sisters) (1988) " A cross-cultural teen sex farce with some good moments, Some Girls hinges on the deadpan comic timing of Patrick Dempsey. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2012
81% The Neverending Story (1984) " A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 26, 2012
73% Promised Land (1988) " Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2012
96% Supercop (1992) " All this is executed with a good deal of panache, if not originality, by stunt coordinator Stanley Tong. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2012
100% The Ring (1927) " Gordon Harker, on the screen for the first time, nearly steals this one as a hard-boiled cynical trainer. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2012
33% A Royal Scandal (1945) " A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble (1963) " Precocious and likeable. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Stella Dallas (1925) " A mother picture. Not a great picture, but a great mother picture. Its sentiment is terrific. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% The Leopard (1963) " A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% This Happy Breed (1944) " Film's excellence comes mainly in the performances. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
84% Scarface (1983) " Performances are all extremely effective, with Pacino leading the way. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
97% Notorious (1946) " Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
98% Das Boot (The Boat) (1981) " Everything described in the film is authentic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
80% Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) (1952) " Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
80% The Pirates of Penzance (1983) " Gilbert & Sullivan's durable The Pirates of Penzance has been turned into an elaborate screen musical by basically the same hands responsible for Joseph Papp's smash New York Shakespeare Festival and Broadway stage production, and result is a delight. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
83% An American Romance (1944) " King Vidor's story, coupled with his forthright direction and the excellent acting, are assets that add up to a winning total. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
40% Pin Up Girl (1944) " It's all very pleasing and pleasant. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
60% Hickey & Boggs (2000) " Suffers through audience never being entirely certain as to the identity of some of the characters. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet The President's Lady (1953) " Through it all, Charlton Heston supplies the kind of ammunition to this film that is as loaded as any carbine slung across his broad shoulders. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
75% Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) " Dedicated, exhilarating, shrewd, mocking, funny, emotional, witty, poignant and technically brilliant. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
58% Waterland (1992) " A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% All Through the Night (1941) " Bogart, as retired mobster turned bigtime gambler, is easy to take. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
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