CinemaDope - Rotten Tomatoes

CinemaDope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Backcountry (2015)

" The alone-in-the-wilderness survival number gets a serious kick in the hindquarters ... MacDonald harvests gooseflesh the old-fashioned way, by suggesting much, showing little. "

Posted Mar 22, 2015

Glenn Lovell

2 12%

The Gunman (2015)

" ... some decent shootouts and hand-to-hand combat but the writing mostly stinks, allowing for gaping narrative holes and more improv rants by Bardem ... Penn seems less enigmatic than just plain bored. "

Posted Mar 21, 2015

Glenn Lovell

3 61%

Run All Night (2015)

" Exhausting, relentless ... Neeson and Collet-Serra's third pairing is by far their best ... Fuses vertiginous CG effects with some of the most elaborate action scenes since Michael Mann's 'Heat.' "

Posted Mar 14, 2015

Glenn Lovell

4 66%

The Salvation (2015)

" ... a revenge Western, photographed and designed in the grand, hyperbolic style of Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West,' complete with wide-angle interiors and dynamic close-ups ... Mikkelsen subs nicely for Jimmy Stewart on Vengeance Trail. "

Posted Mar 11, 2015

Glenn Lovell

5 63%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

" Scurvy, hilariously over-the-top ... as much Grand Guignol as show-biz farce ... Cronenberg and Moore get down and dirty, luxuriating in the fetid underbelly of a business built on greed and insecurity. "

Posted Feb 28, 2015

Glenn Lovell

6 79%

McFarland USA (2015)

" Initially Costner's coach is all about ego; he may even be using the boys to land a cushy new job. And it's this unsportsmanlike conduct that makes this one of the more memorable recent sports movies. "

Posted Feb 25, 2015

Glenn Lovell

7 96%

What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

" ... the funniest horror spoof since 'Shaun of the Dead' ... Our Down Under hosts are less interested in creeping us out than in introducing us to the most charmingly dotty homebodies since the Addamses. "

Posted Feb 21, 2015

Glenn Lovell

8 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

" As silly and, yes, sanctimonious as this adaptation is, it deserves mention as one of the first major studio releases in ages to promote sex over vigilante violence or superherodom ... And that, in a peculiar way, makes the film a refreshing departure. "

Posted Feb 14, 2015

Glenn Lovell

9 70%

Preservation (2015)

" If you've seen the Spanish 'King of the Hill,' the denouement will come as no surprise. Still, the basic situation is so primal, what young filmmaker wouldn't want to attempt a knockoff? "

Posted Jan 12, 2015

Glenn Lovell

10 56%

Flamenco (2014)

" A new film by Spain's Carlos Saura is always an event. One shot by the legendary Vittorio Storaro is doubly so ... a blindingly beautiful blend of concert, Goya tableaux and Brechtian stagecraft. "

Posted Jan 3, 2015

Glenn Lovell

11 90%

Wild (2014)

" A sloggy, New Age-y variant on 'Eat Pray Love' ... Instead of survival tips, we get a feature-length selfie ... Belongs in the self-help bin at Barnes & Noble "

Posted Dec 27, 2014

Glenn Lovell

12 98%

The Babadook (2014)

" ... a minor masterpiece of the macabre ... Be afraid, be very afraid: the Babadook is more than a Down Under Freddy Krueger ... Reminds us that the real monsters under the bed are Mommy and Daddy. "

Posted Dec 22, 2014

Glenn Lovell

13 93%

Force Majeure (2014)

" ... a what-would-you-do thriller from Sweden ... appropriately, more Bergman-esque than Hitchcockian ... Add this one to your short list of year's most intriguing offerings. "

Posted Nov 16, 2014

Glenn Lovell

14 83%

John Wick (2014)

" ... as close to a pure adrenaline rush as you're likely to find at the moment ... Forget the Bogeyman, Reeves' titular character is the Baryshnikov of professional killers. "

Posted Nov 9, 2014

Glenn Lovell

15 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" Cornpone existentialism ... Overlong, talky and, depending on the crisis, either dopey or pretentious ... a New Age-y, fuzzy-headed sci-fi'er that borrows liberally from Kubrick, 'Contact' and Nolan's own "Inception." "

Posted Nov 9, 2014

Glenn Lovell

16 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

" ... the best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured ... that unshakable ... Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media. "

Posted Nov 8, 2014

Glenn Lovell

17 77%

Fury (2014)

" Ayer's long-awaited World War 2 saga earns its stripes the old-fashioned way -- with plenty of blood and guts ... Pitt, baring both battle scars and killer pecs, has his best (read most grim) character role to date. "

Posted Oct 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

18 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

" ... bigger, slicker and better directed than the earlier installments ... the opening rescue mission, obviously inspired by 'Runaway Train,' brings out the mad demolition expert in us. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Glenn Lovell

19 22%

Into The Storm (2014)

" ... latest Storm of the Century doubles as bonding experience and first date (Callies is literally swept off her feet) ... Those who go looking for airborne cows a la 'Twister' will be disappointed. "

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Glenn Lovell

20 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

" ... retro space opera plays more like a bad spoof of a 'Star Wars' spoof ‒ and even then it's closer to 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash' than 'Spaceballs.' "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Glenn Lovell

21 51%

The Calling (2014)

" More than 'Fargo' meets 'Se7ven' ... Sarandon's portrayal of the surly, embittered small-town police chief is so assured and nuanced, we'd welcome a Hazel Micallef mystery franchise. "

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Glenn Lovell

22 80%

Get On Up (2014)

" Papa's got a secondhand bag? ... As self-consciously arty and formulaic as it sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks to Chadwick Boseman's shrewd, powerhouse performance ... "

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Glenn Lovell

23 66%

Lucy (2014)

" French action ace Besson comes full circle ... a bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action, National Geographic cutaways ... like watching the primeval forest scenes from 'Tree of Life' spliced into 'Taken.' "

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Glenn Lovell

24 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

" How do you take your dystopian nightmares? Sunny side up or hardboiled? If you're taste runs to the latter, you're a "Purge" person. "

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Glenn Lovell

25 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

" S&M dance or feminist tract? Late career breather ... or Polanski answering his harshest critics? A cagey two-hander with tour-de-force turn by the sexy Seigner. "

Posted Jul 12, 2014

Glenn Lovell

26 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

" ... a fairly monotonous sci-fi adventure ... Serkis and Kebell peering out from beneath digitized fur and prosthetics impart far more emotion than their human counterparts. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

27 14%

Rage (2014)

" ... a pulp-y, no-nonsense vigilante number that sounds like it was scripted by a computer program ... Say what you will about Cage, he gives the viewer his money's worth in tics and mad-dog froth. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

28 97%

Life Itself (2014)

" The ultimate cineaste to the end, Ebert saw himself as James's collaborator rather than as his compliant subject ... Fascinating, engaging, and life-affirming ‒ without being in the least mawkish. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Glenn Lovell

29 86%

Borgman (2014)

" Itinerant crooks or satanists? This bizarre import has the feel of a fever dream. Characters, most especially the eponymous gardener, float through the narrative as if in a Dr. Caligari-induced haze. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

30 85%

Cold in July (2014)

" ... easily the squirreliest crime saga since 'Killing Them Softly' ... edgy, suspenseful, cathartic ... Sam Shepard has his juiciest role in far too long. "

Posted May 26, 2014

Glenn Lovell

31 83%

In Fear (2014)

" ... young couple takes a very wrong turn. UK helmer Lovering tightens the screws the old-fashioned way, through atmosphere and suggestion ... (It) possesses a bleakly funny Pinter-esque quality. "

Posted May 25, 2014

Glenn Lovell

32 22%

Devil's Knot (2014)

" You'll have little patience with this fact-based indie, especially if you're a fan of HBO's 'True Detective' series, which also deals with ritualistic slayings. The difference? A little something called edge. "

Posted May 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

33 74%

Godzilla (2014)

" Gawd-zero ... Take a lesson, Hollywood. Light-years ahead of this $160-million boondoggle ‒ the jittery, zero-budget 'Cloverfield.' "

Posted May 17, 2014

Glenn Lovell

34 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

" With apologies to Nicole Kidman and Crocodile Dundee, Australia's new No. 1 export is Mick Taylor, the ruddy-faced psycho with the muttonchops and maniacal snort-laugh. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Glenn Lovell

35 77%

Noah (2014)

" Baby, the rain must fall! ... Noah's climactic transformation from knife-wielding crazy to loving grandfather was obviously inspired by Ethan Edwards' change of heart in 'The Searchers.' "

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Glenn Lovell

36 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

" ... both acerbic character study and understated indictment of Romania's justice system and entitled inner circle ... Like Angela Lansbury in 'Manchurian Candidate,' Gheorghiu's mother remains oblivious to the damage she has wrought. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Glenn Lovell

37 43%

In the Blood (2014)

" Carano's newlywed with a dark past ‒ think Jeanne Moreau in 'The Bride Wore Black' meets Michelle Yeoh -- kicks some serious butt ... One of the best payback thrillers since 'Death Wish' and 'First Blood.' "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Glenn Lovell

38 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

" ... an airborne game of cat-and-mouse ... 'Non-Stop' comes with as many suspects as passengers. Think of it as 'Ten Little Indians' at 30,000 feet. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Glenn Lovell

39 44%

Almost Human (2014)

" It's gruesome, sure, but Begos is hardly your run-of-the-mill grue merchant. He knows how to tighten the screws and, with a tip of the hat to 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' ensnarl us in an ever-widening web of paranoia. "

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Glenn Lovell

40 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

" Quite a find for genre buffs -- a horror entry that's at once unnerving, sardonic and, in a sick way, almost playful ... Sholem Aleichem by way of Stephen King, anyone? "

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

41 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

" The battle sequences are as grueling, as excruciating, as the running gunfights in 'The Wild Bunch.' Indeed, in places 'Lone Survivor' feels more like a revisionist western than a war movie. "

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

42 15%

Open Grave (2014)

" ... another genre head-scratcher from López-Gallego, who last brought us 'Apollo 18' ... It won't impress the more literal-minded fans of 'World War Z' or 'The Crazies.' "

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Glenn Lovell

43 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

" ... overlong, repetitive, and like 'The Departed' too often partakes of self-parody ... It's almost as if Scorsese, in his rush to sate every sophomoric urge, ceded the reins to shock-jock Howard Stern. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Glenn Lovell

44 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

" ... fairly elemental sci-fier from UK that, during its creepier moments, will remind genre buffs of Hammer's top-drawer Quatermass series. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

45 54%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

" ... cried out to be a tough, stripped-down exploitation number on the order of such B classics as 'First Blood' and 'Rolling Thunder.' Unfortunately, Cooper had something more ambitious in mind. "

Posted Dec 7, 2013

Glenn Lovell

46 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

" ... a sequel that, for once, doesn't coddle its target audience ... Lawrence's quick-draw archer is, if anything, more intense and single-minded, all glowering charisma. "

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Glenn Lovell

47 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

" ... unrelievedly downbeat, but provides McConaughey with his juiciest role yet, that of a good ol' boy hustler/AIDS advocate ... Leto can start honing his Oscar acceptance speech. He's that good. "

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Glenn Lovell

48 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

" Don't be put off by the ridiculous R rating. This is definitely a film to be shared with your teens and preteens. Think of it as a warm up to the next installment of 'The Hunger Games.' "

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

49 34%

The Counselor (2013)

" ... an excellent reminder of why even our best novelists should be discouraged from writing for the screen ... a ludicrous, laughably over-the-top attempt to one-up 'No Country for Old Men.' "

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Glenn Lovell

Authors