Metro Times (Detroit, MI) - Rotten Tomatoes

Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

" None of this would work without Williams' painfully authentic performance. She plays Wendy as a gentle but self-possessed young woman who combats despair and fear with solemn defiance. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

Jeff Meyers

2 95%

It Follows (2015)

" Mitchell reshapes tried-and-true scare conventions - teens in peril, a relentless malevolent force, jarring soundtrack - into an unexpectedly unique creepfest. And his riffs on sex and adulthood are refreshing in their allegorical complexity. "

Posted Mar 21, 2015

Jeff Meyers

3 61%

Run All Night (2015)

" ...occasionally nails its grizzled '70s tough guy shtick but mostly it delivers a tired jumble of sloppy genre cliches, stupid character choices, and unnecessary action sequences. Neeson is clearly punching below his weight class. "

Posted Mar 15, 2015

Jeff Meyers

4 31%

Chappie (2015)

" With a sharper, more satirical script, it might have worked. Which is to really say Chappie kind of sucks. "

Posted Mar 7, 2015

Jeff Meyers

5 88%

Buzzard (2015)

" Burge and Potrykus are the De Niro and Scorsese of stunted adolescence, collaborators who explore the petulance and violence of stymied young men. "

Posted Mar 6, 2015

Serena Donadoni

6 96%

What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

" We actually start to care about these ridiculous characters because, like the rest of us, they're just trying to survive the inanities of everyday life ... and keep the carpets free of unsightly gore stains. "

Posted Mar 3, 2015

Jeff Meyers

7 75%

Crash (2004)

" Experiencing a movie like Crash is the equivalent of walking merrily down the road on a warm summer day, then suddenly falling neck-deep into ice-cold water. "

Posted Feb 23, 2015

Keith A. Owens

8 98%

The Artist (2011)

" Director Michel Hazanavicius, in his first American production, has pulled of a miracle, making a gimmick with a pretty wispy framework into something sturdy, memorable and moving. "

Posted Feb 17, 2015

Corey Hall

9 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

" Kingsman is entertaining in its way and occasionally clever, but also relentlessly smug and sexist. "

Posted Feb 11, 2015

Jeff Meyers

10 34%

Blackhat (2015)

" A pervading sense of "who gives a sh-t" permeates the whole affair. I can't recall the last time I heard a sound mix this bad in a major motion picture. "

Posted Feb 9, 2015

Jeff Meyers

11 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

" Anyone who knows Leigh's method wouldn't be surprised that Mr. Turner is more of an intuitive collage than a faithful dramatization of reality. It's a fascinating, mostly plotless examination of one man's tortured artistic process. "

Posted Feb 9, 2015

Jeff Meyers

12 89%

Still Alice (2015)

" Moore's performance is exquisitely nuanced - the only thing worth remembering about this otherwise tone-deaf weepie. "

Posted Feb 9, 2015

Jeff Meyers

13 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

" Now we have a three-hankie melodrama for the Snapchat generation, with smart phone texts taking the place of messages in bottles, but with most of the genre's established tropes firmly in place. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Corey Hall

14 88%

Le Week-End (2014)

" There's little in the way of dramatic fireworks or intimate epiphanies. The emotional messiness is just too schematic and neat, suggesting theatrical rather than real-world inspirations. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Jeff Meyers

15 99%

Gloria (2014)

" This is not a film about narrative sweep, but about the slow, steady business of reclaiming one's soul. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Corey Hall

16 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

" What is the price of getting what we wished for? Are we happier for getting it? In this case, the singing and dancing answer is, thankfully, yes. "

Posted Jan 3, 2015

Jeff Meyers

17 51%

Unbroken (2014)

" If a movie could have a jutting jaw and steely eyes Unbroken would be the prototype. "

Posted Jan 3, 2015

Jeff Meyers

18 46%

The Gambler (2014)

" For all Wahlberg's self-flagellating, we never really understand his suicidal petulance. He's an ennui-soaked brat. "

Posted Jan 3, 2015

Jeff Meyers

19 89%

Frozen (2013)

" Not only does the movie look great with its scenes of glistening, freezing majesty, but it also sounds absolutely terrific. "

Posted Dec 8, 2014

Corey Hall

20 90%

Wild (2014)

" Witherspoon, who clearly saw the project as an opportunity to redefine her career, is refreshingly and respectably raw but hardly revelatory. "

Posted Dec 5, 2014

Jeff Meyers

21 35%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

" Not only is Horrible Bosses 2 uninterested in satirizing our country's desperate state of economic uncertainty, it isn't even interested in having any horrible bosses in it. "

Posted Dec 1, 2014

Jeff Meyers

22 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

" The movie is leaden and uneventful, clearly marking time for Part 2 to deliver the big action set pieces and the dramatic consequences of Katniss' choices. "

Posted Nov 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

23 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

" A slick and nightmarish descent into a world where corporate justice rewards those who do whatever it takes to get ahead. It's more than fitting that this horror show of American capitalism opened on Halloween . "

Posted Nov 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

24 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" Much as Nolan's characters often fail to reconcile their grandest desires, so, too, does Interstellar fall short, particularly in its trying-to-have-it-all finale. But, damn, if we shouldn't applaud Nolan for aiming big. "

Posted Nov 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

25 93%

Birdman (2014)

" Despite Iñárritu's tin ear for humor, inaccurate views of New York theater, and blatantly petty grievances, Birdman not only engages, it occasionally compels. "

Posted Oct 28, 2014

Jeff Meyers

26 92%

Dear White People (2014)

" That it comes as close as it does to successful satire is either a testament to Simien's talents or an indication of how starved cinema is for socially relevant comedy. "

Posted Oct 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

27 47%

The Judge (2014)

" Director David Dobkin really wants you to hug your dad. And you can feel that insistent desire for almost every minute of The Judge's too-long 140-minute running time. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Jeff Meyers

28 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

" Gone Girl isn't as wicked as it should be or thinks it is. Fincher is becoming the go-to guy for middlebrow, beach-towel novel adaptations. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Jeff Meyers

29 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

" One wonders what might've been, had Johnson allowed his stars the freedom to riff off rather than merely recite his pain-by-numbers script. "

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

30 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

" Coogan and Brydon are locked into a routine that reliably amuses but, perhaps, one they have mastered too well to examine their own privilege. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

31 65%

Life Of Crime (2014)

" Schechter's adaptation feels more cautiously reverent than inspired, denying Life of Crime of snap, style, and, most importantly, a sense of danger. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

32 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

" Liam Neeson has spent so many years bringing class and gravitas to otherwise undeserving films (ahem, the Taken series) that it's nice to see him in a movie more befitting his talents. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

33 39%

Tusk (2014)

" ... how do you miss including a reference to The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus?" There's not even a passing "coo-coo-ca-choo." "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Jeff Meyers

34 97%

Life Itself (2014)

" Life Itself is at its most compelling when it tackles Siskel and Ebert's contentious professional marriage. Their rivalry is a fascinating stew of insecurity, resentment, respect, and co-dependence. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Jeff Meyers

35 89%

Calvary (2014)

" McDonagh isn't always successful at juggling his disparate impulses, leaving his film to tonally lurch from one scene to the next. But damned if he shouldn't be praised for trying. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Jeff Meyers

36 98%

Boyhood (2014)

" Linklater sculpts drama out of time, demonstrating that the fleeting moments we experience day in and day out are actually telling the story of our lives. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Jeff Meyers

37 88%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

" A fitting showcase for Philip Seymour Hoffman's tousled talents ... and a sad epitaph of a title for one of Hollywood's most talented character actors. "

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Jeff Meyers

38 6%

Babylon A.D. (2008)

" Babylon A.D. is a plodding incoherent fiasco, though an oddly compelling one. "

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Corey Hall

39 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

" [A] witless, clueless and utterly pointless sequel to a comedy that pulled in boatloads of cash, but was beloved by absolutely no one. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Corey Hall

40 18%

Trippin (1999)

" As the credits roll into oblivion, James Thurber's ghost puts out his cigarette. There's another movie he could've written! "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Dayana Stetco

41 10%

Woo (1998)

" Initially, Woo seems every bit the fun dating film that's guaranteed to give urban 20-somethings their six bucks of fulfillment. Unsurprisingly, it's no more than that, although at times its tenuous jokes add up to a bit less. "

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Forrest Green III

42 46%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

" Whenever the comedy loses steam and the emoting gets too much, the movie queues up another indie-emo-fueled montage to fill the emotional gaps. What would Zach Braff be without the Shins? "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Jeff Meyers

43 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

" I Dreamed of Africa fails on so many levels that it's hard to even give it credit for the one area in which it excels. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Paula Farmer

44 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

" This flawed film carries within it a rich and complex performance from Basinger. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Serena Donadoni

45 8%

My Boss's Daughter (2003)

" My Boss's Daughter is a stinker from start to endless finish. "

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Erin Podolsky

46 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

" Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Corey Hall

47 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

" There's cool and then there's Jean-Paul Belmondo. No one ever made being bored look so exciting, and the effortlessly graceful and impossibly hip actor gave the mid-'60s nouvelle vague a needed macho punch. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Corey Hall

48 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

" There's a difference between a stupid movie and a movie populated by stupid characters, and director Christopher Guest shows that distinction with Almost Heroes. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Serena Donadoni

49 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

" Reeves' deliberately charts a queasy path toward disaster rather than indulging in the moronic fist-pumping kineticism of Michael Bay. When was the last time you saw an action film that inspired a desire for peaceful coexistence? "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Jeff Meyers