Chuck Yarborough

Chuck Yarborough
Chuck Yarborough's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cleveland Plain Dealer
Publications: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Wild is a classic because London's ability to describe the harsh reality of life in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush in vivid, unblemished terms. This telling is better retitled "The Call of the Mild." - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
A 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks delivers a powerful performance as Rogers. He wears the cardigan and canvas boat sneakers as if he were born into them, and speaks with Rogers' trademark guileless transparency without even a hint of parody. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's got quite a bit of the pizzazz that made the video game... such a global smash. But it's the innocence and personality that actor Ben Schwartz is able to impart in the character that makes Sonic so sweet. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- 73% The Gentlemen (2020) It's a little too quick to be tidy, like sweeping the dust under the rug instead of out the door. And yet, it's a 100 percent enjoyable movie, not too long and because of Ritchie's penchant for quick cuts, no time to be bored. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
A 14% Dolittle (2020) Robert Downey Jr. returns to the big screen, not as a genius scientist in a high-tech suit saving people and the world, but as a genius doctor in a battered top hat saving animals and the world in the delightfully funny, wonderfully cast Dolittle. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
46% Underwater (2020) Remember how Jaws made you afraid to go into the water? Underwater makes you afraid to go into the theater. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
A 89% 1917 (2020) This film, though, with its gritty reality, is so much more -- a social commentary, even. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B 20% Cats (2019) It's a fun watch, even if it's not... Purrfect. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Adam Sandler almost always plays Adam Sandler, a likable, sometimes funny jokester. But when he steps away from that, as he does in Uncut Gems, he proves that he is a true actor. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
75% Spies in Disguise (2019) While it sounds on the surface like a bird-brained idea, it's a little bit of an eggs-istential genius. A feather in the collective caps, if you will, of directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, and writers Brad Copeland and Lloyd Taylor. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
B 90% Dark Waters (2019) It's not a great movie, from an acting standpoint... But that's not really the point here. The film should serve as a reminder of the dangers in repealing all the environmental protections that have been put into place over the years. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B- 42% Midway (2019) Harrelson continues to prove his range as an actor, giving an understated performance -- almost to the point of somnambulance. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
A 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) After seeing a screening of director-screenwriter Taika Waititi's film I fear my brain put it in the context of today's hate-fueled climate here in America, and I woke up terrified. Again and again and again. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
B+ 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's just fun. Pure, bloody, gory, silly, laugh-provoking fun. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
B+ 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's the lesson of the "Gemini Man" that makes it more than a fun piece of fluff entertainment. And that lesson is pretty simple: War should not be painless. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B 87% Aquarela (2019) It's a frightening, galvanizing, awe-inspiring 90 minutes in which water and water alone is the main character. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 81% Abominable (2019) The picky eaters in the audience won't even realize they were chowing down on broccoli... and loving it. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
B- 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby is making amends the only way he knows how, really... To his credit, that wonderful voice has remained pure and strong, and he's using it to get out all he has to say, as quickly as he can. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
C+ 40% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The best twist, though, is that the story never really slips into the realm of totally implausible, even though by definition, it sort of is anyway. Credit for that goes in part to the Shakespearean-trained Oyelowo. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
A 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Gottsagen is the ultimate Method actor. He doesn't "inhabit" the role, because for him, it's not a role. He literally IS the man determined to overcome an obstacle, and he's amazingly honest and wonderful in doing it. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Starring Clevelander Isabela Moner as the bilingual Dora, it's fun, intelligent and just a smidge trippy. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) If the Academy gives out animal Oscars, Parker [the golden retriever] should get one. And if it doesn't, it should start. Now. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
A 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's hardly boring. As a matter of fact, it may be one of the most entertaining action movies you'll see this year. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
C 59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) There are some sweet moments in the film, and a couple of extremely violent ones, quite frankly, not enough to earn the film's R rating. But overall, the movie is just a question mark. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
C 83% Midsommar (2019) It takes a LONG time for all this to unfold, and its predictability is almost as discomfiting as some of the more gruesome scenes. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
D 23% Men in Black International (2019) Each succeeding venture has gotten more and more cliché... which brings us to this version. Good Lord, I think the main reason this iteration is a full 114 minutes is so they could fit in all the tricks and such. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Sure, it's full of comic-book violence, space creatures, mutants and superheroes. But at its core, it's a primer on raising the next generation. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
A 89% Rocketman (2019) What's odd, considering John's flair for the flamboyant, is that the film is bare-bones and brutally honest, even as it's full of allegory and metaphor. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B- 57% Aladdin (2019) Nobody could match Williams, with the possible exception of Will Smith, who comes within a hairsbreadth of doing just that, which in itself is an amazing accomplishment. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) A Dog's Journey is hackneyed, saccharin, weepy, cliched, predictable and formulaic. And it's a must-see for any dog lover. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A 50% Tolkien (2019) It's wonderful: part romance, part buddy film, part period piece, part war movie. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) What we really have here is an old-school nature film that's so good that kids won't realize they're learning while watching it. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The biggest failing of the movie is that it works too hard to be a movie, and not nearly hard enough at telling the tragic story of Mercury and the glory of Queen. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
A 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Hard-edged, sometimes difficult to watch... and surprisingly educational. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
A 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) The film includes vignettes of the more than 100 concerts in that goodbye tour, all of which serve as vivid and painful images of the downward spiral that is Alzheimer's. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015