Dana Barbuto

Dana Barbuto
Dana Barbuto's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Patriot Ledger
Publications: The Patriot Ledger

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Alessandro Nivola has the gabagool and eats it, too. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
B 60% Vacation Friends (2021) Making it watchable - and even laugh-out-loud funny - is a game-for-anything cast. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
B+ 80% Free Guy (2021) By the end, you can't help but smile, and suddenly want to race home to be with your Xbox. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
B+ 79% Black Widow (2021) Johansson does wonders revealing her hardened character's human side, peeling away at Romanoff's backstory and motivations. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
B 59% F9 (2021) "F9" is a fun but bumpy ride. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
A 94% In the Heights (2021) Welcome to the neighborhood. It was worth the wait. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
B+ 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Blunt makes messy braids and dirty bare feet look apocalyptic chic. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
B+ 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) ... hair-raising, heart-stopping and hilarious throughout its indulgent 2-hour-and-28-minute runtime ... - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
B 48% Here Today (2021) .... Crystal and Haddish share an easy chemistry. Their banter is the highlight of the movie. Maybe they should host next year's Oscars. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
B 21% Thunder Force (2021) The effort is slight, but "Thunder Force" will make you laugh out loud even though you probably know better. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
B 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It's game on between Kong and Godzilla, as the duo engage in an epic monster smackdown. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
B+ 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) "Barb and Star" is the Mumolo and Wiig show all the way. And their chemistry is killer. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's all frivolous fun sprinkled with a recurring theme of female independence that seems well ahead of its time. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
B- 45% The Little Things (2021) ... that's the thing about casting a trio of Oscar winners - you willingly follow them down the rabbit hole. They play off each other with ease and you relish watching them navigate the intense situations they find themselves in. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B 88% The Dig (2021) Stone has ample opportunity to turn this all into a mawkish nightmare, but thankfully he resists. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B- 37% The Marksman (2021) It's not great, but "The Marksman" doesn't aim high and Lorenz smartly relies on Neeson's charm and Everyman heroics to counter. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
A- 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The movie is a showcase for Mulligan ("An Education," "Suffragette," "Drive") and she does her best work yet. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
B+ 58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) ... if we've learned anything from the dozens of comic-book movies during the past decade, it's that you do not see superhero flicks for the plot. You see them to watch good defeat evil. You see them to forget about a year like 2020. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
B+ 95% Soul (2020) Regular, old living is where it's at. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
B 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) "Croods" is most assuredly kid-friendly, with a good mix of action, laughter and most of all, heart. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
B 70% Tenet (2020) Posey's character, a scientist, says early on, "don't try to understand it, feel it." That's good advice. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
B+ 93% The Outpost (2020) Even those of us who have never dodged enemy fire or threw a grenade have a sense that Lurie has gotten it right. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
B- 49% My Spy (2020) It's light on plot and what's here is largely innocuous and derivative, yet surprisingly watchable due to the sweet charm generated by Coleman and Bautista. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
B+ 71% The High Note (2020) Nothing sinks a movie like predictability. But in these uncertain times, the finely-tuned comedy of "The High Note" proves a welcome retreat. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
A- 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) What plays out is as unpredictable and bizarre as you've seen in any scripted narrative, except these twists and turns are all true. It's fascinating viewing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
B+ 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Beanie Feldstein cut her teeth in the teen charmers "Lady Bird" and "Booksmart," which prepares her well to portray a young woman bursting with sass, sincerity, brains and bawdiness. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
C+ 42% Wendy (2020) The plot is so muddled it becomes fitful to watch. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B- 88% Onward (2020) With its array of buffoonish characters, silly situations and mildly perilous action scenes, "Onward" is most assuredly kid-friendly. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B 84% The Way Back (2020) It's easily Affleck's best performance in years and he serves it neat, straight up with no chaser. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B+ 87% Emma. (2020) If you have any sense or sensibility, you'll race to see "Emma." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
C+ 74% The Lodge (2020) An early shocker sets the bar high, but what unfolds is ultimately a letdown. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
B- 75% The Photograph (2020) "The Photograph" is a Stanfield state of mind. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
C 47% Underwater (2020) Where's Aquaman when you need him? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
B 85% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton never becomes too procedural or too preachy. He simply shows a fractured system that so rarely expouses tender mercy. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
A 95% Little Women (2019) ... it just might make you long to have a sister of your own. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
C+ 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Somehow we're back to exactly where it all ended after "Return of the Jedi." Those were the days. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) "Jumanji: The Next Level" is more of the same - and that's a good thing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
C+ 71% The Aeronauts (2019) Weighed down by melodrama and clichés, and devoid of tension, the ballooning drama "The Aeronauts" fails to take flight. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
C+ 63% The Good Liar (2019) In an early scene, Roy describes online dating as "anticipation followed by a letdown." I know the truth hurts, but that's "The Good Liar" in a nutshell. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
A- 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The race-car drama, "Ford v. Ferrari," has more under the hood than hot rods and hunky men. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
B+ 78% Frozen II (2019) A friendly troll remarks to Anna and Elsa: "it's never a dull moment with you two." He's right. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
A- 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is an achievement, one that feels like one big group hug. Embrace it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
B 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Back for zany seconds, director Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland 2" is as mindless and irreverent as his surprise 2009 zom-com. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
C+ 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The best part of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is watching Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer chew scenery with equal amounts of vamp and camp as feuding villainesses. Who glowers better? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B- 90% The Lighthouse (2019) ...mood and brood and it is not enough to prevent The Lighthouse from disappearing in the fog. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
C 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) ... aspires to explore an existential crisis that comes off as nothing but rote ... - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B 68% Joker (2019) Whether it's worth seeing depends on your tolerance for glorifying a dangerous mentally ill man breaking bad and becoming a menace to the society that abandoned him. Yup, the joke's on us - all of us. And it's a message pounded home with a sledgehammer. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- 62% It Chapter Two (2019) "It Chapter Two" is a funny, gross and indulgently long slog through nearly three hours of convoluted clown carnage adapted from the second half of King's 1,138-page best-seller from 1986. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B- 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Nolte saves the movie from collapsing under its overwrought weight. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
B+ 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The Springsteen fan in me LOVED the movie and all its genuflecting to The Boss as poet and prophet. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019