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
C+ 39% Wendy (2020) The plot is so muddled it becomes fitful to watch. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B- 87% 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 83% 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+ 86% 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- 73% 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 83% 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+ 72% 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+ 77% 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- 96% 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+ 40% 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 22% 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- 63% 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+ 89% 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
C- 24% The Kitchen (2019) Someone get me out of this Hell. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C- 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It's a ruff ride. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
A 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The greatest compliment I can give is that after sitting for two hours, 45 minutes, I was immediately ready to do it again. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 53% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" is likely to offer elements of revelation and disappointment. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
C 41% Stuber (2019) At first glance, "Stuber" seems to be one of those dumb summer action comedies. Guess what? It is. Proving yet again you should always trust your instincts. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
B 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter and MJ are the story's emotional anchor and they are just plain adorable. Swoon! - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
A- 63% Yesterday (2019) If you want to feel joy, head straight to "Yesterday." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B+ 80% Late Night (2019) Katherine's nightly sign-off is "I hope I earned the privilege of your time." This movie certainly does. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
C+ 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) So much for the joys of "X." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
c- 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Yankees fans will find something to cheer about. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) One character advises an up-and-coming John to "kill the person you were born to be." John does, but lucky for us, he's reborn. In the end, he's "Still Standing," and thanks to "Rocketman," Egerton's career is about to last a long, long time. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) The script is just a gem, so packed with hysterical dialogue that I willed myself not to laugh out loud because I didn't want to miss a word . - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 57% Aladdin (2019) Smartly, Ritchie, working from a script he co-wrote with John August ("Dark Shadows," "Big Fish"), does not stray far from the original material. Their script adds some girl power, which is fine by me. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Endgame" is a satisfying swansong, nothing short of a fitting heroes' end. Thanks, Marvel. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B+ 90% Shazam! (2019) Jack Dylan Grazer's Freddy flat steals the movie with his charm and sincerity. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The film gives new meaning to horsepower. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) Disney stories often evoke powerful emotions, but this "Dumbo" is more glum than endearing with not enough heart and humor to ever achieve liftoff. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 27% The Aftermath (2019) Ridiculous doesn't begin to describe James Kent's "The Aftermath..." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- 93% Us (2019) Blame Jordan Peele if you're unable to sleep peacefully again. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 91% Gloria Bell (2019) He's the rare director possessing the knack and insight to tell beautiful stories about women of all sorts. He does it again. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's hard to hate on a well-intended movie about life and love, but by the end, we're neck-deep in Nicholas Sparks territory, with not a lifeline in sight. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) Behrman pulls the rug out to dissect a once-unbreakable friendship. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) "Captain Marvel" end ups somewhere between empowering and entertaining, because when you strip away the bombastic comic-book accoutrements, "Captain Marvel" is a simple story of female strength, friendship and identity. Sign me up. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C 42% What Men Want (2019) It's the total opposite of what any guy (or woman, for that matter) would want, in spite of a totally game performance from Taraji P. Henson ("Hidden Figures"). - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) ... it's a pitch-black comedic thriller that's, in fact, a bloody good time. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C 41% The Upside (2019) Hart scored major box-office successes with "Jumanji," "Ride Along" and "Central Intelligence." But this time his talents are underserved by a script that fails to generate the same manic humor and heart that have become his trademark. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019