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
B+ 79% 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- 40% 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+ 91% 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- 94% 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- 55% 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 92% 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 45% 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 40% 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
B+ 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Maybe it's because we're hungrier than usual for nostalgia, but this whole production just feels right. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
B+ 82% Ben is Back (2018) We've seen Ben's story before, in fact "Ben Is Back" is the second movie this season after "Beautiful Boy" to depict drug dependency challenging the concept of unconditional and boundless parental love. But this one has Roberts, and she's addictive. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B- 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Whatever side you land on, it's unavoidable to think of how much different history would have been if these women were friends instead of foes. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ...it has multiple web slingers - seven. Yup, that's a lot of Spider-Men for the price of one. Kapow! - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C 15% Robin Hood (2018) Tuck, who by the way is the best character in the movie, urges us to forget all the previous Robin Hood lore because something darker is coming: "This is no bedtime story," he says. Yet, by the end I was practically asleep. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) Caple doesn't always connect, but he does have Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan packing a one-two punch as Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman, whose past films include the political satire, "Thank You for Smoking" and "Tully," aptly maneuvers all the pieces. But it's Jackman who excels. His Hart is in the right place. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Heineman, working from a script by Arash Amel, adapting Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article, consistently keeps you on edge. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C+ 66% Suspiria (2018) Definitely not for the squeamish. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Enchantment and style can only take you so far. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
A- 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film's finale is a recreation of Queen's iconic Live Aid set, with Malek performing a move-for-move re-enactment, not missing a beat. Three decades later, it still will rock you. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 79% Halloween (2018) Lock up the baby sitters. Hide the cutlery ... Despite succumbing to the tropes of the horror genre, the movie is a cut above most slasher flicks - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Without a doubt, the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" - not the slasher-flick "Halloween" - is the most terrifying movie opening at the multiplex this weekend. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) With all this talk of gold propelling the action, it's Reilly who has the Midas touch. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
C+ 29% Venom (2018) "Venom" is a hot train wreck ... and by hot I mean Tom Hardy in the lead role. You just cannot look away even though the movie is a disaster ... - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 87% Colette (2018) By the time actress Keira Knightley is done with Colette, you'll be empowered and fascinated. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B- 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth creates vivid visuals that shock and scare and in some scenes, delight. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
C 14% Life Itself (2018) Give me a minute ... I feel nauseated. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 58% White Boy Rick (2018) The movie might be about how the junior Wershe breaks bad, but it's the senior Rick who holds your interest. And McConaughey -- with a paunch and mullet -- plays the dad with his de rigueur all-in gusto. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) An entirely watchable and engrossing take on the duality of McQueen's life, even if the filmmakers are a bit adulatory. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
B- 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) If you're able to surrender to the carefree charms of Lily James ("Churchill," "Cinderella"), and let her lead the way to the big finish, then you might want to, as the song goes, take the chance. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
B 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) McCall is tailor-made for Washington, who plays AARP cool, yet deadly, better than anyone. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C+ 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) "Sicario" translates to hit man, but this half-hearted sequel mostly misses the mark. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
C+ 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The real scene stealer, though, is the Stygimoloch, a head-banging dinosaur with an unusually large noggin who comes through in the clutch. Unlike the movie, the Stygimoloch at least is boneheaded for a reason. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
B 56% Tag (2018) Hold on for a finale that compensates for some temporary eye-rolling. Then stick around for the credits to see clips of the real guys. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's this cast of seasoned vets who make the movie better than what's on the page -- co-written by the movie's director Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit"). - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Still, this isn't a hotel where you'd want to book a long stay, but it's worth checking out. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B- 70% Adrift (2018) You might want to pop a few Dramamine before boarding the shipwreck-at-sea drama "Adrift." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
A- 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool - in all his jabbering glory - is the salve we need to heal the emotional damage caused by "Avengers: Infinity Wars." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
B 38% Life of the Party (2018) Just as you're about to write it one off as another of McCarthy's woefully unfunny collaborations ("Tammy," "The Boss") with her husband-director, Ben Falcone, something shocking happens: You're actually laughing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018