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Drew Hunt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Sailing A Sinking Sea (2015) Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues keep the plot twists coming, though as they accumulate the story begins to feel like a confection, succeeding not through any fresh idea but through the stubborn recombination of a few stale ones. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 25, 2016
1/4 33% The Bronze (2016) The prevailing attitude behind the film can be boiled down to a simplistic idea: the cruder, the better. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2016
1/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Its virtues as throwback don't elide the foolhardly decision to imprint an ancient mythology on a contemporary superhero framework. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2016
1.5/4 15% Regression (2016) It spends a lot of time considering the fear of knowing, which may explain why Alejandro Amenábar didn't seem to know what kind of film he was making. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1/4 41% Shelter (2015) The characters' marginalized social standing is less indicative of a real-life epidemic and more akin to window dressing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2015
83% The Incident (El Incidente) (2014) This lacks an emotional entryway; Isaac Ezban, directing his own script, treats his characters like gadgetry, cogs in a soulless, mechanized narrative. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/4 93% Durak (2015) It takes place entirely at night, and the dingy color palette, washed-out and intentionally drab, presents Russia as an almost alien landscape. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2015
100% Age of Panic (La Bataille de Solférino) (2013) The improvisational story and frenzied performances match the chaotic footage; the film is exhausting, but the action is energizing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 15, 2015
79% La pirogue (2013) Dry humor alleviates the feeling of helplessness, whereas the actors, most of them amateurs, authenticate the story's real-world implications. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
31% Poltergeist (2015) Director Gil Kenan ruins the pacing with too many half-baked, awkwardly staged horror set pieces, but the cast acquit themselves well enough. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) An aggressively optimistic script admonishes the lazy and irresolute and urges humanity to end war and save the environment; the proselytizing burdens an already onerous plot. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) First-time writer-director Anja Marquardt paints a pointed, emotionally honest portrait of a woman detached from the public yet unable to avoid such typical life problems as a dysfunctional family and a straitened financial situation. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2015
72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) This has the quality of an illustrated oral history, though the incessant nostalgia and revisionist history are exhausting. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2015
84% Noble (2015) [Her] Dickensian childhood provides real intrigue, but writer-director Stephen Bradley portrays the grown-up Noble as a messianic figure, making her philanthropy seem like acts of hubris rather than selflessness. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
No Score Yet White Cop (2014) Despite the intriguing guerrilla quality, this is just a bunch of hipsters playing dress-up. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/4 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) Commingling industry shoptalk with introspective insights and wrangling testimonials, the film casts an incredibly wide net, but doesn't reveal much of anything. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2015
75% It's Better to Jump (2013) There are some beautiful shots of the city, but this is little more than an expertly produced home movie. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1/4 31% The Road Within (2015) The film's tired sentimentality aside, its general lack of empathy is most damning. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2015
1/4 29% Get Hard (2015) Somewhere amid the unbearable stereotypes that choke this sophomoric comedy is a potent blue-collar revenge fantasy about an arrogant white-collar crook getting his just comeuppance. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/4 88% Buzzard (2015) Like Potrykus, Burge shows great daring, his performance a high-wire act of ballistic anomie and genuine empathy; we may find Marty repugnant, but only because we fear ending up like him, a disillusioned hellion desperate for a way out. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 12, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) The role is a departure of sorts for Vaughn, his character more responsible than the goofballs he normally plays, but his frat-boy shtick has grown the worse for wear since the days of Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2015
32% Chappie (2015) The special effects are incredible (especially given the relatively small budget), but the flat digital cinematography renders even the most technically impressive action sequence visually stale. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Provided you find any of this funny, the anarchic spirit can be exhilarating, but don't waste too much energy on it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 40% Ejecta (2015) The cogent character study nestled inside all the bombast remains crafty for its rare commingling of artful storytelling and genre nonsensicality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2015
61% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) This ambitious and heartbreaking documentary tackles no less mammoth a subject than the African-American identity as it exists in photographic imagery. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 20, 2015
78% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) [A] meticulous and poetic study of industrial labor. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1/4 11% Supremacy (2015) The characters shout themselves hoarse, but they don't really say anything, and it isn't long before we feel like hostages ourselves, bound by the filmmakers' strained moral outrage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2015
1.5/4 29% The Wedding Ringer (2015) This big, brash, occasionally clever, but mostly dumb comedy is so gallingly derivative that watching it feels like playing a game of basic-cable bingo. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/4 98% The Babadook (2014) The Babadook makes a convincing argument for classy, psychological horror cinema even as it fails to meet its own lofty standard. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 3, 2015
94% In Bloom (2014) Directors Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross adopt the long, contemplative takes of the new wave; much of the film feels familiar, but the location shooting and period details are nicely drawn, a result of Ekvtimshvili's autobiographical script. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 19, 2014
67% Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014) A voice-over narrator supplies some of Yogananda's more inspired passages, but the affected tone makes it all sound rather silly. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 19, 2014
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Mindless CGI spectacle overpowers every aspect of Peter Jackson's concluding Tolkien adaptation; like the other installments of this lumbering trilogy, it's more tech-demo than movie. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1/4 48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) This third and supposedly final edition in the franchise is nothing more than an uncomfortably transparent contractual obligation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2014
75% Once Upon a Time Veronica (2014) Shot in the same urban slum as Kleber Filho's Neighboring Sounds, this relentlessly bleak character study offers a disheartening glimpse of contemporary Brazilian life. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 11, 2014
90% Wild (2014) A feel-good story that avoids sentimentality. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/4 84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) Florian Habicht unwisely shifts his focus from Sheffield and its unique denizens to the band's personal history, effectively turning the film into an episode of Behind the Music. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2014
83% Bad Turn Worse (2014) This cowboy noir works fine as a genre riff, but screenwriter Dutch Southern draws so liberally on the work of Jim Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, and the Coen brothers that he ought to take them all out for drinks. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 13, 2014
1.5/4 14% Hangar 10 (2015) It's easy to see how Daniel Simpson's desire to return the found-footage genre to its roots resulted in cheap imitation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2014
52% Low Down (2014) Glenn Close plays Amy-Jo's grandmother, a nurturing figure in a dingy milieu, and delivers one of her better recent performances, while Hawkes, who bears a striking resemblance to Albany, again proves he's among our most dependable actors. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 6, 2014
100% Hellaware (2014) [A] wry satire of millennial art-chic posturing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 30, 2014
No Score Yet Betoniyö (Concrete Night) (2013) [The cinematography] amplifies the sense of desolation, but the images are poetic and stirring rather than debilitating; the dramatic lighting gives the rundown buildings and abandoned construction sites an otherworldly look. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 16, 2014
No Score Yet The Yank (2012) The cliché dialogue, stereotypical characters, and cheesy, G-rated humor belong in a sitcom. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 16, 2014
No Score Yet A Terrible Beauty... (2013) The balance of the film trades in more traditional documentary tropes -- archival footage, commentary from actual historians -- which contribute to its severe identity crisis. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 25, 2014
86% Boy Meets Girl (2015) Under the guise of a conventional romantic comedy, this independent feature explores gender politics and sex-positive themes with depth and passion. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 18, 2014
64% The Foxy Merkins (2014) This spritely low-budget sex comedy is essentially a parody of Midnight Cowboy, but the humor is cleverly absurd and self-aware. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 18, 2014
.5/4 0% Reclaim (2014) Reclaim's highly mechanized plot ensures that the film is over before it even ends. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
No Score Yet Sana dati (If Only) (2013) Like Robert Altman's A Wedding, this 2013 Filipino drama takes place during a large, lavish nuptial and explores wealth, class, and dysfunctional relationships with humanistic curiosity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2014
25% As Above, So Below (2014) An intriguing and intensely creepy premise is sqaundered on this rudimentary found-footage horror film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/4 33% Last Weekend (2014) The film's attempt at political commentary amounts to a half-baked treatise on good governance in the face of tyranny and socioeconomic exploitation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) There are even shades of Bergman in the existential premise, but director J.R. Cutler is more interested in the young leads' cookie-cutter romance, and the clunky nonlinear plot precludes any sort of comprehensive narrative. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014