Duane Byrge

Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Crimson Tide (1995) Simpson/Bruckheimer have plunged to the ocean's depths to reach the heights of commercial, big-movie filmmaking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) Bullock gives Lucy just the right amount of edge. Pullman's performance as Peter's down-to-earth younger brother is also a deft mix of moxie and frustration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
78% Muriel's Wedding (1995) It's funny, strange and, best of all, graced with strong human compassion. Visually, Muriel's Wedding is a bustling blend of wry humor and acerbic social satire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
33% The Devil's Own (1997) A beguiling but ultimately leaden tale of moral conflict. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
60% Outbreak (1995) Petersen's vigilant, enlivening direction never allows the story's death-of-mankind topic to undermine its personal powers, deftly mixing in humor, as well as other tonal lighteners, to nurture it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
83% The Big Lebowski (1998) For those of you who forgot how good Bridges was in The Fisher King, here is a reminder. As the gung-ho Nam veteran, Goodman's tenacious, tightly coiled demeanor is smartly explosive and very funny. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
85% As Good as It Gets (1997) With terrific lead performances by Jack Nicholson as a demonic novelist and Helen Hunt as a Manhattan waitress, As Good as It Gets is as good as mature adult entertainment gets on the silver screen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
71% Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) This comedy's warm and soothing nature will give mainstream audiences in these dysfunctional-family times a perfect holiday uplift. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Aladdin (1992) The magical, the mystical, the mysterious -- all those powers that lurk within movies but are rarely tapped are unleashed in Disney's latest magnificent animation, Aladdin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Culkin is breezily winning once again as the self-reliant kid alone, while Pesci and Stern deserve combat metals (especially Stern) to the bricks and slings they endure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
73% Cape Fear (1991) The wrath of De Niro, especially when pitched to the level of a jangle-brained Jehovah, is a mighty thing, but, in this case, its inherent cartoonery capsizes this film's small-story frame. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
79% Under Siege (1992) Die Hard on a ship, this Steven Seagal starrer is a hard-charged, perfectly detonated actioner that should especially delight especially macho mainstreamers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
82% Gattaca (1997) Stylishly scoped with ice-blue hues and smartly visualized with a forbiddingly cold design, Gattaca is an intelligently-conceived sci-fi chiller starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
96% The Fugitive (1993) Call something a "real train wreck" and it's considered a put-down. Not in this fast-track, no-stops chase movie with a massive train-wreck scene that's going to have audiences scrambling for cover. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
76% Air Force One (1997) This pulsating political actioner should prove cathartic for mainstream viewers who yearn for a decisive, gutsy executive branch of government. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
34% Hocus Pocus (1993) It's a veritable bagful of box office treats. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
58% Free Willy (1993) This movie itself is a very special case, a wonderful, timeless story of a boy's struggle to become part of a family. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
69% Point Break (1991) While the critics may yammer, Point Break delivers the thrills, spills and crunches its action-hungry audience demands. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
71% True Lies (1994) Schwarzenegger's comic confidence and good-guy tenacity are a perfect balance, while Curtis wins our sympathy as his repressed wife, showing some deadpan drollery of her own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
38% Armageddon (1998) Just because you're big does not mean you're not brainy, and this smart, polished entertainment crushes the notion that fx/disaster films run only on low-octane dialogue, lowest-common-denominator narrative and the lowliest instincts of tie-in marketeers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
78% A League of Their Own (1992) Under Penny Marshall's spirited, warm direction, the players shine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
81% Predator (1987) Visually, Predator is a full-assault experience. Director John McTiernan mixes his range of shots with fast precision and full-blast effect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
50% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The flaccid film is a goon-show version of Thompson's commentary on the craziness of the American Dream. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
54% Top Gun (1986) The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
45% Deep Impact (1998) It drags considerably, and mainstream action audiences are likely to find it tedious and undeniably old-fashioned. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
61% The Sandlot (1993) A scruffy underdog yarn that will appeal not only to kids but also to their thirty- or fortysomething parents. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
81% Primary Colors (1998) The performances are splendid, beginning with Travolta's magnificent turn as the big-hearted but hardballing man with 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on his horizon. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
58% Legends of the Fall (1994) In general, director Edward Zwick does a commendable job of keeping things apace, while... John Toll's scrumptiously pristine cinematography and James Horner's piercingly full score. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
97% Big (1988) Director Penny Marshall doesn't hammer any themes or satire into the film; she, quite shrewdly, keeps Big likeably small. The comedy is natural and unforced, in no small part because of Hanks' wonderfully slapstick performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
89% Titanic (1997) No meager disaster movie, greased by generic formula and goosed by big-bucks technology... Titanic is one big, bruising movie that will appeal on different levels to different audiences. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
83% Jerry Maguire (1996) On the jock front, Gooding is so believable in his role as Jerry's selfish, pea-brained, wide receiver client that the Dallas Cowboys might consider signing him to complement Michael Irvin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
75% Empire of the Sun (1987) John Williams' resonant and triumphant score superbly augments this simple and complex narrative - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
98% Broadcast News (1987) As the talented but professionally thwarted news writer, Brooks is sensational, both vain and vulnerable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
85% Starman (1984) Give ample credit to director John Carpenter also for his fluid storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
81% Scarface (1983) Other than an unflinching, intense and extraordinary performance from Al Pacino as the Cuban-born gangster Tony Montana, this gruesome offering has little to recommend. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
94% Beauty and the Beast (1991) In these sterile, technological days when creations of architecture, movies and other splendors are inferior to the classics of past ages, this artisan-crafted masterpiece is perhaps the closest we'll ever come to a Gothic cathedral. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
91% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Mainstream audiences should readily identify with the series of tribulations and woes that befall the Everyman Martin in this good-natured, albeit predictable comedy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
69% Purple Rain (1984) Even those who aren't Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
65% Contact (1997) Despite its lineage and some impressive special effects, Contact is a disappointingly earthbound production, weighed down by the ballast of talking-heads dramaturgy and bloated storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
71% Forrest Gump (1994) Contrasting Forrest's unassuming innocence with the upheavals and rancor of the times, the film is a wisely goofy commentary on the stupidity of smartness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
66% Independence Day (1996) A sci-fi story constellation of the brightest star elements. With German director Emmerich at the helm, Independence Day soars as filmic uber-craft. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
67% Coming to America (1988) This comedy is generally tame and sappy... what we get is homogenized Eddie Murphy, drained of his kinetic comic charm and smiling sass. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
65% The Rocketeer (1991) Undeniably, Rocketeer's overall trajectory is pleasing and winning, but it lacks the quirky charms and personal idiosyncracies that endeared other big-effects films to tot and sophisticate alike. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
82% The Untouchables (1987) While overtly melodramatic, The Untouchables is a perceptive and hard-driven actioner. It's an intriguing character confrontation, loaded with ironies, both personal and social. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
84% What About Bob? (1991) Murray and Dreyfuss play off each other to their maximum advantage: Murray does what he does best, to shine-on and ultimately destroy authority figures, while Dreyfuss' portrayal of the runty doctor is splendidly Napoleonic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
57% Twister (1996) While the special effects are clearly the star of this masterwork, the storyline itself, although predictable, is crisp and full of heart. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
70% The Fifth Element (1997) Narratively challenged, visually monotonous and aurally overpowering, The Fifth Element is a staggering accretion of all the wrong elements and some rather dopey ones as well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
95% Dave (1993) Layering this sweet comedic story with some sharp, editorial barbs, screenwriter Gary Ross has fashioned an engaging, brainy comedy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
75% Project X (1987) A combination of expose on Air Force experiments with chimpanzees and cuddly pet story, Project X should fly high as family entertainment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
57% Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) Writer B.J. Nelson has skillfully combined plot elements and situations which draw from the best of westerns and anti-Establishment cop films. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2018