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Duane Byrge

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
63% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
73% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
64% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
81% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
83% 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
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
71% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
79% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
67% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2018
100% Heart like a Wheel (1983) Heart is an often enthralling film of determination, heartbreak and triumph.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) As rough and shiny as chain nets on a sweltering summer day, White Men Can't Jump is a poetic, rag-tag triumph.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hopkins' performance is spectacularly unnerving and should win him future award nominations. Holding her own against Hopkins' hare is Jodie Foster as the tenacious, tortoise-like trainee.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
21% The Mighty Ducks (1992) While nicely layered with tough, conflicting personal questions, Ducks ultimately flaps off into easy outcomes and pat contrivances. Still it's an overall charmer, and director Stephen Herek keeps it flying with a nifty mix of slapstick and action.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
96% Unforgiven (1992) While not a pretty picture... Unforgiven is a magnificently realized work. In addition to Eastwood's fine, rough performance, Hackman and Freeman stand out.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
70% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) While much is in the Animal House vein and quite funny, several tasteless episodes mar the film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
14% Donovan's Echo (2011) Admittedly, the film is bolted to an intriguing psychological/paranormal premise, but the narrative trudges along in a fitful monotony of somber tones and stodgy pacing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
54% Weekend at Bernie's (1989) Bernie's is good old, knock-down slapstick with just the right dose of cruelty thrown in.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
44% St. Elmo's Fire (1985) There is an abundance of astute and knowledgeably drawn scenes with this contextually structured story. There are some biting observations of college life, with law school in particular taking some verbal jabs on the chin.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
89% Roxanne (1987) Light and likable, with hearts unabashedly all over its sleeves, Roxanne is a winning romantic comedy whose appeal should cross age barriers and backgrounds -- giving it an across-the-board promise.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
73% My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) A bittersweet, modern-love morsel, this scrumptious drama should touch moviegoers' hearts in this action gorged summer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
55% Con Air (1997) Packed high with explosive action and loaded with high-stakes jeopardy, Con Air charts a generally sound narrative course, although it hits some story turbulence before it hits its climactic jackpot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
76% Fletch (1985) Admittedly, the storyline weaves all over the place, but no matter - Chase's performance and a plethora of daft and witty situations carry it past some structural rough spots. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
86% Field of Dreams (1989) In Costner, writer-director Robinson has found the perfect player for a personal-stakes game, a guy with a leg-it-out intensity and kidlike enthusiasm. It's Costner's eye-on-the-ball exuberance that carries Dreams past its often mechanical aesthetic ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
81% Liar Liar (1997) Carrey has never been better - that is to say funnier, or more controlled. He's reached a higher performance plateau here, playing a real human being we care about rather than a goon figure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
67% Selena (1997) What makes this movie work is Jennifer Lopez's electric performance as Selena, capturing the charismatic aspects of Selena's stage persona and the essence of her maturity as a growing woman.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) Vinny is a winning character and Pesci's performance as the beleaguered litigant is terrific - cranked yet cuddly.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
90% Splash (1984) It's a rambunctious comedy, coming from director Ron Howard who, with his previous, wacky Night Shift, unarguably shows that beneath that Opie Taylor/Richie Cunningham persona, there's a wild and crazy spirit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
83% Lethal Weapon (1987) Unfortunately, while Black's assembled all the parts, he's not locked in the conflict early enough, and the good scenes simply aren't enough good to make up for the plot's too-late lock.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
95% The Settlers (2017) Former Israeli Navy Seal and filmmaker Shimon Dotan has delivered a ticking encapsulation of the never-ending conflicts revolving around the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
84% Wayne's World (1992) Whoever catered this set must have served extra good donuts and stuff because the acting is real good and we're not just talking about Lowe's deep-smoothie performance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
94% L.A. Story (1991) Narratively, this crazy-grid comedy is slighter than a plate of California cuisine, but what it lacks in solid bulk it more than makes up for in its neon array of oddball cultural colors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
44% Bushwick (2017) As the big brute, Bautista is endearing in an against-type performance, while Snow wins our sympathies as the ditzy college student.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
93% Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) A rousing documentary on a youth movement against, essentially, educational brainwashing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
95% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) A heartfelt and stirring documentary about the extraordinary love for life of Simon Fitzmaurice, an Irish writer and filmmaker stricken with a devastating ALS diagnosis but determined to never give in.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
98% Dolores (2017) Bratt fleshes her out in fullest political and social dimension, but also captures her personal life and driven personality.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Bending the Arc (2017) A stunning documentary about a team of young people - Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl - whose charitable medical work 30 years ago in remote Haiti came to ignite a healthcare movement.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
83% JFK (1991) While Stone has certainly stirred up the waters, with good conscience and, in JFK's own parlance, "with vigah," most people are likely to regard JFK as BS.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
97% Good Will Hunting (1997) The best thing about Good Will Hunting is not in its well-crafted, psychological symmetries but in the just-plain messiness of its humanity. It's rowdy, it's funny, it's heartbreaking - it rings of life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
38% Space Jam (1996) Space Jam is a seamless marvel as Jordan slams and jams in the Looney Tune world. Animation co-directors Bruce Smith and Tony Cervone have orchestrated a dazzingly visual treat.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
93% That Thing You Do! (1996) The chief wonder of this rock 'n' roll cast is Tom Everett Scott, whose easy charisma, dreamy smile and undersurface intelligence should shoot him up the acting charts like a bullet.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
91% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
13% Ithaca (2016) This rebirth is almost a casebook study of how not to transpose "literature" to film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
45% The Blackout Experiments (2016) Neither scary nor shocking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) If you believe in magic, Life, Animated is the potion for you.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) Filmmaker Penny Lane (real name) spoon-feeds the audience the myth that we so steadfastly cling to. Then, she pulls the rug out.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Nearly the entire film is shot with hand-held cameras... Throughout, Wang makes a virtue out of necessity: Her on-the-run scoping and jarring cuts infuse the film with a sense of desperate danger befitting its subject matter.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
100% Trapped (2016) Mixing interviews with the staffs of the surviving clinics with heartbreaking accounts of botched, private abortions, Trapped is a succinct and heart-rending revelation of this complex and controversial subject.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016