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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
96% Unforgiven (1992) While not a pretty picture - no ride-into-the-sunset cliches - 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
45% 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
72% 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
56% 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) One of the most amusing entertainments to come around in a while is Fletch, an amiable comedy/thriller starring Chevy Chase.‐ 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
65% 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
92% 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
100% 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
86% 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
43% 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
92% Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) A rousing documentary on a youth movement against, essentially, educational brainwashing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
84% 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) Jordan's superstar persona and serious demeanor are well-suited for his role, essentially that of a straight man. His unruffled confidence and restless energy make him the perfect star and the perfect foil for his new 2-D teammates.‐ 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
96% 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
80% Racing Extinction (2015) The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world's endangered aquatic species, but it's also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
75% Captivated (2014) [A] full-bodied and thoughtful HBO documentary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
97% Being Evel (2015) Both a comprehensive personality profile, as well as a smart depiction of Americana.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
84% Call Me Lucky (2015) Interspersing clips of his daredevil comedy days in Boston to more recent sojourns at his reclusive upstate New York dwelling, [the] film is both a personality profile and a sociological-political satire of the places and times that Crimmins skewered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) This well-constructed, thoughtful documentary could be used as an instructional aide in criminal justice courses, ethics courses, as well as law-enforcement agencies.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
89% Cartel Land (2015) Cartel Land [is a] spellbinding, verite documentary -- a frontline look at the murderous Mexican drug cartels.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2015
68% Scrooged (1988) Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
89% The Abyss (1989) Colossally ambitious, this logistically boggling and technically brilliant film from writer-director James Cameron is a visual tour de force, featuring overall, the greatest underwater sequences ever seen on film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
89% The Breakfast Club (1985) While meticulously drawn, the film's characters are so stereotypically representative that only the lamest of moviegoers will not determine their respective backgrounds and problems long before the plodding movie does.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
96% Groundhog Day (1993) While Murray's deadpan putdowns and dry dismissals of provincial peccadilloes are the comic highlights, Groundhog Day is no supercilious rip of small-town U.S.A.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2015
75% Silkwood (1983) Extraordinary portrayals of everyday people characterize the contribution of director Mike Nichols' talented diverse cast. Once again, Nichols justifies his past plaudits for bringing the best out of his players.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) Radice's filmic delivery breaks sharply from just a sports-story to an intensely personal story as well as a glimpse into the social/political cataclysms of the 1960 and '70s.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
84% Rich Hill (2014) A hard-eyed but empathetic glimpse into the hardscrabble lives of struggling Missouri folk.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
54% Citizen Koch (2014) While one might agree or disagree with their theme, aesthetically Citizen Koch is feisty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
93% Bound By Flesh (2014) A stirring documentary about an exploited pair of Siamese twins who attained notoriety and suffered tragically.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
21% Frankie & Alice (2014) Throughout, its exhibitionist proclivities are evened-out under director Geoffrey Sax's astute guidance and the intelligent, nuanced performances of Berry and Skarsgard.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014