Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Dustin Putman's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 29%

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

""Boo! A Madea's Halloween" is the "Ernest Scared Stupid" of Madea movies, a slight but genuinely amusing holiday treat." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 80%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"In just about every conceivable way, classily orchestrated prequel "Ouija: Original of Evil" is a marked improvement over its predecessor, ratcheting up a number of expert chills even as the narrative rounds plenty of familiar bases." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 18, 2016
0/4 4%

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

"Earns unintentional laughs time and again, but at a certain point it stops being funny and becomes offensive instead, frightening in its constitutional debasement and exploitative sideshow spectacle. It couldn't be any more un-American if it tried." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 93%

Carrie (1976)

"One of cinema's ultimate operatic teenage melodramas. I have seen "Carrie" more times than I can count, and yet it never loses its uncommon heartbreak and blood-curdling dramatic power." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"When the exceptionally acted "The Accountant" works, glimmers of a far superior film shine through." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 81%

The Thing (1982)

"Like Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien" before it, "The Thing" is science-fiction/horror with a visionary punch that continues to resonate and inspire filmmakers decades later." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"While the film does not add up to as much as the setup might suggest, the getting-there is captivating enough to smooth over its rougher edges." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/4 0%

Satanic (2016)

""Satanic" almost redeems itself by the tense, mind-twisting finale, but goes limp in its final anticlimactic frames." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Fender Bender (2016)

"What "Fender Bender" gets most right is the sheer claustrophobia crafted from the situation, and the "what-if?" factor that makes its premise so instantly identifiable. Scary but true, this could happen to anyone." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Goes through the motions rather than allows itself, and its audience, to genuinely feel." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/4 64%

Lady in White (1988)

"A deliciously layered, visually atmospheric, gravely underappreciated seasonal thriller aflame with the embers of a classic campfire yarn." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2.5/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"A commercial-minded disaster movie more so than a hard-hitting dive into the politics and repercussions of its centerpiece ordeal, but on those terms it certainly grabs and holds one's attention for the slick duration." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Sep 27, 2016
2/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"As a chance to revisit a beloved literary-turned-cinematic character, "Bridget Jones's Baby" is pleasant, harmless and predictable. Alas, for every victory, there is a stumble." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

""Blair Witch" is no "The Blair Witch Project"—few films are—but it is a worthy, affectionate follow-up with nerve-blistering apprehension to spare. By the end, even the most hardened audience members are apt to get a case of the jitters." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Alternately involving and monotonous." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/4 82%

Sully (2016)

"Weaving an enthralling tale hidden behind the one everyone read about in the press, "Sully" is a stirring entertainment, persuasively told." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 71%

The Ones Below (2016)

""The Ones Below" cannot attest to having the most original of plots. It is an effective film, however, one that ever more tightens its compellingly diabolical grip." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

""The Light Between Oceans" is lushly shot and exquisitely acted. It's also elegiac bordering on stodgy, a soapy, workmanlike drama reminding of a 1990s-era BBC production at best and a network Movie of the Week at worst." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 30, 2016
2.5/4 88%

The Commitments (1991)

"Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on." ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Ceaseless in its nail-biting tension and only becoming more breathlessly savage as it goes, "Don't Breathe" shreds one's nerves and leaves them for dead. It's easily one of the smartest, most riveting thrillers of the year." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 56%

Raising Cain (1992)

"From first scene to the unforgettable final sting, "Raising Cain" is hypnotic in its richly devised spell, starkly realistic fears invaded by haunting spurts of dream logic." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 77%

The Phenom (2016)

"There is a stronger, deeper, fuller motion picture to be made from this material. Earnest though it is, this one is decidedly far from phenomenal." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

Der Bunker (2015)

"Satire, horror and surrealism blur in "Der Bunker," a film of eccentric social mores set in a world resembling a forebodingly charred fairy tale." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 22, 2016
2.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"If "War Dogs" is more larkish than hard-hitting, it does tell a pretty great story—one so preposterous it can only be based in truth." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Fantastical and innovative, distinctively vivid and reflective, "Kubo and the Two Strings" is destined to deepen and beautify all the more with subsequent viewings. It is an exciting prospect to see what Laika will dream up next." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 16, 2016
3/4 44%

Clown (2016)

"[Blu-ray Review] Classy and icky, atmospheric and chilling, "Clown" astutely plays into the unknown mystique coulrophobia is made of. Highly recommended." ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"A bold, visually exuberant fusion of provocative adult content with an art form too often chalked up as being strictly for kids, "Sausage Party" is something special." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Wispy and low-key, a little funny but not uproariously so and a little touching but mostly in its home stretch." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"A quality live-action feature conjuring the kind of brazzle-dazzle spell for which Disney is known and cherished. Musical numbers or not, "Pete's Dragon" is pretty enchanting." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 8, 2016
1/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"In terms of the promise it held and the folly of what has found its way to the screen, "Suicide Squad" is easily one of 2016's most disappointing films." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/4 43%

Bite (2016)

""Bite" is a slimily well-made creature feature undercut by its near-constant divorce from logic." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/4 94%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

"Emotionally stirring, visually striking and having not aged a day, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cries out for individuality in a skewed, nightmarish totalitarian reality. The results are as squirmily potent in 2016 as they no doubt were in 1978." ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Narratively ripped and genuinely hair-raising, this two-hour chase thriller raises the emotional stakes while proving technically spellbinding." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"One of the comedic bright spots so far in 2016, "Bad Moms" is insightful, affecting and enormously funny." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2/4 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Growing increasingly convoluted the further it wades into mundane thriller territory, "Nerve" jumps the proverbial shark and loses its nerve." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 26, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Hellhole (1985)

"Wacky 1985 B-movie "Hellhole" is two scoops of crazy with a side of coo-coo-ca-choo." ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

""Star Trek Beyond" works, first and foremost, as a crowd-pleasing science-fiction adventure, but it is equally notable as a thoughtful rumination on embracing one's larger purpose and coming to terms with the temporariness of life." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

""Lights Out" adeptly weaves a web of tense, nightmarish situations undercut on occasion by blips in logic." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Celebrates the franchise in the best way possible: by being a damn good movie in its own right, easily as jubilant and all-around fun as the revered—but let's be serious, imperfect—one that started it all." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 38%

Bad Moon (1996)

""Bad Moon" isn't a great film, but it is a competent one with enough inspiration and individuality to impress. It is easy to see why it has built up an affectionate little following over the last few decades." ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2/4 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Enjoyable enough in its first hour to almost be able to overlook its weaker excesses, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" loses its way during a third act that threatens to dismantle all good will." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Has its charms, to be sure, but could have only been improved with a creative retooling. Its central concept is so good it is a shame to watch as it falls by the wayside." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 5, 2016
0.5/4 37%

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"Even at less than 80 minutes sans end credits, "The Brothers Grimsby" is about as pleasant as elephant semen to the face." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 2, 2016
3.5/4 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"This is a work to experience and lavish over in all its gloriously eccentric singularity. "Swiss Army Man" is delirious, thoughtful and, most of all, one of a kind." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"Like its predecessors but perhaps even more so, "The Purge: Election Year" is a thematically loaded conversation starter." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
1.5/4 0%

Cabin Fever (2016)

"The trouble with "Cabin Fever" is there is no spontaneity, every beat and every gag stodgily telegraphed by its familiar source material. The film is occasionally jolting in its gruesomeness, but terminally by-the-numbers." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 28, 2016
2.5/4 50%

Endgame (2015)

"There isn't a single surprising development or unforeseen story turn in "Endgame," and yet, as a study in formulaic Screenwriting 101 filmmaking, it's really rather pleasant and sometimes surprisingly moving." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"For fans of the original, there is little reason not to be a fan of this one. For everyone else, the best that can be said is that it is tolerable." ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"Thriving on its straightforward simplicity and sheer pins-and-needles force, "The Shallows" is a crackerjack summer thriller." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

""The Neon Demon" doesn't always—or almost ever—go where one expects, but it plays into everything there is to love about cinema." ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 22, 2016
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