Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dustin Putman is an alumnus of American University with a BA in Film & Visual Media. A member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), he has been reviewing movies professionally since 1997 and has been quoted in print ads, magazine articles, television commercials and DVD/Blu-ray covers. His debut book, "The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween," was published in 2013. Dustin loves all things Halloween and lives in Ashburn, Virginia.
Location: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Official Websites: themovieboy.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) "Happy Death Day 2U" is almost ridiculously fun, a snappy, thoughtful ride with the ability to have viewers uproariously laughing one minute, wiping away tears the next, and on the edge of their seats throughout. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" not only understands the tropes of cinematic love stories, but also knows how to comedically reference them while also treating Natalie's personal journey seriously. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/4 21% Serenity (2019) The deeper one delves into the film's brazen, unconventional pleasures, the more intimate yet expansive its ambitions become. The sooner one sees it the better; the daring and wild secrets it holds are simply too bold to risk having them spoiled. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/4 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) An inviting, often wise family film, boasted by wonderful protagonist at its center. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2.5/4 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Certainly manipulative but also ultimately affecting, the picture knows exactly how to wrap audiences around its furry little paw. Stone-hearted cynics need not apply. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 48% Escape Room (2019) "Escape Room" is going to either send the popularity of actual escape rooms into the stratosphere, or be the cause of their hasty demise because everyone will be too scared to try them; it's that effective. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
0/4 No Score Yet Death of a Nation (2018) Intellectually dishonest, morally hypocritical swill. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Tough to take but impossible to turn away from. An indelible, remarkably moving glimpse into the margins of American life as seen from the point of view of a boy in search of a safe place to call home. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The ambition, skill, and immersive wonder of the landscape J.K. Rowling has built continues to bewitch. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) A breathtaking travelogue through the profundity of memories, "Roma" exhales the magic and empathy inherent in the very best which film has to offer. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/4 64% Suspiria (2018) A sustained death rattle in dread-inducing cinematic form, a tale of thematically loaded suggestion and ominous fate, of deep-seated guilt and haunting premonition. Seeing it once isn't nearly enough. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) An exceptionally moving, beautifully modulated film, hopefully eye-opening for those whose eyes have been closed for far too long. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A dual showcase for colorful, albeit reclusive, late author Lee Israel and for Melissa McCarthy, who disappears into her potentially career-redefining dramatic role. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) "What They Had" has a way of feeling low-key and explosive all at once. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) A reverent, rousing, moody, marvelously suspenseful success, a new perennial holiday-horror mainstay. "Halloween" is the "Halloween" the world needs in 2018. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Involving, thoroughly atmospheric, and altogether satisfying. For 90 minutes it celebrates the season of the witch with celebratory imagination and mirthful energy to spare. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 87% First Man (2018) A great idea in search of a film to match. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A deliberately woven tapestry deliciously toying in different tones and genres, the picture marches to the beat of its own deviously methodical drummer. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 29% Venom (2018) There's plenty of promise percolating on a cellular level; with another installment, perhaps a merely good picture can become something more. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An impassioned drama about a critical topic, and Amandla Stenberg is the shining light at its center. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Gateway horror full of punchy repartee and an empathetic soul. The blending of the spooky and sweet is infectious. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Proves there is still plenty of life left in this tale of fame, addiction, and sacrifice. "A Star Is Born" is an emotionally intimate journey that makes itself feel like an event. An astonishing Lady Gaga positively soars. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A slick, visually dynamic true-crime treat. "A Simple Favor" isn't so simple at all, and that's the key to its mischievously layered pleasures. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) "The Nun" is handsomely shot and rich in atmosphere, but it cannot sustain itself on a darkly attractive veneer when there is little else about which to think or care. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 83% Ghost Stories (2018) A rattling scare show with a brain. Defies expectations by shattering conventions of the classic horror-anthology style. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
0.5/4 56% Tag (2018) Just because "Tag" is inspired by a true story doesn't make it any less asinine. Unctuous, unfunny, & developmentally discombobulated to the extent it feels like a fever dream in retrospect, the film is 100 minutes of would-be rollicking nothingness. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/4 91% Searching (2018) An urgent and unnerving masterclass in creating tension through minimalism, dripping with the peril of what has already taken place and what may occur next. "Searching" is sure to remain one of 2018's best and smartest thrillers. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) A freshly imagined dark comedy with more on its mind than dirty jokes. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Gripping in its unsentimental clarity of vision, startling in its portentous ruminations on belief, sacrifice, and nature, "First Reformed" is unsparing even as it spares, a cinematic jolt of agony and transcendence. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" is an uplifting bear hug of a movie. It delights, yes, but it does one better: it makes the viewer want to be a kinder, better person. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) In terms of pure, sustained, crowd-pleasing excitement, it's the must-see, big-screen event of the season. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/4 83% Pyewacket (2018) Takes an age-old proverb—"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it"—and puts its own diabolical spin on it. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 60% In the Mouth of Madness (1995) Chillingly blurs the lines between truth and fantasy, between logic and the malevolently illogical. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Sure, the web can be a dangerous place if one is not careful, but "Unfriended: Dark Web" simply doesn't offer enough to think about or cling to as it wallows in slickly designed but thematically shallow cruelty. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Light and starry and the name of the game, above all, is the wonderful ABBA music, pulling everything together as if the tunes were written precisely for this moment in the cinematic spotlight. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) It's big, it's far-fetched, and it's certainly not deep. It is fun, however, and sometimes that's enough. Succeeding precisely because it puts on no airs, "Skyscraper" is every bit as electrifying as it is unapologetically inconsequential. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A stirring, painfully accurate slice-of-life, the kind of film so authentically observed it sometimes feels more like a cinéma vérité documentary than a scripted feature film. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 26% Traffik (2018) Even if, in form, "Traffik" is little more than a crowd-pleasing B-movie with ultra-slick production values, it is an undeniably arresting one with a deeper purpose beyond its polished surface. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 54% The First Purge (2018) As a whole, "The First Purge" is not without merit—even when it's less than eloquent in its delivery, at least it has something on its mind—but this is the first installment where signs of series fatigue are in evidence. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Bursting with dynamic special effects, skillful action, and a gentle human element that never gets displaced. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
0.5/4 19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) "Acrimony" is a study in frustrating episodic storytelling and the revolving stages of one's reaction to where it very slowly goes. Ultimately, by the end credits, the only acrimony left is from the bamboozled viewer. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2/4 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Technically, this is a well-made film. The problem is it didn't need to be made at all. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Poignant, uplifting and desperately needed right about now, a compassionate embrace in filmic form. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 90% The Curse of the Cat People (1945) Unexpectedly perceptive in its sympathetic observance of the pangs of childhood and the wondrous possibilities of imagination. - TheBluFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Director J.A. Bayona cooks up one socko, armrest-clenching situation after the next. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) A giant family entertainment with deeper, more universal themes at work and a sophistication in its storytelling. "Incredibles 2" is another winner for Pixar, seemingly effortless in its savvy and confidence, excitement and heart. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2.5/4 33% The Midnight Man (2018) "The Midnight Man" isn't exactly deep and the film is not quite sure how to stick the landing, but as a trifle offering a stylish sheen and a handful of effective chills it proves more successful than not. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) To experience "Hereditary" is to sense something monumental being born, a quaking, foreboding, tragically humane tour de force penetrating itself squarely into the epicenter of darkness. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Should have been sharper, smarter, and more interested in its leading ladies beyond the one or two traits each of them is given. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
1/4 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Simply put, this is one of the most ill-advised biopics to grace screens in years. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018