Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Hank Stuever's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

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O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"After all the media coverage, the books, the outrage, the documentaries, the miniseries - after so much sturm-und-drang, this story has at last been perfectly captured and perfectly told. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Confirmation (2016)

"Yet despite its tantalizing subject matter, Confirmation is surprisingly flat and uninspired, in every way that it shouldn't be in 2016." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 18, 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"Look at the Pictures: It restores a sense of the forbidden to Mapplethorpe that's been lost in the years of worship." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 5, 2016

Grease: Live! (2016)

"Fox's impressive and ambitious staging Sunday night of Grease: Live was a lesson in what a televised musical ought to look like in the 21st century: able to keep all eyes on the screen rather than the Twitter feed." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 1, 2016

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)

"On the subject of the life and death of Kurt Cobain there is still some work to be done, but Montage of Heck may be as close as we'll get to moving on." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 3, 2016

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

"Yet it never feels exactly right. This might be a technological matter that, for once, gives the advantage to old-fashioned television - the kind you plug in the wall and watch according to its schedule, not yours." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Bessie (2015)

"A thoughtful and at times stirring example of how a film can add texture to a legendary figure." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015

The Leisure Class (2015)

"There's little reason to waste 85 minutes watching Jason Mann's The Leisure Class, a tonally troubled and reprehensibly dull movie." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! rolls through Wednesday night with a noticeably weakened potency and very little camp potential left in its twirl. I'd be surprised if it triggers any warning louder than a sigh." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 22, 2015

7 Days in Hell (2015)

"It's hard to imagine that the pitch session for the regrettably unfunny 7 Days in Hell... actually produced anything more than a polite "no thanks" from the usually discerning network. The bottled water in that meeting must have been gin. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 13, 2015

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

"Director Alex Gibney's hauntingly effective Going Clear... suggests only trouble ahead for the frequently criticized and always strange Church of Scientology." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 30, 2015

Peter Pan Live! (2014)

"The nostalgia doesn't quite convey, no matter how hard one claps for a computer-generated, Lunesta butterfly-like Tinker Bell. Old musicals tend to run long and come across as strangely convoluted." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2014

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014)

"Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever could use a whole lot more of Plaza's ad-libbed derision for the entire project and the suckers who find themselves watching it. The claws do come out, but the scratches just aren't deep enough." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 1, 2014

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"As hard as we howled at the ghastliness being projected on the wall above us, I didn't see anyone at the Sharknado party who was giving the film his or her full attention, especially after the first 30 minutes." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Herblock: The Black & the White (2013)

"It's a factually accurate account of the man's work and its importance and meaning in (and beyond) the nation's capital, especially now, in all this bitterly partisan noise." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 27, 2014

Mitt (2014)

"The film is a departure from similar, wonkier projects that have taken us into campaign war rooms and built their stories around the political machinery in action." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 24, 2014

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"I was particularly delighted when the children figured out that their mother was trying to kill them with powdered rat poison sprinkled on donuts, but this should all be a lot more frightening - or at least more unsettling - than it winds up being." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 17, 2014

The Sound Of Music Live! (2013)

"What I liked about The Sound of Music Live was that, for a moment anyhow, it made me forget that it's 2013." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

"It captures the chaos and experimental vibe that dominated early TV production. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2013
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Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles (2013)

"Brisk and pleasingly outrageous." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013

The Challenger Disaster (2013)

"The film is an appropriately somber and smoothly told account of the Washington politics and cross-agency obfuscation that nearly derailed the commission's investigation into the disaster." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Killing Kennedy (2013)

"The dialogue is painfully clumsy, and the pacing is pure Wikipedia." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2013

Seduced And Abandoned (2013)

"A fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Burton And Taylor (2013)

"Bonham Carter offers up a sympathetic Liz who is in the process of squandering her talent; West makes Burton's brokenness seem like a noble resignation. And both seem surprised that each other's company is no longer the cure for what ails them." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 18, 2013

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

"It's a Supreme Court movie that even the most fervent SCOTUS junkies might find underwhelming." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 3, 2013

Clear History (2013)

"[It] has a nice, confident and well-edited breeze to it (including a lot of jokes about the band Chicago), with a fun cast that includes standout riffs from Michael Keaton, Danny McBride and Eva Mendes." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Our Nixon (2013)

"Our Nixon is a love song to a man who knew victories but just couldn't win." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 1, 2013

Only The Young (2012)

"An elegant capture of the most elusive story of all: the awkward but nevertheless intense friendship between boys." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Teen Beach Movie (2013)

"In spite of my pasty self, there's something I liked about all the relentless mugging and frugging." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2013
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Homegoings (2013)

"Homegoings, Christine Turner's exquisitely tender documentary about a funeral director, is one of those rare opportunities to go toward the thing we fear most - death - and realize how much joy and comfort there is in it, when handled with grace and care." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"[It's] captivating and profoundly dismaying. If nothing else, you'll run crying with relief into the arms of the U.S. Constitution." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"The story as told is just too depressing, too empty and, most of all, too dead and gone." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 24, 2013

Phil Spector (2013)

"Phil Spector doesn't give us much to talk about or applaud. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2013
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"As slow as it seems to go at first, you'll be surprised at how quickly you're addicted." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 22, 2013

The World According to Dick Cheney (2013)

"It's hard to imagine who will watch The World According to Dick Cheney and come away satisfied or newly informed; even those prone to froth angrily at the mere mention of Cheney's name will have to work extra hard to get outraged all over again." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2013

The Loving Story (2012)

"Their story is a powerful statement about freedom." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

"Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Sing Your Song (2012)

"Sing Your Song is broad and complete, but like most biographical documentaries of legendary performers that we've seen of late, it is also hagiographic." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012)

"The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2012

George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011)

"It is exhaustive and loopy and it takes two nights to watch." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2012

Game Change (2012)

"Game Change comes too soon and too raw, smack in the middle of another ugly political season." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 3, 2012

Land of the Lost (2009)

"Land of the Lost is not completely terrible, and it moves briskly and safely, even though its more laugh-worthy bits have already been seen in endless commercials for the movie." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 5, 2009

Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008)

"On a deeper level (and a skillfully conscious one on the part of filmmaker Ted Schillinger) it's a portrait of two men's utter loneliness in their thoughts." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2009

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"This one shucks off all pretense that Star Wars has a wonderfully universal appeal and instead unfolds with all the entertainment value of watching somebody else play a video game." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2008

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

"With simple sanity and a refreshing lack of flash, Mulder and Scully capably lay out the dull evidence: Our big summer movies are part of a plot to trash our minds. I want to believe Mulder and Scully are correct." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2008

A Four Letter Word (2008)

"The cliches of bad gay filmmaking were lampooned in 2006's Another Gay Movie. Well, here's another gay movie. Things haven't moved an inch." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 5, 2008

Dedication (2007)

"Gratingly hip, joyless, small-budget Dedication is just another example of what New Yorker magazine recently identified as the 'slacker-striver' trope in today's romances." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 20, 2007

No Reservations (2007)

"There's already a crazy behind-the-scenes restaurant movie out this summer, and it's got a better story, and it's a cartoon, and it stars a rat." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 26, 2007

Constantine (2005)

"Reeves wears essentially the same black wardrobe, does the same moves, shows off the same galling lack of acting ability, but with a slightly different haircut." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2005

Team America: World Police (2004)

"Profane and sometimes bitingly funny." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2004
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