John Beifuss

John Beifuss

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "When a foolish woman separates from the world's manliest man in favor of a cowardly architect who builds wobbly skyscrapers that rudely scrape the heavens, is it any wonder the angry gods smite her home state from top to bottom? " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "With Athena the android replacing Clarence the angel, it's an 'It's a Wonderful Life' for the 21st century... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Contrary to the diagnosis of his control-freak psychotherapist, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was not exactly schizophrenic. Nonetheless, casting two different actors as Wilson to represent different phases of the songwriter's life is a gambit that pays off... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/4 87% Bessie "Presents the powerhouse vocalist as a blues belter in more ways than one -- a pugnacious scrapper with a fierce streak of racial pride, a sexual appetite that crossed gender lines and a hair-trigger temper that sometimes served her well... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/4 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Like the money from 'Fargo' that inspires Kumiko's quest, this movie something of a buried treasure itself. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Isn't Tony Stark/Iron Man, stumping for 'a suit of armor around the world,' basically a combination Klaatu/Gort, endorsing the plan for an Earth-patrolling fascist robot army proposed by the alien visitor in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'? " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 25, 2015
2.5/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "As the anti-'American Sniper,' 'Good Kill' makes the case for the value of 'American Sniper,' a movie that isn't quite sure what to make of its hero and his war. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 25, 2015
3/4 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "An entertaining portrait of the two colorful impresarios who more or less discovered and nurtured The Who as the band evolved from the underground darling of the Mod subculture into an international arena rock powerhouse. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 25, 2015
3.5/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Moviegoers who require stories that direct the characters from A to B with the efficiency of Valentine's misplaced road map may be frustrated, but those who embrace a ramble -- the women twice find themselves lost, literally -- may be enthralled. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 54% Maggie (2015) "A metaphor at the expense of genre; it is so obviously 'really' a story about a girl with a fatal disease or deadly addiction and 'not really' a horror movie that the fantasy element becomes irrelevant. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 43% The D Train (2015) "With one genuinely surprising plot twist, it presents itself as a proud provocation and a challenge to both audience expectations and the 'bromance' subgenre; unfortunately, this 'Train' does not come to a stop until it has re-entered the safety zone. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 44% True Story (2015) "How do you represent child murder onscreen without showing violence? Give this assignment to 25 film students, and it's possible 24 of them will come back with a shot of a teddy bear falling in slow motion. It's just such a shot that opens 'True Story.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "I thoroughly enjoyed every guitar plunk, drum beat, sax squawk and even Cher quote. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "The evidence suggests director Tom Green is more a fan of Kathryn Bigelow and Terrence Malick than of Ray Harryhausen; that's not a bad thing, unless your Bigelow-influenced monster movie is pretentious and dreary. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Salgado's later portraits of reptiles, gorillas, walruses and other animals provide evidence of a kinship with humankind that explains the moral urgency of his environmental activism. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
4/4 89% Mad Max (1979) "Manages not to waste a single frame of film even as it wastes countless motorcycles, trailers, automobiles and other vehicles across the bad roads of rural Australia. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/4 84% Escape from New York (1981) "Snake is Carpenter's fantasy alter ego, a man of uncompromised anti-authoritarianism. 'I don't give a f--- about your war, or your President,' Snake tells the police commissioner, voicing a sentiment that was hardly unusual during Carpenter's USC days. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Exterminators of the Year 3000 "One of the Max-iest of the post-'Road Warrior' used-car-lots-of-the-apocalypse, the movie contains enough synthesizer-scored stuntwork, goofy plotting and odd dubbing ('Let's purloin that water!') to make it worthwhile for easily amused genre fans. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 73% Class of 1984 (1982) "The title suggests an Orwellian nightmare, but this extremely efficient and gleefully alarmist exploitation hit owes less to Big Brother than to 'Blackboard Jungle.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 70% Thunder Road (1958) "Bruce Springsteen borrowed its title and Burt Reynolds appropriated its anti-'revenooer' appeal, but just shy of its 60th anniversary, 'Thunder Road' remains very much the property of its actor-as-auteur leading man, Robert Mitchum. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "A movie of bare chests (his) and orgasmic moans (hers), this is part psycho thriller, part cautionary sex fantasy, part Lifetime-level affirmation of the primacy of the traditional family and all testimony to the irresistibility of Jennifer Lopez. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 61% Unfriended (2015) " By turning the movie screen into a laptop, Gabriadze flattens the picture as surely as if he were an artist experimenting with painting in the 1950s; the lack of the illusion of depth makes each portion of the 'canvas' of potentially equal interest. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "In the 1979 'Mad Max,' a makeup-effects insert shot shows the doomed Toecutter's eyes bulging impossibly from his head in the instant before he collides with a truck; I felt similarly bug-eyed as I tried to take in the awesome spectacle of 'Fury Road.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "The brutality and frankness of Hardy's storytelling may surprise those used to more genteel period adaptations " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Born Reckless "Mamie Van Doren plays a saloon-singin', trick-ridin', saddle-horn-strokin' (really!) and 'good-looking piece of horse flesh' named Jackie. As the movie's leering poster promises: 'She's every big-time rodeo prize rolled into one... tight pair of pants!' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Black Scorpion (1957) "Arriving at the (stinger-equipped) tail end of the Cold War-inspired cycle of films about apocalyptic arthropods, 'The Black Scorpion' benefits from its spectacular monsters. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 74% Beloved Sisters (2015) "Its rewards include some remarkable performances (the girls' mother, Claudia Messner, is a standout); a convincing sense of time and place; and some romantic encounters with a genuine erotic charge. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "Clearly, the most significant 'Woman in Gold' here is not the portrait nor Adele Bloch-Bauer herself (portrayed in flashback by Antje Traue) but our lead actress, the indomitable Oscar-winner, Helen Mirren, " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "For a movie that spends a good amount of time exposing the bogus claims of the manufacturers of 'flame retardant' fabric, 'Merchants of Doubt' is not particularly incendiary. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/4 83% While We're Young (2015) " The first two-thirds of the movie are absolutely delightful, but once the gears of the arguably too clever plot begin to grind, 'While We're Young' loses some of its appeal. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "With heroes like these, who needs terrorists? " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 30% Insurgent (2015) " Fresh characters include antipodal substitute mother figures for the newly orphaned Tris -- namely, a huggable agragrian played by Octavia Spencer and a skinny schemer played by Naomi Watts. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "What the movie acknowledges is that the biological imperative that perpetuates the human race carries its own curse of mortality -- that the act of reproduction passes on both the gift of life and a death sentence. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
2/4 18% Serena (2015) "A Ron Rash novel praised as 'nightmarish' becomes the stuff of middlebrow melodrama in this lushly atmospheric but surprisingly calcified tale of greed, lust, murder, fire, trained eagles, wild panthers, ax wounds and incipient environmentalism. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 97% '71 (2015) "Jack O'Connell is our current saint of cinema suffering. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 96% Red Army (2015) "An always entertaining if occasionally ice-thin 'hockumentary'... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 99% Starred Up (2014) "The intention seems to be to create a ferocious film without an iota of fakery... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 41% The Better Angels (2014) "A dreamlike reverie as well as a uniquely American origin story... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 87% Middle of Nowhere (2012) "Burrows deep into a lower working-class, primarily female African-American milieu and culture rarely presented onscreen with any sort of realism or understanding. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3/4 29% Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973) "Blacula becomes something of a slave-master, even as he disdains humans who exploit other humans. 'You made a slave of your sister, and you're still slaves, imitating your slave masters!' he lectures a pair of pimps before tossing them through a window. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/4 50% Blacula (1972) "If its false vampire teeth are sometimes slipshod, the beats of its stake-targeted heart of darkness flash a message that is poignant, tragic and profound. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) " The movie ought to be scarier, but in the current genre environment of teen-centric, found-footage shockers, its messing-with-Mother Nature traditionalism and structured storytelling is so old-school it feels new again. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 23, 2015
2.5/4 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "As if to make amends for the dubious ethics of the previous sequel (why did Ben Stiller get to decide 'his' museum exhibits were more worthy of life than the ones in the Smithsonian?), this supposed series finale has something of a wised-up, elegiac tone. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "The film is not an advance, in themes or style, over such predecessors as the omnibus horror thrillers of the 1960s and '70s; but at its best it's a lot of fun, and it's filled with memorable performances and characters. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/4 80% Little White Lie (2014) "Fascinating so long as it focuses on Schwartz's history and the thorny issues of racial identity that accompany it. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 23, 2015
4/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "The hands-on, hand-drawn animation seems appropriate: This fantasy of a brother and sister in momentary crisis welcomes the viewer with open arms into an embrace of color and emotion. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "A movie of biting humor, in the literal sense, but the blood it draws is purely decorative. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The new film affirms the idea that the hotel is a sort of pre-heaven heaven, an autumnal "opportunity for life and for passing on the value of that life to others." " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2.5/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "A veritable Dinstuhl's of scrumptious eye candy, but with a premise that is a throwback fantasy to an era of white-supremacist colonialist world oversight: The Kingsman 'knights' are living symbols of superior Anglo civilization, and they know best. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 3, 2015
2/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) "He never discovers the real killers are returning director Olivier Megaton and producer-auteur Luc Besson, who callously dispose of the sympathetic Lenore to create new motivation for their hero's lethal kinesthesia and for their own chaotic set pieces. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 3, 2015
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