John Serba

John Serba

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

John Serba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Nair (emphasizes) authenticity in both performance and setting. She plants the seed early on, and never fails to fertilize that soil. " ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"That it's in some ways a righteous portrayal of three caged, frustrated women seems accidental. Taylor would rather we recall a spiked pump in the eye than a Gloria Steinem lecture." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Zellweger frequently seems awkward in Bridget Jones' skin this time around, as if lacking direction for the character's development from me me me to mama." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Resemble(s) stock slasher films in which pinheaded mortals are picked off one at a time by a lurking plot device." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
3/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"It seems as if (Stone has) determined that a calm, measured statement can be stronger than one bellowed at maximum volume." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
3/4 83%

Sully (2016)

"A typically sturdy, no-nonsense directorial effort from Clint Eastwood, who crafts the film with his a stylistic juxtaposition of visual simplicity and sobering emotional complexity." ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"I laughed twice, when I should be losing count." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Cranston's ability to straddle a moral divide gives the film the bit of complexity and intimacy it needs." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"The filmmakers capture and nurture the warm spirit of throwback sci-fi adventure. "Star Trek Beyond" has no more ambition than that, nor does it need any." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"The zeitgeist is likely indifferent to 'Ab Fab' at this point, but the film's edgy, zany enthusiasm makes up for its lack of freshness." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 31%

Equals (2016)

"A bromidic cautionary tale scavenged from the frozen ashes of the Cold War. It's message? Love each other, don't blow each other up. Well, duh." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"A worthy antecedent to the original trilogy... Greengrass understands the strengths and limitations of the formula, and exploits them for sturdy, occasionally extraordinary entertainment." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 69%

Café Society (2016)

"'Café Society' sets its hook deeper in the final act, where the story gradually becomes saturated with intense longing and regret - an emphasis Allen might not have made earlier in his career. " ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Needs three more re-writes, more depth to at least two out of the dozen characters at play here, more of a reason to give a rip, and about 15 more minutes of the Joker." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"A winning, extraordinarily well-acted portrait of togetherness that pokes at common conventions with a playful, yet pointed stick. " ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

"Understanding Owen's life certainly will add meaning to ours." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/4 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"It's frequently warm and wondrous; just as frequently, it's chilly and troubling. If Herzog's work isn't an acute reflection of life itself, then nothing is." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Why bother?" ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Alvarez builds and builds and builds, putting his audience through an exhausting and intensely satisfying rigor." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"A dutiful but emotionally hollow biopic." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 39%

Morgan (2016)

"It's begging for a more virtuoso visual treatment to compensate for its substantive flimsiness, or a pulpy tone. See it to be an early member of Anya Taylor-Joy's fan club." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"At first, the film seems to assure us there's no terrible situation that can't get worse. Then it makes a more sincere, truthful assertion: things always get better." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 10%

The Sea of Trees (2016)

"A perilous adventure in which (McConaughey) stumbles over symbols, like rocks in his path, and steps on allegories, which crack like twigs under his feet." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"The brilliant animation functions with symbolic profundity, for the film is all about Dory exploring her own deep blues, an elusive sadness she can't identify, tugging from a place within." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"I enjoyed none of it; I endured all of it." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/4 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Consider it an unsettling reminder that sex and violent death share one attribute - penetration, of body, mind and soul." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"Director Jaume Collet-Serra hard-sells the primal fear, building suspense with simple methods." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"There's a puzzling disconnect between the film's display of craftsmanship and our engagement with it." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"I found the film pleasantly old-fashioned as long as I squinted a bit, blurring the profligate modern special effects and focusing on its retro tone and intent." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/4 95%

Tickled (2016)

" The old cliche about truth being stranger than fiction rarely feels so apt." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/4 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"I think I didn't totally dislike it for the Kendrick-Plaza potential it never really fulfilled or exploited, and if that sounds like faint praise, well, it's intentional. " ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Switch-hits between a foam bat and a good old-fashioned hardwood Louisville Slugger. The former is used for character, the latter for bits of harsh commentary about The State of Things." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2.5/4 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Often feels like a thought experiment gone awry." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

""Inside Out" this is not... the most constructive outlet for anger is a violent bombing of the birds' adversaries, as if Ted Cruz's foreign policy advisor wrote the screenplay." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"All about the chemistry between Gosling and Crowe, and the witty script, and the saucy tone, and the vintage textures, and the unexpected comic twists." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Offers diminishing returns in both laughs and heart." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"An effervescent work, acute in its comedy, a tonal nudge in the ribs, with a slight, but perceptible vein of wry cynicism." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"(This sequel is ) as if someone saw a birthday cake filling an entire room, its layers stacked to the ceiling, and decided that what we really need is more cake." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"So many beads of sweat dripping down the sides of angsty faces. So many eyes shut tight in intense concentration. So many implied intestinal blockages." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"Gregarious and understated, unpredictable and absorbing, anchored by Fiennes and Swinton's smartly contrapuntal performances." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 5%

The Do-Over (2016)

"Brain-dead, hopeless, annoying, pestilential crap." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"The film is sort of allegorical, sort of science fiction, sort of philosophical, definitely original, definitely unpredictable and most definitely weird." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2016
1.5/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Stuck with mostly vacant characters, the cast is lost in a dense woods, and even the horses they ride look embarrassed." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/4 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"A heavily sugared and caffeinated spinning kaleidoscope dervish whirling like an arena-sized cotton candy machine, the final product quickly dissolving upon consumption." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/4 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"No movie so insightfully unpacks a ficto-critical anthropologist like "Maggie's Plan."" ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

"A grueling experience, viscerally suspenseful, inspiring in me a mighty clench in my seat." ‐
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"(Visually), the Russos aim for clarity and hit the bullseye. And more importantly, they'll satisfy a core audience of fan-types that can be, shall we say, high-maintenance." ‐
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 97%

Krisha (2016)

"Shot like a creeper of a horror movie, it's intense and focused, seemingly crafted from raw tension, building to boiling catharsis. " ‐
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 76%

Keanu (2016)

"You'd think (this) ridiculous comedy might be all about the laughs. And although there are many to be had, you'd be wrong. It's about the human inability to resist irrepressible cuteness." ‐
Posted May 10, 2016
1.5/4 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"There are moments in "Mother's Day" where the film grabs comedy's hair, pulls back its head and slits its throat." ‐
Posted May 10, 2016
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