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John Serba

John Serba

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 13% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "This (series) drags on, and continues, and lingers, and keeps on truckin', and if I sound redundant, believe me, it's absolutely in the spirit of the movies. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) "I laughed long and hard at Pee-wee's corny puns and throwback sensibilities, a satirical reflection of times when innuendo wasn't always intentional, but was all the funnier for it. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "It's extreme for its own sake, and too rarely for the satirical purposes of Baron Cohen's better vehicles, "Borat" and "Bruno." " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "(It's) all about how the filmmakers control the narrative, making it easier to manipulate the audience. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "It's a feel-good movie you won't feel guilty for enjoying, or even loving. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) "It's with a quiet, sad desperation that one yearns for the doofus almost-charm of a Brendan Fraser movie, but this is where "Gods of Egypt" leaves us. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
2.5/4 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "You might say the character has some texture. The guy's flawed, a born outsider, and you can't help but like him. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) "It adheres to the orthodoxy of the genre with standard jump-scares that satisfy in the theater, although troublesome questions bubble up from the cauldron after you walk out. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3.5/4 30% Mojave (2016) "Monahan has an ear for loaded and clever dialogue, an eye for intimidating landscapes and a feel for the desolation of the soul. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1/4 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Do not watch this movie while alive. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Charmingly odd and disarmingly funny. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1.5/4 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) "How do you satirize something that's already a joke? " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "See it to invoke further appreciation of your cozy and dry couch and mattress, and to witness Affleck's charismatic performance. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "There's a rich, colorful narrative to experience through a character like Po, who's a klutzy goof on the outside, but is finding the graceful spirit within. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "The final shot of "45 Years" is an emotional atom bomb. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Once the gimmickry is exhausted - and a few of the jokes repeated - you'll be wondering why a movie titled "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" isn't funnier, wittier, more glibly satirical. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
4/4 73% Youth (2015) "Paolo Sorrentino's script and direction are indulgent and extravagant, his words and pictures thoughtfully considered for comedy, character and quiet provocation. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 84% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool knows he's in Yet Another Superhero Movie, and, by skewering the idea of Yet Another Superhero Movie, assures that this is not really Yet Another Superhero Movie. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1.5/4 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Calling "Zoolander 2" the character's identity quest is a stretch. His time would be better spent trying to find himself in the nearest black hole. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Moore pokes fun at everyone, tones down the sarcasm and delivers his points with airy conviction. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2.5/4 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "The first film Bay's directed that isn't a pointless and cynical bacchanalia of explosions. It will probably be the least financially successful effort of his career. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 19, 2016
3.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "Inarritu's work on "The Revenant" is vigorous and cinematic, his reverence applying not just to nature but the art of filmmaking, emphasis on the art. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) "Todd Haynes blends the emotional sincerity of character with a pointed sociopolitical statement and a quiet satirical contempt for the squareness of its 1950s setting. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 61% Concussion (2015) "Landesman seems uncertain if he should serve character or procedure, and ultimately does justice to neither. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2.5/4 68% The Danish Girl (2015) "Classic Oscar bait, a picture with stately tones, an air of self-importance, a theoretically daring central performance. But Vikander's performance is by far its most credible asset. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "It's quite funny, a deeply cynical movie about a deeply cynical group of people working in a deeply cynical environment. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Not about what its characters say, but what what they say says about them. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Director J.J. Abrams is like a kid trying to cram in as much playtime as possible before bed. His enthusiasm is infectious, almost overwhelming. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
1/4 0% The Ridiculous 6 "Sandler is transcending the very concept of comedy, seeking existential blankness, a course through the cinematic universe entirely lacking in effort, creative expression and human emotion. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The story works in service of the visuals, when the opposite should be true. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 66% The Night Before (2015) "Michael Shannon's name isn't on the movie poster, but "The Night Before" wouldn't be as memorable or funny without him. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) " It's frustrating to watch the Jennifer Lawrence be marched from plot point to plot point, just getting things over with. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "Destined to be one of the great film procedurals. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "Cotillard and Fassbender's... work justifies yet another reiteration of a story well-worn, yet still dramatically and thematically potent, bleak and grim as it may be. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "Sociopolitical commentary is the least of the ingredients in this great Cetacean adventure-burrito, encased in melted Howardesque cheese. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) "If there's a hot-button modern American issue to be pressed, Lee jabs it. The common thread is vitality, energy and urgency. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) "While watching this unforgettable film, I pondered the nature of humanity, so capable of good and evil, and the righteous bond between mother and child. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3.5/4 74% Trumbo (2015) "Potentially treacherous material for Cranston, but he avoids character clichés and delivers a richly entertaining riff on the man, who offered no apology for who he was and what he believed in. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3.5/4 94% Creed (2015) "Stallone enjoys inspired chemistry with co-star Michael B. Jordan... and Ryan Coogler directs the hell out of the movie. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "Screenwriter Nick Hornby and director John Crowley join star Saoirse Ronan in creating a united front against the clichés of romance, comedy and coming-of-age tropes. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) "Carey Mulligan is always inspired, even when faced with basic material like this. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 17, 2015
2/4 33% My All American (2015) "Commits a major gaffe by overpolishing Freddie Steinmark, undermining the impact of his real-life story. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 17, 2015
3/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "It isn't 100 percent true to the core theme of Charles Schulz's life work, but that doesn't make it a bad (movie), either. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/4 65% Spectre (2015) "Mendes' action sequences are undeniably worthy of the big screen, and in that sense, the movie leaves us physically shaken, if not emotionally stirred. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/4 80% The Assassin (2015) "The film's cinematography, costumes and set design are breathtaking, an elegant façade heavily cloaking the story's core emotions. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 3, 2015
2/4 34% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Struggling to find a tone between parody and drama, David Gordon Green ends up squashing it flat. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 3, 2015
2/4 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) "Kurylenko is certainly gorgeous, but can't match Craig as a thespian, and the necessary chemistry between them is merely mundane. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Nov 2, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "Tries with all its might to be no fun whatsoever. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "You may love your iPhone, but it will never love you back. Same goes for its creator, or at least the dramatic-fiction version of him in "Steve Jobs." " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Spielberg navigates the grey areas between laws, principles and truth. These are tight places, and people get caught in them. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/4 71% Crimson Peak (2015) "Del Toro, co-writing with Matthew Robbins, nurtures the stately tone of Victorian times so he can haunt its romanticism with deeply repressed sins. " ‐ MLive.com
Posted Oct 20, 2015
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