Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.5/10 32%

Chappie (2015)

"Featuring a lot of what we have come to expect from Blomkamp in both style and substance, the District 9 director's latest epic is high on heart but low on brains, forgetting that we actually need both to make life happen." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2015
6.5/10 80%

McFarland USA (2015)

"McFarland, USA is a refreshingly optimistic look at how Latino-American and classic WASP culture can come to a rapprochement ... it is also hamstrung by the great curse of the inspirational sports film, prioritizing its message above its story" ‐
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/10 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"Bland and dull, except for the rare moments when it is unintentionally hilarious, all Fifty Shades has to teach the curious is that it doesn't matter how many shades of grey you use, you will just end up with a drab, colorless blob. " ‐
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/10 10%

The Boy Next Door (2015)

"The Boy Next Door doesn't exactly aspire to a 'so bad it's good' level but it's so ridiculous that if you insist on suffering through it, while you won't get any of the promised thrills, you might get a good laugh." ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2015
5/10 34%

Blackhat (2015)

"It's as if Mann has simply run out of things to say about the crime story, but doesn't know what else to talk about anymore." ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2015
6.5/10 26%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"The Wachowskis have seldom disappointed but frequently bewildered with their varied choices and willingness to experiment within the Hollywood big budget formula, which makes Jupiter their strangest concoction yet - a purely conventional one." ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2015
7/10 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"Battle of the Five Armies can be summed up with a phrase we can apply to the entire trilogy: good enough." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2014
6/10 27%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"Exodus: Gods and Kings - for all its pedigree and bravery - remains firmly in the shadow of its famous ancestors." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2014
7/10 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"For all its easy humanity, the end result is off-putting and suggests that for all the care Eastwood and company take with Kyle's legacy, the man himself and the world he lived in is still a mystery to them and to us." ‐
Posted Dec 1, 2014
3.5/10 2%

Left Behind (2014)

"I am now relatively certain there is a Hell and it is a darkened theater with no doors showing Left Behind on a loop for eternity. " ‐
Posted Oct 17, 2014
6.5/10 85%

John Wick (2014)

"Wick is as you would expect, all style and no substance, not even a hint. What it does, it does well, but its ambitions are incredibly limited." ‐
Posted Oct 17, 2014
7/10 77%

Fury (2014)

"Fury cannot quite rise to the level of the modern war films it aspires to, but in its own way it is a worthy addition to the genre." ‐
Posted Oct 17, 2014
7/10 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Entertaining but uninspired, The Equalizer proves if nothing else why Washington remains one of our better, if underused, movie stars." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4.5/10 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"A movie like this doesn't have to be serious to be good (or even just fun), but the people who make it have to take it seriously." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4.5/10 32%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"As the stars get younger and the action gets tamer, Expendables comes to resemble more and more of its direct-to-video kin, and worth about as much of your time." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2014
5/10 6%

The Identical (2014)

"Movies like this get made all the time, sometimes they even get released into theaters with a modicum of TV advertising, and they're all about this good, which is to say neither bad nor good, just easily forgettable." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2014
7.5/10 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"For all that doesn't work, a lot does and hopefully with time and distance, Gunn and his collaborators can chuck all of the non-silly stuff they just don't need for Guardians 2. They've got a firm foundation to build off of." ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4.5/10 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"With his fourth bite at the Transformers apple, director Michael Bay escapes from the dungeon of the actively insulting and scales the giddy heights of the mildly obnoxious." ‐
Posted Jun 26, 2014
5/10 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"It's probably not proof that retelling a classic story through the villain's eyes is unworkable, but it does prove you need more than just a good concept to get across the finish line." ‐
Posted May 29, 2014
4/10 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence wants to leave itself open to interpretation but it does so in the laziest way possible; by leaving every option on the table and forgetting that without choice there are no consequences and without consequence there is no meaning." ‐
Posted Apr 17, 2014
7/10 60%

Draft Day (2014)

"As long as you don't expect too much out of it (or put too much into it), Draft Day will give you exactly what you expect out of it, but not much more." ‐
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/10 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

""Non-Stop" is director Jaume Collet-Serra's latest complete failure at creating believable suspense." ‐
Posted Feb 27, 2014
5/10 30%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"George Clooney seems to want to find a new perspective on something big--World War II--by looking at it from a small, specific point of view. Instead, all he's managed is to make World War II seem small." ‐
Posted Feb 7, 2014
8/10 95%

Her (2013)

"An exquisitely conceived and executed fable about the need for, and difficulty of, human connection." ‐
Posted Jan 9, 2014
8/10 51%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty wants to be a modern fable, trying to manage the difficult feat of tugging on heartstrings without yanking on them, but the innate silliness of the fantasy elements threatens to cover up how good it is." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2013
6/10 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Despite a first-rate cast and the original playwright adapting his own Pulitzer winning drama August: Osage County's overwrought melodrama centers around a woman so boorish you wouldn't want to spend two minutes, let alone two hours, with her." ‐
Posted Dec 13, 2013
9/10 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"A dark comedy with a dash of crime drama and a crime drama with a healthy sense of humor, American Hustle defies easy categorization as it offers up a twisty plot and some of the year's best performances." ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2013
7.5/10 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Frozen is Disney's latest entrant into its classic fairy-tale animation history and mostly lives up to its formidable ancestry even as it tweaks said ancestry's nose." ‐
Posted Nov 26, 2013
8/10 66%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World is a bombastic sequel which celebrates everything the first film did well while still not knowing what to do with its poor mortals." ‐
Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"In all this philosophizing and frequently excellent dialogue, no one has been able to come up with a good idea on where it should go." ‐
Posted Oct 25, 2013
7/10 48%

Carrie (2013)

"It's all very true to the book, but we've had the straightforward adaptation of Carrie already; if you really are going to go back over old ground, at least go by a different route." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2013
9.5/10 96%

Gravity (2013)

"On the outside Gravity is much like the rest of its ilk - a diagram of the intensity of the human survival instinct; on the inside it is a meditation on the attraction and horror of isolation told with such grace as to take your breath away." ‐
Posted Oct 3, 2013
6.5/10 29%

The Family (2013)

"The Family is filled with Besson's signature visual wit, boasting occasionally sharp satire aimed equally at both sides of the Atlantic, but he lets us down in the end through the deadly combination of broad characters and a rambling narrative." ‐
Posted Sep 20, 2013
9.5/10 99%

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"MGM's fantastic IMAX 3D conversion for the The Wizard of Oz's 75th anniversary underlines rather than obscures most of the film's visual pleasures, reminding us (if we'd managed to forget) just how glorious L. Frank Baum's strange world is." ‐
Posted Sep 20, 2013
8/10 58%

Riddick (2013)

"Vin Diesel and David Twohy's Riddick sees the filmmakers and their creation on a search to return the anti-hero to his roots after the operatic excess of his last outing and, despite a few pitfalls along the way, they largely succeed." ‐
Posted Sep 6, 2013
5/10 78%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"The Grandmaster lacks focus or drive as director Wong Kar-wai flails among the elements of Ip Man's life for something to hold onto and comes up with little except that late in life he taught Bruce Lee." ‐
Posted Sep 3, 2013
6.5/10 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"There's enough of a glimmer that future stories can do away with the gristle and get into the meat of the thing, but you've got to get through City of Bones first which might not be worth it unless you're already invested in the series." ‐
Posted Aug 22, 2013
7.5/10 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"For all the up and down The Wolverine is definitely more up than down more of the time... It still doesn't feel like the definitive adventure for the character, but there's potential for the character still." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
6.5/10 42%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"With a complete change in creative personnel and adjusted expectations Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a noticeable improvement over the first adventure, but it's still awkward and unsure of itself." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
6.5/10 67%

Elysium (2013)

"If you can't ignore the ham-handedness of the message, which moves quickly from not far off-base to way, way over the top, it might be just too much for you." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
5.5/10 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Stern and company have managed the task of taking an actually interesting narrative and draining it like a vampire, with nothing to show for their results but a wasted two hours. That's some sort of feat, but it's not a good one." ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
7.5/10 65%

Scenic Route (2013)

"When Scenic Route works it really works, and it's definitely a trip worth taking." ‐
Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"If it sounds like Men in Black with ghosts instead of aliens that's because that's exactly what it is, just with a bit less wit and slickness." ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2013
6/10 43%

Red 2 (2013)

"It's like the first RED only less so." ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2013
7/10 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"It wouldn't work as well as it does if Hammer and Depp didn't play off one another as well as they do. But work it does, in a sort of shambling, Frankenstein manner that seems like it should fall apart at any moment but doesn't." ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2013
6.5/10 64%

Epic (2013)

"Sure there's not much original here ... but it's well done, and that can't always be expected. Like a dandelion thistle, Epic is light and fluffy and quickly lost in the breeze." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 20%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"These movies are done. They are past done. Yes, The Hangover was a genuinely funny movie, but the warm feelings towards a well done piece of entertainment are not enough to make Part III anything more than rote." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Far from going where no one has gone before, this Star Trek is only interested in retreating along its old tracks." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
7/10 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Even with the botched ending there's a lot to like about the film, but World War Z stinks with the rot of missed opportunity." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Yes, there is some enjoyment to be had from White House Down if only from how inept it is." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013