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Justin Stewart

Justin Stewart
Justin Stewart's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Stop Smiling, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017) One is always conscious that a master genre filmmaker still in command of his gifts is at the helm, and the many pleasures the film provides are testament to the fact.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) [Last Flag Flying] is most comfortable within the tangles of these kinds of knotty intricacies.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
76% Paranoid Park (2007) Too brief and good-looking to actively dislike, Paranoid Park is still uninspiringly repetitive. If you're going to play the same riff over and over again, at least lower it an octave.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
67% Redbelt (2008) It's a bit disappointing that Redbelt doesn't go much beyond a redux of the same-old.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) It's easy to overstate the varied accomplishments here because of how badly it might have gone. That it landed somewhere between adequate and excellent is satisfying enough.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
49% Whatever Works (2009) [Whatever Works] has defenses built into it.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
70% Tetro (2009) The movie is befuddling, but not because of plot convolutions. It keeps you at a distance when it seems singly concerned with the particular plight of the "art family."‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) None of the scenery, plot turns, bit players or "themes" add anything new to the recipe.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
66% Free Fire (2017) You get the sense that this film was probably a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
80% The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) Hickson's largely silent performance is superb (in the kind of complex role not typically given to black actors in modern horror movies), never overselling his creeping madness. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Sometimes over-infatuated with its own meta stratagems though it may be, Kate Plays Christine's machinery of wheels is always cranking vigorously.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
72% Another Evil (2017) There are enough unexpected turns and inspired mini-monologues to make this an imperfect gem.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
24% The Comedian (2017) Hackford has proven himself capable of greatness in the past (Against All Odds, Dolores Claiborne), but his playbook here is rote.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Before the Bad/Dirty boom, it still felt kind of shocking to see an antihero alcoholic racist in a Santa Claus suit having sex with prostitutes in a major motion picture.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) WTF moves with fleet, mostly smart precision, and when it's repetitive... it's meant to emphasize the out-of-body "Kabubble" isolation of Kim's Afghanistan years.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Fifteen years after the fact, the sequel risks jeopardizing the goodwill generated by the pretty-good and unexpected original, recycling too many okay jokes and references while failing to update it for the times in any substantial way.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
22% Inferno (2016) A welcome alternative to the teased-at-ComicCon kid's stuff. Which isn't to say that Inferno is good.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) As usual with action comedies, the presence of one genre dilutes the other.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
11% The Sea of Trees (2016) It's unclear what the film's detractors found so risible.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
58% Bad Moms (2016) The promise of bad behavior was just bait to bring an audience to a warm-at-core and shopworn story of a woman overcoming adversity.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
79% Burn After Reading (2008) Burn After Reading maintains comic balance, and after so many smart, gutsy Coen movies (many in the note of madcap), that shouldn't be a surprise.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) The one-bunker setting ultimately proves only a little more novel a trick than Cloverfield's shaky cam, and its pressure to deliver the goods lets it down.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
82% Tropic Thunder (2008) More exhausting than funny, though it is often both, Ben Stiller's latest excoriation of ego wears you down with its smothering, pop-savvy cynicism.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
88% The Invitation (2016) I'm glad I knew almost nothing going in, so I won't say much more, except that the masterful slow burn is its own payoff‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
83% I Love You, Man (2009) That movies from this brand will have "heart" is now a given, but the variety Rudd provides here is singular.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
50% Observe and Report (2009) There's a general overbearing unpleasantness to Observe and Report, and you get the feeling this was the intention -- in order to make it more "like life."‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
89% Adventureland (2009) Greg Mottola's third feature is more emotionally rich than his The Daytrippers and Superbad, but it's still more interested in the comedy than the woe and anxiety of the transition into adulthood.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
69% Synecdoche, New York (2008) The movie is ungainly, but to appreciate it one has to swallow the whole purple pill. As inconsistent as it is, it's still more album than mix tape.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Stillman's rounded-out and embroidered telling is the kind of movie people call "delicious," "sparkling," and "a comic romp," and it is indeed all of those.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
No Score Yet Sex And Broadcasting (2014) Shows a Wiseman-like respect for the day-to-day heroics that keep the lights on.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
91% The Departed (2006) Not to be overlooked in talk of The Departed's suspense and violence is how incredibly funny it is.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
59% Concussion (2015) If anything's soft in Concussion, it's the storytelling and conventionalism of the filmmaking.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
52% Leatherheads (2008) If the likes of His Girl Friday and Ball of Fire are the standards, Leatherheads can be forgiven for falling short.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2015
90% A Serious Man (2009) It's methodical, distancing and sarcastic, like all of their movies. And like all of them, it's exciting cinema, "eminently watchable," as one of its characters would say.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
79% The Informant! (2009) As the story becomes more about the various undercover ops and the contradictory workings of Whitacre's hateful-lovable mind, The Informant! has an undeniable crackle.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) Before his initial transformation inside the bottling plant where he works, Banner warns, "Something bad is about to happen." He's right.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Howard has successfully made an okay, watchable movie, kept from greatness only by his undying artistic blandness.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
80% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) Viewers on guard for the sin of condescension will have their expectations dashed.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
89% The Messenger (2009) The Messenger is always just left of straightforward, which keeps it interesting.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2014
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) It's Heslov's sarcastic, assuming tone, not the actors, that makes Goats so intolerable, and it begins immediately with the opening credits.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2014
81% Crystal Fairy (2013) The adequate, amber-toned digital look, corny scoring, historically accurate costuming, era-appropriate peopling, and slowly-connect-the-dots storytelling together give the film the competent, stolid feel of a well-made informational video in a museum.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
21% Copperhead (2013) As both politics and entertainment, it's lacking.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
41% As I Lay Dying (2013) A qualified, perfectly respectable success‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013