Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"If you dig Hart's stuff, you'll probably love the movie." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/5 86%

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016)

"It's a compelling portrait both of Bauer and of a fraught moment in German history." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4.5/5 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Mark it down: This stop-motion stunner from the Laika studio will be next year's Oscar winner for best animated feature." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 81%

Equity (2016)

"It's a quieter, more nuanced peek behind the curtain of high finance." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/5 31%

Equals (2016)

"The final resolution of the plot is actually rather intriguing, but the journey to it is so slow and predictable that most moviegoers will have long since lost interest." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 20, 2016
4/5 38%

How He Fell in Love (2016)

"A courageously mundane character study that aims to show people as they really are, rather than the gauzy movie version that we all want our lives to be." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"It aims to match the mythic gravitas of "The Lord of the Rings" - even throwing in a nod to the Book of Exodus for good measure - and the results fall paint-by-numbers flat." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"For me, while it's not quite "This Is Spinal Tap," it scores at least a 7 out of 11." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"Screenwriter Jon Vitti and first-time directors Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis certainly give it a try, but their bag of tricks is mostly recycled and their sense of humor is aimed squarely at 12-year-old boys." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 23%

Being Charlie (2016)

"In the end, "Being Charlie" feels like a first draft of a story that's still in progress." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 16%

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"It's cute and entertaining, in a Saturday morning cartoon kind of way, but this one is just for the kiddies, because anyone who has seen more than a 10-year-old's worth of movies already knows the "Ratchet & Clank" playbook." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 76%

Keanu (2016)

"The comic momentum never quite grinds to a halt, and even if the occasional attempts at genuine pathos come up short, "Keanu" is still an entertaining extension of the "Key & Peele" aesthetic." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 89%

The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016)

"For teens and tweens in the midst of their own coming-of-age stories, it has the potential to be a wondrous eye-opener." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 64%

Rolling Papers (2016)

"There's never a sense the filmmakers are preaching the gospel of legalization, although they are certainly not preaching against it, either." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"The denouement ... is actually quite charming and relatively hilarious, but the 90 minutes of buildup is a bit of a slog." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 30%

Don Verdean (2015)

"It's an enjoyable ride, but probably not one you need to take twice." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/5 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"These imagined adventures are implausible, but they give the director an opportunity to paint an amusing slice of London life during a historic moment overflowing with both joy and sorrow." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 44%

The 33 (2015)

"Massaging the facts to pump up the drama is a necessary evil in a film like this, but "The 33's" cinematic beats are so familiar that they undercut the sense of realism that would make it more compelling." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/5 75%

Cut Snake (2015)

"Performances keep the tension building toward an incendiary climax." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/5 92%

Prophet's Prey (2015)

"A chilling portrait of a megalomaniac." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/5 75%

Once I Was A Beehive (2015)

""Once I Was a Beehive" is not a movie that's apt to impress grumpy critics. But then they aren't the target audience." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 52%

Boulevard (2015)

"This is certainly a believable story, but it's one we've seen before, and neither screenwriter Douglas Soesbe nor director Dito Montiel has found a way to elevate it into something that challenges or inspires." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that's almost as exciting as it is forgettable." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/5 56%

Minions (2015)

"Despite the dizzying pace of carefully calibrated incongruities, "Minions" somehow never generates more than the occasional chuckle." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/5 95%

Amy (2015)

"It's hard to watch. And even harder to look away." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 25%

Terminator Genisys (2015)

"Genisys is more entertaining than the last two installments, although it's not nearly as good as the first two." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 52%

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

"Taken on its own terms, this isn't a bad little movie." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 58%

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

""Insidious: Chapter 3" is almost more a spoof of a classic like "The Exorcist" than it is an homage. It's not scary horror, it's silly horror, and the audience is in on the joke." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 4, 2015

When Marnie Was There (2015)

"To those film lovers attuned to quiet moments and emotional nuance, this film has a shine all its own. The old-school hand-drawn animation celebrates sweeping landscapes and but also the telling detail, revealing character through spare gestures." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 52%

In the Name of My Daughter (2015)

"The personalities and conflicts make for engrossing cinema, but final scenes are anticlimactic." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 100%

Arlo and Julie (2015)

"This low-key effort from indie filmmaker Steve Mims is as wispy as dandelion fluff but still makes for an amusing 76-minute ride, thanks to its charmingly quirky cast." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 72%

5 to 7 (2015)

"For an R-rated romance about a young writer's affair with a sultry French siren, "5 to 7" generates all the heat of an Easy-Bake Oven. It aims to sizzle but quickly fizzles." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 9%

The Cobbler (2015)

""The Cobbler" definitely won't please the audience for Sandler's mainstream blockbusters, and it's unlikely to win him new fans among the indie intelligentsia, either." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 80%

Deli Man (2015)

"In the food-film canon, it aims to the be "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" of Jewish cuisine, and if it doesn't quite reach those poetic heights, it's still an affably informative documentary." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 13%

Seventh Son (2015)

""Seventh Son" delivers exactly what it promises: Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore slumming in a laughably generic sword-and-sorcery almost-epic." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 27%

Annie (2014)

"The feel-good story and sing-along production numbers are likely to please the movie's target audience of tween girls, but there's not a whole lot in "Annie" to win their parents over." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3/5 59%

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

"Tolkien's richly imagined novels served as the template for an entire genre of "epic fantasy," and the opportunity to spend a final 144 minutes inside that world ... is more than worth the price of a 3-D movie ticket." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3.5/5 97%

Keep On Keepin' On (2014)

"Steadily a portrait emerges of a man who is an inspiration as much for his character as for his talent." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 67%

Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014)

"Unfortunately, while the swami taught his disciples to explore the depths of their very souls, the film barely scratches the surface of his life and teachings." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 36%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"In short, the movie works, although probably not so well as the book does." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 29, 2014
4/5 88%

The Blue Room (2014)

"It is a quiet but intense and closely observed piece of work." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 8, 2014
4/5 93%

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014)

"An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 52%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"It used to be that Woody Allen's failures were more interesting than most filmmakers' successes, but his latest offering is depressing proof that this no longer the case." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 60%

Hellion (2014)

"Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 56%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"You'd expect the sequel to be an improvement based on production values alone, and you would be right, but not by much." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Venus in Fur (2014)

"The haunted-house lighting is a perfect match for the claustrophobic intimacy of this two-hander - and camouflage, perhaps, for the fact that "Venus in Fur" remains more play than film." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 57%

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

"There's certainly a lot of eye candy to enjoy, from the 3D screensaver graphics in the opening credits to the endless parade of six-pack abs and jiggling underbutt." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 89%

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

"It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" worth watching." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 89%

Bears (2014)

"A formulaically entertaining combination of gorgeous cinematography and unapologetic anthropomorphization." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

"For many, Jackson's "Hobbit" will look like an overly long amusement-park attraction. But for fantasy fans who have dreamed all their lives of spending time inside Tolkien's dazzling alternative reality, it's a ride well worth taking." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 12, 2013
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