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Michael Sauter

Michael Sauter
Michael Sauter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Film Journal International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) [Collateral Beauty's] tangle of bright and trite ideas pretty much guarantees that it will not be remembered as a Yuletide classic. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 13, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) A whole new franchise is off to a positively ripping start. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 17, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) In the year of Black Lives Matter, this Sundance-heralded slave-rebellion drama arrives as a raging clarion call. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 3, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) In the midst of another big blockbuster summer, this raffish comedy-adventure provides a breath of fresh air. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 22, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) James Franco once again shines in an ambitious undertaking that bites off a bit more than it can chew. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2016
76% Goosebumps (2015) Perennially popular children's-book characters come alive with overwhelming effects-to underwhelming effect. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2015
79% Z For Zachariah (2015) The three last people in the world come together to eke out survival in this thoughtful-and thought-provoking-take on life after Armageddon. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 24, 2015
56% Minions (2015) This is what happens when filmmakers throw everything against a wall and see what sticks. A lot of it doesn't stick. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) Will satisfy its built-in audience while leaving the uninitiated sufficiently amused-even if they don't get every in-joke. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% Poltergeist (2015) Yet another unnecessary remake, this suitably scary haunted-house tale is likely to be loved only by those who never saw the original. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2015
31% Echoes of War (2015) The filmmakers had a powerful story here. They just didn't know how to tell it. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2015
48% The D Train (2015) Don't be surprised if The D Train goes on to become a cult fave. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 7, 2015
94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) The imagery of this film will linger in this reviewer's mind long after the monkey names are forgotten. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) While ultimately serving up the expected, The DUFF is fresh and funny throughout, largely thanks to two vibrantly written lead characters. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 19, 2015
40% Black or White (2015) Kevin Costner continues a quietly incremental comeback with this child-custody drama. It could have been his Kramer vs. Kramer-but doesn't even come close. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 28, 2015
B 96% Yellow Submarine (1968) Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2014
52% Low Down (2014) "Low Down" is not the most harrowing portrait of lives slowly lost to addiction. It is, however, among the most saddening. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
8% The Best Of Me (2014) By the end credits, before the tears even dry, all but the true Sparks faithful will understand that they've just been played. Again. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 16, 2014
36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) A good cast comes and goes and can't quite carry this overly stylized, globetrotting dramedy, about one man who literally searches high and low in his pursuit of true happiness. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 18, 2014
34% The November Man (2014) It is what it is: an unusually resonant, well-textured thriller that you can still eat plenty of popcorn to. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 26, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) But each unhappy couple is unhappy in its own way - and this couple's way is nothing if not unique. The same could be said of this daringly original film, from first-time feature director Charlie McDowell. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) The good news is that The Giver is an assuredly directed, stylistically adventurous parable that does a surprisingly moving job of celebrating the many emotional colors of the human experience - as messy as they can often be. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) The man who masterfully navigated Titanic returns to the deepest blue sea - this time in a real-life adventure, starring himself as the protagonist. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) In every important way, Tammy is the better McCarthy vehicle [than Identity Thief]. It's warmer, wittier, far less slickly contrived, and much more recognizably human, in its emotions and behavior ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 1, 2014
80% Fed Up (2014) Without being preachy about it, Fed Up flat-out tells us that it is indeed past time to be fed up -- to insist that action be taken, and take it ourselves. This film is a bracing wake-up call. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2014
43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Marching to the same beat as its predecessor, this belated follow-up delivers even more visual excess and brain-deadening bloodshed. Those who will find this fulfilling already know who they are. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) Taut, tense and riveting, Liam Neeson's latest action vehicle is not just another Liam Neeson action vehicle. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) With a crackling script and masterful direction, Russell has made a fiction that is stranger -- and way more fun -- than the truth. He has the help of a dream cast of actors, all at the top of their games. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 12, 2013
59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) It is balanced, full-bodied, heartfelt. Portraying the Mandelas as all-too-human, it is all the more moving during those moments when they soar. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 25, 2013
17% Free Birds (2013) It's not that the filmmakers were just mailing it in...But you can't just force inspiration, or creativity, or a sense of humor. They're either there or they aren't. Too often in Free Birds, they aren't. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 31, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) The filmmakers have done an admirable job of branching out from Meatballs 1, and making a new and different, and exceedingly entertaining, follow-up. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) In his third and best "chronicle," Vin Diesel's tough, gruff deep-space rogue does what he does best: fighting hordes of hungry aliens in a hostile extraterrestrial environment. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 5, 2013
43% Closed Circuit (2013) A storyline that couldn't be timelier unfolds with a vintage air of 1970s cynicism in this unusually thoughtful thriller. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 27, 2013
31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) So yes, Kick-Ass 2 does have its share of winkingly subversive humor. It also takes care to honor the emotional connections that the first Kick-Ass established for anyone who was paying attention ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
67% Elysium (2013) Because yes, along with a very topical, deeply resonant theme and premise, Elysium has a hurtling momentum, with enough boom-crash-splatter explosiveness to wow even the most hardened action junkie. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 8, 2013
43% Red 2 (2013) Who can count how many times that high concept has resulted in sheer overkill? But with this sequel, more-is-more works-every over-the-top moment of it. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 18, 2013
20% The Hangover Part III (2013) The third time is not the charm in this second sequel, which changes up the franchise formula-and not in a good way. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2013
100% Elemental (2013) Three eco-activists walk it like they talk it, in a documentary that doesn't have to preach or overload us with statistics to get its message across. Meanwhile, its sobering images of despoiled natural resources vividly speak for themselves. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 17, 2013
B 69% Dance Me Outside (1994) Dance Me Outside nevertheless stays compelling, thanks to its cast of appealing unknowns. You haven't seen anyone quite like them before -- and that's meant as high praise. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 8, 2013
18% 1st Night (2013) The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 3, 2013
66% The Iceman (2013) Harsh, gritty-and increasingly grisly-this true-crime story dramatizes the life and bloody career of contract killer Richard Kuklinski: just another suburban dad who never brought his work home. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 29, 2013
79% No Place On Earth (2013) Just when you thought you'd seen the horror of the Holocaust from every perspective, this somber but ultimately uplifting true story of survival takes you to a whole new place-literally underground. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 5, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) While sticking to a fairly standard mainstream comedy story arc, this sturdy Steve Carell vehicle still serves up enough dark, edgy humor-most of it involving Jim Carrey-to also appeal to hipper sensibilities. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 14, 2013
77% Samsara (2012) This visually spectacular travelogue captures memorable images from every corner. The end result is not just a gorgeous picture show, but also a thought-provoking rumination on our complicated relationship with our home planet. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) What may surprise all but the most dedicated Python fan is the self-deprecating candor and bittersweet whimsy with which Chapman's memoir lays out his most private joys, hang-ups, foibles and demons. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) From its shoestring budget to its familiar tropes, this could have been independent filmmaking at its most generic. But with its off-the-wall premise, snarky wit and heartfelt performances, it's quite the opposite: an inspired original. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
100% Under African Skies (2012) This absorbing documentary takes an up-close and intimate look at the musicians' creative process, then zooms out to recall the political turmoil that this landmark album left in its wake. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
67% Ted (2012) The creator of TV's "Family Guy" directs his first live-action movie-in which he gets to say and do all the profane, politically incorrect and just plain gross things he can't say or do on television. And a lot of it is pretty funny. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
17% The Watch (2012) A talented cast shines brightly, but can't carry the weight of this under-inspired sci-fi frolic. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) This disturbing documentary takes a revealingly close look at rampant clerical pedophilia--but its sweeping overview of the Catholic Church's willful obliviousness is just as eye-opening. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012