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Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix, Los Angeles Times, Newsday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 45% Rock Dog (2017) A sweet-natured but awfully clumsy animated tale. Best for very young viewers.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) All told, this is a sharp, funny, brave movie that strikes the perfect balance between humor and horror. It's the year's first must-see.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
34% The Great Wall (2017) This action-fantasy creature-feature speaks a cinematic Esperanto - inelegant, unidentifiable, with bits and pieces borrowed from here and there.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 100% Tower (2016) A haunting re-creation of a first-of-its-kind tragedy. Fifty years later, it seems, we're no closer to answers or solutions.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
0/4 8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Breathtakingly, pulse-poundingly bad.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Funny, tender, outrageous - this unpredictable movie belongs in a category all its own.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The first film had its moments, but this action-packed follow-up is a major improvement. Wild, funny and thrilling.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Though this spinoff has less heart than "The Lego Movie," the nonstop pace and dazzling animation (once again by Animal Logic) should make it a crowd-pleaser.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Like many of Farhadi's films, "The Salesman" says something profound about politics without directly addressing the issue at all.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Fitfully funny but also meandering and muddled.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The movie often delivers on its promises. It is also, however, one clumsily plotted flick, with a screenplay by Allan Loeb that gambles everything on a twist ending you could spot from a galaxy away.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 41% Gold (2017) "Gold" mostly works. It's just a few ounces shy of solid entertainment.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 96% Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch's latest has moments of beauty that help compensate for a slightly static narrative.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's basically "Look Who's Talking" with a puppy instead of a baby.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
B+ 91% The Witness (2016) It's a quietly effective documentary that works on two levels.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) Keaton is the special sauce in this smart, sharp movie about capitalism and its casualties.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 84% Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodóvar's latest isn't his strongest, but his vibrant, vivid world of women is always a great place to be.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 76% Split (2017) For most of its nearly two-hour running time, "Split" is quite enjoyable, a clever one-up of "Psycho" with some interesting twists and several funny-creepy moments.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/4 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Wants to be "Transformers" but feels more like made-for-video kiddie fare. Tough going if you're older than 9.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Possibly the nail in the coffin of this dreary vampire series.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Though well-made on every level, with gorgeous visuals and raw, heightened performances, "A Monster Calls" is more emotionally intense than the average children's movie - by a factor of maybe two or three hundred.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
18% Assassin's Creed (2016) In the game-to-film genre - which includes such memorable disasters as "Silent Hill" and "Hitman 47" - this is yet another disorganized, incoherent, nearly unwatchable entry.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/4 39% Why Him? (2016) "Why Him?" rarely delivers more than a half-chuckle. Right now, everyone involved might be thinking, "Why me?"‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 84% Silence (2017) "Silence" can be a riveting and forceful film. Still, it feels more about abstractions than emotions.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The movie looks quite nice, thanks to Affleck, and that's about the most you can say for its hero, too.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) "Hidden Figures" may be a thoroughly upbeat, entertaining movie, but it's too smart to sugarcoat the truth about race relations in America - past or present.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 86% Lion (2016) A heart-wrenching true story, with what could be one of the great child-actor performances of all time.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 81% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day may strike some as unwelcome fuel on a smoldering political fire, but it doesn't seem intended as such. Its only goal is to provide the nail-biting tension and visceral thrills of an action-blockbuster, and it succeeds.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 73% Sing (2016) A genuine crowd-pleaser, with sparkling characters, feel-good tunes and a big-hearted spirit.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 31% Passengers (2016) Pratt and Lawrence are great company. They could make 90 years go by in the blink of an eye.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) An excellent cast, immersed in a hot tub of self-pity and false sentiment.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This "Star Wars" spinoff doesn't spin very far off from the franchise, but it's a serviceable stopgap between chapters.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) As with so many parties, if you manage your expectations, you might have a pretty good time.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) Romantic, inventive, visually dazzling - and yet, Damien Chazelle's ambitious movie promises slightly more than it delivers.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 89% Jackie (2016) An ambitious but jumbled drama in which the central figure remains elusive. Portman's performance gets lost in the chaos.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A heart-wrenching drama anchored by Affleck, who notches up yet another subtle, stunning performance.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) This sequel's main cast is still in fine form, but the rehashed jokes feel past their prime.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty's first directing effort in 20 years is so self-serving and half-baked it could have been made by Hughes himself.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) A lively adventure driven by an independent heroine and the Broadway-ready songs of "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gorgeous animation, too.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 62% Allied (2016) A grand wartime romance with nods to Hitchcock and "Casablanca." Thoroughly satisfying.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Vinny's remarkable comeback story can make for compelling viewing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee's unprecedented use of digital technology makes for a hyperreal immersion into the mind of a traumatized soldier.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spinoff is sheer magic, a grand fantasy-adventure that already feels like an old family favorite.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
2/4 48% Almost Christmas (2016) A standard entry in a formulaic genre, though the actors occasionally sparkle.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) A familiar story about a close encounter, though well crafted and unusually moody.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) McGregor's directorial debut is a well-crafted drama but lacks the depth of Roth's masterful book.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 88% Christine (2016) A gripping, often agonizing character study with a tour de force performance by Rebecca Hall.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) An unusual pro-peace war film from director Mel Gibson. Solidly entertaining and impressively faithful to the facts.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A deeply personal and visually mesmerizing drama that just might be the year's best movie.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, C. Robert Cargill, keep Doctor Strange balanced, just barely, between trippy psychedelia and plain incoherence.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016