Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: newsday.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 74% The French Dispatch (2021) Writer-director Wes Anderson and an ensemble cast deliver an endlessly creative series of stand-alone stories. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
2.5/4 83% Dune (2021) This is a movie of Oscar-quality craftsmanship, but it lacks the primal drama of a "Star Wars," the emotional interplay of a "Star Trek" or the engaging camaraderie of a Marvel installment. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
2.5/4 97% The Velvet Underground (2021) "The Velvet Underground" eventually drifts toward nostalgia, a sentiment the band probably would have despised, but that's forgivable. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3.5/4 86% The Last Duel (2021) A gripping true story that draws unsettling parallels between past and present. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3/4 84% No Time To Die (2021) Daniel Craig's historically uneven 007 gets a solid send-off. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
3/4 73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Heaven for "Sopranos" fans, though this is really less a prequel than a spin-off. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
2/4 29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Its story... will speak to anyone who has struggled with depression, alienation or loneliness. A dubious bit of casting and less-than-riveting musical numbers, however, detract from the movie's power. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
2.5/4 67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" often feels superficial. It relies too heavily on calendar-page montages to tell its story; there are at least four, which is three too many. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 60% Cry Macho (2021) Eastwood's latest Western is a throwback, and not in a good way. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
2.5/4 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Disney-Marvel's first Asian lead superhero makes a semi-impressive debut. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
1.5/4 61% The Protégé (2021) Part bloodbath, part sex comedy, totally botched. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
2/4 37% Reminiscence (2021) You can't help feeling that you've seen this movie before. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
2/4 67% Respect (2021) Yet another musical biopic that tries to fit a messy life into a too-tidy story. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
2.5/4 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Disney's latest ride-into-movie adaption is high-spirited fun aimed squarely at kids. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
2/4 74% Stillwater (2021) Mostly the film is guilty of stinting on action and suspense, which makes "Stillwater" a little too aptly titled. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/4 50% Old (2021) Intriguing concept, flawed execution. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/4 79% Black Widow (2021) "Black Widow" manages to deliver the goods, mainly by sticking to Marvel convention (explosive action, amusing quips). - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/4 59% F9 (2021) Preposterous even by "Fast & Furious" standards, but look no further for brainless summer fun. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
2/4 53% Queen Bees (2021) The writing and directing are highly uneven, but "Queen Bees" is made generally watchable by a veritable Who's Who of vintage talent. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 94% In the Heights (2021) At its best, "In the Heights" sets a swirl of cultural issues to a propulsive contemporary soundtrack of salsa, hip-hop and pop. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
2.5/4 55% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" adds a little twist just to keep things fresh, telling a supernatural tale with the methodical approach of a police procedural. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3.5/4 74% Cruella (2021) It's one of the best triumph-of-evil movies to come along in years - not quite as masterful as "The Godfather Part II," perhaps, but certainly miles above "Joker" or "Birds of Prey." - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) This sequel may not be as inventive as its predecessor, but it delivers plenty of white-knuckle tension and satisfying scares. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
1.5/4 61% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Jolie phones it in for this barely functioning action-drama. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
1.5/4 48% Here Today (2021) Crystal's first directing effort in 20 years produces dubious results. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2/4 44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) [I]t still feels like a made-for-television movie, a Friday night time passer whose characters, dialogue and plot all feel purely stock. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
1.5/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) The talented McCarthy wastes her time and ours in this low-bar effort. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) A big-budget bore that diminishes two of cinema's greatest creations. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
1.5/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The result: hardly an ounce of difference. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
2/4 37% Cherry (2021) An ambitious and topical drama, though its point is far from clear. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
1.5/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) A lazy and charmless sequel to one of Murphy's best movies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
1/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) An insufferable, self-satisfied talk-fest. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/4 45% The Little Things (2021) "The Little Things" occasionally delivers the pleasures of a deep, dark noir, but it's mostly just a shadow of other films. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King's directorial debut boasts a knockout ensemble cast. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) A serviceable sequel, elevated by its radiant leading lady and an over-the-top villain. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
3.5/4 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks' first Western is a winner, rich with relevant themes and ideas. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
1.5/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Clooney's space drama looks lovely but lacks drama and tension. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2.5/4 95% Soul (2020) "Soul" is a frustrating combination of artistry, charm and a Pixar formula that is starting to feel tuckered out. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
2/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Ruben Santiago-Hudson's script retains Wilson's vernacular prose, but much of this material seems tangential to Rainey's music. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) It's a pleasure to watch. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
1.5/4 54% The Prom (2020) A toothless satire of celebrity self-righteousness that occasionally falls into its own trap. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/4 69% Ammonite (2020) At times... the strong performances by Winslet and Ronan seem to be all that separate this movie from a soft-core bodice-ripper. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) For all its faults, though, "Uncle Frank" is heartfelt, and its message of acceptance manages to come through. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/4 84% Let Him Go (2020) A latter-day Western whose story never quite comes into focus. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) A deceptively wispy comedy from filmmaker Sofia Coppola that makes the most of Murray and often hints at deeper thoughts. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) A compelling re-creation of a notorious trial that galvanized and even defined the 1960s. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
52% Hubie Halloween (2020) Sandler's laugh-free special will land in your living room like a flaming paper bag. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2/4 63% The Artist's Wife (2020) This cinematic portrait unfortunately never feels realistic or fully fleshed-out. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/4 63% Blackbird (2020) A glancing treatment of a difficult subject. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
1.5/4 30% Antebellum (2020) Poor pacing and a confused screenplay keep this horror-thriller from living up to its potential. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020