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
Official Websites: newsday.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Capably directed by Kyle Newacheck from a suitably twisty-turny script by James Vanderbilt, it serves its purpose as a lighthearted comedy. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 99% Toy Story 4 (2019) Four movies in, the Pixar franchise continues to captivate. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 34% Shaft (2019) A fluffy update of a gritty classic. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's rueful horror-comedy delivers the laughs, but they often catch in your throat. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 79% Late Night (2019) Kaling's screenwriting debut addresses modern sore spots with gentle humor and a big heart. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 24% Men in Black International (2019) A bright and breezy spin-off with two appealing stars. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) An uneven blend of fact and fiction. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) All told, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is bound to give you a chuckle or two, and maybe even an "awww" moment. The bar this movie clears, though, could have been set a lot higher. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's either an origin story or a series finale, but it's definitely a low point in the "X-Men" franchise. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 56% Ma (2019) All told, "Ma" adds up to a decent B-picture, though perhaps not the star-launching turn Spencer and Taylor intended. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5 / 4 89% Rocketman (2019) An uneven combination of strong performances, an insightful script (by Lee Hall) and iffy musical numbers, "Rocketman" is inventive and enjoyable, even when it teeters unsteadily on the platform heels of its own ambition. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It's hard not to love these confident, capable, problem-free post-millennials. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) "Aladdin" does little but replace the original film's slender charms with loud, hollow spectacle. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A corny but effective tearjerker for kids and families. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves retains his crown as the king of ultraviolent action with this solid threequel. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
1.5/4 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) A dull-witted romance that isn't helped by its semi-topical premise. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" has plenty to recommend it, beginning with a more than credible performance from Nicholas Hoult in the title role. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 34% Poms (2019) Like a busy teenager who barely acknowledges her grandparents, this movie doesn't seem to realize what treasures it has. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Overall the movie is passably entertaining, though only the youngest viewers will feel it in their jellies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) It's a charming little movie with two endearing leads and just the right mix of raunchy humor and tenderness. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) What "The Deathly Hallows" was to "Harry Potter," what "Return of the Jedi" was to the original "Star Wars," this gargantuan "Endgame" will be to the "Avengers." - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Sydney Pollack's unfinished documentary, unearthed and reassembled after nearly 50 years, is a priceless gift to music fans. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 60% Breakthrough (2019) A mostly preachy but occasionally compelling dramatization of a true story. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If Michael Chavez's debut film had delved a little deeper into her tale and into the culture that produced it, "The Curse of La Llorona" might have become something more than a serviceable but familiar-feeling horror film. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) All in all it's a reasonably enjoyable film, despite the weakness of its Link. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
0.5/4 17% Hellboy (2019) Violence and vulgarity replace the humor and poetry of Guillermo del Toro's superhero films. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/4 46% Little (2019) With "Little," Martin establishes herself as quite probably the youngest executive producer in Hollywood and most certainly a star to watch. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Strong performances and a strange-but-true story keep this Civil Rights drama from succumbing to formula. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) A compelling period piece that flips the script on two near-mythical outlaws. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/4 47% Dumbo (2019) The original Dumbo flew as gracefully as a balsa-wood plane; the new Dumbo must flap his ears furiously just to get a foot or so of altitude. We never have confidence that he, or this film, will truly soar. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) A welcome antidote to the usual brooding DC fare, an upbeat superhero movie that feels young at heart. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/4 39% The Dirt (2019) A delightfully disreputable biopic about some of rock's last true bad boys. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Lillis shines as the brainy detective, but the movie itself is none too bright. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/4 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A believability problem hampers this potentially fascinating story about the high-tech Wild West. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) One thing is for sure: There's nothing else that looks and feels quite like it. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) A first-rate teen romance with engaging characters and appealing stars. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 34% Wonder Park (2019) Colorful, but structurally unsound. Not worth the visit. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 92% Gloria Bell (2019) "Gloria Bell" wavers between realistic drama and tender comedy, which makes for an uneven but never uninteresting mix. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Only the most dedicated Marvel fans will follow this Captain. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 60% Greta (2019) This straightforward thriller is no "Psycho," but it's a fun little film that happens to feature the great Isabelle Huppert, whose performance might be best described as a total hoot. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 98% Apollo 11 (2019) A riveting re-creation of events with astonishing vividness and detail. A must-see. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) A visually dizzying but also thought-provoking film about one man's pinnacle of achievement. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
2/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A cursory farewell to a franchise that deserved better. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 100% United Skates (2018) A celebration of a vibrant black subculture that also shows how discrimination can pervade even the most harmless pastime. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2.5/4 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A visually mesmerizing but only half-illuminating documentary on black lives in the Deep South. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Faulty logic is a major problem, but the film earns a pass with its goofy charm. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) A sassy-sweet sendup with Wilson making the most of her first major leading role. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A mishmash of many old sci-fi ideas, made watchable by energetic directing from Robert Rodriguez. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 45% The Prodigy (2019) A fine little horror-chiller that puts a twist on the usual bad-seed story. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) More in-jokes and wisecracks than new ideas here, but the animation still dazzles and the voice-cast still charms. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019