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
3/4 52% 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 30% Wonder Park (2019) Colorful, but structurally unsound. Not worth the visit. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 96% 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 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Only the most dedicated Marvel fans will follow this Captain. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 54% 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 99% 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 99% 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 67% 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 69% 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 86% 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
2/4 47% What Men Want (2019) A gender-focused comedy that feels both uncertain and out of step. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson's latest action-thriller is an ice-hearted comedy that giggles at violence and shrugs at kidnapping. Not cool. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) For the first time, those jittery, frenetic figures in ancient newsreels look and move like people you know. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
23% Miss Bala (2019) A passive heroine and a contrived plot put a damper on what could have been a crackling action-thriller. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
0.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) A potentially enjoyable B movie, but the absurd plot twist brings it down to a Z. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) A solid rock-doc that turns up the volume on a little-noticed influence in American pop music. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
1/4 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) It's a dog of a movie, alright. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) "Holmes & Watson" is one of those movies that goes beyond unfunny and into a comedy-cubist zone, where jokes are no longer recognizable and laughter is philosophically impossible. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) "Destroyer" is a worthwhile film, especially for moviegoers who love film noir in all its phases: The hard-boiled Bogart era, the nihilist takes of the 1960s and '70s, the neon-lit productions of the '80s. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) For Bader Ginsburg's many devoted fans, this glowing tribute may be just the ticket. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) An inventive use of cinematic effects and animation to bring a true story to life. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 44% Second Act (2018) Lopez still has her magic touch, but this semiromantic comedy doesn't do her justice. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) A spirited pulp-adventure that should make doubters take this fishy hero seriously. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) A not-bad origin story about one of the more more agreeable Transformers. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1/4 66% Vice (2018) Not really a biopic but a two-hour hate-fest that stoops lower than necessary and rarely scores a laugh. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" occasionally feels overly antic, but that's because it's brimming with imagination and energy. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 26% Mortal Engines (2018) An elaborate adventure-epic with a fresh new cast and an appealing steampunk style. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 70% The Mule (2018) "The Mule" sees Eastwood still playing to type as the rugged American male. What's impressive is how gracefully he's aging into the role and, at 88, even stretching himself slightly as an actor. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) An artful evisceration of the entertainment industry, with Portman's unhinged diva hitting a high note. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's Ronan, as well as Margot Robbie in an arresting turn as a wretched but wily Elizabeth, who keeps us watching even as the twists in Mary's narrative become increasingly, almost maddeningly complicated. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) A rare kind of masterpiece from director Alfonso Cuarón. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) A heartfelt ode to the bond between two real-life men. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) Yes, by God, it's - corporate retail Robin Hood! - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" may not be the freshest entry in the franchise, but it's a solid sports drama that makes the most of its soulful young star, Michael B. Jordan. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Last Race (2018) An unorthodox but often mesmerizing portrait of a gritty local institution. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A dark but entertaining second chapter in J.K. Rowling's five-film series. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 90% A Private War (2018) An intelligent and sophisticated biopic with a tour-de-force performance from Pike. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord has a bit of a video-game feel at times, though that just adds to the overall sense of pulpy, gory fun. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) A sensitive and beautifully acted adaptation of Garrard Conley's memoir. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Jackman excels as a deeply flawed hero in this drama about a bygone political era. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/4 25% Nobody's Fool (2018) Once again, Perry puts a good cast into a muddy story that lacks a clear premise, plot or theme. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
1/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A fruitcake of a movie, nutty and stale. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy hits a career high in this funny-sad film about a talented miscreant. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) By rights, this ought to be a glammed-up, sexually-charged, four-octave blowout. Instead, it's a stilted, stagy, hopelessly corny biopic, the kind of thing "Walk Hard" was meant to prevent. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) Generic big-screen genre-fiction. Cliched but watchable. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018