Rafer Guzman

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) The worst thing about "How to Build a Girl" is thinking about how good it might have been. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3/4 96% The Half of It (2020) An endearing teen romance that handles sexual orientation with a light touch. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) A sharp and compelling drama anchored by Jackman in a rare anti-hero role. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
2.5/4 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) Kids will probably be tickled by the slapstick humor and whimsical dance numbers. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
2.5/4 31% Bloodshot (2020) If Vin Diesel were a 12-year-old boy, he couldn't have dreamt up a better movie for his fan base than "Bloodshot." - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/4 73% Lost Girls (2020) All told, "Lost Girls" succeeds in humanizing a grisly news story, but it makes for less than satisfying viewing. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2.5/4 56% The Hunt (2020) "The Hunt" may not strike all viewers as hilarious, but it certainly isn't a one-sided hate-fest. It's just bloody entertainment with a thick slab of socio-political humor. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/4 38% Wendy (2020) A moving and powerful version of "Peter Pan" that might work best on adults. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.5/4 88% Onward (2020) A slightly weird story, made tolerable by moments of humor and pathos. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 84% The Way Back (2020) Aside from Affleck's quietly convincing performance, "The Way Back" offers nothing to make it stand out in a crowded field of underdog sports movies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 92% The Invisible Man (2020) A slow-moving thriller with too many blank spaces. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
2.5/4 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) A handsome-looking, well-crafted and decidedly kid-friendly adventure story with several thrilling and moving sequences. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
2.5/4 37% Downhill (2020) An uneven but intriguing movie that pushes its two stars slightly outside their comfort zones. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1.5/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) "Birds of Prey" barely ever gets off the ground. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) An imaginative comedy-thriller with darkness at its core. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Muscular direction from Long Island's Reed Morano can't keep this weakly plotted spy-thriller from falling apart. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 61% The Last Full Measure (2020) A fact-based drama hampered by unconvincing fictions. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The sturdy formula still works, more or less, as does the chemistry between the two stars. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
1.5/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Downey veers dangerously into Johnny Depp territory in this elaborately staged but charmless adaptation of the classic childrens' books. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) A compelling legal drama with fine performances from Jordan and Foxx. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
0/4 48% Underwater (2020) "Alien" knock-off No. 963 traps its cast in a deep-sea story as lifeless as the Mariana Trench. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 91% Clemency (2019) An intensely focused character study, driven by a bone-deep performance from Woodard. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) An immersive war film driven by bravura camerawork and spectacular effects. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) Louisa May Alcott's classic novel gets a subtle update in this sharp and engaging film. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
1.5/4 21% Cats (2019) Fans of the stage musical may swoon, but others will be severely allergic. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) After more than 40 years, the "Star Wars" series comes in for a smooth landing. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The charismatic cast from the previous film feels ill-used in this lackluster sequel. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) A vivid crime thriller featuring a fever-pitch performance by Sandler. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) A compelling account of a hero smeared by the media, though Eastwood's film treats one real-life reporter almost as badly. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) A whirlwind tour through one of American television's sleazier episodes. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) The movie burns with outrage, but its inability to express itself clearly can be maddening. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) A frothy whodunit, '70s style, with a cast of today's A-list stars. Great fun. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 52% 21 Bridges (2019) Kirk, an Irish director whose credits include HBO's "Game of Thrones," keeps the action moving at a decent clip. Overall, though, the movie is as generic as its ersatz New York backdrop. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a mix of genuinely moving moments and slightly winking artifice. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Conscience Point (2019) A solid documentary in which a Long Island culture-clash opens a window onto larger issues. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) "Frozen II," by contrast, turns out to be a fairly typical sequel: overly busy and meandering, but sure to please all the young Elsas in the audience. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) It's mostly good fun, though the final plot contrivance feels like a letdown. Still, with McKellen and Mirren for company, you could do a lot worse than "The Good Liar." - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" provides a case study in what has and hasn't changed when it comes to the complications of marriage, separation and parenthood. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's equal parts '90s rom-com and Golden Age of Hollywood schmaltz, and hard to fully resist. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
67% Krampus (2015) It's a pleasantly perverse idea with potential for grisly humor, cultural satire and the kind of murderous fantasies that run through all our heads when relatives overstay their welcome. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) "Doctor Sleep" should have let "The Shining" rest in peace. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) A conventional but engaging biopic about a crucial American figure. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) What sets "The Irishman" apart is the ruminative mood that seeps into Scorsese's usual point-blank violence. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As a passable piece of entertainment that re-teams old talent and adds a new wrinkle or two, the movie generally succeeds. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is a gorgeous-looking, beautifully acted film noir with a richly detailed script and sensitive direction from its star. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/4 52% Black and Blue (2019) A topical thriller that doesn't live up to its potential. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War" works well enough as a historical overview but never quite makes us care about the people at its center. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The movie's humor is never mean-spirited or partisan, and most people will leave the theater reasonably entertained and unoffended. Unless they're zombies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's a technologic marvel that uses digital magic to achieve a level of vividness and realism unparalleled in film history. And it's a routine Hollywood blockbuster with more spectacle than originality. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A sensitive, artful and rather odd retelling of a well-known news story. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019