Richard Freedman

Richard Freedman
Richard Freedman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Gannett News Service Newhouse News Service

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
17% Big Trouble (1986) What starts out as a merry enough romp soon runs out of steam and becomes painfully labored. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 14% The Squeeze (1987) The Squeeze is the kind of insufferably dull and derivative self-styled "comedy caper" doomed to play for about a week in movie theaters and then be instantly relegated to in-flight limbo. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 76% Frantic (1988) There are so many good things in Frantic that one feels irritated the movie as a whole isn't better than it is. It's certainly miles better than Polanski's most recent effort, the disastrous Pirates, but not as good as it should be. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet North Shore (1987) North Shore keeps threatening to expire from sheer brainlessness. But then along comes an evening vista that shows how Sunset Beach got its name, or a crash of waves that looks like a living Hokusai, and you realize summer is still very much with us. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
50% The Manhattan Project (1986) Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project is also about the development of a nuclear device, but it's a lot of fun and perhaps the most exciting movie of the summer season so far. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 89% Roxanne (1987) Martin is very funny in the role, and most ingenious about finding modern equivalents for the various bits of business in the original play. Yet the nagging question remains: Why? - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
33% Invaders from Mars (1986) None of this will exactly make you faint -- either from terror or pleasure. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 51% Dragnet (1987) This is the only review of it you'll read that resists the temptation to open by quoting the naggingly insistent Dragnet motif of "Dum-de-dum-dum." There's just nothing dumb about this agreeably lightweight spoof. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 63% Throw Momma from the Train (1987) Throw Momma from the Train is a comic triumph for all involved. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Sylvia (1986) Pleasantly informative, if dramatically rather dim. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
18% Haunted Honeymoon (1986) The trouble with Haunted Honeymoon is in the writing, which just isn't sharp or funny enough to keep one's attention from wandering about the haunted corridors of Wolfington Castle well ahead of the camera in search of some real entertainment. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Murphy's Law (1986) [Murphy's Law] boasts neither the sheer, giddy firepower of the last Death Wish movie, nor a situation of its own likely to engage the attention of anyone not a wholly committed Bronson addict. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 97% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) The problem is that with no characters to care about, the decapitated heads, the eyeballs caroming out of someone's skull to land in someone else's mouth, the buzzing chainsaws and the incessant screaming don't really add up to very much. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet Steele Justice (1987) Who needs a Rambo spoof when Rambo so successfully spoofed itself? - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 No Score Yet Aloha Summer (1988) Aloha Summer remains at heart a sappy beach movie that misses out on only one cliche of the genre: Nobody gleefully announces, in English, Japanese or Hawaiian: "Surf's up!" - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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3/4 88% Stakeout (1987) The liveliest buddy movie -- police style -- in years. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 11% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) In his fourth and feeblest movie appearance in just under a decade, the man of steel in blue underwear becomes a peacenik. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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76% The Bedroom Window (1987) The profound moral of The Bedroom Window is: Don't have an affair with your boss' wife, because she might witness a crime from a place where she isn't supposed to be. You could get fired that way. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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30% Pirates (1986) Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Maa lox for Pirates, the sorriest movie ever to fly the Jolly Roger. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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No Score Yet Out of Bounds (1986) Utterly unoriginal and uninspired. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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15% Maximum Overdrive (1986) Maximum Overdrive is minimum movie-making by no less a celebrity than best-selling horror writer Stephen King, here making his less-than-auspicious directorial debut. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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4/4 76% The Witches of Eastwick (1987) This is a remarkably faithful rendition on film of a most diverting novel showing that, in the right hands, movies can achieve all the delights of literate entertainment. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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17% For Keeps (1988) The result is essentially the pilot for a sentimentally sweet TV sitcom machine-tooled for the current craze of baby-boom movies. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 32% Creepshow 2 (1987) One of the many repulsive things about the film is the simple-minded moralizing that blights all three tales. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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2/4 50% Anguish (1988) Anguish is just what we needed to wile the rest of the winter away: a slasher movie with metaphysical pretensions. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 10% Deadly Friend (1986) The sad news, though, about this essentially silly and derivative horror film is that it's by Wes Craven, the master of the genre who gave us Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
74% The Fourth Protocol (1987) Caine, as always, is a joy to watch, whether grimly tracking his man, telling off his supercilious boss, or, sloshed on New Year's Eve, blowing a wall safe in a posh London pad. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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25% Reform School Girls (1986) 94 minutes of unadorned schlock for sadists. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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50% Honeysuckle Rose (1980) Honeysuckle Rose is not so much a movie as a visual gloss for the bestselling country-and-western records of Willie Nelson. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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No Score Yet Forever Lulu (1987) Scenes in Central Park, a sadomasochistic club and a posh restaurant are not accurate, let alone atmospheric. At just under 90 minutes, Forever, Lulu doesn't quite live up to its title. It only seems that way. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) What Garbage amounts to is just that: an ugly, brutal, humorless exploitation flick. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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2.5/4 76% Fatal Attraction (1987) Until it goes berserk in the last reel or so, Fatal Attraction is an absorbing drama of civilized adultery that gets less civilized as it goes on to its inevitable conclusion. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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2.5/4 50% Benji the Hunted (1987) It's perfect for snoozing to if Benji's soundless adventures begin to pall, as they may for post-nine-year-olds. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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3/4 70% Extreme Prejudice (1987) Beneath its trendy veneer of covert operations, Extreme Prejudice is a whale of an old-fashioned Western. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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3/4 71% Suspect (1987) Suspect is a thoroughly enjoyable example of an overworked genre. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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69% Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Nothing in Brighton Beach Memoirs really catches fire all seems compounded of old radio family sitcoms, a thick impasto of easy humor and crushing sentimentality. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet You Can't Hurry Love (1988) Maybe you can't hurry love, but that's no excuse for this sodden jape to be quite so plodding and lethargic. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet Prettykill (1987) [A] labored, congested exploitation flick. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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2/4 33% Moving (1988) While Pryor is perfectly adequate in the role, it hardly does justice to his talents, which here are largely confined to rolling his eyes in mute agony. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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4/4 91% No Way Out (1987) The summer's best movie is No Way Out, a complex, rip-roaring suspense tale with a difference: It's about believable people caught in a real jam. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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79% Angel Heart (1987) Angel Heart has more style than substance. But what style! - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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60% Go Tell the Spartans (1978) Go Tell the Spartans is the best movie so far lo come out of the Vietnam war. It is only 14 years too late. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986) A camped up ripoff of the Raiders of The Lost Ark and Romancing The Stone movies. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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3/4 52% Outrageous Fortune (1987) Lavishly funny and entertaining. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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0/4 No Score Yet Million Dollar Mystery (1987) With Million Dollar Mystery, Hollywood achieves an apotheosis of sorts. It isn't so much a movie as a promo for a promo. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 50% A Prayer for the Dying (1987) It is almost inexplicable how dull and sodden a melodrama A Prayer for the Dying -- about an IRA terrorist in London -- manages to be. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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1/4 43% Overboard (1987) The whole film comes off as an unfunny, nightmarish anti-feminist version of The Taming of the Shrew. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
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2/4 69% Someone to Watch over Me (1987) Much of its failure to convince emotionally as well as intellectually must be laid at the door of its director, Ridley Scott, who seems far happier making super-high-tech thrillers like Alien and Blade Runner. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
81% Tess (1979) A haunting, richly rewarding recreation of one of the towering masterpieces of English fiction. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) Practically everything else in this Pinocchio is ripped off from somewhere. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019