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Richard James Havis

Richard James Havis
Richard James Havis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International, Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 46%

The Young Messiah (2016)

"[Non-Christians] will find this trudge through Jesus' childhood years laborious, even though it thankfully refrains from proselytising." South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 5, 2016
2/5 19%

Incarnate (2016)

"Brad Peyton would seem to have viewed The Exorcist more times than is good for him, and evidently has a desire to be a new incarnation of horror director John Carpenter." South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 5, 2016
1/5 0%

Shut In (2016)

"How Shut In managed to get a worldwide release presents a bigger mystery than its story." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Moore does a good job of introducing US viewers to different perspectives, and the movie is aimed at a home audience who might not be aware that countries like Slovenia even exist." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3.5/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"The risqué nature of the chat doesn't mask the fact that directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, bizarrely, do intend to convey a message, and have put across their point well." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 8, 2016
3.5/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"This is a B-movie dressed up to look like something deeper, although that doesn't negate its potential to entertain." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 7, 2016
2.5/5 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Inferno proves to be as crude and unsophisticated as its source material." South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3.5/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Although it doesn't have the emotional pull of the 1960 John Sturges classic, this modernisation of The Magnificent Seven is still a rip-roaring action western." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Beatles fans are in for an enjoyable, if unenlightening, viewing experience, while those who don't know much about them will find it a Fab Four 101." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Oliver Stone is a filmmaker first and a political analyst second, and he manages to make the story thrilling even if everyone knows the ending." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2.5/5 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"There's no excuse for the film's vile misogyny, even if violence against women is a staple ingredient of such films." South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 63%

Storks (2016)

"Though its heart is certainly in the right place, Storks doesn't hold much for anybody - and even its intended audience of youngish children might find it a bore." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 70%

Café Society (2016)

"A fully fledged romance whose characters are analytical rather than passionate, the film's made with the head, not the heart." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"Writer and star Jennifer Saunders has kept all the elements of the show the same, and that's a good thing, as the original worked perfectly." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 19, 2016
1/5 11%

Nine Lives (2016)

"The only reason for this film's existence can be that some bright spark of a producer wanted to translate the appeal of cute cat videos to the big screen." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 59%

Bad Moms (2016)

"In spite of its crudity, Bad Moms shows just how conservative mainstream filmmaking has become." South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 6, 2016
2.5/5 28%

The Letters (2015)

"The film presents a meek and mild story which emphasises a cloying niceness, and even brings a rosy hue to the extreme suffering of the poor in India." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 23, 2016
1/5 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"A dumbed-down entry in an already dumb genre, this inane sex comedy is neither funny nor outrageous enough to interest any viewer with an IQ higher than zero." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"There's not a lot of screaming and pointless running around to fill time - it's a tight script in which everything adds up." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"What starts off as an intriguing Kafkaesque story about a businessman waiting to meet a king in an unbuilt desert city in Saudi Arabia unexpectedly metamorphoses into a dull romance." South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"The intellectual subtleties of Ballard's book are rendered too obvious on the big screen, and it all deteriorates into an exercise in British misery and nastiness." South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/5 70%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"If there is a story to Central Intelligence, it's plain the scriptwriters themselves don't know what it is." South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"It has a breathless, often frantic storyline that doesn't add up to much. But the beautifully rendered undersea locations and a rip-roaring nail-biter of an ending make up for the slack." South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"This biopic makes [maths] seem exciting and necessary, and sets it in a wide human context to appeal to those who have difficulty adding up their shopping bills." South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 21, 2016
2/5 28%

Fathers And Daughters (2016)

"Anyone wishing to experience two hours of misery should buy a ticket for Fathers and Daughters." South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"'The Nice Guys' is anarchic, irreverent, juvenile and sometimes downright uncomfortable, but it's also occasionally hilarious. ... A provocative film that pretends to be more stupid than it is." South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"How a director could turn one of literature's most imaginative works into such a humdrum affair is a mystery, but that's just what James Bobin has managed to do." South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"Director John Hillcoat doesn't bring anything new to the table, but he's crafted such a genuinely riveting movie that the familiarity barely matters." South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 7, 2016
3.5/5 59%

The Program (2016)

"This biopic of disgraced Tour De France cyclist Lance Armstrong morphs into an epic analysis of blind ambition, and of deception on a grand scale." South China Morning Post
Posted May 23, 2016
2.5/5 0%

The Offering (2016)

"The film steals elements from supernatural classics such as The Omen, The Exorcist, and The Ring. ... The elements don't add up to anything more than a muddle." South China Morning Post
Posted May 22, 2016
3.5/5 62%

Truth (2015)

"One of Robert Redford's occasional forays into political filmmaking, this small-scale drama is packed with ideas. ... Great performances by Redford and Blanchett inject the movie with dramatic brio." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 19, 2016
3.5/5 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"An unexpected blend of apocalyptic science-fiction and serial killer styles, it is, for once, completely impossible to guess how the story will resolve." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 13, 2016
1/5 29%

The Captive (2014)

"The Captive revels in its own nastiness and makes for a highly unpleasant watch." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"The British do underdog stories well, and the good bits come from Edwards' battles with a society that would prefer him to give up on his Olympic dream and remain a plasterer." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"The story is a neat mix of politics, Hollywood manipulation, and family life." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"A plot as patchy as a panda doesn't mar the enjoyment of this third look at the animated high-kicking bear and his fighting animal friends. The animation ... is super-smooth." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Held together by an effective, if downplayed, Chandler-esque crime yarn, it touches on Marxist theory, theology, hubris, and even synchronised swimming. Film buffs will find it a treat." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"This unfortunate film dearly wants to be Thor set in ancient Egypt, but ... comes up way short of that unambitious aim." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 94%

Creed (2015)

"While it makes the bold move of turning Rocky into a supporting character, this solid slice of mainstream entertainment will please fans of the long-running boxing series." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"The storm scenes are exciting and unpredictable, and prove downright scary at times. But it's the unusually idiosyncratic characters that raise the film to the level of a bona fide drama." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1.5/5 48%

How To Be Single (2016)

"This dismal attempt to spice up a romantic comedy is as crude and clunky as they come." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Even though it's a pulp western brimming with the director's usual blood, guts and wry humour, the racial politics are more contemporary in nature than in Django Unchained." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 50%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"The story of the attack ... in 2012 generally sticks to what is thought to have happened, and provides some tense action scenes without belittling the sensitive material." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1/5 16%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

"Irritating characters, little semblance of a plot, weak gags, and sub-par performances ... result in a film that doesn't even have enough going on to interest a five-year-old." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Although it stars friendly dinosaurs, the theme of overcoming fear -- or, in fact, learning to live with fear -- is handled in a more mature way than many live-action features." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1.5/5 7%

Survivor (2015)

"Brosnan has a good time hamming it up as a heartless assassin, but why Jovovich is forced to spend the whole film darting around with black smudges on her face is a mystery." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 78%

Kill the Messenger (2014)

"The script by former journalist Peter Landesman, who recently directed the medical drama Concussion, does a good job of simplifying a complex real-life chain of events." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Concussion is clever in the way that it criticises the NFL, a central part of American culture, and yet ... upholds the American dream of hard work being rewarded by success." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 39%

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"Those who've seen the mysterious original will find the remake plodding, and those who haven't will enjoy it as a modern-day film noir." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"Aside from a bit of mild toilet humour, Daddy's Home is a traditional Hollywood seasonal comedy in the mould of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles." South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
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