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Richard James Havis

Richard James Havis

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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
4/5 63% 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 26% 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 91% 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 55% 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 57% 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 61% 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 75% 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 86% 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 49% 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 51% 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 40% 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 32% 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
3.5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Older fans of Charlie Brown and Snoopy need not worry: this is an extremely faithful rendition of the strip. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1.5/5 22% Before We Go (2015) "The storyline is so bland it wouldn't even pass master for a daytime soap, and the strangely off-kilter depiction of New York doesn't help. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 30% Burnt (2015) "While the chef's rock-star persona ... does seem excessive, an excellent script and an immersive performance by Cooper result in an interesting character study. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 80% Human Capital (2015) "Riveting in an insidious way, this Italian drama continues the long-standing European filmmaking tradition of excoriating the bourgeoisie. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "The story is stolid at times, but the dynamic shots of the crew working the rigging and maintaining the boat look accurate and keep everything lively. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 33% By The Sea (2015) "An emphasis on superficial gloss and prettiness suggest that this is a vanity project driven by Jolie the actress, rather than a serious attempt by Jolie the director. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1.5/5 35% Knock Knock (2015) "Although Keanu Reeves has never been noted for his subtlety as a thespian, his performance as a captive husband in Knock Knock could easily be bettered by a stationary object like a chair. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "This delicate movie elevates itself from the usual run-of-the-mill schooldays saga with a script that is one part funny, one part tragic and all parts thoroughly human. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/5 34% The Green Inferno (2015) "This weak splatter movie ... isn't half scary enough. Even fans of cinematic gore will be disappointed by the hammy attempts at blood and guts. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 92% Bridge of Spies (2015) "It's a mellow film which, much like Lincoln, aims for believability rather than excitement. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 93% Sicario (2015) "A textbook piece of thriller filmmaking. The script is labyrinthine and credible, the locations look realistic, and the acting is uniformly superb. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 85% The Walk (2015) "Petit's adventure and this funereal subtext knit together very well, and in spite of its location, the film avoids sentimentality and prescience, and ultimately proves touching. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "A rip-roaring monster ball finale, complete with a whopping great punch-up featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, werewolves and bats, more than makes up for the flaws. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 42% American Ultra (2015) "This ultra-violent caper plays like a cross between a 1990s slacker drama and a classic John Woo film. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 25% Skin Trade (2015) "It's nostalgic fun to watch genuine martial arts experts fighting each other on the screen. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "In spite of its human rights background story and the presence of actor Sean Penn, The Gunman unspools as little more than a by-the-numbers action thriller. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
1/5 45% No Escape (2015) "This appalling escape movie takes racism towards Asians to an extreme not seen for many years in mainstream films. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/5 44% Miracles from Heaven (2016) "The religious thrust - that life is tough to get through and being a Christian makes it a bit easier - is weak, and the film is disturbingly anti-scientific at its core. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 56% Paper Towns (2015) "A smart script peppered with genuinely witty dialogue and some nuanced acting by a young ensemble cast at least keep this coming-of-age story watchable throughout. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/5 59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "This movie is unnecessarily sadistic. ... The story would have been just as effective without [some of its] scenes of violence, which verge on exploitation. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 31% Poltergeist (2015) "Despite [its] reverential treatment, Kenan and producer Sam Raimi manage to serve up an effective supernatural horror film that's capable of standing on its own feet. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "Although it would be stretching things to describe Zootopia as a metaphor for modern society, its underlying message of racial tolerance is a useful lesson for everyone. " ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Apr 5, 2016
50% Mother of Tears: The Third Mother (2007) "This deliciously wicked slice of demonic horror from Italian master Dario Argento serves as a devilish antidote to bleak shockers like Saw." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2008
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