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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 83% The Founder (2017) Kroc is a nasty piece of work, but the film's squeaky clean approach often makes him seem like an all-American hero.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
4/5 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Cineastes will love Hitchcock/Truffaut, and film students shouldn't miss it.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Peter Berg's direction is never mawkish, and provides many moments of unexpected sensitivity.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
2.5/5 6% Rings (2017) The delivery is perfunctory at best, and viewers who don't already know the story might not be able to figure out what's happening.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 86% Lion (2016) Those expecting the usual exoticised version of India will be surprised by the brutal, neo-realist way it's portrayed.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Politics is given a back seat, and that's what makes Jackie interesting - it unspools as a deep character study of its subject rather than a history lesson.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
2/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Somewhere at Paramount Animation, some bright spark must have noticed that boys like trucks and monsters.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) By skillfully avoiding polemical statements and scenes of high drama, ... the film sends a powerful message about the evils of racism.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
4/5 95% Moana (2016) Disney's take on the oceanic myths of the Pacific Islands could go on to become an animated classic.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 82% Glassland (2016) Glassland has a minimalist purity to it, and Barrett avoids manipulation and lets the images and characters speak for themselves.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
3.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) An unusually delicate tale about how to cope with an alien arrival on Earth.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
2.5/5 61% Allied (2016) Although costumes and sets look suitably glorious, there's little on-screen magic between co-stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The producers of Collateral Beauty have done a marvellous job in managing to persuade so many A-list stars to appear in a thoroughly appalling movie.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
3.5/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Captain Fantastic would be excellent if it wasn't for a badly made, out-of-place finale. ... Otherwise, this offbeat drama ... is provocative, witty, unusual and original.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 47% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
2/5 15% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
1/5 6% Shut In (2016) How Shut In managed to get a worldwide release presents a bigger mystery than its story.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
2.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno proves to be as crude and unsophisticated as its source material.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) In spite of its crudity, Bad Moms shows just how conservative mainstream filmmaking has become.‐ South China Morning Post
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
1/5 35% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/5 76% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 70% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/5 61% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/5 69% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016