Richard Kuipers

Richard Kuipers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Richard Kuipers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016)

"Lusciously photographed and wildly uneven." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2016
No Score Yet

The Forest (2016)

"Spurrier crafts an intriguing and visually beautiful tale that taps into universal childhood experiences while painting a realistic picture of life in a community suffering severe economic and environmental hardships." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2016

Chasing Asylum (2016)

"The revealing and frequently heartbreaking documentary is bound to create shockwaves on home turf and should stir up plenty of interest elsewhere. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 26, 2016

Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016)

"There's never been a road movie quite like Paths of the Soul, an extraordinary chronicle of ordinary Tibetan citizens undertaking a 1,200-mile pilgrimage to Lhasa." ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
No Score Yet

Time Renegades (Siganitalja) (2016)

"South Korean romantic fantasy-thriller hits the mark despite some minor bumps." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Wide Open Sky (2015)

"This Aussie docu about an outback children's choir sings a winning tune." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Chongqing Hot Pot (2016)

"Chinese heist caper starts out as a tasty dish, but turns bland before long." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Heneral Luna (2015)

"Anchored by a charismatic central performance by John Arcilla ("Metro Manila") and peppered with exciting action sequences, the pic has the all-around energy to overcome the odd moment of bumpy storytelling and prosaic dialogue." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2015

Sherpa (2015)

"This film from experienced Aussie documaker Jennifer Peedom packs an emotional punch to match its awe-inspiring imagery." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2015

Sunrise (2014)

"The anguish and guilt of a policeman whose young daughter has gone missing are powerfully conveyed in Sunrise." ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2015

WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015)

"Armed with "Mad Max"-like design elements and a good sense of humor, this energetically executed bloodbath marks a promising feature bow for Australian brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Housebound (2014)

"A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy, Housebound marks a mighty impressive feature bow for Kiwi scripter-helmer-editor Gerard Johnstone." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

"Though it bogs down at times, Yoon Jong-bin's kimchi Western is a rousing, lavishly produced delight." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2014

Starry Eyes (2014)

"Though it's a tad overcranked in the final furlong, the sheer energy on display and a devilishly compelling plot ultimately win the day." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2014

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

"This well-crafted remake of 1978's 'Patrick' is rich in gothic trappings and features a terrific central performance by Sharni Vinson." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
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Quick Change (2013)

"Eduardo Roy Jr.'s well-crafted drama explores Manila's transgender community with docu-like authenticity." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014

Swerve (2013)

"Staple pulp ingredients -- a girl, a gun, a stranger, a crooked cop and a suitcase full of hot cash -- are neatly moved around a dusty outback town in the juicy Aussie thriller Swerve." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 2, 2013

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

"A gory and funny riff on the trusty standby of city kids being menaced by rural types." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 21, 2013

The Gardener (2013)

"With their civilized discussion and amusing asides about the making and marketing of docus, the Makhmalbafs succeed in entertaining and engaging auds who are interested in the question of why people seek religion." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2013

Graceland (2013)

"A potent combo of hostage thriller and high-impact morality play." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Love Story (2011)

"Although the pace tails off just slightly toward the end, the pic never loses its charm, and Habicht emerges as the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2013

Mental (2013)

"Much of the humor is driven by a savage near-hatred of everything suburban, which frequently undermines its own effectiveness, and poses a barrier to auds engaging emotionally with the central character." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2013

I Am Eleven (2014)

"Docu's only slight blemish is some repetitive testimony. Tech aspects are fine." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Buffalo Girls (2012)

"Tthe burning question of child safety and long-term physical effects of fists-and-feet Muay Thai boxing is all but absent." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 14, 2012

Despite the Gods (2012)

"A penetrating, highly entertaining portrait of Lynch as an artist and single mother living through the despairing lows and exhilarating highs of filming on the subcontinent." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2012

Lore (2013)

"Offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective on Germany's traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Agent Vinod (2012)

"Exciting action partly compensates for the lack of scripting and thesping panache." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2012

The Snowtown Murders (2012)

"The result is a movie that can be admired in many respects from a distance but is progressively less emotionally engaging." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Hi-so (2011)

"This artsy romancer is well performed but suffers from muddled, meandering plotting." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007)

"A rare example of a mockumentary geared for family viewing, Aussie laffer Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance runs the world of children's dance competitions through the ringer and comes up with amusing results." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Splinters (2012)

"Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling docu about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 11, 2012

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012)

"The 3D is terrific in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but helmer Tsui Hark's costume actioner -- the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format -- is let down by two-dimensional characters." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 21, 2011

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2012)

"Pic upholds the series' trademark use of pacey action and well-defined characters struggling against oppression and seeking answers to spiritual questions." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 20, 2011

Radio Free Albemuth (2014)

"The pic operates successfully as a study of enlightenment and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

"Dogged by clunky humor and too much travelogue in the early running, helmer Zoya Akhtar's sophomore feature improves markedly halfway through by toning down the tomfoolery and getting to grips with the trio's emotional frailties." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2011
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Redline (2011)

"One of the most visually spectacular toons in recent years." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2011

Thor (2011)

"Thor delivers the goods so long as butt is being kicked and family conflict is playing out in celestial dimensions, but is less thrilling during the Norse warrior god's rather brief banishment on Earth." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2011

What Women Want (2011)

"Asian superstars Gong Li and Andy Lau spark together, but the script rarely produces fireworks." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2011

No One Killed Jessica (2011)

"One of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in Indian legal history is dynamically dramatized." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2011
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Guzaarish (2010)

"A shamelessly manipulative Bollywood meller that's opulently decorated and luxuriously photographed but rarely rings true emotionally." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2011

Oranges And Sunshine (2011)

"A deeply moving study of emotionally scarred adults who were illegally deported as children to Australia from Britain in the 1940s and '50s." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2010

FILM IST. a girl & a gun (2009)

"Deutsch raises the art of found footage assembly to stunning heights. The soundscape, ranging from bouncy electronica to throat singing, is a masterpiece in its own right." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"Playing more like a highlights reel from an established franchise than a movie intended to launch it, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra interrupts its barrage of CGI action for only the barest minimum of anything resembling character development." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2009

Coraline (2009)

"A whimsical fantasy created in stop animation and set in alternate universes, Coraline is a visual treat certain to whisk every age into a magical wonderland." ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 29, 2009

Love the Beast (2009)

"Bana packs plenty of visual grunt for revhead auds, but his misty-eyed narration and awkwardly staged probing of man-car love with an Oz TV psychologist veer close to vanity-project potholes." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 19, 2009

Son of a Lion (2007)

"A commendable addition to the growing number of films centered on children in post-9/11 Islamic societies." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2008

Unfinished Sky (2007)

"An affecting character study for mature viewers." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2008

Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007)

"Spends an entertaining first hour with the charismatic con artist but fails to quit while the going's good." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2008

Bra Boys (2008)

"Lengthy coverage of a murder trial involving Jai and Koby supplies the odd moment of meaningful reflection, but the overall impression is that of an unconvincing PR exercise." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2008
No Score Yet

Legend of Naresuan: Declaration in Independence (2007)

"The second stanza in this gargantuan Thai trilogy is a much more entertaining, if still confusing, proposition for foreign observers than the first, King Naresuan." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2008
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