Richard Kuipers

Richard Kuipers
Richard Kuipers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile Variety
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T-Meter Title | Year
56% Skyfire (2021) It's no great leap forward in filmmaking, but the big-budget disaster movie "Skyfire" does prove that China is now capable of producing its own brand of utterly preposterous and enjoyably trashy popcorn entertainment for a global audience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
83% The Night (2021) Ahari's impressive feature debut is sure to satisfy genre fans and has the emotional heft and classy production values to attract discerning general audiences. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
70% Tezuka's Barbara (2019) Though too cool and distant to pack any great emotional punch, "Barbara" is never dull thanks to Nikaido's knockout central performance and top-class technical presentation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
73% The Prey (2020) This survival thriller doesn't bring anything significantly new to the table but the frequency and quality of its gunplay and martial arts combat should keep most action fans happy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
No Score Yet A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic (You to Bakemono ni Naru Chichi ga Tsurai) (2019) Katagari's second feature cleverly plays like a quirky little TV sitcom about an ordinary middle-class family before moving into darker territory. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
83% Gundala (2019) An action-packed and emotionally satisfying adaptation of the treasured Indonesian comicbook created by Harya "Hasmi" Suraminata. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Chasing Dream (2019) "Chasing Dream" has some clunky plot contrivances and lacks emotional depth, but for sheer entertainment value, it delivers handsomely. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
48% My Spy (2020) Segal... generates an amiable atmosphere in domestic scenes and gets solid performances from a cast that's given some good and some not-so-good material to work with. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
No Score Yet Somewhere Winter (2019) Packed with high emotion without ever getting too schmaltzy or overheated, these episodes chart the giddy highs and agonizing lows of lovers pulled apart by circumstances... and the cruel interference of others. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
86% Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019) Private grief and public mourning are examined in "Birthday," a deeply moving drama about a fractured family attempting to get on with life following the death of their son in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
75% The Captain (2019) Though riddled with wobbly dialogue and wafer-thin characters, this patriotic thriller is easy enough to enjoy if you don't look too closely. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Slam (2018) For all its social and political subtext, "Slam" always stays firmly on track as a propulsive and engrossing thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% Send Me to the Clouds (2019) Teng's fine-tuned direction and Yao's spot-on performance combine impressively to maintain Sheng Nan's dignity and deepen viewers' sympathy even as she stumbles, blunders and suffers embarrassment in her pursuit of satisfaction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Dying to Survive (2019) Though it could have done with tighter editing in several scenes that linger too long after getting their messages across, "Survive" earns the tears many viewers will have shed... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
94% Kingdom (2019) "Kingdom" bounces along with high energy and nice sprinklings of dry humor for the vast majority of its lengthy running time. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
57% The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) For all its shortcomings, "Drug Lords" is never less than propulsive and entertaining for viewers seeking frequent and stylishly executed thrills. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet The 12th Suspect (2019) Much like the methodology of its protagonist, "The 12th Suspect" lulls viewers into a sense of calm and order before going for the jugular. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
68% White Snake (2019) First-time feature writer Da Mao and debuting feature co-directors Zhao Ji and Amp Wong strike a pleasing balance between thunderous action scenes and appealing romance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Assassination of G (G Affairs) (G saat) (2019) [A] striking, metaphor-heavy excursion into corruption and moral decay in contemporary Hong Kong. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
66% The Furies (2019) The Furies" marks a solid feature debut for Aussie writer-director Tony D'Aquino. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
75% Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) For shootouts, explosions and tough talk, "Wild Bunch" has plenty to please action fans. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Savage (Xue bao) (2019) This no-nonsense affair about a dogged detective squaring off with a trio of vicious crooks packs plenty of excitement and visual splendor into a familiar scenario, and is well performed by a top-notch cast... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Despite his skimpily defined character, Zhang hits the mark as a likable guy who's trying to put violence behind him and lay inner demons to rest. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Red Phallus (2018) Gyeltshen's noteworthy feature debut is marked by pungent criticism of stifling social norms and psychological violence that's rarely found in cinema from The Happy Kingdom. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
No Score Yet A First Farewell (2018) Beautifully photographed and performed by amazingly talented non-professional child actors, Wang's film is an emotionally rewarding glimpse into challenges faced by this Muslim minority. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
70% The Wandering Earth (2019) Proves that when it comes to watching special-effects extravaganzas in which stock characters scramble to intervene while the planet faces obliteration, it's a small world after all. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Aruna & Her Palate (Aruna & Lidahnya) (2018) "Aruna" manages to overcome its sometimes awkward ingredients thanks to crisp direction and appealing performances from a top-notch cast. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
68% Storm Boy (2019) Themes of loss, grief and separation are pitched at just the right level to resonate with children and adults alike. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Poet (2018) An affecting and magnificently photographed love story set in a Chinese mining town during the massive economic reforms of the 1980s and '90s, "The Poet" is the best film yet by Shanghai born writer-director Liu Hao. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
40% Three Husbands (2018) Though primarily concerned with pushing things to the limit, the screenplay by Chan and Lam Kee-to is not without moments of poignancy and poetry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
100% Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Intelligently written, well performed and emotionally rewarding... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
No Score Yet Long Time No Sea (2018) Tsui's screenplay balances gentle humor and non-melodramatic heartache wonderfully well en route to a climax on the big stage at Kaohsiung. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
38% Days of Thunder (1990) The only historically noteworthy thing about this big, dumb testosterone fantasy is the first screen teaming of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. - Urban Cinefile EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
100% Clean Up (2018) "Clean Up" potently examines feelings of grief, guilt, and redemption. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Rona, Azim's Mother (Rona, madar-e Azim) (2018) An illuminating picture of family tensions and bureaucratic frustrations that arise in a community trapped in a seemingly never-ending state of limbo. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
88% Ladies in Black (2018) "Ladies" is let down by a screenplay lacking the sharp wit and emotional depth to bring its characters and themes fully to life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Manta Ray (2018) This superficially simple tale of identity, displacement and friendship is wrapped in layers of symbolism that will likely be pleasurably hypnotic for many viewers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
100% The Island (2018) An entertaining if overlong dramedy about company workers splitting into rival factions after being shipwrecked on a desert island. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
83% Ghost Walk (2018) Yu gets a bit tangled up with plot mechanics toward the end but succeeds in painting a lyrical picture of loneliness and isolation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna" registers as more than just a throwaway novelty item thanks to simple yet highly effective emotional underpinnings. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
83% BuyBust (2018) A superbly executed action film about drug squad members fighting for their lives in a maze-like Manila slum that resembles nothing less than hell on earth. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
83% Believer (2018) Johnnie To's gritty mainland crime epic "Drug War" (2012) is given a slick and mostly effective South Korean re-tooling in "Believer." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Opens with an unbroken 37-minute shot of monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning into a funny satire of low-budget genre filmmaking - and eventually becoming a charming family comedy-drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
78% Kangaroo (2018) Has the potential to help bring kangaroo welfare and management into much sharper focus in Australia and internationally. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
75% Swinging Safari (2019) As he did so winningly in "Priscilla" and 1997's unfairly overlooked outback comedy "Welcome to Woop Woop," Elliott celebrates Australian identity with genuine love while simultaneously roasting it over the coals of no-holds-barred satire and parody. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Passage of Life (2017) There's barely a false note in "Passage of Life," an outstanding social realist drama about a Burmese refugee family facing an uncertain future in Tokyo. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
100% Old Beast (2017) Social realism is delivered with an impressively tough edge in "Old Beast," a compelling portrait of a selfish father whose reprehensible behavior drives his adult children to take drastic action. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
100% The Looming Storm (2017) This moody item is an engrossing character study with potent commentary on the monumental social and economic changes in recent Chinese history, but it's less successful in bringing its mystery elements to a satisfying conclusion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet The Lowlife (Saitei.) (2017) Anchored firmly in the emotional struggles and family relationships of its fascinating characters, this gritty slice of documentary-like drama neither condemns nor condones the porn industry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Portrait (2017) Clearly made with the utmost love and care, "The Portrait" is beautifully decorated and top-notch in every technical detail. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017