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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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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
No Score Yet Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Intelligently written, well performed and emotionally rewarding...‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
39% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Clean Up (2018) "Clean Up" potently examines feelings of grief, guilt, and redemption.‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
83% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
80% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna" registers as more than just a throwaway novelty item thanks to simple yet highly effective emotional underpinnings.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
79% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
77% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
74% Swinging Safari (2018) 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Someone From Nowhere (2017) A gripping existential psychodrama by multitalented Thai filmmaker Prabda Yoon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Sveta (2017) With her striking face and a death stare of almost other-worldly intensity, Sveta's virtually impossible not to watch, no matter how appalling her actions become.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
36% Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) (2017) Following [a] spirited set-up, the story never gains much propulsion or emotional weight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
86% Human Traces (2017) First-time feature writer-director Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
80% West of Sunshine (2017) Fatherhood gets an incisive examination in "West of Sunshine," the short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet Birdshot (2016) A gripping combination of police procedural and coming-of-age drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
79% Tokyo Ghoul (Tôkyô gûru) (2017) Stylishly decorated and generating all-important sympathy for a character living precariously in two worlds, director Kentaro Hagiwara's feature debut gets the drama right but is let down by visual effects that are sometimes unconvincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
71% Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017) "Monsters" paints a disturbing picture of contemporary youth culture while delivering gruesome sights that'll have horror hounds howling in approval.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
80% Don't Tell (2017) Its deep compassion and intelligent examination of an especially terrible type of injustice will win the day for many viewers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
No Score Yet The King's Case Note (Im-geum-nim-eui Sa-geon-soo-cheob) (2017) Beginning brightly with goofy slapstick, irreverent humor and a dastardly plot to overthrow the monarch, the film squanders its early success in a second half marred by pedestrian pacing and ho-hum action scenes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
76% Jasper Jones (2016) Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) All the performances are tops, right down to the bit parts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Lady of the Lake (2016) "Lady of the Lake" is light on plot but makes strong statements about human rights and the corrosive effects of living in a constant state of fear.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
33% The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016) Lusciously photographed and wildly uneven.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
90% 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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
No Score Yet Time Renegades (Siganitalja) (2016) South Korean romantic fantasy-thriller hits the mark despite some minor bumps.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
100% Wide Open Sky (2015) This Aussie docu about an outback children's choir sings a winning tune.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
30% Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) Chinese heist caper starts out as a tasty dish, but turns bland before long.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
71% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
97% Sherpa (2015) This film from experienced Aussie documaker Jennifer Peedom packs an emotional punch to match its awe-inspiring imagery.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
88% Sunrise (2014) The anguish and guilt of a policeman whose young daughter has gone missing are powerfully conveyed in Sunrise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
79% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
97% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
82% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
76% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
80% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2014