Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 75% Lying and Stealing (2019) [D]irector and co-writer Matt Aselton has fashioned a slick, cool, mischievously dark and fast-paced B-movie thriller. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Miss Arizona (2019) "Miss Arizona" alternates, not altogether gracefully, from heavy, tear-jerking moments to slapstick comedy, sometimes within the same sequence. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 45% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" is kind of dumb and a little bit clunky, but [Kumail] Nanjiani and [Dave] Bautista click, the action sequences are well-filmed and sometimes brutally funny, and we're happy to be along for this summertime escapist ride. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 59% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" is on balance a solid and at times stunningly beautiful film. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) ...beautifully photographed and impressively staged but convoluted and over-the-top...all right, so it's a popcorn movie! - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Though the documentary is conventionally structured, it still stands tall as a valuable record of the life and times and work of an American treasure. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 82% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar tests our patience more than once before delivering some seriously grisly and wonderfully twisted material in the final act. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) When the story shifts to Nashville, the screenplay by Nicole Taylor takes some sharp and insightful turns... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 88% The Raft (2019) Blinded by his ego, acting like the captain of the Bounty, Genoves apparently never realized the experiment was valuable and was yielding interesting if surprising results. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Alas, after a promising first hour, Yesterday plunks one wrong note after another (including one particularly sour interlude), and eventually collapses under the weight of impossible expectations. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a zesty and sweet and satisfying but not an overly dark slice of entertainment. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 76% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Nightmare Cinema as a whole is the bloodiest, most violent, most gruesome and most twisted movie I've seen this year. And I mean that mostly in a good way. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) May the echoes from the Canyon be heard for centuries to come. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 33% Being Frank (2019) What a jerk. But what an interesting jerk to be at the center of a quirky and entertaining deadpan comedy/drama. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019) ...why not make a borderline bat-bleep crazy docu-something of a film chronicling the whole thing? - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) A self-referential Thor joke comes across as forced. The plot about a mole buried deep within the MIB organization offers up a very short list of candidates, and it's beyond easy to decipher which one will turn out to be the turncoat. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 86% 16 Shots (2019) As Rowley's film reminds us, there was no huge public outcry in the immediate aftermath of Laquan's death, no major media surge to investigate the official police line. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 31% Shaft (2019) Middle generation Shaft looks good roaring around in his souped-up Monte Carlo SS. It's too bad the characters as a whole didn't have a better vehicle. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Humor can be a great equalizer, and Thompson and Kaling are terrific as two women who are funny as hell and should never be underestimated. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die is delivered in one long, deadpan note. Some of the sight gags and quips are gold; others are just filler, but still kind of interesting in a wacky sort of way. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This is a gorgeously shot film, alternating between images of San Francisco at its most beautiful and promising, and visuals of the lost and the homeless and the forgotten, who might as well be invisible to the techies... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) If this movie doesn't touch your heart, you'd have to be as lifeless as the toys pretend to be when humans are in the vicinity. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 76% Halston (2019) Unusual framing device aside, Halston is on balance a solid and affectionate tribute to an American original. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Murray plays it straight as the narrator, demonstrating true respect for the honorable vocation of caddying. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) Clip after clip reinforces the image of Pavarotti as a robust man who loved life, loved food, loved wine, loved women - and loved himself, sometimes at the expense of others' feelings. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Despite the frequent verbal confrontation scenes in which characters lash out at one another, soap opera style, for lying or serving their selfish interests, Dark Phoenix doesn't come close to carrying the emotional impact of so many Marvel films... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) For all its eccentricities, The Tomorrow Man plays it too safe. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) From its heavy-handed lectures to its beastie battles filmed in Winterfell-level darkness, the new 'MonsterVerse" entry takes this stuff way too seriously. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Beautiful work from Honor Swinton Byrne. Her future is unlimited. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1.5/4 57% Brightburn (2019) The premise is intriguing, but this gruesome origin story plays like just another slasher film with idiots for victims. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Marwan Kenzari snarls it up as the villainous Jafar, while Nasim Pedrad is endearing and funny as Jasmine's handmaiden and best friend Dalia... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 90% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman manages to be campy and yet sincere, serious and yet ridiculous, profound and yet silly, and quite wonderful. Just like Elton himself. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) In virtually every scenario, director Wilde and the team of screenwriters serve up the material in a fresh and original manner. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1.5/4 10% The Professor (2019) Poof! No doubt this movie will disappear quickly before our very eyes. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) There's that masterpiece of a micro-performance by Jeff Perry, in that single scene. That alone is worth the price of admission. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) The greatness of [it] is that if you're young and you know very little of Muhammad Ali, this would be the perfect place to start learning about him - but if you remember Ali in his prime and you're well-versed in his history, it's STILL a must-see... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's a hard-R live action cartoon, and it is superb, wall-to-wall action entertainment. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 54% Charlie Says (2019) While well-intentioned and thoughtful, "Charlie Says" is too ambivalent and too safe to deliver much in the way of original insight. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 67% Wine Country (2019) ...if you saw this group of friends in a restaurant or at a wine tasting or walking down the street, you'd either feel grateful you have a similar crew, or you'd sure as heck wish you did. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1/4 14% The Hustle (2019) Even with a running time of 93 minutes, The Hustle felt about an hour too long. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) If you're going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more ... imagination? - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) This is a noble effort, but ultimately Mary Magdalene isn't much less of a mystery than she was at the start of the journey. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
0/4 31% The Intruder (2019) Nearly every scene is practically an invitation for the audience to talk back to the screen and ask these people if they've lost their minds. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 68% Stockholm (2019) If you're going to skim along the surface of a story such as this, you'd be hard-pressed to cast someone better suited to the role of the clearly doomed but still irresistible charmer than Ethan Hawke. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/4 30% Red Joan (2019) ...most of Dame Judi's scenes are quick and a criminal waste of her talent. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 76% Family (2019) Props to Steinel, Schilling and company for putting such a fresh twist on a familiar tale. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The Motion Picture Academy never recognizes great acting if it comes attached to a costume or a cape. That doesn't mean Downey isn't deserving of an Oscar. It's great acting in a great film. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2.5/4 84% Her Smell (2019) Stretched over 135 minutes and overloaded with shout-to-the-rafters confrontations, Her Smell has too much talking and squawking, and not enough rocking and rolling. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 72% Teen Spirit (2019) As we've learned from Daniel LaRusso and a host of other underdogs in any manner of competitions, it's not impossible for heart to triumph over technique. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 81% Fast Color (2019) This is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019