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Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76% The China Hustle (2018) Think the trade deficit is a source of economic concern? The China Hustle makes the imminent trade war look like a fight over small change.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 91% Lowlife (2018) [Ryan] Prows also has a more deft and adroit handling of race relations in modern America. While Tarantino has always tackled race head-on, if often with too blunt a tool, Lowlife manages to feed in more subtlety.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) But [Shinobu Terajima's] performance, especially when matched by[Kaho] Minami's hard-sighing world-weariness, is nothing less than transfixing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) It's the devotion to that emotional truth that allows [Janus] Metz and cinematographer Niels Thastum to step back, avoiding any major visual tricks. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4.5/5 86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Lynne] Ramsay shoots [john's] operations with the same lean, clinical skill with which he executes them: a master class in melding of performance and editing. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) It's loud, raucous fun, mostly sold by [Dwayne] Johnson, the undisputed champion of CGI smash-fests.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 78% Beirut (2018) [Jon Hamm's] raw charisma, and near-peerless ability to sweat martinis through a disheveled linen suit and still look stylish, sends the film's moral compass spinning - exactly as it should.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 82% Blockers (2018) Yet if there's a real breakout performance here, it's Geraldine Viswanathan... She doesn't deliver her lines. She slices through them with the easy charm and rat-a-tat delivery of the OG Saturday Night Live crew.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) In a genre that has often been plagued by nudge-nudge, wink-wink storytelling, the simple honesty of a family facing impossible odds and eking through is truly chilling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
0/5 20% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) The only person who can possibly feel good about this whole mess is Elton John, who inexplicably once again licenses his songs for the soundtrack. Hope the checks cleared, Rocket Man.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) And yet, for all those weaknesses, this is a Steven Spielberg film, of the kind only Steven Spielberg can make. Big, raucous, heartfelt, referential, and unabashed in celebrating the culture he has always loved.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It is beautiful, lyrical, tragic, redemptive, and focused down to the last tick on a dog's nose.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
75% Upgrade (2018) For the ambition alone, it's worth the watch; for its daring approach, and another effortless depiction of a broken soul from Marshall-Green, it's definitely worth freeing up space in your wetware.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
79% American Animals (2018) Moreover, Layton stylishly smashes true crime into the film obsessions that powered the man-child posse. Part The Thin Blue Line, part The Taking of Pelham 123, it's an all-American tale of self-destruction through delusion. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
100% Chef Flynn (2018) Yet, even with omission, there's something intriguing about how this floppy-haired kid with a santoku didn't become the Marjoe of the kitchen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
No Score Yet Nossa Chape (2018) From finger pointing to shared sadness, and moments of unexpected communion and joy, Nossa Chape is most engrossing when it pulls back from individual players, and takes in the whole stadium.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Time Trial (2017) It's hard to watch, but impossible not to be drawn into [Millar's] raging against the dying of his own personal light.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) But that's not enough, especially since Lawrence's efforts at a glacial aloofness just read as boredom, and are boring.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/5 81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) It wants so hard to be Pulp Fiction, but it ends up 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 71% Permission (2018) Nearly every minute the camera is focused on her, [Rebecca] Hall wears a vague, faraway look of uncertainty, as though she is contemplating the past, present, and future all at once.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 85% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Most importantly, it has the same kind of charm and wonder, and the same simple message that being yourself is the best thing to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) [Chadwick] Boseman carries that moral and emotional weight to reaffirm him as one of Marvel's finest casting choices‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 82% A Ciambra (2018) The director avoids turning this into some form of misery tourism, which would be a real risk in less adept hands: yet the story is told with such a uniform tone that itÂ's hard to remain emotionally engaged.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/5 0% Living Among Us (2018) Living Among Us ticks off every convention of the found footage format, and does so with low-level tedium. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 84% The Final Year (2018) The deepest frustration is that Barker had seemingly unrestricted access to one of the most revolutionary and skilled White House offices of the postwar era, yet the end result is like condensing an entire season of The West Wing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) Yet what could have been a flag-waving slog across the beautiful wilderness of Afghanistan (substituted here by New Mexico), interspersed with massive explosions, is instead surprisingly elegant for a blockbuster.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 77% Small Town Crime (2018) Small Town Crime is so engrossing in its optimistic darkness that it screams for the further pulpy adventures of Mike Kendall. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/5 57% The Commuter (2018) The Commuter is exactly the kind of post-Taken aging-action-star part that Neeson could do in his sleep, and while he's not exactly dozing through the script, it lacks his normal grizzled fire and drive.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/5 73% Hostiles (2018) [Scott] Cooper's version feels timeless yet contemporary, diving headlong into the ongoing and often horrific impact of the United States' policies and attitudes to indigenous culture.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/5 99% God's Own Country (2017) Earnest, honest, accurate, and unrelenting, this is the true romance of the countryside, dung-splattered boots and all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
1.5/5 19% Father Figures (2017) It's not that Father Figures is irredeemably bad. It's that it's so predictable and yet so tonally disjointed. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) If the storytelling technique is a little prosaic, the subject matter is more than sufficiently engrossing. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) What makes this a true high adventure is that it catches the details and nuances of what made Nineties multiplayer console games so infectious and frustrating.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) But these are minor quibbles compared to the depth, wonder, and sense of heroism that The Last Jedi brings back.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/5 15% Psychopaths (2017) None more so than another standout performance from [Ashley] Bell as a Fifties-obsessed fractured mind, who flips from nightclub chanteuse, to Donna Reed homemaker, to carving knife slasher in the blink of an eye.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Why would legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike want to adapt the big-screen version of Hiroaki Samura's mega-selling manga Blade of the Immortal? Because he's Takashi Miike, and that's reason enough.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
3.5/5 96% The Endless (2018) [Justin] Benson and [Aaron] Moorhead are in every frame of this film. Together they give the cosmos-mangling insanity a grounded truth and a light hilarity‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) For all its clear theatre-bound roots, Thoroughbreds never once feels stagey. [Cory] Finley makes audacious cinematic decisions. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/4 83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) At the core is an unnerving and mesmerizing performance by Austin & Ally star Lynch, who may have managed the most revolutionary reinvention for a Disney Channel alum since Ryan Gosling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
89% Wheelman (2017) This is a white-knuckle ride, with a twisting script to match.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
62% The Cured (2018) The Cured may owe much to viral shockers like 28 Days Later, but its political and personal insight elevates it alongside the best of contemporary European realism.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
93% Thelma (2017) With the beguiling and disturbing Thelma, Cannes-lauded filmmaker Joachim Trier adapts to supernatural-tinged horror with almost disturbing ease.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
72% 68 Kill (2017) Sleazy, skeezy, and delightfully breezy, what 68 Kill lacks in earnest observation and character depth, it makes up for in lurid insanity.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
94% Prevenge (2017) What distinguishes Prevenge from the pack is the unsettling tragedy of Ruth. She's either an unwilling agent of her unborn's malice, or flat-out insane with grief.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
52% Porto (2017) This is a remarkable and tender romance curtailed, broken by character flaws, yet one that leaves the audience still in love with the protagonists, in all their fractured ways.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
94% Most Beautiful Island (2017) An intriguing and slow-burn reinvention of survival horror.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
80% Tragedy Girls (2017) It's a ridiculous setup, but the action embraces the silliness for a sick, slick satire, as the girls get bloodier and more gruesomely creative to get their moment of fame.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
89% Don't Kill It (2017) In the perfectly self-aware Lundgren, [Mendez] has his perfect muse/foil for his brand of smartly/silly horror spoof.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
80% Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) It's precisely because it feels so real that it feels so stomach-droppingly plausible: The mundanity makes it all the more terrifying.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Demolisher (2015) If you're looking for a slasher/vigilante mash-up ... Gabriel Carrer forges a powerful fusion in The Demolisher, a horror/crime melding that is both visceral and cerebral.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016