Rick Chatenever

Rick Chatenever
Rick Chatenever's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Santa Cruz Sentinel
Publications: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% The Shining (1980) For the stout-hearted, The Shining is definitely worth seeing for Nicholson's performance as well as Kubrick's fancy camerawork. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) Historically the film has meaning -- not only as a record of something preserved, but also as a reminder of something lost. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
50% The Frisco Kid (1979) A nice little ditty that feats neatly in the "mildly amusing" category. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
24% Xanadu (1980) Looks more like a nouveau record album cover come to life. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
50% The Lord of the Rings (1978) Full of epic effects and breathtaking battles the film reflects Bakshi's ingenuity, with photographic imagery and light show effects expanding the limits of the palette used in previous animation features. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
44% Teen Wolf (1985) The idea that being a werewolf is something certain teens have to learn to live with like acne is a pretty novel concept to begin with. The problem is that Teen Wolf doesn't know where to go from there. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
29% The Amityville Horror (1979) Overall, The Amityville Horror will undoubtedly convince audiences that something did happen in Amityville -- but will leave them wondering what the big fuss was all about. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Wifemistress (1977) It's sprinkling on the parmesan to disguise the fact that what you're eating is basically bland fare, a simple mix of flour and water. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
57% California Suite (1978) At its best, Simon's dialogue is both entertaining and illuminating and it's at its best in much of this film. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
58% Lifeforce (1985) Combining outer space adventure with late show horror might seem a great way to double your audience, but Lifeforce doesn't do real well in either genre. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
52% Return to Oz (1985) From just about every standpoint Return to Oz is competently executed but ill-advised. It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers are trying to reach; it's easier to predict that filmgoers of all ages will be pretty well turned off. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
44% The Wiz (1978) Taken on its own terms it gets better as it goes along, and winds up generating a mostly happy experience for those members of the audience who will take its lead and "ease on down" the road. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
96% GoodFellas (1990) The dialogue is as wonderful as it is profane. The performances are as down-to-earth and familiar as they are superlative achievements in screen acting. The movie is so densely textured, you can almost smell the gravy cooking on the stove in the kitchen. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Do you remember the Beatles? Those that do will be amazed at the way Stigwood can use so much of their music and capture so little of its essence. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
88% The Wicker Man (1973) Its mysteries rely not on easy gimmicks, but on a process of intellectual unfolding carried out jointly by Howie and the viewer. All of this takes place against a context or texture of haunting eeriness. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
82% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) For all the artistry in the background and behind the camera, Driving Miss Daisy is ultimately an acting showcase. And its stars are ultimately responsible for the delight it creates. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
91% Ordinary People (1980) For its apparent lack of action, Ordinary People is superbly moving and dramatic, generating great excitement in the exchanges between characters. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
93% Amadeus (1984) Both Shaffer and Forman sidestep traps of being too obvious or of oversimplifying. Consequently, both Mozart and Salieri emerge as complex figures, full of contrasting impulses. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
82% Dances With Wolves (1990) It's still a wonderful time at the movies by turns, a grand adventure, a great inspiration, and a missing chapter In what it means to be human. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The creator of Something Wild establishes a similarly unpredictable context here, mixing suspense and thrills and even black humor in provocative fashion. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
29% Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) It still is a sad commentary that so much creative energy should have gone into such a sordid, kinky and ultimately demoralizing look at such bizarre facets of human nature both on the screen and in the audience. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
86% Gandhi (1982) Few people will leave the theater unaffected, or unchanged. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
84% Chariots of Fire (1981) This sumptuously produced true story of two very different runners who became the stars and national heroes of Britain's 1924 Olympic team manages to blend the exquisite color and excitement of sport with deeper emotional and spiritual elements. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
50% Mommie Dearest (1981) Mommie Dearest is a work created out of pain, but by the time it gets to the screen the audience is laughing at its heroine's pathetic -- and potentially violent -- outbursts. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
100% The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Starring newcomer Gary Busey in the title role, the film is already being touted as the sleeper of the year and deservedly so. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000