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
85% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) The performances, by turns, smolder, ignite and explode in this haunting, highly original drama. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Jigsaw Man (1984) Unfortunately, even with the venerable Sir Laurence Olivier and the usually durable Michael Caine heading the credits, this espionage escapade gives very few insights into the whole international spy game. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
83% Cannery Row (1982) Cannery Row falls a long way short of being a great movie -- but it does just fine as a pretty good one. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
92% My Dinner with André (1981) My Dinner With Andre elevates the simple activity of conversation to a fine -- and lively -- art. It is a film rich in ideas and brimming with very honest humanity. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
100% Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981) It is a rough film to sit through, but sitting through it is definitely a worthwhile and illuminating experience. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
97% Victor Victoria (1982) Victor Victoria is offbeat for sure -- but it is also infectiously effervescent, a well-crafted film revealing a light heart and a light touch. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
83% Shoot the Moon (1982) It is a fine movie, full of craft and humanity -- but one which exacts a heavy emotional price from those seeking its illumination. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
67% Christiane F (1981) Brunkhorst is quite believable in the leading role, but in helping the film achieve a high level of veracity, it also gains a degree of sensationalism that doesn't sit well. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
92% Ragtime (1981) A most enjoyable and sometimes splendid movie, which blends its artistic and social concerns with assurance, ingenuity and an unfaltering sense of rhythm. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
86% Quest for Fire (1981) The film may take a bit of getting used to, but proves to be well worth the effort. Audiences will find themselves not only informed and illuminated by its unique vision, but also enthralled and -- the biggest surprise of all --quite entertained. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
86% Sharky's Machine (1981) Overall, Sharky's Machine manages to get enough good stuff onto the screen to suggest that Reynolds is at least a competent director but undoes most of its good effects long before it reaches its sordid climax. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
67% Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) Dreyfuss never seems to get far enough into his character to make his anguish -- or his decision to fight -- real. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
71% Personal Best (1982) Personal Best is a winner, thanks to its rich characterizations and the interesting behind-the-scenes look it gives us into its unique milieu. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
38% Creator (1985) Creator is a refreshingly intelligent movie. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
No Score Yet Le cavaleur (1979) [The film] is light, wry and touching. It deals with potentially painful subject matter with a soft, loving touch like dandelion fluff floating gently in the wind over troubled waters below. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
71% Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) Rather than explaining and involving himself with the nuances of Theresa's character, though, Brooks chooses instead to make her a symbol, and a cliched symbol at that, of an America that he neither understands nor likes very much. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
61% The Turning Point (1977) An engrossing, uplifting experience, that manages also to be constantly entertaining. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
17% The World's Greatest Lover (1977) Wilder shows sparks of greatness, more as director than actor. But while he seems to have the potential to make excellent films someday, this one will probably be remembered as a brief stop along the way. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984) The storyline is fluffy, but meticulously crafted. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
85% 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
25% Xanadu (1980) Looks more like a nouveau record album cover come to life. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
52% 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
28% 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
60% 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
42% 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
81% 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
89% 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
28% 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
84% 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
49% 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