Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Stephen Dalton's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

"A lightly gothic murder ballad made with great finesse and a fine cast." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2016

The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2014)

"The man and his motivations remain oddly elusive in this blankly heroic, clunkingly predictable portrait." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Mascots (2016)

"The jokes are uneven, the caricatures often overly broad, and the plot almost nonexistent." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Lady Macbeth (2016)

"Lady Macbeth mostly operates within established period conventions, but draws fresh blood from antique material thanks to a sparky cast, subtle nods to contemporary race and gender issues, and a hefty shot of gothic melodrama." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Free Fire (2016)

"Alas, for all its stellar talent, Free Fire is a scattershot exercise in genre homage that ultimately misses the target." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016

High-Rise (2016)

"There is a goldmine of rich material here, all beautifully shot, but fatally lacking in focus or momentum." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016

The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015)

"Director Wes Orshoski, who previously co-directed a laudatory 2010 profile of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, builds a solid case for the band's historic importance in this funny, fast-moving, fan-friendly documentary." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016

Elstree 1976 (2016)

"A genial study of fleeting fame and its aftermath." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 2, 2016

Under The Sun (2016)

"Under The Sun is a fascinating study in state propaganda and the darker truth that hovers just outside the frame." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Aiming for the same kind of affectionate comic tone as The King's Speech, this gentle musical farce from director Stephen Frears hits more than a few flat notes, but still delivers gentle laughs and classy star performances." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) (2015)

"[A] charmingly offbeat rom-com." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"Billed as the first-ever action movie filmed entirely from the hero's first-person viewpoint, Hardcore blasts along like a supercharged computer-game shoot-em-up, bursting with sick humor and splatterpunk violence. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 25, 2016

The Last Man On The Moon (2016)

"Take a pinch of Top Gun, stir in a generous dollop of The Right Stuff, add a light sprinkling of Mad Men and you have the formula for this uplifting documentary portrait of former Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 24, 2016

The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015)

"Entertains at a TV sitcom level, with its pithy dialogue, its chorus of thinly drawn caricatures and its cozy sense of mockery towards the failed social experiments of past generations. But as serious cinema, it feels limited for the same reasons." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2016

War on Everyone (2016)

"Misfiring buddy-cop comedy is a less than lethal weapon." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2016

Dad's Army (2016)

"For fans of the original TV series, this reboot will feel like a disappointment. For everybody else, a pointless and easily avoidable misfire." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 3, 2016

Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) (2015)

"Swedish writer-director Sanna Lenken's debut feature breathes warmth and humor into a potentially dry topic thanks largely to its terrific young cast." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 30, 2015

The Girl King (2015)

"The Girl King really should have been an old-school epic full of palace plots, sword-plunging duels, fiery feminist polemic and bodice-ripping raunch. Sadly, it looks and feels more like a middlebrow TV miniseries, stagey in setting, flat in tone." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 7, 2015
No Score Yet

You Carry Me (Ti mene nosis) (2015)

"An emotionally absorbing ensemble drama full of dramatic swerves and chronological loops." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2015
No Score Yet

I dine hænder (2015)

"This is bleak material, but also a compelling human story with just the right amount of soapy melodrama lurking beneath its frosty surface." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Spectre (2015)

"In pure action adventure terms, Spectre delivers the goods, with plenty of revved-up supercar porn and several kinetic high-speed chase sequences on road, river and snowy mountain slope." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 21, 2015

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

"Fast and furious on the surface, shallow and conventional beneath, Diesel's bid to carve himself another billion-dollar franchise is off to a good start with this mainstream crowd-pleaser." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 20, 2015
No Score Yet

Three Windows And A Hanging (2014)

"A sensitive dramatization of a highly contentious topic, Three Windows and a Hanging examines the hidden scars left behind when rape is used as a weapon of mass destruction." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 8, 2015

Northern Soul (2015)

"This project was clearly a labor of love for Constantine, but it is hard not to conclude that her original documentary idea might have had a lot more passion than this flat-footed fictional treatment." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 29, 2015

Victoria (2015)

"A dazzling stylistic experiment which largely pays off." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"Hawke and Ejogo are both extremely easy on the eye, and share a agreeably warm sexual chemistry. But the movie around them looks a little flat and televisual: too clean, too bright, too period-perfect, too Mad Men." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015

No Escape (2015)

"Dowdle delivers enough adrenalized tension to maintain his track record of profitable, populist pulp." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 24, 2015

Aferim! (2016)

"A harsh history lesson leavened by bawdy humor and classic western elements." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 20, 2015

London Road (2016)

"As gripping onscreen as it was onstage, London Road remains a work of great finesse and originality." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 14, 2015
No Score Yet

Jack Strong (2015)

"Jack Strong is a solid addition to the ever-growing canon of films in which former Eastern Bloc nations reflect on their troubled Communist past." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 21, 2015

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015)

"A cautionary true story about online romance, gay rights and Middle Eastern politics, The Amina Profile is both topical and compelling." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2015

A Hard Day (2015)

"Kim Seong-hun's A Hard Day offers a masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2/5 31%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"This inferior sequel finds the Hollywood journeyman Jeff Wadlow replacing the original director Matthew Vaughn, ditching much of the first film's ironic -humour and unhinged charm." ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Jul 7, 2015

Amy (2015)

"Amy is an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015

Spike Island (2015)

"The film has an engagingly zippy and colorful visual style, evoking the splashy Summer of Love motifs around the Roses, with allusions to their music videos and paint-splattered, Jackson Pollock-esque sleeve artwork." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 4, 2015

Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014)

"A grisly multiple murder case opens up a broader inquisition into racial and social inequality in Tales of the Grim Sleeper." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015

45 Years (2015)

"Do not expect blazing emotional fireworks, just finely calibrated performances and deep reserves of inner torment." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 20, 2015

Effie Gray (2015)

"Effie Gray is an exquisitely dreary slice of middlebrow armchair theater which adds little new to a much-filmed story." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2015

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015)

"A playful blurring of fact and fiction." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2015
4/5 96%

The Red Shoes (1948)

"Incorporating echoes of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that gives the film its name, Powell and Pressburger include visionary flashes of surrealism and magic realism." ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Mar 9, 2015

Mortdecai (2015)

"Mortdecai is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy tone or snappy rhythm of the classic caper movies that it aims to pastiche." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2015

Son of a Gun (2015)

"While Avery handles the kinetic action set-piece with impressive swagger for a first-timer, his self-penned screenplay is a major weak point." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Ex Machina (2015)

"For dystopian future-shock fans who can look beyond its basic design flaws, Garland's feature debut functions just fine as superior pulp sci-fi." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 15, 2015

Joy of Man's Desiring (2015)

"Joy of Man's Desiring touches on questions of alienation and despair in the workplace, but offers no clear insights and reaches no firm conclusions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2015

After The Fall (2014)

"[The film] has much to recommend, including gorgeous New Mexico landscapes, sumptuous digital cinematography and -- as we might expect from Klein -- virtuoso editing." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2014

Tip Top (2014)

"An overwrought experiment in cerebral slapstick that misses more targets than it hits." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2014

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014)

"A witty, warmhearted, imaginative documentary about the British rock band Pulp's farewell hometown show." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2014

Serena (2015)

"Serena only has one key flaw: it is difficult to believe a single word of it, still less to care about these relentlessly selfish and short-sighted characters." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)

"Filmage offers an entertaining history lesson about how the alt-rock geeks did not quite inherit the earth." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2014

Mommy (2015)

"Dolan's fifth feature feels like a strong step forward, striking his most considered balance yet between style and substance, drama-queen posturing and real heartfelt depth." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 3, 2014
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