Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Stephen Farber'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

Snowden (2016)

"Stone's direction is measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films. The story moves along without any real sense of urgency or suspense." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016

The Disappointments Room (2016)

"There simply isn't enough freshness in the script to warrant another journey inside a dark old house." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Into the Inferno (2016)

"Herzog has always shown a gift for immersing us in the startling extremes of the natural world, and his images here do not disappoint." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"We come away more aware of escalating global tragedies, and that alone validates this imperfect film." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2016

The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins (2008)

"Art Star is a provocative undertaking with a fascinating cast of characters, but it leaves us seeking answers that the filmmaker refuses to provide." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Rezeta (2012)

"Even though the film runs under 90 minutes, it drags because it's basically just a series of loose episodes without much tension." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2016
No Score Yet

Aram, Aram (2015)

"First-time writer-director Christopher Chambers has crafted a potent, lovingly detailed evocation of an unfamiliar California subculture. Given the novelty of the setting and the recent reminders of the Armenian genocide, the film deserves to be seen" ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 8, 2016

Time To Choose (2016)

"Oscar winning director Charles Ferguson treads some familiar ground but also offers new insights that make the sometimes pedantic Time to Choose worth seeing." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016

Coming Through The Rye (2016)

"Sadwith works expertly with all of the castmembers, and he also brings visual flair to the pastoral scenes in New Hampshire." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Viva (2016)

"Director Paddy Breathnach reveals a sensitive touch with the material." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"At least the film allows viewers to come to their own conclusions on these aesthetic questions; the subtitle "Look at the Pictures," does not tell us what to think." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Miss Stevens (2016)

"[Miss Stevens] works some intriguing variations on this slightly queasy theme." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 15, 2016

Frank & Lola (2016)

"A haunting dissection of male jealousy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2016

Concussion (2015)

"As projects take longer and longer to come to fruition and as studios grow more cautious, it's rare to find a truly timely, topical drama. Concussion is one of the exceptions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2015

The Intern (2015)

"The movie offers more frustrations than rewards to discerning viewers of any age or gender." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2015

He Named Me Malala (2015)

"Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and the controversial Waiting for Superman, does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015

Suffragette (2015)

"A rousing, relevant slice of feminist history." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2015

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

"Hitman: Agent 47 turns out to be exactly the kind of fast-paced, mind-numbing thriller that studios churn out to fill screens during the dog days of summer." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2015

Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014)

"Anyone who doubts that documentaries can have as much dramatic and emotional power as the best narrative films should see the Greg Louganis doc, Back on Board." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2015

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015)

"Despite [some] lapses and a padded running time, this film does burst with fascinating inside lore." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Vacation (2015)

"The filmmakers' unsubtle style is responsible for killing many of the jokes. But they do succeed with several of the performers." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 27, 2015

The Gallows (2015)

"The Gallows is not going to win any prizes for originality. Any film that tries to revive this technique needs a clever story or unusual filmmaking ingenuity to stand out from the crowd. The Gallows has neither." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 9, 2015

Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016)

"It's always entertaining to tag along with these attractive actors on their photogenic journey." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2015

Self/less (2015)

"The failings of Self/less reveal a good deal about what has gone wrong with American movies over the last 50 years." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 4, 2015
No Score Yet

Tiger Orange (2014)

"[A] small but well-observed character drama." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2015

The Road Within (2015)

"Talented young performers can help to make a spotty story watchable." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 13, 2015

Monkey Kingdom (2015)

"The film should hit the sweet spot for family audiences." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 9, 2015

Little Boy (2015)

"The entire picture, though well-meaning and even thoughtful, is finally just a little too gooey." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 5, 2015

Wolf at the Door (2015)

"The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2015

Walter (2015)

"An outstanding cast goes a long way toward helping the movie to leap past its outlandish gimmick." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2015

Kung Fu Elliot (2015)

"Scott nevertheless emerges as an engagingly nerdy dreamer, and Lum makes a useful foil." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 20, 2015

McFarland USA (2015)

"While the beats of the story are often stock, the picture benefits from sensitive direction by New Zealander Niki Caro and from a most appealing performance by Kevin Costner." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015

Queen of Earth (2015)

"Throughout the film Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is fascinating to watch even when the film turns into a frustrating head-scratcher." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015

3 Nights In The Desert (2015)

"The film features three gifted actors -- Wes Bentley, Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza -- doing their best to animate a very stale script." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 4, 2015

Tangerines (2015)

"Although the subject of civil war within the former Soviet countries has been tackled in other movies, this retelling is one of the most concise and affecting." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 29, 2014

The Poker House (2008)

"While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2014

Selma (2015)

"Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Days and Nights (2014)

"One can certainly give this movie A for effort, but the achievement falls far short of the lofty intentions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 24, 2014

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014)

"The actors help to bring this engaging tale to life." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Two Night Stand (2014)

"A likeable but forgettable trifle." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2014

Seymour: An Introduction (2015)

"Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2014

Honeymoon (2014)

"Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
No Score Yet

Le temps des aveux (The Gate) (2014)

"The profound issues that it raises means that it will not be easily forgotten." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Merchants Of Doubt (2015)

"There isn't a tremendous amount of new information in this generally well-crafted documentary. But it makes a potent, urgent case against the merchants of doubt who play games with the planet's future." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Wild (2014)

"Vallee has crafted a vivid wilderness adventure film that is also a powerful story of family anguish and survival." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Copenhagen (2014)

"Two excellent performances bolster a thoughtful script, and the result is that the discomfort we feel seems perfectly controlled by the filmmakers." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2014

Into The Storm (2014)

"This film exploits horrendous, real-world suffering for the sake of a mindless thrill ride, and no matter how well executed the havoc may be, that leaves a sour aftertaste." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 7, 2014

The Almost Man (2014)

"While the movie's theme is familiar, even a little stale, the vivid details help to freshen the story, and the actors sock the movie home. Rafaelsen gives a marvelously subtle performance." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Hercules (2014)

"There's just enough plot to keep the movie lurching forward, and there are plenty of battle scenes to delight connoisseurs of carnage." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 24, 2014
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