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Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% Granito (2011) The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
33% Lula, the Son of Brazil (2012) Barreto's direction doesn't avoid the flatness of many TV biographies, and the film drags on too long to captivate audiences who do not revere Lula as their national hero. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 13, 2011
50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Classy cast and stunning visuals compensate for a pedestrian script. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2010
86% Chico & Rita (2012) A visually hypnotic, musically electric film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
92% Incendies (2011) At every film festival, there's at least one movie that slips in under the radar and ends up taking the crowds by surprise. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
100% Precious Life (2011) It focuses on people trying to make a positive difference in societies dominated by chaos and destruction. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2010
91% Tabloid (2011) Morris clearly invested so much time and energy in McKinney's story because he saw her as emblematic of our crazed times. Others might wonder whether the sad saga deserves quite this much attention, but there's no denying the film's morbid fascination. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2010
60% The First Grader (2011) Although the arc of the story might be familiar, the setting and characters are fresh. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2010
71% Never Let Me Go (2010) Lugubrious study of the perils of genetic engineering. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2010
93% 127 Hours (2010) Boyle is such a gifted director that he overcomes the obstacles and might even match the commercial success of his earlier Oscar winner. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2010
75% The Way Back (2011) A harrowing epic that will not be an easy sell, but it finds Weir again working at the top of his game. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2010
28% Takers (2010) The stunt work is amazing, and the pace is breathless enough to keep one watching right up to the somewhat ambiguous conclusion. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2010
72% Winter in Wartime (2011) Young Lakemeier's performance is poignant without ever falling into sentimentality.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) Small-scale but big-hearted French romance packs a wallop.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) Eloquent film illuminates Iranian history from a female point of view.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
17% When in Rome (2010) A bunch of eager performers troll for laughs that never come.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2010
28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) Harrison Ford is always watchable in this otherwise routine tear-jerker.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2010
83% Pontypool (2009) This low-budget picture is a little too claustrophobic, and it grows tedious. The ominous, overbearing musical score tries but fails to jack up the tension.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2009
77% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) An entertaining swipe at corporate irresponsibility.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2009
39% 2012 (2009) Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash hit, and while it's entertaining for most of its excessive running time, the cheesy script fails to live up to the grandeur of the physical production.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2009
76% Bronson (2009) A pointless exercise in morbidity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 30, 2009
20% Motherhood (2009) A pleasing, lighthearted look at the mommy wars.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2009
27% The Canyon (2009) Bad things happen to good people in this intermittently effective chiller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2009
63% Peter and Vandy (2009) Small gem features two star-making performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2009
59% Trucker (2009) Michelle Monaghan delivers the goods.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 9, 2009
25% Fame (2009) Rated PG, it's almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 24, 2009
16% Love Happens (2009) The title is a good indication of this movie's blandness and predictability.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2009
87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Second-string animated movie makes it to the finish line.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2009
63% I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) Tyler Perry's latest hodgepodge has its moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2009
7% Whiteout (2009) Stupefying journey to the bottom of the earth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2009
91% Up in the Air (2009) Laughs and heartbreak meld seamlessly in this brilliant character drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2009
13% The Ugly Truth (2009) Hit-and-miss comedy delivers the unsurprising news that opposites attract.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2009
14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) One high school graduation party that you won't want to attend.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 10, 2009
19% I Hate Valentine's Day (2009) The strength of Vardalos' movies is that she loves all of her fellow actors and allows large ensembles to flourish.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 30, 2009
67% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) The superior craftsmanship helps to sustain the film until the horrific violence makes it literally unwatchable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 11, 2009
24% Little Ashes (2009) All of the technical credits are outstanding; it's the diffuse script that disappoints.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 5, 2009
84% I Love You, Man (2009) The slight Rudd and the gangly Segel strike the right physical contrast for comedy. And they're playing an odd couple reminiscent of Neil Simon's classic pairing of a fussbudget and a slob.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 16, 2009
16% Crossing Over (2009) The film is rife with coincidences, and it frequently strains credulity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 17, 2009
90% Must Read After My Death (2007) An intriguing and unsettling look at the turmoil hidden behind the white picket fences of suburbia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 11, 2009
32% The Uninvited (2009) In truth it's just a gimmicky thriller that doesn't play fair with the audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 30, 2009
50% Jolene (2008) This picaresque tale dawdles a bit, but Chastain keeps us rooting for Jolene's survival.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 13, 2009
50% Antarctica (2008) This new Israeli sex romp is a better advertisement for the country than a tourist bureau could provide -- at least for gay travelers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 14, 2008
35% Tru Loved (2008) This plodding plea for tolerance would barely pass muster as an after-school special.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 24, 2008
73% Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007) The picture is best enjoyed as visual spectacle; it never achieves terrifying intensity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2008
65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Even within the confines of G-rated fluff, it could have been a lot sassier.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 20, 2008
36% Igor (2008) Although the visuals tantalize and the actors providing the voices add a lot of sass, the result is only so-so.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2008
51% The Family That Preys (2008) It's hard to resist the movie's mixture of soap opera, humor and heart-filled homilies.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2008
0% Surfer, Dude (2008) [A] lackluster vanity production.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2008
13% The Women (2008) These women are ready for action, but the fur never flies.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2008
9% Bangkok Dangerous (2008) Despite a few sentimental flourishes, this programmer delivers for action fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2008