Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) Raises provocative and disturbing issues about how our government treats people who served the country more selflessly than most. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Incitement (2019) An assassin's actions can never be thoroughly explained, but this ragged, powerful film cogently indicts the dark, repressive voices in any society who can set the stage for violence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Soros (2019) We certainly come away impressed by Soros' intelligence and passion, but this well-intentioned doc is not always as cogent and incisive as it might have been. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
96% The Two Popes (2019) Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet Lyrebird (2019) An uneven but enjoyable historical drama with a standout turn from Guy Pearce. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
87% Judy (2019) Goold's movie sometimes stumbles, but it made one indispensable choice in finding the right actress to channel the diva. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Changing the Game (2019) A smart, poignant tribute to young athletes changing the rules. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) You come out of this film deeply moved and also overwhelmed by a group of memorable performances. - stephenfarber.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
100% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) Although some of this material has been highlighted in other films, there are enough sharp and novel details to make this one very much worth watching. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet A Day in the Life of America (2019) Alternately disturbing and inspiring, it manages to capture the diversity of America in a tight 73 minutes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) There are some revealing human moments along the journey. But in telling the personal stories, the film sometimes falters. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) Although the film is frustratingly incomplete at times, it convincingly and sometimes frighteningly explores the big-business connections to fundamentalist religion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
No Score Yet Colewell (2019) Although Colewell could have benefited from pruning away some of its eccentricities, it pays eloquent tribute to a woman who fights against a life erased. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) But I'm a Cheerleader, tries to be outrageous and inflammatory but falls pitifully flat. - Movieline EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) Painful, potent scenes from a troubled marriage. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
60% Breakthrough (2019) This inspirational story directed by Roxann Dawson benefits from strong performances and a minimum of treacly preaching. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Wall of Mexico (2019) On the whole... the film is well executed. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Bellwether (2019) A fascinating if ultimately failed exercise in histrionics and social commentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Nose to Tail (2019) Consistently sharp-edged and even suspenseful... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Driveways (2019) A lot of talented people have come together to make Driveways, a character drama... that turns out to be a small gem. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Working Man (2019) Although the film is probably a tad too leisurely to find a major distributor, it deserves attention for the fine performances at the center of this well drawn canvas. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (2019) Succeeds as a touching personal reminiscence and as an understated but effective environmental manifesto. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
98% Love, Antosha (2019) A rich reminiscence of a gifted actor who died far too young. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) Strong and powerful are not in and of themselves attractive qualities when the person who possesses them is utterly selfish and destructive. The slick but formulaic filmmaking is not much of an advantage here, either. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
80% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) The film expertly captures the tensions in the Austrian capital on the eve of Hitler's takeover, and it also manages to be a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
79% The Grizzlies (2019) Bracingly unsentimental and transcendently moving at the same time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet Frank and Ava (2018) Bargain basement treatment of Hollywood royalty. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
54% Ashes in the Snow (2019) The film is heartfelt and often powerful but sometimes too sluggish to carry maximum impact. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
60% Saint Judy (2019) The film, directed by Sean Hanish, sometimes turns didactic, but it benefits from the efforts of an exceptional cast; their work deserves to be seen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
33% Ride (2018) Tapping cleverly into one of the newest perils in urban living, Ride will please most audiences looking for a Friday night thrill ride. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
59% Brian Banks (2019) Hodge's performance is what keeps the film on track. He is powerful in scenes of anger, but he may be even better in purely silent moments where his unspoken reactions are eloquent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
48% Bel Canto (2018) The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
67% American Chaos (2018) Despite... frustrating omissions, American Chaos is a well made film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog's film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Fistful of Dirt (2018) Silva discovered Ramos in Puerto Rico, and this utterly honest and engaging young actor holds the entire movie on his shoulders. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) [A] heart-rending drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
60% The Front Runner (2018) Given the limitations of the role, Jackman delivers one of his finest performances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Beyond celebrating the music, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie has something to say about the compromises and reconciliations that are a part of aging, and it turns out to make for a stirring and healing reunion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
No Score Yet Room to Grow (2018) Docs about LGBTQ kids are nothing new, and yet directors Matt Alber and Jon Garcia have managed to find fresh, compelling stories to tell in this rousing and eye-opening film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
93% Tucked (2018) Patterson's film works some fresh variations on a familiar theme and benefits from two splendid performances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
No Score Yet Piano to Zanskar (2018) The characters keep us engaged, and Sulima, who doubled as cinematographer, achieves startling and frightening sequences throughout the journey. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% The Parting Glass (2018) A tender, searing story of death and dying. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Two for Joy (2018) Beard expects us to learn about the characters through their physical interactions as well as their facial expressions, and we end up caring deeply about these people even without conventional movie storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Welcome to the Men's Group (2018) The film is overlong and wildly uneven, but it benefits from a strong cast making the most of some sharp moments exposing the underside of male privilege and domination. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) It is a pleasure to watch the present-day Francis interact with people all over the world and articulate his hopes for improving the lot of the poor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Rescue List (2017) Stirring tale of children rescued from modern-day slavery. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
100% Mercury 13 (2018) A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018