Stephen Porzio

Stephen Porzio
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Stephen is a film critic and journalist. He is co-editor for the film section of HeadStuff, a writer for Travel Ireland Magazine and a regular contributor to Film Ireland and Hot Press. He has also had work published in The Times (Ireland Edition) and The Irish Sun. He graduated with a BA in English and Film from UCD and an MA in journalism at DCU.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) It would have been fresh to set this film in Mexico, centred on a Mexican family and have it steeped in an entirely different landscape and culture. Instead, it's the same story seen many times before - an innocent American family targeted by ghouls. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage is a gangster film. Yet, by being set in a culture unfamiliar to many Western viewers, it expands the scope of what movies of the genre can do. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The real reason to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters is its gargantuan monster brawls - the biggest put on screen maybe ever. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) Despite how impressive the new Chucky looks - rendered with a blend of practical on-set puppet work and digital enhancements - he is never scary. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Anima (2019) The minute the credits roll, you'll just want to rewind to the beginning. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Throughout most of Midsommar, you won't know whether to laugh or cry. Instead, you'll erupt into a giddy mania, exactly like what Christian and Dani do. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is the Captain America: Civil War of The Conjuring Universe - the stakeless if very fun roller-coaster ride of a movie given extra heft by taking the main characters of the franchise over to its spin-off. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
74% Adam (2019) Arriving following the backlash transgender drama Girl received upon general release earlier in the year, Adam is a great argument for letting trans people tell their stories. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light will either have you cringing at its mawkish sentimentality or grinning for the same reason. I did a bit of both. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is nestled in the higher echelon of Scorsese-esque 'I can't believe this actually happened' stories somewhere between I, Tonya, American Made and American Hustle. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
44% The Laundromat (2019) As a story about the Panama Papers itself, The Laundromat is deeply flawed. Yet, as a film about how society is so corrupt that the Panama Papers scandal only really scratches the surface of what is going on all around us, it does succeed. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Battling moon pirates and genetic experiments gone wrong is hard. Perhaps, more difficult though is facing your flaws head-on and working to be better. Ad Astra understands this. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn takes a cool premise and executes it in a blackly fun but nihilistic manner. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
47% Little (2019) If you are looking for a light movie where talented comediens dress in the most fabulous clothes, Little is a fine way to spend about 100 minutes. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
No Score Yet Dark Lies the Island (2019) Another Irish literary figure has made the jump to the silver screen, bringing something fresh to the country's trademark dark comedies. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) [Mahershala Ali] is perfect casting to play this incarnation of Shirley, a savant-like prodigy whose intellect and musical abilities alienate him from virtually everybody. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
66% Vice (2018) However, by overdoing his shtick, McKay constantly clips any sense of engagement in his characters by continually satirizing them. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
29% Venom (2018) For the most part, Venom is very watchable and in some sections goddamn delightful. Yet, these moments make one wish the movie was better as a whole. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
66% The Little Stranger (2018) Gleeson's performance is incredible. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet Dead Along The Way (2016) However, although, there is nothing original or particularly deep in Dead Along in Way, there is a rough-around-the-edges charm to the movie. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
No Score Yet Lift (2016) Lift is an enjoyable comical riff on the sub-genre of people trapped for an entire movie in a confined setting. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
No Score Yet Urban Traffik (2016) Urban Traffik is an interesting movie that, for the most part, rises above its low-budget conception. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
No Score Yet Torment (2017) The result: a blend of the claustrophobia of Ryan Reynolds' vehicle Buried with the bleak horror of Lars von Trier's Antichrist. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
100% Sanctuary (2016) The movie, rather admirably isn't black and white about the issues it raises. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
44% Nails (2017) Even when the movie unveils its ghost's backstory and loses some of its intrigue - Macdonald's sterling work, the fun characters and the interesting slant on a well-worn genre keep Nails interesting. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
64% Good Favour (2017) ... while [director Rebecca] Daly's latest further cements her as a master of mood, a more focused and engaging story would do her well next time around. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
56% The Lodgers (2018) The moments of terror happen so fast and suddenly, there is never much of a chance for the movie to build any sustained dread. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
48% Downsizing (2017) ... with a premise this ingenious, one wishes Downsizing as a whole was too. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The Post is a reminder that quality journalism should still be cherished and championed. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
83% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A Woman's Life poses an interesting question: can a film be forgiven for being dreary and plodding if it is trying to accurately depict an existence defined by these adjectives? - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards may be Martin McDonagh's most impressive work behind the camera to date. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
49% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Although Jupiter's Moon may not be deep enough for the Cannes' audience, genre hounds who do not mind subtitles will get a kick out of it. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
50% Return to Montauk (2017) It's main story-line is a mess, too intellectual to tug at the heart strings and too wordy to accurately capture emotion. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) ... a work as heart-warming as it is gorgeous. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
100% Maze (2019) What Maze does impressively is blend historical context with genre filmmaking, managing to feel both important and exciting. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
43% Halal Daddy (2017) What drags the movie down is a reliance on broad gags and characters and an oddly paced narrative. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
No Score Yet Revolutions (2016) Like many of its subjects, Revolutions is fierce, lovable and scrappy. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) An appropriately tragic yet surprisingly eye-opening documentary on the rise and fall of singer and actress Whitney Houston - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
93% Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) Inversion feels like a neo-realist movie. The settings appear tangible and authentic. The actors disappear into their characters. There is no soundtrack, just the noise of radios and ringtones. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
72% Suntan (2017) Suntan is further proof that people should sit-up and take notice of the Greek "weird-wave", a movement brimming with fresh ideas, tackling dark, social issues. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply doesn't hang together but for fans of Beatty there are glimmers of his now trademark stylish direction and witty dialogue. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) If one wasn't swayed by Oldboy or [Chan-Wook's] underrated English-language debut Stoker, The Handmaiden may be the one to convince audiences of this remarkable talent. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
97% Aquarius (2016) Aquarius allows the viewer to spend nearly two and a half hours with an intriguing, interesting and complex character - made even more fascinating by Braga's stellar work. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a reminder that cinema can be a profound human experience, a means of understanding experiences one may never face. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
82% Denial (2016) For fans of courtroom dramas or people who just enjoy seeing great character actors sink their teeth into a meaty script, Denial is more than worth the price of admission. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
86% A Monster Calls (2017) It is certainly emotional and looks beautiful but there is very little that stays with the viewer days after watching. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
82% Chevalier (2016) One is stuck with these unlikeable characters for 105 minutes, while they do very little to shock, to make the viewer laugh or to truly engage. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
27% Suicide Squad (2016) I am happy to report that Suicide Squad is a significant improvement over its lumpen predecessor. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) What one is left with is a fascinating story and two charismatic lead turns that should be in a movie as good as they are. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) It's utterly compelling, tense and exciting -- all in equal measure. - Film Ireland Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016