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
97% The Garden Left Behind (2019) While the truly ground-breaking trans movie will be the one where joy outweighs suffering, The Garden Left Behind is an undoubtedly well-intentioned, gripping depiction of the trials and tribulations trans women of colour can face in America. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
83% Queen & Slim (2019) The electricity between Kaluuya and Turner-Smith is enough to convince audiences in their transformation from people who are stuck together to lovers destined for one another. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
93% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh and his writer take what could be a solid sports drama and restructure it as an exciting con movie. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
63% The Last Right (2019) It's frustrating to see in new Irish dramedy The Last Right a potentially very moving story about the complexities of familial and human connection be diluted into a flimsy farce. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) It's to Kent's great credit that she finds so much humanity in such a grim story. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
81% The Report (2019) Just in terms of the sheer information it covers and delivers effectively, The Report is the defining movie about the War on Terror. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon dials down his extreme, transgressive kinks but not his ability to grip with By the Grace of God, a traditional yet still stirring drama. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
77% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) Petrunya with its easy-to-root for protagonist and comedic premise is the type of accessible foreign language film that could be a break-out success. Yet, within its mainstream trappings are sharp examinations on gender inequality in contemporary society. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) A dark sinister plot as labyrinthine and far reaching as anything Thomas Pynchon ever cooked up. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
92% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) A whip-smart, razor-sharp and fiercely contemporary political thriller, shot cinematically with gripping urgency. - HeadStuff EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
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
42% 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
63% 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
65% 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
89% 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
87% 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
42% 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 comediennes 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
67% 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
55% 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