Stephen Rebello

Stephen Rebello

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Stephen Rebello's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Look, a Jack Reacher movie doesn't have to be great, but it does have to be better than other vigilante flicks like, say, John Wick or Blood Father. This one isn't. " ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Entertaining and preposterous." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"At least Burton seems more in tune with the material than the director has in years. And when things get dull, there's Eva Green making it all worthwhile. When she's off screen, you're on your own." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 77%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"As a look into the vagaries of the filmmaking process, as a peek behind the veil of a deeply unknowable cultural landscape, as a gripping thriller, The Lovers and the Despot is well worth a shot." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"[Gordon-Levitt's] meticulously dialed Snowden voice sounds much less rangey and more matter-of-fact than his usual onscreen voice. You feel the painstaking weight of his efforts. It takes some getting used to -- but after a while, it works." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 82%

Sully (2016)

"Sully won't just please crowds and evoke tears but, in an angry, ugly time in our national history, it should also resonate deeply with many." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Even with all the good stuff, The Light Between Oceans too often shines dimly." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"It's a sharp and savvy thriller for an age in which more than half of Americans seem to feel less secure than ever -- a fear that politicians tend to stoke despite violent crime and violence being down significantly since the '90s." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"The movie's not as lacerating or memorable as it has every right to be. Then again, it's a big studio-financed corporate thing, and it's still got a nice bite." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Although you can pretty much guess how things are going to play out in the finale, the ride is so satisfying, bleakly funny and well-acted, you almost wish the cat-and-mouse games would never end." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Little Men needs no explosions, no CGI, no dramatic pyrotechnics. It just sneaks up and wallops you." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Jason Bourne delivers plenty of red meat, no question. Now if Damon and Greengrass can only bring back the heartbeat and complexity." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"You keep pulling for The Infiltrator to break on through to something special, but it's largely an imitation of other, better movies." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"There's nothing new in Star Trek Beyond, the latest installment in the venerable 13-film series, but its least inspired stretches still manage to play like a crowd-pleasing and exceptionally well-acted Star Trek clip show." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Feig spends an awful lot of time on an awfully scant plot, and the digital effects-bloated flick is awkwardly paced and clumsily edited and rarely generates big enough laughs, scares or interest in the characters." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Wise and funny, it's got glorious photography by Stephane Fontaine and a tone shot-through with melancholy, loss and regret." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/4 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"All the sped-up and slo-mo footage in the world won't disguise the weird attempt to morph the Lord of the Apes into just another comic book superhero franchise." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Finding Dory is charming, very funny, touching and more than a bit repetitive but never a bore." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 17, 2016

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"There's way too little danger and too much method in the cushy, tasteful, icy cool A Dangerous Method." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"With little dialogue but a world of emotion in his face, eyes and body, [Andy Serkis] not only keeps us on our toes but also has us rooting for the apes to trounce humanity." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/4 98%

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"The Wailing is a grab-you-by-the-throat stunner, by far the best thrill machine of the year so far." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"The Conjuring 2 is a great showcase for Farmiga and a pretty good excuse for an early-summer scare or two." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"Me Before You is calculated and shameless, and it steamrolls its way over some pretty complex issues." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"X-Men: Apocalypse isn't bad enough to kill a huge money machine franchise. But if any band of superheroes could stand a cinematic intervention, stat, it would be these freaks and geeks." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Even with occasional flashes of edge, there's an unexpected coziness and sweetness about Neighbors 2 that may resonate a lot more strongly with the ladies than with dudes." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"It's a well-made, well-meaning piece of entertainment, and it's grown up." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Massive, overstuffed, overlong and yet fleet-footed, witty and terrifically entertaining." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 76%

Keanu (2016)

"Unlike, say, old comedy movie teams of the past, Key and Peele aren't joined at the hip; both act in and write other projects for other people. But when they do their next movie together (yes please), let's hope it growls rather than just purrs." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 29, 2016
1/4 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"Glum, messy, dull and brazenly patched together from a dozen better [films]." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"Barbershop: The Next Cut poses serious questions and-quite a feat -- even generates some big laughs while doing it." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 53%

Demolition (2016)

"Despite welcome flashes of dark humor, Demolition is phony and shot through with clichés." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The movie stays clear of jingoistic grandstanding or chest-beating. But the people who've made it have every reason to crow; this is by a mile one of the very best movies of the year." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"A breezy memory film with period details as dead-on as anyone expect from Linklater and without a mean bone in its body, it's a twangy, loping charmer." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3/4 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Midnight Special is a slow burner -- tense, somber and very sad." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/4 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"It's a credit to director Trachtenberg, in a remarkably self-assured feature directing debut, that he lets the actors, including John Gallagher (The Newsroom), make a good script even better." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2/4 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"In the end, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is too watered-down and formulaic to be what the source material suggests it could have been: a pitch-black surreal comedy on the order of Robert Altman's M.A.S.H." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Mar 6, 2016
1/4 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"Triple 9 is all pose, noise, flash and phony grit without a point, let alone a point of view." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/4 91%

The Witch (2016)

"The Witch is so diabolically good that it sends genre expectations -- and appreciative members of the audience -- straight down the booby hatch." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2016
1/4 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"If Zoolander 2 were a high-ticket fragrance, it would be called Desperation." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2.5/4 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"For all its "Hooray for Hollywood" sparkle and highly welcome down-with-Hollywood bile, this dream machine blows its gaskets with too many flat non-scenes, stale jokes and pointless cameos." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/4 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"[Deadpool] is filthy, degenerate and seriously pervy, and Reynolds -- decked out in red and black spandex, sporting two katanas and white canvas where eyes should be -- is every bit as flip, funny, nasty and self-deprecating as you'd want." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Feb 10, 2016
0.5/4 30%

Mojave (2016)

"It's so criminally self-conscious that you might find yourself wondering why it turns out to be such a misery. Make that: an unintentionally funny misery." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 29, 2016
0.5/4 11%

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

"It's only January, but Dirty Grandpa is so desperately unfunny and excruciatingly endless at 102 minutes that it's dead certain for a top spot on lists of the year's worst movies." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 26, 2016
3.5/4 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Very few movies exert the emotional tug and pain of Anomalisa. It's almost a relief that the whole thing is done with puppets. Otherwise, it might be unbearable." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Jan 13, 2016
3/4 60%

Joy (2015)

"The film has heart, boundless chaotic energy, heartfelt sincerity and laughs that sting. Above all, it has the starry Lawrence, who puts the joy and pathos right up front where it counts." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Although his movie may be flabby in places, it's should also be an eye-opener, especially for blind proponents of American exceptionalism -- probably the people least likely to give the movie, and Moore, a fair shot." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/4 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Tarantino also rates big cheers for presenting The Hateful Eight... as a 70mm widescreen roadshow attraction, one with an overture, intermission, longer running time and exit music. Many more of these, please." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Abrams and company have brought Star Wars home again by reigniting the soul, spirit and sense of wonder of the three original films." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/4 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"The makers of The Big Short want to wise us up. The question... is whether anyone will get the gist behind the glitz. Of course it helps that such good actors play these opportunistic lizards, the craven cheerleaders of Too Big To Fail." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 43%

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"The movie's constant reminders -- this story inspired Moby-Dick! -- only emphasize that while Melville's novel charts hauntingly deep philosophical and psychological waters, In the Heart of the Sea navigates a shallow, if entertaining, pool." ‐ Playboy Online
Posted Dec 9, 2015
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