Stephen Rebello

Stephen Rebello
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Playboy Online, Movieline

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 94% Us (2019) How fantastic is it, in our predigested, everything-dumbed-down era, to be able to leave the theater baffled, debating interpretations and occasionally throwing nervous glances over our shoulders. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/4 73% Triple Frontier (2019) The well-made but frustrating Triple Frontier, which takes its title from the intersection of the borders of Brazil, Peru and Colombia, has almost everything going for it but depth, focus and gravitas. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) What's the point of blowing somewhere around $200 million on boldly innovative sound and vision when it is built upon a script that just thuds along? - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Thanks to a smart script, charming performances and captivating story, the film is a delight - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel isn't a pain to sit through...but such a venerable character long overdue on the big screen, the talents involved in putting her there and Marvel's rabidly faithful international audience deserved much better. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The darkly comedic thrills keep coming in a film that is more fun than it needs to be. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) Everyone in front of and behind the camera has done such good work in the past that maybe we should consider Serenity a bold but wacky misstep. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Morgan Neville has made an emotional, humanistic, fair-and-balanced documentary. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Wildly visually explosive and supremely confident... - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's a new landmark in humanist cinema. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Director Alfonso Cuaron has made a full-on masterpiece with this heartbreaking, semi-autobiographical knockout. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The S.D. cowboy and broncobuster, no longer able to do the job that gave his life shape and purpose, gets saved by what he learns from his devotion to the beauty, stillness, mystery and wildness of horses. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) America isn't broken-it's shattered. Every frame, every moment, every performance in director Debra Granik's quietly devastating and haunting survival saga tells us so. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Screenwriter-director Paul Schrader returns to greatness with this lacerating, austere portrait of a crisis of faith. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Uproarious, down-and-dirty, obscene and completely on its own weird and wicked wavelength... - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This is a masterful, romantic movie filled with stunning imagery, gorgeous use of folk music and jazz and you won't find a false moment in the entire running time. Probably a classic-to-be, certainly first-class moviemaking. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale is something else again. A deeply introspective, often unknowable chameleon of an actor, he creates a scarily accurate portrait of a canny, callous beast. He is the reason to see what is, in the end, a deadpan, savage tragedy of errors. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) We're abuzz about the franchise having transformed into a leaner, character-driven and altogether delightful one... - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 70% The Mule (2018) Clint Eastwood is as compelling as ever, and the movie offers ample helpings of heart and levity. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux doesn't bother to answer any of the questions, just tosses them at us like Molotov cocktails. No matter. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Viola Davis thrills in this taut ride that doesn't stick to genre convention. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book won't pass the sniff test for those demanding period realism or a hard-hitting, nuanced take on racism. It's earnest and uplifting, and it's racial commentary isn't subtle. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film is surprisingly smooth. Too smooth. The way Freddie Mercury lived his life, he deserved a movie guaranteed to blow our minds. Think, say, director Ken Russell at his balls-out, gaga peak. PG-13 just won't cut it. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) I found Suspiria to be ravishing, repellant, skin-crawling-and unforgettable. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant deliver awards-worthy performances in this powerful gem. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 87% First Man (2018) It's about ordinary Americans reaching for the seemingly impossible-and, despite the human costs, scoring astonishing achievements in rocket ships crammed with spinning dials, levers, equipment that doesn't always work. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytime Murders turns out to be a place where good ideas went to die. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The Little Stranger is a rare thing...a classy, gloomy, sorrowful little heartbreaker. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) A money grab about pop-up scares and bloated special effects. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 32% The Predator (2018) Not as clever as it thinks it is. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Assassination Nation may or may not be your thing, but the talent on display is apparent, and the movie, warts and all, is a tough one to shrug off. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Mark A Star is Born as the film that crowns Lady Gaga as a powerful and winning screen presence, and Bradley Cooper as a first-rate director and born-again movie star. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The series [and Cruise in it] is just getting better and better. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The tired, slow-burn movie around [Washington] ... is almost as punishing to an audience as McCall is to his prey. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 47% Skyscraper (2018) Really, nothing much is at stake, and nobody's saving the world in this harmless, brainless action romp that lumbers along without a single decent, hiss-able villain... - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/4 86% Upgrade (2018) As a launching pad for Marshall-Green and as a break from summer blockbuster fatigue, it's a lifesaver. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Oceans 8 is a light, fun, moderately twisty addition. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 56% Tag (2018) These terrific, goofball actors deserve way better. And so do we. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona directs with such style and verve that he almost glosses over the script's patchiness and paper-thin characterizations. But it's the beautifully realized CGI beasts that convey so much more heart, charisma and likability. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Brolin and Del Toro thrill, and the topic could not be timelier. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Paul Rudd is resourceful, self-deprecating and capable of making the most of the thinnest material. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 85% Tully (2018) Charlize Theron delivers...Tully is exhilarating stuff. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool movies ought to chomp down on its targets with fangs, not gums...we wish Deadpool 2 were as irreverent, revolutionary and backbiting as it deserves to be. Now that would have been subversive. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The movie feels consequential and delivers emotional heft, not to mention laughs galore. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski keeps the action crisp and popping...A Quiet Place is a good old nerve-racking time at the movies. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is the jazzy, flashy, tripped-out, super-caffeinated kid version of the director many of us grew up loving, and many subsequent directors grew up aping. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) On all counts, Pacific Rim Uprising fails the challenge. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) This is a movie that tries to emulate much better stuff...without bothering to come up with anything new, and all leading to a single destination: the setup for a sequel. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A socially progressive viewpoint, diverse casting and crew members, positive role models and hopeful upbeat messages are one thing, but a good time at the movies is another thing entirely. The movie isn't scary, suspenseful, gripping in the least. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow may not be as funny, grabby, tense or intelligent as it could have been...Still, it's a slick, well-appointed and surprisingly nasty piece of work for most of its 139-minute running time. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018