Stephen Romei

Stephen Romei
Stephen Romei's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Australian
Publications: The Australian

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 29% Blithe Spirit (2021) There's more Madame Arcati, which can only be a bonus when Dench has the role. And there's a riff on the pros and cons of having a ghostwriter that I think is quite clever. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2.5/5 17% Twist (2021) I think this is a movie targeted at 20-somethings. It's modern, light and a bit of fun. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.5/5 82% Nobody (2021) This is not an emotionally deep film, but it does raise interesting questions about whether the life we once lived is the one we prefer. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/5 100% Antoinette in the Cévennes (2020) The script is sharp and the cinematography (Simon Beaufils) is beautiful. This is a comedy-drama and there are lots of laughs... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 92% We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) To admit a bias, I love dogs. Having said that, We Don't Deserve Dogs is a beautiful documentary... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/5 61% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) This 93-minute movie is a school holiday treat that also delivers a kick or two for older viewers. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
3.5/5 87% The Courier (2020) I did not know Wynne's story, so for this viewer The Courier developed into an old-fashioned will-they-be-caught thriller. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) This movie is a condemnation of what the US government did at Gitmo, which is still open, though with only 40 inmates, compared with the high point of 780. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3.5/5 63% Crisis (2021) I enjoyed Crisis. The performances are first rate and the tension builds throughout to a climax and then an aftermath. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3.5/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) I left the cinema thinking that the world is not quite like it is at the end of this movie, but we might all be happier if it was. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) This is a stunning film with tour-de-force (another phrase Malcolm hates) performances. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) I think most if not all viewers will hope that the characters cop what the deserve. Not just Marla and Fran and the dodgy doctors and corrupt aged home administrators, but all of them. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 60% Escape from Extinction (2020) Even with such criticisms, this is a movie about one of the most important issues of our lifetime... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
3/5 77% Food Club (2020) There are some Hallmark moments, and an overuse of the Italian song Funiculi, Funicula, but the performances are strong and deep down this movie is about something that matters. Plus the scenery in Puglia is beautiful. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 96% Soul (2020) What follows is an absolute delight. It will make any viewer cherish the life they have and want to live it more fully, every single day, ideally with lots of laughs along the way. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3.5/5 46% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things stands on its own feet...well worth watching and I will not be surprised if Leto receives another Oscar nomination. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) One of the captivating elements of this 110-minute movie is its one-night setting. We see the men as they were then and only then. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) This is an intelligent, gripping, important film, from first frame to last. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) This is an odd movie overall. The pacing is slow - in the space sequences I started wishing for Darth Vader to turn up - and the music, by dual Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, is overbearing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
3.5/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) I assume there will be a sequel to this sequel. If so, no complaint from me, especially if Wiig and Pascal are in it. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/5 86% In the Name of the Land (Au nom de la terre) (2019) If you don't know the real story behind the cinematic story, as I didn't, I suggest you keep it that way. Watching it unfold across the course of this 110-minute drama is absorbing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Fans of Talking Heads will want to see this film. I'm one of them, so I may be biased, but I think it has a lot to offer anyone interested in the weird world of making music. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4/5 45% The Comeback Trail (2020) I won't risk calling this movie a miracle, but if this year has left you in desperate need of a good laugh, look no further. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 92% School Life (La vie scolaire) (2020) There is a lot of humour, especially in the meetings between teachers, students and their parents. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3.5/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) ...the timeliness and relevance of this fine movie has not diminished. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3.5/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is one of the weirdest films I have seen of late...this is a compliment, not a criticism. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2.5/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Bakalova is terrific in her first film made outside Bulgaria...[she] adds some much-needed emotional depth to what is otherwise a movie that isn't as funny or as revealing as it thinks it is. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3.5/5 100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) ...each is a romance and each is inspiring. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 30% Dirt Music (2019) He's not an impossible author to film, but a challenging one to translate from page to screen. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
2.5/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The director and writer do introduce plot twists that are not in the book, but they should have gone further. They soften bits of it, with the younger viewers in mind. They should have had us on the edge of our seats... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 100% Host (2020) There are well-placed jump scares, ones made all the more impressive by the fact we are seeing them via webcam. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4.5/5 88% The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) (2019) It is one of the best films I have seen this year, full stop. It's about whether to stay and fight or flee and be free, like a swallow. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
4/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Crowe, the great actor he is, becomes Tom, a man no one should want to be. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3.5/5 79% Greyhound (2020) Greyhound is the lead ship and Krause is the overall commander. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
40% Capone (2020) ...that is what I like about it. It's a movie about a dying man trying not to die and looking back over his life with regret... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 62% Love Sarah (2020) This is the sort of oversweet movie you can see on the Hallmark Channel any day of the week. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
16% The Fanatic (2019) I like [Durst's] approach to this new film, an 88-minute psychological thriller that might be compared with Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/5 100% A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) It is an outstanding piece of filmmaking. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/5 94% Bad Education (2019) Hugh Jackman turns in a beguiling and powerful performance in his latest movie, based on a real-life scandal. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3.5/5 70% Butt Boy (2020) It touches on addiction, compulsion, career emptiness and, at its heart, loneliness... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
4/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Whether eight people can survive like this for two years is for viewers to find out. As someone who didn't know the answer, I found the record of their time together compelling. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
No Score Yet Okavango: River of Dreams - Director's Cut (2020) Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been in the wildlife documentary business for 40 years and show no signs of slowing down. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3.5/5 67% Extraction (2020) That's a lot of serious talent behind this Netflix Original and by and large they pull it off. It's Jaiswal's performance, though, and the subcontinental setting, that lift it beyond the average shoot-'em-up thriller. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3.5/5 86% Selah and the Spades (2020) This is a beautiful film to watch, at times arcadian, at times hallucinogenic. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4/5 57% The Hunt (2020) What I think this intelligent, violent movie is saying is that both stories are wrong because in races where it's us (or US) versus them there can be no winner. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) The fast-paced, ever-changing storyline is the strength of this movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2/5 69% DOSED (2020) Indeed, I think this is a documentary that a lot of people will find frustrating because of the central character. "Grow up", "be an adult", "get a life", are the sort of responses that come to mind. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/5 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) This is an interesting, well-filmed historical drama about a technological showdown that produced something we now all take for granted, as Edison predicted we would - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
67% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) I saw this not as pinching pennies but as embracing the melodramatic. As I said, this is a movie where it's best to go with the flow... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 83% The Way Back (2020) I will say I like how the director resists the conventional bad times-to-good times story arc. Life does not run in a straight, upward line. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020