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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 16% After (2019) It's a movie well made for its target audience. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Overall, this is a fun 90 minutes, if you are into this sort of thing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This is a zippy, funny movie - a scene where Peter shares a jail cell with three Dutch football fans is a treat - with excellent special effects. It races by in two hours without any boring detours. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) This fourth Toy Story is the directorial debut of American animator, screenwriter and voice actor Josh Cooley. He does his best with what he has, but the script lacks spark. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 brims with the simple joy of being on this planet, with all its ups and downs. I'm sure it will still be in cinemas for the looming school holidays. Any kid who likes animals will love it. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The script (series creator Derek Kolstad leads the writing team) is excellent, especially when regular characters such Anjelica Huston's Ruska Roma boss and Laurence Fishburne's Bowery King return to beef up the dialogue. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Of course it's best not to make too much of this. It's just a movie about mutant superheroes and mutant or alien super-villains, after all... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 80% Reflections in the Dust (2018) ...this is a memorable experience and Sullivan is a filmmaker to watch. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Puoi baciare lo sposo) (2018) This movie is easy on the eye - the people, the location, Miccio's pinstripes - and also a lot of fun. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is a thoroughly enjoyable two hours in the cinema. And as the PG rating indicates, it's also just about the only Ritchie movie you can take your kids to. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 35% Poms (2019) I found it, in order, depressing, moving and uplifting. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Hathaway is a pleasure to watch but this role is beneath her pay grade. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 44% The Chaperone (2019) This is a coming-of-age story for both women. The title is fitting. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 38% Breaking Habits (2019) It raises more questions than it answers, and there's nothing wrong with that. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 46% Little (2019) While it's funny, it also touches on important questions such as how our behaviour towards others can come back to bite us. Martin, 14, is a revelation. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 40% Back of the Net (2019) A charming Australian movie, shot in Wollongong. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 91% Shazam! (2019) This is a passable movie, lifted by the humour and by Grazer's performance. It does become stereotypical towards the end, but that, like the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, is part of the DNA of superhero films. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) The plot is believable - right up to the heart-in-the-mouth turns near the end - and the dialogue sounds real. That is a good start in any movie, but in this case it powers on from there because of the A-grade performances of the two young leads. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) There's enough anthropomorphism here to keep the audience on side, which is important for the younger viewers who will be seeing the movie in the looming school holidays. The costumes and set design are also first rate. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) While there is some suggestion none of it is happening, that it's all in the characters' heads, that it's all about human grief and guilt, as King does so well in other books turned into movies such as It, it's not persuasive. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 100% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Bala thinks the "B-movie heart still beats strong." The Man Who Feels No Pain is without doubt part of that throbbing pulse but I reckon it deserves a B+ - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) This is a movie about family and about pursuing a dream, even if other people think having that dream makes you and your family weirdos. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 44% What Men Want (2019) The overheard men's thoughts are funny at times - a sequence where Ali gatecrashes the weekly poker game is a highlight - but overall it feels a bit artificial and unrealistic. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 100% Pimped (2018) The two leads, who like so many young Australian actors these days have made their names in American TV series, are utterly, creepily convincing... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It will be interesting to see, now that this origin story is done and dusted, what Captain Marvel does next. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) It touches on ongoing problems in modern society such as homelessness and the postwar physical and psychological suffering of soldiers, and on the growing use of animal-based therapy. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The ending is both daring and, when we finally see who is controlling that space city, all set up for a sequel. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Bikes of Wrath (2019) It surprised me from start to finish. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) At its best, this is an edgily clever take on the sort of movies we associate with the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) What emerges in At Eternity's Gate is one of the more empathetic takes on Van Gogh, the man... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It has a long way to go and every minute of it is worth watching. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 92% Maria By Callas (2018) An innovative and fascinating documentary... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) This is an unflinching take on drug addiction and its indifferent, unforgiving spillover. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 38% Glass (2019) This is a gripping, intelligent psychological thriller that is lifted beyond "normal" by McAvoy and all the people inside him. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It may seem unfair to compare the two movies, yet this sequel, with its deliberate nods to the original, is made to encourage just that. I think it's what the filmmakers expect us to do. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) For my money, this is a laugh-out-loud movie ideal for a relaxing Friday night. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) What follows is a straightforward superhero adventure - but it is all heightened by a couple of standout factors. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee is the sort of Transformers movie I want to watch. It surprised me in a decidedly non-automated way. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This juxtaposition of old-fashioned graphics and modern CGI effects is quite effective in bringing together the almost-real and the animated. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This movie, the directorial debut of rapper and activist Boots Riley, explores the racial, class and financial gulfs of human society. It does so in a way that is bizarrely funny and awkwardly confronting. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is a full-powered, thought-provoking drama. It does become melodramatic at times but that, too, could be an accurate representation of the future. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 46% Second Act (2018) These three stories are easy to connect and perhaps that's part of the problem. It's not that the movie doesn't make sense; it's that it becomes too obvious. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The School (2018) It may be low on budget but it's high on ideas. It's another welcome reminder that, when it comes to making scary Australian movies, it's not mandatory to include men with thick sideburns doing away with backpackers. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) I don't think I have sat before a boxing film where the punches felt harder, even 10 rows back from the screen. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 59% The Grinch (2018) Cumberbatch... does not let us down. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) In the end, this is an overacted, over-styled comedy, and therefore quite enjoyable. The action scenes are spectacular... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This movie is structured to within an inch of its life. Everything that happens is predictable and, when it does finally happen, feels laboured. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There are too many characters and they are not securely linked to each other. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) There's a rising star Wildlife. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) I can't remember the last time I have been so gripped by an actor's performance, from the first frame to the last. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018