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
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ride Like a Girl (2019) I should first go straight to the judge's box and say whether or not it's a winner. It is, largely because Griffiths makes it less about the racetrack and more about family, friends, gender bias in sport and elsewhere. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is four-star entertainment from opening scene to closing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) [It] falls short when it comes to background, plot and narrative drive. Too much of it is hard to believe. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The scenes that blend the lives of the adults with the lives of the kids they once were are excellent. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) As an action-thriller with political intrigue, this movie does its job. It's Nolte who at times lifts it to another level. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) I went into it feeling a bit low and came out of it feeling a bit better. It's a reminder that sometimes there's a beauty in just going along with ordinary life, which is short, even more so for dogs. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Indeed, it's cultural sensitivity that lies at the heart of this movie. It is not about serial killers, aliens or supernatural beings. It is about the ordinary humans we know as the Other because they come from somewhere else. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) The loudest voices are just loud. And this is the surprising and welcome thing about The Australian Dream. In the end, it is a story of optimism and hope. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling and Thompson are going after something different, and while it's acerbically funny at times it also feels quite real and of the moment. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The action scenes are spectacular, as we have come to expect. The main car chase, also involving a helicopter, is one of the best so far. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) ...one of the pleasures, therefore, of Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, released to mark the 40th anniversary of the film, is the freedom to spend more time with moments that, on first viewing, may have slipped by in anticipation of what was to come. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 17% After (2019) It's a movie well made for its target audience. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 64% 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 97% 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 60% 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 34% 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 35% 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 47% 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
47% 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 58% 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 60% 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 70% 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 37% 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 92% 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