Stephen Saito

Stephen Saito

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Stephen Saito's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Premiere Magazine,

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Last Mountain (2011)

"That much of "The Last Mountain" actually is beautiful, with polished cinematography and deft editing, makes the medicine go down easier, but there's no doubt to some, it will still feel like medicine." ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Beautiful Boy (2011)

"Bello and Sheen are equally fearless in their performances, though the limitations of their characters' circumstances and ultimately, the predictability of the story conspire to result in something stagey. Still, they set "Beautiful Boy" apart." ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Ceremony (2011)

"[Winkler] spins it fast and keeps it on track, delivering a pleasant diversion that's refreshingly free of cynicism, full of vibrancy and ultimately, a curiosity about what he will do next." ‐
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Senna (2011)

""Senna" is an interesting biography not only because it limits itself to 15,000 hours of video already on record, but also since it is far less about the man than the driver." ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"It's Cunningham's single-mindedness about his work that's so infectious as well as so strange." ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Bridesmaids (2011)

""Bridesmaids" is first and foremost a showcase for Wiig, who surely doesn't play it safe here but still comes off as an affable everywoman with a twinkle of danger in her eye." ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Loveless (2011)

"[You can't say] "Loveless" isn't ambitious - just the opposite since it is hardly as easy as it looks to make a film as comfortable in its own skin as Serry's is." ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2011

Inside Job (2010)

"A brilliant, scrupulous breakdown of how giant egos and greed led to a disaster that would imperil the American public." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

Cemetery Junction (2010)

"As filmmakers, Gervais and Merchant find a rhythm technically that makes the fact they never find the balance between humor and heart that they've achieved in the past even more of a disappointment." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

The Tillman Story (2010)

"Bar-Lev achieves no small feat in parsing out a complicated narrative and picking up on the family's outrage without turning it into a partisan or anti-military screed." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

The Town (2010)

"A crime thriller that is good more of the time than it's not, but suffers from the fact it should've been great." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

Vanishing On 7th Street (2011)

"Even if it never delivers the knockout blow usually crucial to films as suspenseful as this aspires to be, it's a testament to its director that it's engaging throughout." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

Wild Target (2010)

""Wild Target" bears all the hallmarks of [director Jonathan] Lynn's best films, despite being, even at a tidy 90 minutes, a bit too long." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

The Fighter (2010)

"A sturdy piece of entertainment that adds a wrinkle to the traditional underdog tale by having Ward's greatest battles come from within his own family." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

In A Better World (2011)

"A well-told parable about on the futile perpetuation of violence ... [Director Susanne] Bier may not believe in hitting back, but she's a big believer in hitting hard." ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2010

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"The drama may be less pronounced, but the emotions are no less complex, creating a film that's quietly devastating and elegant in its understatement." ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2010

Rocket Science (2007)

"As fate would have it, Rocket Science might prove to be the handiwork of a burgeoning cinematic genius." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2007
1.5/4 7%

License to Wed (2007)

"Krasinski and Moore are an adorable couple, but marriage material they aren't, especially since they're given a mere ten minutes to form a full-fledged relationship before Williams breathlessly barges into the picture." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2007
3/4 57%

The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

"Farmer isn't the radical reinterpretation of the kid's film genre that one might expect from the Polish brothers' previous credits." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2007
1.5/4 26%

Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

"Tyler Perry's latest conspicuously lacks his drag clad alter ego Madea %u2014 the star of his earlier hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion %u2014 but it manages to be a drag nonetheless." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3/4 89%

Venus (2006)

"Venus showcases all we have come to love about O'Toole - his facile wit, his commitment to a scene, and the same light in his eyes that he had when he played T.E. Lawrence." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2007
1.5/5 26%

Stomp the Yard (2007)

"Director Sylvain White, whose last film was the equally unnecessary I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, manages to take the joy out of a dance movie by jerking the camera around and speeding up the dance moves so much." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2007
2/5 21%

The Hitcher (2007)

"A good horror remake needs to either be smarter than the original in this post-Scream era or about ten times as bloody. Unfortunately, The Hitcher falls into neither one of those categories." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2007
3.5/5 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

"A film that in spite of its shiny veneer actually hits all the high notes through its underlying rawness." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2006
3/5 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"Curse of the Golden Flower may be one of Zhang's most erratic, even to major fans, but it still manages to also be a successful marriage of the storytelling that he built his career on and the large scale epics he's making now." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2006
3.5/5 92%

Children of Men (2006)

"Cuaron's script, co-written with Timothy J. Sexton, is incredibly tight, Owen is palpably comfortable in Theodore's skin, and the issues of immigration and cultural ambivalence that the film centers on are more than compelling." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2006
3.5/4 47%

The Holiday (2006)

"The Holiday wears its Tinseltown credentials on its sleeve and provides the kind of escapist entertainment that's been so lacking thus far into the winter season." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2006
3/4 55%

Déjà Vu (2006)

"While Déjà Vu is appropriately titled, it's also an enjoyable mystery that ranks with the producer's [Jerry Bruckheimer] best." ‐ Premiere Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2006