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Stephen Schaefer

Stephen Schaefer
Stephen Schaefer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 72% Mom and Dad (2018) Cage easily channels a very unhappy husband and a father's inarticulate rage while Blair's homicidal transformation is unnerving.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
A 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Much of the appeal of Paddington 2 is the way it combines classic British nostalgia with fast-forward contemporary filmmaking.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
A 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) A farewell has never been so silly, sweetly disarming and serious fun as Pitch Perfect 3.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B- 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) The songs and music numbers are what make this "Showman" soar. ‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 65% Epic (2013) The 3-D digitally animated Epic is bursting at the seams, much like the lush forest where it's set.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 83% Laurence Anyways (2013) Dolan's latest feature, the French language Laurence Anyways, proves this is a filmmaker able to breathe cinematic invention and beauty into every frame.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C 67% Turbo (2013) What was in the water when the folks at DreamWorks Animation decided to make a 3-D digital feature about a snail who wants to race in the Indy 500?‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
A 43% Red 2 (2013) Neatly balancing murderous mayhem with goofy, sophisticated humor, this twisty, blackly comic crime caper is perfectly tuned by its first-rate cast.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 94% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) This is a classic study of a lone individual standing up to the irrational forces of a mob.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 28% Jobs (2013) One might expect Jobs, a biopic of Steve Jobs, to canonize the Apple computer magnate who was only 56 when he died in 2011. But it's a lot more fun than that.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B- 82% Prince Avalanche (2013) Prince Avalanche has the pristine integrity of a movie that knows exactly what it wants to be -- and doesn't worry whether many or any will be eager to jump aboard.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B- 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Unabashedly an upbeat, snazzily shot infomercial that accentuates and overdoes the positives of this well-scrubbed quintet, Us still manages to capture the lads' refreshing ability to remain basically who they were while coping with life-altering changes.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C 39% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell resurrect the supernatural scares of Insidious, but without the innovative spark of the original.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B- 16% Baggage Claim (2013) Though silly and far-fetched, Baggage Claim remains an enjoyable romp, mostly due to its ensemble's energetic playing and writer/director David E. Talbert's breathless pacing.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
D 55% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) Unfortunately, this is a wasted opportunity.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 19% Free Birds (2013) Free Birds, an animated buddy comedy that evokes the daffiness of classic Chuck Jones cartoons, is no turkey.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C 8% Diana (2013) The contradictions that made the Princess of Wales so interesting are presented here in a maddeningly pedestrian manner, a Hallmark TV movie without insight or point of view.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C 82% The Armstrong Lie (2013) Perhaps it would have been better if Gibney had told us something we didn't already know.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 42% Homefront (2013) Homefront makes a familiar scenario fresh, propelled by Jason Statham's Phil Broker.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B- 20% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) This Madea creaks as it starts, before predictable plot mechanics mesh for an upbeat finish, complete with a Christmas carol.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C- 15% 47 Ronin (2013) Anyone who might want characters and not cliches, compelling dialogue and an intriguing scenario, look elsewhere.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C- 30% Grudge Match (2013) A botched high-concept premise, Grudge Match wallows in the sentimentality that seems to be an integral part of too many boxing movies.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
D 17% Devil's Due (2014) Enduring the non-thrills of Devil's Due makes one thing clear: "Found footage" movies have passed their sell-by date.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones loses the essential mojo that made "Paranormal" a box office phenom.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 25% Gimme Shelter (2014) A gritty, unvarnished portrait of the have-nots, Gimme Shelter with Vanessa Hudgens marks a distinct upgrade in the actress' profile.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B- 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) Visually spectacular with a first-rate cast, I, Frankenstein is hampered by a predictable script.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 16% Endless Love (2014) The romantic notion that there exists one very special person... one you'll want to be with for the rest of your life, is at the heart and soul of Scott Spencer's novel Endless Love, which now arrives in its second, superior incarnation on the big screen.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) What becomes a legend most? In Elaine Stritch's case, it's this riveting, unvarnished documentary portrait of the lioness in winter.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C- 19% The Single Moms Club (2014) Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club is a lackluster empowerment fantasy that veers between dull and embarrassing.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Although Disney's Muppets Most Wanted begins on a slightly pessimistic note, this showbiz-y follow-up to their 2011 comeback is well paced and well done.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 77% Anita (2014) The first-rate documentary Anita returns us to October 1991 when the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas became a national soap opera.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 46% Rio 2 (2014) A smart spectacle that moves like a mini-musical, the 3-D animated Rio 2 is also a superior sequel.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) This moronic, witless, unbearably mirth-free mess finds Wayans endlessly mining ethnic stereotypes then mocking them for supposed humor.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 37% The Quiet Ones (2014) The Quiet Ones is a horror movie that knows how to make its audience squirm, alternating a creepy, unsettling quiet with explosive outbursts and gruesomely realistic violence.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B+ 76% Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) (2014) As sweetly concocted as an airy souffle, Cedric Klapisch's charming Chinese Puzzle continues the adventures of characters we met a dozen years ago in Barcelona.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
C 91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Sequelitis means that there's no high-flying good times with How to Train Your Dragon 2.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
B 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) The gang is back, ready to rock Las Vegas for a wild wedding weekend in the often hilarious if always cliched sequel Think Like a Man Too.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
D 22% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) Filmed in virtually non-stop darkness, this sequel lacks any tension-producing shivers or fright.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
D 28% All I See Is You (2017) As pretentious, nearly unwatchable fiascos go, All I See Is You is that rare film that can empty theaters in its first (interminable) half hour.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
C- 88% Only the Brave (2017) Despite the filmmakers' best intentions, Only the Brave, which is expanded from former Boston Herald reporter Sean Flynn's GQ article, emerges as inert drama as we ever so slowly journey to that awful end.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
B+ 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project, despite its ability to marvel at the natural wonders that offset poverty-stricken circumstances, doesn't sugarcoat harsh realities.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B- 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) With The Lego Ninjago Movie, the third in the series, the novelty is gone. We're now familiar with seeing plastic cube characters animated in all their awkward but effective glory.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B+ 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) While the English subtitles are splendid, Jolie's artful, gorgeously photographed study could be a silent-era epic, for it's the faces that tell this story, which, although set in a distant past, echoes what's happening today in Myanmar.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B+ 95% Step (2017) Impossibly upbeat and as real as a movie can get, Step could not be more emotionally wrenching as it chronicles 19 inner-city Baltimore students' senior year.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
A 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) In David Sandberg, cinema has a new titan who demonstrates with Annabelle: Creation, a mastery of classic horror motifs that never insults the viewer.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B 38% Kidnap (2017) If Kidnap is Berry's tour de force, Chris McGinn, as the scariest and most merciless kidnapper, manages a few moments in the spotlight.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
B- 90% Girls Trip (2017) Newcomer Haddish takes Girls and, like Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, puts it in her pocket as scene-stealing sexually aggressive Dina, who is unfiltered, unfettered and unapologetically wild.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B 16% Wish Upon (2017) If a bit too familiar with echoes of Final Destination and Carrie, Wish Upon delivers the gruesome goods.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B+ 98% The Big Sick (2017) With director Michael Showalter's assured comic tone, The Big Sick rates as a fearless and fearlessly funny look at how cultural collisions can end happily.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) England's Edgar Wright, already a critical and cult favorite, casts a glorious summertime spell with Baby Driver, a speed- and music-propelled gangster saga that transforms into a coming-of-age character study.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017