Stephen Schaefer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
C 18% The Circle (2017) The Circle is a supposed thriller -- without thrills. It also lacks common sense, commanding performances or surprise.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
B 83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Pandas don't have to do a thing to be utterly adorable.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B 69% Tommy's Honour (2017) Shot on picturesque locations, admirably well paced and emotionally centered, Tommy's Honour rates as a delightful surprise.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B- 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) Queen remains Kidman's show, and if still with a movie star-ish aura, she is a treat. Herzog, however, never attains real complexity or an understanding of Bell's interior life. But damn if the desert doesn't look splendid.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) As a personal tale of ordinary people taking extraordinary, life-threatening measures to help strangers, The Zookeeper's Wife astounds.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) As Power Rangers ends, the feeling is definite: They'll soon be back.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 16% CHIPS (2017) In a low-life kind of silly way, the real laughs come from oversized personality clashes, hysterically pitched fights and a general awakening between our two misfits that they like each other.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Watching Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet's debut feature is unnerving, shocking, depressing and scary.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 66% Before I Fall (2017) As she changes, Deutch lets us see Sam's capacity for self-realization, compassion and common sense. It's all beautifully done with a first-rate musical score.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 27% Fist Fight (2017) Fist Fight is a high-concept, intentionally outrageous comedy that somehow works.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This is a by-the-numbers sequel whose human dimension has disappeared amid the frantic, nonstop action and unimaginative plotting.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) Keaton makes it easy to understand Kroc's energetic empire builder whose self-created legend was that he, not the McDonalds, "founded" the Golden Arches empire.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
C 18% Sleepless (2017) A frenetic and increasingly mindless, all-out action drama.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
73% Sing (2016) The wise and all-around wonderful Sing is enchanting on every level.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B 96% Moana (2016) Disney's digitally animated Moana, a Polynesian folk musical starring a plucky princess and a thousand-year-old demi-god, is beautiful to behold.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
A 89% Loving (2016) With extraordinary performances by its two lead actors and a quietly observational tone that tells us so much by saying very little, Loving scores as a mighty, nearly miraculous portrait of a love affair.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
B- 23% American Pastoral (2016) Pastoral, however, belongs to its two leading women. Connelly shows enormous range... Fanning hauntingly suggests a living ghost, a leper who only occasionally sees sunlight.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
B 83% Denial (2016) For a courtroom thriller about a seemingly open and shut case, Denial manages to be suspenseful, informative and surprisingly relevant.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 35% Blair Witch (2016) [It's] directed and scored by Adam Wingard and scripted by Simon Barrett, the duo whose 2014 The Guest actually managed to be violent, creepy and scary.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
B- 40% Morgan (2016) As yet another riff on Frankenstein and those overreaching scientists who want to play God, Morgan offers dread, androgyny, gore and violence but no magic.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Giving a twist to the haunted house thriller, Don't Breathe earns its startling scares and deathly chills in a creepy, isolated Detroit home surrounded by abandoned buildings and empty streets.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 91% Southside With You (2016) Southside gives us the background and back stories of this bright, attractive, ambitious couple.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 81% Equity (2016) Director Meera Menon's Equity unfolds like a ghoulishly fascinating horror story, one that asks you to guess who will survive in this shark tank.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
C 78% The Shallows (2016) Beyond Lively's hard work, not much here makes sense.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
C 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) There's little reason here for further misadventures.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
A 81% Crystal Fairy (2013) Low-key, naturalistic and original, Sebastian Silva's study of two Americans finding their way in Chile is an often funny, always compelling journey that rings true.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
B 93% Still Mine (2013) [A] warmly detailed, emotionally accurate portrait of enduring love.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
B- 58% Me Before You (2016) With the author as screenwriter and a couldn't-be-better teaming of its photogenic star-crossed pair, MB4U should be a bit more polished than it is.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Another animated movie based on a video game? Don't despair, these angry birds -- led by the choleric Red (Jason Sudeikis' voice) -- are great fun.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
C 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Young children might be transported to this galaxy, but parents will be wishing they were back in Zootopia.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
B 7% Mother's Day (2016) Aniston does the heavy lifting, carrying Mother's Day on her sturdy shoulders whether with slapstick, superbly paced comic repartee or anxiously dealing with the very real threat of another woman horning in on her relationship with her sons.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
B 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal is a thriller that offers a familiar relentless high-octane chase through scenic London with a decidedly unfamiliar sci-fi premise. So despite familiar tropes, Criminal manages to seem fresh.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
B- 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) As cliched as it sounds, sometimes an actor is born to play a role. That's certainly the case with Ethan Hawke as iconic jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
B 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) As manipulative and often corny as Miracles is, it's a fantastic true story whose bedrock emotions continually connect thanks to director Patricia Riggen and an inspired cast led by a never better Garner.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
C 36% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) A sentimental sibling reunion saga encased in a cascade of gross-out jokes and occasionally bright one-liners, The Brothers Grimsby is a treat only for die-hard Sacha Baron Cohen fans.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
B- 9% Norm of the North (2016) A family film that mixes its ecological, environmental message with a familiar self-empowerment lesson is hardly original, yet Norm has oodles of charm, a razor-sharp wit and pacing that should keep even preschoolers attentive.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
C- 14% Ride Along 2 (2016) A lamentable sequel to the surprise 2014 hit.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
B- 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) Those chirpy chipmunks are back and your tolerance for Alvin and his buds in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip may depend entirely on whether you are watching with children or not.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
B- 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Lee's hallmarks are on view in Chi-Raq, his ambitious and often apt adaptation of Lysistrata.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
B- 61% Legend (2015) Hardy's the whole show here and as loathsome Ronnie he presents a truly disturbing portrait of a ridiculously stupid but dangerous slug.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
B 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Ultimately Secret is a bit like going into a dark dungeon where the air is heavy, the mood oppressive and you're not quite sure what's going to jump out. But you must make the descent.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
C 27% Pan (2015) While children may be spellbound by the amazing special effects and outrageous events, lovers of Peter Pan may want to quickly return to the original's simpler charms.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
A 48% Freeheld (2015) Director Peter Sollett wisely keeps the focus on the two very private women at the center of a storm that never should have broken.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
B 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) Ultimately, this is a haunting look at a life, like many, very much on the edge.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
C 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Although stirringly scored and ingeniously animated, it's creepy time at Hotel Transylvania 2 -- and not in a good way.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
B+ 70% Wolf Totem (2015) A true story that manages to seem both mythical and too fantastic to have really happened, Jean-Jacques Annaud's epic 3-D Wolf Totem is ultimately a hymn and a plea for ecological harmony.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
61% Life (2015) LIFE is fairly low-key, yet it breathes with an honesty and an astuteness.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
C 51% The Interview (2014) Whether it lives up to its reputation as a banner for the rights of "artists" to fictionally assassinate a living head of state might be debatable. Whether it is truly funny, outrageous or touching is obvious: It is not.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
B 79% Furious 7 (2015) Furious 7 ridiculously and often spectacularly forgoes any and all semblance of real world gravitas as its muscle cars race over cliffs, ski down tree-laden slopes and fly through the air.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
B 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) This elaborately plotted family film takes that goofily optimistic, bucktoothed sweetie SpongeBob SquarePants out from the animated briny depths of Bikini Bottom and up to the real, or at least fantastically computer-generated, reality of dry land.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015