Stephen Schaefer

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 61% Child's Play (2019) This edition is jokey as well as gory, and it bows to the demented-possessed doll franchise without ever being really scary. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- 31% Shaft (2019) This "Shaft" works best as a game for two, with the rhythmic interplay between blase, brutal dad and his amazed, confounded and changed forever son. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The Tomorrow Man works because we all have secrets, we'll all grow old if we're lucky enough and the company for this lighthearted look at serious issues is irresistible. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B- 57% Brightburn (2019) As a horror movie, "Brightburn" gets the job done but in strange ways. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) "Sun" shines best when these two hearts finally beat as one. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A 89% Non-Fiction (2019) "Non-Fiction" does it with a beating pulse that makes for not so much a literary feast as an emotional one. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 76% Family (2019) Schilling's Kate emerges more realistically as profoundly insensitive. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
A 72% Teen Spirit (2019) A familiar story yet one with enough new twists to be engagingly propulsive and altogether winning. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
B- 46% Little (2019) As obvious as "Little" is, under co-screenwriter Tina Gordon's direction, it's well paced and, in a comedic platform like this, all the performances are uniformly overly emphatic. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B 44% The Chaperone (2019) Credit for this breezy journey of generational self-discovery goes to a pair of "Downton Abbey" veterans, Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A+ 99% Amazing Grace (2019) For reasons no one ever really understood, Franklin blocked the release. Perhaps she wanted "Amazing Grace" to stand, as it so beautifully does, as her (monumental) epitaph. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B 61% The Public (2019) It's a potent stew that finds humor, humanity and even grace in a society that often shows little compassion... - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
C 57% Pet Sematary (2019) This brand-new "Pet" vision, courtesy of the directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, is one horror show more likely to provoke unintentional laughs than scares. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
C 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The worst flaw however is not this risible retake on history or legend but the lack of momentum. "The Highwaymen" dawdles. Handsomely mounted, it depicts not a pulse-quickening chase but a slow, pokey crawl. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) "Hummingbird" hums - it's a spectacle focused on the thrills of accomplishment, the steely ability to make dreams come true no matter the cost. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Writer-director Keith Behrman avoids most of the cliches of the coming-of-age drama to present Franky's world as a fluid landscape with many sexual possibilities. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 71% Climax (2019) This vision of happiness slaughtered for pain, sorrow and regret makes "Climax" semi-interminable. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A 98% Apollo 11 (2019) A film of many wonders. The real wonder of Miller's work here is his ability to condense and reveal essential steps in an eight-day voyage that remains a pivotal moment in space exploration. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) While the WWE has been making movies for years, only now - thanks to Dwayne Johnson - have they scored a winner with "Fighting with My Family." - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B- 36% Patrick (2019) If Patrick is sweetly predictable with low-key Brit self-effacing humor - that's the whole point. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 45% What Men Want (2019) Taraji P. Henson single-handedly lifts "What Men Want" from its formulaic, predictable plotting to become a comically engaging portrait of a woman who must learn that success in a man's world doesn't bring happiness. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C 44% The Prodigy (2019) A reincarnation-horror movie that's more irritating than scary. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
37% Glass (2019) A masterful storyteller and for two decades a Hollywood hitmaker, M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" (opening Friday) is an audacious, ambitious effort to build on his past successes. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A frenetic adventure that manages to be engaging, confusing, upbeat, funny, smart and sweet. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
A- 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) An extraordinary mix of technical wizardry and empathetic storytelling. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
C 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) The reteaming of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Holmes & Watson" as that celebrated detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson ignites few chuckles and absolutely no comedic fireworks. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
85% A Simple Favor (2018) In "A Simple Favor," everyone is not exactly who they appear to be. The fun is being part of a game that keeps you guessing until the end. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B 27% Mortal Engines (2018) "Mortal Engines," is so immensely ambitious in its startling size and scale, invention and details, it suggests that in the wake of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" franchises, Jackson can do - and spend - anything he wants. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B- 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Jones gets the solemnity right, and the drive and dedication, but little else. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
A+ 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Peter Jackson's World War I 3D documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" is nothing less than a cinematic miracle, a 21st century restoration of 100-year-old archival footage that puts you right there with the soldiers fighting the Great War. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B+ 40% The Upside (2019) Two very different worlds collide in the odd coupling of "The Upside," and, no surprise, the result is understanding and friendship. Despite this familiarity, "Upside" works. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
B+ 45% Second Act (2018) Just like Cinderella's glass slipper, "Second Act" offers Jennifer Lopez a form-fitting showcase. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ 81% Instant Family (2018) Wahlberg and Byrne convey just how committed these two are even as they're scared, terrified really, of doing the wrong thing. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B+ 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Delightful, dense and sweetly disarming, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" works, as the best Disney animated films do, on several levels, meaning parents can enjoy it as much as the kids. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 79% Alpha (2018) "Alpha" can be seen as an old-style Hollywood adventure film with an apt moral about trusting your inner self in tough times. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B+ 62% Dog Days (2018) Multiple story lines give Dog Days an easy rhythm that eventually intersects. Nothing seems overdone or terribly contrived, yet here is life, death, heartbreak, friendship and music. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
B- 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's hard to imagine anyone doing better than Joaquin Phoenix who, literally, carries the picture on his sturdy shoulders and impeccable instincts. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
C 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) One unavoidable issue here: the monotony of being restricted to computer screens for 90 minutes. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
B 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) "HT3" benefits from having some of the most distinctive voices in showbiz, including Fran Drescher, Buscemi and Mel Brooks as Drac's dad. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B 54% The First Purge (2018) 'The First Purge" is as subtle - and as effective - as a blowtorch. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
B 61% Uncle Drew (2018) They may not be the Temptations but they'll really get a hold on you. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B 16% Show Dogs (2018) Director Raja Gosnell has been here before with "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "Scooby-Doo.'' He knows the value of being wittily self-referential and self-aware. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 27% Breaking In (2018) [Gabrielle] Union never succumbs to campy theatrics. She's one cool mother doing what she has to do, which is taking care of business and cleaning house. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
B 71% Kodachrome (2018) What "Kodachrome" makes clear is that if you're going to do a father-son saga, [Ed] Harris is essential. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
B 68% Finding Your Feet (2018) [Richard Loncraine] knows how not to overstep the sentiment, suds and assorted fleet feet and let his stars soar. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
A 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) John Curran's film, scripted by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, is detailed, precise and gut-wrenching. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
A 100% Pandas (2018) Beyond its awesome cuteness factor, "Pandas" dramatizes the benefits of cross-cultural cooperation, showing a path forward for similar endangered species. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
C 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) ... "The Strangers" all too quickly becomes a rote game of Who's Next? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) The performances sing. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
C+ 18% Death Wish (2018) [Bruce Willis'] performance, which resembles sleepwalking, might be charitably called minimalism taken to extremes. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018