Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Stephen Whitty's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 81%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"You wait, hoping for a good, classic horror film. It begins to deliver, big. Then it disappoints a little. Then it comes back again, strong. Then it fails you again." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 17%

American Pastoral (2016)

""American Pastoral" is a pale imitation of the real thing - pastrami without mustard, briskets without onions, life without guilt. It's so busy trying to provide answers it forgets the questions are the most important thing of all." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 99%

Moonlight (2016)

""Moonlight" glows." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1.5/4 62%

Ordinary World (2016)

"Unless you're trying to recreate some sort of updated, role-swapped kid show - a sitcom without a sensibility, but a guaranteed group-hug at the end - "Ordinary World" is a pretty extraordinary failure." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1.5/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Not surprisingly, in a shoot-em-up with a huge body count, nothing escapes unmarked -- even the actors' reputations." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"Director Kelly Reichardt, who made the great "Wendy and Lucy," likes stories that unfold slowly and simply. Sometimes she'll just let the camera run, making us watch the awkwardness of people who can't connect." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 10, 2016
4/5 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Whether it's Hollywood's classic "Spartacus" or TV's "Uprising," about the Warsaw Ghetto, few things are more thrilling than seeing a people stand up to an injustice." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 98%

13th (2016)

"Directed with calm passion and controlled outrage, the movie - named after the amendment which outlawed slavery, but left a significant loophole when it came to criminal convictions - is a study in profits. And power." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2016
2.5/4 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"It clearly aspires to the gourmet delicacies of the recent "Gone Girl," its married angst interrupted by bursts of violence. But a slightly convoluted script, a few flat casting choices and some uninspired direction leave it short." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2.5/4 81%

American Honey (2016)

"Even if a character doesn't know where she's headed, the artist should. Otherwise the story remains just as aimless as she -- and we remain just as lost." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 78%

Denial (2016)

"There are people today who will claim that all opinions are equal; that facts are boring; that there is no such thing as objective truth. "Denial" reminds us of what the verdict should be." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Peter Berg has a serious case of hero worship. Luckily "Deepwater Horizon" provides some heroes worthy of it." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"The script feels like it's been rewritten too many times (or perhaps not enough -- it never can make a central time-travel angle really work). And the direction is hit-or-miss." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 25, 2016
4/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Although the script is a little flat - just because the story is true doesn't mean it should feel so predictable - Nair gives the film tons of energy and joy." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Instead of ever getting truly "Magnificent," these multicultural gunslingers remain largely a meh seven." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 19, 2016
2.5/5 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

""The Dressmaker" is only sew-sew." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 19, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"As someone who's been a fan since 5, twisting away in my living room to their Ed Sullivan appearance, there isn't much I haven't seen. Or thought I hadn't. But Howard still digs up surprises ..." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"This is a light, charming romantic comedy, ably carried by two good sports and one appealing star." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Stone always gets good work out of his leads. They're interesting opposites too, here, in both part and performance: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, minimalist and withholding, as Snowden, and Shailene Woodley, jangling and emotional, as Lindsay." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"There's a sharp division between the chill of "I think I just saw something!" and the confusion of "I don't know what the hell I just saw!" and "Blair Witch" often falls on the wrong side." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 13, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Sully (2016)

"There's a good idea for a movie here. In fact, there are two. But the movie itself never quite takes off." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 6, 2016
1.5/4 33%

Max Rose (2016)

"Whatever you think of Jerry Lewis, he deserves better than this. And so do we." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 1, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Halfway through, overloaded with baggage, the movie finally starts to sink - and takes its whole crew down with it." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 30, 2016
0/4 21%

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"Depp and Smith want to put their kids in a big, expensive home movie? Fine. Do it. But show it at home." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2/5 26%

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

"There's some pleasant globe-trotting - Brazil to Thailand to Australia to Bulgaria - and a lot of over-the-top fights. But don't be surprised if after a few rounds, you find yourself wishing for the bell." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 26, 2016
2/4 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"Ultimately, "Hands of Stone" is like the palookas Duran used to so easily take apart. A lot of fancy footwork. A lot of bobbing and weaving and feinting. But, in the end, no real punch and - worse - no real heart." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"These people are flawed and human, short-tempered and sometimes silly. But they're good to each other. They're understanding of each other. They're decent. And so is this small, lovely movie." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 82%

Imperium (2016)

"The movie is very well-acted, and often ... uncomfortably gripping. Depressingly relevant, too, in this increasingly extreme and divided nation." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Much as the small fry will enjoy this, there's even more that you'll love." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/4 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Not only does this new version not stand out from the others, it can't stand on its own." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"A movie that's mostly posing, and sometimes forgets how good its raw real-life material really is." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 16, 2016
3.5/4 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Even if you're offended - and perhaps rightfully so - there's another joke coming around the corner to change the subject. And some terrifically wild characters to keep you laughing." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"It may seem absurd that a creature from the Dark Ages could be hiding out just a quick car ride from Portland. But then Lowery takes you into the green hush of those dark woods and you believe." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 8, 2016
4/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"It's got a dry dusty power, and a dark sense of humor. And when it finally saddles up and really rides, pardner, you'd best get out of its way." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3.5/5 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"It's a pleasure seeing Grant in a great part again, playing the sort of almost-cad he's best at. And Streep - who, in real life, can belt anything from Broadway to Bruce - is clearly having a ball singing badly." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"As always, it's about finding drama in the pauses." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"The whole movie's done with great skill and artistry, and while some of the original story's more philosophical moments have been toned down, they haven't disappeared." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Sorry, as far as movies about superhero supergroups go? The Guardians, and the Avengers, still have these jokers beat." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/4 81%

Indignation (2016)

"Some of what's cut is missed - there's less of Marcus' father, and of Marcus' gay roommate - but on the other hand, nothing here feels unnecessary." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/4 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"If only these "Bad Moms" were a little worse, their movie would be a hell of a lot better." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 27, 2016
1.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"If this is the best "Bourne" this team can deliver after nine years away - maybe it'd just be better next time if they forgot the whole thing." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"A small, pitch-black treat, "Lights Out" takes a common childhood terror and uses it to spin a horror story with a new kind of ghost and some familiar, but still effective shocks." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2.5/4 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"If you're a truly mad "AbFab" fan, definitely go. Just be sure to bring your best chums with you -- and smuggle in enough Stoli for everyone, sweetie darling." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"While this is not your father's "Star Trek," it still feels like a fan's - and just the kind of warm, inclusive, feel-good entertainment this summer needs." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5/4 69%

Café Society (2016)

""Café Society" meanders a bit ... But because it's from a veteran comedian and filmmaker, it also has some smart jokes, and beautiful images." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 31%

Equals (2016)

"Despite its pedigree, "Equals" is definitely less." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"In the end, "The Infiltrator" is as much of a poser as its hero. It wants to be a darker, edgier, more dangerous kind of film. But all it can really manage is a polite, careful imitation." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"None of it adds up to much more than an average summer entertainment - never bad enough to warrant the chauvinist hatred, rarely good enough to deserve the feminist support." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 10, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"The big chase scenes and action-movie adventures are fine. But what delights here are the small details of what happens once we close the door - the standard poodle who throws a heavy-metal party, or the dachshund who gets massages." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 28%

Fathers And Daughters (2016)

"Even as I knew I was being manipulated - and what art doesn't manipulate? - I was moved." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jul 7, 2016
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