Steve Crum

Steve Crum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Channeling Julia Child had to be a challenge for Meryl Streep, and I do not mean just getting that distinctive voice down. Streep not only nails the voice, but the body language as well. ...And amazingly, she embodies the great chef's spirit." ‐
Posted Aug 9, 2009
A- 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"A film phenomenon of our time. Like the Star Wars series, the financial and social impact of the Potter series translates to motion picture history and, eventually, legend. Savor this satisfying episode of its ongoing, broomstick ride." ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2009
C 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"This is not a terrible movie, just disappointing when considering all the talent firing and dodging lead." ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2009
F 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"The pathetic, witless state of modern film comedy and mass appeal. Even at this level, 'Land of the Lost' bores." ‐
Posted Jun 8, 2009
A- 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"...Elicits laughs, adventure, and refreshing, positive energy in a way series creator Gene Roddenberry intended." ‐
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 7%

Teen Wolf Too (1987)

"Fun, silly werewolf teen comedy featuring Jason Bateman. This is the sequel to Teen Wolf, in case you couldn't tell." ‐
Posted Mar 21, 2009
B 34%

Knowing (2009)

"A stunning film laced with absorbing performances, jarring special effects, and atmospheric set design. It has been a long time since a film has evoked as many creepy, spine deep tingles as this one." ‐
Posted Mar 19, 2009
C 43%

Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

"Expect Disney violence, which means greatly curbed, implied destruction laced with explosions. And a lot of running to and fro. This IS a chase film." ‐
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/5 92%

Tarantula (1955)

"One of the '50s icons of sci-fi, featuring a giant tarantula on the rampage." ‐
Posted Mar 13, 2009
A 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"[As the] central character, senior citizen and anti-social Walt Kowalski, Eastwood gets to literally snarl dozens of times at life's tics and impositions... ...A beautifully realized film." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2009
B+ 62%

Changeling (2008)

"This is Jolie's dazzling show, cementing her acting credentials." ‐
Posted Nov 1, 2008
C 59%

W. (2008)

"Of all the depictions, Brolin, Cromwell, Jones and Wright come off best without being impressionist comic characters. Best of all is Dreyfuss' Cheney. The sneer, the shifty eyes, and the demeanor are dead on." ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2008
C- 12%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

"Where is Meryl Streep? After all, 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' seems to have everything else in its mix, including a three-headed dragon (and) Abominable SnowMEN." ‐
Posted Aug 1, 2008
A 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"A triumph in comic book movies...the best Batman movie ever made. But it is Ledger's demeanor--his body language, eye contact, and delivery--that gets under one's skin." ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2008
D+ 51%

Get Smart (2008)

"A mishmash...looking more like a Roger Moore Bond parody. There are numerous airplane stunt sequences, explosions and gunfights...(that) fatally bleed the character-driven humor of the original series." ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2008
C- 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"...Adolescent heaven personified with endless, wallopin' fights between WWF-looking steroidians, highlighting a mindless production akin to a widescreen video game. In the oft pounded word of The Hulk himself, 'Grrrrr!'" ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2008
B+ 77%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Skulls and cliffhanging aside, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is a nostalgic reunion for fans. Harrison Ford, with his quirky (and often funny) delivery...has copyrighted this great, heroic character as his alone." ‐
Posted May 22, 2008
A- 94%

Iron Man (2008)

"Robert Downey Jr. nails Iron Man. More apropros, change nails to welds. For it is Downey who most significantly raises the quality bar of 'Iron Man' to the classic level of fellow comic book heroes Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Welcome, new franchise." ‐
Posted May 4, 2008
D 5%

88 Minutes (2008)

"Pacino's frenzy, some nice Seattle location scenery, and an over-the-top ending right out of 'Batman' do not a fine crime film make." ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2008
A- 53%

Leatherheads (2008)

"It is about as close as we will ever get to, say, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell--in rapid fire wordplay. And the words, by Brantley and Reilly, connect fast and witty." ‐
Posted Apr 8, 2008
B- 48%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"Pacing is brisk, the laughs frequent. With an ending corny and Capra-esque, 'Run, Fat Boy, Run' charms right to the finish line." ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2008
D 25%

Drillbit Taylor (2008)

"By film's conclusion, Drillbit is a mock hero at best, and the few bits of comedy have been overshadowed by viciousness." ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2008
B- 8%

10,000 B.C. (2008)

"CGI effects are letter perfect believable. The opening mastodon hunt/stampede is as good as effects seen in the recent 'King Kong,' greatly enhancing the film." ‐
Posted Mar 6, 2008
D 53%

Penelope (2006)

"'What makes us different makes us beautiful,' touts the film's promo blurb. Good thought, but do any of the characters in 'Penelope' ever believe it? For sure this is a different film, but beautifully executed it is not." ‐
Posted Mar 2, 2008
C+ 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"Style overwhelms substance. By the seventh rewind, the audience has grown understandably weary." ‐
Posted Feb 24, 2008
C 80%

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

"'Spiderwick's' biggest shocks are due to big names cast in off beat roles...the real eyebrow raiser is seeing Nick Nolte as the evil ogre Mulgarath." ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2008
D 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"If you cannot stand even 10-15 seconds of painfully jumpy, sideways cinematography, try to fathom 'Cloverfield's' 75 minutes of eye strain." ‐
Posted Jan 18, 2008
A- 40%

The Bucket List (2007)

"Boomers and older will love it. Others should too.... The plus is it's played out by two terrific actors of our time." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2008
A- 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Johnny Depp's dynamic performance in the title role is Oscar worthy, and arguably the greatest of his career." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2008
A- 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"'I Am Legend' is essentially a Will Smith one-man show, and he succeeds marvelously." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2008
C+ 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"(Regarding)...the relationship between woman and bee...a tender moment of their holding hands (yes, one is a bee hand) while on the terrace is sort of cute, sort of creepy." ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2007
D 76%

Stardust (2007)

"The violence is too much for young children, and the witches are too corny for older viewers." ‐
Posted Aug 12, 2007
A- 93%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"Hard to believe, but director Paul Greengrass has made this installment more nail bitingly frantic than ever." ‐
Posted Aug 3, 2007
A 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"Rhythm, raucous behavior, and racism. What else could one desire from a great musical?" ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2007
C+ 78%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"The childish fun and wonder of the early Potter movies has turned into high school fear and loathing. ...A downer of a wiz kid flick." ‐
Posted Jul 13, 2007
A 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"Marion Cotillard is fantastic. It is the best sync singing, including body language, since Larry Parks in 'The Jolson Story.'" ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2007
B- 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"'Ocean's Thirteen' is pure escapist fare that hits no jackpot, but pays off better than 'Ocean's Twelve.'" ‐
Posted Jun 7, 2007
A- 89%

Waitress (2007)

"Adrienne Shelly has borrowed from her Jenna and taken familiar sitcom ingredients to fashion her own special dessert treat." ‐
Posted Jun 1, 2007
D 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"Depp's drugged-like Captain Jack persona wears goofy-thin, and the sword fight sequences clank on and on." ‐
Posted May 25, 2007
C- 28%

Next (2007)

"...A swiss cheese-plotted glop of magic and mayhem." ‐
Posted May 9, 2007
B+ 69%

Disturbia (2007)

"...An involving and clever redo of Hitch's original that elicits its own suspenseful set pieces." ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2007
B- 26%

Ghost Rider (2007)

"A classic example of style over substance, a usually negative criticism that works fine here. "Ghost Rider" is second tier Marvel, played fast and flashy." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Feb 20, 2007
D+ 32%

The Good German (2007)

"The failing ... is it takes itself dead-on seriously. Frankly, it would be easier to think of this (lifting the finale from 'Casablanca') and other comedic." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Feb 6, 2007
A- 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"In a role which would have suited Bette Davis in her Baby Jane persona, Dench's psychotic Barbara is in contrast a layered and mannered portrayal." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Jan 21, 2007
D+ 49%

We Are Marshall (2006)

"'We Are Marshall' has a processed and packaged look and feel. The Marshall folks deserve better." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Dec 21, 2006
B 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"It all works well in a complex, riveting, and disturbing way. The film suffers only in pacing; it seems longer than it is." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Dec 7, 2006
A- 46%

Bobby (2006)

"A document to the idealistic spirit of RFK's times. Estevez, in a trifecta as director-screenwriter-star, brilliantly succeeds in all aspects." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Nov 30, 2006
B 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"A definite see for Bonders like myself who can accept the hard-hitting Craig, Daniel Craig." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Nov 17, 2006
B 69%

Babel (2006)

"Except for the rather contrived Tokyo link, 'Babel' is as good as 'Crash.' It is definitely worth seeing, but take a deep breath first." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Nov 9, 2006
B 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"The challenge of Kirsten Dunst is to portray Marie as she matures from giggly teen to frustrated wife to loving mother and queen. Dunst succeeds in a stunning performance." ‐ Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Posted Oct 23, 2006