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Steve Macfarlane

Steve Macfarlane

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Steve Macfarlane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Colossal "Audiences who step into Colossal unaware of where Nacho Vigalondo is taking them will be nothing if not surprised. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
39% The Bad Batch "A grab bag of visual punchlines and topical references capped with interchangeable music tracks. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet Smithereens (1982) "It's as unsparing a sketch of twentysomething life in New York City as American independent cinema has yet offered. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/4 90% A Bigger Splash (2016) "What intrigues, if in a lurid sort of way, is the film's fudging of projected viewer desires with its characters'. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 98% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "Ciro Guerra's excesses in arthouse symmetry tend to arrive in the service of a just and angry correctivism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2016
90% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 10 "Director and cinematographer Steven Soderbergh is generous to his actors throughout. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 9 "Stirring words on paper, but Lucy's monologue makes the scene dramatically lopsided to the point of didacticism-complicated only by Soderbergh's decision to juxtapose two fixed perspectives at play. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 8 ""Not Well at All" more than matches the position staked by the first season's eighth episode: a headlong plunge into bleakness that abridges and re-contextualizes earlier breakthrough moments. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 7 ""Williams and Walker" is another display of spectacular ingenuity from The Knick director Steven Soderbergh and writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, wherein the show's customarily airtight cross-cutting between narratives begins to spell clear doom. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 6 "Even if the at-times unbelievable density of The Knick's second season has felt thus far like no accident, it's a welcome change to see Steven Soderbergh digging his directorial heels deeper into fewer subplots in this week's "There Are Rules." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 5 ""Whiplash" is the best episode of the new season for its delineation of capital (and the myriad second chances it affords) in New York City. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 4 "The episode allows for a number of one-on-ones between characters, which director Steven Soderbergh successfully plays out in longer, more fluid takes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/4 74% Trumbo (2015) "Like Jay Roach's Game Change and Recount, the film's patina of relative apoliticism masks (or enables) its blandness of inquiry. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 3 "It's interesting to see the series dip explicitly into the subject matter of anti-Semitism and the fear thereof. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 2 "It's no surprise Thackery's broken reunion with Nurse Elkins was wrenching. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 2 Episode 1 "It's hard to avoid feeling like the same issues of dramatic proportion and temporal flow that dogged the first season remain. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Treasure (2016) "The Treasure is no thriller, but there are moments here that inculcate the stakes with prisoner's-dilemma paranoia. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
82% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 10 "In keeping with the rest of the season, it strains (sometimes painfully) to guarantee a good time while preserving its in-hindsight moral outrage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 9 "It's so gripping, in fact, that when Captain August Robertson (Grainger Hines) and the Knick's administrator, Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) bail Thackery out, it feels almost disingenuously comforting. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 8 "The storyline is also noteworthy for the subtle, usually unspoken hints it drops about how developed Thackery's colleagues and subordinates' sense of his addiction really is. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 7 ""Get the Rope" grips undeniably, but it also goes down feeling like the most disingenuous episode yet. It's soapy, morally charged, and Grand Guignol all at once. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 6 "Steven Soderbergh's handling of the meningitis case is both technically and dramatically virtuoso. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 5 "It's been a pleasure watching Steven Soderbergh stress Thackery and Algernon's unspoken shifts in opinion of one another, and "They Capture the Heat" skirts it on the margins. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 4 "It's the most breathtaking cross-section of Amiel and Begler's often club-footed historical observations yet, and the show's finest episode thus far: proof that, however irritating the procedure, Soderbergh's experiment is still working. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 3 "The Knick remains one hell of a panoramic contraption, and Clive Owen's starring turn as Dr. John Thackery is one of the show's major draws. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 2 "The most involving scenes in "Mr. Paris Shoes" tend to be the ones that are-without being wordless, obviously-not what they call "dialogue scenes." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 Episode 1 "Edwards-who, after the being chided by Thackery during his first operation, chooses to stay at the Knick-pretty much sums it up: "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Danny Boyle's film can't help but land in the same hagiographizing place as nearly every single other Great Man biopic churned out by the studio powers that be. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2015
3/4 94% Carol (2015) "The film dares its viewers to consider that--for a couple of hours, at least--even when a thing seems too good to be true, it might not be. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2015
.5/4 81% Les Cowboys (2016) "It appears to pride itself on demonstrating both sides of a complex racial divide, only for its messaging to wind up flattering the whitest sensibility imaginable. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
2.5/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "It's most towering accomplishment are its set pieces, which manage to be brash, exhilarating, and even occasionally moving. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) "Woody Allen and Joaquin Phoenix's collaboration on Irrational Man's antihero is the closest the film gets to a saving grace. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "A barbed inquiry into this particular notion of "self-defense," enabled by the quotidian racism state and perpetuated de jure by the state. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World can't tell whether it wants to be junk food or not, lovingly poking fun at some Hollywood tropes while shamelessly indulging others. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) "It's the sustained, full-bodied mania of Melissa McCarthy's performance that anchors the film's many winning blind-alley gags. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
.5/4 7% Survivor (2015) "This is the kind of filmmaking that gets touted as "workmanlike" when it's really straight-laced to the point of tepidness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3/4 76% The Connection (2015) "The film feels utterly infatuated by the cop/crook dividing line long-since drawn, if not flogged, by Michael Mann. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2015
1/4 16% Playing It Cool (2015) "As characters endlessly digress on the differences between rom-coms and real life, the film evinces a schizophrenic relationship with its own inside-baseball cynicism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 48% Adult Beginners (2015) "Given its played-out subject matter and hoary coming-to-terms narrative arc, one's ability to enjoy the film hangs on a tolerance for the ever-popular on-screen man-child. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 79% Furious 7 (2015) "It lays bare that the franchise's most radical asset is also its most conservative: an overriding emphasis on, above all else, the on-screen family. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Kreditis Limiti (Line of Credit) "Georgian filmmaker Salome Alexi's superb Line of Credit delicately skewers its characters' expectations for the post-Soviet good life. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1.5/4 88% The Tribe (2015) "The film is more interested in performance and symbolism than in the meaning of its characters' words or their substitutive gestures. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/4 97% 1971 (2015) "Johanna Hamilton's 1971 represents a mind-blowing scoop disguised as a fairly garden-variety issue doc. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3.5/4 83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Empire coasts with the chutzpah of a series that knows exactly what it wants to say and how to say it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/4 51% The Humbling (2015) "Philip Roth's original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino's performance into a martyr's desperate plea for an audience's love. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "It suffers from a bloodless unwillingness to put too much on the line, made corporeal in the editing, with music-slathered time lapse standing in for Bennett's adrenaline-fueled epiphany during a roulette binge in Reno. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
3/4 99% Selma (2015) "Did this retelling--both epic and intimate, lush and brutal--really need to wrap itself up with a PBS-worthy montage? " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3.5/4 50% Miss Julie (2014) "The film is no tearjerker, but it makes the stage play's hidebound, soul-baring pleasures mesmerizing on screen, and without copping to reductivism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
2.5/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "It shrugs off the bigger questions about Iranian politics its first half appears to raise, falling back instead on a gestalt of the eternal, Kafkaesque regime, wherever the viewer may find it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/4 58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) "The film places its characters in a reflexive historical continuum that dooms them to be mere demonstrative types from start to finish. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
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