Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bio: Steve’s passion is writing, and what he loves to write are film reviews of which he produces 300 full-length ones per year. Although having the opportunity to write is reward enough, he counts the letters of praise and (well-written) criticism he receives from his readers as a wonderful bonus. When possible, he takes his teenage son, Jeffrey, along to the press screening and includes Jeffrey’s one-paragraph mini-review at the end of his own.
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THE BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2003 Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes This was an outstanding year for motion pictures! It was the first year that I can remember in which there were six films that I was extremely excited about. Usually there are only one or two films that are so superb that I can't stop thinking about them, but this year there were six in that category. Moreover, numbers two through six on my top ten list were so close that they were virtually a tie. Only the last film in The Lord of the Rings saga was clearly better than the rest of my top six. After hitting a high water mark last year with 317 reviews, this year I dropped back a bit to only 293. If you want to read my reviews, I have twenty-five hundred of them now at my web site: InternetReviews.com. I also maintain an E-mail distribution list to which I send out my new reviews as well as a weekly opening day summary for theatrical releases and another for video releases. Drop me a line at Steve.Rhodes@InternetReviews.com if you'd like to be added to the list. It's free. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Steve Steve Rhodes's List of the Best Films of 2003 1. The Lord of the Rings of the Rings: The Return of the King (PG-13) 2. Capturing the Friedmans (NR/R) 3. House of Sand and Fog (R) 4. Shattered Glass (PG-13) 5. Stone Reader (NR/G) 6. Lost in Translation (R) 7. Mystic River (R) 8. 28 Days Later (R) 9. Love Actually (R) 10. Sylvia (R) Steve Rhodes's List of the Worst Films of 2003 1. The Cat in the Hat (PG) 2. Irréversible (NR/NC-17) 3. Party Monster (NR/R) 4. Northfork (PG-13) 5. Down and Out with the Dolls (R) 6. Gods and Generals (PG-13) 7. Gigli (R) 8. Biker BoyZ (PG-13) 9. Boat Trip (R) 10. House of 1000 Corpses (R)
Publications: Internet Reviews
Location: Campbell, California, United States
Official Websites: internetreviews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 59% Face (2002) A picture to admire even if not quite one to recommend. - Internet Reviews EDIT
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2.5/4 65% Home Alone (1990) A hit for its slapstick humor as well as the age-old theme of a kid who bests the grown-ups. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet Only the Strong (1993) The cinematography is jarring and dizzying at times; the acting mediocre. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
3.5/4 96% Miracle on 34th Street (1947) The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season. - Internet Reviews EDIT
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4/4 100% The Staircase (2005) One of the most engrossing films that I've ever seen. If all television was this good, we could get rid of theaters. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet The Rhino Brothers (2002) - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet Suckers (2001) One thing is certain, the energetic movie tries hard to be the best that it can be, which is a lot of fun. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Life of Fish (La vida de los peces) (2010) Most such films are packed with dialog like an overstuffed grocery bag, but The Life of Fish features conversation spoken slowly and sparsely as if every word must count. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet The Happy Housewife (De gelukkige huisvrouw) (2010) Wonderful erotic comedy that takes a sharp turn into tragedy ... it's touching - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2011
4/4 85% Black Swan (2010) It had such an impact on me that I sat staring zombie-like at the closing credits, unable to move. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2011
4/4 95% The Social Network (2010) Polish up the Oscar and get ready to give it to Eisenberg, an actor whom most people have never seen before. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2010
1.5/4 46% Step Up 3 (2010) Step Up 3D is one D too many. This gimmick-laden film is filled with clichés in the production as well as the script. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2010
3/4 No Score Yet The British really know how to do mysteries. Although American television tries, the Brits own the formula to the secret sauce. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2010
2.5/4 87% Inception (2010) More time wasting than time bending, Inception is a shoot 'em up masquerading as a thinking person's sci-fi film. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
3/4 53% The Greatest (2010) It's quite a good film and is extremely well acted, but its emotional assaults were so powerful that I found myself almost unable to endure them. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2010
2.5/4 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) It's one quarter of a great movie. But, after its frightening opening act, the rest of the movie is remarkably ho hum and way too long. Still it's well worth seeing for its devastatingly intense first thirty minutes. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2010
3/4 71% The Last Station (2010) While its two major Oscar nominations may cause you to raise your expectations, the movie is basically an entertaining piece of fluff with a little drama thrown in every now and then. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2010
3/4 16% When in Rome (2010) Sweet, romantic and genuine, When in Rome, which features a consistently charming Kristen Bell, is certainly fluff, but it is very entertaining and enjoyable. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2010
3/4 66% The Blind Side (2009) In probably her best performance ever, Sandra Bullock is downright brilliant. As in CRASH, Bullock proves again that she is much better at drama than comedy. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/4 39% 2012 (2009) Easily the best bad movie in years, 2012 is hilariously over the top. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
3/4 62% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) Consistently and delightfully entertaining ... If the movie has a downside, it's that its great music from the 1960s sometimes outshines the narrative. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
3.5/4 92% The Damned United (2009) The Damned United beautifully demonstrates that, if you pair a truly gifted screenwriter with terrific actors, cinematic magic is possible, perhaps even likely. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2009
2.5/4 26% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Its preposterous plot usually requires a generous suspension of disbelief. But for all of the promises of the narrative, which is filled with many genuine twists and shocks, the overall result is surprising flat. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2009
2/4 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) A droll and humorless story, it is a lifeless rendition of the early life of Coco Chanel before she became famous. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/4 84% Whip It (2009) In a role that cries out for quirkiness, Barrymore has Page playing it as straight as possible. Since Page is the queen of quirk, this makes little sense. Still, the result is a solid performance in an entertaining movie. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2009
2.5/4 37% Surrogates (2009) Always intriguing but never involving. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2009
2.5/4 80% The Informant! (2009) This extremely bizarre movie is told with off-puttingly zany music. ... For most of it, I stared at the screen with my mouth open in a you've-got-to-be-kidding look. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/4 7% Whiteout (2009) A tolerably entertaining film starring the weather. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/4 92% The Way We Get By (2009) A poignant and lovingly constructed documentary ... and, even though it doesn't wear its politics on its sleeve, it is quite a patriotic picture. - Internet Reviews EDIT
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3/4 90% District 9 (2009) Gross but fascinating ... it held my attention from start to finish. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
2.5/4 39% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) While the time traveling concept is consistently intriguing, the movie itself more often fizzles than sizzles. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
4/4 65% Adam (2009) Adam is easily one of the best pictures of the year. ... As I left the theater, the world seemed like it had somehow become a better place. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2009
3/4 77% Julie & Julia (2009) It's a delicious concoction of two delectable stories, but the surprise is that Amy Adams sweetly understated performance goes down much easier than Meryl Streep's showy shtick, which too often becomes almost indigestibly larger than life. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
2.5/4 85% Lorna's Silence (2008) Slow and plodding, the movie still manages to keep you interested in where it is headed. The ending, however, is completely unresolved and borderline bizarre. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
1.5/4 14% The Ugly Truth (2009) The ugly truth is that Gerard Butler's fingers-across-the-blackboard performance makes The Ugly Truth painful to endure. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2009
3/4 29% Irene in Time (2009) Somehow, for all of her flaws, Irene slowly and surprisingly worked her way into my heart. Because of this, I found the film's ending particularly effective and poignant. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2009
4/4 85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) It is so absolutely adorable that, as the ending credits were rolling, I had the overwhelming urge to wrap my arms around the movie and never let it go. ... The best film of the year. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2009
2.5/4 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) ... consistently visually stunning -- a real feast for the eyes. The story -- not so much. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2009
2.5/4 48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) Faced with a clear choice between an entirely original story and one told a thousand times before, director and co-writer Nick Cassavetes takes the easy, well trodden path. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2009
3/4 90% Moon (2009) Rockwell's performance is a real tour de force. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/4 68% Away We Go (2009) You'll enjoy going along with Verona and Burt on their journey, and you'll leave with a smile on your face and a feeling that you're glad you got to know them. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/4 52% Easy Virtue (2009) A mild comedy of manners set in the Roaring Twenties ... You might think any comedy filled with flappers would be funny, but this one isn't. It deserves no laughs and few smiles. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
4/4 98% Up (2009) Up isn't merely good -- it is a thoroughly entertaining film that is downright great. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Lullaby (2008) If more movies were as well designed and realized, going to the theater would be dramatically more satisfying. New filmmakers should look at it as a paradigm on how movies should be made. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) So how is the latest installment in the long-running Terminator franchise, you ask? Loud! ... You'll feel the entire time like you were trapped in a video game. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
3/4 63% Adoration (2008) Writer and director Atom Egoyan is a cinematic master at creating incredibly sad and affecting tone poems to life's morose moments. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
2.5/4 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) While it's never a bad movie, it is never a memorable one either. It's one of those comedies that produces no laughs, at least not from me. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
3.5/4 92% Every Little Step (2009) Don't be surprised if you, too, shed a tear or two along with the dancers when they are picked for the role of a lifetime. It's that kind of film. It really gets to you, in a good way. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
3.5/4 94% Star Trek (2009) Don't be surprised if you feel just like me when you leave the theater. I was ready and eager to see my newfound friends in their next space adventure. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
2.5/4 27% Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) Kind of cute ... it never takes itself too seriously and is filled with deliciously cheesy lines. - Internet Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009