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Steven D. Greydanus

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 96%

Moana (2016)

"It would be going too far to say that Moana combines everything I enjoy about contemporary Disney with everything I dislike, but it's got quite a bit of both." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Whimsical but never wondrous, amusing but never affecting...[The] HP films showed us things we had never seen before. Fantastic Beasts just made me wish I were watching Doctor Strange again." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Can be seen as an examination of war and nonviolence, but it also begs to be seen - like Birth of a Nation, with its #BlackLivesMatter echoes - in light of contemporary issues." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 3, 2016
A- 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Perhaps we might say simply that Derrickson has made a bona fide movie at a time when Marvel is only doing installments." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 2, 2016
A- 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Powerful and provocative." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Lurches in directions at once too juvenile for grownup tastes and too gruesome for kids. Maybe there's a sweet spot around 10 to 13 where it might feel gleefully transgressive. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"The film sketches in these characters just enough to hold the story together. What really interests Berg is exploring how the disaster happened...and how those 126 people responded..." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Sep 30, 2016
A- 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Nair...doesn't shy from the harsh realities of life in Katwe...[she] also revels in the colors and textures of this world: clay-orange earth, bright fabrics, weatherbeaten bricks and wood." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B 60%

Hillsong - Let Hope Rise (2016)

"It may be one-sided, but it's also genuinely moving, even to the viewer who doesn't share the band's world, or not entirely." Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 15, 2016
A- 85%

Sully (2016)

"The film is attentive to the iconic power of that event, both in itself and in connection with the last time the world watched as an airliner went down against the New York skyline." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B+ 62%

Greater (2016)

"While Brandon's own faith never wavers, the film cross-examines Christian pieties and even faith itself to a greater degree than any other faith-based film I can think of. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"'Kubo' thrilled, dazzled and delighted me, brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart - in the end, not entirely in a good way." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 19, 2016
C+ 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"On paper, and sometimes even on-screen, there's some promise and potential in this remake ... An intractable problem is that the Jesus scenes are among the film's weakest moments." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 18, 2016
B+ 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"A rare family film that takes its time and allows the characters to breathe, to romp in the forest, to gaze at stars...I wish I'd grown up watching this film instead of the original." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 12, 2016
C- 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"The world has changed since 2007, and not only in the ways the filmmakers are self-consciously trying to engage." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B+ 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"This is something that has been missing from Star Trek for a while: an arresting picture of a shiny, hopeful future worth dreaming of. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C- 74%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Plays as if it were stitched together from every haphazard notion tossed out in an early brainstorming session, with no subsequent editing or refining." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 8, 2016
A- 95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"A wrenching drama about the human cost of what is often called man's inhumanity to man, though it is often women and children who suffer most, as here." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Hank the octopus is a particular standout … his mad skills are highly entertaining — so entertaining, in fact, that I kind of wish the movie had been about him." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 17, 2016
B 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Wan goes bigger and splashier … Metaphorically splashier, I mean; it's not very bloody, but it's bloody scary, thanks to Wan's skills and some shrewd choices by Chad and Carey Hayes." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 10, 2016
C+ 75%

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"A promising exercise in a style of film-making I'd like to see more of, but it's a promise somewhat unfulfilled." Crux
Posted May 27, 2016
B+ 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Has nearly all the strengths of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies so far, as well as some of the weaknesses." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 5, 2016
A- 94%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The second film in a row from Jon Favreau that makes me want to hug the director." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Apr 13, 2016
C- 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Snyder's films are so eager to establish that "Superman was never real" that they never permit even the illusion that he ever was." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Mar 24, 2016
A 46%

The Young Messiah (2016)

"Offers an imaginative vision of the most iconic and celebrated family in human history that is both surprising and familiar, warmly human and credible yet also different." Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 10, 2016
B- 52%

Risen (2016)

"For all its issues, Risen remains more interesting in some ways than a straightforward dramatization of the Gospel story like Son of God. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Feb 19, 2016
B 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Content merely to continue the story...It answers the question "Where are they now?" but has no new thoughts or insights regarding the stories we know." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Dec 17, 2015
A- 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"Plunges us into the rhythms of a specific time and place: Boston around the turn of the millennium, at a time when...the extent of the cover-up culture in the Church had not yet been exposed. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 20, 2015
B+ 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Comes billed as being "From the imagination of Charles Schulz," and, almost astonishingly, it pretty much is." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 5, 2015
C- 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"The negative buzz around the new Fantastic Four is so radioactive you could almost expect to develop superpowers just by reading about it." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 7, 2015
B+ 99%

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

"The world of Shaun the Sheep puts a smile on my face before anything even happens." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 6, 2015
A 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"The opening sequence is like a declaration of war; it's like starting a film with the truck sequence from Raiders, or Ghost Protocol's Burj Khalifa sequence." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B- 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"I enjoyed "Ant-Man" most as small-scale spectacle, a high-tech update on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" cinema...The plot, it must be said, rewards not thinking about it." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 17, 2015
C 56%

Minions (2015)

"I'm a fan of silliness and nonsense, and Minions are about as silly and nonsensical as kiddie entertainment gets. But everyone has limits." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 81%

Batkid Begins (2015)

"Who would have thought that the week after Inside Out opened, another movie about a kid in San Francisco would have me crying even more - and laughing almost as much?" ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 25, 2015
A+ 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"A rare family film for so many reasons: a story with no villain...a wise and wounding depiction of growing up, a story of growth and loss, with real stakes and real consequences." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"Pratt more than delivers. You could almost say he manages to stand in for Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum AND Laura Dern. He's got Neill's toughness, Goldblum's humor and Dern's down-to-earthness." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 11, 2015
B+ 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"For all its action and spectacle, Mad Max: Fury Road represents a sort of creative idealism that critics and cinephiles swoon for." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 29, 2015
C 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration? " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 20, 2015
B 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Whedon's wit and invention are considerable...[but] the movies keep getting bigger, with diminishing returns. I find myself hoping against hope that Ant-Man will be really, really small." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Apr 30, 2015
A- 99%

Song Of The Sea (2014)

"Like Miyazaki, Moore isn't afraid to take the time to breathe deeply, savor moments of silence and beauty, and open the door to wonder and mystery. " Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"Such a gallant anachronism...that it offers, without ever raising its voice, a ringing cross-examination of our whole era of dark, gritty fairy-tale revisionism. " Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 11, 2015
A 98%

The Overnighters (2014)

"An existentially probing documentary with more layers than a twisty Hollywood thriller, at turns inspiring, challenging, sobering and finally devastating." Decent Films Guide
Posted Feb 25, 2015
A+ 99%

Selma (2015)

"Captures a sense of events unfolding in the present tense, in a political and cultural climate as complex, multifaceted and undetermined as the times we live in." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 51%

Unbroken (2014)

"An honorable movie that, on paper, I should love...almost a secular Passion of the Christ...[with] little more sense of Louis' psychology or inner life than Caviezel's Jesus." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"The sketchy end-credit imagery often feels more Tolkienesque than anything in the preceding two-plus hours, leaving one wistfully contemplating: what might have been, what might have been." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Dec 16, 2014
C+ 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"May be essential to series fans, but it feels more like a TV series arc episode than a feature film." Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 20, 2014
C+ 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"As emphatically as Nolan writes PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE, in the largest possible font, it never verges into poetry." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 7, 2014
A- 89%

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"May be a bit too glib to reach the heights of The Incredibles or The Iron Giant, but if you can't have Brad Bird, this is pretty much the next best thing." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 6, 2014
B 78%

St. Vincent (2014)

"A movie essentially without a single surprise, which doesn't make it disagreeable...Murray and young Lieberher develop a nice rapport." Decent Films Guide
Posted Oct 18, 2014
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