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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 29%

The Song (2014)

"If wisdom isn't one of your character's defining traits, should Solomon really be your model?" Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 26, 2014
D+ 75%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"When a soulless corporate product like 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' sputters, it's barely worth a shrug. When a handcrafted labor of love like 'The Boxtrolls' goes bad, it's a tragedy." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Sep 24, 2014
C+ 17%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"A faith-friendly sports film that's more interested in extolling character than in developing characters." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Think of the climactic forest fire in Bambi, and then take away the deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, birds and people. A forest fire ... in an uninhabited forest." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Nothing in the well-made but prosaic 2011 reboot hinted at the power of this film." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Courtroom dramas and police procedurals are not normal settings for demons or exorcists, but Derrickson's intriguing premise is that demons cannot be confined to where we expect to find them." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 2, 2014
C+ 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"As with the Ice Age sequels, situations may change and characters may come and go, but the central characters and relationships forged in the first film have become static." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"A flawed but empathic, fairly honest movie about flawed but empathic, honest characters." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 6, 2014
D 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"Warmed-over Frozen. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 30, 2014
A- 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"If more comic-book movies were like this, there'd be less complaining about how many of them there are." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 52%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"So much better than its predecessor that I've gone from being merely disappointed with the 2012 reboot to being downright angry about it." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 1, 2014
B+ 76%

Noah (2014)

"A work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new, at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B+ 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"Does everything you expect, but also does a great deal you don't expect, subverting clichés, taking roads less traveled and even tiptoeing into theological wonder." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Feb 7, 2014
B+ 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Hanks' Disney is a teddy bear; Thompson's Travers is a porcupine. They go together like apple pie and, oh, liver and onions. He lights up the charm...She refuses utterly to be charmed. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Dec 21, 2013
C 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

"The transformation of Jackson's Middle Earth into alt-Tolkien fan fiction is complete." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Dec 11, 2013
C+ 89%

Frozen (2013)

"May be the most tragic fairy tale in the Disney canon, which is saying something." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Nov 26, 2013
A 96%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Made me angry, and grateful, in ways I didn't always anticipate." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Oct 17, 2013
A- 96%

Gravity (2013)

"Something almost unheard of these days: a Hollywood spectacle that shows us something new, set in the universe we live in." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B 25%

Planes (2013)

"While I'm not sure it needs a theatrical release, I'm struck by the rarity of seeing such a comparatively simple, innocent cartoon on the big screen." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B+ 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"A gingery palate cleanser in a summer of overcooked Big Macs. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Aug 2, 2013
C+ 67%

Turbo (2013)

"Too bad there isn't a lot more you can say about Turbo than "That snail is fast." He is, but that's not character development. " ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 18, 2013
B- 73%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Turning Dr. Evil into Austin Powers ... is the best possible way to keep the reformed character from losing his mojo. (Oh, how Mike Myers has influenced this discussion!) " Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 5, 2013
D 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture's terminal inability to offer children today heroic role models." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jul 2, 2013
B 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"A charming, well-crafted trifle - at least until the subversive last act, when it sets its sights a bit higher." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 21, 2013
C+ 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Not the Superman movie we need, but the one we deserve." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted Jun 13, 2013
B- 64%

Epic (2013)

"Produces images of poetic power ... The catch is that the world the filmmakers create is far more interesting than the story they tell in it in it or the characters they put in it." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 31, 2013
B+ 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Trek lite. Perhaps in the next film Abrams and company may set their sights on something more ambitious: finding consequential new stories to tell in their rebooted universe." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 15, 2013
C+ 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Pepper has always been what grounded Tony, what connected him to reality. Iron Man 3 ultimately disconnects Pepper from reality...Whether or not Tony deserves better, Pepper certainly does." ‐National Catholic Register
Posted May 1, 2013
B- 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Almost all highlights and bombast, with little if any room for subtlety or poetry." Decent Films Guide
Posted Dec 13, 2012
A 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"[Day-Lewis] convincingly comprehends Lincoln's melancholy and his humor; his self-deprecation and brandishing of authority; his backwoods simplicity and his highly literate verbal dexterity…" Decent Films Guide
Posted Nov 16, 2012
A 96%

Argo (2012)

"It is startling how recent events have lent Argo an almost uncanny currency-in the process highlighting sobering current realities downplayed by the media." Decent Films Guide
Posted Oct 12, 2012
B+ 80%

Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

"If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo." Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 28, 2012
C+ 49%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Too much of the film is mired in the bleak, gritty world of Hollywood Medieval Grunge...Have filmmakers never looked at medieval art? They had pretty colors back then, I'm almost certain." Decent Films Guide
Posted Sep 13, 2012
B- 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"Not as daringly, disturbingly original as Coraline, but the dialogue and visuals are peppered with wit...most of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes drawn without much affection." Decent Films Guide
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B+ 87%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"An overwhelming, enthralling climax...Yet something crucial is missing, a question raised ever more insistently in all three films, and at best left unanswered: Is Gotham City worth saving?" Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"More like a Happy Meal than a movie...another serving of exactly the same product that millions of families have been served before and will come back to again and again." Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 12, 2012
C+ 72%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Bungles who Spider-Man is, where he's coming from. This isn't the only problem … but, for me, it's the most intractable, because it undermines the hero's moral center." Decent Films Guide
Posted Jul 2, 2012
A- 78%

Brave (2012)

"Ironically, some critics are complaining about the very thing that makes Brave so refreshing: that it's not another tale of teen rebellion and parents learning the error of their ways." Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 19, 2012
D 72%

Prometheus (2012)

"I don't mind that Prometheus raises big questions without ultimately answering them...I do mind that [it] has virtually nothing interesting, insightful or thoughtful to say about them." Decent Films Guide
Posted Jun 8, 2012
18%

For Greater Glory (2012)

"A sweeping, handsome epic with strong performances, solid production values and magnificent locations across Mexico. " Decent Films Guide
Posted May 30, 2012
C+ 68%

Men in Black III (2012)

"It's all acceptably diverting, not actively unpleasant like the 2002 sequel. There are no grand twists or revelations comparable to the truth about the "galaxy" in the original." ‐Christianity Today
Posted May 25, 2012
D+ 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Feels less like a fond and knowing tribute than a work of indifferent, uninspired hackery." Decent Films Guide
Posted May 11, 2012
B 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"Has the makings of a great nature documentary … If only Allen didn't keep elbowing us in the ribs to make sure that we get it." Decent Films Guide
Posted May 3, 2012
B+ 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"Gadzooks, is this movie bonkers. I mean, really." Decent Films Guide
Posted May 3, 2012
A 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"If The Avengers isn't necessarily the BEST superhero movie ever made, it is unquestionably the MOST superhero movie ever made." Decent Films Guide
Posted May 3, 2012
2/4 63%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"A premise in search of a thesis, a handful of scenes in search of a story." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Apr 7, 2012
B 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"What's the last movie you saw that created an imaginary world bursting with color and beauty and inspiration? A world that reminded you of the feeling you had as a child the first time you saw Dorothy open that door on the Technicolor world of Oz?" Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 30, 2012
D 26%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"Next to Perseus and his world, John Carter is as colorful as Tony Stark and Barsoom is as colorful as Pandora. " ‐Christianity Today
Posted Mar 30, 2012
B- 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"[Katniss is] perhaps the most engaging action-movie protagonist in recent years … Am I glad I saw The Hunger Games? Yes. But I'm not eager to see it again." Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 23, 2012
B- 21%

October Baby (2012)

"Avoids the outright preachiness of the Sherwood Productions films … certainly a good-looking film … too much tell and not enough show. " Decent Films Guide
Posted Mar 23, 2012
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