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Terry Staunton

Terry Staunton
Terry Staunton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) The permanently scowling Statham borders on caricature, while the talents of De Niro and Owen are completely wasted. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/5 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) The bungling criminals scenario has been done better many times before, although director Ruben Fleischer makes his protagonists fairly likeable, if a little annoying at times. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
4/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) The special effects, from the team behind Avatar, are mind-blowing, and easily distract from the muddied morals of a script that asks only vague questions about man playing God. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 11, 2011
4/5 98% Project Nim (2011) Director James Marsh (an Oscar winner for Man on Wire) charts the heartbreaking and often incredible events without ever veering towards mawkish sentimentality. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/5 48% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) This is ultimately standard family fare that will keep children happy without really making a lasting impression. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2011
2/5 14% Zookeeper (2011) James stays true to type as the downtrodden everyman we've previously seen him play in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups, but too often falls back on crudely telegraphed slapstick. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) Lasseter delivers some exciting race sequences set in, among other places, Paris and London, but the stop-start nature of the yarn results in a rare instance of Pixar failing to fire on all cylinders. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 21, 2011
2/5 44% Bad Teacher (2011) Kasdan bundles together a mishmash of high-school movie clichés and off-colour toilet humour, with the flimsy plot and faltering pace providing far too few laughs. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3/5 83% Potiche (2011) Ozon recalls the mild farce and mannered drawing-room comedy of an earlier era of French cinema. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2011
4/5 92% Senna (2011) A fascinating biography that will appeal to more than just fans of fast cars. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 91% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2010) Morales delivers a series of scares and shocks that owe more than a small debt to classic Hitchcock, and cleverly places the camera in the centre of the action... ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 19, 2011
4/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) Although director Kim Ji-woon's inventive twist on the vigilante shocker is relentlessly bloodthirsty, it never loses sight of the human fallout from violent crime, deftly weaving Lee's eye-for-an-eye actions with moments of genuine emotional grief. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 86% Cedar Rapids (2011) It may sound a flimsy premise, but director Miguel Arteta delivers a laugh-out-loud ride that plays like a white-collar executive take on Animal House, and Phil Johnston's script is awash with quotable one-liners. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/5 26% Arthur (2011) Director Jason Winer maintains a sprightly comic pace, but the feeling persists that we've seen it all before - and with a great deal more charm. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/5 25% Hop (2011) Hill mines the same seam of cuteness as in his earlier Alvin and the Chipmunks, with Brand's manic characterisation helping to paper over the cracks of a flimsy story. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) Snyder employs the arresting visuals of his earlier films, but at the expense of a coherent narrative... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/5 22% Country Strong (2011) Writer/director Shana Feste is clearly indebted to the Oscar-winning Crazy Heart and Robert Altman's epic Nashville, but the script all too often stumbles into mediocre soap-opera territory. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2011
2/5 45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) It's hard to escape the feeling that Allen has told this story so many times before - and so much better. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2011
3/5 80% Barney's Version (2011) Lewis makes a bold attempt at truncating the vast scope of Mordecai Richler's prize-winning novel into just over two hours of screen time, but occasionally comes unstuck trying to balance the comedy and tragedy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/5 33% The Ward (2011) A suspenseful, 1960s-set thriller with gothic overtones, which pushes all the right shock buttons but suffers from a lack of originality. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 71% Ride, Rise, Roar (2010) Curtis's film is more a series of snapshots, the flow frustratingly interrupted by lengthy interview segments that might have best been set aside as DVD extras. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 20% Gulliver's Travels (2010) It's all silly, predictable fun, with director Rob Letterman delivering a smattering of well-executed sight gags. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 23, 2010
2/5 75% The Way Back (2011) As extraordinary as the real-life source material may be, Weir stumbles into too many cinematic triumph-over-adversity clichés and the film loses pace over its lengthy running time. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 23, 2010
4/5 73% Megamind (2010) It's terrific fun from start to finish, even if it doesn't quite match the good-versus-evil japes of The Incredibles or Despicable Me. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 2, 2010
3/5 87% Unstoppable (2010) The high-octane train sequences are staged with increasingly nail-biting tension, admirably shot without reverting to computer-generated trickery. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2010
4/5 81% Despicable Me (2010) The film is constantly laugh-out-loud funny, and the voice cast (which also includes Julie Andrews as Gru's disapproving mother) is exemplary. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 14, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet Freight (2010) St Paul's script tries hard to focus on the notions of family loyalty in the vein of The Sopranos, but has a tendency to drift towards uncomfortable England-for-the-English racism. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2010
3/5 83% Collapse (2009) There are clear parallels with former US vice-president Al Gore's arguments in An Inconvenient Truth, only Smith's film makes less use of showbiz-style graphics. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 94% The Town (2010) In addition to directing with flair and confidence, Affleck plays the central conflicted character with admirable subtlety... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/5 78% The Other Guys (2010) This mismatched-cops comedy takes several well-aimed swipes at the action genre, blending knockabout farce with quick-witted humour. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/5 49% The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010) Laser is genuinely chilling as the medical madman with a God complex, only occasionally descending into cartoon villainy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/5 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Swamped by the sledgehammer clichés (gym class humiliation, Halloween high jinks) found in any run-of-the-mill children's TV comedy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/5 41% The Expendables (2010) The impressive-sounding cast only temporarily distracts from a plot riddled with holes, clichéd dialogue and fight sequences too reliant on quick edits. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3/5 85% Down Terrace (2010) It's an audacious balancing act, by turns shocking and comical, but the outlandish story does boast several naturalistic performances... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 2, 2010
2/5 47% The A-Team (2010) The big-screen remake of the much-loved 1980s TV series frequently doffs its cap to the original, but is too brash and loud to retain any of its charm. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 22, 2010
2/5 62% When You're Strange (2010) Barely scratches the surface of the band's enduring appeal. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2/5 47% MacGruber (2010) Forte is likeable as the renegade good guy but the humour relies too heavily on blatantly telegraphed sight gags and villains with rude-sounding names. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 18, 2010
3/5 43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) Antoine Fuqua returns to the familiar territory of his Oscar-winning Training Day, weaving together three storylines with confidence and a steady hand. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2010
2/5 8% Furry Vengeance (2010) Fraser's lantern-jawed mugging becomes irritating all too soon, although younger viewers may get a kick out of the ingenious antics of skunks, raccoons and grizzly bears as they get the better of numbskull humans. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 6, 2010
3/5 19% Gentlemen Broncos (2009) Hess once again trains his camera on misfit adolescents, mocking the obsessions of sci-fi geeks with genuine affection and gentle humour that leads to an unsurprisingly heart-warming pay-off. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 29, 2010
2/5 50% Cherry Bomb (2004) Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn aim for the sexually charged edginess of television's Skins, but fall back on glib outrage with little time spent examining what makes their characters tick. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 22, 2010
2/5 13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) The blend of romantic comedy and road movie is an awkward match, and isn't helped by a stodgy script and the fact that Butler has little in the way of comic timing. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3/5 91% The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2010) The live footage electrifies, filmed in either black and white or through a filter of the group's trademark red, with Malloy capturing the excitement of fans not used to seeing their heroes set up instruments on their very doorstep. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2010
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Director Niels Arden Oplev builds the tension masterfully, the chilling sub-plots delivering shock after shock, while Rapace has an enigmatic presence that burns through the screen. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2010
3/5 65% Youth in Revolt (2010) Gustin Nash's script takes several well-aimed pot shots at typical teen-movie conventions, but has the tendency to occasionally wallow in the crude humour of the American Pie films. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 5, 2010
2/5 40% Armored (2009) Antal's attempts to crank up the tension are telegraphed far too often and undermined by a flagrant disregard for logic, meaning this never delivers quite enough bang for your buck. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2010
3/5 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) Fellow players and aspiring rock gods will thrill at the scenes of the trio jamming together, but Guggenheim's film never takes an insular "muso" view and has plenty to offer the lay person. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 42% The Limits of Control (2009) A ponderous and pretentious thriller that's noticeably light on thrills. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) The laughs come thick and fast in a sprightly kid pleaser full of slapstick set-pieces and memorable characters, while more grown-up viewers will find themselves grinning at pastiches of the Cold War paranoia of bygone sci-fi movies. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Foxx is perfectly cast as the moral compass of the film, but it's Butler's edgy portrayal, walking a thin line between madness and genius, which leaves a lasting impression. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2009