Tirdad Derakhshani

Tirdad Derakhshani

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tirdad Derakhshani's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 97% Black Souls (2015) "A somber piece of film poetry about men so invested in a rigid notion of honor and revenge they become trapped in an endless loop of violence. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "It leaves behind a nagging feeling, a suggestion there's more to the story than its story. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Not a great film. Or particularly good. In fact, it's fairly bad as B-movies go. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 10, 2015
98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Marvel's Daredevil, Netflix's latest offering, is a well-scripted, beautifully acted superhero saga that is surprisingly impressive. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 9, 2015
91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Always fascinating and often quite odd, mad, and weird, Outlander has the most peculiar mix of gothic horror, swashbuckling adventure, magical fantasy, and romance you're likely to experience on TV. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 6, 2015
40% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The series is no less absurd, but it's far more fun than the movie: We all know about the ax murders. It's more fascinating to watch Lizzie continue to weave her web of evil after her trial. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2.5/4 27% Marfa Girl (2015) "It's refreshing to see a film set amid the daily life of an impoverished, rural immigrant community. It's a shame the only aspect of the social world that is explored is the sexual exploits of a few teens. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/4 64% A Girl Like Her (2015) "One of the most moving and intelligent of the recent glut of films and TV specials about teenage bullying. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 22% The Barber (2015) "An ambitious, if wildly uneven, character study that relies on a taut script, snappy dialogue, and a few well-placed plot twists ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 29% Cymbeline (2015) "If too many filmmakers try to amp up the excitement in Shakespeare with movie magic, Almereyda goes to the opposite extreme in Cymbeline. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 97% '71 (2015) "Demange's feature debut miraculously distills the often Byzantine nature of the power politics behind The Troubles in a deeply intimate chamber piece about a single day in the life of a British soldier. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
50% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The dialogue, for one thing, is likely to rub serious drama fans the wrong way with its mix of cheap one-liners, bad metaphors, and a stunning amount of epithets and four-letter words - anatomical, sexual, scatological, it's all there. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "A superbly researched and edited documentary about the women's movement in the 1960s. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 55% Road Hard (2015) "Carolla, who co-wrote and co-directed the picture with Kevin Henchis, has a way of making his remarkably stiff screen presence endearing. He plays Bruce with gentle self-mockery and a touch of genuine pathos. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Duhamel and Winters were born to share the screen as the odd couple who must solve a seriously strange series of crimes. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 2, 2015
36% Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite its faults, ABC's drama is a winner. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/4 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Mildly enjoyable despite its basic mediocrity ... " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/4 71% The DUFF (2015) "It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/4 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The film tries so hard to be a clever, deconstructive meta-tale, forever winking at the audience about its silly story, that it metas itself into insignificance. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/4 93% The Infinite Man "Great fun will be had by audiences, past and future. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 21% White Rabbit (2015) "It sometimes reads as a cheap, sleazy horror film, but its heart seems to be in the right place. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 36% Song One (2015) "Starts off as a singularly strong slice-of-life drama before dissipating into thin air. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/4 98% Paddington (2015) "A charming, witty, gentle mix of live action and CGI that will delight children and parents. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 53% Little Accidents (2015) "Little Accidents paints a vivid portrait of a community facing an imminent existential crisis. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 52% Spare Parts (2015) "At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/4 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "I almost passed out, hyperventilating after uncontrollable bursts of hyena laughs. It took a full evening's rest for the ache to dissipate from the belly. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 67% The World Made Straight (2015) "The film illustrates how the most powerful and welcome stabilizing forces in human life - history, family, geography - can turn so easily into deadly traps. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 84% Predestination (2015) "Predestination is a hair-raising, emotionally resonant thriller that fleshes out Heinlein's minimalist conceptual piece with strong characterization and an absorbing story line about domestic terrorism and murder. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 9, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) "The film is not a dangerous weapon, or a tool for anti-Korean propaganda. It does kill, but with comedy. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 24, 2014
46% The Gambler (2014) "Despite terrific, witty performances by Williams and Goodman, most of the talent is wasted in this picture. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 23, 2014
1.5/4 29% The Captive (2014) "For all its problems, The Captive does try to hit the themes that have obsessed Egoyan for three decades: desire, death, memory, and time. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/4 93% Diplomacy (2014) "Arestrup and Dussollier are mesmerizing as they attack and parry, argue and counterargue. They reminisce about their lives before the war and wax poetic about their families - then engage in battle again. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
95% The Game: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Game is wonderfully atmospheric, stylish, and sexy. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 52% Low Down (2014) "Fanning's performance rescues the film from mediocrity. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
1.5/4 23% Jessabelle (2014) "An ineffective, derivative, and awkwardly executed mash-up of ghost flicks and voodoo movies. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/4 91% The Way He Looks (2014) "The Way He Looks almost collapses at several points into a saccharine mess, but Ribeiro manages to keep the dramatic tension alive. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 73% Camp X-Ray (2014) "Camp X-Ray raises quite a few fascinating questions about power, sexism, and war, yet fails to explore them in any real depth. More troubling still, it's a character study that does little in the way of character development. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3.5/4 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Östlund has an exquisite eye for the intimate, nonverbal communication between couples through their posture, gestures, their eyes. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) "An enjoyable, if uneven, adaptation of Laura Kasischke's coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl whose mother vanishes into thin air. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 91% Art and Craft (2014) "A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2/4 35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Filled with far too many contradictions and implausible situations. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Blue Room (2014) "A dazzling deconstruction of the mystery genre that turns its conventions on their heads. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 90% The Guest (2014) "The Guest borrows from other genre pictures with such intelligence and clarity of purpose, it manages to feel fresh, exciting. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Nightcrawler savages the news media's ratings-driven ethic (a most unethical ethic) with such force, it brings to mind Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet's Network. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 91% Dear White People (2014) "Writer-director Justin Simien's searing, sharp-edged, and wildly intelligent comedy about race relations on an American college campus. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1.5/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "Interminably long, dragging out its molasses heart through what seem like three different endings. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/4 81% Lilting (2014) "Hong, who makes his feature debut here, has a masterful command of rhythm, beautifully weaving each strand of the narrative around that momentous opening scene. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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