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Tom Charity

Tom Charity
Tom Charity's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, L.A. Weekly, Total Film, Village Voice, Sight and Sound, Times (UK), Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% The Sessions (2012) A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2013
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) One of the best movies of 2012 so far, in any genre.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2013
93% Skyfall (2012) It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Bond movie so much.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2013
93% Looper (2012) Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2013
96% Argo (2012) Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) Quentin Tarantino has made a spaghetti western and cross-pollinated it with a blaxploitation picture, but it's fully formed, unapologetic and easily one of the best popcorn flicks of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2012
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) An Unexpected Journey is a major comedown, a muddle-headed and cumbersome piece of filmmaking that betrays Jackson's mercenary motives -- Tolkien's book, too.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2012
87% Life of Pi (2012) This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2012
96% The Muppets (2011) A mixed bag then: The Muppets isn't the best or the worst of Kermit's big-screen capers. At least it's a reminder that here's one frog who isn't about to croak.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
35% Immortals (2011) The movie's landscape is a disappointingly barren digital domain, the same gray cliffs, deserts and seas familiar from 300 and so many game-worlds.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2011
74% The Whistleblower (2011) It's a little sluggish in the first act perhaps, and not as slick as some, but it's still more authentic than most, and angrier, too.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2011
80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Rather than fight against the character's flag-waving, Nazi-busting roots, the movie embraces them, going back to the early '40s to remind us what made the "greatest generation" so great.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) It's a lousy movie, but at least it's a lousy movie with a serviceable story, killer CGI and an action climax that goes on forever (at least an hour).‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
82% Super 8 (2011) Abrams' imitation is a shade too reverent for my taste. He lacks the subversive edge that allowed Joe Dante to bite his producer's hand and bring Gremlins to life, for example, and Abrams seems unsure just how scary he wants things to get.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
86% X-Men: First Class (2011) In most respects it's a solid effort that maintains the integrity of this rather earnest series.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2011
90% Bridesmaids (2011) Bridesmaids is a stiletto-sharp, raunchy, no-holds-barred yuk-fest that stands as a worthy female counterpart to the likes of Wedding Crashers and The Hangover.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2011
23% Sucker Punch (2011) The suckers here are the poor mugs who leave their dollars at the door. And for what? A seedy, desaturated, overstimulated simulation of a real movie. Schlock treatment for comatose gamers, and a bomb with a bright pink cherry on top.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2011
70% Limitless (2011) Limitless may not be as brainy as it would like to think it is, but it's a relatively sharp and surprisingly playful head-trip, a satisfyingly novel twist on mindless entertainment.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2011
10% Red Riding Hood (2011) Not nearly suspenseful enough to pass as a horror film, Red Riding Hood is an awkward supernatural whodunit weighed down by banal dialogue more suited to a teen soap and Hardwicke's clumsy direction.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
46% Drive Angry (2011) Great title -- shame about the movie.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2011
86% Cedar Rapids (2011) Such sweetness makes the raunch in this honestly funny movie even funnier.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2011
64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) Bieber's unquestionably gifted, and if he's smart enough to listen to the grounded, talented folk around him, there's every reason to hope that he'll turn out to be just fine when he grows up.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2011
86% Rabbit Hole (2010) Rabbit Hole isn't just well written and beautifully acted, it's simply devastating.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2010
58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Even if it's never quite as chillingly, insidiously real, the sequel -- if that's the right word -- intersects with the first film in a pleasingly malevolent fashion that creeps up on you as the time-code ticks by.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2010
98% Up (2009) Funny and poignant and full of life, Up easily qualifies as one of the best movies of the year so far. Go with someone you care about.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
78% Role Models (2008) Rudd and Scott aren't stretching any new muscles, but Rudd's glum disaffection and Scott's bozo bonhomie do gel with a satisfying stickiness. They handle the gaping innuendo with such delicacy we know that they know they're better than this.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) It's played with considerable intensity -- by Hawke especially.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2010
1/5 12% The Spy Next Door (2010) When people moan about the world's worst film-makers, the names Uwe Boll and Joel Schumacher invariably come up. If Brian Levant has escaped such infamy, it's only by sticking under the radar with kiddie-litter.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2010
1/5 5% Old Dogs (2009) The pickings are slim going on invisible.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2010
3/5 31% The Lovely Bones (2009) Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 84% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) One of the most relentlessly abusive movies you will ever see - the dialogue is a non-stop torrent of profanity, and the action consists of one brutal beating after another. Yet it cries out to be seen.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2010
81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Yes, you probably want to see this.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2009
5/5 100% Toy Story (1995) The 3-D viewing doesn't make much difference...but it is a joy to see these superb films back on the big screen, even after dozens of DVD viewings.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
3/5 28% Pandorum (2009) Riffing on Alien, Sunshine and Resident Evil, the German director Alvart finds an effective balance between action-excitement and psychological chills.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
58% The Invention of Lying (2009) The movie never surpasses the gleeful hilarity of the first 25 minutes, when it allows us to imagine just how crushing and soulless this nakedly Darwinian universe would be.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2009
4/5 89% Adventureland (2009) One from the heart, a clear-sighted love letter to his own teenage tribulations. Starting out in high spirits then skewing more serious, it's a funny, poignant, bittersweet treat. Get in line...‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 68% Funny People (2009) Fans of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up will find much the same measure of sentiment and ribaldry - ie, too much of both - and, if it's possible, even less of a grasp on what lesser film-makers call "story".‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
3/5 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) This is a movie enlivened by the two stars' goofy love-hate relationship, its all-pervasive cynicism and the film-maker's mischievous decision to keep his eye off the ball.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2009
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) Serviceable but inescapably redundant.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 69% American Teen (2008) Compelling but not especially insightful, this is like watching nine months worth of reality TV in an hour and a half. Parental discretion is advised: if you have teens, this won't cheer you up.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2009
2/5 51% Notorious (2009) Shooting shy of scandal, Notorious turns the life of Biggie Smalls into an off-the-peg cautionary yarn. Aside from Woolard's larger-the-life lead turn, it's strictly B.I.G. for beginners.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/5 24% The Secret of Moonacre (2008) The costumes are beautiful. The sets are impressive... But somehow the movie feels cheap and malnourished, as if the money ran out when they were only halfway there.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2009
1/5 14% The Spirit (2008) Miller shoots it in the inky graphic style of Sin City, but he clearly hasn't a clue how to stage a scene, or shoot it, and he singly fails to animate his actors.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2009
39% Speed Racer (2008) Twelve-year-old boys should be wowed, but for the rest of us, it will depend on your appetite for eye candy.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
54% Body of Lies (2008) Yes, there are a couple of chase scenes, but Scott rarely shifts into high gear.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
36% Street Kings (2008) Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Though some of the caricatures wear thin, some of the acting rises to a high level.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008