Tony Medley

Tony Medley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 62% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"Seems like a remake of Gable's 'Command Decision' updated for the 21st Century. The tension crackles as time is a-wastin' while everyone passes the buck. This is exceptionally realistic with a top flight performance by Helen Mirren in Gable's role." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
3/10 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"...a script filled with hackneyed dialogue...automatic rifles that shoot thousands of bullets without needing reloading...filmmakers without the courage to identify Islamic Jihadists as the bad guys. How many more times will we have to see this?" ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Mar 4, 2016
9/10 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"...deftly mixes comedy with adventure and romance to make this an extremely well-rounded film." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/10 23%

Crazy About Tiffany's (2016)

"...a display of highly offensive conspicuous consumption by some snooty ladies who wear their privilege at the end of their stuck up noses. Frankly, until the last ten minutes I had a hard time staying awake." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Feb 26, 2016
8/10 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"This is a touching true story of a nerd who became an Olympics hero with a smashing performance by Taron Egerton and terrific skiing photography." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Feb 26, 2016
5/10 61%

Race (2016)

"...too long, too slow, has clumsy recreations of the sporting events, has an actor who doesn't reflect Owens' pleasing personality, and replaces facts with Hollywood fiction...Jessie Owens deserves better." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Feb 19, 2016
0/10 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Even though Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool is strikingly reminiscent of Stephen J. Cannell's appealing anti-hero PI James Rockford, this is just another superhero movie filled with boring sameness. How many times can one sit through the same thing?" ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2016
7/10 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Not uproariously funny, still the Coens did a superb job of creating a parody that captures the ambience of the era with a light hearted, comedic touch." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Feb 9, 2016
8/10 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"...fine special effects and high tension with good performances...lags during the final ten minutes when the mood, exacerbated by the music, becomes maudlin." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
9/10 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"...graphically captures all the dangers, gun fighting, bombs, and the uncertainty of the fight because it was all done in the dark of night by heroic independent contractors who have been ignored, even dissed, by the Democrats responsible." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 20, 2016
3/10 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"(Hart's) silliness is so annoying it's excruciating to sit through." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 18, 2016
6/10 60%

Joy (2015)

"If this is a comedy, I'm Babe Ruth. The title should have been "misery," because that's what it is to sit through...the denouement is über unrealistc, even for Hollywood...This picture proves that a great cast a great movie does not necessarily make." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 1, 2016
9/10 72%

The Salvation (2015)

"in the grand tradition of Sergio Leone and his Spaghetti Westerns set in the American Old West but shot in Europe...enriched by a fine score by Kasper Winding that keeps the tension at a fever pitch with fine performances by Mads Mikkelson and Eva Green." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/10 61%

Concussion (2015)

"a slow, boring movie devoid of pace.The callous NFL needn't worry about this film not only because it takes pains not to lay a glove on them, but because it is so unentertaining...acting honors go to Albert Brooks who keeps the film alive, barely." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 25, 2015
9/10 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"...this is a fascinating, tense tale with terrific performances by DiCaprio and especially Hardy as the bad guy...the screen really brightens up when he of the best films of the year despite the counterfactual ending" ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/10 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"...dismal...made without a thought of pace...I was expecting another 'All the President's Men,' but this misses the mark on all points, including the failure to adequately indict the Church for its abominable actions." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 18, 2015
10/10 100%

Humpback Whales (2015)

"This exceptional view of these magnificent mammals in IMAX 3D is an exhilarating film-viewing experience you can get nowhere else. I hated to see it end." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
7 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"...a comedic telling of of how four guys saw disaster coming as the result of the Clinton Administration's fiasco that everyone should be able to own a home, even if they couldn't afford it, abetted by Bush, which this movie blames on big banks." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 16, 2015
9/10 43%

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"... filled with tension, fine acting, and eye-popping cinematography...Even better, though, it captures the brutality of whaling, that still goes on today courtesy of the cold-hearted Japanese...While watching this movie, I was rooting for the whale." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 16, 2015
9/10 28%

The Letters (2015)

"This is a revealing study of a woman who was one thing to the world but something completely different to herself, with a fine performance by Juliet Stevenson" ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 4, 2015
7/10 24%

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"McGuigan would have been wise to take a cue from director James Whale, who told his 1931 story in a concise 70 minutes. This one is far too long. As a result, it loses some of its impact and pace. However, the last 30 minutes are good." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 1, 2015
7/10 81%

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

"With archival films and frank interviews with people involved like his first wife and his son, this is a fascinating look at what unchecked ego can do to a gifted person." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 1, 2015
7/10 69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

"Both Vikander and Redmayne give Oscar (R)-quality performances, and while interesting and capturing the era, it opaquely confuses facts and drastically jumbles time frames, and could be shorter with better pace." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 30, 2015
5/10 66%

The Night Before (2015)

"...this F-bomb and expletive filled thing...defies categorization. It's not a comedy because it's not funny. It's not a romance because it's not's not a Christmas movie because it can't possibly be seen by children. " ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
7/10 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"Even without all the background, this is a pretty good action film...Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful and easy to watch, and gives a good performance. It might be more interesting if you've seen all the others, but Part 2 can stand on its own, too." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 21, 2015
10/10 No Score Yet

Eating Happiness (2015)

" is the visuals that get you. Scenes of poor dogs shaking with fear as they await their cruel fate. The rationalizations of people in the dog meat industry are overriden by many other compelling scenes like this that tend to break your heart." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 10, 2015
9/10 65%

Spectre (2015)

"There's only one person alive who can kill James Bond; Daniel Craig...gone are most of the womanizing, gags, and double-entendres. Craig turns this into a straight action film...but it's still a good actioner with great locations and cinematography. " ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 9, 2015
1/10 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"There's much more of what Trumbo and his Hollywood Ten comrades were guilty of that this boring whitewash ignores, like the fact that they were dedicated Stalinist activists, using art as a weapon by inserting Communist propaganda in their films." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 6, 2015
5/10 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"I m still a huge Peanuts fan. But this movie misses the talent and wisdom of Charles Schulz and the iconic music of Vince Guaraldi. This movie is an affirmation of Schulz's acumen in not allowing anyone else to write the strip after he stopped." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
5/10 41%

Love (2015)

"Says director Gaspar Noé, 'There is no line between art and pornography.' If you like films with a story and good writing and acting, this will not be for you. If you like watching graphic sex acts, go for it. But "art" it is not." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
76/10 73%

Suffragette (2015)

" ...tells a true story with mostly fictional characters...what it doesn't do is really zero in on how the women finally accomplished what they were striving for. It's like showing the third inning of the third game of the World Series." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
4/10 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Spielberg misrepresents Donovan as a novice even though he participated in the Nuremberg Trials. Worse, he creates a moral equivalence between our spies and the spies of our enemies. Even if you like his POV, you will need some NoDoz." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 17, 2015
0/10 62%

Truth (2015)

"...unashamed misrepresentations...spins two disgraced, prejudiced journalists as victims instead of the miscreants they were when their reporting was biased, shoddy, and inaccurate...Redford's performance laughably awful." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
10/10 95%

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

" of the more astonishing, action-packed, eye-opening films I have ever seen...a revolution shot by the revolutionaries as it happens with phones and Go Pros and also professionals...a lot more exciting than any action movie you will ever see." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 9, 2015
9/10 92%

The Martian (2015)

"The story, Matt Damon being abandoned on Mars, strains credulity but is interesting if one can ignore some things that are pretty hard to believe. Still, the acting is good but it's the special effects, 3D, and IMAX that make this, well, special." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
10/10 87%

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

"Filled with anecdotes and information about this irreverent satirical magazine and the people who made it what it became, with archival film and interviews, I was captivated." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
5/10 84%

The Walk (2015)

"...far too long. Dragging considerably for 90 minutes, the last half hour still presents exceptional visual effects and wonderful cinematography that make your heels tickle...(but) the 2008 documentary 'Man on Wire' is a much better movie." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 30, 2015
7/10 94%

Sicario (2015)

" action-packed movie all right...but it's convoluted...asks the viewer to believe that the bad guys are just there to die in hordes of bullets...while the good guys always avoid the killing shots...a lot of off-putting cold-blooded killing." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 30, 2015
8/10 75%

Black Mass (2015)

"...frightening depiction of Bulger by JohnnyDepp as a cruel, coldblooded killer...highlighted by a scene between Depp and Julianne Nicholson that's as disturbing as any scene between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in 'Silence of the Lambs.'" ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 18, 2015
6/10 15%

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

"Talk about your mindless entertainment! The acting in this thing is worse than deplorable. Had the acting been any better, the film wouldn't have worked. But it's clear that nobody is taking anything seriously and it is somehow strangely enjoyable." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 7, 2015
8/10 45%

No Escape (2015)

"This is a terrific, heart-stopping film if you don't let the Blame America First political message ruin it for you, which it came perilously close to doing for me. It was sailing along when this popped up like a gratuitous slap in the face." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 29, 2015
5/10 8%

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

"This is little more than a violent video game made into a movie with a ludicrous story to try to justify all the mayhem. For every person killed (in the hundreds) there is at least one plot hole..." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 21, 2015
7/10 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"I was turned off by the pervasive violence and the really silly fights with totally incredible results...but in the end I concluded that it was entertaining and unusual and that there was no fear that anyone would go to sleep on it." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 21, 2015
7/10 98%

Phoenix (2015)

"(T)he cinematography and production design are outstanding, realistically capturing what Germany was like immediately after the end of WWII...This is not a film for everybody, but the acting and photography are worth the sit, despite the lack of pace." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 15, 2015
3/10 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"...the chemistry between bumbling Hammer and Cavill is akin to that between wood and stone...What is Alicia Vikander, the best actress extant, doing in this junk? Her character is little more than a McGuffin. She shouldn't be slumming like this. " ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
5/10 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Because of the birthing story some of this film is fairly interesting. Alas, the last half hour, which is almost totally ridiculous special effects warfare, left me cold." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 9, 2015
8/10 79%

Cop Car (2015)

"This is a tense, believable thriller...full of nice homages to thrillers past...with children who actually think and act like children. I liked the film when it started; I liked it as it progressed; and I really liked the ending." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/10 65%

Ricki And The Flash (2015)

"This clicks every politically correct button known to today's Hollywood... Despite the clichéd story of a dysfunctional family, the only part of this film worth seeing is the music. The rest is silly and soporific." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 7, 2015
10/10 93%

The Gift (2015)

"This is such a fine psychological thriller that there are several scenes that make you jump out of your skin. There's even a fine homage to one of Hitchcock's most famous scenes. This is a film not to be missed." ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 7, 2015
8/10 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"This fifth installment could be the best of the series. Tom Cruise's stunts are terrific. Lalo Schifrin's theme music is still wonderful. The pace is driving. Rebecca Ferguson is beautiful and inscrutable. " ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015