Back Stage

Back Stage is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Pete Hammond, Tim Grierson
Rating Title/Year Author
To the Wonder (2012) Tim Grierson "To the Wonder" is not Malick's first attempt at chronicling the ebb and flow of a relationship, but it may be his most heart-rending. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2013
Upstream Color (2013) Tim Grierson If "Primer" was a Rubik's Cube, "Upstream Color" is a poem or a half-remembered dream -- or, more accurately, a nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2013
Starbuck (2011) Tim Grierson If nothing else, this might be the most heartwarming film ever made about masturbating into a plastic cup for money. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Tim Grierson Though formulaic and a bit uneven, "Burt Wonderstone" is further proof that Steve Carell's small-scale comedies have their pleasures. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Tim Grierson Though never quite feeling impersonal, this "Lord of the Rings"-style fantasy film is as ungainly as the movie's hulking, fearsome monsters -- and not nearly as powerful. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2013
Jack Reacher (2012) Tim Grierson Tom Cruise bulks up as best as he can, and he has playful sexual chemistry with Rosamund Pike, but "Jack Reacher" ultimately proves too formulaic. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2012
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Tim Grierson Despite the clear emotional and political stakes in the balance, "Hyde Park" plays like a diverting anecdote and nothing more. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012) Tim Grierson As with "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Killing Them Softly" indulges in a hyper-stylish approach that both demythologizes and romanticizes its milieu. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2012
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2011) Pete Hammond This is a love letter to a born star and living legend that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful that the great Channing is still here among us. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2012
Mr. Nobody (2009) Deborah Young Ambitious and entertaining fantasy examines multiple lives and choices. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2012
4/4 War Horse (2011) Pete Hammond Old fashioned in the best sense of the word. A triumph and a stirring story not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
4/4 Young Adult (2011) Pete Hammond The kind of pitch perfect black comedy studios seem to have abandoned. It's nice to see Paramount embracing such a smart effort again. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3/4 Albert Nobbs (2011) Pete Hammond Glenn Close's singular accomplishment in willing Albert Nobbs to the screen is the stuff actors dream about. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3.5/4 In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) Pete Hammond A brilliant and astonishing writing and directorial debut from Angelina Jolie. Uncompromising. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2/5 Tyrannosaur (2011) Pete Hammond Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie? EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2011
3.5/5 Horrible Bosses (2011) Pete Hammond Black comedy at its most delicious. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2011
The Double Hour (2009) Pete Hammond If a Hitchcockian psychological thriller peppered with elements from several different films is what you are looking for, then look no further than the compelling Italian drama The Double Hour. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2011
Skateland (2010) Pete Hammond The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2011
3.5/5 Meeting Spencer (2011) Pete Hammond A touch of class and sweet sophistication with a brilliantly funny cast. Definitely an indie sleeper worth checking out. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4.5/5 In a Better World (2010) Pete Hammond A riveting movie that must be seen. There's a very good reason it won that Oscar. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2011
2/5 Monogamy (2010) Pete Hammond You may just want to forget about any sort of cinematic monogamy and find another movie to see. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3/5 Desert Flower (2009) Pete Hammond A stirring story that mixes personal horror, courage and eventually triumph. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
4/5 Win Win (2011) Pete Hammond This one really is winning all the way. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3.5/5 Eat Pray Love (2010) Pete Hammond A female adventure movie aimed almost exclusively at 30 or 40-something women who feel there must be more to life than the way they are currently living it. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3.5/5 Middle Men (2009) Pete Hammond With outstanding performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, Middle Men turns out to be wickedly entertaining with some of the best acting you will see all year. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
4/5 The Concert (2009) Pete Hammond A wonderful comedy with big laughs, a big heart and great music. This is one summer concert you don't want to miss. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/5 Valhalla Rising (2009) Pete Hammond In the mood for a slower-than-molasses viking movie inspired by spaghetti westerns and samurai swordplay epics. Have we got the flick for YOU! EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4/5 Farewell (2009) Pete Hammond The tale of 'Farewell' with its momentous world-changing events is worth savoring - and remembering - in these troubled times. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4.5/5 The Kids Are All Right (2010) Pete Hammond It would be criminal if , come Oscar time, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are not competing for a Best Actress award. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
4/5 Cyrus (2010) Pete Hammond First and foremost an actor's dream, CYRUS proves to be one of a slow year's rare delicious comedic treats. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2010
3.5/5 Jerusalema (2008) Pete Hammond A riveting look at a side of South Africa that seems to have been swept under the rug. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2010
3/5 The Karate Kid (2010) Pete Hammond The saving grace of this remake is the inspired idea to set it in China, offering bountiful travelogue opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2010
3.5/5 Princess Kaiulani (2009) Pete Hammond This absolutely fascinating true story is a rich, romantic and captivating movie experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2010
2/5 Holy Rollers (2010) Pete Hammond Like Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg is seriously in danger of playing the same guy over and over. Or maybe Cera and Eisenberg ARE the same guy. At least the hair's different this time. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 Solitary Man (2009) Pete Hammond Douglas is terrific, delivering one of the best performances of his career. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 Get Him to the Greek (2010) Pete Hammond Brand and Hill have an outrageous and hilarious blast that rocks and rolls with constant comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2010
3/5 Harry Brown (2009) Pete Hammond Caine's finest acting hour in a while reminds us he can still get down and dirty with the best of them. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2010
2/5 Boogie Woogie (2009) Pete Hammond Faux Altman sexual wallow in which a lot of fine actors are wasted on pretentious mumbo jumbo. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2010
2/5 The Exploding Girl (2009) Pete Hammond Indie down to its core , this dreary film fails to engage on many levels. The camera work is nice though, particularly when it's focused on pigeons. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2010
3.5/5 Chloe (2009) Pete Hammond A seamy and delicious melodramatic wallow centered by another fearless performance from Julianne Moore. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2010
4/5 Greenberg (2010) Pete Hammond Noah Baumbach rebounds in a big way with Greenberg, a brilliant triumph for all involved. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2010
4/5 City Island (2009) Pete Hammond City Island is pure entertainment in the vein of Moonstruck. Star Andy Garcia has never been better or, surprisingly, more in his comedic element. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2010
1/5 The Bounty Hunter (2010) Pete Hammond The sad thing is good romantic comedies are on the endangered species list. The Bounty Hunter proves the point. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3.5/5 That Evening Sun (2009) Pete Hammond The 84 year old Hal Holbrook shows how it is done in this Oscar worthy tour-de-force performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
4/5 London River (2009) Pete Hammond An engrossing and engaging drama with two fine performances by two veteran actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
5/5 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Pete Hammond A vitally honest and emotionally compelling film that hits you in the gut. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
4/5 Me and Orson Welles (2008) Pete Hammond A must-see for movie lovers and theater aficionados of every stripe. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
4/5 Amelia (2009) Pete Hammond Critics may balk but Amelia is old fashioned in the best sense and soars as a big, beautiful and sweeping motion picture biography about a true American legend. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 New York, I Love You (2009) Pete Hammond If this New York love letter follow-up to 'Paris j'taime' is successful expect another sequel. 'Cleveland, I Love You', anyone? EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2009
2/5 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Pete Hammond Spike Jonze is an original cinematic voice but in the end you just wish he left this on the bookshelf where it belongs. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2009