La Movie Boeuf

La Movie Boeuf is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David N. Butterworth
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Joker (2019) David N. Butterworth It's undeniably bleak to watch, but Phoenix demands our attention... and gets it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 78/52 (2017) David N. Butterworth When it sticks to its guns, "78/52" is fascinating. But Alexandre O. Philippe's inconsistent documentary needs much more cut-by-cut critique, and much less rah-rah repetition. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 Victoria (2015) David N. Butterworth One City. One Night. One Take. One Wow. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 The Road Movie (2016) David N. Butterworth A spectacular dash-cam compilation of head-ons, side-swipes, t-bones, fishtails, jackknives, roll-overs, and other moving violations unfolding daily (heaven forbid!) on Russian roads. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/4 Running With the Devil (2019) David N. Butterworth "It's Nic Cage. How bad could it be?" EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/4 Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) David N. Butterworth "Slaughterhouse Rulez" is just not in the same league as those early Wright/Pegg/Frost collaborations (of which this is not one). EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 Twentynine Palms (2003) David N. Butterworth "It's nothing sex in a movie about nothing people doing nothing in the middle of nowhere for no reason." Nicely put, Joshua Tanzer (offoffoff.com) EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/4 The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) David N. Butterworth It's Friday and I'm in love! EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/4 The Outsider (2019) David N. Butterworth Most B-movies disappear without a trace. Timothy Woodward Jr.'s "The Outsider" is more likely to disappear *with* one. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/4 9 Songs (2004) David N. Butterworth Dear Mr. Winterbottom. Intercutting unsimulated sex scenes with concert footage does not a movie make. Love, David B. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) David N. Butterworth Simply put, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is not Just Another Superhero Movie. It's a Marvel. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 Headhunters (2011) David N. Butterworth A fun and fast-paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) David N. Butterworth Bi Gan's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is a neo-noir mystery broken into a jigsaw puzzle, wrapped in a conundrum, and hidden in a Chinese box. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/4 Booksmart (2019) David N. Butterworth Pretty much flawless, and that's saying something given the potential for something significantly less than that. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
3/4 Tater Tot & Patton (2017) David N. Butterworth "Tater Tot & Patton" is a sublime character-driven piece, lovely to look at and excellently played (by Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder) EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
2/4 The Favourite (2018) David N. Butterworth Terrific turns from a talented triumvirate--Colman, Weisz, and Stone--cannot compensate for "The Favourite"'s calculated archness (and ickiness). EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 Possum (2018) David N. Butterworth Chilling genre fare that crawls its way beneath your skin like dirt under badly-bitten fingernails. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/4 Babylon (1980) David N. Butterworth "Babylon" burns with an energy and candid intensity rarely seen in mainstream movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) David N. Butterworth Unapologetically denuded of depth, "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s focus is clearly on the music, not what made Mercury tick. And this despite Malek's superhuman efforts to make Queen's charismatic frontman real and alive. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
2.5/4 Hotel Artemis (2018) David N. Butterworth The film is idiotically entertaining from start to finish, with Foster's adorably wacky performance stealing the show. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/4 mother! (2017) David N. Butterworth You'll either love it or hate it, which is an odd thing to say since I neither loved it nor hated it, finding it fascinating and self-indulgent almost simultaneously. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 Overboard (2018) David N. Butterworth The charisma of our two leads helps elevate this gender-reversal redo of the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell "classic." It left a pretty big grin on my face, that's for sure. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 Alpha (2018) David N. Butterworth "Alpha" proves that you can't really beat a good old boy-and-his-dog/wolf/wolf dog saga. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
2/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) David N. Butterworth Maybe "Wild Nights with Emily" is one of those films I'll revisit, oh, ten, fifteen years from now and realize I Missed the Boat -- Maybe -- EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 Ocean's 8 (2018) David N. Butterworth It wasn't a total waste of an evening. mind you--I got frozen custard with *two* toppings afterwards! EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 A Little Something for Your Birthday (2017) David N. Butterworth In Susan Walters' sudsy screenplay, Sharon Stone is subjected to stock romantic situations time and time again, dragged along by Walters' insipid and uninspired direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
1.5/4 Girls Trip (2017) David N. Butterworth It's just too bad that a film purporting to espouse female empowerment has to resort to simulated fellatio, public urination, and full-frontal male nudity in order to get its biggest laughs. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/4 The Dinner (2013) David N. Butterworth This Dutch adaptation of Herman Koch's unsettling bestseller is finely acted and confidently directed, laying the solid groundwork for both an Italian and a U.S. version to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
2.5/4 Suspiria (2018) David N. Butterworth It took some chutzpah to remake Dario Argento's seminal '77 shocker, but somehow--despite its questionable length, stodgy pacing, and multitudinous plot threads--Luca Guadagnino manages to pull the whole thing off. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 A Star Is Born (2018) David N. Butterworth A thoroughly entertaining redo, with excellent work by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (behind the camera as well as in front of it). EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 Private Life (2018) David N. Butterworth Tamara Jenkins needs to make more movies. Every time she does, something special happens. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 The Song of Sway Lake (2017) David N. Butterworth "'Sway Lake" mostly works as a bittersweet love song to the complexities of family and the seductive allure of an idealized past. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 Chappaquiddick (2017) David N. Butterworth Fair and factual, John Curran's film showcases a living, breathing performance from Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts Senator many say got away with murder. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 Hereditary (2018) David N. Butterworth Writer/director Ari Aster has clearly studied the greats. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) David N. Butterworth A minor celebrity, whose ego vacillates between a thirst for fame and a drive to do good, is given the indie doc treatment in Yu Gu and Scott Drucker's engaging "Who is Arthur Chu?" EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2018
3/4 I Kill Giants (2017) David N. Butterworth Mostly successful due to Madison Wolfe's committed performance in the lead and director Anders Walter's sensitive handling of the difficult themes. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/4 The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017) David N. Butterworth "'Lightning" strikes a chord with the surefootedness of its cast and crew. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 The Forgiven (2017) David N. Butterworth Powerful performances by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana highlight Roland Joffé's latest political drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2018
2.5/4 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) David N. Butterworth Branagh's family friendly film is big and bold and egocentric, much like its hirsute protagonist. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/4 Game Night (2018) David N. Butterworth A mostly enjoyable, well-written romp wisely entrusted to the comedic chemistry of Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2018
2.5/4 Midnighters (2017) David N. Butterworth If you can get over the film's dumb title you'll likely be well entertained. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2018
3/4 Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) David N. Butterworth What if you're not a murderer or a rapist or a thief yet find yourself facing incarceration? You're going to need the "Survivors Guide to Prison." EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 Looking Glass (2018) David N. Butterworth When a subdued Nicolas Cage is the best thing about your movie, well... EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4 I, Daniel Blake (2016) David N. Butterworth Worthy of its Palme D'Or win at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
1.5/4 The Magnificent Seven (2016) David N. Butterworth A magnificent mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/4 The Light of the Moon (2017) David N. Butterworth Thompson's terrifically-assured debut is a thoughtful and no-frills meditation that feels personal and credible and maybe even helpful to some. Stephanie Beatriz is exceptional. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/4 Kill Order (2017) David N. Butterworth "Kill Order" isn't terrible, but it will likely appeal more to those who prefer their martial arts mayhem free of such contrivances as fully-realized characterizations, skilled plotting, and a satisfying tone. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/4 Angst (1983) David N. Butterworth Gerald Kargl's home invasion splatter flick--the only film he ever made--is a fascinating experience despite the sordid subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2018
2.5/4 Mom and Dad (2017) David N. Butterworth An absurdist black comedy from the director of "Jonah Hex." EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2018
2/4 The Trip to Spain (2017) David N. Butterworth The whole bumpy ride is starting to feel a little stale and unashamedly lazy. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2018