Decent Films Guide

Decent Films Guide is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Steven D. Greydanus
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002) Steven D. Greydanus Not a remake of the 1939 classic but a new adaptation of Hilton's sentimental novella... couldn't be more different from the 1939 film, and that's all to the good. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
Emanuel (2019) Steven D. Greydanus Forgiveness is a radical act. So is speaking against injustices suffered by minorities but easily overlooked by the majority. 'Emanuel' challenges viewers to recognize the importance of both. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
B Wonder Woman (2017) Steven D. Greydanus Invests Princess Diana with possibly the most genuinely heroic characterization of any modern cinematic superhero. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017
C- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Steven D. Greydanus What doesn't work, alas, are the big things: the main story involving Peter and his real space dad, played by Kurt Russell, and the romantic "unspoken thing" between Peter and Gamora. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
B Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (2016) Steven D. Greydanus It may be one-sided, but it's also genuinely moving, even to the viewer who doesn't share the band's world, or not entirely. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
A The Young Messiah (2016) Steven D. Greydanus Offers an imaginative vision of the most iconic and celebrated family in human history that is both surprising and familiar, warmly human and credible yet also different. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2016
A- Song of the Sea (2014) Steven D. Greydanus Like Miyazaki, Moore isn't afraid to take the time to breathe deeply, savor moments of silence and beauty, and open the door to wonder and mystery. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- Cinderella (2015) Steven D. Greydanus Such a gallant anachronism...that it offers, without ever raising its voice, a ringing cross-examination of our whole era of dark, gritty fairy-tale revisionism. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
A The Overnighters (2014) Steven D. Greydanus An existentially probing documentary with more layers than a twisty Hollywood thriller, at turns inspiring, challenging, sobering and finally devastating. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015
C+ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Steven D. Greydanus May be essential to series fans, but it feels more like a TV series arc episode than a feature film. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
B St. Vincent (2014) Steven D. Greydanus A movie essentially without a single surprise, which doesn't make it disagreeable...Murray and young Lieberher develop a nice rapport. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2014
C The Song (2014) Steven D. Greydanus If wisdom isn't one of your character's defining traits, should Solomon really be your model? EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2014
B- Despicable Me 2 (2013) Steven D. Greydanus Turning Dr. Evil into Austin Powers ... is the best possible way to keep the reformed character from losing his mojo. (Oh, how Mike Myers has influenced this discussion!) EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2013
B- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Almost all highlights and bombast, with little if any room for subtlety or poetry. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2012
A Lincoln (2012) Steven D. Greydanus [Day-Lewis] convincingly comprehends Lincoln's melancholy and his humor; his self-deprecation and brandishing of authority; his backwoods simplicity and his highly literate verbal dexterity… EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2012
A Argo (2012) Steven D. Greydanus It is startling how recent events have lent Argo an almost uncanny currency-in the process highlighting sobering current realities downplayed by the media. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2012
B+ Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Steven D. Greydanus If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
C+ Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Too much of the film is mired in the bleak, gritty world of Hollywood Medieval Grunge...Have filmmakers never looked at medieval art? They had pretty colors back then, I'm almost certain. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2012
B- ParaNorman (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Not as daringly, disturbingly original as Coraline, but the dialogue and visuals are peppered with wit...most of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes drawn without much affection. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B+ The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Steven D. Greydanus An overwhelming, enthralling climax...Yet something crucial is missing, a question raised ever more insistently in all three films, and at best left unanswered: Is Gotham City worth saving? EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Steven D. Greydanus More like a Happy Meal than a movie...another serving of exactly the same product that millions of families have been served before and will come back to again and again. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2012
C+ The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Bungles who Spider-Man is, where he's coming from. This isn't the only problem … but, for me, it's the most intractable, because it undermines the hero's moral center. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2012
A- Brave (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Ironically, some critics are complaining about the very thing that makes Brave so refreshing: that it's not another tale of teen rebellion and parents learning the error of their ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2012
D Prometheus (2012) Steven D. Greydanus I don't mind that Prometheus raises big questions without ultimately answering them...I do mind that [it] has virtually nothing interesting, insightful or thoughtful to say about them. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2012
For Greater Glory (2012) Steven D. Greydanus A sweeping, handsome epic with strong performances, solid production values and magnificent locations across Mexico. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2012
D+ Dark Shadows (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Feels less like a fond and knowing tribute than a work of indifferent, uninspired hackery. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2012
B Chimpanzee (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Has the makings of a great nature documentary … If only Allen didn't keep elbowing us in the ribs to make sure that we get it. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
B+ The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Gadzooks, is this movie bonkers. I mean, really. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
A Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Steven D. Greydanus If The Avengers isn't necessarily the BEST superhero movie ever made, it is unquestionably the MOST superhero movie ever made. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
B Mirror Mirror (2012) Steven D. Greydanus What's the last movie you saw that created an imaginary world bursting with color and beauty and inspiration? A world that reminded you of the feeling you had as a child the first time you saw Dorothy open that door on the Technicolor world of Oz? EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
B- The Hunger Games (2012) Steven D. Greydanus [Katniss is] perhaps the most engaging action-movie protagonist in recent years … Am I glad I saw The Hunger Games? Yes. But I'm not eager to see it again. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2012
B- October Baby (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Avoids the outright preachiness of the Sherwood Productions films … certainly a good-looking film … too much tell and not enough show. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2012
B- John Carter (2012) Steven D. Greydanus Doesn't do anything we haven't seen before ... yet somehow it feels credibly ripped from a larger mythology rather than being cobbled together from spare parts. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2012
C Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (2012) Steven D. Greydanus It could have been worse. How much worse it could be! / But is that enough? Not for my kids and me. / It's no Despicable Me, sad to say. / Perhaps someone should lift this Lorax away. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2012
C+ The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Tintin's fantastic, charmingly naive little world is not well served by the epic quasi-realism of high-tech computer animation. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2012
B+ War Horse (2011) Steven D. Greydanus [Not] entirely satisfying … Somehow, though, the sum of the parts are more than the whole … It is a film of a kind we don't see any more, that it would be good to see more of. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2012
A- The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Steven D. Greydanus A wide-eyed sense of discovery and revelation permeates the film, and what it reveals is … the mystery and wonder of an ordinary home. One imaginative inspiration after another. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2012
C+ The Grey (2012) Steven D. Greydanus A thoughtful, tough-minded little tale of survival and attrition that sets its sights a bit further than its firepower takes it. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2012
A- Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011) Steven D. Greydanus So preposterously entertaining that it makes watching other recent Hollywood action spectacles feel like work. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
A- The Muppets (2011) Steven D. Greydanus The Muppets don't rap or bust hip-hop moves. That in itself is almost revolutionary nowadays, when adorable family-franchise characters spitting bars seems practically de rigueur. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2/4 Happy Feet Two (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Overshadowed by more darkness, menace, heartache and anxiety than any talking-animal picture I can think of since Miller's last family-film sequel, the execrable Babe: Pig in the City. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2011
B+ Puss in Boots (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Unlike Mater, Puss is ready for his closeup. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
B- The Mighty Macs (2009) Steven D. Greydanus Sweetly old-fashioned … nice and well-intentioned, but on the other hand the Macs deserve better than a nice, well-intentioned movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2011
C- Real Steel (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Just plain unpleasant to sit through. So much of the movie is spent amid screaming crowds and abrasive music, often in dark, trashy dives. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
B+ The Way (2010) Steven D. Greydanus I have no doubt that many viewers will resolve to walk the Camino at some point in their lives after watching the film. Count me among them. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
B- Warrior (2011) Steven D. Greydanus For some viewers [it] will be a knockout, a movie that comes on strong, like Tommy … For me, it came on more like Brendan … in the end wrangling me to the ground. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2011
C+ Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Suggests an incipient posthumanism in more senses than one … both compelling and troubling in a way that reminds me of the History Channel series "Life After People." EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
A- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Steven D. Greydanus After a rash of immature, bad-boy cinematic superheroes … a hero for whom decency, humility and self-sacrifice come naturally is a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
B+ Winnie the Pooh (2011) Steven D. Greydanus An unexpected gift, an unlikely return to a magical and gentle world that belongs so firmly to the past that I would have thought the journey all but impossible. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2011
B+ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Steven D. Greydanus Here at last, in the final chapter, the Harry Potter franchise rouses itself toward something approaching greatness … After eight installments, this last Harry Potter film finally left me wanting just a bit more. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2011