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Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn
Mark Steyn's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Spectator

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% A Hard Day's Night (1964) Victor Spinetti has a terrific time as the temperamental TV director who dreads being exiled to doing the news in Welsh.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
97% Schindler's List (1993) Spielberg understands that that tension is a problem not just of filming the subject, but of the subject itself: that the tale of any one individual has to struggle to avoid being swamped by the sheer scale of horror.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) Whatever, dude. Unlike Moore, I have homes on both sides of the border and it's the Quebec one I keep locked.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
94% Best in Show (2000) The film-makers have hung their satire on a slender and oh so familiar conceit - that dog-show types project their ambitions and their vanities onto their mutts. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
93% About a Boy (2002) In print. Hornby's story was lapped up by women. On screen, it looks likes the worst kind of unconvincing, unfelt schmaltz, and faintly misogynist in the subordination of its female characters to the needs of its male star. Come back, Richard Curtis.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) The trick with Spider-Man is to swing both ways -- the superheroics and the super lack of self-esteem -- without getting mired in the dreary introspective moping that did for Ang Lee's awful Hulk. Spider-Man 2 balances it all but perfectly,‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
92% Amores Perros (2001) [Inarritu's] triumph - helped by a cast of unknown actors who more than meet the standards of Hollywood venismo - is to give so lurid a sequence of events the force of reality; and make a story of relentless bleakness, oddly uplifting.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
91% Hotel Rwanda (2004) Remarkably, the director Terry George and his co-writer Keir Pearson have pulled it off, rooting the big picture of anonymous murder in one small precise close-up.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
91% Pulp Fiction (1994) If Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino's quarter-pounder -- spare, clean, plenty of beef -- Pulp Fiction is the Big Kahuna Burger: same basic design, but overlaid with novelty fruits.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) The directors know enough to stay in the background and their one stylistic touch is brilliantly appropriate.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
90% Spider-Man (2002) This is the fun blockbuster of the summer: great characters, great heart, great performances -- everything that Star Wars isn't.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
89% Shrek 2 (2004) There's no narrative, just half-hearted episodes punctuated by occasionally brilliant shtick.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
89% Kandahar: Le soleil derrière la lune (2001) Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the Iranian director, has produced an inside-the-burqa look at women's life under the Taleban. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
88% Shrek (2001) Even more amazing, for a movie with its share of flatulence gags, it also has a real heart. Few films have had their cake and eaten it so gleefully.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2015
88% Mystic River (2003) One of its best qualities is that it's dark but not depressing. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
88% The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) In this contemptibly evasive film, Forman and Harrelson transform Flynt into a free-speech crusader...‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2002
87% A Mighty Wind (2003) Aside from Miss Lynch, there are two very sweet performances, by Levy and O'Hara as Mitch and Mickey.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
87% The Quiet American (2003) You can't capture that prescience in a remake half-a-century on. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
86% Chicago (2002) Chicago is supposed to be cynical about showbiz, not embarrassed by it. Oh, well. There'll be another film musical along around 2008.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
86% Collateral (2004) If the final destination's a bit of a disappointment, getting there is a lot of fun.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
86% Gosford Park (2001) Great fun and remarkably, at two and a quarter hours, not a minute too long.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) The 40-Year-Old Virgin knows what it's doing.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
85% X2: X-Men United (2003) In Singer's hands, you never feel there's anything at stake.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
85% The English Patient (1996) Whenever the movie's design seems too elaborate, too remote, it's the rare detail of these performances that redeems it.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
84% Batman Begins (2005) Compared to the flashier Superman, the dark knight was always more human and prone to brooding, but this film is way out of whack.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
83% The Constant Gardener (2005) The result feels schizophrenic: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold Remedy.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
83% Pauline & Paulette (2002) If you only see one difficult-old-lady movie this year, well, this one's better than Iris.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) When a director who's not exactly known for admirable forbearance suddenly starts exercising it, you can't help wondering why. Later on in the movie, the old forbearance goes out the window.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Chris Columbus has created an extraordinarily detailed look that's both fantastic and yet has its own reality - exactly like an English public school, come to think of it, especially in your first term .‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2015
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Revenge of the Sith is, so Lucas assures us, a 'tragedy'. It might have been wise to have stationed an announcer at every movie house to announce this fact over the PA system since it eluded the audience I saw it with last weekend.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
80% The Hours (2002) The effect is much cruder than the book: you're aware of the geometric patterns linking the parallel stories; everything seems a little too pat, the emblems of the era a little too obviously emblematic - cake-baking in the Fifties, Aids now.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) There's so much to like about Wes Anderson's work, and it's hard not to warm to a guy who makes a comedy about damaged young has-beens. But he misfires badly in some crucial respects.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
80% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) The film is excessively, parochially British at its periphery, yet insufficiently so at its core. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
79% Red Eye (2005) Red Eye is the best Hollywood can do: a nifty flick about nothing.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
77% Sin City (2005) Here Miller's starting from scratch and, sadly, he's got nothing to say. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
76% Black Hawk Down (2001) The nobility and inspiration are in the action. It is in that sense a film very much in tune with America's mood: practical, resolute, fierce.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) Adamson eschews the big look-isn't-it-magical gestures of the Potter/Tim Burton approach, but he manages to convey the sense of wonder a wartime evacuee might feel at such transportation.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
75% Big Fish (2003) Big Fish has a hook, a line, but it's a sinker.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) If [it] sounds like the usual preoccupations of pop-culture parody, what lifts it above is Rodriguez's ability to create a self-contained world all of its own restless, wacky, beautiful to look at and with a genuine emotional warmth.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
75% 8 Mile (2002) Outside the rap slams, either the acting or the persona is a bit joyless. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
74% Signs (2002) Shyamalan may not be Hitchcock hut so far he's made the best 1950s B-movie of the 21st century.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
74% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) The emotional weight of the drama rests on Hanks, and you appreciate how skilfully Ephron structures the film so that the two principals are bound by song and sentiment rather than physical proximity.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
73% The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Kevin Reynolds, who hit it big with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and then met a watery grave in Waterworld, directs this Count with unfussy efficiency. He has a grand villain in Guy Pearce.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
73% Elephant (2003) Elephant is a cool, distant film, content for the most part to observe the routine of high-school life.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) The acting awards are utterly perplexing: Benoit Magimel's transformation in the final act smells fake. and Isabelle Huppert's piano teacher is the nearest to a one-note performance she's given in 20 years.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
71% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) A better title for the film would have been Beauty and the Beast, but Disney's already done that -- which may be why Alan Menken's score sounds like warmed over off-cuts from its predecessor.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
69% Confidence (2003) It's the obsession with style that kills this movie. Not that having an obsession with it is the same as having it.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
67% Death Wish (1974) Death Wish is a remarkable social artefact, a valuable record of the day before yesterday - 1974 - when New York and many other American cities seemed in large part ungovernable. ‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) These days Star Wars is all backstory and no front story.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 15, 2002
65% Bright Young Things (2004) What's good about the movie is the lesser known up-and-corners who play the bright young things themselves, especially the appellatorily appropriate Fenella Woolgar as Agatha‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018