Rafer Guzman Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix, Los Angeles Times, Newsday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 98% A Hard Day's Night (1964) The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip. It moves, breathes and sings with life.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939) Any reason to show your children "The Wizard of Oz" on a big screen seems like a good one.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
4/4 89% The Breakfast Club (1985) Rarely have on-screen teens felt this authentic. They bluster, bicker and trade horrible insults (whence the film's R rating), then suddenly expose their most guarded feelings.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
4/4 89% Titanic (1997) "Titanic" still amazes as the kind of massive, build-and-destroy production that few filmmakers have the ambition or budget to make.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2012
4/4 95% WALL-E (2008) Like Charlie Chaplin's best silents -- a clear influence -- WALL-E is pure visual magic. As a bonus, it packs a wicked satirical punch.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2008
4/4 79% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) You probably won't find a more illuminating account of what happened within the walls of Abu Ghraib.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2008
4/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) A smart, funny, feel-good film -- from Tim Burton? It's his best since "Ed Wood."‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
4/4 96% The Class (2008) Powerful, mesmerizing and full of moments that linger long after the bell rings.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
4/4 87% Inception (2010) A heist film of thrilling, almost delirious complexity.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/4 95% The Artist (2011) It isn't arty or intellectual, though it is artful and ingenious, and it's the rare crowd-pleaser that never feels obvious or pandering.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
4/4 84% Cinderella (2015) "Cinderella" isn't just a re-enactment of the original film but an enrichment. For Disney fans, it could be another treasure worth cherishing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Only Pixar could turn a metaphor into a heart-tugging story about preteen growing pains. Absolutely brilliant.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/4 93% Amour (2012) "Amour" isn't just a great movie, it's a movie that may actually do you some good.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) "The Act of Killing" works on so many levels -- psychodrama, horror movie, Orwellian nightmare, Poe story -- that sifting through your reactions could take days.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/4 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "12 Years a Slave" works on so many levels -- some topical, some timeless -- that it's almost impossible to count them.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/4 94% Her (2013) "Her" goes light-years beyond science-fiction cliches. As the story progresses further into unexpected territory, "Her" sometimes feels like an out-of-body experience.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/4 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Mike Leigh's biopic is so richly detailed that it feels like a documentary. Spall goes for broke in the outsize title role.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
4/4 97% Boyhood (2014) Richard Linklater's latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It's a one-of-a-kind experience.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/4 72% The DUFF (2015) A smart, funny, straight-talking teen movie in the John Hughes tradition. Oodles of charm from the young cast.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) An unusual combination of thunderous monster movie and gritty war film, "Kong: Skull Island" is a fresh take on a nearly 85-year-old classic.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Four movies in, the Pixar franchise continues to captivate.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/4 81% Colossal (2017) It's a brilliant concept, executed by writer-director Vigalondo with a perfect balance of pop-culture irony and sincere storytelling.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) An absolute blast, with a never-sexier Theron in some of the best action scenes to hit a screen.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A winning combination of sports movie and civil rights story, with ace performances from Stone and Carell.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A heart-wrenching drama anchored by Affleck, who notches up yet another subtle, stunning performance.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 97% Weiner (2016) Absolutely fascinating, with nearly unlimited and almost unbearably close access. This is the political documentary you never thought you'd actually see.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) One of the best movies about adolescence to come along in years.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) A real-life screwball comedy with a solid gold cast. Grant may have just sealed his first Oscar nomination.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/4 60% Allied (2016) A grand wartime romance with nods to Hitchcock and "Casablanca." Thoroughly satisfying.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Funny, tender, outrageous - this unpredictable movie belongs in a category all its own.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A deeply personal and visually mesmerizing drama that just might be the year's best movie.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 52% The Glass Castle (2017) A remarkable and moving story, anchored by an Oscar-worthy Harrelson.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/4 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) It's hard to overstate how good Spielberg's movie is (this is the 135-minute Director's Cut) and how contemporary it feels even today.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A poignant tribute to the mild-mannered father-figure who served as moral compass to generations.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/4 97% Science Fair (2018) An irresistible documentary that brims with youthful spirit and high ideals.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Aster just might be... a major new talent. With this film, at least, he's so good it's scary.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) A rare kind of masterpiece from director Alfonso Cuarón.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Sydney Pollack's unfinished documentary, unearthed and reassembled after nearly 50 years, is a priceless gift to music fans.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
A- 99% Tower (2016) A haunting re-creation of a first-of-its-kind tragedy. Fifty years later, it seems, we're no closer to answers or solutions.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3.5/4 91% Jurassic Park (1993) "Jurassic Park" remains an absolute thrill from a Spielberg in top form: Funny, scary, fast-moving and full of just-right details.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/4 68% The Brothers Bloom (2009) That rare and wonderful thing: a movie lover's movie.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
3.5/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) It's a comic-book movie, but it's also a dark and highly complex drama.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2008
3.5/4 76% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) It's devastating.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) Sex, murder, insanity, perversity -- A Girl Cut in Two has it all, yet it stands as a singularly classy and sophisticated drama.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2008
3.5/4 89% Tangled (2010) These are timeless themes -- domineering parent, sheltered child, dangerous boyfriend -- all woven together nicely by a crew of filmmakers from the Disney-Pixar trenches.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Wrestler (2008) Rourke is harrowing; Tomei is devastating.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2008
3.5/4 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Another year, another minor masterpiece from writer-director Woody Allen.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2008
3.5/4 81% Tropic Thunder (2008) Gory, vulgar and wickedly funny. Easily the summer's best comedy.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2008
3.5/4 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) In a few moments the British actress, playing a haunted woman named Juliette, will begin speaking French, but in these moments her face reveals more than any dialogue.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
3.5/4 93% Milk (2008) Van Sant works from a script by Dustin Lance Black to tell Milk's story clearly and forcefully.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2008