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Rick Chatenever

Rick Chatenever
Rick Chatenever's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) Despite Silver's great energy, what's missing from the picture are the kind of insights necessary to explain any of the film's characters, including himself, in human terms.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
89% Heaven Can Wait (1978) A pleasant little puff piece that is sure to be just loved by most of those who see it.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
90% Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) The film's slow pacing... detracts from and defuses what is in other respects, one of the more interesting screen imaginations at work today.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
57% Yanks (1979) Yanks has a richness to it in both its technical and its human elements. Many of the episodes shine with emotional clarity and understanding, and they all reflect the sheen of Schlesinger's craft.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
14% Windy City (1984) Windy City's heart's in the right place -- it just doesn't quite have the soul to get past all the artificial contrivances of the plot.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Secrets (1984) It's not large enough to fill a movie screen in any way, shape or form... but it is kind of sweet.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
0% Bolero (1984) Some movies that didn't start out to be comedies wind up in the so-bad-that-they're-great category. Not this one. It's just so bad that it's awful.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
17% Summer Rental (1985) Between the script, which is awful, and the direction, which is lackluster, Candy and the others in front of the cameras don't have much of a chance.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
13% My Science Project (1985) The characters are flat, the plot is full of holes and everytime anything looks like it might get exciting, Betuel throws in something totally unbelievable to spoil it.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983) Enormous Changes seems less an effort to tell a story or series of stories than it is to make a point or series of points but something seems to have gotten lost on the way to the movie screen.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
89% Places in the Heart (1984) Places of the Heart, too, seems an idealized vision of a film that might have been, but just didn't quite survive the journey from Robert Benton's heart to the audience's.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
93% The Deer Hunter (1978) [The Deer Hunter] is the most ambitious attempt to grapple with the subject that has yet been released. Its vision -- an effort to weave the inferno of Vietnam into the homespun texture of American life -- is effectively realized and savagely gripping.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
74% The Fog (1980) The Fog has so many things right about it in the early going that when it comes apart, the whole thing seems that much worse.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
86% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) The performances, by turns, smolder, ignite and explode in this haunting, highly original drama.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Jigsaw Man (1984) Unfortunately, even with the venerable Sir Laurence Olivier and the usually durable Michael Caine heading the credits, this espionage escapade gives very few insights into the whole international spy game.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
71% Cannery Row (1982) Cannery Row falls a long way short of being a great movie -- but it does just fine as a pretty good one.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
92% My Dinner with André (1981) My Dinner With Andre elevates the simple activity of conversation to a fine -- and lively -- art. It is a film rich in ideas and brimming with very honest humanity.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
100% Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981) It is a rough film to sit through, but sitting through it is definitely a worthwhile and illuminating experience.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
97% Victor Victoria (1982) Victor Victoria is offbeat for sure -- but it is also infectiously effervescent, a well-crafted film revealing a light heart and a light touch.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
85% Shoot the Moon (1982) It is a fine movie, full of craft and humanity -- but one which exacts a heavy emotional price from those seeking its illumination.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
71% Christiane F (1981) Brunkhorst is quite believable in the leading role, but in helping the film achieve a high level of veracity, it also gains a degree of sensationalism that doesn't sit well.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
92% Ragtime (1981) A most enjoyable and sometimes splendid movie, which blends its artistic and social concerns with assurance, ingenuity and an unfaltering sense of rhythm.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
86% Quest for Fire (1981) The film may take a bit of getting used to, but proves to be well worth the effort. Audiences will find themselves not only informed and illuminated by its unique vision, but also enthralled and -- the biggest surprise of all --quite entertained.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
86% Sharky's Machine (1981) Overall, Sharky's Machine manages to get enough good stuff onto the screen to suggest that Reynolds is at least a competent director but undoes most of its good effects long before it reaches its sordid climax.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
70% Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) Dreyfuss never seems to get far enough into his character to make his anguish -- or his decision to fight -- real.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
73% Personal Best (1982) Personal Best is a winner, thanks to its rich characterizations and the interesting behind-the-scenes look it gives us into its unique milieu.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
38% Creator (1985) Creator is a refreshingly intelligent movie.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
No Score Yet Le cavaleur (1979) [The film] is light, wry and touching. It deals with potentially painful subject matter with a soft, loving touch like dandelion fluff floating gently in the wind over troubled waters below.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
65% Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) Rather than explaining and involving himself with the nuances of Theresa's character, though, Brooks chooses instead to make her a symbol, and a cliched symbol at that, of an America that he neither understands nor likes very much.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
64% The Turning Point (1977) An engrossing, uplifting experience, that manages also to be constantly entertaining.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
15% The World's Greatest Lover (1977) Wilder shows sparks of greatness, more as director than actor. But while he seems to have the potential to make excellent films someday, this one will probably be remembered as a brief stop along the way.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984) The storyline is fluffy, but meticulously crafted.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
85% The Shining (1980) For the stout-hearted, The Shining is definitely worth seeing for Nicholson's performance as well as Kubrick's fancy camerawork.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) Historically the film has meaning -- not only as a record of something preserved, but also as a reminder of something lost.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
50% The Frisco Kid (1979) A nice little ditty that feats neatly in the "mildly amusing" category.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
27% Xanadu (1980) Looks more like a nouveau record album cover come to life.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
52% The Lord of the Rings (1978) Full of epic effects and breathtaking battles the film reflects Bakshi's ingenuity, with photographic imagery and light show effects expanding the limits of the palette used in previous animation features.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
44% Teen Wolf (1985) The idea that being a werewolf is something certain teens have to learn to live with like acne is a pretty novel concept to begin with. The problem is that Teen Wolf doesn't know where to go from there.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
27% The Amityville Horror (1979) Overall, The Amityville Horror will undoubtedly convince audiences that something did happen in Amityville -- but will leave them wondering what the big fuss was all about.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
40% Wifemistress (1977) It's sprinkling on the parmesan to disguise the fact that what you're eating is basically bland fare, a simple mix of flour and water.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
54% California Suite (1978) At its best, Simon's dialogue is both entertaining and illuminating and it's at its best in much of this film.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
60% Lifeforce (1985) Combining outer space adventure with late show horror might seem a great way to double your audience, but Lifeforce doesn't do real well in either genre.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
53% Return to Oz (1985) From just about every standpoint Return to Oz is competently executed but ill-advised. It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers are trying to reach; it's easier to predict that filmgoers of all ages will be pretty well turned off.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
42% The Wiz (1978) Taken on its own terms it gets better as it goes along, and winds up generating a mostly happy experience for those members of the audience who will take its lead and "ease on down" the road.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
96% GoodFellas (1990) The dialogue is as wonderful as it is profane. The performances are as down-to-earth and familiar as they are superlative achievements in screen acting. The movie is so densely textured, you can almost smell the gravy cooking on the stove in the kitchen.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Do you remember the Beatles? Those that do will be amazed at the way Stigwood can use so much of their music and capture so little of its essence.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
89% The Wicker Man (1973) Its mysteries rely not on easy gimmicks, but on a process of intellectual unfolding carried out jointly by Howie and the viewer. All of this takes place against a context or texture of haunting eeriness.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) For all the artistry in the background and behind the camera, Driving Miss Daisy is ultimately an acting showcase. And its stars are ultimately responsible for the delight it creates.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
88% Ordinary People (1980) For its apparent lack of action, Ordinary People is superbly moving and dramatic, generating great excitement in the exchanges between characters.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
93% Amadeus (1984) Both Shaffer and Forman sidestep traps of being too obvious or of oversimplifying. Consequently, both Mozart and Salieri emerge as complex figures, full of contrasting impulses.‐ Santa Cruz Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019