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Stephen Schaefer

Stephen Schaefer
Stephen Schaefer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 40% Irresistible (2020) If Stewart's comic tone here never settles into a satisfactory rhythm, Carell... is both over the top and diminished. His Zimmer never seems to be quite in focus. Byrne hasn't much to do other than scowl.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
C 40% You Should Have Left (2020) A pallid haunted house story...wastes the talents of its two formidable stars.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
A 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) A triumph of regional cinema, the Fort Worth, Texas-made Miss Juneteenth scores as an engrossing character study and a modest suspenser.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
B+ 86% Come to Daddy (2020) As Come to Daddy morphs into a Scorsese-styled murderous landscape, the standouts are Martin Donovan, whose Brian is full of all sorts of shocking surprises, and Mexico's Ona Grauer...‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
C 17% Survive the Night (2020) Screenwriter Matt Eskandari's predictable plot abandons realism - along with any unexpected character revelations. There's no shocking, jolting violence or queasy ick-making accidents.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
A- 77% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) It's an emotional bombshell.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
B 63% Hope Gap (2020) "Hope Gap" ultimately offers a tidy exploration of people who were miserable and, as it concludes, have moved on.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) What Spike Jonze has done in the anything but somber tell-all "Beastie Boys Story" is to let the history of a record-breaking hip-hop group be told by only the two people who lived it.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
B+ 77% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) The duchess is a constant presence, offering facts, history and excitable moments as if we're gathered in a circle and being given vivid insights into this fascinating tale of survival against often incredible odds.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
65% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) This lavish, fantastical adventure takes our inspiring heroine into what might be described as James Bond territory.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
A 88% Swallow (2020) A fairy tale shot in sunlight but chillingly black-hearted at its core, "Swallow" is a mesmerizing look at Hunter, a trophy wife trapped, ignored and suffocating.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
A 84% The Way Back (2020) "The Way Back," to its credit, spikes our expectations, surprises with its own emphasis on what Jack is doing and, more importantly, what he's teaching those kids.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B- 92% And Then We Danced (2020) The filmmaker nicely conveys the two men's flirtation as they smile, occasionally touch and smile some more.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B+ 77% The Banker (2020) Directed with propulsive energy by Boston-born George Nolfi, "The Banker" takes a fun, freewheeling upward trajectory only to plunge into depths of deceit, hypocrisy and political sanctimony that seems all too familiar.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B 34% Seberg (2020) The film's use of the fictional Solomon as the sympathetic viewpoint for the audience is its big mistake... It's [Kristen] Stewart who sets the fires, a study of a complex woman's unraveling registered with a coolly magnetic intensity.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
D 8% Fantasy Island (2020) If only "Fantasy Island" were to convey real suspense, actual thrills or shocking horror. Instead it plods along, an academic exercise in connecting dots, imagining backstories and offering greeting card bromides.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
B+ 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) If the plot is familiar - meaning formulaic - this "Sonic" has enough verve, humor, action and just the right tone to present an alien we soon realize is just an overactive and very lonely kid, who happens to be an immigrant from another world.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
C+ 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Minus scares or an intensely sinister setting, this "Gretel & Hansel" lives up to its billing as "grim." That's hardly enough.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
C 12% The Turning (2020) As Kate predictably battles with malevolent spirits, "The Turning" becomes a turgid slog of many horrors.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- 43% Three Christs (2020) Director and co-writer Jon Avnet fails to make this decidedly odd material into a credible experience.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 21% Like a Boss (2020) "Boss" is best when the two pros forgo the strain of working too hard to convincingly portray sister siblings in every way but biological and just relax.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B 48% Underwater (2020) For all its massive, technically impressive production values and its, shall we say, fluid storytelling and pacing, "Underwater" never scares enough to set pulses racing.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B+ 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) "Spies in Disguise" is more than a zippy, often ingenious caper with clever quips and riffs on superhero conventions. It's the rare animated feature aimed at adults as well as 8-year-olds.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
D 38% Black Christmas (2019) As a horror movie, the new Black Christmas qualifies as a piece of coal plopped in a Christmas stocking.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B+ 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) This is a journey, troubling and perhaps dangerous but well-worth taking.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B 94% Honey Boy (2019) Emotionally eviscerating and very cinematic.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) What works best about Annabelle Attanasio's debut as the writer-director of "Mickey and the Bear" is how easily she conveys the complicated emotional landscape of not just its two leading figures but an entire cast.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 53% 21 Bridges (2019) As paranoid conspiracy cop thrillers go, 21 Bridges, a brisk pursuit picture with Chadwick Boseman, gets the job done.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Reality was never a component of "Charlie's Angels" and that tradition continues with the action-packed third installment, which is content to mimic a distaff 007.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ 63% The Good Liar (2019) What's delicious about "The Good Liar" isn't just the thrill of seeing two seasoned pros in a breezy entertainment, it's also the awareness in this con game of a movie that guessing what's up is really the point.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A- 42% Midway (2019) There are many familiar faces in Roland Emmerich's epic, emotionally charged Midway but they're never a distraction for the larger life or death exploits that are at stake.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
C 22% Playing with Fire (2019) The comically intended Playing with Fire seems, to put it kindly, a misfire.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 52% Black and Blue (2019) A neat and nasty thriller.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
C 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This resurrection pales in every way to the startlingly enjoyable original.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
B+ 81% Abominable (2019) What makes "Abominable" is not that it's gorgeously animated with spectacular Chinese vistas and wondrous, inexplicable events but that its human trio is so fully realized as complex kids.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) With quiet authority and genuine angst, Stallone endows Rambo with mortality, a willingness to meet his maker and be finally at peace.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
B+ 85% Villains (2019) The surprises continue right to the very (dead) end.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) In Hollywood's historical and lengthy flirtation with strippers on film there's never been an entry quite as encompassing, titillating or subversive.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) An eye-opening biopic.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C+ 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Dull dialogue, placidly paced, dimly seen underwater sequences and not enough shark action means "Uncaged" never generates nonstop tension.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [Sameh Zoabi] deftly illustrates how art - even if a daily soap that traffics in clichés and stereotypes could ever be considered "art" - affects people's lives, dreams and self-image.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's a smart-silly sequel to the 2016 original.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
B 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Oscar-winning horror auteur Guillermo del Toro is among the world's biggest horror fans. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is his valentine to plucky kids everywhere.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C- 23% The Kitchen (2019) All too predictable and yet perpetually unconvincing...‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
D 83% Crawl (2019) Even with the bar so low it's barely off the ground, the gator thriller "Crawl," which was not screened for critics, fails spectacularly in every possible way.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The 21st century has been good to Spider-Man - and the three actors who played him.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
B 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A low-key, fairly restrained horror outing...‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
C 64% Child's Play (2019) This edition is jokey as well as gory, and it bows to the demented-possessed doll franchise without ever being really scary.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- 33% Shaft (2019) This "Shaft" works best as a game for two, with the rhythmic interplay between blase, brutal dad and his amazed, confounded and changed forever son.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B 42% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The Tomorrow Man works because we all have secrets, we'll all grow old if we're lucky enough and the company for this lighthearted look at serious issues is irresistible.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019