Stephen Whitty

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For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stephen Whitty 's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Hardcore Henry
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 154
  2. Negative: 23 out of 154
154 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Whitty
    Even if you disagree with Moore, it’s hard not to admire his bravura filmmaking.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Whitty
    A few minutes into The House with a Clock in Its Walls, you realize Eli Roth knows what he’s doing—and that means carefully mixing the scares and stillness for a horror comedy that’s made-to-order for certain monster-loving 10-year-olds.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 45 Stephen Whitty
    The film—Weitz’s first since 2015’s indie Grandma—feels a little cheap and shortchanged.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Whitty
    Too much of Kursk revolves around scenes of sodden sailors sitting around wondering why someone doesn’t just hurry up and rescue them. A sentiment likely to be shared by some audiences, as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    This is a film with the logic of a dream, which is to say, no logic at all. But it also has the power of a nightmare. And, like some of them, it lingers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 35 Stephen Whitty
    Slim movies like this live or die based on their personal charm, and the sour Destination Wedding soon wheezes its way into the ICU.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Whitty
    It’s not a great movie, but it’s a good reminder of why Rockwell’s admirers have happily stuck with him for decades.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Stephen Whitty
    The movie...is a visual feast, one of the rare 3D films which was clearly designed with that extra dimension in mind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Whitty
    It’s a raunchy, rollicking story of movie legends off the set and between the sheets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Stephen Whitty
    It’s a movie made with an insider’s knowledge (directors Ben and Orson Cummings are both proud graduates of the school) and affection (Shaquille O’Neal is one of the producers, as is art-world titan Larry Gagosian). And yet, while it has heartwarming moments, it’s not a predictable, eager-to-please entertainment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Stephen Whitty
    It’s a deliriously silly, often preposterous movie...but director Susanna Fogel keeps things moving too quickly to leave much time for complaints.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stephen Whitty
    It’s not just “Impossible,” it’s irresistible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    Casal and Diggs have both lived these roles for years, so it’s not surprising that they never deliver a false moment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 45 Stephen Whitty
    Despite its novel plot, and some lovely music and incidental artwork—the title fireworks, the rugged seaside and that glittery magic ball are all beautifully rendered—the film quickly drags.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    As much as you might want to look away from Dark River, you can’t. The direction is assured, inventive, precise. The performances are compelling. And while the writing is often a little too deliberately obscure, once it becomes clear where the story is heading, it moves forward with the force of classic tragedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stephen Whitty
    Director Stefano Sollima, who cut his teeth on Italian TV mob dramas, is good at building suspense. He fills the screen with striking images, too -- night-vision raids, heat-signature tracking, eye-in-the-sky surveillance.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Stephen Whitty
    Admittedly, Travolta, who produced, is sure having fun. What ham wouldn’t? Chewing on the scenery like it was a meatball hero, he swaggers around in shiny suits and silver wigs, barking orders.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Whitty
    The special effects remain startling, and in your face. But there's nothing new here, and what's old feels like less. The corporate villains seem to have wandered over from "Rampage." The humor has vanished.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    Both charmingly retro (dig that swingin’ score!) and confidently modern (girls run the world!) it’s a hip heist movie with a few laughs and some lovely fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    Right now, he's the perfect "Avengers" antidote.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    The script is surprisingly smart, pulling together all the subplots and cutting among all the locations. Chris Pratt’s Star Lord has some clever lines. Thanos is a far more complex villain than we usually get. And the movie ends on a stark and shocking note.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Whitty
    Some movies are feasts. Some films are desserts. This picture is cheese in a can, and if it only accepted that, it would be a lot more fun — like “Alligator,” the tongue-in-cheek classic that had a toothy terror climbing out of a city sewer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Whitty
    Pike is terrific, and Hamm has a credibly bleary, weary look. The movie’s ambitions are worthy. But it rarely turns its action into real excitement, or moves past cynicism into insight. It’s the spy movie that leaves us in the cold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    This may be a sci-fi fantasy about giant man-eating bugs, but it’s grounded in human facts and folly. Little here is safe. Nothing is predictable. It’s surprising how effectively the silence increases the scares, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    The movie is crammed with excitement and good humor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Whitty
    Too bad the new actress doesn’t bring much to the party, and this “origin story” feels like leftovers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Stephen Whitty
    Director Ava DuVernay’s version of the beloved children’s classic has a big cast and the best of intentions. It’s socially progressive, racially diverse and packed with positive messages. It’s just not much fun.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Stephen Whitty
    But the real problem is that the picture feels padded. There are endless, and pointless, scenes of radio hosts debating the vigilante violence. And the wildly mismatched shoot-outs — every criminal Kersey goes up against is slow, stupid and a lousy shot — waters down the thrills.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stephen Whitty
    People who crave a movie about a secret agent with her own sexual agency — and a mission to give male predators exactly what they deserve — are going to want front-row seats. And a sequel.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stephen Whitty
    A lot of the jokes are surprising, and one gag...pays off terrifically. The two top stars are delightful, and a couple of cameos are nice surprises.

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