Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dustin Putman is an alumnus of American University with a BA in Film & Visual Media. A member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), he has been reviewing movies professionally since 1997 and has been quoted in print ads, magazine articles, television commercials and DVD/Blu-ray covers. His debut book, "The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween," was published in 2013. Dustin loves all things Halloween and lives in Ashburn, Virginia.
Location: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Official Websites: themovieboy.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 69% Joker (2019) As unsettling as it is rapturous. Sobering and, yes, shocking, "Joker" creatively invigorates in its sheer unvarnished madness. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Sticks the landing & then some. This chance-taking, frightful, deeply poignant conclusion is a beautiful phantasmagoria that deepens what came before it while provocatively & rather astutely delving into decades-spanning reverberations of trauma & grief. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The tears, by the end, are cathartic in the best way, fully earned and nourishing. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) Undeniably ribald yet surprisingly sweet, the firmly R-rated "Good Boys" rings just as true as 2007's "Superbad" while holding up decidedly better within the context of its more inclusive, post-#TimesUp climate. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) A feel-good triumph earning every one of its spirited emotions, "Blinded by the Light" gets to the heart of the often deeply personal power of music. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A satisfying step in the right direction. There's plenty of fun to be had, and a mid-credits coda teases the setup for a truly enticing and provocative third installment. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A clever mood piece with all the requisite suspense one could hope for. "Annabelle Comes Home" works like gangbusters, a funhouse-style thriller with an emphasis on the fun. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 83% Midsommar (2019) A renaissance of the macabre, a cinematic symphony of lulling, twisted goodbyes and portentous shadows in the blistering light of day. Once it latches on, there's no breaking away. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 54% Ma (2019) A great performance can often elevate a stock plot, and that's precisely what happens with "Ma." Octavia Spencer is simply sensational in the title role. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Loses its way by trying to do too much and, consequently, not doing enough, gravely assuming loud noises, freneticism, and lots of crashing and bashing is all audiences need to get their money's worth. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Fantasy, comedy, music, adventure, thrills—"Aladdin" has got it all. This is a remake to be proud of, a resplendently imagined family feature that lives up to—and, in some crucial empowering ways, surpasses—the animated original. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) A timely adaptation of Nicola Yoon's best-selling 2016 novel, "The Sun Is Also a Star" is a winsome romance caught in the tangled web of harsh reality. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 34% Poms (2019) A simple, undemanding cinematic pleasure, a high-spirited underdog comedy with a bittersweet center. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Not only pays off in nearly every conceivable respect, but frequently surpasses one's loftiest hopes. For casual fans, it's the can't-miss event of the season. For die-hards, it earns its spot as the can't-miss event of the decade. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2.5/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Captures the viewer's attention immediately. A taut, brooding, admittedly streamlined instrument of the playfully macabre. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Viciously poignant and dread-inducingly eerie. As far as inferior remakes go, it achieves a welcome unpredictability precious few manage. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 47% Dumbo (2019) This new "Dumbo," while not without a few moments of whimsy, tries to overcomplicate the beautiful simplicity of the original, and what we're left with is not even a quarter of that classic's depth and wonder. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Like a kid-friendly "Deadpool," the film combines action, broad comedy, and emotion into a pleasing brew. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/4 93% Us (2019) Duplicitous yet unsuspectingly human, "Us" is an expertly crafted cinematic hall of mirrors drenched in sinister, provocative portent. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) "Happy Death Day 2U" is almost ridiculously fun, a snappy, thoughtful ride with the ability to have viewers uproariously laughing one minute, wiping away tears the next, and on the edge of their seats throughout. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" not only understands the tropes of cinematic love stories, but also knows how to comedically reference them while also treating Natalie's personal journey seriously. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/4 20% Serenity (2019) The deeper one delves into the film's brazen, unconventional pleasures, the more intimate yet expansive its ambitions become. The sooner one sees it the better; the daring and wild secrets it holds are simply too bold to risk having them spoiled. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/4 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) An inviting, often wise family film, boasted by wonderful protagonist at its center. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2.5/4 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Certainly manipulative but also ultimately affecting, the picture knows exactly how to wrap audiences around its furry little paw. Stone-hearted cynics need not apply. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 50% Escape Room (2019) "Escape Room" is going to either send the popularity of actual escape rooms into the stratosphere, or be the cause of their hasty demise because everyone will be too scared to try them; it's that effective. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
0/4 No Score Yet Death of a Nation (2018) Intellectually dishonest, morally hypocritical swill. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Tough to take but impossible to turn away from. An indelible, remarkably moving glimpse into the margins of American life as seen from the point of view of a boy in search of a safe place to call home. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The ambition, skill, and immersive wonder of the landscape J.K. Rowling has built continues to bewitch. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) A breathtaking travelogue through the profundity of memories, "Roma" exhales the magic and empathy inherent in the very best which film has to offer. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) A sustained death rattle in dread-inducing cinematic form, a tale of thematically loaded suggestion and ominous fate, of deep-seated guilt and haunting premonition. Seeing it once isn't nearly enough. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) An exceptionally moving, beautifully modulated film, hopefully eye-opening for those whose eyes have been closed for far too long. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A dual showcase for colorful, albeit reclusive, late author Lee Israel and for Melissa McCarthy, who disappears into her potentially career-redefining dramatic role. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) "What They Had" has a way of feeling low-key and explosive all at once. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) A reverent, rousing, moody, marvelously suspenseful success, a new perennial holiday-horror mainstay. "Halloween" is the "Halloween" the world needs in 2018. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Involving, thoroughly atmospheric, and altogether satisfying. For 90 minutes it celebrates the season of the witch with celebratory imagination and mirthful energy to spare. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 87% First Man (2018) A great idea in search of a film to match. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A deliberately woven tapestry deliciously toying in different tones and genres, the picture marches to the beat of its own deviously methodical drummer. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 29% Venom (2018) There's plenty of promise percolating on a cellular level; with another installment, perhaps a merely good picture can become something more. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An impassioned drama about a critical topic, and Amandla Stenberg is the shining light at its center. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Gateway horror full of punchy repartee and an empathetic soul. The blending of the spooky and sweet is infectious. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Proves there is still plenty of life left in this tale of fame, addiction, and sacrifice. "A Star Is Born" is an emotionally intimate journey that makes itself feel like an event. An astonishing Lady Gaga positively soars. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A slick, visually dynamic true-crime treat. "A Simple Favor" isn't so simple at all, and that's the key to its mischievously layered pleasures. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) "The Nun" is handsomely shot and rich in atmosphere, but it cannot sustain itself on a darkly attractive veneer when there is little else about which to think or care. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 83% Ghost Stories (2018) A rattling scare show with a brain. Defies expectations by shattering conventions of the classic horror-anthology style. - TheFrightFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
0.5/4 56% Tag (2018) Just because "Tag" is inspired by a true story doesn't make it any less asinine. Unctuous, unfunny, & developmentally discombobulated to the extent it feels like a fever dream in retrospect, the film is 100 minutes of would-be rollicking nothingness. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/4 92% Searching (2018) An urgent and unnerving masterclass in creating tension through minimalism, dripping with the peril of what has already taken place and what may occur next. "Searching" is sure to remain one of 2018's best and smartest thrillers. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) A freshly imagined dark comedy with more on its mind than dirty jokes. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Gripping in its unsentimental clarity of vision, startling in its portentous ruminations on belief, sacrifice, and nature, "First Reformed" is unsparing even as it spares, a cinematic jolt of agony and transcendence. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" is an uplifting bear hug of a movie. It delights, yes, but it does one better: it makes the viewer want to be a kinder, better person. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) In terms of pure, sustained, crowd-pleasing excitement, it's the must-see, big-screen event of the season. - TheFilmFile.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018