Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever
Hank Stuever's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post
Publications: Washington Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) There's a sweet, subtle awareness that there are pockets of cool people almost anywhere you go now, and that their doors are always open. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
95% The Lavender Scare (2019) Compelling one-hour documentary... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
95% Running with Beto (2019) Oddly,... "Running With Beto" is most compelling when O'Rourke isn't in it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) That turned out to be the true challenge for everyone involved - were they in this for real or just for kicks? Was there a way to honor their characters as they were and yet somehow innovate a little? Or was it just a game of dress-up and pretend? - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Breslin and Hamill may preach too long, but its copious valentines are appropriately strewn with little heartbreaks. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) Still, "Fyre Fraud" edges out Netflix's film by stepping back and delivering on the stronger, more despairing theme here, which is very clearly this: Society... is losing its ability to sense a snake in the grass. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
100% Momentum Generation (2018) Momentum Generation puts out a notably wide welcome mat, which means you don't have to know or even care that much about pro-surfing history to become absorbed by it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) The movie may do an adequate job of mining what's left of our collective outrage, but it comes up short as an artistic expression of post-recession catharsis. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
64% Believer (2018) "Believer"... [is] ultimately about a straight, white, married father of three who wants to have it all ways - to be seen by his worldwide fans as an enlightened and empathetic rock star while remaining faithful to his church. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
No Score Yet American Jail (2018) After realizing that the homophobia that drove him out of town probably spared him... [filmmaker Roger Ross] Williams takes up the anger of old friends and neighbors and asks how an entire community can seem so fated to imprisonment. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Less is said about Williams's final years and the exact circumstances of his death, but there is a sense of a life lived fully and wildly. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) It's an altogether new form of tribute: Having one's last word while being able to hear the things everyone will say when you're really gone. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
No Score Yet The performances, however, rise to the novel's reputation. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Here is Elvis, rehabbed at last and brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
70% Paterno (2018) Parallel to its main narrative, Paterno briefly becomes another and perhaps more interesting kind of movie - one of those stirring Spotlight-style paeans to difficult journalism, told through the character of Sara Ganim (Riley Keough)... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Throughout, I kept wishing for a better balance of energy... But when it did find it, it verged briefly on miraculous. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% King In The Wilderness (2018) That sense of doom runs through King in the Wilderness, but also a sense of calm that characterized King in his final days. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% Traffic Stop (2017) ... an upsetting yet faintly hopeful documentary... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) Packed too densely with needless smarm and excess songs, A Christmas Story Live stretched itself to three precisely executed but tedious hours. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
92% Spielberg (2017) The Steven Spielberg portrayed in Susan Lacy's satisfyingly comprehensive 2 1/2 -hour HBO documentary "Spielberg" is a wide-open book. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The decision by Wizard's three credited screenwriters to open the film with the prison interview (and essentially tell the whole saga as a progressive flashback) feels like a structural mistake that can't be repaired. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is beautifully shot, economically told (if anything it feels too rushed) and respectful to the legacy of the HeLa cells. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
99% Tower (2016) No matter how many years later, no matter how cool your animation technique might be, "Nobody" somehow feels like the wrong answer to that question. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Becoming Warren Buffett (2017) Aided by Buffett's remarkably well-adjusted three children and his still-surviving siblings, we get a picture of the intelligent, instinctively entrepreneurial child of the Great Depression, the son of a Nebraska congressman. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Now that they're gone, the film instantly becomes the loveliest farewell gift. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
57% Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) These numerous, disorganized plot points attempt to make up for the flimsy dialogue and hammy acting - flaws that weren't nearly so evident in last year's movie. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's moving HBO documentary Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, produced with help from the Boston Globe, can be viewed as a thoughtful study of the lessons of magnitude. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) After all the media coverage, the books, the outrage, the documentaries, the miniseries - after so much sturm-und-drang, this story has at last been perfectly captured and perfectly told. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Yet despite its tantalizing subject matter, Confirmation is surprisingly flat and uninspired, in every way that it shouldn't be in 2016. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) Look at the Pictures: It restores a sense of the forbidden to Mapplethorpe that's been lost in the years of worship. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) Fox's impressive and ambitious staging Sunday night of Grease: Live was a lesson in what a televised musical ought to look like in the 21st century: able to keep all eyes on the screen rather than the Twitter feed. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) On the subject of the life and death of Kurt Cobain there is still some work to be done, but Montage of Heck may be as close as we'll get to moving on. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
71% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Yet it never feels exactly right. This might be a technological matter that, for once, gives the advantage to old-fashioned television - the kind you plug in the wall and watch according to its schedule, not yours. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
89% Bessie (2015) A thoughtful and at times stirring example of how a film can add texture to a legendary figure. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet The Leisure Class (2015) There's little reason to waste 85 minutes watching Jason Mann's The Leisure Class, a tonally troubled and reprehensibly dull movie. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! rolls through Wednesday night with a noticeably weakened potency and very little camp potential left in its twirl. I'd be surprised if it triggers any warning louder than a sigh. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) It's hard to imagine that the pitch session for the regrettably unfunny 7 Days in Hell... actually produced anything more than a polite "no thanks" from the usually discerning network. The bottled water in that meeting must have been gin. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Director Alex Gibney's hauntingly effective Going Clear... suggests only trouble ahead for the frequently criticized and always strange Church of Scientology. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2015
56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) The nostalgia doesn't quite convey, no matter how hard one claps for a computer-generated, Lunesta butterfly-like Tinker Bell. Old musicals tend to run long and come across as strangely convoluted. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
27% Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever could use a whole lot more of Plaza's ad-libbed derision for the entire project and the suckers who find themselves watching it. The claws do come out, but the scratches just aren't deep enough. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2014
60% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) As hard as we howled at the ghastliness being projected on the wall above us, I didn't see anyone at the Sharknado party who was giving the film his or her full attention, especially after the first 30 minutes. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
92% Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) It's a factually accurate account of the man's work and its importance and meaning in (and beyond) the nation's capital, especially now, in all this bitterly partisan noise. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
83% Mitt (2014) The film is a departure from similar, wonkier projects that have taken us into campaign war rooms and built their stories around the political machinery in action. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) I was particularly delighted when the children figured out that their mother was trying to kill them with powdered rat poison sprinkled on donuts, but this should all be a lot more frightening - or at least more unsettling - than it winds up being. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2013) What I liked about The Sound of Music Live was that, for a moment anyhow, it made me forget that it's 2013. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) It captures the chaos and experimental vibe that dominated early TV production. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2013
80% Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles (2013) Brisk and pleasingly outrageous. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
92% The Challenger Disaster (2013) The film is an appropriately somber and smoothly told account of the Washington politics and cross-agency obfuscation that nearly derailed the commission's investigation into the disaster. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2013
56% Killing Kennedy (2013) The dialogue is painfully clumsy, and the pacing is pure Wikipedia. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
84% Seduced And Abandoned (2013) A fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2013