Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix Los Angeles Times Newsday
Official Websites: newsday.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 28% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Director Adrian Grunberg goes for an almost horror-flick level of gore: blasted-off faces, bisected bodies, trisected skulls, you name it. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 83% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" may reach for the stars, but its own gravitas pulls it down. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2.5/4 26% The Goldfinch (2019) Though often entrancing, the movie isn't saying quite as much as it thinks it is. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 85% Downton Abbey (2019) A big-screen bonus episode of the popular series that should thoroughly satisfy fans. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) A high-heeled crime caper with rollicking energy and an emotional left hook. Think "Goodfellas" in glitter. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) An awkward mix of humor and horror that brings Stephen King's "It" to a disappointing end. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) A beautifully acted drama with a tantalizing mystery at its center. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Grade-A performances, but the movie is more irksome than endearing. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A heartfelt ode to the promise of youth and the transformative power of music. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) A flawed but compelling combination of historical drama and revenge thriller. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) All told, "Brian Banks" might be a bit out of step with its moment. Taken on its own, though, it's a solid and satisfying true-life drama. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
1/4 21% The Kitchen (2019) A misguided crime drama that mistakes vile behavior for female empowerment. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) The movie demands too much of Dora and doesn't give her enough help to do it well. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A mostly enjoyable movie that feels like many other mostly enjoyable movies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A bloody valentine to the movies from director Quentin Tarantino. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) "Maiden" concludes so movingly, with such perfect symbolism, that it rivals any scripted sports drama. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) What consistently dazzles are the effects, from the smallest twitch of an ear to the awesome sight of stampeding wildebeest. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) High-art horror that won't suit all tastes, or stomachs. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) An entertaining segue into the post-Avengers era. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) A whimsical work of fan fiction, if not the deepest dive into rock history. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) "Annabelle Comes Home" is a letdown partly because it starts out so well. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) The concert footage alone would make "Rolling Thunder Revue" worth seeing, but there are other gems. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Capably directed by Kyle Newacheck from a suitably twisty-turny script by James Vanderbilt, it serves its purpose as a lighthearted comedy. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Four movies in, the Pixar franchise continues to captivate. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 32% Shaft (2019) A fluffy update of a gritty classic. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's rueful horror-comedy delivers the laughs, but they often catch in your throat. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling's screenwriting debut addresses modern sore spots with gentle humor and a big heart. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) A bright and breezy spin-off with two appealing stars. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) An uneven blend of fact and fiction. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) All told, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is bound to give you a chuckle or two, and maybe even an "awww" moment. The bar this movie clears, though, could have been set a lot higher. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's either an origin story or a series finale, but it's definitely a low point in the "X-Men" franchise. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 54% Ma (2019) All told, "Ma" adds up to a decent B-picture, though perhaps not the star-launching turn Spencer and Taylor intended. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5 / 4 89% Rocketman (2019) An uneven combination of strong performances, an insightful script (by Lee Hall) and iffy musical numbers, "Rocketman" is inventive and enjoyable, even when it teeters unsteadily on the platform heels of its own ambition. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It's hard not to love these confident, capable, problem-free post-millennials. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) "Aladdin" does little but replace the original film's slender charms with loud, hollow spectacle. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) A corny but effective tearjerker for kids and families. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves retains his crown as the king of ultraviolent action with this solid threequel. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
1.5/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) A dull-witted romance that isn't helped by its semi-topical premise. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" has plenty to recommend it, beginning with a more than credible performance from Nicholas Hoult in the title role. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 34% Poms (2019) Like a busy teenager who barely acknowledges her grandparents, this movie doesn't seem to realize what treasures it has. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Overall the movie is passably entertaining, though only the youngest viewers will feel it in their jellies. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) It's a charming little movie with two endearing leads and just the right mix of raunchy humor and tenderness. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) What "The Deathly Hallows" was to "Harry Potter," what "Return of the Jedi" was to the original "Star Wars," this gargantuan "Endgame" will be to the "Avengers." - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Sydney Pollack's unfinished documentary, unearthed and reassembled after nearly 50 years, is a priceless gift to music fans. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 60% Breakthrough (2019) A mostly preachy but occasionally compelling dramatization of a true story. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If Michael Chavez's debut film had delved a little deeper into her tale and into the culture that produced it, "The Curse of La Llorona" might have become something more than a serviceable but familiar-feeling horror film. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) All in all it's a reasonably enjoyable film, despite the weakness of its Link. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
0.5/4 17% Hellboy (2019) Violence and vulgarity replace the humor and poetry of Guillermo del Toro's superhero films. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/4 47% Little (2019) With "Little," Martin establishes herself as quite probably the youngest executive producer in Hollywood and most certainly a star to watch. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Strong performances and a strange-but-true story keep this Civil Rights drama from succumbing to formula. - Newsday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019