Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 60% American Dreamer (2019) Directed with claustrophobic, docudrama-style intensity by Derrick Borte and featuring a career-best dramatic performance by [Jim] Gaffigan, "American Dreamer" is a dark and intense and sometimes brutally violent slice of rotted life. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 79% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Even with a running time of just 82 minutes, "Between Two Ferns" loses a bit of steam in the home stretch. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet 7 Days to Vegas (2019) Even if you don't know a busted straight from a royal flush and you've never heard of a prop bet until now, "7 Days to Vegas" works as a broad and funny comedy about some truly bent but hilarious characters. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 85% Downton Abbey (2019) What a lovely and welcome encore. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 68% Haunt (2019) Though it's from the writers of A Quiet Place, the grisly horror gem plays more like a Saw movie. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Jennifer Lopez does her best work in years, but it's Constance Wu who anchors the story with a grounded and natural performance. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 26% The Goldfinch (2019) Luke Wilson and Sarah Paulson are wonderful actors, but they are stuck playing broad caricatures more suited to a particularly crass old episode of Two and a Half Men than a film with such lofty ambitions. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 81% Official Secrets (2019) It's difficult to become immersed in a film in which far too many characters sound like they're reciting talking points and not delivering authentic dialogue. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Spurlock's comedic antics give way to a more serious, traditional docu-journalist approach as he looks into the immensely unbalanced dynamic between the Big Chicken corporations and the local American farmer... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 84% Untouchable (2019) "Untouchable" features some less-than-effective filmmaking decisions, from an over-the-top ominous score to an overabundance of driving-through-the-city segues to some murky shots of hotel corridors. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) This is a solid, extremely well-crafted, great-looking and occasionally quite chilling film, with terrific performances by the grown-ups as well as the returning kids. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/4 18% The Fanatic (2019) This drifts into the category of campy oddity, leaving us once again waiting and hoping for John Travolta to find his next great part. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Yes, Brittany can be the worst. But when she's at her best, she's kinda great. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Like Jack, we'd like to go back in time, that's for sure. Maybe we could return to about the 30-minute mark of this movie and see if there's a better path to take from there. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The film's reality-defying, storybook approach to the plot and the characters grows on you. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) For a supposed tearjerker, this film is so tone-deaf my guess is there won't be a wet eye in the house. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) For all its wacky, gross-out, shock-ya humor, Good Boys has a lot of heart. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Once in a great while, The Nightingale reminds us that even in the most hopeless and unforgiving times, some people retain their humanity. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Even when it feels as if we've seen this movie before, we've never seen it set to the sounds of the Boss, and we've never seen it from the point of view of this particular terrific kid and his family. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Cate Blanchett is unquestionably one of the great actors of our time. Through the years, I can't imagine I've ever been underwhelmed by any film performance she's ever delivered. Until now. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 72% Light of My life (2019) Though "Light of My Life" is a well-filmed and occasionally brutally effective piece of work, Affleck dilutes the power of the story with too many self-indulgent, patience-testing scenes. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 64% Them That Follow (2019) Directors Poulton and Savage and cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz consistently deliver visually arresting shots, while the music by Garth Stevenson helps build the suspense. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) I wanted a refund on every lump in the throat and teary-eyed moment I had experienced... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) Brian Banks almost never surprises us. We know where the story is going. (If it didn't go a certain way, there would be no movie.) Still, it's a well-constructed, well-acted, solidly told tale. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 21% The Kitchen (2019) Strong work by all, most notably the three leads, but the fine acting isn't nearly enough to overcome a storyline that makes it increasingly difficult, and then downright impossible, to empathize with these women. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The cardboard standees of these guys in movie theaters across the world will have just as much depth. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) This is a time capsule - an expertly crafted time capsule - of an astonishing career. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day (2019) The visuals are stunningly effective and sometimes shockingly memorable. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 77% Skin (2019) Skin is the amazing story of a man who went to extreme measures to change, on the outside and within his heart. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In certain elements of tone and structure, "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" has echoes of "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown," but it is alive and electric with a beat all its own. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Even when Maron is playing someone who is the saddest and most cynical person in the room (and maybe the whole town), he is a brilliant reactor who delivers pithy comebacks and wry observations with pitch-perfect timing. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 28% Into the Ashes (2019) ...a good yarn filled with arresting visuals and solid performances. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Bold but inconsistent, outrageous but not all that shocking, The Art of Self Defense never reaches its full potential, but lands more than enough punches to warrant our attention. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she's going through - in large part because Awkwafina's performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 73% Lying and Stealing (2019) [D]irector and co-writer Matt Aselton has fashioned a slick, cool, mischievously dark and fast-paced B-movie thriller. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Miss Arizona (2019) "Miss Arizona" alternates, not altogether gracefully, from heavy, tear-jerking moments to slapstick comedy, sometimes within the same sequence. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" is kind of dumb and a little bit clunky, but [Kumail] Nanjiani and [Dave] Bautista click, the action sequences are well-filmed and sometimes brutally funny, and we're happy to be along for this summertime escapist ride. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" is on balance a solid and at times stunningly beautiful film. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/4 58% Ophelia (2019) ...beautifully photographed and impressively staged but convoluted and over-the-top...all right, so it's a popcorn movie! - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Though the documentary is conventionally structured, it still stands tall as a valuable record of the life and times and work of an American treasure. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar tests our patience more than once before delivering some seriously grisly and wonderfully twisted material in the final act. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) When the story shifts to Nashville, the screenplay by Nicole Taylor takes some sharp and insightful turns... - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 89% The Raft (2019) Blinded by his ego, acting like the captain of the Bounty, Genoves apparently never realized the experiment was valuable and was yielding interesting if surprising results. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Alas, after a promising first hour, Yesterday plunks one wrong note after another (including one particularly sour interlude), and eventually collapses under the weight of impossible expectations. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a zesty and sweet and satisfying but not an overly dark slice of entertainment. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Nightmare Cinema as a whole is the bloodiest, most violent, most gruesome and most twisted movie I've seen this year. And I mean that mostly in a good way. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) May the echoes from the Canyon be heard for centuries to come. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 33% Being Frank (2019) What a jerk. But what an interesting jerk to be at the center of a quirky and entertaining deadpan comedy/drama. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) ...why not make a borderline bat-bleep crazy docu-something of a film chronicling the whole thing? - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) A self-referential Thor joke comes across as forced. The plot about a mole buried deep within the MIB organization offers up a very short list of candidates, and it's beyond easy to decipher which one will turn out to be the turncoat. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019