Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Gripping and moving, despite some tricksy narrative twists. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Somebody Up There Likes Me (2019) For serious rock scholars and fans of quality documentaries in general, this lightweight vanity project will feel disappointingly thin and perfunctory. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
No Score Yet Earthquake Bird (2019) A fairly flat treatment of over-familiar plot elements, and fatally low on the key psycho-thriller elements of suspense, surprise and dread. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Sid & Judy (2019) [A] conventional but briskly entertaining TV bio-doc... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Leap of Faith (2019) The 84-year-old veteran director remains an articulate and forceful presence onscreen, refreshingly unburdened by modesty and clearly keen to display his highbrow cultural smarts. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
44% Cuck (2019) While clearly limited in budget and a little too blunt in its hectoring message, Cuck also has an agreeably cultish intensity and newsworthy urgency. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
25% Gemini Man (2019) The disappointing end result feels less than the sum of the talents involved, a weak script and thin high-concept plot only just held together by smart visual wizardry. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Volare (Tutto il mio folle amore) (2019) At times, it is almost indigestible in its sugary sentimentality and facile life-is-sweet message. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Silent Days (Hluché dni) (2019) An artful, lyrical treatment of gritty subject matter. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% Black Conflux (2019) A haunting, humane twist on thriller conventions. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
60% The Antenna (Bina) (2019) A stylish, surreal shocker. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% White Lie (2019) Nervy and kinetic, it succeeds as a small-scale psychological thriller. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Lingua Franca (2019) While Sandoval's hard-working dedication is admirable, and her semi-autobiographical story full of latent dramatic potential, Lingua Franca is ultimately an underpowered, amateurish disappointment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2019) A timeless magical realist fable with a contemporary feminist message. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
No Score Yet Sole (2019) Essentially a two-hander, Sole feels skimpy and underpowered at first, but it blossoms into a moving, quietly absorbing character study. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet Scandinavian Silence (Skandinaavia vaikus) (2019) An elegant two-hander about mute siblings struck dumb by dark secrets. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Ticks plenty of lightweight fun boxes for its prime target audience of younger children, with just enough adult humor to keep parents from yawning too. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) The story may test the limits of plausibility in places, but overall this off-the-map road movie is a humane, compassionate, character-driven delight. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet A Certain Kind of Silence (Tiché doteky) (2019) With its artfully muted Scandi-chic color palette, painstakingly framed architecture porn and almost subliminal drone-driven score, A Certain Kind of Silence is a gorgeous aesthetic experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
67% I See You (2019) A twist-heavy crime thriller spiced with horror and noir elements, I See You is such a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense that its loopy plot contortions only seem absurd in retrospect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
No Score Yet Half-Sister (Polsestra) (2019) Essentially a sustained master class in Resting Bitch Face, Half-Sister is a fractious but frequently hilarious two-hander about squabbling siblings working through decades of unresolved mutual loathing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
No Score Yet End of Sentence (2019) End of Sentence is a familiar story at heart, but beautifully observed, sensitively played and smart enough to wrong-foot audience expectations whenever the plot gets too comfortable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
52% Strange But True (2019) The twist-heavy, logic-bending plot will test audience patience in places, but the whole package is handsomely crafted and rich in strong performances... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
59% Astronaut (2019) For a first feature, Astronaut is a respectable effort overall. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
60% Homeward (Evge) (2019) Plainly operating on a small budget, Aliev does good work with limited resources in Homeward. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is generally gripping and finely crafted, standing up well as Bong's most mature state-of-the-nation statement since Memories of Murder in 2003. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) However limited its ambitions, Dogs Don't Wear Pants is still a witty premise clothed in an attractive technical package. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
83% Room 212 (Chambre 212) (2019) Honore's bubbly bottle of cinematic champagne runs out of fizz somewhere around its midway point. Even so, there are still enjoyably shallow pleasures to be savored here... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) This film is a solidly made summary of his golden years, full of energy and swagger. But Maradona's colorful life story is richer and stranger, deeper and darker than the greatest-hits reel captured here. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
75% The Best Years of a Life (Les plus belles années d'une vie) (2019) This wistful closing chapter has little chance of repeating the big splash made by A Man and a Woman. Even so, there is bittersweet humor and poignant insight here... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
88% Vivarium (2019) It is a superior genre piece at heart, but elevated by its high-calibre leads Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, plus a script rich in political and cultural resonance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) The Tarantino-style rollercoaster ride is as effortlessly enjoyable as ever, accentuating the director's lighter comic leanings over his bloodthirsty side. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Living and Knowing You are Alive (Être vivant et le savoir) (2019) A gently moving meditation on friendship, grief and the strangely sensual beauty of pumpkins. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
83% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2019) Leon seems firmly in command of the material, bringing a strong voice and an even stronger eye to this Kafka-esque tale of low crimes and high-level corruption. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Though handsome in style and admirable in ambition, this sprawling neo-western never comes together as a satisfying whole. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% Stories Of Our Lives (2015) The film has a luminous monochrome look and slickly edited polish that defies its minimal $15,000 budget. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Corrupted (2019) Scalpello and screenwriter Nick Moorcroft take the lowest common denominator route, falling back on tired mob-movie clichés, stock characters and leaden dialogue so generic it could have been written by an algorithm. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
No Score Yet Sublime (2019) Sublime is a straight rise-and-fall chronicle which rarely steps outside the bland conventions of officially endorsed promotional documentaries. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Run (2019) Though the notion of transposing Springsteen's revved-up Americana to a faraway Scottish coastal community is an admirably bold conceit, it loses too much in translation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
77% Knives and Skin (2019) An agreeably offbeat coming-of-age thriller steeped in macabre humour and queer feminist attitude. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Godfathers of Hardcore (2017) McFarland's doc is clearly a labor of love, and much of the vintage concert footage it contains is undeniably exciting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Hit and miss, but mostly good fun. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
80% The Portuguese Woman (2019) It often plods even during its most potentially gripping moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Breath (Der Atem) (2019) The Breath is a small, personal, emphatically arty mixtape movie whose ghostly narrators leave just fleeting impressions, like chance encounters in late-night bars. But many of their haunting stories linger long after the film ends... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Bait (2019) The surface plot has the stark feel of classic neorealism, but there are more interesting layers going on below the scuffed surface as Jenkin detours into experimental montage technique, Guy Maddin-style retro pastiche and English folk-horror tropes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
83% Marighella (2019) Once you accept its binary us-and-them worldview, Marighella works fine as an exciting and highly assured debut, with a terrific ensemble cast at its heart. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
100% 2040 (2019) Gameau's relentlessly cheery screen persona may grate with grouchy old cynics like me, but his noble motives and positive vibes are hard to fault. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) A personal, playful account of a rich creative legacy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Monsters. (Monstri.) (2019) Touching on dark themes like painfully closeted sexuality and bitter family friction without amplifying them into sensational melodrama, Monsters is a thoughtful and well-acted two-hander with a minor-key, naturalistic aesthetic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet A Dog Called Money (2019) A freewheeling visual collage which unearths little of substance from a potentially fascinating mass of material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019