Stephen Schaefer

Stephen Schaefer
Stephen Schaefer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald
Publications: Boston Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 94% Honey Boy (2019) Emotionally eviscerating and very cinematic. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) What works best about Annabelle Attanasio's debut as the writer-director of "Mickey and the Bear" is how easily she conveys the complicated emotional landscape of not just its two leading figures but an entire cast. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 50% 21 Bridges (2019) As paranoid conspiracy cop thrillers go, 21 Bridges, a brisk pursuit picture with Chadwick Boseman, gets the job done. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 53% Charlie's Angels (2019) Reality was never a component of "Charlie's Angels" and that tradition continues with the action-packed third installment, which is content to mimic a distaff 007. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ 66% The Good Liar (2019) What's delicious about "The Good Liar" isn't just the thrill of seeing two seasoned pros in a breezy entertainment, it's also the awareness in this con game of a movie that guessing what's up is really the point. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A- 43% Midway (2019) There are many familiar faces in Roland Emmerich's epic, emotionally charged Midway but they're never a distraction for the larger life or death exploits that are at stake. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
C 22% Playing with Fire (2019) The comically intended Playing with Fire seems, to put it kindly, a misfire. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 51% Black and Blue (2019) A neat and nasty thriller. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
C 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This resurrection pales in every way to the startlingly enjoyable original. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
B+ 80% Abominable (2019) What makes "Abominable" is not that it's gorgeously animated with spectacular Chinese vistas and wondrous, inexplicable events but that its human trio is so fully realized as complex kids. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) With quiet authority and genuine angst, Stallone endows Rambo with mortality, a willingness to meet his maker and be finally at peace. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
B+ 84% Villains (2019) The surprises continue right to the very (dead) end. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) In Hollywood's historical and lengthy flirtation with strippers on film there's never been an entry quite as encompassing, titillating or subversive. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) An eye-opening biopic. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C+ 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Dull dialogue, placidly paced, dimly seen underwater sequences and not enough shark action means "Uncaged" never generates nonstop tension. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [Sameh Zoabi] deftly illustrates how art - even if a daily soap that traffics in clichés and stereotypes could ever be considered "art" - affects people's lives, dreams and self-image. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's a smart-silly sequel to the 2016 original. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
B 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Oscar-winning horror auteur Guillermo del Toro is among the world's biggest horror fans. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is his valentine to plucky kids everywhere. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C- 22% The Kitchen (2019) All too predictable and yet perpetually unconvincing... - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
D 83% Crawl (2019) Even with the bar so low it's barely off the ground, the gator thriller "Crawl," which was not screened for critics, fails spectacularly in every possible way. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The 21st century has been good to Spider-Man - and the three actors who played him. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
B 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A low-key, fairly restrained horror outing... - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
C 63% Child's Play (2019) This edition is jokey as well as gory, and it bows to the demented-possessed doll franchise without ever being really scary. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- 32% Shaft (2019) This "Shaft" works best as a game for two, with the rhythmic interplay between blase, brutal dad and his amazed, confounded and changed forever son. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The Tomorrow Man works because we all have secrets, we'll all grow old if we're lucky enough and the company for this lighthearted look at serious issues is irresistible. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B- 57% Brightburn (2019) As a horror movie, "Brightburn" gets the job done but in strange ways. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) "Sun" shines best when these two hearts finally beat as one. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) "Non-Fiction" does it with a beating pulse that makes for not so much a literary feast as an emotional one. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 76% Family (2019) Schilling's Kate emerges more realistically as profoundly insensitive. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
A 72% Teen Spirit (2019) A familiar story yet one with enough new twists to be engagingly propulsive and altogether winning. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
B- 47% Little (2019) As obvious as "Little" is, under co-screenwriter Tina Gordon's direction, it's well paced and, in a comedic platform like this, all the performances are uniformly overly emphatic. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B 44% The Chaperone (2019) Credit for this breezy journey of generational self-discovery goes to a pair of "Downton Abbey" veterans, Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A+ 99% Amazing Grace (2019) For reasons no one ever really understood, Franklin blocked the release. Perhaps she wanted "Amazing Grace" to stand, as it so beautifully does, as her (monumental) epitaph. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B 66% The Public (2019) It's a potent stew that finds humor, humanity and even grace in a society that often shows little compassion... - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
C 57% Pet Sematary (2019) This brand-new "Pet" vision, courtesy of the directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, is one horror show more likely to provoke unintentional laughs than scares. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
C 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The worst flaw however is not this risible retake on history or legend but the lack of momentum. "The Highwaymen" dawdles. Handsomely mounted, it depicts not a pulse-quickening chase but a slow, pokey crawl. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) "Hummingbird" hums - it's a spectacle focused on the thrills of accomplishment, the steely ability to make dreams come true no matter the cost. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) Writer-director Keith Behrman avoids most of the cliches of the coming-of-age drama to present Franky's world as a fluid landscape with many sexual possibilities. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 70% Climax (2019) This vision of happiness slaughtered for pain, sorrow and regret makes "Climax" semi-interminable. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A 99% Apollo 11 (2019) A film of many wonders. The real wonder of Miller's work here is his ability to condense and reveal essential steps in an eight-day voyage that remains a pivotal moment in space exploration. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) While the WWE has been making movies for years, only now - thanks to Dwayne Johnson - have they scored a winner with "Fighting with My Family." - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B- 36% Patrick (2019) If Patrick is sweetly predictable with low-key Brit self-effacing humor - that's the whole point. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 43% What Men Want (2019) Taraji P. Henson single-handedly lifts "What Men Want" from its formulaic, predictable plotting to become a comically engaging portrait of a woman who must learn that success in a man's world doesn't bring happiness. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C 43% The Prodigy (2019) A reincarnation-horror movie that's more irritating than scary. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
37% Glass (2019) A masterful storyteller and for two decades a Hollywood hitmaker, M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" (opening Friday) is an audacious, ambitious effort to build on his past successes. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A frenetic adventure that manages to be engaging, confusing, upbeat, funny, smart and sweet. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
A- 35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) An extraordinary mix of technical wizardry and empathetic storytelling. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
C 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) The reteaming of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Holmes & Watson" as that celebrated detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson ignites few chuckles and absolutely no comedic fireworks. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
85% A Simple Favor (2018) In "A Simple Favor," everyone is not exactly who they appear to be. The fun is being part of a game that keeps you guessing until the end. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B 27% Mortal Engines (2018) "Mortal Engines," is so immensely ambitious in its startling size and scale, invention and details, it suggests that in the wake of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" franchises, Jackson can do - and spend - anything he wants. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019