Stephen Romei

Stephen Romei
Stephen Romei's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Australian

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It may seem unfair to compare the two movies, yet this sequel, with its deliberate nods to the original, is made to encourage just that. I think it's what the filmmakers expect us to do. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) For my money, this is a laugh-out-loud movie ideal for a relaxing Friday night.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 64% Aquaman (2018) What follows is a straightforward superhero adventure - but it is all heightened by a couple of standout factors.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee is the sort of Transformers movie I want to watch. It surprised me in a decidedly non-automated way.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This juxtaposition of old-fashioned graphics and modern CGI effects is quite effective in bringing together the almost-real and the animated.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This movie, the directorial debut of rapper and activist Boots Riley, explores the racial, class and financial gulfs of human society. It does so in a way that is bizarrely funny and awkwardly confronting.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is a full-powered, thought-provoking drama. It does become melodramatic at times but that, too, could be an accurate representation of the future.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 40% Second Act (2018) These three stories are easy to connect and perhaps that's part of the problem. It's not that the movie doesn't make sense; it's that it becomes too obvious.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The School (2018) It may be low on budget but it's high on ideas. It's another welcome reminder that, when it comes to making scary Australian movies, it's not mandatory to include men with thick sideburns doing away with backpackers.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) I don't think I have sat before a boxing film where the punches felt harder, even 10 rows back from the screen. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Cumberbatch... does not let us down.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) In the end, this is an overacted, over-styled comedy, and therefore quite enjoyable. The action scenes are spectacular...‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This movie is structured to within an inch of its life. Everything that happens is predictable and, when it does finally happen, feels laboured. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There are too many characters and they are not securely linked to each other.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) There's a rising star Wildlife.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) I can't remember the last time I have been so gripped by an actor's performance, from the first frame to the last.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) Now, with the 11th movie in the franchise, we have something a little daring.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The performances are all top-notch, especially from Erivo and Bridges. And Pullman's gradual emergence as someone who is more than a motel clerk is an eye-opener.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
56% In Like Flynn (2019) This is an ambitious film from an important director that, like its subject, is far from perfect. But it deserves credit for just being there.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 79% Alpha (2018) Parental difference of opinion is put to the test throughout. And there's a significant twist at the end that takes this 20,000-year-old story smack into the #MeToo moment.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 28% Venom (2018) The movie becomes about Eddie and Venom coming to an arrangement. There is a lot of humour, including a sly riff on the Batman movies from Marvel rival DC Comics.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
35% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) This movie is a bit like an old dressing gown, or smoking jacket to honour the genre. The more I settled into it, the more I appreciated its old-fashioned comforts.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) A charming imagining of the adult life of the boy from the Hundred Acre Wood.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Blanchett is good to watch as the dignified witch.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 99% McQueen (2018) This is a visually powerful, emotionally draining documentary.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The biggest favours come from the stars, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, who deliver two of the best lead actress performances I've seen in a while.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) Because this is a movie about a rock star, not a book, we need a performance. Well, every song Barnes does for this film is worth the price of entry. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 89% Wayne (2018) I'm not into motorbikes, yet this documentary revved along in my mind in the days after I saw it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is a glossy, energetic romance-drama-comedy that continues the process of putting Asia in a new light.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Flip Side (2018) [It] some good ideas but falls short of pulling them together.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) You get the intimidating impression Roland, who served in Iraq, knows what he's writing about.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A funny, intelligent, self-aware action-comedy that also touches, lightly but intelligently, on the conversation of the moment: the need to give women the credit they are due. I hope there is a sequel.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) What McQuarrie and Cruise do well, with minimal dialogue needed, is make it clear that IMF agent Ethan Hunt has become more vulnerable.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
1.5/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I suppose one of its themes is that we all get older. That's true enough, but I don't need to be alerted to it by the SOS of Brosnan speaking through a song and walking through a dance.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 88% Whitney (2018) The Whitney Houston that Macdonald presents is a musician, an actress, a bullied child, a woman, an African-American, a daughter, a mother, a wife, and an addict. It's a sad song.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) ...clunky script, pedestrian dialogue and plotline overreach. I'm a fan of Johnson's, but this movie doesn't quite rise to his talents.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This is a thought-provoking thriller.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is an intelligent, funny, fast-paced Marvel movie, ideal for school-holiday viewing.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) This third movie perhaps does not zing quite as much as its predecessors but it's still a lot of fun for young and old.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The Incredibles 2, like the original, is a first-rate animated movie.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) There are lots of comic moments at this dog show. Part of the humour is the precise reflection of canine behaviour.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The missing part, though, is Emily Blunt as the by-the-book FBI agent roped into working with the black ops. Her presence invested the original with a psychological depth its successor lacks.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) As it happens, the best performances in this movie come from the most serious fakes, the animatronic and CGI dinos. It is in them that we have emotional investment. ‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/5 64% Ideal Home (2018) Coogan and Rudd are believable as a gay couple... It's the relationship between the two men that taps some emotional depths.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) This movie doesn't have the non-stop pace or the irrepressible wit of its predecessors but it's a fun two hours. There are laugh-out-loud moments and clever plot twists.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/5 41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) The other highlights come from France and, of all places, Ballarat. The first is the sumptuous cinematography by Pierre Cottereau. The best scene shows Gauguin riding alone in the lush landscape.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 57% LBJ (2017) While the shooting of JFK is the dark shadow of this movie, what unfolds on screen is less about the 35th president than the man who replaced him.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) I loved this movie, I think it's funnier and more intelligent than its predecessor, but I know it's not for everyone.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) This is a solid addition to the Star Wars series, with enough action to keep younger viewers in their seats. It doesn't add a lot to the story, but neither does it diminish it.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 88% Midnight Oil 1984 (2018) An Australian music documentary that deserves a place on the world stage.‐ The Australian
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018