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Richard Kuipers

Richard Kuipers
Richard Kuipers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% My Spy (2020) Segal... generates an amiable atmosphere in domestic scenes and gets solid performances from a cast that's given some good and some not-so-good material to work with.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
No Score Yet Somewhere Winter (2019) Packed with high emotion without ever getting too schmaltzy or overheated, these episodes chart the giddy highs and agonizing lows of lovers pulled apart by circumstances... and the cruel interference of others.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
86% Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019) Private grief and public mourning are examined in "Birthday," a deeply moving drama about a fractured family attempting to get on with life following the death of their son in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
75% The Captain (2019) Though riddled with wobbly dialogue and wafer-thin characters, this patriotic thriller is easy enough to enjoy if you don't look too closely.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Slam (2018) For all its social and political subtext, "Slam" always stays firmly on track as a propulsive and engrossing thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% Send Me to the Clouds (2019) Teng's fine-tuned direction and Yao's spot-on performance combine impressively to maintain Sheng Nan's dignity and deepen viewers' sympathy even as she stumbles, blunders and suffers embarrassment in her pursuit of satisfaction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Dying to Survive (2019) Though it could have done with tighter editing in several scenes that linger too long after getting their messages across, "Survive" earns the tears many viewers will have shed...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
94% Kingdom (2019) "Kingdom" bounces along with high energy and nice sprinklings of dry humor for the vast majority of its lengthy running time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) For all its shortcomings, "Drug Lords" is never less than propulsive and entertaining for viewers seeking frequent and stylishly executed thrills.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet The 12th Suspect (2019) Much like the methodology of its protagonist, "The 12th Suspect" lulls viewers into a sense of calm and order before going for the jugular.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
68% White Snake (2019) First-time feature writer Da Mao and debuting feature co-directors Zhao Ji and Amp Wong strike a pleasing balance between thunderous action scenes and appealing romance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Assassination of G (G Affairs) (G saat) (2019) [A] striking, metaphor-heavy excursion into corruption and moral decay in contemporary Hong Kong.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
63% The Furies (2019) The Furies" marks a solid feature debut for Aussie writer-director Tony D'Aquino.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
75% Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) For shootouts, explosions and tough talk, "Wild Bunch" has plenty to please action fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet Savage (Xue bao) (2019) This no-nonsense affair about a dogged detective squaring off with a trio of vicious crooks packs plenty of excitement and visual splendor into a familiar scenario, and is well performed by a top-notch cast...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Despite his skimpily defined character, Zhang hits the mark as a likable guy who's trying to put violence behind him and lay inner demons to rest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Red Phallus (2018) Gyeltshen's noteworthy feature debut is marked by pungent criticism of stifling social norms and psychological violence that's rarely found in cinema from The Happy Kingdom.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
No Score Yet A First Farewell (2018) Beautifully photographed and performed by amazingly talented non-professional child actors, Wang's film is an emotionally rewarding glimpse into challenges faced by this Muslim minority.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
71% The Wandering Earth (2019) Proves that when it comes to watching special-effects extravaganzas in which stock characters scramble to intervene while the planet faces obliteration, it's a small world after all.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Aruna & Her Palate (Aruna & Lidahnya) (2018) "Aruna" manages to overcome its sometimes awkward ingredients thanks to crisp direction and appealing performances from a top-notch cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
69% Storm Boy (2019) Themes of loss, grief and separation are pitched at just the right level to resonate with children and adults alike.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Poet (2018) An affecting and magnificently photographed love story set in a Chinese mining town during the massive economic reforms of the 1980s and '90s, "The Poet" is the best film yet by Shanghai born writer-director Liu Hao.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
40% Three Husbands (2018) Though primarily concerned with pushing things to the limit, the screenplay by Chan and Lam Kee-to is not without moments of poignancy and poetry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
100% Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Intelligently written, well performed and emotionally rewarding...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
No Score Yet Long Time No Sea (2018) Tsui's screenplay balances gentle humor and non-melodramatic heartache wonderfully well en route to a climax on the big stage at Kaohsiung.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
38% Days of Thunder (1990) The only historically noteworthy thing about this big, dumb testosterone fantasy is the first screen teaming of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.‐ Urban Cinefile
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Clean Up (2018) "Clean Up" potently examines feelings of grief, guilt, and redemption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Rona, Azim's Mother (Rona, madar-e Azim) (2018) An illuminating picture of family tensions and bureaucratic frustrations that arise in a community trapped in a seemingly never-ending state of limbo.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
88% Ladies in Black (2018) "Ladies" is let down by a screenplay lacking the sharp wit and emotional depth to bring its characters and themes fully to life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Manta Ray (2018) This superficially simple tale of identity, displacement and friendship is wrapped in layers of symbolism that will likely be pleasurably hypnotic for many viewers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
100% The Island (2018) An entertaining if overlong dramedy about company workers splitting into rival factions after being shipwrecked on a desert island.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
83% Ghost Walk (2018) Yu gets a bit tangled up with plot mechanics toward the end but succeeds in painting a lyrical picture of loneliness and isolation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna" registers as more than just a throwaway novelty item thanks to simple yet highly effective emotional underpinnings.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
83% BuyBust (2018) A superbly executed action film about drug squad members fighting for their lives in a maze-like Manila slum that resembles nothing less than hell on earth.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
83% Believer (2018) Johnnie To's gritty mainland crime epic "Drug War" (2012) is given a slick and mostly effective South Korean re-tooling in "Believer."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Opens with an unbroken 37-minute shot of monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning into a funny satire of low-budget genre filmmaking - and eventually becoming a charming family comedy-drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
78% Kangaroo (2018) Has the potential to help bring kangaroo welfare and management into much sharper focus in Australia and internationally.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
77% Swinging Safari (2019) As he did so winningly in "Priscilla" and 1997's unfairly overlooked outback comedy "Welcome to Woop Woop," Elliott celebrates Australian identity with genuine love while simultaneously roasting it over the coals of no-holds-barred satire and parody.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Passage of Life (2017) There's barely a false note in "Passage of Life," an outstanding social realist drama about a Burmese refugee family facing an uncertain future in Tokyo.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
100% Old Beast (2017) Social realism is delivered with an impressively tough edge in "Old Beast," a compelling portrait of a selfish father whose reprehensible behavior drives his adult children to take drastic action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
100% The Looming Storm (2017) This moody item is an engrossing character study with potent commentary on the monumental social and economic changes in recent Chinese history, but it's less successful in bringing its mystery elements to a satisfying conclusion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet The Lowlife (Saitei.) (2017) Anchored firmly in the emotional struggles and family relationships of its fascinating characters, this gritty slice of documentary-like drama neither condemns nor condones the porn industry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Portrait (2017) Clearly made with the utmost love and care, "The Portrait" is beautifully decorated and top-notch in every technical detail.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Someone From Nowhere (2017) A gripping existential psychodrama by multitalented Thai filmmaker Prabda Yoon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Sveta (2017) With her striking face and a death stare of almost other-worldly intensity, Sveta's virtually impossible not to watch, no matter how appalling her actions become.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
28% Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) (2017) Following [a] spirited set-up, the story never gains much propulsion or emotional weight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
86% Human Traces (2017) First-time feature writer-director Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
85% West of Sunshine (2017) Fatherhood gets an incisive examination in "West of Sunshine," the short, sharp and rewarding feature debut of Australian writer-director Jason Raftopoulos.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet Birdshot (2016) A gripping combination of police procedural and coming-of-age drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
80% Tokyo Ghoul (Tôkyô gûru) (2017) Stylishly decorated and generating all-important sympathy for a character living precariously in two worlds, director Kentaro Hagiwara's feature debut gets the drama right but is let down by visual effects that are sometimes unconvincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017