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Criticker Zealot - 5182 Film Ratings

Member Since: Oct 21, 2010

Location: Australia

Age: 38

Bio: "The complete filmgoer is open to the movie on the screen, and asks it to work in its own ways for its own purposes. He does not fault one for not being the other, but is grateful for both if they are successful." - Roger Ebert, Review of "Keane" (2004)
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74 40% Ben X (2007) - Jan 13, 2021
80 56% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) - Jan 12, 2021
"Deeply felt and emotional documentary is a little too skimpy condensed to a 90 minute running time - one can see the 3 distinct 30 minute "acts", but the mid-section covering Milk's political career feels rushed and inconclusive (I wanted more of his debates with the likes of the odious Senator Briggs). Third section making some (no doubt reasonable) claims as to how homophobia impacted the White verdict are slightly frustrating, lacking the time to really tease them out."
78 49% Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008) - Jan 12, 2021
"Utterly charming comedy gets much of its mileage from spirited performances from its cast, whose sense of comic timing and expression smooth over some of the dialect-based humour which doesn't quite land when translated for an English speaker. Predictable and overly familiar sitcom-ish plotting (this feels like an extended episode of the British DOC MARTIN at times) is a small price to pay for such a delightful treat."
68 27% Dr. Dolittle (1998) - Jan 11, 2021
"Feels like an attempt to cash in on the success of BABE, combined with Murphy finding a new niche as a family entertainer (in this context, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is really the true "bridging" film of Murphy's progression). Features the same degree of agressive scatological humour of PROFESSOR, which if you are attuned to it is quite amusing; a distinguished voice cast (and some live-action before-they-were-famous appearances) help this go down easier than it probably deserves to."
36 4% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) - Jan 10, 2021
"While not an unmitigated disaster, this may be one of the most singularly peculiar movies ever made - effort to appeal to GOLDEN GIRLS fans cross matched with Stallone's action base satisfies neither crowd, though the fault doesn't lie with Stallone or Getty who try their best - it's the screenplay which doesn't make Getty's character (or other people's reactions to her) remotely plausible, even in a comic sense - would cops really hand over the bullhorn to a random lady during a jumper attempt?"
83 62% Stargate (1994) - Jan 10, 2021
"Wonderfully entertaining bit of sci-fi/action nonsense courtesy of peak Emmerich does a kind of DANCES WITH WOLVES in Egypt, with Spader and Russell having fun trying to out-muscle each other. While it perhaps never surpasses the Shatner STAR TREK efforts (which it clearly tries to emulate), this is still good, light hearted and silly fun."
73 38% Dead Alive (1992) - Jan 10, 2021
"Wildly, grotesquely ugly forerunner to Edgar Wright is a triumph in pushing the "gross-meter" to 11 and beyond, but semi-wastes its creative visuals on a frantic and incoherent screenplay, turning the film into an exhausting parade of vaudevillian routines and negating any story thrust. The grotesque designs (and Jackson's gleefully demented sense of humor) do make this well-worth seeing, especially if you can handle full-blooded cringe-horror."
68 27% The Chase (1994) - Jan 10, 2021
"Entertaining spin in the "single-set" B-movie would have been much more satisfying had it truly restricted itself to a two-hander between Sheen and Swanson (both making their unlikable characters endearing); instead its Altmanesque attempt to study various elements and people in the "community" that springs up around the chase feel slapdash, rushed and unfocused. Attempt at satirising sensation hungry journalism unfortunately feels dated and toothless in 2021!"
84 66% Mona Lisa Smile (2003) - Jan 09, 2021
"Expertly judged performances by a terrific cast help paper over the familiar outlines of the screenplay (a variation on DANGEROUS MINDS etc. in period garb); film works best in the first half touching on academic debate over the nature of "art" and the well-developed rivalry between Dunst and Roberts; Roberts has rarely delivered a more subtle and underplayed performance. The final act dealing with romantic entanglements is a little perfunctory, causing the film to lose some if its momentum."
76 44% Space Jam (1996) - Jan 08, 2021