Phoebe Flowers

Phoebe Flowers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Miami Herald , South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
432

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 70% Bart Got a Room (2009) " ...A movie that has consistently entertained audiences on the festival circuit since its premiere at Tribeca in April." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 1, 2008
2/4 72% Golden Door (2007) " There's a big difference between slowly unfurling a difficult story so that it rewards a patient audience, and simply teasing viewers nearly to the point of torture. The Golden Door [skirts] dangerously close to the torturous." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 21, 2007
2/4 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " Shrek the Third has a maddeningly plodding pace. It's less a movie than a shiny magnet installed in theaters to take your money." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 17, 2007
3/4 89% Waitress (2007) " Waitress shows Shelly, just 40 when she was killed, to be a filmmaker of poise and promise. It's tragic that promise was never realized beyond this sweet, if slight, project -- but still a decent tribute to Shelly's multifaceted abilities." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 10, 2007
3/4 94% Away from Her (2007) " Heartrending, elegant and restrained, Away From Her is a wonderful showcase for not just Christie and the rest of its powerful cast, but for Polley's multidimensional skills." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 10, 2007
3/4 17% Georgia Rule (2007) " A far better, more absorbing melodrama than its titular conceit would have you expect." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 10, 2007
1/4 19% The Ex (2007) " The Ex, directed with a breathtaking lack of instinct by Jesse Peretz, is always at least a half-beat off." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 10, 2007
2/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " Many things happen in 28 Weeks Later, but you watch all of them with a sense of detachment. There is idle curiosity about who will be killed next, and how, but no real investment in their fates." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 10, 2007
0/4 —— Gringo Wedding " There are a lot of offensive things about Gringo Wedding, an ostensible romantic comedy partially made in South Florida. It's racist, sexist and homophobic. But perhaps most galling is how stupid it is." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 29% Lucky You (2007) " By all rights, this should be terrible -- but it's not. It's simply mediocre." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2007
3.5/4 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " The best installment of the saga yet, in large part because its villains are so much more compelling than those past." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2007
3/4 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " When it comes to a movie as consistently hilarious as Hot Fuzz, it's better to have too much of a good thing than too little." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 19, 2007
3/4 72% Fracture (2007) " It's been quite a few years since we've had an intelligent, engaging legal thriller. Into the void slips Fracture, which fits the bill thanks to a polished script, great stars and a director perfectly suited for this territory." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 19, 2007
2.5/4 68% Disturbia (2007) " Not high art, but it serves its purpose." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 12, 2007
1/4 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) " Perfect Stranger is Halle Berry's latest descent into career purgatory." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3/4 85% The Hoax (2007) " Twisty, quite fun and generally bereft of sentimentality. It is, in short, just about the last movie you'd expect Lasse Hallström to make." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 5, 2007
3.5/4 83% Grindhouse (2007) " Further proof that every movie is better when it has zombies in it, Planet Terror also demonstrates that every movie is better when it features a retired stripper/aspiring stand-up comedian with a machine gun in place of her freshly amputated leg." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 5, 2007
3/4 48% Shooter (2007) " Shooter is a well-timed reminder that cinematic violence can qualify as something other than mindless -- it can even, in deft hands, be mindful." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2.5/4 45% Pride (2007) " Pride is so unapologetically earnest in its inspirational values, you either want to love it or kill it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2/4 19% I Think I Love My Wife (2007) " There are just enough great lines to keep this uneven comedy from devolving into a complete mess, but it never coalesces into anything of substance or real quality." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 15, 2007
2/4 8% Premonition (2007) " The movie does deserve credit for sticking to an ending no one at the studio could have wanted. We would, however, like to premonish that the conclusion is equally unlikely to satisfy the audience." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 15, 2007
3.5/4 33% Breaking and Entering (2007) " Deserves to be celebrated as a work that comes closer than any other to achieving what the filmmaker does best: Reminding us that no matter what is happening on a larger scale, we are defined by our interpersonal relationships." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 9, 2007
1.5/4 60% 300 (2007) " The hilariously bombastic story about the ancient Battle of Thermopylae is very much like spending two hours watching someone play a video game." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 8, 2007
.5/4 6% Full of It (2007) " Somehow Full of It got made and got distributed, despite its nearly fanatical lack of wit or originality." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2/4 66% Black Snake Moan (2007) " Writer-director Craig Brewer does several things very right in his follow-up to the overrated Hustle & Flow (which also boasted a dubious grasp of gender relations). But subtlety is not one of them, and neither is a lack of raging misogyny." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 1, 2007
3/4 89% Zodiac (2007) " Although Zodiac is not what most people want or expect, it is a fairly fantastic work of slow-burning eeriness." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 1, 2007
3/4 35% Reno 911!: Miami (2007) " By all rights, such a slapdash formula shouldn't work. And yet, this is a movie that gives fans of the show pretty much everything they could want." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/4 84% Breach (2007) " A quietly fascinating and intelligent story about betrayal." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 15, 2007
1/4 62% Music and Lyrics (2007) " Music and Lyrics can't even pull off the simple task of casting two actors who share a slight whiff of chemistry." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 14, 2007
1.5/4 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) " How far the bite-y have fallen." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 8, 2007
1/4 5% Because I Said So (2007) " The brain recoils at even having to recount the ill-conceived plot." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 1, 2007
2.5/4 21% Catch and Release (2007) " It's passable entertainment that you don't have to feel totally guilty about enjoying. In late January, we'll take it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2.5/4 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) " Eastwood's ambition to give voice to the people who, in Flags, were a mostly faceless enemy is laudable, but the execution finds the director not striving for much originality." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 18, 2007
3/4 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Pan's Labyrinth, with its unblinking sense of the baroque, may be a tough sell for anyone generally not interested in fantasy. But the film is one of the most original and spectacular of the year." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 11, 2007
2/4 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) " Even though Stomp the Yard is, at heart, kind of undeniably silly (the rival frats are rather Sharks-Jets), it's an irresistible brand of silliness." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 11, 2007
.5/4 58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) " It's rare to encounter a movie as aggressive in its ridiculousness as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. So, credit where credit is due: This is an extremely ambitious terrible film." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 4, 2007
3.5/4 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " This is the kind of film so joyful you can imagine watching it again and again. Anytime you come away from such ultimately dark subject matter suffused with happy appreciation, you know you've stumbled on something special." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 4, 2007
2/4 93% Children of Men (2006) " The story, despite its nominally fascinating nature, never barrels forth the way it needs to. It plods. How a director as versatile and inventive as Cuarón managed that is a mystery greater than any found in the film." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 4, 2007
2/4 78% Dreamgirls (2006) " What [director] Condon cannot do is instill in Dreamgirls any beguiling qualities, any magic that would make even those resistant to musicals fall under its spell." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 28, 2006
74% The Painted Veil (2006) " There is not an actor in The Painted Veil who is anything less than supremely talented. But despite having a razor-sharp script from which to work, [director John] Curran can't quite get a single character to come fully alive." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 28, 2006
3.5/4 92% Volver (2006) " Volver is a rapturous, freewheeling valentine to the [female] gender as a whole, and as luxuriously voluptuous as the women who populate it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
1.5/4 54% The Good Shepherd (2006) " Many things happen in The Good Shepherd, but very few of them are especially interesting or, more to the point, memorable." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
3/4 49% We Are Marshall (2006) " It's not that We Are Marshall does anything groundbreaking -- and that dependability is part of its appeal. It's an undeniably compelling story, and maybe it would make you cry just as hard even if it weren't gracefully told." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
76% Rocky Balboa (2006) " Rocky Balboa works as a decent nostalgia piece and sports drama." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 20, 2006
3.5/4 47% The Holiday (2006) " Heart ... puddle ... on floor." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2.5/4 31% Unaccompanied Minors (2006) " A ragged but extremely amiable family comedy." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 7, 2006
3.5/4 66% Apocalypto (2006) " You could dog-ear the pages of every thesaurus imaginable, though, and still not be able to capture the visceral power that Gibson presents. You just have to see it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 7, 2006
1.5/4 17% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) " It would be one thing if Turistas were simply bad -- the real sin is that it's unimaginatively bad." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 30, 2006
1/4 38% The Nativity Story (2006) " Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been three weeks since I saw The Nativity Story, and I still think it is so far from divine as to in fact be abominably bad." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 30, 2006
2.5/4 46% Bobby (2006) " Estevez has crafted an indelible portrait of a great man who, to many of us, is never thought of as anything but the brother of another dead Kennedy." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 21, 2006
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