Adam Lippe

Adam Lippe

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications: , Regrettable Sincerity
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Online Film Critics Society
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Showing 51 - 100 of 173
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " The last 1/2 hour of First Class, after 100 minutes of hyperventilating cross-cutting and "meanwhile back at..." scenes, is where the film excels. " —
Posted Jun 3, 2011
—— I Come With The Rain (2009) " It's certainly odd to suddenly be distracted first by what looks like one character's glass eye, and then notice the waterfall behind him, and then recognize that he appears to be floating, but that's really just our imagination. Maybe. " —
Posted May 28, 2011
100% Barbarosa (1982) " Schepisi doesn't have time to show off; Despite the opportunity for some beautiful widescreen vistas, he doesn't use them as a crutch or a cheap conduit for a scene transition without a proper segue. [Well, other than Busey's unbelievably toothy grin.]" —
Posted May 28, 2011
—— Encounter at Raven's Gate " De Heer manages to sneak in some rather audacious visual tricks that often highlight his obsessions with the evils of industrialization. " —
Posted May 18, 2011
—— The Challenge (Equals) (Sword of the Ninja) (1982) " The knowing feel of the photography is best expressed in an early chase scene where Frankenheimer repeatedly flash cuts to fish heads as Glenn grimaces as he runs. It's grimy, off-putting, and just right for the moment. " —
Posted May 18, 2011
91% I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana) (2006) " Park's casting of Korean pop star Rain is as subversive as if he had cast a Beatles-era Paul McCartney as a serial killer in a slasher movie, but still instructed him to underplay his charms. " —
Posted May 2, 2011
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) " Director John Huston is very careful not to share any beauty with us, there's one stunning shot of swirling dust, accentuated by the golden hue, but it's far off in the distance. If the characters can't have pleasure, neither should we." —
Posted May 1, 2011
80% El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast) (1999) " The film is aware that the plot points are absurd, and de la Iglesia visually tells the story as if it were a mean spirited comic book, but it all plays straight, with no irritating winking. " —
Posted May 1, 2011
58% Scream 4 (2011) " There are so many characters and bit parts, with a mystery bathed in relentless red herrings and half-baked false scares that it turns Scre4m into an episode of Murder, She Wrote outfitted in a push-up bra designed for A cups and a bit too much bronzer. " —
Posted Apr 12, 2011
92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is also cold and clinical, but the emotion tacked on at the end is just that, tacked on. The only lingering thought after seeing it is why you didn't leave the theater at the 80 minute mark." —
Posted Apr 5, 2011
29% What? (Diary of Forbidden Dreams) (1973) " Polanski subjects his frequently nude and always naïve Alice in Wonderland to attempted rapes, dialogue so sexist and misogynistic as to play like parody, and a reliance on that old cliché that women always want sex, you just have to force them into it." —
Posted Mar 17, 2011
70% Limitless (2011) " Is the fact that Cooper becomes a high-yield stock broker who likes to sleep with models supposed to mean that he's misusing his powers, or that screenwriter Leslie Dixon thinks this is the goal of every person on Earth?" —
Posted Mar 16, 2011
—— Dirty Weekend (1993) " When three random thugs decide to rape an old homeless lady, is it a commentary on how relentlessly desperate filmmakers get when making a revenge film and have to continuously produce new foes?" —
Posted Mar 11, 2011
15% Skyline (2010) " Skyline has lots of TV actors going through the motions (Faison, Balfour, Brittany Daniel) and one TV actor (Dexter's David Zayas) giving a performance that's so spectacularly amateurish that it renders moot all of the other major problems the movie has. " —
Posted Mar 9, 2011
35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " Battle: Los Angeles ends up being ugly, bereft of creative kills, not scary, not entertaining, not thrilling, not bad enough to be funny, and not short enough to suffer through. " —
Posted Mar 9, 2011
28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " If there's anything funnier than dorky white guys singing along to gangsta rap, I don't know what it is." —
Posted Mar 4, 2011
39% The Eagle (2011) " From what we see, Tatum's character is stubborn and foolish, and should be killed pretty quickly, and would be, were he not the main character." —
Posted Mar 2, 2011
55% Unknown (2011) " What's so great about the casting of Aidan Quinn is that he's like Neeson's shorter, less charming, less attractive, bitter stand-in. It's like a coup for all those neglected stand-ins who we only see from behind in wigs and oversized clothing." —
Posted Mar 2, 2011
72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Unlike, Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, and other Dick adaptation heroes, Damon has the physique of an everyman; when he runs, and there's a lot of running, it appears he might have at least two extra butt cheeks following him in the HOV lane." —
Posted Mar 2, 2011
34% I Spit On Your Grave (2010) " It's not that they don't deserve punishment, but the scale here is so out-of-whack with what we're shown, with one battered, tiny girl devising and executing tortures that would have required several construction crews and a team of black ops agents. " —
Posted Feb 25, 2011
9% My Soul to Take (2010) " Clunky bird metaphors, blind kids grabbing for dangling ropes, a Horshack-ian best friend with an abusive stepfather, and a story that would be impossible if any of these kids drove a car, sum up most of the more obvious problems with the film." —
Posted Feb 25, 2011
43% Faster (2010) " How do we know that The Driver is a bad mf? Why, the first thing The Driver does once he's beyond the prison doors is to tear up the business card that the warden gave him. What is the essence of a man... who can tear up cardboard with such vigor?" —
Posted Feb 25, 2011
45% Drive Angry (2011) " The most interesting character is the immaculately dressed "Accountant," amusingly deadpanned by William Fichtner, who practically functions as Satan's PR man." —
Posted Feb 25, 2011
53% The Mechanic (2011) " The only hitman movie I've ever seen that has a "taking your puppy to a coffee shop" montage. " —
Posted Jan 27, 2011
67% The Company Men (2011) " Fulfills every stereotype about Hollywood movies; A smarmy, condescending, moral lecture from rich guys with no clue about real poverty. Do I begrudge the characters their financial success? No. But I'm certainly not going to feel bad when it falls apart." —
Posted Jan 19, 2011
96% True Grit (2010) " The sweaty, elongated beards, undernourished horses and alcohol-soaked characters... True Grit made my nostrils flare; it was caked-on perspiration with a very distinct mustiness. Of course, the smell easily could have been the woman sitting next to me. " —
Posted Dec 20, 2010
91% The Fighter (2010) " The musical choices are so on-the-nose as to make you do double takes. How do we know that Micky has his heart back in the fight game and is ready to commit fully? Why, we hear Aerosmith's Back in the Saddle. " —
Posted Dec 18, 2010
32% How Do You Know (2010) " Brooks was more interested in psychobabble mantras, as whole conversations in the movie are made up of such nonsense, to the point where the characters are simply robots who spout therapeutic gibberish. " —
Posted Dec 17, 2010
51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Kosinski was probably so excited about getting the opportunity to attach his name to something he enjoyed as a kid, he forgot that the original film is infantile, a show-off for early CGI, and that trying to take infantilism seriously is a major mistake." —
Posted Dec 17, 2010
64% Jackass 3 (2010) " It's clear from the third film that the real movie star who should emerge from the trilogy is not Johnny Knoxville, but the downright charming Chris Pontius, who is loaded with screen presence." —
Posted Dec 10, 2010
87% Black Swan (2010) " "It's a monumentally obvious and dopey movie," was my first reaction. And then I watched it 2 months later and had a totally different reaction. This review is really two opposing viewpoints from the same person... And a brief on Jackass 3D." —
Posted Dec 10, 2010
86% Unstoppable (2010) " According to the movie, the cause of the train malfunction is either a ghost, or it's the liberal news media, or it's the evil fat people who twiddle their creepy mustaches at every plot turn." —
Posted Nov 10, 2010
50% Bearcity (2010) " With its voyeuristic gawking of faintly explicit sexual acts in a dark club setting, BearCity has more in common with William Friedkin's Cruising (made in 1980) than an upbeat modern film should. " —
Posted Oct 22, 2010
87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Blue Valentine plays with our own expectations and assumptions of stereotypes enough to re-think the film at several different parts, and the movie gets more moving and sad as it reveals its many layers. " —
Posted Oct 15, 2010
97% A Film Unfinished (2010) " The movie feels both ill-advised with its Errol Morris-like recreations of those German filmmakers who were commissioned to make an anti-Semitic "documentary" and absolutely necessary as it examines Hitler's insecurity about his own decisions." —
Posted Oct 15, 2010
93% 127 Hours (2010) " It's a shame Boyle admittedly worried about audience squeamishness, because there's this constant feeling that the movie is about to get much more intense, and it simply never happens. " —
Posted Oct 15, 2010
67% Conviction (2010) " Histrionic, melodramatic, heavy-handed, and with no self-awareness at all... Rockwell's performance seems pretty lazy, throwing in dramatically convenient rage. His scenes appear pre-programmed, he either has to be excited or suicidal." —
Posted Oct 15, 2010
71% Red (2010) " No one gets hurt, okay? See? He's just faking his death. Now let's get you some cocoa and a DVD of Miss Congeniality 2." —
Posted Oct 7, 2010
88% Let Me In (2010) " The camerawork is so integral to the film's success because Owen is experiencing everything for the first time, the sound design is downright Lynchian and his innocence makes it seem like he's not being corrupted, but learning, maturing, and socializing. " —
Posted Oct 1, 2010
22% Case 39 (2010) " If I'm to understand the movie as it is presented, demons do not enjoy passive aggression, it only enrages them further, and to avoid a demon, it's best if you're neither a nice nor smart person, because then the demon has nothing to work with. " —
Posted Sep 30, 2010
96% The Social Network (2010) " Fincher's approach to the socially significant creation that validated the lonely lives of a nation is to shoot it like he made Fight Club, a surreal dream of financial waste and delusion covered in a deep green and brown color scheme. " —
Posted Sep 30, 2010
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) " A Podcast with Amy Ryan, star of Gone Baby Gone and Jack Goes Boating. " —
Posted Sep 28, 2010
81% Catfish (2010) " Does the fact that Nev Schulman, the "hero" of the is-it-real documentary, comes off like a smug, sneering, cruel, elitist, club kid mean that the movie is unwatchable? No, it doesn't, because the subject matter is more interesting than the approach." —
Posted Sep 28, 2010
71% Never Let Me Go (2010) " It's the impending emptiness that is buoyed by Carey Mulligan and her sad smile (think Katie Holmes with something more than an attractive face behind it) and the striking, dark photography that posits the entire film as if it were in mourning." —
Posted Sep 25, 2010
94% The Town (2010) " Affleck maintains a surprising amount of humor in the dialogue and story which helps minimize the feeling of sincere melodrama at the film's center." —
Posted Sep 17, 2010
53% I'm Still Here (2010) " A lot of what makes I'm Still Here funny is that Phoenix wants to appear as an everyman, but we see a pampered, spoiled, arrogant fool who teaches us that the primary responsibility of a handler is to hold your tie while you puke in a toilet." —
Posted Sep 14, 2010
—— Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) " To give you an idea of the innocence of the time period and mindset behind the movie, Bradford performs his solo show to The Village People's Macho Man, and there's not even the hint of a homoerotic tint to it, he even courts Swayze's younger sister." —
Posted Sep 12, 2010
—— Tenure (2009) " A tonally unfocused dead zone of a movie. It's as if director Mike Million only settled on the title of Tenure because he was afraid that "A bunch of scenes that don't go anywhere: The Movie!" wouldn't fit on a marquee." —
Posted Sep 12, 2010
68% Brüno (2009) " The only thing Cohen can do is to throw the character's sexuality in people's faces, but there are several brilliant sequences of baiting and utilizing American gay panic that really hit the satirical button." — Regrettable Sincerity
Posted Sep 12, 2010
63% Howl (2010) " Did Friedman and Epstein not notice that by having Franco reveal the meaning of each word and phrase, they're just as bad as the district attorney who filed the case?" —
Posted Sep 12, 2010
53% Going the Distance (2010) " A podcast with the writer of Going the Distance, Geoff LaTulippe. " — Regrettable Sincerity
Posted Sep 9, 2010
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