Adam Markovitz

Adam Markovitz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Entertainment Weekly
Total Reviews:
75

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C 51% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " There's no antagonist, no resolution, and no real climax - just a series of mildly charming scenes in which Colton shares heavenly knowledge while his family reacts with awestruck tears." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2014
B+ 89% Bears (2014) " If the sight of bear cubs prancing through wildflowers doesn't make you smile, then you probably won't like the new Disneynature documentary Bears. You also probably aren't human." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 17, 2014
C+ 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The movie's ideas about relationships would've felt middle-of-the-road in the '80s, and its big epiphany moments (Guys can fall in love, too!) are shallow enough to make you long for the comparatively profound rom-com oeuvre of Kate Hudson." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2014
C+ 57% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) " When the movie occasionally does confront its hero's foibles, its answers are disappointingly pat." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 30, 2013
B- 46% The Book Thief (2013) " It would make for a pretty ghastly pageant if not for smart, understated turns by Watson and Geoffrey Rush." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 7, 2013
A- 97% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " [A] lean and deeply unsettling archival-footage documentary." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 4, 2013
B 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2013
D- 2% Getaway (2013) " Getaway has some of the crass trappings of a charmingly crass, go-for-broke action pic like the delightful Crank. But it's too dumb - and far too cynical about what audiences want - to even know how to have fun with them." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 30, 2013
C 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " Mostly, it plays like a overlong prologue for the already-in-the-works PA5. Here's hoping this is just the tension-racking lull before the next big scream." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2012
C+ 90% Bernie (2012) " All those twangy, homespun observations interrupt and annotate the narrative until Black and MacLaine's scenes start to feel as trivial as reenactments on a true-crime TV show." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2012
B+ 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " Even when the whimsy in The Pirates! Band of Misfits's history-be-damned story (which also ropes in Charles Darwin) feels a bit forced, the magic of the medium never does." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2012
B 74% Chimpanzee (2012) " Chimpanzee gives us a fully smoothed-out story -- about an orphan ape named Oscar -- populated with chimps so cute and Disney-fied that you half expect them to break out in an Alan Menken song." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 13, 2012
D+ 18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) " Like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 17, 2012
C- 12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) " Good news: The shrill CG rodents, who last infested theaters in 2009's Squeakquel, are stranded on a jungle island with little hope of survival. Bad news: They've brought us along." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 15, 2011
75% Design for Living (1933) Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 10, 2011
B 35% Immortals (2011) " Without any narrative heft, these sights don't last in the mind much longer than they linger on screen. And yet they thrill in short-lived bursts that Singh doles out carefully, keeping pace with the audience's appetite." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 18, 2011
C- 55% Flipped (2010) Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 18, 2011
D 17% Shark Night 3D (2011) " A ho-hum series of kills and lulls so predictable that it doesn't even look like much fun for the sharks; when they open wide, they might as well be yawning." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 2, 2011
B 61% Jig (2011) " Uncovers the sweat and toil behind all the sparkly outfits and clickety-clack footwork." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 22, 2011
D 0% Love Wedding Marriage (2011) " Though it doesn't work as entertainment, this numbingly chipper rom-com (directed by Dermot Mulroney) might be of historical value someday as an A-to-Z guide to the genre's most overworked clichés." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 27, 2011
C- 16% Priest (2011) " Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western clichés is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully loony premise." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 13, 2011
C- 8% Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011) " Never mind that Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is loosely based on an Italian comic series from the 1980s; this low-rent adaptation owes an embarrassingly big blood debt to HBO's True Blood." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 29, 2011
D- 21% Beastly (2011) " Stunningly bad." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 5, 2011
D+ 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) " Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow. It's understandable: Clowning around underneath that fat suit must be exhausting. Almost as much as watching it." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 18, 2011
B 30% Sanctum (2011) " A lean, clear-headed 3-D thriller that knows exactly where it's headed from the moment its adrenaline junkie explorers dive into the world's biggest cave in Papua New Guinea." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 3, 2011
D 6% Waiting for Forever (2011) " An indistinct romantic-dramedy-ish something or other." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 27, 2011
C+ 84% The Time That Remains (2011) " Suleiman's obvious gift for cinema makes you wish that in connecting so personally with his past, he'd occasionally reach out to the audience, too." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2011
B- —— Merlin: Season 3 (TV, 2011) " The series' tone has gotten a little grim over time, but there's still sudsy fun in its Xena-style fantasy mayhem and the leads' high-camp banter. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 15, 2011
B- 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 15, 2010
D+ 29% The Warrior's Way (2010) " There isn't a shred of subtlety in their clowning -- or in any part of the movie, which clumsily shoots for operatic highs and lows. But with so many borrowed bits and pieces, the only feeling it successfully evokes is déjà vu." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2010
D 43% Faster (2010) " Faster ... leaves it to Johnson -- as deadly focused as a gunsight -- to make it all believable. The problem is, he can't.." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 24, 2010
B- 81% Today's Special (2010) " The cooking scenes are fun, but Samir's reawakening and romance with a co-worker hold about as many surprises as a prix fixe meal." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2010
C+ 15% Skyline (2010) " The Strauses used their tech savvy to make a marvel of logistics that looks every bit as slick as a studio tentpole. It's just a shame they haven't figured out a way to CG a decent story. Yet." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 12, 2010
D- 9% My Soul to Take (2010) " Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soulless teen slasher." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 8, 2010
C+ 52% Devil (2010) " A pocket-size supernatural thriller that plays a bit like Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians retold by an unstable Sunday School teacher." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 17, 2010
C 16% Alpha and Omega (2010) " Underwhelming in the style of most off-brand CG, Alpha and Omega is livened by pretty Rocky Mountain backdrops and leadened by stock characters and the wolves' weirdly prissy behavior." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 15, 2010
C- 17% Legendary (2010) " A well-meaning dud that'll put you out faster than a sleeper hold." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 8, 2010
C- 28% Takers (2010) " At least they do look sharp in those suits." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2010
C- 5% Vampires Suck (2010) " The Twilight Saga, with its operatic gloom and straight-faced fantasy, is undoubtedly ripe for a smart, good-natured ribbing. This isn't it." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 19, 2010
D 14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) " No movie -- whether aimed at adults or kids or canines themselves -- has the right to be as tiresome and unoriginal as this action-comedy mutt." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2010
D- 6% Standing Ovation (2010) " For us grinchy adults out there without children to sedate, the whole thing feels slightly less like a movie than like the filmed record of a mutiny at a juvie talent agency." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 19, 2010
C- 9% Marmaduke (2010) " If the phrase ''From the producer of Garfield'' doesn't scare you off, then step right up." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 4, 2010
C 33% The Good Guy (2009) " The Good Guy has a few half-cute moments, some chuckles, and enough pretty faces to cast at least two TV pilots. What it doesn't have is a clue." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 3, 2010
C+ 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " Has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2010
D+ 16% When in Rome (2010) " We get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 29, 2010
F 0% Transylmania (2009) " A no-stars, no-plot, no-point vampire spoof about a group of coeds studying abroad in a haunted castle, Transylmania boasts the kind of acting and direction usually relegated to the adult section of your local video store." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 4, 2009
B 21% Planet 51 (2009) " Delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story -- a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of just-like-us-only-green creatures -- and clever characters..." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 18, 2009
D 23% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) " Earns points only for being remarkably unself-conscious about its across-the-board ineptitude." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 4, 2009
D+ 29% Free Style (2009) " The plot of Free Style, lifted wholesale from any number of kid-with-a-dream movies, unfolds just the way you think it will... until the climax turns out to be even cheesier than you feared." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 7, 2009
C+ 20% H2: Halloween II (2009) " Most of its 101 minutes are filled with routine slasher scenes and flecks of pop-Freudian hokum about why the infamous Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is such a murderously unhappy guy." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2009
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