Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
The Aristocrat
Total Reviews:
140

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 140
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) " The only arcs these characters encounter are in their pants." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 19, 2012
4/5 87% ParaNorman (2012) " ...this is truly edgy for children's fare." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 19, 2012
5/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " The Sessions is a magnificent film. This tale of a profoundly disabled man's sexual awaking is not only a genuine crowd pleaser , but it also gives a cinematic voice to the marginalized." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 19, 2012
4/5 85% Easy Money (2012) " This Swedish thriller isn't just a great crime film, it's a great film, period. Based on the novel by Jens Lapidus, Easy Money is positively Dickensian in its themes and scope." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 67% Lawless (2012) " ...[Hillcoat] has an ability to capture violence in a way that breaks through a century of cinematic desensitisation - when someone gets hurt in a John Hillcoat film you feel it." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 15, 2012
5/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " [Director] Cianfrance is not interested in the Hollywood fairytale, he want to show that love can scar." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 5, 2012
4/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) " Like most guy-centric films these days, this film is ragingly homophobic and misogynistic, and you know what? These are some of the best parts. It is a testament to the wit of the writers and the charisma of the cast that we are never turned off." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " The aversion to violent detail makes it appear as though Mills is applying light chiropractic manipulation rather than giving someone an involuntary dirt nap." — The Aristocrat
Posted Oct 2, 2012
2/5 40% Mental (2013) " ...due to a mortifyingly miscalculated lead performance and haphazard writing, Mental is often as funny as a burning orphanage." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 53% The Mechanic (2011) " [Simon West] goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
1/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " Edward is cold and controlling: the archetype of an abusive partner and Jacob just acts like a rapist in training, he keeps trying to kiss Bella against her will." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
2/5 94% Samson and Delilah (2010) " Director Warwick Thornton's artistic choices alienated me as viewer and made me pray for the end." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
2/5 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Everything that made the Terminator films great is absent in this film. The violence, the terror, the basic fear is gone ... In this film, children defeat a terminator." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
4/5 61% The Reader (2008) " The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) " I thought [Robin Hood] was going to be the best film of the year ... [it] never gels. " — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
4/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Let the Right One In eschews all the crap that has plagued vampire films for years. This is a dark, serious and twisted film. " — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
4/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " ... this is [Pixar's] prison film, and they load it with suspense, clever references, invention and action. " — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) " ... it pleases me to report that the new film from Director J.J. Abrams pulled me (a Trek newbie) in like a Romulan tractor beam." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
5/5 51% Observe and Report (2009) " This is one of the best comedies of the decade, and I suggest you check it out immediately - just don't take your grandmother." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
2/5 27% Fast & Furious (2009) " The tagline for this film is: 'New Model, Original Parts'. It should be: 'Are you dumb enough to pay for the same film twice?'" — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3/5 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " I was predisposed to like Iron Man even if it starred David Hasselhoff wrapped in tinfoil ... Is it worth your time? Definitely. Is it the calibre of Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight? Afraid not." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3/5 70% Men in Black III (2012) " The effects and direction make this a pleasant diversion, but with a bunch of clunky one-liners and half-baked scenes this is a film that won't be remembered long." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 71% Margaret (2011) " ... it should be commended for attempting to tackle something as basic - and insurmountable - as a single human emotion." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " Very few films can create a genuine sense of wonder and discovery, and Prometheus manages it for its entire 124 minute running time ... almost entirely a sensory experience." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2/5 81% Beauty (Skoonheid) (2013) " ...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) " It's not satire, it doesn't play on two levels like Starship Troopers, it's just s---... As a piece of miscalculated, American wankery, it is almost unparalleled." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) " While Brave is a mile ahead of other animated features hitting our screens, it does feel like a lesser Pixar work." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " Tom Cruise is monumentally good in this film. If this film was called Stacee Jaxx it might have been my film of the year. " — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Just take my word on it, this film rocks. If you are disillusioned with the state of modern horror (and you should be) this is just the shot in the arm the genre has needed." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " The cast are more likely to attend rehab than the Oscars ... but despite my scathing preconceptions, American Reunion is actually pretty funny." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 53% Safe House (2012) " With a small amount of tweaking, Safe House could have been a knockout thriller. Instead, we have a film that shares the same notions as my school report cards: ' ...has potential, just needs to focus'." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " We all know that Spider-Man 3 sucked, but did it have to come to this? A 'one strike and you're out' policy? I would have taken a Raimi/Maguire Spider-Man 4 over this retread any day." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
1/5 20% That's My Boy (2012) " I waited until 'tight Tuesdaday' to see it. It was the worst $11.50 I've ever spent. I've bought $11.50 mocktails that gave me more of a buzz than this piece of s---." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " With a harder commitment to the macabre, a recast lead and the abolishment of the love triangle, this could have been a minor classic." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 78% Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) " If you are a 'KatyCat'. I imagine you've already got tickets. But if you get dragged along to this you won't find yourself looking for the nearest noose." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 —— A Happy Event " ... it has something that few modern films do: a realistic insight into the female perspective." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 58% Hysteria (2012) " Bizarrely, this film is as about as inoffensive as it gets, despite the fact it contains uncountable scenes of Hugh Dancy wanking off bored housewives..." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2/5 68% Ted (2012) " A film with Ted's ingredients should have you stone-drunk on laughter but this film is the comedic equivalent of pissed-in light beer: its 2.5% funny." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 88% Not Suitable for Children (2013) " A film with great characters, laughs and earned emotion, Not Suitable isn't a revolutionary film, but it does what most of its romantic ilk doesn't: it actually works." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 100% The King Is Dead " If this film had a more propulsive plot, veered into Straw Dogs territory and retained its dark laughs, I imagine we would be talking about an Australian classic." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " ... if Gotham falls, so does Bruce Wayne. Rarely, in film, have we understood and sympathised with a hero's mission as much as Bruce's." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " I never imagined that I would see The Full Monty re-envisioned by the Oscar winning director of Erin Brokovich and Traffic. But yup, here you have it: Steven Soderberg has created his stripping opus." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
1/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " A rancid hot pot of over-caffeinated action, choppy editing, self-importance and retarded scripting, Lincoln is the worst blockbuster in recent memory..." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 88% In Darkness (2012) " In Darkness is an emotionally tough, well made film that shows that, despite their inherent familiarity, there are still plenty of great stories to emerge from mankind's darkest hour." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 93% Looper (2012) " Looper isn't just the smartest, most ambitious film I've seen in 2012, it's something more: it's one of my favourite films of all time." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 64% Headshot (2012) " This Thai crime thriller has some novel ideas and is strikingly shot, but a jumbled, overreaching narrative robs it of cohesion." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 90% Bernie (2012) " ... Bernie is an unusual film with charm to spare, but it also happens to be laugh out loud funny, enthralling, profoundly sad and ultimately one of the year's best films." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " For better or worse - often both - Cosmopolis is a quintessential David Cronenberg film. Cosmopolis is simultaneously fascinating and impenetrable, profound and absurd, labyrinthine yet intimate." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " This hugely enjoyable comedy shows that you don't need massive budgets or stars for success: likeable characters and smart ideas are more than enough." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 —— Beyond (Svinal√§ngorna) (2010) " First time director Pernilla August takes a powerful, universal theme - alcoholism - and lets it be the catalyst for the drama; this is unsentimental and devastating work." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " By the time you realise how invested you are in this tale it is too late: Monsieur Lazhar has you. I consider myself a cinematic Chuck Norris, but this film had me blubbering like a baby." — The Aristocrat
Posted Sep 27, 2012
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