Alison Gang

Alison Gang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Alison Gang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Union-Tribune

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Showing 51 - 100 of 166
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 69% Men in Black III (2012) ""Men in Black 3" is a bore. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 25, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Murder Capital of the World (2012) "Despite the lack of solutions, "Murder Capital of the World" accomplishes what seems to be Minn's goal: make his American audience feel compassion and a righteous sense of injustice for the people of Juarez. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 18, 2012
2/4 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) "It is, indeed, what a moviegoer should expect from a genre in which an ensemble cast of famous, pretty faces is loosely strung together by an innocuous holiday or, in this case, baby-having. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 18, 2012
3/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) "It's all rather serious and ominous, yet outlandish and mostly entertaining. Sounds about right for summer, doesn't it? " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 3, 2012
3.5/4 98% The Island President (2012) "Shenk's tight storytelling makes for a gripping film that delivers the ugly, at times ennobling, truth. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/4 84% Bully (2012) "By ignoring the perpetrators, Hirsch keeps the finger pointed only at the victims and the underfunded, overworked school administrators. In a way it feels like the bullies were yet again let off the hook. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1.5/4 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) "A cartoonish, nonsensical mishmash that falls somewhere between a Saturday morning cartoon and the Three Stooges. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) "Take away the hullabaloo surrounding the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult book and what you have is an absorbing film with a dire premise that stands pretty much on its own. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 23, 2012
3.5/4 96% Undefeated (2012) "A touching documentary that offers a field-level portrait of male mentorship, compassion and unvarnished hope - all without a Hollywood ending. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 16, 2012
1.5/4 51% John Carter (2012) "Disney and director Andrew Stanton may have dusted off the creaky franchise and wrapped it in $300 million worth of 3-D digital effects, but the final product still feels like ancient history. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 9, 2012
2/4 25% Act of Valor (2012) "Moments before and between the missions plays like stilted filler cable TV programming, but once our heroes step onto that helicopter or sea vessel, Act of Valor puts the audience into the boots and under the helmets of these elite fighters. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) "Yes, Daldry extracts a few tears in the process, but the increasing number of precious touches leaves you feeling pandered to and clumsily manipulated. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 20, 2012
1.5/4 51% The Iron Lady (2012) "Even Ms. Streep's best efforts can't rescue this sloppy biopic from itself. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 13, 2012
4/4 97% The Artist (2011) "The story and the silent-era conventions may not be entirely original, but the director revives this uniquely American storytelling style with such infectious joy and life-affirming enthusiasm that it's nearly impossible not to respond in equal measure. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3.5/4 79% Shame (2011) "When Fassbender is paired with McQueen, the actor is at his most intense, physical and even a little frightening. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2011
3/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) "Fincher delivers a well-paced story (even at more than 2 1/2 hours), without a lot of unnecessary Hollywood flash... " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 20, 2011
3/4 83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) "Williams' delicate, underplayed performance demonstrates the actress' courage and confidence in her own talent to take herself - and her audience - inside Monroe's fragile psyche. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2011
3.5/4 94% Hugo (2011) ""Hugo" is as much a tribute to the medium that gave [Scorsese] life as it is to the magical world Selznick created in his illustrated book. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2011
3/4 89% The Descendants (2011) ""The balmy breezes and small-town intimacy of island life give "The Descendants" a leisurely tone that distinguishes it from Payne's more angry-edged work." " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2011
3.5/4 72% Like Crazy (2011) "Doremus reminds us of what love felt like the first time - before our hearts were dented, dinged or all-out broken - when we could fall irrationally hard, with pure intentions, and no idea that it simply can't stay that way forever. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 11, 2011
1/4 43% J. Edgar (2011) "We get straightforward narration and expository dialogue that introduces each time-traveling vignette and dictates Hoover's tiresome "me versus them" rationalizations for whatever unscrupulous thing he did to stop them. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 11, 2011
2/4 68% Tower Heist (2011) ""Tower Heist" and its cast still manage to hit a few functional notes that allow the film to pass as a serviceable comedy that will probably play best on Saturday afternoon cable (you know, where all the other '80s action-comedies live). " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 4, 2011
3/4 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) "Durkin eschews the sensationalism so often associated with cults in favor of an intimate, psychological portrayal of the confusion, fear and mistrust someone in Martha's situation might experience. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/4 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) "Almodóvar puts Vera on display like a piece of grocery store meat wrapped under cellophane, designed to be appetizing - as long as you don't think about where it came from. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1/5 40% The Big Year (2011) ""The Big Year" proves yet again that comedy isn't just magic that happens when funny people stand next to each other. They actually have to be doing or saying, or not doing or not saying, something that might inspire humor. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2011
2/4 85% The Ides of March (2011) "While the story itself takes some tense turns, Clooney's moralizing doesn't, leaving us with a bit of a campaign hangover. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/4 94% 50/50 (2011) ""50/50" is an unusual comedy that should be taken seriously. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3.5/4 95% Moneyball (2011) "Just like any baseball game, "Moneyball" has its slow points. But while you're waiting for something of substance to happen, there are plenty of worthwhile glimpses behind the scenes of a low-budget baseball club to keep your interest. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4/4 93% Drive (2011) "An enthralling piece of filmmaking in the same class as Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," and Oscar-worthy acting that firmly places Gosling in the role of top-tier star. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/4 84% Contagion (2011) "As he did in his 2000 film "Traffic," director Steven Soderbergh weaves together multiple perspectives in a seamlessly edited collage. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/4 74% Bellflower (2011) "Glodell's vision is a disturbing portrait of the first generation to come of age in a post-9/11 America. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/4 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) "Hey, man, if you've got Paul Rudd spreading sunshine in every scene, what's there to complain about? " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2011
0.5/4 36% One Day (2011) "By the time this flat, excruciatingly predictable film reaches its drawn-out, melodramatic (and unintentionally comedic) ending, we've not only stopped caring about Emma and Dexter, we're actively rooting against them. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 19, 2011
1.5/4 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) "A Beavis and Butt-Head-style bank robbery comedy that leaves you longing for the intelligence and sophistication of a bachelor party in Bangkok. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2011
3/4 76% The Help (2011) "Writer/director Tate Taylor takes care to balance the at-odds themes of shameful social injustice, female bonding and outright comedy in this tale about African-American maids in 1960s Jackson, Miss. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2011
3/4 63% Another Earth (2011) "This Sundance hit is really about the universe within our own minds, whether it's the prisons of guilt we lock ourselves in or the fantasies we construct to escape. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 5, 2011
3.5/4 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) "Gives contemporary audiences the chance to embrace this cultural phenomenon on their own terms with (near) total seriousness and superior special effects. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 5, 2011
3/4 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) "They actually made a real movie beneath that crazy title. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2011
3/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "Clean-cut, well intentioned and downright gorgeous, today's Captain America is a throwback to the good old-fashioned heroic ideal. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) "If this year's hit "Bridesmaids" is the woman's answer to the male-driven, R-rated comedy, then "Horrible Bosses" is a strong rebuttal. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2/4 36% Larry Crowne (2011) "While one can appreciate the film's rousing endorsement of our community college system, it's about as realistic as an episode of the TV sitcom "Community." " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2.5/4 79% Earthwork (2011) "While we're grateful for Ordal's introduction to this atypical artist, the film's focus on the sentimental side of the story is at the expense of showing us enough of his terrestrial achievements. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2.5/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) "While the little ones will have plenty to feast their eyes, ears and short attention spans on, grown-ups should accept that this is one Pixar effort that treats the adults in the audience more like baby sitters. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3/4 86% Submarine (2011) "As familiar as "Submarine" looked, it's hard to overlook Ayoade's natural skill as a storyteller with an affinity for character and humor. If he grows into his own visual style, he's definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3/4 82% Super 8 (2011) "More than anything, "Super 8" is a straightforward love letter to those carefree days when anything felt possible as long as you had your friends, a movie camera and some semblance of a plan. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2011
2/4 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "The magic is missing from X Men: First Class, and without it, the film's just an average superhero movie with a dark side and a groovy Bond-era paint job. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3.5/4 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) "There are plenty of déjà vu moments,...but before you know it, Phillips yanks you in an entirely unexpected direction, continually ramping up the stakes, the raunch and the visceral humor. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 27, 2011
2/4 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "While "On Stranger Tides" is the shortest of the four "Pirates" films, its two-hour, 17-minute running time is still far too indulgent. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 20, 2011
3/4 71% Exporting Raymond (2011) "What we get is a cultural standoff, and it's awkward, nonsensical and really funny. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 29, 2011
2.5/4 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) "Just like he did with "Super Size Me," Spurlock has cast himself as the underdog outsider trying to crash the corporate party and, while the results aren't as revelatory, it's easily as entertaining. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 22, 2011
3/4 71% Hanna (2011) "The director's clever use of extreme landscapes and surreal sets keep us immersed in a visually stimulating world somewhere between fantasy and reality. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 8, 2011
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