Angela Baldassarre

Angela Baldassarre

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Film critic for Sympatico.ca, Tandem magazine, Scene magazine and Word magazine. As a member of FIPRESCI (International Association of International Film Critics) sat on critics juries at film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Moscow, Amsterdam and Chicago. Co-founder, Vice-President/Secretary of Toronto Film Critics Association. Author of The Great Dictators (Guernica Editions) and Reel Canadians (Guernica Editions).
Publications:
Sympatico.ca
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
505
Total QuickRatings:
37
Location:
Toronto

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Stir (1998) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
90% Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (1998) Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2011
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " "Assassination" is an epic in every way, from its wide sweeping atmospheric Alberta locations, to its meticulous and magisterial attention to period detail. Mind you, for a Western there isn't that much violence and blood, but the sense of foreboding is e" — Sympatico.ca
Posted Sep 21, 2007
94% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) " I sat riveted watching David Sington's "In the Shadow of the Moon," a documentary where 10 astronauts recall a time and era that made America, and the world, proud." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Sep 21, 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries (2007) " Aside from the many implausibilities, and Scarlett Johansson's forced and sitcomish performance, this satire about spoiled millionaire mommies is ordinary and unexceptional." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 24, 2007
25% El Cantante (2007) " How can you make a movie about a salsa singer that is completely lacking in rhythm or emotion?" — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 17, 2007
88% Superbad (2007) " I can't get over the misogynist undertones of yet another teenage sex comedy despite the presence of some very funny scenes." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 17, 2007
19% The Invasion (2007) " After three successful cinematic renditions of Jack Finney's 1955 sci-fi novel "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (the 1978 version with Donald Sutherland being my favourite), they've finally managed to mangle it up." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 17, 2007
31% Klimt (2005) " An almost unbearable collection of monologues with no regard for substantive or involving dialogue, the film sheds little or no light on the genius behind some extraordinary artwork." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 10, 2007
18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " The East-West fusion action has been exhausted, the broad comedy is tired and the dynamic between Jackie Chan and Christ Tucker has all but disappeared." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 10, 2007
76% Stardust (2007) " A wonderfully inventive fairy tale that is original and defiant, as well as hilarious and adventurous." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 10, 2007
60% Arctic Tale (2007) " When anthropomorphizing animals in an animated movie, it's effective and enjoyable. But when it's used in a documentary, the process is tantamount to cheating. Such is the case of "Arctic Tale"." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 6, 2007
2/5 9% Bratz: The Movie (2007) " Sean McNamara's cheesy Bratz: The Movie is ludicrous and almost perverse. Even more upsetting is the fact that no effort was made whatsoever in hiding ideas appropriated by teen films." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 3, 2007
94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " In a year where three has hardly been a charm in terms of movie franchises, "The Bourne Ultimatum" sticks out as the most exciting, intelligent and enjoyable thriller of the season." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Aug 3, 2007
82% Talk to Me (2007) " The biggest problem with Kasi Lemmons' biopic "Talk to Me" is whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 27, 2007
41% No Reservations (2007) " "No Reservations" is absolutely ordinary in its predictability and blandness. Don't expect any memorable performances or mouth-watering scenarios." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 27, 2007
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " David Silverman's film is pretty much just a long episode of "The Simpsons" television show. And just like the series it's irreverent, hilarious, cutting-edge and irrepressible." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 27, 2007
74% The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007) " Humorous and slight, this lightweight Danish picture has its funny moments but ultimately the absurdity of the proceedings can't keep up with the conceit." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 20, 2007
53% Crime Novel (Romanzo criminale) (2005) " In his eighth directorial effort, Romanzo Criminale, Placido takes aim at terrorism in his country during the 1970s . Though the proceedings are fascinating and powerful, it's unable to maintain momentum throughout its over two hours running time." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 20, 2007
78% You Kill Me (2007) " Like his deliciously original Last Seduction, director John Dahl returns to the wild side in You Kill Me, an odd and somewhat puzzling crime drama that throws the viewer for a loop thanks to its deadpan humour and absurdist narrative." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 20, 2007
57% Interview (2007) " Though I'm not familiar with Van Gogh's 2003 version, Buscemi's is implausible and even irritating, despite some nice atmospherics and a decent performance by the director." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 20, 2007
91% Hairspray (2007) " expect about a movie version of the latter. After all, how many variations of the same story can you have? But Adam Shankman's "Hairspray" works, and delightfully so." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 20, 2007
52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) " Slightly slapsticky with broad Aussie humour, Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights is an ordinary dramedy that features a fine performance by British star Blenda Blethyn, but falls short in charm and originality." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 13, 2007
79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " Like previous Potter installments, the danger is ever present and palpable, but now Harry is in dire need of his friends and it is intellectually refreshing to see a group of troubled youth rally together against the forces of evil." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 13, 2007
57% Transformers (2007) " There is so much action packed in every frame of this bombastic blockbuster, that the ludicrous plot and silly script went nearly unnoticed." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jul 6, 2007
96% Ratatouille (2007) " What a delicious concoction of French sophistication coupled with a dollop of slapstick humour and a sprinkling of visual marvel. Pixar's "Ratatouille" is the perfect recipe for an adult/child offering." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 29, 2007
92% Sicko (2007) " Even though documentarian Michael Moore is pretty much preaching to the Canadian converted, Sicko is a biting and funny indictment of the U.S. healthcare system." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 29, 2007
82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " Thematically "Live Free or Die Hard" is as heavy on high-octave action (a McTiernan specialty) as it is on technological mumbo-jumbo, which Wiseman is comfortably at home with." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 27, 2007
23% Evan Almighty (2007) " "Evan Almighty" reaffirms my theory that Steve Carell is unable to carry a film on his own." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 22, 2007
78% 1408 (2007) " If not for a hokey ending and some cheesy plot devices, "1408" would have been the scariest, and best, ghost movie of the season." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 22, 2007
79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " "A Mighty Heart" is as worthy a tribute to Danny and Mariane Pearl's life a dramatic feature can be." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 22, 2007
75% Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman (2007) " A genuine and skillful account of one of Britain's most morally ambiguous working-class characters." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 18, 2007
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) " Tim Story seems on the verge of "getting" it by introducing two of the comic-book series' most involving characters, , but fails in creating a satisfying back story, or any story at all for that matter." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 15, 2007
78% Surf's Up (2007) " Surf's Up is so ingenious and fresh, and features such truly awesome CGI, that another summer with penguins is genuinely welcomed." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 8, 2007
74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) " France's waiflike songbird Edith Piaf gets an involving cinematic treatment by director Oliver Dahan that resembles her messy and traumatic life." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 8, 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) " Though "Ocean's Thirteen" sticks to Las Vegas, rather than the lush palazzos of European cities, the atmosphere is still a privileged one where our heroes carry out another ultra-hip caper." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 8, 2007
40% Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) " A very respectable ensemble cast of British actors goes completely wasted in Ed Blum's "Scenes of a Sexual Nature" thanks to an inane script and banal dialogue." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 2, 2007
33% Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) " I wasn't expecting much from director/writer Sebastian Gutierrez, considering his last writing effort was the dismal "Snakes on a Plane." But in "Rise: Blood Hunter" he offers absolutely nothing new in terms of vampire stories if not a lush noirish atmosp" — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 1, 2007
55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " Despite a promising intro and some darkly cool atmospherics, the picture pushes plausibility to the limit with a story that is ultimately laughable, using every studio gimmick and characters that are poorly explored." — Sympatico.ca
Posted Jun 1, 2007
38% 2:37 (2006) " opting almost frame-by-frame Gus Van Sant's technique on "Elephant", Australian director Murali K. Tharulli is shamefully exploitive in the manner in which he conveys teenage angst in "2:37"." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 29, 2007
45% Fay Grim (2007) " "We don't buy for a minute the motivations behind any of the large number of characters, and Posey is nowhere near able to carry the movie."" — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 25, 2007
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " Ho, ho, ho and my bum is very sore! I kept humming that to myself following nearly three hours of visual abuse. Overwhelmed by its bloated script, confusing plot and never-ending battle sequences, I admittedly was nevertheless awed by the special effects" — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 25, 2007
76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) " Initially Black Book reminded me of the wonderfully engrossing war movies that have been coming out of Germany and Holland lately. Then I was reminded that it's Paul Verhoeven behind the camera, which explains the pulp melodrama and superhuman exploits of" — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 22, 2007
40% Shrek the Third (2007) " In "Shrek the Third," our green ogre is not only full of aches and pains, but is insufferable and whiny, which reflects the script's regurgitation of classic stories and repetitive themes. That said, the grumpy fool is surrounded by charming and endearing" — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 18, 2007
69% Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) (2007) " One of the most unusual coming-of-age stories I've ever seen, "Close to Home" offers the same teen-angst themes as some American movies but against a backdrop of war and politics." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 18, 2007
65% Jindabyne (2006) " Throughout Jindabyne, I felt completely creeped out. From the disturbing opening to images of children killing animals, adults abusing each other, and a corpse, the viewing experience was unpleasant." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 11, 2007
19% The Ex (2007) " After watching "The Ex" I wondered whether actors are bothering to read scripts anymore before accepting a job. In the case of Jesse Peretz's film, the story is as mean-spirited as it is ridiculous." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 11, 2007
71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " When it was released, Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" developed a cult following thanks to its irreverent approach to the tired zombie genre. Its sequel, "28 Weeks Later," cashes in on the same approach with a more intelligent script and story." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 11, 2007
56% Civic Duty (2006) " A claustrophobic setting and the paranoid concerns of a modern world make Jeff Renfroe's "Civic Duty" an effective psychological thriller." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 5, 2007
49% The Flying Scotsman (2006) " A true-life inspirational tale of about a young man who defies all odds, "The Flying Scotsman" is disappointingly devoid of emotion with a script that never manages to fully convey the personal demons floating about." — Sympatico.ca
Posted May 5, 2007
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