Angela Baldassarre

Angela Baldassarre

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Angela Baldassarre's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) "Sam Raimi tries really hard to tie up loose ends in "Spider-Man 3," overloading our poor threesome with danger from all sides in attempting to keep the franchise fresh. And though repetition seems to be inevitable, I found the new villainy to be effective " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted May 4, 2007
43% In the Land of Women (2007) "There's no denying that "In the Land of Women" has its moments of endearment, but Jon Kasdan's weepy coming-of-age dramedy lacks emotional authenticity. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 27, 2007
28% Next (2007) ""Next" is implausible and leaves many questions unanswered, but the action is so spectacular and the chase sequences so slick %u2014 thanks to director Lee Tamahori's signature style %u2014 that a nutty plot is forgiven. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 27, 2007
56% Vacancy (2007) "Your run-of-the-mill motel-from-hell slasher film. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 20, 2007
71% Fracture (2007) "Elegant, old-fashioned and challenging, Gregory Hoblit's legal thriller "Fracture" has its flaws in terms of pacing and involvement, but makes up for it thanks to a strong performance by Anthony Hopkins and a sharp script by Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 19, 2007
91% Hot Fuzz (2007) "Actor/co-screenwriter Simon Pegg and his fellow star Nick Frost were responsible for the laughs in Wright's "Shaun of the Dead," and this time the team reunites for a more ambitious and pumped-up project that is equally as funny. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 19, 2007
87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) ""After the Wedding" has the makings of a melodramatic soap opera were it not in the hands of a seasoned director like Susanne Bier " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 13, 2007
11% Perfect Stranger (2007) "With its sexual innuendos, red herrings tossed left and right, and illogic floating aimlessly, "Perfect Stranger" is another of those disposable thrillers that offer nothing in suspense and plenty in annoyance. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 13, 2007
68% Disturbia (2007) "Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" is refreshingly renewed with teen-infused funky energy in D.J. Caruso's rollicking "Disturbia." " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 13, 2007
58% First Snow (2007) ""First Snow" has the makings of a complex psychological thriller, but it gets lost in moody atmospherics and an incomplete script. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 6, 2007
83% Grindhouse (2007) "Only somebody with enough resources and clout within the movie industry can resurrect an unpleasant exploitation genre and turn it into a funky and entertaining three-hour-plus cult opus. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 6, 2007
85% The Hoax (2007) "A stranger-than-fiction story about one of the biggest scams in publishing history, Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hoax" intelligently sheds the complex psychological layers of a chronic liar through a sharp and entertaining script. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Apr 5, 2007
87% The Lookout (2007) "Credit for the moody and brilliantly inventive caper "The Lookout" goes to director Scott Frank for his sober and edgy script and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his compelling and star-turning performance " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 30, 2007
69% Blades of Glory (2007) ""Blades of Glory" sets the stage for outrageous cheesiness from its opening shot when a beautiful four-year-old orphan dressed in a cheap hand-knit body suit skates implausibly well to the tune of Andrea Bocelli's "Con Te Partiro." " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 30, 2007
92% The Host (2007) "I have never seen anything like "The Host," a terrifying East Asian monster movie that is as funny as it is grotesque %u2014 almost a subversion of the entire genre " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 30, 2007
45% Pride (2007) ""Pride" is just another in a long list of true-life inspirational sports movies that offers absolutely nothing new, borrowing every maudlin cliché from "Brain's Song" to "Remember the Titans." " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 23, 2007
64% Reign Over Me (2007) " Binder fumbles in telling a complex dramatic story by adopting formulaic comedic devices. The result is a film that is disjointed, unconvincing and incomplete. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 22, 2007
48% Shooter (2007) "The script defies narrative logic, is implausible, lacks real characters and has more holes than the Gardner Expressway in the spring. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 22, 2007
8% Premonition (2007) "Comparisons to other time-bending pictures ("Memento") are easy, but what are missing are suspense, cleverness and common sense, despite a supernatural premise. Instead we have family drama that bounces between terror and mysticism, to zero effect on eith " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 19, 2007
88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) "A human drama about two brothers that, though questioning our notions of right and wrong, loses its poignancy because of its political sermonizing. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 15, 2007
71% Die Weisse Massai (The White Massai) (2005) "There is so much foolishness committed in the name of lust, but few as ill conceived as that expressed in "The White Masai." " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 15, 2007
89% El Aura (The Aura) (2006) "With "The Aura," his final picture, the director adopts a moody atmosphere to convey an original heist thriller set in the mysterious Patagonian forests. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 9, 2007
89% Starter for 10 (2006) "Despite a very familiar premise and the shameless pandering towards the baby boomers still enamoured with post-punk '80s music that overwhelms the soundtrack, Tom Vaughan's "Starter for Ten" has its moments of sweetness and endearment. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 9, 2007
87% The Namesake (2006) "Impressive performances and handsome cinematography can't stop Mira Nair's "The Namesake" from being a generational epic that is unfortunately lacking in any emotional intensity. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 9, 2007
66% Black Snake Moan (2007) "Watching Christina Ricci being beat up, raped and chained semi-naked to a radiator, while Samuel L. Jackson spews stereotypical drunken Southern-black-man rhetoric, makes this blues-infused melodrama almost unbearable. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 5, 2007
14% Wild Hogs (2007) "Sure, the humour is broad and slap sticky, and many of the situations sophomoric and preposterous, but I still found myself smiling throughout "Wild Hogs." " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 5, 2007
89% Zodiac (2007) "At over two and half hours and spanning nearly four decades, David Fincher's "Zodiac" is a sensory overload of information that, though frustratingly inconclusive most of the time, manages to maintain a tight and steady pace " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Mar 5, 2007
82% Days of Glory (2007) "Days of Glory lacks the big-battle sequences of epic war movies, but makes up for it with emotionally rooted characterizations of its different personalities. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 23, 2007
8% The Number 23 (2007) "There are more than 23 reasons why Joel Schumacher's The Number 23 is not very good; but in keeping with the theme, I'll stick to the titular sum: " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 23, 2007
62% Music and Lyrics (2007) "No matter how maudlin or lightweight a script can be, Hugh Grant always manages to charm the mediocrity out of it through his amusing and charismatic presence. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 16, 2007
34% Breaking and Entering (2007) "A close-up of two disparate families in current-day London, Breaking and Entering lacks the heart and emotional warmth needed to tell the story of betrayal and its effects on loved ones. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 16, 2007
84% Breach (2007) "This tale of betrayal and loyalty, of spiritual awakening and the subtle encroachment of evil, and of bureaucratic foul ups is laid out in a sober and detailed structure, though it lacks the tense-filled moments needed for a thrilling spy drama. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 16, 2007
93% The Lives of Others (2006) ""The Lives of Others" is a gripping character drama that unfolds into an unexpected thriller through a complex script that is made remarkably clear by the exceptional performances. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 10, 2007
19% Factory Girl (2007) "Though George Hickenlooper's "Factory Girl" feels as vacuous as the picture's main character, "superstar" Edie Sedgwick, it manages to convincingly convey the toxic persona that was Andy Warhol. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 10, 2007
15% Hannibal Rising (2007) "Hannibal Rising can't even be considered a thriller, but an overplayed and unconvincing explanation of how Lecter became a murderer and developed a taste for human flesh. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 9, 2007
38% Partition (2007) "Bloated, melodramatic and unbearably tedious. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Feb 6, 2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) "I'm not sure what creeped me out most in Luc Besson's "Arthur and the Invisibles," the awful animation or Madonna lending her voice to a "child" princess. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 30, 2007
21% Catch and Release (2007) "Romantic comedies lately are surpassing the threshold of good taste, with death brought into the equation more often. Though Susannah Grant showed some insight into the plight of troubled women through her scripts for "Erin Brockovich" and "In Her Shoes," " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 29, 2007
29% Smokin' Aces (2007) "Director Joe Carnahan didn't know who to emulate first in making the over-saturated "Smokin' Aces," Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie. What's certain is there is absolutely no originality in this bloody, loud and incomprehensible actioner that completely w " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 29, 2007
84% 13 Tzameti (2005) ""13 Tzameti" has you on the edge of your seat with a story that throws unexpected punches at every corner. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 19, 2007
84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) "It takes balls for documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick to take on the all-powerful Motional Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings board. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 19, 2007
89% Venus (2006) "British thesp Peter O'Toole delivers what is possibly the most intimate and honest performance of his career. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 19, 2007
26% Stomp the Yard (2007) "I couldn't stop groaning and rolling my eyes throughout "Stomp the Yard," a shamelessly predictable and laughable underdog yarn. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 12, 2007
91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) "It's interesting to note that there is more emotional honesty in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima than from his earlier sister project Flags of Our Fathers. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 12, 2007
66% Miss Potter (2007) "Renee Zellweger's pretentious and unconvincing portrayal of Beatrix Potter doesn't help much to endear the viewer to the artist. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 12, 2007
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) "A fantasy film definitely not made for children, Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" is a strange but enchanting voyage into the hellish imagination of a young girl as she comes to terms with the infernal reality of her life. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 3, 2007
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) ""Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" points out in its title that the picture is mostly fictionalized, but in the opening prologue it states that Diane Arbus was one of America's most important artists. Why make that statement if you can't prove it " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 3, 2007
92% Children of Men (2006) "A disturbing glimpse of what would happen in the world if women stopped bearing children, Alfonso Cuaron's harrowing "Children of Men" manages to effectively convey the paranoia and despair of a humanity that is about to be extinguished. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Jan 3, 2007
49% We Are Marshall (2006) "A touching story turns into an ordinary movie-of-the-week. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Dec 26, 2006
87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) "Notes on a Scandal is both dramatic and funny thanks to an incisive script by Patrick Marber (Closer), with Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett delivering performances that are memorable and exhilarating. " ‐ Sympatico.ca
Posted Dec 22, 2006
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