Anita Schmaltz

Anita Schmaltz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Film Threat , Metro Times (Detroit, MI) , Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
94
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Metro Detroit

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 51% Cherish (2002) " With all the time spent watching stir-crazy manacled Zoe viewing too much TV and listening to too much Human League, you can't help but feel like you're under house arrest too." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 93% About a Boy (2002) " About a Boy is truly a love story, with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless, which is gold for moviegoers." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 10, 2014
92% Insomnia (2002) " Part mystery, part moral dilemma, but all seductively intriguing." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 5, 2013
89% Spider-Man (2002) " Maybe having such a big budget and being able to afford so many computer effects (which aren't so hot anyway) crippled the creativity of the film." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 3, 2013
8% The New Guy (2002) " DJ Qualls does possess some charm, but not the chutzpah to make the forced humor float." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3.5/5 76% Bon Voyage (2004) " If you've got a hankering for a bullet-flinging, romantic, film noir roller coaster, Bon Voyage is the ticket." — Orlando Weekly
Posted May 22, 2004
1/5 50% Ella Enchanted (2004) " Someone should tell O'Haver and the gaggle of writers it took to write this unenchanted mess that updated doesn't have to mean washed-up and dumbed-down." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 23, 2004
2/5 35% Games People Play (2004) " If reality is made up of truth without deceit, there's nothing real about Games, unless you count really bad and really awful." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 23, 2004
3/5 43% Latter Days (2004) " ...Funny, tragic, occasionally cheesy, endearing and ultimately heartwarming, dealing with very serious Christian hypocrisy while holding onto a light, life-embracing tone." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 8, 2004
2.5/5 63% Acts Of Worship (2003) " Rodriguez depicts addicts as a sea of agitated vultures haunting the streets...counteracted by character confrontations forced to move too quickly and predictable plot turns." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 8, 2004
1.5/5 13% Welcome To Mooseport (2004) " Lord knows we need to laugh about politics, but when it comes to salving our Oval Office wounds, Welcome to Mooseport is like taking a baby aspirin for pneumonia..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 12, 2004
3/5 46% Eurotrip (2003) " Eurotrip delivers a savvy potty jocularity, probably because some of that European culture rubbed off on the penis jokes." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 12, 2004
3.5/5 63% Starsky & Hutch (2004) " Phillips pushes for laughs more than the show did, but still manages a weird mix of comedy, serious crime fighting and irony inside the scariest fashion decade of all time." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 12, 2004
5/5 100% Destino " This is a taste of classic Disney, a crooning, twisting song sung to the eyes, a vacation from rational thoughts." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 12, 2004
2/5 26% Along Came Polly (2004) " For all of you hungry-for-decent-comic-fare, Polly is a whole lotta ho-hum, a limping script with a few charming dimples." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 23, 2004
4/5 72% Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) " Girl with a Pearl Earring is a stolen glimpse around dark doorways into the intense, colorful birth of a great creation." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 23, 2004
2/5 18% Dude, Where's My Car? (2000) " ...a stoner mystery that recycles tried and occasionally true gags specifically packaged for today's teenage audiences, like the cheerleading squad I was sitting next to." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 16, 2004
75% Cremaster 1 (1996) " As with all of [Barney's] films, translating Cremaster 1into words is a disservice to the elevating intensity and intrigue communicated through sound and imagery." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 14, 2004
65% Cremaster 3 (2003) " Attempting to sum up the scope of Matthew Barney's epic in a few words is like trying to shove the history of existence through a scrotum-shaped pinhole." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 14, 2004
4.5/5 77% Peter Pan (2003) " No matter what your wrinkle-count...you may just find yourself saying, 'I do believe in well-made films for kids.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 12, 2004
3/5 48% Porn Theatre (2003) " If nothing else, your curiosity should be sadly satisfied." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2003
2/5 23% Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) " Cheaper by the Dozen is yet another fast-food film, going through the motions of a plot with milk-and-cupcake dialogue that leaves you dry and crusty." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2003
2.5/5 75% House of Sand and Fog (2003) " By the end, you feel as if you've been hit over the head with a bloody dead dove, with someone screaming, "Tragedy! Tragedy! Tragedy!" in your sore ear." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2003
3.5/5 71% Cold Mountain (2003) " Cold Mountain is haunted by the earmarks of a TV mini-series... [but] left me in a dreamy state of mind..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 24, 2003
3.5/5 58% Girls Will Be Girls (2003) " ...an explosion of bad taste swallowed, and occasionally spit back out, over and over again, culminating in fashionable she/he cat fights by the pool." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 12, 2003
4.5/5 86% Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion (2003) " ...this documentary took 10 years to make, and it shows in a comprehensive array of photographs and footage both gorgeous and appalling." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 12, 2003
—— Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) " A marvelous oddity the equivalent of a child's fanciful, monsters-in-the-closet imagination running wild and naked through Barry's uncensored libido." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 12, 2003
4.5/5 —— Guy Maddin Collection (2002) " Guy Maddin has taken the rudimentary personality traits of early movies and pumped them up with operatic drama, homoeroticism, fetishes, bondage and necrophilia..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 21, 2003
3.5/5 71% Soft for Digging (2005) " ...leaves a gruesome aftertaste à la The Ring...[however] its strengths lie elsewhere." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 3, 2003
4.5/5 64% Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003) " A postmodern animated epic, laced with film-noir savvy." — Orlando Weekly
Posted May 16, 2003
3/5 60% Te amo (Made in Chile) (2006) " Even annoying people have meaningful stories to tell, and there could just be a pretty potent reason behind all that senseless rebellion." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 15, 2003
4.5/5 64% The Shape Of Things (2002) " It's hard to believe, but LaBute seems to be getting even more insidious...twisting an old tale with a new take and his no-bones-about-it allusions to the creation myth." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 15, 2003
73% He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002) " [Take] madness - mixed with inspiration from watching The Sixth Sense. Add a touch of Mulholland Drive and a bag of heart-shaped jujubees, and you'll just about have the flavor of He Loves Me." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 14, 2003
5/5 94% To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) " ...To Kill A Mockingbird leaves you with a much-needed belief in hope, ignited anew by the eyes of children." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 5, 2003
4.5/5 85% Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary (2002) " This is a straightforward, dead-ahead documentary...but nonetheless it builds to a poignant, extreme and terminal climax that shoots off the celluloid right into our guts, piercing our sense of history and humanity." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 3, 2003
4.5/5 64% Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003) " Director Shinichirô Watanabe drives us through a fantastic land, taking advantage of the anime medium with unearthly angles and delicate details in a postmodern, animated epic laced with film-noir savvy." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 2, 2003
5/5 61% Gerry (2003) " Think of Gerry more as an experience rather than a movie, a virtual vacation from the tired crash-and-chase pulse of status-quo cinema." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 13, 2003
1.5/5 8% Gods and Generals (2003) " A more appropriate title would be The Great Whitewashing of the Rebellion." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 2, 2003
2/5 19% The Life of David Gale (2003) " Any dialectic concerning the ethical-moral issues of execution is overridden and undermined when the Hollywood murder-mystery formula takes the front seat." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 2, 2003
2/5 45% Daredevil (2003) " In his saggy, dull-red leather gear, Ben Affleck hangs on the screen like a forlorn biker who's lost his buddies in a bar brawl." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 21, 2003
2.5/5 42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) " Hudson needs a little more time to hone her comedic skills before she can charm us through all the watery spots in the film's hot-laughs and cold-jokes script." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 21, 2003
5/5 69% Max (2002) " Max pokes, provokes, takes expressionistic license and hits a nerve...as far as art is concerned, it's mission accomplished." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 17, 2003
5/5 97% Shane (1953) " ...This isn't just a western; it's a masterwork in which every little detail seems to contribute to the intensity in the air." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 6, 2003
2.5/5 23% Biker Boyz (2003) " It'll leave you with a monster-rally headache and a craving for something salty." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 6, 2003
3.5/5 83% Brigadoon (1954) " Brigadoon[is]...a concocted Technicolor plaid-clad Garden of Eden with a "puppet show" residue." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 6, 2003
5/5 92% Talk to Her (2002) " Talk to Her is a sad falsetto ballad, holding onto hope like a dove cupped in two gentle hands in the midst of blood-splattered bullhorns and slow death." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 29, 2003
3.5/5 75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) " The Way Home is an ode to unconditional love and compassion garnered from years of seeing it all, a condition only the old are privy to, and...often misconstrued as weakness." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 23, 2003
5/5 81% The Hours (2002) " Daldry slices scenes from the three women's lives and fuses them into one momentous thrust." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 23, 2003
2.5/5 83% Narc (2002) " ...Liotta is put in an impossible spot because his character's deceptions ultimately undo him and the believability of the entire scenario. Too bad." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 20, 2003
3/5 80% Baraka (1993) " [It] begins like a National Geographic tour....a vacation from dialogue and narrative, traveling strictly on imagery... [but]Baraka gets old before the 93 minutes are up." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 13, 2003
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