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
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
2.5/5 64% Evelyn (2002) " The film's lack of personality permeates all its aspects - from the TV movie-esque, affected child acting to the dullest Irish pub scenes ever filmed." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 1, 2003
4.5/5 87% Chicago (2002) " Marshall depicts flashes of thought and lust for fame with spaghetti straps, sequins, rolled stockings, songs through lush lips, gyrating hips and clever segues, as the act of murder blurs into top-notch movie entertainment." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 1, 2003
4/5 88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) " The film's premise is simple, but every scene seethes with intensity and outrage as it displays this true account of textbook colonialism." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 27, 2002
4/5 87% Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997) " In the spirit of Voltaire and Molière, On Guard volleys great wit and deadly gestures in a milieu of lush apparel, landscapes, captivating music and 18th-century lacy sleeves." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 27, 2002
2/5 27% Analyze That (2002) " Analyze That regurgitates and waters down many of the previous film's successes, with a few new swings thrown in." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 22, 2002
3.5/5 69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) " Personal Velocity seems tailor-made for art-house audiences. It still cradles that short-story essence...but takes it to a place that stretches just beyond the page." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 16, 2002
5/5 94% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) " Cocteau's poetic aesthetic...the matter-of-fact extravagance...an otherworldly ambience...[combine to] strike an uncomplicated chord within us, directly connected to the wondrous nightmares of childhood." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 16, 2002
2/5 50% The Emperor's Club (2002) " The Emperor's Club is a nerd's version of Dead Poets Society...but lacking the wonder, revelation and charisma of the latter." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 16, 2002
2.5/5 74% His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001) " With all the sympathy, empathy and pity fogging up the screen...His Secret Life enters the land of unintentional melodrama and tiresome love triangles." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 25, 2002
3/5 83% Real Women Have Curves (2002) " Real Women Have Curves makes for a refreshing mother-daughter outing that will leave you with an empowered smile, a newborn respect for all changes of life and a craving for flan." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 18, 2002
4/5 76% Frida (2002) " Frida has the heightened emotion and color of artist-bio classics...but not the consistency..taking great artistic risks that range anywhere from jaw-ajar triumphant to comic schlock." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 18, 2002
2/5 15% I Spy (2002) " The film is overloaded with self-destruct modes, override codes and cocky Murphyisms discharged with machine-gun relentlessness." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 6, 2002
2/5 55% The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause (2002) " SC2 is an autopilot Hollywood concoction lacking in imagination and authentic Christmas spirit, yet it's geared toward an audience full of masters of both." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 6, 2002
4.5/5 79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) " ...a visual song of vulnerability, with a rhythm vaulting from discord to harmony and back again in vibrating organic-colored tones, as if the whole film were breathing on its own." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 30, 2002
3.5/5 68% The Grey Zone (2002) " The Grey Zone gives voice to a story that needs to be heard in the sea of Holocaust movies...but the film suffers from its own difficulties." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 26, 2002
3/5 82% Secret Ballot (2002) " '...[A] contemplation of the significance, absurdities and/or insignificance of the electoral process...[however] Payami gets his point across long before the film ends, with a message that can't help but hit us over the head...'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 16, 2002
5/5 70% White Oleander (2002) " 'Kosminsky has wrapped each scene with a soft-velvet camera eye that follows the young girl around like a dedicated diary...[with scenes] held in place by a continuous noxious undercurrent.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 16, 2002
3/5 59% Skins (2002) " 'Like a child with an important message to tell...[Skins'] faults are easy to forgive because the intentions are lofty.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 12, 2002
5/5 97% Spirited Away (2001) " 'Alice in Wonderland meets the East...taking full advantage of the complex powers of anime and its freedom to go wherever the mind can imagine.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 12, 2002
4/5 77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) " 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys manages to capture that impossible time when idealism clashes with reality and religion, wrapped inside a delicious nostalgia...'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2002
2.5/5 10% Juwanna Mann (2002) " 'Wouldn't it be nice if all guys got a taste of what it's like on the other side of the bra?'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2002
5/5 100% Marty (1955) " Marty is one of those straightforward, no-frills films that shoots directly to the dead-true point." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2002
1.5/5 38% Sweet Home Alabama (2002) " 'It's painful to watch Witherspoon's talents wasting away inside unnecessary films like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Abomination, I mean, Alabama.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2002
3/5 25% Snipes (2002) " '...Mafia, rap stars and hood rats butt their ugly heads in a regurgitation of cinematic violence that gives brutal birth to an unlikely, but likable, hero.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2002
2.5/5 47% The Banger Sisters (2002) " 'The Banger Sisters leaves you with a smile [but]...loses its imaginative bite...when all the ugly loose ends are neatly and unnaturally tied in a Hollywood bow.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 27, 2002
3/5 76% Igby Goes Down (2002) " 'Igby Goes Down...is an attractive, quick-witted but ultimately vacuous coming-of-age movie that never actually comes of age...'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 27, 2002
3/5 9% Stealing Harvard (2002) " 'Stealing Harvard is a weird "funny" that works...transmogrifying the film into a charming, moronic foray worth your time.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 23, 2002
3/5 48% City by the Sea (2002) " 'De Niro...is a veritable source of sincere passion that this Hollywood contrivance orbits around.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 11, 2002
2.5/5 50% The Château (2002) " 'The Château is never quite able to overcome the cultural moat surrounding its ludicrous and contrived plot.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 11, 2002
5/5 90% The Producers (1968) " '...a masterpiece...it goes beyond the laughs into the secrets inside all of our hearts.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 11, 2002
4/5 91% Murderous Maids (2002) " 'The film is stark, straightforward and deadly... an unnatural calm that's occasionally shaken by...blasts of rage, and later, violent jealousy.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 6, 2002
4/5 86% 24 Hour Party People (2002) " '[Winterbottom and Boyce]...have concocted a happy-go-volatile mixture of post-punk documentary sprinkled with post-insights and entertaining flashes of "maybe" truths.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 3, 2002
1.5/5 4% Serving Sara (2002) " If it's not too late -- and, seriously, I hope it's not -- Hurley and Perry better clinch some more substantial roles quick, maybe even straight dramatics, because they're both capable." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 3, 2002
3/5 30% The Country Bears (2002) " '...both hokey and super-cool, and definitely not in a hurry, so sit back, relax and have a few laughs while the little ones get a fuzzy treat.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 21, 2002
3/5 84% Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. (2002) " '...it's better to see her show live in the flash and flesh, but watching Notorious C.H.O. is better than no Cho at all.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 21, 2002
3.5/5 88% Late Marriage (2002) " '...young, savvy cinematic sensibility framed by the limitations of a conservative, unrelenting culture.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 21, 2002
2.5/5 66% Me Without You (2002) " 'Me Without You is one-sided...[but] the film has a wonderful knack for capturing each decade's zeitgeist...'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 17, 2002
4/5 81% The Good Girl (2002) " 'The Good Girl is like visiting a peculiar island...[with an] amusingly twisted script." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 17, 2002
3/5 48% Eight Legged Freaks (2002) " 'Eight Legged Freaks is drive-in-flavored arachnid anarchy...[a]cinematic fun ride where creepy-crawly things constantly pop out from off-screen.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 12, 2002
3.5/5 74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) " 'Spy Kids 2 is still about family, but it's mostly about living up to the expectations of the imagination, and with a monstrous sense of humor.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 12, 2002
5/5 71% Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) (2002) " '[Sex and Lucia]is so seductive and profound, it's as if we're witnessing a Greek myth coil and flower...'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 12, 2002
2.5/5 30% Scooby-Doo (2002) " '...the cast portrays their cartoon counterparts well...but quite frankly, Scoob and Shag don't eat enough during the film.'" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 7, 2002
3.5/5 76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) " My Big Fat Greek Wedding is that rare animal known as 'a perfect family film,' because it's about family." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Jun 7, 2002
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