Bob Westal

Bob Westal

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Bullz-Eye.com , Film Threat
Total Reviews:
73

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " As a most apolitical black comedy and dark melodrama, Lovelace works reasonably well, and that's mostly due to a strong pace and a stronger cast." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Aug 8, 2013
1/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " It's a movie that's more concerned with striking poses than telling a story or delivering even one exciting action sequence." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3.5/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " The quirk might be laid on a bit thick... [but] the Andersonian humor is also laid on pretty thick in a good way, and most of it comes at the expense of the adults." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted May 24, 2012
3.5/5 83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012) " In 88 minutes, we get a very decent gloss on the Comic-Con experience and just what it can mean for some people." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Apr 5, 2012
2.5/5 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " An often very funny but terribly haphazard spoof of low-budget south of the border pop culture." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/5 25% Act of Valor (2012) " There's a reason why old-fashioned, morale-boosting Hollywood war films were populated by trained actors. They can act." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3.5/5 82% Goon (2012) " Goon is a Canadian hockey comedy with a capital CANUCK. It oozes Great White North out of its every pore, which I'm glad to say is a lot less disgusting than it sounds." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 74% Rampart (2012) " The best and most enjoyable thing about Rampart is all the pyrotechnics emanating from the very interesting object that is Woody Harrelson's brain." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/5 80% Haywire (2012) " Soderbergh describes it as 'a Pam Grier movie made by Alfred Hitchcock.' I'd say it's more like an espionage-driven Coffy as directed by Steven Soderbergh." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3.5/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " There's a necessary coldness at its heart, and I'm honestly unsure whether it's a plus or a minus. I'm convinced, however, that this big inner chill is part of the reason why it's still creeping me out just a bit." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 7, 2012
3.5/5 71% Carnage (2011) " Polanski's tremendous skill with creating dramatic tension ensures that we're in for a gripping as well as a very funny ride." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Dec 15, 2011
2/5 35% Immortals (2011) " Just one more example of why this would be a better movie world if the screenplay were perceived as being the most crucial element of a film package." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3/5 35% The Thing (2011) " The Thing brings no shame to the franchise, but it doesn't build on it much, either." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 13, 2011
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " Killer Elite had potential to be a really interesting, action-heavy political thriller. Sadly, it never really tries to be anything more than another vehicle for Jason Statham." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 22, 2011
2.5/5 83% Warrior (2011) " It's just a shame that, when the punching and kicking really gets started during the film's final third, the 140-minute tale goes flabby due to an uncomfortable mix of sincere populist enthusiasm and artistic ambition." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 27% Your Highness (2011) " [Green] does a superb job of making the most of a script that needed some serious punching up." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " For long, long stretches, [it's] too leaden and dour to be any fun at all." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " I hope Snyder had fun, because it might be a few decades before he gets another shot." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Mar 26, 2011
4.5/5 92% Moonstruck (1987) " For all the emphasis on its leads, Moonstruck is a brilliantly cast ensemble piece and two smaller supporting roles deserve a special mention." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Mar 26, 2011
4/5 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " Dowse achieves a level of sincerity and comic bite that transcends the efficient but sometimes painfully obvious screenplay." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/5 80% Barney's Version (2011) " One thing that even relatively short novels often do that movies can have a hard time with is telling the story of a character's entire life." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 15, 2011
3/5 93% Another Year (2010) " There is no trace of acting in Manville's work, which is awfully close to the greatest compliment you can give a film actor." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Jan 1, 2011
3.5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " Instead of trying to overwhelm us with the blood and beauty of boxing, Russell concentrates on creating an eye-level and entertaining, but also believable, family drama." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3.5/5 78% Red Hill (2010) " It may sound like a backhanded compliment, but I simply can't resist a suitably R-rated and rather dark action film that's also so oddly innocent." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Nov 5, 2010
2/5 66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " I can't join the chorus this time, even if the ingredients are there for a perfectly swell little semi-tragic comedy. " — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 9, 2010
3/5 65% Freakonomics (2010) " It's probably inevitable that some segments work better than others, and it's fortunate that executive producer and co-director Seth Gordon does a nice job of tying the whole thing together." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 1, 2010
2.5/5 40% Middle Men (2010) " Trust me when I say there is too much story here for a film that runs just over 100 minutes." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 25, 2010
3.5/5 46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) " More often than not, Allen seems to sidestep his worst habits." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 25, 2010
2.5/5 63% Howl (2010) " As strong as most of its component parts often are, Howl just doesn't quite work." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 25, 2010
3.5/5 51% Chloe (2010) " Cinephile cynics may dismiss this as Atom Egoyan's "paycheck" picture, but I suspect those who follow him in the future may end up reexamining it a decade or so down the road and perhaps find it to be as valid as his strictly art house work." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Mar 26, 2010
4/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " The hype around Paranormal Activity is more than justified, but it still isn't much more than an extremely well-made engine for getting a roomful of people to squirm, giggle, and actually scream in near unison." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 95% Touch of Evil (1958) " Even 50 years after studio heads lost patience and dumped it onto the bottom half of double bills, the final Hollywood film from Orson Welles is the opposite of ordinary." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 93% Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007) " Movies are a lot more than a bunch of pictures, no matter how ravishing, and the strong cast is key here, especially the three women who dominate Bauby's life." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) " A consistently strong piece of filmmaking with some breathtaking work by cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Greg Andracke." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 96% High Noon (1952) " Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/5 85% Blast of Silence (1961) " Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 96% The Class (2008) " Its approach is a million miles from any tale of educational triumph and tragedy you've ever seen. " — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted May 24, 2008
2.5/5 86% Heat (1995) " I admire Mann's emotional commitment and his sense of style, but it also grates on me." — Bullz-Eye.com
Posted Dec 1, 2007
2/5 33% Trudell (2006) " To my mind, John Trudell often starts with the truth, but then he leaps over it to say and do a lot of things that are highly questionable or worse. Politics aside, he ought to be questioned -- if only to make for a more interesting documentary." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 4, 2006
3.5/5 17% Loverboy (2006) " Witty and effective, yet squirm-inducing." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 9, 2006
2.5/5 75% Nine Lives (2005) " ... the first third of the film is marred by a tendency to be morbidly serious and overly dramatic." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 31, 2005
4.5/5 87% Save The Green Planet (2004) " Save the Green Planet may look like an ironic, jet black comedy -- and it succeeds brilliantly on that level -- but in it's sad and wistful heart, it's a completely sincere call for saving the Earth." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 83% Rize (2005) " Dealing with life's darkness is what this type of dancing is all about." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
2/5 49% Demonlover (2003) " Yes, the subject is entertainment in the 21st century. A shame that it's not more entertaining." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
2.5/5 86% Junebug (2005) " Junebug is an admirable film, but its charms will be visible only to the most patient filmgoers." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 92% Brother From Another Planet (1984) " It may not be the perfect John Sayles film, the perfect science fiction movie or the perfect film about black life --- but it manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
3.5/5 89% In America (2003) " In America contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 82% Hustle & Flow (2005) " An involving and fun tale of redemption with many fine musical moments as well an enjoyable subplot involving the rotund Key and his understandably skeptical wife." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 79% The Aristocrats (2005) " A brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
3.5/5 —— The Education of Shelby Knox (2005) " ... a well-made, often extremely funny coming of age tale ..." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
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