Carina Chocano

Carina Chocano

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Denver Post , Houston Chronicle , Los Angeles Times , Salon.com , Washington Post
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
407

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Sinister but gorgeous and compelling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
A 100% Arrested Development: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) " I don't know about you, but I'm not used to laughing out loud alone in front of the TV. Honestly, I was startled. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 15, 2013
1/5 11% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) " Atlas Shrugged: Part I is in many ways charmingly oblivious to its inherent contradictions and the fact that its capitalist titans appear to be squatting in old, abandoned Dynasty sets, eating food-court baked potatoes. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " If the film suggests that there's something bittersweet about a life dedicated to a single pursuit cultivated with an almost religious fervor, it also stands in awe of its subject's... capacity to remain attuned to the expression of others. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 16, 2011
14% The Spirit (2008) " Good comic books suggest action through abstraction, but The Spirit plays like an overproduced diorama." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 29, 2008
3/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Eli's and Oskar's story is literally one of a lonely boy saved by love, but the movie's title sounds an alarm." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3.5/5 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " [A] sprawling, awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, frustrating, hard-to-follow and achingly, achingly sad movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1.5/5 35% Pride and Glory (2008) " A plodding, formulaic police drama bathed in bluish light, Pride and Glory displays very little of either." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 64% Baby Mama (2008) " Baby Mama adheres fairly closely to the conventions of the studio comedy, although it's never actually predictable, probably because the characters and subject matter are so novel." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 30% The Children of Huang Shi (2008) " If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/5 50% Then She Found Me (2007) " Unexpectedly sharp, light and appealing; a testament to Hunt's skills behind the camera." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% Young & Restless in China (2008) Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/5 57% Noise (2007) " How can you resist a hero who gets worked up because a car alarm disrupts his extremely tenuous grasp on a difficult but life altering passage of Hegel?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/5 43% Blindness (2008) " Stilted, claustrophobic and more stylish than substantial." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
—— The Deal (2008) Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 65% Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) " There's a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film -- for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/5 51% What Just Happened? (2008) " The movie is brilliant at portraying the incredibly high stakes of the seemingly inconsequential and the tremendous amounts of money spent on it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2.5/5 58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) " What's being sold here is the movie equivalent of the honey-drenched sweet potato biscuits that are forever being passed around on-screen. Their nutritional value may be nil, but they sure look comforting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/5 51% Good Dick (2008) " Good Dick carries its messed-up, highly improbable premise so lightly and gracefully that it ultimately comes off as a sweet, plausible and curiously grounded love story." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2008
38% Savage Grace (2007) " For that particular someone, Savage Grace could be the perfect summer chiller.ca" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2008
4.5/5 63% Shampoo (1975) " Shampoo, made in 1975 but set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon's election to the presidency, was directed by Hal Ashby and written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who may have produced one of the best scripts in the last three decades." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2008
2.5/5 40% The Go-Getter (2008) " There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 6, 2008
87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " The message -- believe in yourself even when all evidence suggests you shouldn't -- is annoyingly familiar and frankly overdue for a serious debunking, but it's not about to happen here." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2/5 8% Miss Conception (2008) " Miss Conception isn't so much a movie as an extended sitcom -- it looks like one, it acts like one, it reduces everything to the lowest common denominator like one." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 6, 2008
4/5 89% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) " It's a beautiful, unexpectedly enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2008
3.5/5 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) " It's a fascinating and unexpectedly profound and melancholy meditation on what we have become as a country and on the misguided obsessions that made us this way." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2008
4/5 50% Sex and the City (2008) " A vision of which doesn't require its characters being frozen in amber after a fairy tale ending and allows life to go on, happily and unconventionally." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2008
3/5 30% War, Inc. (2008) " Somehow, what starts as a series of cheap shots in a barrel develops into something more, thanks largely to warm, engaging performances by Cusack and Tomei. War, Inc. is both right-on and somehow off, but it gets points for trying." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 23, 2008
2/5 57% Turn the River (2008) " A well-acted, if not terribly well-crafted, character-driven drama without much in the way of a purpose." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 16, 2008
4/5 88% Reprise (2006) " [Director Joachim Trier] captures, in a way that's cool and romantic and heady, the moment in life when nothing matters more than ideas, influences and the possibility of shaping one's life into a work of art." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 15, 2008
2.5/5 46% Mister Lonely (2007) " While it's full of arresting, indelible images, Mr. Lonely remains mostly on the level of abstraction. You get it but you don't always feel it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2008
2/5 39% Speed Racer (2008) " The fakeness of it all overwhelms, dampening any real excitement. It's hard to care about characters so stiff and one-dimensional they out-cartoon the cartoon originals." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2008
2/5 27% What Happens in Vegas (2008) " What Happens in Vegas feels oddly stilted yet desperate, as though its principals felt the need to overcompensate for the too-neat symmetry of opening scenes with over-the-top violence and bright orange tans." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2008
4/5 67% Redbelt (2008) " [A] contemporary noir with a samurai movie interior, as sincere, plaintive and strangely optimistic a movie as he's made." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 2, 2008
2.5/5 73% Son of Rambow (2007) " For a film about falling in love with the movies, its insights on them are next to nil." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 2, 2008
3.5/5 77% Body of War (2008) " Body of War makes no bones about its activism. Then again, like the others, it's the willingness to contextualize events and apply reason to them that makes it and others so valuable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 25, 2008
3/5 84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " If Forgetting Sarah Marshall lacks the heady mix of sheer exuberance and unexpected maturity of the granddaddy of the genre, Apatow's 40-Year-Old Virgin, it's more soulful than Knocked Up and more inclusive than Superbad." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2.5/5 47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) " My Blueberry Nights should have played like a memory, but its hard-living, luckless losers are too beautiful to be believed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3.5/5 52% Leatherheads (2008) " Clooney and Zellweger radiate intelligence and seem to take pleasure in each other's mental agility. Even when the lines are less than spectacular, the spark between the two actors is knowing and playful." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 4, 2008
4/5 82% Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006) " The perfect frothy fantasy for the obscene wealth gap era, Priceless (Hors de Prix) stars a gorgeous, cellophane-thin Audrey Tautou as Irène, a dedicated gold digger who finds herself accidentally mixed up with a penniless bartender." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2.5/5 67% Snow Angels (2007) " Snow Angels begins with a wink, but it ends with a sucker punch. And somehow this doesn't feel fair." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
4/5 77% Paranoid Park (2007) " Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his latest films." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2.5/5 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) " The sad thing is that this Horton doesn't stick by its central message -- that every voice counts -- the way Horton sticks to the Whos. It pretends to, but the sincerity is just too scary to commit to fully." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2.5/5 55% Married Life (2008) " Maybe it is about compromise, after all, because though Married Life has its moments, it's bewildering as a whole." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3.5/5 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) " It's hard not to like a movie in which Frances McDormand spends half her screen time staring longingly at leftover scraps of bread and half-eaten apples, as she does in the charmingly featherweight Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3.5/5 55% Romulus, My Father (2008) " For all its sad moments, Romulus, My Father is a love story between father and son kept aloft by unalloyed admiration." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
4/5 81% Chicago 10 (2008) " The director wants to bring recent history to life for people who weren't around to witness it, and in that he succeeds pretty admirably." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2.5/5 56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) " [Director] Poll never picks a tone to stick with, so the movie is neither quite naturalistic nor stylized enough, and Charlie's character vacillates between charming-soulful and creepy-weird." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2008
3.5/5 66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) " Eminently likable. And there's something about Gondry's persistent nostalgia that feels contemporary, or opportune, at least." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2008
3/5 86% The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007) " An ambling narrative, but an atmospheric one that feels authentic despite its unlikely character pairings." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 15, 2008
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