Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, San Francisco Chronicle
Publications:
Dallas Morning News , Sacramento Bee , San Francisco Chronicle
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
739

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Die-hard football fans likely will be the first to notice how bogus it is for the film to try to present this team as underdogs." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 21, 2014
48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The first sign Magic in the Moonlight will be one of those Woody Allen duds - the ones that always seem to follow successes such as last year's Blue Jasmine -- is how often the topic of napping arises." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 14, 2014
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " The Hundred-Foot Journey is a feel-good movie so intent on making its audience feel good that it ladles its more sentimental aspects when only a pinch would have done." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " A moving, intimate documentary that follows the great film critic Roger Ebert in his last months and gives context to his life and career." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " The film takes the audience on a visceral trip back to childhood partly because it shows a real child mature on screen. What completes the effect, though, is masterful writing and directing, by Linklater, and editing, by Sandra Adair." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The breezy, character-piloted Guardians of the Galaxy shows a Marvel comics film need not offer big stars (at least visible ones) to entertain." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The joys of Hoffman's performance are evident on first viewing." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 65% Lucy (2014) " [A] silly-fun but highly flawed sci-fi shoot-'em-up." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The thought that these animals are digital creations, crafted via CGI from human actors' motion-capture acting, does not occur until close-ups reveal humanlike expressions. Otherwise, the scenes seem to show living, breathing beings in their habitat." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 83% Begin Again (2014) " Keira Knightley's singing voice, a little too girlish, a bit too breathy yet somehow still lovely, is Begin Again at its essence." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It does not reveal too much to say that road leads to something otherworldly, and that the something otherworldly is kind of cute. But considering the whole story rests on it, it's also not all that much to phone home about." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Seigner's and Amalric's ability to move seamlessly between play and film dialogue reflects not just acting ability but years of experience as working performers." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Woodley is such a fresh, wonderful presence that you want to write sonnets to her talent." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen and Binoche commit fully to their characters, prep-school teachers who also are complicated, intriguing people. Words, which is gimmicky and too loose-limbed, lacks such commitment." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " The Old West apparently offered too many outhouses and too much horse manure for MacFarlane to resist over-mining that particular vein." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " Savvy but not cynical, soaked in atmosphere, Favreau's return to independent film immerses its audience in its likable lead character's failures, triumphs and food." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 23, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Drab in look and overly talky, X-Men: Days of Future Past lacks the life force and lilt of its 2011 predecessor, X-Men: First Class." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " We came to see things get smashed. Godzilla delivers." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 14, 2014
3.5/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Skin always is moving, but slowly, thoughtfully, positioning both Glazer's camera and the alien as observers." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Neighbors contains some hilarious sight gags. But other moments get lost in director Nicholas Stoller's inundation of retaliatory scenes punctuated by shaky camera work and frat-house strobe lights." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Well-acted and executed, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does little wrong besides exist." — Sacramento Bee
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " There's self-awareness all around in Other Woman until it flies out the window in favor of high jinks." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 86% Joe (2014) " If only we knew the movie's title character a little better. But maybe being left wondering is another victory for Cage. When was the last time you were intrigued by a Cage character?" — Sacramento Bee
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 74% Oculus (2014) " Holy heck, Oculus is scary. It's also well-crafted and highly confident." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Among comic-book films, it's up there with Batman Begins and Spider-Man 2 (the first)." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " In its enumeration of victories and setbacks within that time frame, Chavez fails to create a full or even full-ish picture of the man whose bold but nonviolent tactics led to better working conditions in the fields." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " The performances in Noah are uniformly fine, meaning Aronofsky must be credited as well." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Budapest Hotel, a vibrant, cheeky throwback to 1930s caper comedies, contains the same high degree of craftsmanship as [Anderson's] other films. There's just more of it." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " Lots of stories are derivative yet still exciting to watch. Divergent, though, contains a middle stretch, during which Tris undergoes her training and falls for Four, that does not generate enough audience interest." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " There should be a sequel to further explore this intriguing concept. Gather your pennies, Marshmallows." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Were it not for the Sept. 11 allusion, Non-Stop could be a guilty pleasure. But that allusion -- so destructive to the film's quality, so unnecessary to its plot -- squashes much of the pleasure." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " The makers of the raucous remake clearly recognized those sidekicks' value." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " Building a plausible love story between an escaped convict and a lonely, depressed single mother at whose house he hides would seem to require delicate, nuanced storytelling. Labor Day hits us with a rolling pin." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Fiennes, who also directed, crafts a vividly human and likable character impossible to dismiss as an old, whiskered perv." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Is it awards-worthy? No. But it's often exciting, the kind of strenuously acted movie that blows the cobwebs off the viewing experience after all those more carefully modulated awards-season dramas." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Overlong by an hour and overindulgent by infinity, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street entertains at times but mostly numbs." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Imbued with a surly magnetism by Isaac, Llewyn is quick witted and shows a way with a song. The film surrounding him ably mixes dark humor, period authenticity and polished yet heartfelt musical performances." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Lie emerges as less an indictment of our celebrity-obsessed culture (Armstrong's case is too specific) than a portrait of an incredibly demanding sport." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Bursting with humor, great acting and David O. Russell's abundant filmmaking talent, American Hustle is a joy to watch." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Also impressive is all the beauty on display in Smaug, from the stunning New Zealand landscapes to the actors." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Payne delivers a portrait of small-town America as observant as Picture Show, and a poignant/fun road movie that serves as a companion to the similarly toned Sideways." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Fire maintains such a consistent dystopian vision by other means -- from fine performances to its accomplished production design -- that the stakes of Katniss' increasingly complex journey are evident even when its violence is obscured." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Blue is a coming-of-age story that's only partly a coming-out story." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The extraordinary 12 Years a Slave thrusts its lead character (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the audience into slavery's moral and psychological morass more fully and directly than any movie before it." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " The Counselor shows that some authors should write directly for the screen and others are better off adapted." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/4 49% Carrie (2013) " Peirce's Carrie is not as accomplished but still feels more substantial than most contemporary teen horror films. It's well-acted, insidiously creepy and sufficiently bloody, if you're into that." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Greengrass has used his hand-held cameras to lend Phillips great senses of immediacy and place, making us privy to the thought processes and interpersonal conflicts among the pirates and the ship's captain and crew." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/4 97% Gravity (2013) " The year's great cinematic visual achievement." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " Never before has Gordon-Levitt disappeared into character as he does here." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1.5/4 30% Austenland (2013) " Austenland needs lessons on how a proper spoof should behave." — Sacramento Bee
Posted Sep 12, 2013
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