Carol Cling

Carol Cling

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Total Reviews:
2763
Total QuickRatings:
2486

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% 8 Murders a Day (2011) Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 31, 2011
77% War Horse (2011) " It remains a noble attempt -- if not exactly an unqualified triumph -- to deliver the kind of good old-fashioned movie designed to bring kids, parents and grandparents together for a good old-fashioned, larger-than-life time at the movies. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 24, 2011
C 7% New Year's Eve (2011) " Quick -- somebody help me stage an intervention for director Garry Marshall. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 10, 2011
B- 68% Tower Heist (2011) " Neither the best nor the worst of its genre, Tower Heist ranks as one of those amusing trifles that provide an undeniable, but ultimately temporary, escape from the troubles of the day. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Nov 5, 2011
No Score Yet Stop Smoking - The Video Solution (2000) Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Apr 4, 2011
B- 52% Yonkers Joe (2009) " It's far from a natural, but somehow, some way, it makes its point. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Mar 3, 2009
D 29% New In Town (2009) " As a movie critic, I see movies so you don't have to. Thus, it's my sacred duty to warn you off New in Town -- assuming I have enough brain cells left to write this review. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jan 30, 2009
C+ 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " In pondering the Big Picture, Benjamin Button often falls under the spell of its own epic sweep, inviting us to join its makers in marveling at the marvelousness of it all. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 26, 2008
B+ 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " Potentially treacly material, yet in the hands of director Danny Boyle, Slumdog soars on the strength of its beguiling characters and exotic setting. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 22, 2008
C 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) " You know that time-honored holiday dish that turns up on the table every year? The one that reappears annually because it just wouldn't be a holiday celebration without it -- even though everybody's sick of it by now?Consider this the cinematic equivalent " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2008
C 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " We get bullets flying, stuff blowing up real good and the kind of slice-and-dice editing that renders all that action all but impossible to follow. What we don't get, alas, is much character development or emotional depth. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Nov 14, 2008
B- 63% Changeling (2008) " It's a mystery! Wait, it's a corrupt-cop thriller! No, it's a miscarriage-of-justice melodrama! Oh, it's a courtroom drama! Changeling wrestles with more questions of identity than its heroine ever does. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Oct 31, 2008
B- 59% W. (2008) " By his own admission, George W. Bush has his faults, so it seems almost fitting that W. should have them, too. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Oct 17, 2008
C+ 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) " ... degenerates from a potentially thoughtful exploration of hot-button issues to just another over-the-top thriller. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Sep 22, 2008
C 13% The Women (2008) " (Director Diane) English has completely missed the original movie's most distinctive element: its wicked wit. As a result, she's transformed The Women from a catty blast into a declawed exercise in smug self-entitlement. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2008
C 78% Baghead (2008) " Baghead's got exactly one joke to exploit -- it's a relationship movie masquerading as a horror movie -- and proceeds to beat it to death. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Sep 5, 2008
B 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) " As Hamlet himself would (and did say), though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Along with lots of laughs. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Aug 22, 2008
B+ 94% Encounters at the End of the World (2007) " ... unlike some sound-the-alarm documentaries with a more overt political agenda, Encounters at the End of the World takes after its creator, who allows his extraordinary subjects -- human and otherwise -- to speak for themselves. And, perhaps, for " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Aug 8, 2008
B 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " A movie perfectly pitched to the nasty desperation of the times. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jul 18, 2008
B- 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) " In your face. In more ways than one. That's the twist -- and the appeal -- of Journey to the Center of the Earth. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jul 11, 2008
C- 71% Wanted (2008) " Not content to concentrate on mere mayhem, it aims for something more, and winds up achieving less, trying to pass off a heaping helping of the old ultra-violence as something visionary and profound. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jun 27, 2008
C+ 51% Get Smart (2008) " Missed it by that much. Not that anybody will pay much attention to the many ways in which the new big-screen Get Smart plays dumb -- and fails to capture the delirious slapstick lunacy of its small-screen inspiration. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jun 20, 2008
C 50% Sex and the City (2008) " ... feels like watching an entire season of shoe love, true love and everything in between -- all crammed into one loooooooooong sitting. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted May 30, 2008
A 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " ... it's downright refreshing to witness a movie so fully alive to its own antic sense of humor, without any self-conscious, wise-guy irony to get in the way of the fun. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted May 23, 2008
C- 3% Deal (2008) " There are plenty of movies that prove entertaining despite their familiarity; this isn't one of them. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Apr 25, 2008
C+ 64% The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) " ... a martial-arts variation on a middling musical with knockout dance numbers. It'll be tons of fun on DVD, when we can fast-forward to the good stuff and skip the plodding plot. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Apr 18, 2008
C+ 36% 21 (2008) " Like a gambler who won't cash in while he's ahead, 21 just keeps playing, hoping another winning hand will turn up even though its luck's run out. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Mar 28, 2008
C+ 52% Funny Games (2008) " Haneke's rigorously intellectual, curiously controlled approach all but guarantees that we observe these Funny Games from a distance, with a sense of detachment, rather than sharing the victims' wrenching anguish. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Mar 14, 2008
B- 40% Bonneville (2006) " ... sticks to a soothingly familiar itinerary, providing a welcome showcase for Jessica Lang, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen. As expected, they prove mighty good company along the way %u2014 which is fortunate, because there's nothing much else that qualifies " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Feb 29, 2008
C+ 82% In Bruges (2008) " ... has trouble balancing the movie's twisted humor and explosive violence, creating glaring shifts in tone that make watching In Bruges a wild, if only sporadically satisfying, trip. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Feb 15, 2008
C 22% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) " ... recycles so much material it's a wonder the film stock didn't turn green during filming. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Feb 8, 2008
D 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) " It's not the dead body you have to worry about in Over Her Dead Body. It's the dead brain cells: yours. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Feb 5, 2008
B- 41% 27 Dresses (2008) " ... as frilly and fluttery as the title bridesmaid's attire, as fluffy and sweet as the buttercream icing atop a towering wedding cake. But a nimble cast and insouciant spirit make it more enjoyable than its by-the-numbers plot indicates. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jan 18, 2008
D+ 17% Revolver (2005) " ... given Ritchie's penchant for flashy, in-your-face twists, we trust all will be revealed in good time. But as "Revolver" rolls on -- and on and on and on -- it becomes painfully apparent that Ritchie's firing blanks. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jan 4, 2008
A 86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) " There's thrilling, as in 'producing sudden, strong and deep emotion or excitement.' And there's thrilling %u2014 as in 'moving with rapture; delighting beyond measure.' Star Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton's sixth collaboration is both: a striking, so " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 24, 2007
B- 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " ... serves up such a deliciously histrionic feast from the stars that it seems downright churlish to complain about the recipe. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jan 26, 2007
C- 29% Smokin' Aces (2007) " Too many crooks spoil the broth -- or, more precisely, the bloodbath -- in a wild-and-crazy crime spree that's a whole lot less than the sum of its parts. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Jan 26, 2007
B+ 78% Dreamgirls (2006) " A dream come true? Not quite. But enough sass and brass -- plus a crucial touch of class -- to spark dreams of an at-long-last musical revival. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 28, 2006
B 54% The Good Shepherd (2006) " Damon once again demonstrates his flair for creating inscrutably devious characters. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 22, 2006
C+ 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) " ... just another who-needs-it sequel preaching to the choir. It's no knockout, but at least it's better than Rocky V. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 21, 2006
B- 67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) " ... there's something so slick, so neat and tidy about the production ... that it clashes with the desperate anguish of the down-and-out main character. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 15, 2006
B- 62% Blood Diamond (2006) " You can't have it both ways. But writer-director Edward Zwick keeps trying ... to make socially conscious movies, the kind where stuff blows up real good. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 8, 2006
C+ 65% Apocalypto (2006) " It's striking, all right, but some of us don't care to be struck -- especially when we keep getting hit right between the eyes. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 8, 2006
C 38% The Nativity Story (2006) " If you've ever gazed at Christmas cards featuring artworks of the great masters and wished those images would magically come to life, [this] is your kind of movie. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Dec 1, 2006
66% Shortbus (2006) " Despite the movie's matter-of-fact approach to (and depiction of) graphic acts, the point isn't the sex, it's the genuine emotion generated by the actors, who helped develop their roles with Mitchell. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Nov 11, 2006
B+ 73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) " It's far from a flag-waver. On that basis -- and many others -- it deserves a spirited salute. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2006
B+ 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) " Americans emerge as the target of Borat's most scathing observations. Chances are, however, you'll be too busy busting a gut to complain. " ‐ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2006
44% Casanova (2005) Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Oct 29, 2006
89% Brothers (Brødre) (2004) Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Oct 21, 2006
25% Man of the Year (1999) Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted Oct 14, 2006
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