Chris Grunden

Chris Grunden

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International
Total Reviews:
44

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Showing 1 - 44 of 44
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
62% The Newton Boys (1998) " There's little nuance in the straightforward, chronological way the tale is told--it's hard to point to a scene that's worth discussing after you've left the theatre." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 9, 2002
75% The Negotiator (1998) " Though it adds nothing new to the genre, The Negotiator is a showcase for its actors and, as such, is a rare breed these days." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 9, 2002
78% Following (1999) " Christopher Nolan has crafted a spare but gripping black-and-white neo-noir debut feature that features some classic elements of the genre." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2001
26% Swordfish (2001) " Young Matrix-loving males should treasure it while everyone else should be forewarned to check their brains at the door." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2001
20% Down to Earth (2001) " Genial but lackluster romantic comedy." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2001
46% Forces of Nature (1999) " Forces of Nature gets by, barely, due to its well-cast leads." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
37% Bicentennial Man (1999) " Whatever truly thought-provoking sci-fi or philosophical concepts the original material contained have been watered down to sentimental blandness." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% American Pie (1999) " The Weitzes, with screenwriter Adam Herz, have cleverly captured all the nostalgia, fear and humor associated with adolescent sex, or lack thereof." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
63% Sliding Doors (1998) " Having to witness the doomed romance between Lynch and Paltrow play out twice over is nothing if not dull, as the events unfold with little nuance and few surprises." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% The Theory of Flight (1998) " Carter's bravura performance is the reason to see The Theory of Flight, but it's a shame that nothing else in the film matches the obvious care she put into her role." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60% Playing by Heart (1998) " Unfortunately as bland as its forgettable title," — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% Coyote Ugly (2000) " Formulaic to the extreme." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) " He might be in step with the times, but today's James Bond is, frankly, a bit dull." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Sleepy Hollow (1999) " Gorgeously constructed and genuinely frightening, Sleepy Hollow is a consummate match of director and material." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Life (1999) " Screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone deserve hard time for the tired, plodding shtick they concoct once the duo end up in prison stripes." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) " My guess is Columbia has virtually no chance of finding an audience for this misfire." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60% A Civil Action (1998) " Deserves to be set apart from the parade of legal thrillers, John Grisham adaptations et. al., that Hollywood regularly cranks out for our consumption." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
22% The General's Daughter (1999) " The film exists to relish showing a promiscuous woman's effect on her testosterone-jockey colleagues and her provocative, self-loathing efforts at embarrassing dear old daddy and his West Point cronies." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Bowfinger (1999) " Audiences are guaranteed to leave the theatre smiling." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
47% Romance (1999) " Romance is explicit but not titillating" — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
48% Bamboozled (2000) " The film, veering clumsily between satire and drama, often feels like a history lesson." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% The Mummy (1999) " The Mummy's action scenes are adroitly staged, and they show off Fraser's rugged hero persona to best effect." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
42% BASEketball (1998) " Adolescent boys, or anyone who loves the idea of an extended argument using only the word 'dude,' will no doubt best appreciate BASEketball." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% The Spanish Prisoner (1997) " Completely absorbing from start to finish." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
12% Sphere (1998) " This journey is a road to nowhere." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Hurricane Streets (1997) " For a debut feature, Hurricane Streets is technically very solid." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
75% The Mighty (1998) " Resonates with genuine feeling and storytelling grace." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% A Perfect Murder (1998) " Somewhere, Alfred Hitchcock is yawning." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Savior (1998) " Quaid's stripped-down, emotionally raw performance is a far cry from his last acting job in The Parent Trap." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57% The Life of Jesus (1997) " Only the most patient art-house audiences will appreciate Dumont's occasional cinematic grace which transcends the grim proceedings." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Spielberg's assembled cast is as fine an ensemble as one could hope for." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
33% Gummo (1997) " Simply a series of incidents with no central narrative in sight, and though the film strives to achieve realism, it feels contrived and false." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Mumford (1999) " A frustrating, mundane piece of filmmaking that only serves to emphasize the spottiness of Kasdan's post-Body Heat output." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Office Space (1999) " A pretty listless satire of workplace culture." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
72% High Art (1998) " This affecting film is one of the year's more intriguing art-house entries, and doesn't deserve to be simply relegated to a niche audience." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% The Wood (1999) " Nelson hilariously and poignantly portrays Mike's journey into puberty." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
30% Kiss The Girls (1997) " A perfect example of a film that doesn't do anything particularly badly but sorely suffers from a lack of uniqueness." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% The Limey (1999) " Personally, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, and found The Limey's evocative debt to films like John Boorman's Point Blank, as well as to its leading men's key work from that era, absolutely mesmerizing." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% Timecode (Time Code) (2000) " What Time Code perhaps proves most of all is that the digital filmmaking revolution means absolutely nothing without an old-fashioned, compelling story to hang it on." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
24% RocketMan (Rocket Man) (1997) " A slickly produced, reasonably funny family film from the company that does it best." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
41% Celebrity (1998) " Wears out its welcome long before it fizzles out." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Full Tilt Boogie (1997) " Useful as a behind-the-scenes look at genre filmmaking on location, from the ground up, and, as such, should be worthwhile viewing by any young, aspiring would-be Tarantinos or Rodriguezes." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
60% Mystery Men (1999) " Usher ... can't quite focus the chaotic goings-on in Champion City, and a sharply satirical script gets buried under some over-the-top action sequences." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
36% Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) " Discriminating viewers are better off saving their pennies for a real-life trip to Hawaii." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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