Christine N. Ziemba

Christine N. Ziemba

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Christine N. Ziemba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.9/10 100% Top Spin (2015) "There's triumph, heartbreak and loss in Top Spin. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2015
6.1/10 65% Learning To Drive (2015) "Both Wendy and Darwan are familiar cinematic archetypes, yet the performances keep the film from becoming too preachy or maudlin. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2015
8/10 76% People Places Things (2015) "Strouse's script is so entertaining and Clement and supporting players give such endearing, heartfelt performances, relatable to denizens of Brooklyn, Astoria and beyond. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2015
4.5/10 No Score Yet Lawrence & Holloman "The questions the film posits about fate and destiny and whether they can be changed by disposition are intriguing, but the one-note nature of the leading characters distracts from any subtler, and therefore more rewarding, character development. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/10 5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) "In the end, Home Sweet Hell is neither an adequate black comedy nor a good slasher film. It's just hellish. There's nothing sweet about it. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2015
8.9/10 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "While the first film was more visually inventive and, to an extent, playful, The Look of Silence, with its straightforward storytelling, is devastatingly powerful. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
5.4/10 35% Strangerland (2015) "Despite all of its well-intentioned, high-minded aspirations, Strangerland is a hodgepodge that plods along at a torpid pace. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
8/10 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Though the sadness of aging permeates the film, moments of levity throughout Mr. Holmes come via Hatcher's smart script, which plays with the widely accepted Sherlock canon. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
8/10 76% The Spoils Before Dying: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "What remains the same are a few cheesy, cheap looking sets (that still probably cost a fortune) and sublimely ham-tastic performances from some of the biggest names in comedy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2015
5.9/10 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/less is a sci-fi thriller that revisits several familiar cinematic tropes... The mishmash unfortunately falls flat, hampered by a weak script and some unusually wooden onscreen moments from usually excellent actors. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2015
6/10 82% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "While Do I Sound Gay? provides an entertaining and humorous look at Thorpe's gradual self-acceptance, its unfocused narrative and lack of depth only hint at a subject that runs much deeper. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2015
5.9/10 60% The Little Death (2015) "This is apparently a comedy, and yet only a few of the characters' exploits are even mildly humorous. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
8.8/10 87% Dope (2015) "Despite jarring shifts in tone, the film deftly raises important issues about socioeconomics and race in America without sermonizing its audience. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
6.4/10 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "It spends too much time on tragedies that are inherent to most war films and only begins to explore some of the most interesting parts of Vera's life at the film's end. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2015
5.9/10 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "While it's generally a pleasure watching Catherine Deneuve, the grande dame of French cinema, sometimes the material just isn't quite up to snuff. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2015
4.5/10 20% Bravetown (2015) "The film turns so overtly melodramatic during its third act that it volleys between a Nicholas Sparks film and Tropic Thunder. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 13, 2015
2.4/10 17% Helicopter Mom (2015) "Breziner's disjointed film is rife with storylines that go nowhere and characters that briefly appear and disappear without explanation. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
6.9/10 44% 1915 (2015) "Thankfully, after this rocky start, the filmmakers largely find their footing to deliver riveting storylines that provide important history lessons along the way. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.9/10 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "In his latest film, Kill Me Three Times, Pegg plays hitman Charlie Wolfe, a character who's neither menacing nor mercurial; he's just boring -- and that's a crime. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2015
7.7/10 88% Faults (2015) "Faults is at times horrifyingly funny-before it becomes just plain horrifying-carried by stellar performances even when it falters. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.6/10 6% Outcast (2015) "In other words, been there, done that. And you'd be wise not to go through it again with Outcast. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
8.3/10 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "The film not only tweaks the vampire genre by adding a number of mumblecore elements, but also pays a tongue-in-cheek homage to its history. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
7.5/10 73% The Voices (2015) "A genre-blending exploration of mental illness and murder, every one of its facets, from theme to tone to imagination, ratcheted up to the nth degree. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4.3/10 20% One Small Hitch (2015) "One Small Hitch should have settled on being a cute but insipid romantic comedy. By emphasizing a lead character who does nothing more than play into a wedding fantasy in hopes that a frog will turn into her prince is ultimately more tragic than comic. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
8/10 95% Girlhood (2015) "Girlhood is a remarkable film that neither casts judgment on its characters nor does it offer a tidy ending to Marieme's problems. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
6/10 82% Black Sea (2015) "The limits of incredulity are stretched thin, and in the end, though Black Sea is at times an admirable, even memorable film, it could have used a lot more of the sad realism with which it opened. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2015
7.2/10 53% Little Accidents (2015) "In her artful feature film debut, writer-director Sara Colangelo deftly avoids the hillbilly stereotypes as well as movie-of-the-week territory with compelling characters who struggle with their own lies and grief. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
8.6/10 100% Portlandia: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Portlandia took us by surprise with this episode-in a good way-by shaking up the formula. Hopefully, this great first episode bodes well for the rest of Season Five. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2015
7/10 74% Beloved Sisters (2015) "Those who do take on Beloved Sisters' nearly three-hour running time and somnambulant appeal will discover a surprisingly modern story of women who dared to flaunt convention and approach love, marriage and society on their own terms. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2015
6/10 60% Goodbye to All That (2014) "Goodbye to All That explores divorce in a low-key manner, but it lacks an emotional punch or clear sense of humor to carry it much beyond its repetitive series of sexual trysts. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
7.7/10 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "Cumberbatch creates a memorable character who is at once fascinating and off-putting. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.8/10 10% Always Woodstock (2014) "Just like its lead character, the film can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2014
6.7/10 77% Rosewater (2014) "[Stewart] dutifully lays bare the evils of political oppression and human rights violations that often go unnoticed. But in his restraint, Rosewater lacks the punch of other politically minded films. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2014
7.7/10 93% Diplomacy (2014) "Arestrup, Dussollier and Schlöndorff make us all believe in a battle for Paris that never happened. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.1/10 29% Autómata (2014) "Unfortunately, like some of the malfunctioning robots in the movie, Automata is a clunker. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
6.9/10 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "Despite melodramatic turns worthy of its Shakespearean predecessor, their story hits home the film's moral: it is still possible to make meaningful connections in the real world. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
6.8/10 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Despite the predictability of St. Vincent's journey, an underlying charm and emotion reach beyond the screen. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
7.7/10 34% Two Night Stand (2014) "Teller has a relaxed, onscreen persona that endeared audiences in last year's The Spectacular Now, and Tipton keeps up brilliantly in her first lead role, effortlessly alternating between an ingenue and sex kitten. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
7.5/10 91% Art and Craft (2014) "An entertaining and compelling film, Art and Craft includes a cat-and-mouse component... But the film blossoms when it instead focuses on its engaging lead character, examining the line that often connects art and madness. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
6.4/10 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "Despite a visually interesting, but ultimately brutal, opening credit sequence, the film devolves into a conventional detective mystery that quickly becomes long in the tooth. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
6.8/10 75% Breastmilk (2014) "Breastmilk proves to be an eye-opening and educational experience, illustrating the complexity around a seemingly simple choice of feeding babies mother's milk in modern America. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2014
6.2/10 22% A Long Way Down (2014) "The film struggles with a meandering story and superficial characters who do little to elicit compassion from the audience. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
8.5/10 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "Braff has always maintained that he chose an alternative route to retain creative control-and the film's final cut seems to vindicate his decision and the faith of the thousands of backers, too. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4.4/10 23% Tammy (2014) "For the most part, their characters are aimless and without purpose, much like the movie itself. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
5.2/10 23% Third Person (2014) "The latest Paul Haggis feature aims to be mysterious and enigmatic, but is instead a disjointed mess, hampered by a confounding ending that cheats the audience of any sort of satisfying emotional resolution. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
6.9/10 83% Begin Again (2014) "Both Ruffalo and Knightley are perfect in their respective roles; in lesser hands, their characters could have become too predictable, too cliched. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.9/10 14% Blended (2014) "Blended is pure pablum, loosely masquerading as a "romantic comedy," though its sorely lacking in both those areas. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014
4.1/10 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is hampered by heavy-handed direction and an unbelievable script with a schmaltzy ending. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 22, 2014
7.4/10 88% The Discoverers (2014) "A smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship between veteran actor Griffin Dunne and Madeleine Martin save it from becoming too formulaic. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
7.3/10 67% A Short History Of Decay (2014) "The film flourishes when it moves away from a coming-of-age story to a more family ensemble piece. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2014
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