Christine N. Ziemba

Christine N. Ziemba

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.4/10 20% 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 60% 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 72% 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 No Score Yet 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 92% 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 52% 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 76% 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 89% 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 75% 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 31% 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
9/10 86% Chef (2014) " A detailed and entertaining romp through kitchen life, Chef proves once again that Favreau's a major triple-threat in Hollywood: He wrote, directed and even stars in the film, despite his non-cookie cutter, leading-man appearance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
6.9/10 61% Hank And Asha (2014) " Though the film's leads are engaging and appealing, the contrived plot device of communicating solely through video becomes tiresome after the novelty wears away. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2014
6.7/10 18% Tasting Menu (2014) " The lack of true conflict, comedy or even just a hint of spice in this food-themed dramedy leaves viewers feeling unsatiated. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2014
6.3/10 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " While it's an entertaining ride, thanks largely to Law's commitment and Shepard's comic dialogue, the story becomes too bloated for its own good. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2014
8/10 65% Bad Words (2014) " While some of the scenarios are highly improbable, the riotous script paired with Bateman's sure-handed direction and performance keep the film grounded in reality -- and almost believable. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
7.7/10 100% Portlandia: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " When the sketches hit their marks, the results aren't just comedy, but pretty good social commentary, too. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4.8/10 14% Barefoot (2014) " It's an amalgam of tried-and-true themes minus any originality. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 21, 2014
6/10 56% Adult World (2014) " While innocuously entertaining, Adult World is missing both substance and, at times, any mooring in reality. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4.7/10 0% Best Night Ever (2014) " The film tries to make up for the lack of an original story with over-the-top antics that, most of the time, aren't funny. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
7.9/10 81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Some younger audiences might not get all the old-school references, but the acting, the dry (and sometimes plain stupid) humor, combined with cheesy-looking production, all wrapped in a soapy parody, adds up to a lot of timeless fun. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
7.9/10 93% The Past (2013) " There are no good guys or bad guys in the film -- just real people with real flaws. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2013
8.3/10 92% Philomena (2013) " The steady direction by Frears, coupled with the snappy and substantive dialogue, keeps the film grounded when even the truth becomes hard to believe. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2013
5.7/10 No Score Yet Apart From That (2006) " The indie feature works well on several levels, but as it tries to capture the characters' everyday lives, Apart From That gets bogged down in minutiae. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/10 No Score Yet Qwerty (2012) " The film lacks both romance and laughs, largely due to a clunky script, stilted supporting performances and an unappealing leading character. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
6.5/10 No Score Yet Trattoria " Trattoria...does an admirable job in capturing the pressures that restaurant owners are often under. But it's missing a key ingredient -- passion. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
7.5/10 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " First-time filmmaker Osder, with masterful editing by Nels Bangerter, has crafted a captivating and taut documentary. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
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