Colin Covert

Colin Covert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Minneapolis Star Tribune
Total Reviews:
2207
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 77% Land Ho! (2014) " It's like being subjected to a 90-minute vacation slide show by someone you don't care about." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " This semi-improvised indie accomplishes its modest goal, which is to explore the way a vexing relationship between in-laws can yield unexpected personal growth and warm bonds of affection." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " What sounds like a strained miscalculation turns out to be one of the most shamelessly enjoyable pranks ever pulled by a multibillion-dollar entertainment conglomerate. This is what happens when blockbuster filmmaking sits on a whoopee cushion." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " You may have memorized jokes from Allen's other films. This one will have you quoting the scenery." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 97% A Summer's Tale (2014) " The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " This is a fatalistic fable about aging and loss disguised in ultra-zany wrapping paper." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 78% Get On Up (2014) " "Get on Up" is loud, proud, funky, soulful, sweaty, emphatic and sometimes a little hard to understand, just like its subject, James Brown." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1/4 4% Serving Sara (2002) " The spectacularly bland comedy Serving Sara offers us a TV actor and a fashion mannequin in lieu of actual movie stars." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/4 62% Hercules (2014) " Dwayne Johnson, perhaps the only actor around who can look superhuman and self-deprecating at once, wears the title role like a custom tailored lion skin." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 49% I Origins (2014) " The film doesn't rush to solve the mystery of whether Ian the skeptic is discovering a new realm of spiritual activity or merely grasping at coincidence and magical thinking." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 91% Siddharth (2014) " Like Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief," the film uses downbeat themes to make a point about this particular society and life in general." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " "A Most Wanted Man" is not a guns-and-motorcycles spy story but a shadowy walk down a dark alley." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 64% Lucy (2014) " The film, repeating a widespread myth, asserts that the rest of us muddle through on just 10 percent of our cranial horsepower. Besson's target audience seems to be somewhere lower than that." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) " Basinger handles her role capably, but is absurdly miscast as an Italian, and French actor Perez fails to create credible chemistry with his co-star." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " There's a valid comedy-drama in the story of a man who can't tell if his lifelong ambition is a true passion or a pipe dream, but Braff prefers facile life lessons and slow-motion hugging to tough questions." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Like "Carnage," "The Pianist," "Rosemary's Baby" and more, Roman Polanski's latest is a creepy exploration of claustrophobia and perversity that should not be missed." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Writer/director James DeMonaco combines potent action, sledgehammer political allegory and eerie paranoia in an entertaining B movie." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 60% Hellion (2014) " Wiggins gives the boy's struggles a raw realism, but it's not enough to shore up this slackly paced slice of sunbaked Texas miserabilism." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
0.5/4 19% Sex Tape (2014) " There's not much to this pratfalling exercise in futility that we haven't seen before except for a flash of Cameron Diaz's bare rump. And that is hardly an experience worth 100 minutes of your one and only life." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " There are a scattering of inside gags, asides and blink-and-you-missed-it details for the parents. The film's focus, though, is pleasing the milk-and-cookies crowd." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) " Why would this film's creative team start with one of the cleverest series ever and make such a limp, leaden movie? I fail to see the connection." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " How fitting that America's most important movie critic has become the subject of a fine movie himself." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " "Snowpiercer" is a full-throttle science fiction adventure and a resonant modern myth." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 24% Third Person (2014) " The look of the film is gorgeous, the actors inhabit their roles convincingly, and its artistic aims are higher than most. Still, I can't endorse the self-consciously clever result." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " It's more a pile of incidents than a story. Without a guiding focus, McCarthy's boisterous comic energy runs amok. The result barely holds together as a movie." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " There is a whole lot of echoing going on in the screenplay." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 83% Begin Again (2014) " Knightley brings emotional confusion into sharp, touching focus as the pair bond over nighttime strolls and the shared love of classic pop. Carney flips film clich├ęs to keep us guessing." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 80% Redwood Highway (2014) " The mostly gentle drama has integrity without feeling caught up in its own nobility." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 91% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " If you want to provoke an artist, try to stifle him." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/4 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " The cheerful Dixieland soundtrack implies "A Coffee in Berlin" is a comedy, but the story line smears the screen with melancholy." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 58% Rigor Mortis (2014) " With visuals this gruesome and flashy, who needs seamless storytelling?" — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Slickly directed by actor Mike Myers, it intersperses Gordon's sunny reminiscences with testimony from an army of A-list clients and celebrity pals. Admittedly, there are great stories here." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Michael Bay outdoes himself here, creating the biggest, bloatiest, Michael Bay-est film ever. There is scarcely a moment in its 165 minutes that does not involve frenzied screaming, smashing or shooting." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Everybody loves a rags-to-riches story. The joyous new musical "Jersey Boys" doubles down on that favorite theme." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2014
65% The Rover (2014) " Forget "gritty." "The Rover" is so rank that if you cut yourself on it, you'd need a tetanus shot." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " It's amateurish but gleeful. The zoom-zoom pacing and all-in performances make sure the jokes don't fall on dead air." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " A hectic, convoluted French comedy about a Parisian novelist and the three women in his life." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 64% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The more this predictable, faux-endearing Canadian comedy works at being irresistible, the harder it is to enjoy." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Asked at the film's conclusion what he expects his legacy will be, he replies, "I couldn't care less," ornery to the last. Viewers who encounter him for the first time through this film will no doubt share the sentiment." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
1.5/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " What it lacks is dramatic interest. There's no zing in it." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " It's the sequel to end all sequels. The only problem: It's so irresistibly funny it'll probably spawn a trilogy." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The impressive part is the storytelling confidence of writer/director Dean DeBlois. He has created a thoughtful tale as meaningful for grown-ups as it is pleasurable for its young primary audience." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Anyone who can watch Woodley and Elgort's romantic tug-of-war and not get caught up in their charm is defective." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Breathlessly exciting, wildly entertaining, "Edge of Tomorrow" is a wake-up call to makers of formulaic alien-invasion thrillers." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Jodorowsky's images can be stunning, and his ability to acknowledge pain without being depressing is a rare gift. The film is a wayward dream but well worth embracing." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " A tense, engrossing Texas thriller with a sense of humor as sharp and wounding as a Bowie knife." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 94% Ida (2014) " "Ida" is a story of faith and identity, an exquisite, austere drama in a plaintive minor key." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Much of the film rests on MacFarlane's shoulders, and he has toned down the snide, obnoxious demeanor that spoiled his turn as the 2013 Oscars host." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 29, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " These slippery slices of life feel like the most honest, relevant film portrait of adolescence in ages." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 22, 2014
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