Collin Souter

Collin Souter

""Say hi to Allison and the twins" "Triplets" "Triplets...Gosh, how time flies." --Brazil "You love me? You odn't got the right." --5 Corners "My father says that everyone is asleep, everyone you talk to, everyone you meet...he says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant, total amazement." --Joe Versus the Volcano " " --City Lights "Someone, tell a joke" --Moonstruck "Is that what you wanna do for the rest of your life? Get drunk and call Morocco at 2 o'clock in the morning?""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

I graduated with a Film/Video degree from Columbia College. I started writing movie reviews six years ago when I couldn't help but notice a foul odor of mediocrity eminating from the multiplexes. I just had to tell someone. And I've been writing about it ever since. But, as Richard O'Brien wrote, "There's a light in the darkness of everybody's life," and thank God that light is cinema, be it good or bad. I'm also an award-winning screenwriter (1999 Screenwriter's Showcase Awards) and documentary filmmaker.
Brazil, All the Real Girls, Gimme Shelter, Rashomon, City Lights, Joe Versus The Volcano, E.T., Heavenly Creatures, Sullivan's Travels, 5 Corners, Network, Sunset Blvd., Fearless, Magnolia, Near Dark, American Movie, The Three Colors Trilogy, Lord of the Rings trilogy
Total Reviews:
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— Contra Todos (Up Against Them All)
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 52% I'm Still Here (2010)
Posted Sep 13, 2010
3/4 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " When Spielberg makes an Indiana Jones movie, you can tell he still loves it. I guess I do, too. For the most part, anyway." —
Posted May 21, 2008
3.5/4 92% U2 3D (2007) " An elegant, dazzling and graceful concert film that captures the true spirit of a U2 show." —
Posted Jan 27, 2008
4/4 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) " Like the orginal Airplane! or an early Mel Brooks film, it's destined to be quoted, revisited and cherished for years to come." —
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2.5/4 20% The Marine (2006) " A big, hilarious, stupid meathead of a movie, destined to be a huge hit on The Violence Channel." —
Posted Oct 14, 2006
1.5/4 5% Broken Bridges (2006) " It feels about as sincere and insightful as a Schlitz-induced rendition of Achy-Breaky Heart." —
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/4 63% Jackass: Number Two (2006) " The jackass films were made for the sole purpose of getting a crowd of drunken lunkheads together for a night of brainless hilarity. Nothing more, nothing less." —
Posted Sep 21, 2006
3.5/4 61% Crank (2006) " At times, Crank's everything-including-the-kitchen-sink-and-then-some approach feels more like a cartoon than anything else." —
Posted Sep 3, 2006
3.5/4 73% Idiocracy (2006) " Most of these cartoon-like characters could only come from a mind like Mike Judge, who hasn't lost his ability to make stupidity both alarming and endearing. " —
Posted Sep 3, 2006
3/4 48% Idlewild (2006) " There will probably never be a marriage between a great movie and a great album, but I'm glad they keep trying." —
Posted Aug 30, 2006
2/4 68% Snakes on a Plane (2006) " After a while we're stuck with a one-joke concept that got old months before the movie came out and gets older still as the movie wears on." —
Posted Aug 17, 2006
3.5/4 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) " Most comedies these days try too hard to be funny. Talladega Nights simply tries to be funny without being obvious." —
Posted Aug 17, 2006
4/4 74% Monster House (2006) " So fresh, innovative and fun, you can't believe it wasn't written by Brad Bird and directed by Robert Zemeckis." —
Posted Aug 17, 2006
1.5/4 47% Miami Vice (2006) " Were it not for its title, this plodding, tiresome mess would have never seen the light of day." —
Posted Aug 17, 2006
2.5/4 68% World Trade Center (2006) " I look at the screen and I don't see John McLaughlin. I see Nicolas Cage with a moustache and an awkward New York accent." —
Posted Aug 17, 2006
3/4 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) " Almost the exact same review as the first: A lot of fun, but could use some trimming." —
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3/4 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " The storyline sets itself up for plenty of phony pay-offs, but thankfully doesn't deliver on them. It actually knows better." —
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/4 35% The Lake House (2006) " It refreshingly becomes less about time travel and more about the choices we make and the chances we miss." —
Posted Jul 11, 2006
2.5/4 76% Superman Returns (2006) " The plane taking off, flying and nearly crashing into the earth almost serves as a metaphor for the entire Superman Returns experience." —
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3/5 36% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) " I found myself responding to its fenderheaded foolishness... and I suspect that those of you with a healthy taste for the absurd may find themselves reacting in the same way." —
Posted Jul 1, 2006
2/4 34% The Break-Up (2006) " The behavior of the two main charactres exists solely to be "cute," while giving us no reason to believe these two people should be together in the first place." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
1.5/4 25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) " Some protesters believe that if you see this film, you'll go to Hell. They got it backwards. I think if you go to Hell, you'll probably see this film while you're there." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
3/4 33% Poseidon (2006) " Short, sweet, tight, to-the-point and able to fully satisfy anyone craving a silly disaster film." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
3.5/4 41% American Dreamz (2006) " It has the good sense to hold up a mirror to ourselves, only instead of making us feel guilty and stupid, it makes us feel inclusive and in on the big joke." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
1.5/4 44% Take the Lead (2006) " The poster says 'Never follow', while the movie itslef follows every cliche in the book." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
3/4 88% Coachella: The Film (2006) " A well-made, if insignificant, film about a well-managed, significant music festival." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
4/4 90% Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) " Demme continues to make concert films not because he's a fan, but because the concerts are inherantly cinematic and make perfect sense." —
Posted Jun 11, 2006
4/4 91% United 93 (2006) " This is a great movie for many reasons, but its greatness is almost beside the point." —
Posted Apr 27, 2006
3.5/4 73% V for Vendetta (2006) " A refreshing piece of Hollywood entertainment that is more interested in ideas than in just being 'cool'." —
Posted Mar 17, 2006
3.5/4 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " LIke Wattstax and Festival Express before it, Chappelle and Gondry's movie makes you feel as though you're at a party when, in fact, you're just sitting in a darkened theater." —
Posted Mar 14, 2006
4/5 71% Who Needs Sleep? " We all claim to 'eat, sleep and breathe' our passion and, of course, we want to impress the higher-ups who sign our paychecks, but how much is enough?" —
Posted Feb 11, 2006
4/5 72% Friends With Money (2006) " Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has become one of the most interesting, observant and insightful filmmakers working today." —
Posted Feb 3, 2006
4/5 50% Flannel Pajamas (2006) " Lipsky's screenplay clearly comes from a real place, one of experience and true heartbreak." —
Posted Feb 3, 2006
4/4 69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006) " A moving and celebratory rock-doc that proves itself worthy of its subject." —
Posted Jan 28, 2006
4/5 83% Steel City (2007) " Writer-director-editor Brian Jun doesn't let all of his characters off easy, but he clearly has affection for every one of them." —
Posted Jan 28, 2006
4/5 83% Come Early Morning (2006) " We've met characters like Lucy before and we've seen movies like Come Early Morning before, but doesn't automatically make Joey Lauren Adams' directorial debut less than a good movie." —
Posted Jan 28, 2006
4/4 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " Like Eternal Sunshine and Gilliam's Brazil, it demands to be seen more than once and is impossible to sum up in one review." —
Posted Jan 24, 2006
4/4 62% The New World (2005) " The New World carries the sense of discovery that comes with seeing a densely layered work of art for the first time, a work that speaks personally to one's heart and mind." —
Posted Jan 18, 2006
3/4 87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) " By the end, I felt neither happy nor sad for Rodney. I enjoyed being in his presence for 90 minutes, but I can't exactly agree that he has a magnetic personality." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
4/4 69% Yôkai daisensô (The Great Yokai War) (2005) " It's like a live-action Hayao Miyazaki film. It's an indescribable, hilarious and insane piece of work that also has a refreshingly old-school feel to it." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
3/4 51% The Producers (2005) " Not great, but still funnier than most other comedies released in 2005." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
4/4 84% King Kong (2005) " Again, Jackson proves himself an unbeatable showman with the soul of a poet. He crafts and composes his action sequences like symphonies, with the most eye-popping crescendos." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
2.5/4 72% Syriana (2005) " A well-meaning, yet meandering and confusing political thriller." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
1.5/4 46% Rent (2005) " It comes off like a sequel to the ever-annoying Fame where the kids never moved out of New York or learned anything from Debbie Allen." —
Posted Jan 15, 2006
4/5 57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Posted Dec 31, 2005
3.5/4 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " Cuaron's film still ranks as the best...but not by much." —
Posted Nov 17, 2005
2.5/4 43% Bee Season (2005) " A well-intended movie that unfortunately comes off as cold and distant as the characters are to each other." —
Posted Nov 10, 2005
2/4 16% Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) " It exists only to support the already over-marketed and calculated "legend" that he was indeed shot nine times." —
Posted Nov 10, 2005
2.5/4 36% Chicken Little (2005) " The 3-D screenings add little to the experience and feel more like an afterthought than a technological innovation." —
Posted Nov 8, 2005
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