David Frese

David Frese

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Kansas City Star
Total Reviews:
75

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " "About Last Night" is dirty, sexy and, for the most part, a lot of fun." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " "Lone Survivor" illustrates for a new generation the difficulty our young women and men face in fighting an enemy that wears no uniform, marches under no flag and calls no country home." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Though the maneuvering almost descends into tedium at times, Russell has created a dense and operatic portrait in which nothing is as it seems." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Keeping a hammer-swinging god grounded in a world we can relate to isn't easy, but thanks to good performances, solid effects and great pacing, Taylor and his cast have nailed it." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " It's less like watching a movie and more like eavesdropping on what goes on between a boyfriend and a girlfriend when parents aren't around." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " "2 Guns" is a smidgen off-target." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " By minimizing the goofy superhero side of the character, Mangold maximizes the action hero. The Wolverine succeeds when it emphasizes the human in superhuman." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " "Man of Steel" is visually spectacular but, for the most part, emotionally distant. It's just another $200 million superhero movie and another wasted opportunity." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " In a film about people who perform death-defying stunts, the last thing you want to inspire is a yawn." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 93% Amour (2012) " In many ways, it's a horror film, as the woman descends into helplessness, and - like the audience - the man can only watch. It's a potent piece of filmmaking." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 7, 2013
3/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " A cute if occasionally cheesy love story that manages to tweak zombie lore while raising the bar on Hollywood's supernatural teen romance phase." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 31, 2013
3.5/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Director Kathryn Bigelow and her "Hurt Locker" screenwriter, Mark Boal, deftly quilt together disparate events in the almost 10 years between 9/11 and bin Laden's death." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " Among the most morally and ethically interesting movies to come along in some time." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/4 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " There's no spark between the leads. Cruise and Pike look as if they're just saying lines and occasionally talking over one another." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " The film is frequently gorgeous, technologically adventurous and eventually thrilling." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2/4 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " "Killing Them Softly" has style and substance but not much soul and no real center." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " From the CGI to the subject matter, the film contains several layers of fiction, but regardless of your level of belief, "Life of Pi" always feels true." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " Daniel Day-Lewis is so good in "Lincoln" he makes a $5 bill look phony." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Despite a lack of complexity, "Skyfall" is a respectable chapter in the Bond saga." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/4 78% Flight (2012) " [Its] muddled message and some storytelling cliches prevent "Flight" from being a great film." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/4 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " "Robot & Frank" is so endearing it's easy to forget it's science fiction." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 30, 2012
1/4 71% Paul (2011) " Most of it crash-lands." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
3/4 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " A fun, all-ages space adventure." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/4 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " The camera work is frequently pedestrian, the acting is bland, and the jokes often fall flat." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 12, 2010
3/4 79% The Hangover (2009) " If there is any justice in the universe, The Hangover will make Zach Galifianakis a household name." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/4 51% Notorious (2009) " Notorious is slightly better than the average hip-hop biopic (50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' among them). But the Great American Hip-Hop Film is still out there somewhere, waiting to be told." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 25% Bedtime Stories (2008) " Continuing on this trajectory, the much-maligned funnyman probably will create yet another generation of fans. And maybe even another generation of haters." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 29, 2008
1/4 33% Morning Light (2008) " Morning Light fails as film or TV. It's essentially a vanity project for sailing enthusiast Roy E. Disney." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/4 63% Changeling (2008) " The film slowly and deliberately builds a head of righteous indignation; along the way it becomes a sort of feminist fable." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 30, 2008
1/4 14% All Roads Lead Home (2008) " It's not that the film is too complicated, it's just unwieldy." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2008
2/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " It's the finest 97-minute advertisement for Yoda underpants released this week." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2008
1/4 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) " This sequel is inferior even to its predecessors (three, if you count the prequel The Scorpion King), themselves poor versions of the George Lucas-Steven Spielberg franchise." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 1, 2008
2/4 32% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) " While it's nice to drop in on Scully and Mulder again, moviegoers new to the franchise might have trouble drumming up empathy for this odd couple." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 25, 2008
3/4 78% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) " That Kit largely succeeds is testament to not only its timing but also its craft." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 52% Leatherheads (2008) " "Zellweger's Lexie isn't some silly sexpot or spoiled simp; she's a thoroughly modern moll."" — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 4, 2008
1/4 16% Jumper (2008) " Jumper is a special effect in search of a movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 14, 2008
3/4 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) " Some of Book of Secrets is quite ridiculous, but in a film that plays fast and loose with history and reality, nothing is impossible." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 56% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) " And as far as sermons go, it's a good one. You just wish the director had found someone else to deliver it." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 14, 2007
1/4 14% Hitman (2007) " Hitman is another cynical attempt to make some cash off the gaming crowd, but gamers arenâ(TM)t stupid. This is a film thatâ(TM)s made for someone who finds word balloons in comic books too complicated." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/4 73% The Mist (2007) " If you ever want to produce an adaptation of a Stephen King story, call Frank Darabont." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 21, 2007
1/4 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " Alert readers spotting similarities to Willy Wonka should now reward themselves with a handful of Everlasting Gobstoppers." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " The Simpsons Movie was expected to raise the bar for animated film -- especially 2-D animation. Unfortunately, it's just another example of what could have been." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 27, 2007
1/4 14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) " When you're more intrigued by the appearance of Richard Chamberlain than the film's final courtroom denouement, you know this union of movie and moviegoer was doomed from the start." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/4 49% We Are Marshall (2006) " Matthew McConaughey is the MVP of We Are Marshall." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 22, 2006
1/4 47% The Holiday (2006) " [Director Nancy Meyers] hits all the notes of the chick-flick formula -- heartbreak, ice cream, Aretha Franklin -- but she never creates a melody." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 8, 2006
2/4 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) " Talladega is full of fun moments and funny performances that are more engaging as bits than as a cohesive narrative." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 4, 2006
2/4 21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) " Dupree sustains its groove for the most part, and in this summer of bloated spectaculars, it feels tight. It may be silly, but it's a pleasant enough diversion." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 14, 2006
3/4 40% Nacho Libre (2006) " Jared Hess has made another sweet PG-rated movie populated with determined oddballs in surreally timeless settings. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 16, 2006
2/4 34% The Break-Up (2006) " While the situations are real and the dialogue is authentic, "The Break-Up" is mundane and trite." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 2, 2006
2/4 80% Brick (2006) " More than a novelty and it's occasionally mesmerizing, but without the affectation of dialogue, it hardly rises above after-school special." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 1, 2006
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