Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Eye for Film , Fresno Bee , Miami Herald
Total Reviews:
459

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 82% The Double (2014) " It's all very determined and beautifully wrought. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B+ 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " It glows with a childlike innocence but never grinds into the sticky-slapstick sentiment that marks so much of today's coldly calculated animated family offerings. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 1, 2014
B+ 99% Wadjda (2013) " What gives the film such sparkle is how deeply it immerses us in the life of a remarkable little girl. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A- 94% Museum Hours (2013) " The result is an experience not unlike going to a museum itself: a chance to peruse wondrous things in a sacred space. For an evening, a movie theater becomes a place where art and life become beautifully entangled. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 13, 2013
A- 93% No (2013) " Despite the light-heartedness, there's a hard, tense edge to the film. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 10, 2013
2.5/5 64% The Campaign (2012) Eye for Film
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3.5/5 95% Marley (2012) Eye for Film
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 56% Hunky Dory (2013) " Despite the good dialogue the script is lacking depth. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Mar 3, 2012
A 79% Shame (2011) " An exercise in sadness so deep and aching that it's like plunging ever downward into a midnight-black lake and never touching the bottom. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 20, 2012
B 100% Urbanized (2011) " The film ticks off a fascinating blend of dos and don'ts for a century that will see even greater numbers of people packing into urban centers. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 13, 2012
C+ 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " Graff smears an over-the-top theatricality on "Joyful Noise." It's so corny that it turns out to be, well, halfway silly fun. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 13, 2012
3.5/5 77% War Horse (2011) " War Horse is not so much a story of universal suffering told through the eyes of a horse but a Boys' Own ripping yarn. It is a good yarn well paced and well made. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 13, 2012
2.5/5 82% Goon (2012) " There is the impression that some of the characters should have been portrayed in a more three dimensional way. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 9, 2012
A- 92% Take Shelter (2011) " The dread in this slow simmer of a film comes not from a clearly definable sense of danger, but more from a sense of simply not knowing. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 9, 2011
1.5/5 41% Straw Dogs (2011) Eye for Film
Posted Nov 11, 2011
2/5 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) " It has more to do with trying to remake Pirates Of The Caribbean in France than with filming Dumas' novel. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
A- 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Terrence Malick's philosophical wallop of a movie is at once luminous, thrilling, obtuse, melodramatic, visually sumptuous, visceral, flawed and spiritual. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 29, 2011
C 67% The Company Men (2011) " Belongs more in the category of missed opportunity than the successful caustic social commentary it so desperately wants to be. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 11, 2011
B 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) " While I don't quite buy the conceit of Bieber as the Second Coming of pop idols, I did walk away convinced of him having the "it" factor on stage. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 11, 2011
C- 24% The Dilemma (2011) " This cinematic collision between Vince Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Ron Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 28, 2011
C- 24% The Dilemma (2011) " As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation. " ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2011
B+ 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Riveting and raw, it's a little like sitting at a dinner table while a pair of your married friends who were never really a good fit for each other fight in the kitchen. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Conversations about relationships and business are couched in the language of American sport: game seven; playoffs; red zones; end zones; sports stars; ice hockey. Is this the only way men can talk to each other? " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 24, 2011
D 10% Little Fockers (2010) " The third installment in the series has the stale, slightly sour ambiance you'd expect when walking into a summer house that's been shut up for the winter. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 28, 2010
B+ 80% Like Dandelion Dust (2010) " Like Dandelion Dust is the type of sobering family drama that could have turned out sappy and cliched. It didn't. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 24, 2010
C 66% The American (2010) " If watching Clooney rub his brow a lot -- and sit around in gorgeously silhouetted moments while glaring at the harsh, rugged, friendless Italian rustic scenery -- sounds appealing, then you're probably on the same wavelength as director Anton Corbijn. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
B+ 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " Buoyant and engaging. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 30, 2010
C- 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " Unless you're a hard-core Carell fan, this is one Dinner reservation I'd consider canceling. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 30, 2010
3/5 71% [Rec] 2 (2010) " In the end it doesn't fill its sibling's shoes but does compare well to other films out there. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2.5/5 81% I Killed My Mother (2013) " The film is annoyingly atelene. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4.5/5 87% Akira (2001) " Like Snow White before it, Akira was a step change in what animation could show. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
C- 10% Grown Ups (2010) " In this blend of sentimental comedy mixed with toilet humor, Sandler assembled members of his comic generation in what turns out to be an anemic tribute to middle age. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 25, 2010
B 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " The main goal is to transport its target audience to the decidedly less mundane world of Carrie and Friends, and in that sense, the movie is more than successful. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 28, 2010
C- 57% It's Complicated (2009) " If a Pottery Barn catalog had a midlife crisis, it would look and feel something like It's Complicated. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
C 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " The whole thing just seems as if it's trying too hard. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
D+ 28% Dear John (2010) " It might come in a pretty envelope, but what you find inside is nothing to write home about. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
B+ 90% The Messenger (2009) " A wrenching and superbly acted character study. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
B+ 69% Shutter Island (2010) " Shutter Island might not be one of Scorsese's great movies, but you can tell he certainly had a lot of fun putting it together. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Edge of Darkness is entertaining. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 29, 2010
B- 79% The Informant! (2009) " Teeters precariously between being a great movie and an awful one. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 24, 2009
4/5 73% The Age of Stupid (2009) Eye for Film
Posted Jul 17, 2009
B+ 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The effect is big, boisterous, scary, touching -- and definitely not kiddie. Harry's grown up. Thank goodness his movies have, too. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 15, 2009
2.5/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) Eye for Film
Posted Jul 3, 2009
A- 94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009) " The film in many ways is the bleakest indictment of contemporary Japanese culture I've seen. Yet it also functions as dark comedy, fierce character study and uplifting tale of redemption. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 19, 2009
B 44% The Proposal (2009) " When White and Bullock are on screen together, they click in a way that makes this predictable film shine. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 19, 2009
D 18% Dance Flick (2009) " Limps along like it has a bunion the size of a cantaloupe. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 27, 2009
C- 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Makes a better book than a movie " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 18, 2009
D- 51% Observe and Report (2009) " Even for those who relish no-holds-barred humor, there's a point when the most outrageous, caustic comedy can slide from cutting and absurd to just plain mean. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 10, 2009
D 27% Fast & Furious (2009) " Paul Walker, with his two-day bristle of beard and touch-too-tan complexion, has the incipient, leathery look of a man who will look about two decades older when he turns 45. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 6, 2009
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