Duane Dudek

Duane Dudek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Total Reviews:
1460

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Hamlet ADD " It is the hybrid episode of Dr. Who and Star Trek Shakespeare never wrote. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 20, 2014
3.5/4 79% Fury (2014) " The stirring, grim and brutally realistic "Fury" portrays not the folly of war, but its cost. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " "We Are the Best!" captures the chaos of youth with a funny and profane energy. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/4 75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " While leaving room for doubt, the filmmakers clearly take his side and are persuasive in their reporting. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) " There are reasons that films like these keep getting made. One is that, when they work, they are broadly entertaining. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " However readers may have seen the story in their minds - the unshaven and rumpled Affleck is about a decade older than I imagined, but effectively seedy - Fincher crafts its scenes of a broken marriage into a convincing mosaic. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " It is another flawed and meandering mini-masterpiece from a visionary filmmaker whose febrile and fertile imagination never met a narrative it can't mangle into incoherence. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/4 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Technically stunning but aesthetically ill-conceived ... " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Fails to find or strike many original notes. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 24, 2014
2.5/4 39% Tusk (2014) " It's great that Smith is still in the game, but here's hoping for more the next time he steps to the plate. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " From the first scene, where the pair spoon in a crowded double bed and go about their morning ablutions, the actors convincingly communicate the familiarity of longtime companions. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Some second courses are delicious, others an acquired taste. This pasta-filled follow-up to "The Trip" is a little of both. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 80% Land Ho! (2014) " What the result lacks in polish, it makes up for in charm and originality. It breaks no new ground, but the ground it travels looks and feels freshly tilled. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " "Calvary" [is] a parable and gives Gleeson's earthly journey the ring of spiritual truth. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " There are many kinds of magic. This is none of them. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " A portrait of the process of becoming who we are, and the people and events that pingpong across our path during it. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " The hardest-working musical biopic in show business. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " "Guardians of the Galaxy" is pop film-making at its purest. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The story by Andrew Bovell, who wrote "Edge of Darkness," feels true to the novel by John le Carré, with perhaps more emphasis on Hoffman's spy chief. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 66% Lucy (2014) " It is tightly wound and briskly told, but, like Besson's other films, veers wildly from serious to fantastic to ridiculous. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) " The screenplay Braff co-wrote with his brother is said to be semi-autobiographical but rarely feels real. Emotions are stitched onto contrived situations - piled onto them, actually - to manipulate a response. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Warmhearted and, thanks to Gleeson, laugh-out-loud funny. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " "Venus in Fur," the disturbing and provocative Roman Polanski film of David Ives' Broadway play, portrays a power struggle between the object of obsession and the eye of the beholder. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " No matter how thin the drama, or thick the performances, the film's firefly-in-a-jar, midsummer night's whimsy and heart-on-its-sleeve optimism hath charms ... " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Even Ebert might have felt James' candid and compassionate assessment runs a bit long. But such is the consequence of a life lived, and told, in full. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 24% Third Person (2014) " The dreary "Third Person" could also legitimately be called "Help, I'm Trapped in a Literary Conceit." " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " "Snowpiercer" is a welcome curiosity in a season of formula-driven, copycat genre films. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) " D'Souza asks softball questions of those he agrees with ("What is your American dream?" he asks U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz) and leading questions of others, and his narration is peppered with generalities, platitudes and truisms. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " Melissa McCarthy is no underachiever, but she may not be living up to her potential. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " It is unlikely to change any hearts or minds in our perpetually and permanently polarized times, but the film has the courage of its convictions, which likely limits appeal to a like-minded audience. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " While [Eastwood's] minimalist tendencies can be simplistic and reductive, sometimes they and the story they are telling successfully meet in the middle. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/4 95% Ida (2014) " Within the visually cold and austere film is an emotional richness and complexity planted there by co-writer and director Pawel Pawlikowski. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 54% Citizen Koch (2014) " A fluid recap of familiar events through a partisan lens. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " It is an optimistic reminder that your whole life is ahead of you, even if you're dying. And aren't we all? " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 8, 2014
2.5/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " I liked it well enough, but felt like I had seen it before, again and again. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 83% Belle (2014) " Its "Downton Abbey" settings, dresses like tiered and frosted wedding cakes, romance-novel décolletage, men in powdered wigs and elaborate 18th-century courtship rituals may be the stuff of Jane Austen, but the story is decidedly not. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " Favreau returns to his "Swingers"-style indie film roots for an emotionally nourishing and music-filled labor of love about food, family and a man's quest to restore and refresh his reputation with both. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " "Under the Skin" is so baffling and riveting that when a reel was skipped the first time I saw it I never batted an eye. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " When it belatedly puts the spotlight where it belongs, is transformed into massively entertaining spectacle. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " A chai-flavored tale of emotional growth and personal redemption that is part "Slumdog Millionaire," part "Jerry Maguire," and straight out of the "Cool Runnings" school of unlikely sports stories. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " A more accurate title for this midlife crisis black comedy would substitute "fading" with "aging." " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " To say Swinton gives a colorless performance is no insult. With snow-white hair and garments, the alabaster actress disappears into her surroundings like a chameleon. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Marc Webb returns childlike pleasure to the superhero genre in general, and to your friendly neighborhood web-slinger specifically. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The bank-shot narrative style somewhat dilutes the dramatic momentum. But the prison scenes, filmed where events took place, are unnerving and make scenes of reconciliation precious. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " A movie about the greatest movie never made, and the man who never made it. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Not even Paris can gloss over how this couple's banter and familiarity have turned into bickering and discontent. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Dedicated cinephiles who feel an obligation to see what von Trier has wrought are unlikely to reach consensus on whether he is an exploitative provocateur or crusading pamphleteer. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Dedicated cinephiles who feel an obligation to see what von Trier has wrought are unlikely to reach consensus on whether he is an exploitative provocateur or crusading pamphleteer. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 60% Draft Day (2014) " Rather than a deft "Moneyball," behind-the-scenes deconstruction of the process, "Draft Day" is schmaltzy - if shrewd - product placement for "America's Game." " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " In a hamburger world, "The Lunchbox" is comfort food. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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