Eugene Novikov

Eugene Novikov

""Remember, you still have two out of three branches of government working for you and that ain't bad." --Mars Attacks!"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
AMCtv.com , Cinematical , eFilmCritic.com , Film Blather , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1561
Total QuickRatings:
9
Location:
Newtown, Pennsylvania

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1561
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ —— Chonmage purin (A Boy and His Samurai) (2010) " But while the American version of this story might have involved Kevin James and a lot of farting, this justly acclaimed Japanese family film is magical and totally unexpected." — Film Blather
Posted Jul 27, 2012
B- 93% Sleep Tight (2012) " Suspenseful stuff, filmed with a lush, old-fashioned professionalism, occasionally leavened with some gallows humor. " — Film Blather
Posted Jul 27, 2012
B 29% Red Lights (2012) " If you care at all about intelligent genre cinema that doesn't paint by numbers, you've got to buy a ticket to 'Red Lights', warts and all." — Film Blather
Posted Jul 25, 2012
B 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " This isn't some Michel Gondry magical-realist doodle: Calvin's fictional dream girl damn well really comes to life, with all the astonishment and potential institutionalization that entails." — Film Blather
Posted Jul 25, 2012
B- 65% Trishna (2012) " A nice inversion of the star-cross'd lovers trope." — Film Blather
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B+ 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Though 'The Dark Knight' may be the better, shrewder film, its sequel improbably turns out to be more personal" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C+ 51% Savages (2012) " 'Savages' falls apart, but it falls apart with a certain integrity - I think that Stone made more or less exactly the movie he wanted. I have a grudging respect for it." — Film Blather
Posted Jul 5, 2012
C 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " It's not that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is unnecessary, it's that it sucks - a pale, hollow imitation of a transcendent superhero trilogy. " — Film Blather
Posted Jul 5, 2012
B 80% Magic Mike (2012) " The unease builds imperceptibly, until what seemed ecstatic and liberating early in the film becomes profoundly disquieting. The precision with which Soderbergh executes this shift is astounding." — Film Blather
Posted Jun 29, 2012
B- 78% Brave (2012) " 'Brave' has a lot to recommend it - but there are a few things missing from its mix of playful comedy and sappy testament to family ties. " — Film Blather
Posted Jun 22, 2012
C+ 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " Sweet and droll and kind of inert." — Film Blather
Posted Jun 21, 2012
B+ 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " 'Moonrise Kingdom' made a believer out of a long-time naysayer, and that's really something." — Film Blather
Posted May 24, 2012
B 34% Battleship (2012) " I had considerably more fun watching Berg destroy Michael Bay at his own game than watching Joss Whedon try to please everyone in the universe with 'The Avengers.'" — Film Blather
Posted May 19, 2012
C+ 57% The Dictator (2012) " The Dictator having been stripped of the attention-grabbing reality-show dimension of its predecessors, we are left wondering just what it is that this gifted comic is trying to express." — Film Blather
Posted May 15, 2012
A- 59% Fightville (2012) " An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject. " — Cinematical
Posted Apr 24, 2012
D+ 20% The Lucky One (2012) " Nicholas Sparks destroys everything." — Film Blather
Posted Apr 19, 2012
B 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Toes the line between parody and deconstruction, but it transcends its subject matter rather than just subverting or co-opting it. " — Film Blather
Posted Apr 15, 2012
D 43% American Reunion (2012) " Maybe most distressing is how retrograde the film feels. 'American Wedding' had the lovely scene where Stifler does a dance-off at a gay bar. 'American Reunion' is wall-to-wall gay panic jokes." — Film Blather
Posted Apr 5, 2012
C 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " This isn't exactly a new vision of 'Snow White.' It's more like a disorganized, ineffectual riff." — Film Blather
Posted Mar 29, 2012
B- 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " Contains some of the most fluid, and forceful fight scenes in cinema history, flawlessly shot and edited by Welsh-Indonesian savant Gareth Evans. " — Film Blather
Posted Mar 24, 2012
B 88% Funeral Kings (2012) " The plot's head-fakes are a little bit frustrating, but 'Funeral Kings' compensates with moment-to-moment cleverness and a slew of wonderfully specific little details" — Film Blather
Posted Mar 13, 2012
B+ 78% Killer Joe (2012) " Friedkin takes what could have been a case study in trailer-trash miserabilism and produces something riveting, compassionate, and truly singular." — Film Blather
Posted Mar 12, 2012
B- 51% John Carter (2012) " There are more than a few moments that hint at the fantasy classic this might have been. See it in 2D." — Film Blather
Posted Mar 8, 2012
C 41% Silent House (2012) " Formal gimmick and all, Silent House reads far better on paper than it plays on the screen." — Film Blather
Posted Mar 8, 2012
D+ 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " The worst kind of trifle." — Film Blather
Posted Mar 8, 2012
B- 59% Wanderlust (2012) " Isolated chunks of awesome rather than a coherent whole." — Film Blather
Posted Feb 23, 2012
C- 29% The Vow (2012) " Since we know exactly where 'The Vow' has to end up, it becomes an inexorable progression from the intriguing to the tedious. " — Film Blather
Posted Feb 11, 2012
B+ 85% Chronicle (2012) " It's high-concept, proto-superhero fun on one hand, and on the other an angry, dead-serious story about the pain of being a teenager, and the burden of discovering what you're capable of as an adult." — Film Blather
Posted Feb 2, 2012
B 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " An almost total stylistic 180 from Watkins' debut, Eden Lake: where that film was grimy and harrowing, this one is unsettling and alluring." — Film Blather
Posted Feb 2, 2012
D+ 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " The screenplay is so relentlessly stupid that watching this talented cast (including Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, and Elizabeth Banks) trying to duck its idiocies is painful. " — Film Blather
Posted Jan 26, 2012
C 79% The Grey (2012) " The film is interested in little but threatening its characters with occasional wolf maulings while they bicker and posture at each other. " — Film Blather
Posted Jan 26, 2012
C+ 51% Contraband (2012) " Stars Mark Wahlberg in the kind of earnest good-guy role that always exposes the actor's weakness playing characters who aren't aggressive or larger-than-life. " — Film Blather
Posted Jan 12, 2012
C 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " This is, if you can believe it, maybe the first mainstream example of 9/11 kitsch." — Film Blather
Posted Jan 12, 2012
D+ 12% The Darkest Hour (2011) " The flailing, jittery film suggests extensive corporate meddling, and an overall lack of confidence in the enterprise." — Film Blather
Posted Dec 25, 2011
B 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Probably the best possible movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." — Film Blather
Posted Dec 20, 2011
B- 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " Pretty good: handsome, thought-through, and constructed with uncommon craft and care." — Film Blather
Posted Dec 15, 2011
C- 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) " An uphill battle from the first, since it is not remotely believable that either Glenn Close or Janet McTeer would pass for men for more than, oh, 45 seconds. " — Film Blather
Posted Dec 10, 2011
B- 80% Young Adult (2011) " It's good to see that Cody can work in multiple registers, but shorn of her stylistic tics, her writing both retains its fierce intelligence and reveals a sort of casual meanness that's a bit jarring." — Film Blather
Posted Dec 10, 2011
C 71% Carnage (2011) " Yes, this is an adaptation of one of those plays where loathsome well-to-do socialites of various flavors come together to methodically reveal just how loathsome they are." — Film Blather
Posted Nov 26, 2011
B 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " 109 minutes of straight-up action-adventure, Indiana Jones-style, gorgeously rendered in mo-capped 3D and staged with typical brio and top-notch craftsmanship by Spielberg." — Film Blather
Posted Nov 26, 2011
C 73% Like Crazy (2011) " Almost weirdly banal, a love story between two characters who don't really exist." — Film Blather
Posted Nov 6, 2011
B+ 78% Melancholia (2011) " A moving rumination on mental illness and maybe the first time since "Breaking the Waves" that von Trier has looked at one of his characters as an actual human being. " — Film Blather
Posted Oct 28, 2011
C- 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " This may simply be a matter of sensibility, but I just don't find this sort of self-absorbed counterculture non-narrative interesting. My kingdom for some drama." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 28, 2011
C- 36% In Time (2011) " The Kiwi filmmaker has done great work before, and no doubt will again, but In Time is a graceless, heavy-handed bore." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 28, 2011
B- 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " Neither raunchy nor crude nor ADD-addled, the movie prefers long, elaborate, often very funny gags punctuated by bursts of good-natured verbal silliness." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 20, 2011
A 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Gets at something deeply unsettling about the human condition." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 20, 2011
B- 71% Footloose (2011) " There's at least one very compelling reason to see it: Brewer understands how to do music on film better than anyone else working today." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 14, 2011
A- 85% The Ides of March (2011) " Top-shelf, riveting, breathless, intelligent, brilliantly acted entertainment for adults." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 6, 2011
B- 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " A whimsical bit of buffoonery." — Film Blather
Posted Oct 6, 2011
B- 92% Take Shelter (2011) " Beautiful and insinuating, with a killer sound design and accomplished performances by Shannon and Jessica Chastain as his wife." — Film Blather
Posted Sep 29, 2011
B 93% 50/50 (2011) " A remarkably tough-minded meditation on mortality, willing to confront the audience with harsh realities and to grapple with difficult, scary questions." — Film Blather
Posted Sep 29, 2011
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