Forrest Hartman

Forrest Hartman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Gannett News Service , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Reno Gazette-Journal
Critics' Group:
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
566
Total QuickRatings:
60
Location:
Reno, Nevada

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Making a movie with nothing more than smart dialogue and fine performances is a dying art, but Linklater, Hawke and Delpy remind us that it's a skill worth saving." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 23, 2013
4/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Director James Wan, best known for creating the Saw franchise, delivers his finest work to date. Instead of relying on the graphic, slasher-style techniques that made Saw a hit, Wan turns to old-fashioned suspense, and the payoff is big." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 23, 2013
3/4 65% The Heat (2013) " There's no getting away from the fact that The Heat is lightweight and derivative, but its formulas have been freshened just enough to make it fun. With Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock on board, that's enough." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The plot is well designed considering how silly the movie really is. Credit that to Guillermo Del Toro. He obviously put a lot of though into the picture, but it's still a basic action film, and the selling point is giant robots battling giant monsters." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " The best thing about This Is the End is playing "spot-the-celebrity" in the early frames. Do this, and you'll find everyone from Jason Segel to David Krumholtz. If all that talent were put to better use, the film might have been worth watching." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/4 58% The Frozen Ground (2013) " The Frozen Ground isn't innovative, but it is a well-paced and engaging thriller that has the added appeal of a truth-based narrative." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " The goofy characters waltz through plenty of offbeat situations, but that's not enough because quirky and funny are not synonymous." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2.5/4 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Olympus Has Fallen has excellent action sequences, and Fuqua does a terrific job making Washington, D.C., look like a battleground. For indulgent viewers, this will be enough." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/4 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Writer-director Derek Cianfrance gained considerable attention for his 2010 drama Blue Valentine, and he has created an even finer movie with The Place Beyond the Pines." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 98% Mud (2013) " Mud should cement [writer-director Jeff Nichols'] reputation as a storyteller capable of extracting intense excitement from character-based dramas." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3.5/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " Oblivion is a deliberate and beautifully crafted picture that embraces genre trappings without sacrificing the emotional heft of pure drama." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/4 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " [Jon M.] Chu is a stylish director, and it's fun to watch him blow things up. He also paces the material furiously. For awhile, this strategy works. But, as with most movies that don't have any substance, the pomposity and spectacle grow tiresome." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " As good as the movie is performance-wise, [director Sally] Potter allows the pacing to drag frequently, meaning viewers must be patient with Ginger & Rosa." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 68% Trance (2013) " [Director Danny] Boyle has not only delivered a first-rate thriller, he has produced a film that should inspire healthy debate... both about its plotting and characters. In a world of disposable entertainment, it is a lasting piece of art." — Gannett News Service
Posted Jul 30, 2013
1.5/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " A big, dumb action film that charges forward believing Stallone is charismatic enough to sell even bad writing. He's not." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Evil Dead owes everything to its predecessor, and [director Fede] Alvarez never tries to hide that fact, even when his movie feels painfully redundant." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3.5/4 79% 42 (2013) " Writer-director Brian Helgeland delivers his best movie with 42, a sharp, earnest tale about Jackie Robinson's contributions to Major League Baseball. " — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/4 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " The Gatekeepers shines as both an excellent history lesson and a remarkably in-depth look at one of the world's most important covert agencies." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 38% Admission (2013) " What's a romantic comedy to do when it is neither romantic nor comedic? When that film is Admission, it plunges forward drunkenly, hoping to overcome its inadequacies with goodwill created by the cast." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
.5/4 8% The Host (2013) " The Host fails as a romance, but it also struggles as an adventure film. The body-snatching angle has been done before, and the aliens... aren't menacing enough." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3.5/4 94% The House I Live In (2012) " Americans have long celebrated justice and freedom, but director Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In forces viewers to look closely at political policies that have turned the nation into the No. 1 jailer in the world. " — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 25% Phantom (2013) " Done well, submarine movies are intense affairs that keep viewers glued to the screen as characters play breathtaking games of cat-and-mouse. Done poorly, they turn out like Phantom." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " A slow, humdrum comedy that would have worked better as a 10-minute sketch than a feature film." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/4 79% Quartet (2013) " Dustin Hoffman waited 75 years for his directorial debut, and the resulting film makes one wish he had stepped behind the camera decades earlier." — Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 28% 21 And Over (2013) " There's a reason 21 & Over feels like a low-rent, teen version of The Hangover. It was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the two scribes who created the comedy blockbuster. Only this time, they're out of new ideas." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2.5/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Although a fairy tale, the movie is presented as a big-budget, special-effects blockbuster that plays as much like Clash of the Titans as a Disney cartoon. That places a lot of limitations on audience." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2.5/4 56% Snitch (2013) " [Director Rick Roman] Waugh is self indulgent in his approach to the material, and the dialogue occasionally bogs in preachy rhetoric. Once one moves beyond these annoyances, Snitch works as a simple and enjoyable action thriller." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " For a movie that looks gorgeous, evokes memories of a cinematic classic and boasts a bundle of star power, Oz the Great and Powerful is oddly flat." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/4 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " [Director Tommy] Wirkola attempts to balance his over-the-top gore with gags, but the jokes often fall flat. The characters aren't very compelling either, and that's a problem in a film built around action." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/4 39% Dark Skies (2013) " Dark Skies unveils its horror slowly, creating a suspenseful ride that feels satisfying even though we're traveling a familiar road." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Very little about Identity Thief is original. After a brief introduction that leads to Sandy and Diana travelling across the country together, viewers are saddled with a story that's essentially a road movie with an Odd Couple twist." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " As one might expect from a zombie romance, the film doesn't pack a lot of big ideas. Still, the concept is original, and watching it unfold is loads of fun." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1.5/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " This new entry to the Die Hard series features a seriously underdeveloped plot held together by stunt sequences that are as overblown as they are ridiculous." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/4 64% Epic (2013) " Beautiful 3D animation coupled with a compelling story and fantastic writing make this the best animated movies since Rise of the Guardians." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " The plotting is ridiculous and the dialogue is melodramatic, but the stunts are as good as they get. " — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) " Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, who hadn't made a truly great film since 2002, returns to form with this exciting and well-paced adventure" — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 34% The Internship (2013) " The film takes product placement to a new level; as it is essentially a recruiting ad for Google. Get past that and it's also a consistently funny comedy." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 80% The Hammer (2007) " The Hammer could have become a typically sappy sports flick, but [Adam Carolla] filled it with enough of his trademark humor to keep things fresh even with plotting that isn't groundbreaking." " — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 6, 2013
89% Zodiac (2007) " Director David Fincher is an absolute master of psychological terror." — Gannett News Service
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/4 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " The type of ridiculously excessive adventure that summer moviegoing should be about." — Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Posted Jul 4, 2007
4/4 96% Ratatouille (2007) " Rarely do Pixar films fall short of excellence, and Ratatouille is no exception." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 4, 2007
2/4 57% Transformers (2007) " A big, dumb, special effects-laden action flick." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jul 4, 2007
2/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) " Although passable, Nancy Drew would feel right at home on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, which means the real mystery is how it ended up with a widespread theatrical release." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 64% Day Watch (2007) " Somewhere around the 45-minute mark the film transforms from cool-and-atmospheric thriller to indecipherable mess." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 23% Evan Almighty (2007) " Evan Almighty is filled with broad, slapstick moments and one too many bits involving falling bird poop, but it has its heart in the right place and is morally laudable." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 22, 2007
1/4 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " It's yo-ho-ho and a bottle of dumb!" — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/4 60% Gracie (2007) " The [Shue] family's passion for the story is evident, and it shows through in a well-acted and even inspiring movie that will hold particular appeal for young female athletes." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 90% Knocked Up (2007) " There's value in films about supernatural heroes and bigger-than-life villains, but the ones that stick with us feature characters we can relate to. Apatow has given birth to that sort of film, and he should be a very proud papa." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.4/4 69% Year of the Dog (2007) " The characters in Year of the Dog are far more interesting than the events they take part in. And the setup is better than the payoff." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " A good deal better than the average Hollywood horror film, but 28 Weeks Later doesn't have the inventiveness, originality or intelligence that made its predecessor one of the top horror pictures of the past five years." — Reno Gazette-Journal
Posted May 18, 2007
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