Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Way back in the ’70s, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, Frederica was taking courses with titles like “German Film of the 1930s.” With an English major and Cinema Studies minor, her goal was to become movie critic for The Village Voice. God has a sense of humor. Today, in addition to penning reviews for CT Movies and National Review, she also writes regularly for Beliefnet.com, First Things, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and many other publications. So far she’s published 8 books, primarily about ancient Eastern Christian spirituality, and about 600 articles—most of which are posted on her website, Frederica.com (that’s also where you can check her busy speaking schedule). Her favorite movie genre is dark comedy (e.g., Dr. Strangelove). She doesn’t say “black comedy” any more, not since someone asked, “You mean like Spike Lee?”
Publications:
Christianity Today
Total Reviews:
18

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 18 of 18
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " Tasty around the edges but disappointing in the center, Larry Crowne will meet the summer rom-com needs of many, but will not serve as a memorable addition to Hanks' legacy." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/4 81% Higher Ground (2011) " Some reviewers have compared Higher Ground to Robert Duvall's The Apostle (1997), and it is a similarly positive portrayal of Southern evangelical faith. " — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2.5/4 11% There Be Dragons (2011) " A movie doesn't need CGI dragons to be exciting. But it does need real characters and conflict -- it needs to be a real story. Here, that story always is just beyond our grasp." — Christianity Today
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 28% Life as We Know It (2010) " Life As We Know It could be one of Holly's bakery confections; a festival of quirk around the edges and a hole in the middle." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/4 55% Flipped (2010) " Rob Reiner seems to be aiming for a boomer audience, but it's a relentless exercise in nostalgia -- clothes, hair styles, cars, and doo-wop soundtrack -- that feels manipulative." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
2/4 —— Expecting Mary (2010) " Despite the calculated setup and quirky characters, the film, like Juno and Bella, brings another pro-birth story to the big screen. May there be many more. " — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
4/4 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " Toy Story 3 is as good as any movie Pixar Studios has made, and better than a few of them. I'd be tempted to say it's Pixar's best film, but it's a close call. " — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 17, 2010
2/4 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " This Alice is a dud. If you want to experience a strange, unworldly story%u2014something like Tim Burton films used to provide%u2014stay home and read the book." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/4 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " It feels, in spirit, like a fable, in the mold of films like It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. I just wish it were better." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
2/4 75% $9.99 (2008) " I was intrigued to learn what the filmmakers think the meaning of life is, but the movie merely dances and alludes without coming right down to anything." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
4/4 87% Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009) " Earth is 85 minutes of graceful animals, scary animals, funny animals, and excruciatingly cute baby animals. A better family-friendly nature film can't be found." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 22, 2009
2.5/4 39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) " A film that Christians will embrace, if only from sheer gratitude; here, at last, is a depiction of Christian faith as something other than the domain of cranks and loonies." — Christianity Today
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 35% Diminished Capacity (2008) " I wonder if all this worked better as a book. It begins modestly interesting, but becomes merely agitated." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 10, 2008
2/4 64% Baby Mama (2008) " I've sat through enough laugh-less comedies to be grateful when a movie entertains me, even temporarily%u2014but no one's going to call this film a classic." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 25, 2008
2/4 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) " Adams can be a better actress than this, and the result is something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?--Miss Pettigrew is a real person, and Delysia is a toon." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 7, 2008
1/4 40% Bonneville (2006) " The '66 Bonneville was a great car, but these talented ladies deserved a better vehicle." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3/4 75% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) " If only for the music numbers, this movie deserves a standing ovation. Much of the credit goes to John C. Reilly, an actor with a rubbery face and the voice of an angel." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1.5/4 62% Grace Is Gone (2007) " Cusack deserves high praise for his terrific work as an emotionally cold man suddenly devastated by grief, but this effort is expended on a vehicle that has little going for it in the first place." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 7, 2007
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