Glenn Lovell

Glenn Lovell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, San Jose Mercury News
Publications:
Boston Globe , CinemaDope , Patch , San Jose Mercury News , Variety
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
588

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 588
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 65% Mama (2013) " 'Mama' is at its scariest when it plays in the shadows and employs Val Lewton shock cuts to make the girls fairly explode into the frame ... Sadly, by story's end a strong sense of CG-laced déjà vu sets in. " — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 21, 2013
2.5 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " ... a maniacally arch fusion of 'Dick Tracy' and, yes, the classic buddy Western 'Magnificent Seven' ... Penn froths at the mouth so much he disappears beneath a mask of spittle." — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 12, 2013
3/4 78% Flight (2012) " Washington and Zemeckis should be shoo-ins for Oscar nominations. Washington comes as close as an actor can to sabotaging audience allegiance. It's one gutsy turn." — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 13, 2012
3.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " ... a bang-up job of interweaving arty visuals. dour backstory, in-jokes, and, for the series faithful, heartfelt comings and goings ... Bardem is the best (read most twisted) franchise baddie since Heath Ledger's Joker. " — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 12, 2012
4/4 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " This outrageously overlooked masterpiece is a wake-up call to film scholars who will now have to rethink what came first ‒ this film or Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs," which basically charts the same territory?" — CinemaDope
Posted Oct 30, 2012
3/4 96% Argo (2012) " Mel Brooks meets John Frankenheimer ... a strange blend of inside Hollywood comedy and docudrama. The parts don't always mesh, but they do often enough to assure Affleck another crowd-pleaser" — CinemaDope
Posted Oct 30, 2012
1.5/4 18% Smiley (2012) " YouTube transplant Gallagher's freshman effort is doggedly formulaic -- his blood-smeared Smiley is a sock-puppet boogeyman, a low-rent knockoff of Candyman and Ghostface. " — CinemaDope
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4/4 89% Compliance (2012) " ... a sadomasochistic mind-trip ... It has the lingering impact of a gruesome freeway pileup ‒ you don't want to look, but you can't help yourself. " — CinemaDope
Posted Sep 17, 2012
2.5/4 66% The Good Doctor (2012) " ... a tale of quiet obsession ... one of those queasy little thrillers, like One-Hour Photo, that'll have you talking back to the screen, shouting, 'No, he wouldn't possibly do THAT!' And then he does." — CinemaDope
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/4 67% Lawless (2012) " ... the best Michael Cimino film not directed by Cimino ... a richly appointed family saga that doles out heartland mythology, old-time religion, star-crossed romance and thick, gooey swaths of the red stuff. " — CinemaDope
Posted Sep 10, 2012
1.5/4 48% The Tall Man (2012) " ... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy." — CinemaDope
Posted Sep 8, 2012
2/4 4% The Apparition (2012) " Todd Lincoln, in his directorial debut, shows the restraint of a young Val Lewton. Things go bad oh-so-slowly ... " — CinemaDope
Posted Sep 2, 2012
3/4 76% Premium Rush (2012) " ... the kamikaze cyclist's wet dream and the best action movie of the summer, a fun fusion of humor, suspense and pure adrenaline ... Hitchcock meets 'Breaking Away,' anyone?" — CinemaDope
Posted Aug 28, 2012
2/4 30% Total Recall (2012) " the heavy-lidded Farrell makes perfect sense as the futureworld Rip Van Winkle ... the robot army could have marched in from a 'Star Wars' clone. I'd gladly trade it for an exploding Fat Lady and a Johnnycab." — CinemaDope
Posted Aug 5, 2012
1.5/4 17% The Watch (2012) " ... a quasi-rip-off of an infinitely funnier kick-ass Brit comedy 'Attack the Block' ... Costco and Trojan get so many plugs, it joins 'Mac & Me' as the feature-length equivalent of an infomercial." — CinemaDope
Posted Jul 29, 2012
1.5/4 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " ... a monotonous, knuckle-headed fusion of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and John Ford's 'Young Mr. Lincoln' ... the action is more stultifying than suspenseful, more cartoonish than cathartic." — CinemaDope
Posted Jun 24, 2012
2/4 73% Prometheus (2012) " ... a major disappointment. 'Alien' fans aren't looking for arty sci-fi or answers to 'the most meaningful questions asked by mankind'; they're looking for something primal, like a cattle prod to the back of the neck. " — CinemaDope
Posted Jun 9, 2012
2.5/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " ... puts the grim back into Brothers Grimm ... Theron is at her best in the early scenes, when she depends on angry scowls and ear steam. She's less effective in banshee mode, screeching, 'I need her heart!'" — CinemaDope
Posted Jun 2, 2012
2/4 19% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) " In keeping with some of the better Wrong Turn chillers of recent vintage, the dimwit wayfarers in 'Chernobyl Diaries' break every rule known to horrordom and are, therefore, ripe for catastrophe. Goody, goody." — CinemaDope
Posted May 25, 2012
3/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The Main Event is pretty much what you'd expect ‒ noisy, overlong, wall-to-wall CG effects and arcane superhero lore ... Yes, it's all fairly formulaic, but on a Wow! scale never before experienced." — CinemaDope
Posted May 12, 2012
1.5/4 67% The Road (2012) " Genre fans beware -- 'The Road' proves a bumpy ride, slow-going, monotonous and, the most unforgivable sin of all, not in the least scary. " — CinemaDope
Posted May 12, 2012
2/4 38% Dark Shadows (2012) " ... reminds us that all the CG effects and crashing-wave inserts can't goose a moribund script to life. Depp as Barnabas should have gone the way of Love Story and the lava lamp and stay buried." — CinemaDope
Posted May 12, 2012
3/4 23% The Raven (2012) " While not as ambitious or romantic as V for Vendetta ‒ the saga of Edgar and Emily never rises to the level of tragic operetta ‒ 'The Raven' benefits from its breathless pacing and stylish camerawork." — CinemaDope
Posted Apr 28, 2012
2/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " ... fitfully amusing, the Farrellys on their best behavior ... We certainly can't quibble with the casting. These guys are so close to the originals I thought I was watching the Stooges digitally resurrected." — CinemaDope
Posted Apr 28, 2012
2/4 48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) " ... the last thing we'd expect from the aging enfant terrible behind Bad Lieutenant and King of New York ... comes off as a somber testimonial/warning commissioned by a think tank overseen by Al Gore ..." — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 27, 2012
1.5/4 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " ... latest in endless slew of painful spoofs based on TV shows takes an OK premise and milks it for an occasional chuckle before devolving into a succession of increasingly lame sketches." — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 25, 2012
3/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " ... a Junior Scholastic spin on Lord of the Flies, Logan's Run and other post-apocalyptic allegories ... Lawrence scores a bull's eye as the flinty, maddeningly tenacious Katniss ..." — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 24, 2012
1.5/4 41% Silent House (2012) " ... more trying than terrifying ... The nosy camera only manages to call attention to itself and make Olsen's annoying Tonya Harding crying jags all the more annoying." — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 11, 2012
3/4 9% ATM (2012) " ... a tidy, reasonably effective Canadian release in the tradition of Phone Booth, Buried and other tight-squeeze thrillers ... The twist ending would have amused no less a connoisseur than Hitchcock." — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 8, 2012
1/4 28% Project X (2012) " Brain trust behind this abomination wants you to think of it as a game-changer, the Ben-Hur of house party movies ... It's a desperate amalgam of every teen sex farce from Animal House to Superbad" — CinemaDope
Posted Mar 3, 2012
4/4 76% Kill List (2012) " ... a brazen mix of Brit-Grit, Pulp Fiction and The Wicker Man ... Wheatley's second feature is definitely fated for horror cult-dom. It not only stands up under repeat viewings, it demands them." — CinemaDope
Posted Feb 25, 2012
1.5/4 11% Gone (2012) " ... a minor entry in the Kiss the Girls/Along Came a Spider line ... Seyfried isn't the least bit convincing in a role that called for hysteria cut with outrage. She manages little-girl peevishness. " — CinemaDope
Posted Feb 25, 2012
85% Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) (1999) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— At Sachem Farm (Uncorked) (Trade Winds) (Higher Love) (1999) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3.5/4 85% Chronicle (2012) " The miracle of this little film ‒ easily the best thing I've seen so far this year ‒ is that it takes the X-Men formula and grounds it in the messy, blue-collar reality of Gus Van Sant. " — CinemaDope
Posted Feb 4, 2012
2/4 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " Radcliffe's first post-Potter outing is plenty atmospheric, in the style of Roger Corman's Poe series. It's just not all that scary ‒ unless you find rattling doorknobs and dead children's faces pressed to frosty windows scary." — CinemaDope
Posted Feb 4, 2012
3/4 79% The Grey (2012) " ... a wilderness horror story, where, one by one, the victims fairly rush to their gruesome fates. Think Jack London meets John Carpenter's 'The Thing' and you'll be close to the mark." — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 28, 2012
2/4 40% Red Tails (2012) " File Lucas's latest under Blam! Zap! Ka-POW! comic book history, somewhere between 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'Inglourious Basterds.' " — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 22, 2012
2.5/4 80% Haywire (2012) " ... a made-to-order vehicle for Carano ... Soderbergh's latest is a jazzy, ultra-cool espionage-payback thriller that makes up in pure adrenaline what it lacks in narrative heft." — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 21, 2012
2/4 51% Contraband (2012) " ... a messy amalgam of "The Departed" and a jacked-up "Fast and the Furious" installment ... The camerawork is de rigueur twitchy, as if the guy behind the lens has just snorted several lines of blow." — CinemaDope
Posted Jan 14, 2012
3/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " ... grim but striking ... Still, Fincher's remake is not up to the Swedish adaptation, which was creepier and more exhilarating, especially as the Old School/New School investigatory methods kicked in. " — CinemaDope
Posted Dec 23, 2011
1.5/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " ... a singularly joyless endeavor, a murky mishmash of skullduggery, ho-hum CG and formulaic cliff-hanger escapes that would have been old hat around the time of 'The Great Train Robbery.'" — CinemaDope
Posted Dec 18, 2011
3/4 77% Outrage (2011) " .. 'Macbeth' by way of 'Goodfellas,' a labyrinthine game of cat-and-mouse bathed in buckets of the red stuff ... a funny, subversive assault on the crime genre. Kitano's best since 'Sonatine.' " — CinemaDope
Posted Dec 9, 2011
3.5/4 79% Shame (2011) " ... about as unblinkingly candid as any above-ground film now making the rounds ... Director McQueen is a talent to watch, nurture; Mulligan makes off with this film and very possibly an Oscar nomination. " — CinemaDope
Posted Dec 1, 2011
3.5/4 89% The Descendants (2011) " Payne once again feels his characters' pain and this makes for something very special, an achingly sad comedy of errors." — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 26, 2011
3/4 94% Hugo (2011) " ... a phantasmagorical fusion of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Edward Scissorhands' ... but in the end it feels pedantic and, like Méliès' robot, proves a wondrous contraption motorized by a spring-driven heart." — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 26, 2011
2.5/4 43% J. Edgar (2011) " ... occupies a safe middle ground between exposé and unrequited romance.... the opposite of an Oliver Stone smear job: a careful, rigorously fair-mined depiction of a man who deserved less and, in a bizarre way, more." — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 20, 2011
1.5/4 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " ... the ultimate monument to gaucherie ... Pacino manages a few hard-earned gasps as he grovels on all fours after Jill. Needless to say, this is no 'Tootsie.' " — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 19, 2011
3/4 68% Tower Heist (2011) " 'Tower Heist,' despite its sometimes clunky plotting, strikes me as a surefire crowd-pleaser. It's certainly a damn sight more entertaining than the summer's superhero attractions." — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 5, 2011
3/4 77% A Lonely Place to Die (2012) " ... a small find ... Plucking ideas from 'Deliverance,' 'The Most Dangerous Game' and half a dozen North Face adventures -- the Gilbeys have fashioned one of the year's more unnerving thrillers" — CinemaDope
Posted Nov 2, 2011
2/4 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " Watching this film is like downing too many margaritas in the noonday sun ... Should have been an insanely irreverent nose-thumb at convention. Instead, it's a civics lesson in social responsibility" — CinemaDope
Posted Oct 29, 2011
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