Glenn Lovell

Glenn Lovell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "... a sequel that, for once, doesn't coddle its target audience ... Lawrence's quick-draw archer is, if anything, more intense and single-minded, all glowering charisma. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Nov 24, 2013
3.5/4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "... unrelievedly downbeat, but provides McConaughey with his juiciest role yet, that of a good ol' boy hustler/AIDS advocate ... Leto can start honing his Oscar acceptance speech. He's that good. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Nov 17, 2013
2.5/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) "Don't be put off by the ridiculous R rating. This is definitely a film to be shared with your teens and preteens. Think of it as a warm up to the next installment of 'The Hunger Games.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Nov 13, 2013
1/4 34% The Counselor (2013) "... an excellent reminder of why even our best novelists should be discouraged from writing for the screen ... a ludicrous, laughably over-the-top attempt to one-up 'No Country for Old Men.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 27, 2013
4/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) "... a bracing nautical adventure. Think 'Old Man and the Sea' by way of 'The Perfect Storm' ... Redford in a revelatory performance, maybe his best ever. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 27, 2013
2.5/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) "Stallone continues on the comeback trail ... a brawny action thriller that benefits from decent CG effects and shrewd supporting turns by Schwarzenegger and, as the sadistic warden, Jim Caviezel. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 19, 2013
2/2 48% Carrie (2013) "In the age of social media and cyber-bullying, 'Carrie' feels more timely than it did in the '70s ... Unlike the anemic, waif-like Spacek, Moretz is empowered by her witch-y telekinetic powers. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) "In terms of old-fashioned, cliffhanger thrills, Gravity leads the pack this year. It plays like an extended version of the 'Open the pod-bay doors, HAL' sequence in Kubrick's '2001.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) "Splattered with his captors' blood, Phillips in the end is at loss for words; he seems as shame-faced as he is relieved ... a fascinating metaphorical comment on U.S. firepower and Third World bullies. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Oct 12, 2013
1.5/4 34% Passion (2013) "This slant is as melodramatic and obvious as the original was meticulous and surprising ... De Palma being De Palma, the remake is awash in self-referential tropes, including the false endings a la 'Carrie.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2.5/4 24% The Canyons (2013) "Lohan, whose caked-on, tear-streaked mascara brings to mind Divine, is the very personification of the lost soul ... It may be early to talk comeback, but this is easily her best work in years. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2/4 68% World War Z (2013) "Silly isn't a word one usually associates with the Zombie Holocaust, but that's the adjective that leaps to mind ... Forster flinches, turns away from the carnage, the equivalent of being afraid of your own shadow. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jun 23, 2013
2/4 38% The Purge (2013) "True to its title, "The Purge" is an unpleasant experience with no one to care about or root for. What you expect to happen happens. Like most home-invasion thrillers, it's more nauseating than frightening. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jun 10, 2013
1.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) "... neither a terrible sci-fi'er nor a very good one. It's a capably handled escape with above average CG effects. Adolescent boys looking for a Saturday afternoon time-killer could do worse. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 85% Sightseers (2013) "What starts out as a sunny, funny getaway soon turns hilariously dark, a fusion of tabloid sensationalism and social satire ... a royal hoot, the funniest British import since 'Shaun of the Dead.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 30, 2013
1/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) "Straight-faced and frantic, like a grim, south-of-the-border thriller by Oliver Stone ... this sequel is about as funny as Tabasco sauce on a paper cut. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 26, 2013
2.5/4 48% Black Rock (2013) "... a feminist reworking of 'Most Dangerous Game' and 'Deliverance,' with the friends soon stripped down and armed, like a tribe of Amazonian huntresses ... has the visceral appeal of early Kathryn Bigelow. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 22, 2013
3/4 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "... best Iron Man yet thanks to Shane Black, who pushes characterization, clever plot twists, not computer effects ... Downey, for a change, drops his guard, shows the heart beneath the armor " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 18, 2013
3.5/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Let the summer movie sweepstakes begin! Funny, reverent, suspenseful, heartfelt, chock-full of dazzling effects. Easily one of the best in the durable franchise! " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted May 17, 2013
3.5/4 73% Simon Killer (2013) "... a sexy, edgy character study that slowly draws you into its web even as it unnerves you ... a hybrid of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley" and, for its steamy lovemaking, the X-rated 'Last Tango in Paris.' " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4/4 94% Blancanieves (2013) "... lusty and heartfelt, fiery flamenco and spirited country jig. Don't go expecting a Disney-fied fable. Berger seasons with S&M and the kind of macabre touches you'd expect in vintage Browning or Bunuel. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2.5/3 68% Trance (2013) "... a flashy time-killer, a hodgepodge of trompe l'oeil ruses that add up to your standard noir mystery, only tricked-out in the latest in digital effects. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Apr 13, 2013
3/4 62% Evil Dead (2013) "... an all-out, balls-to-the-wall fright fest with allusions to The Exorcist, early Cronenberg, REC and Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... Raimi sans the laughter. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2.5/5 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) "Like his old man, the younger Miyazaki favors limited character animation and luscious water colors. Unfortunately, he lacks his father's storytelling skills. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3.5/4 87% The Silence (2013) "If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love? " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3.5/4 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) "One of the best actioners in years, Olympus couldn't be more timely. Who would have guessed that as things heat up with Pyongyang, Hollywood would step up with such an effective piece of anti-North Korean propaganda? " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 22, 2013
1.5/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) "Without YouTube's David Blaine vid there wouldn't be a 'Burt Wonderstone' ... You don't have to be a Houdini to escape this enthusiastically tasteless comedy. Just put one foot in front of the other ... " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 16, 2013
2/4 43% The Call (2013) "... this claustrophobic little shocker starts out with promise but soon falls prey to idiotic plotting. It winds up as a lesser variation on 'Silence of the Lambs' ... Sorry, wrong number. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 16, 2013
2/4 38% Dead Man Down (2013) "... a dour little crime thriller that, in the end, proves more infuriating than intriguing. A pity. Oplev remains a talent to watch. He certainly deserves another shot. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 10, 2013
3/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) "... beautifully designed, nicely acted by James Franco as the titular mountebank, and, best of all, it boasts some of the nimblest integration of live action and CG creatures we've encountered. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 9, 2013
1.5/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) "Most of 'Jack' unfolds like a bad roadshow production of The Mouse That Roared ... In Gargantua, however, the fantasy loosens up and for a wee bit feels like LOTR as restaged by Monty Python. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Mar 5, 2013
2/4 40% Dark Skies (2013) "... a bland blend of UFO procedural and the original Amityville Horror ... You can't fault Stewart for attempting a more atmospheric, Ray Bradbury approach to the genre. Too bad he, like Mrs. Barrett, is slamming his head against a sliding door. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Feb 24, 2013
3.5/4 83% Side Effects (2013) "Mirror reflections, claustrophobic shots, off-center framing are used as effectively here as they were in Rosemary's Baby to suggest creeping paranoia. ... Soderbergh's most assured work since Traffic. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Feb 9, 2013
3/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) "Stallone is back with a vengeance. As Jimmy Bobo, New Orleans hitman, he scores his most efficient adrenalin rush since First Blood ... Combines Eastern Promises violence and the buddy banter of 48 HRS. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Feb 2, 2013
2/4 61% John Dies at the End (2013) "Coscarelli's most ambitious venture yet ... the ultimate freak-out, a breathless succession of non-sequitur imaginings. Whether you buy into it will depend on your tolerance for such mind-games. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jan 27, 2013
1/4 19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) "The equivalent of filmic road kill ... An abridged version of the original, rendered in bad 3D, serves as a pre-credit set-up and makes us long for the real deal. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jan 26, 2013
2/4 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) "Wirkola seems to have been aiming for something campy and irreverent. A melding of 'Princess Bride' and 'Witches' perhaps? He misses badly, thanks to the leaden, cliché-riddled script " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jan 26, 2013
1.5/4 60% The Last Stand (2013) "Kindergarten Cop has been demoted to daycare ... Basically a spaghetti Western outfitted with assault rifles and rocket-launchers, 'Last Stand' should satisfy the Schwarzenegger faithful. " ‐ CinemaDope
Posted Jan 22, 2013
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 3% 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
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