Greg Quill

Greg Quill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
80

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 93% Coriolanus (2011) " The play's inherent difficulties notwithstanding, Coriolanus, the movie, is a perfectly sound achievement." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2013
2.5/4 58% Hysteria (2012) " Ostensibly a story about sexual liberation, Hysteria needs a thrill worthy of its intended good vibrations." — Toronto Star
Posted May 24, 2012
2/4 —— Off World " Off World is marred by compromises in quality that probably come down to economic constraints, and lock first-time director Mateo Guez into decisions that give his film the odour of desperation." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2.5/4 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " The withering political pungency, the commentary on terrorism and the searing critique of nationalism and patriotism that made the book a best-seller in the U.K. are replaced by a comforting surface sheen and a lot of unconvincing nonsense..." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2/4 72% Let the Bullets Fly (2012) " A ribald mess of a farce whose finer qualities will likely be lost on non-Chinese-speaking audiences and others not familiar with 1920s warlord lore." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 1, 2012
2.5/4 41% The Flowers of War (2011) " The director's grip on the drama is often weakened by his penchant for creating spectacles." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/4 —— Le Vendeur (The Salesman) " A masterful observation of ordinary people squeezing what they need to get by out of unforgiving circumstances." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 2, 2012
65% Cherry Tree Lane (2013) Toronto Star
Posted Jan 24, 2012
3.5/4 95% Pina (2011) " We are among these dancers in their pain and joy and longing. We hear them breathe, feel the heat of their skin, smell their sweat, sense the pounding of their hearts, the ache in their thighs and feet." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3.5/4 75% Surviving Progress (2012) " Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing..." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 2, 2011
2/4 71% Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain (2011) " Hart is the comic equivalent of a journeyman musician with a lot of clever licks and one good trick. Once you've seen it, you have little appetite for more." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 18, 2011
2.5/4 —— Down The Road Again " It's a worthy companion piece to its raw and jagged partner, maybe a bit old-fashioned, maybe a bit too sweet, but imbued with wisdom, heart and good intentions." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2011
2/4 70% Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) " Too many important questions are never addressed, or even asked, presumably to protect corporate secrets." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2011
2.5/4 71% Margaret (2011) " What it does have going for it is a pre-True Blood Anna Paquin, who burns up the screen with a bravura performance in a complex and discomfiting role." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2/4 8% 1911 (2011) " 1911 serves too many masters for its own good." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2011
1.5/4 40% French Immersion (2014) " An embarrassment from beginning to end, a silly, laugh-deprived farce designed to poke fun at an issue - the two solitudes and their language rights - that has as much currency as the length of Farley Mowat's beard." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/4 77% The Last Circus (2011) " Basque director Álex de la Iglesia's exotic, surreal, hilarious, bloody and utterly explosive grand opus." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 1, 2011
3/4 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " While Sfar doesn't dare tinker with the facts or sully the mystique, he gains enormous traction via the imaginative and subversive manner he has devised to tell a story that, in many ways, is hard to believe." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2.5/4 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " It's one of those rare made-in-Hollywood couplings that transcends the ordinary stuff of movies, like plot and sense and credibility." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 2, 2011
2/4 80% Familiar Ground " [Its] glacial pace, bloodless performances and minimalist architecture will likely assure it a place in the archives of Forgotten Canadian Cinema." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 29, 2011
3.5/4 85% A Better Life (2011) " Personalizes the illegal immigrant experience and digs much deeper into what has become a national disgrace." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 15, 2011
2.5/4 73% The Tree (2011) " It's a small film, almost a parable in its simplicity and predictability, but it gains extra strength from its hybrid industrial origins." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2/4 38% Monte Carlo (2011) " The movie sputs out like fizzled fireworks in the Monte Carlo night." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2011
3/4 75% The Names of Love (2011) " Well worth the effort spent trying to read the white subtitles too often superimposed over a white background." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2011
2.5/4 —— The Invisible Eye (La Mirada Invisible) (2010) " If this film is remembered at all, it will be for Zylberberg's exceptional character study." — Toronto Star
Posted May 26, 2011
2/4 15% Something Borrowed (2011) " The big moral issues, the deception and lies? Blown off, like so much sand on the deck. After all, if you're a rich, young, white American, what's a bit of hanky-panky among friends?" — Toronto Star
Posted May 6, 2011
3/4 82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) " The movie's appeal extends to the manner of its construction; it's an almost hypnotic kind of hybrid animation in which hundreds of photographs of Hicks in various poses and at various stages in his life are grafted onto two-dimensional backgrounds." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 14, 2011
2/4 73% Beeswax (2009) " Ultimately a dull story about dull thirtysomethings whose dull issues are conveyed in a prying, cinema verité style, implying drama and meaning in the mundane details of their dull lives." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2011
39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) Toronto Star
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/4 36% The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011) " If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/4 53% The Mechanic (2011) " Standard Statham stuff." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/4 90% Winnebago Man (2010) " Perhaps the most disturbing issue raised in Ben Steinbauer's fascinating and often hilarious Winnebago Man has to do with the Internet's awesome ability to reduce complex and apparently dangerous behaviour to the level of banal spectacle." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2010
2/4 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) " Benefits from clever editing and a credible cinematic representation of the ineffable power of music to ignite the human spirit. Sadly, the magic is way too long in the making." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 8, 2010
1.5/4 17% You Again (2010) " A laugh-free script that's underscored by a nasty mean streak..." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3.5/4 79% Mother and Child (2010) " That Garcia manages to spin three rich and complex yarns without ever losing hold of the main thread -- the deep and mysterious connections between mothers and daughters -- is evidence of a keen eye and an exceptionally curious mind." — Toronto Star
Posted May 7, 2010
35% The Burning Plain (2009) " If Arriaga had allowed us to spend more time with the key characters in this extended tragedy, or had spent some time punching up the plot, The Burning Plain might have had a chance." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3.5/4 81% Unmistaken Child (2009) " The film is fascinating on every level -- as a portrait of a willing servant in a complex, powerful and inscrutable religious system and a feast of spectacular sights and unusual mundane events in a corner of the world rarely exposed to prying eyes." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2009
2/4 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " Davis Guggenheim's contrived documentary is a largely unrewarding essay on the mystique of the ubiquitous electric guitar..." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2.5/4 71% The Boys Are Back (2009) " Shot in the glorious golds and greens of South Australia's autumn, it's a convincing tale of spiritual and emotional rehabilitation, perhaps not as important as it wants to be, but not exactly a waste of time, either." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2009
1.5/4 25% Fame (2009) " That fame seems assured to those who merely crave it -- without sacrifice, or spiritual and physical effort -- emerges as the underlying message in this sanitized and unrewarding production. Simon Cowell has much to answer for." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2009
1.5/4 7% Whiteout (2009) " By eliminating so many suspects before the obligatory drawing-room denouement and final deadly confrontation, it's a given that the audience will feel cheated when the real bad guy turns out to be the only possible contender." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 11, 2009
1.5/4 56% Enlighten Up! (2009) " Director Kate Churchill ends up with a non-story in her feature Enlighten Up! when her subject fails to experience the changes she had been expecting." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 28, 2009
3/4 89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) " The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2009
1.5/4 8% Post Grad (2009) " Post Grad deserves a failing grade." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2.5/4 93% Idiots and Angels (2011) " Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/4 92% Ponyo (2009) " It's a wonderful place that Miyazaki creates, an alternatively sweet and savage world that defies physics and common sense, as imaginative and impossible in its own way as Jules Verne's sci-fi fantasies or Maurice Sendak's animal kingdom." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/4 88% Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) " The movie, shot it Ireland, has a gritty, documentary feel and a sharp, dramatic pulse that never really falters." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3.5/5 57% Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae " A rich and rewarding music documentary endowed with a wonderful sense of the significance of its subject, with revealing tales." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 27, 2009
3.5/4 85% Soul Power (2009) " A dazzling chronicle of the African American music expo that was meant to accompany the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo)." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2009
3/4 94% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) " Intensely personal and universally adaptable, The Beaches of Agnès is at once Varda's gift to posterity, and to a world that that undervalues the small and seemingly insignificant events through which we drift unconsciously, but which leave a mark." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2009
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