Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Chicago Reader , Ebert Presents At The Movies
Total Reviews:
266

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C 49% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Unfortunately, Heaven Is For Real isn't really a movie about religion so much as an attempt to appeal to the broadest possible audience of conservative evangelicals." — AV Club
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C+ 63% Draft Day (2014) " Throughout, the movie repeats the same dialogue setup, with a character asking whether another character is familiar with some football fact or anecdote, hearing a variation on "yes," and then telling it anyway." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
C 45% In the Blood (2014) " Stockwell never manages to balance his affection for the Caribbean setting with suspense." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B 92% The Retrieval (2014) " The movie's flaws are not missteps, but steps not taken." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
D+ 57% Breathe In (2014) " There's low-key, and then there's limp." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C- 22% Sabotage (2014) " A sloppy DEA whodunit, distinguished by its scatological humor and gore." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
D+ 77% Anita (2014) " Anita repeatedly succumbs to hero worship, drawing attention away from the social forces working against Hill and ignoring the nitty-gritty detail work of feminism in favor of a sugary empowerment high." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B- 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Though later sequences lean a little too heavily on contemporary car flick clichés ... they are all nonetheless informed by a gee-whiz appreciation for gleaming cars and stunt driving ingenuity." — AV Club
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B- 45% The Art of the Steal (2014) " Despite its all-too-familiar surface gloss, The Art Of The Steal has something more sophisticated going on inside." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B 92% Journey To The West (2014) " Conquering The Demons feels like a Chow movie through and through; as in his other films, much of its charm rests in the intermingling of the very high-concept and the very lowbrow." — AV Club
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C 43% The Face of Love (2014) " Workmanlike and unambitious, presuming that a story and a string score are enough to carry a movie." — AV Club
Posted Mar 6, 2014
D 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Rise Of An Empire retains the earlier film's hyper-stylized, digital backlot slickness, but without the Spartan rah-rah-rah that has ensured 300's enduring popularity." — AV Club
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C+ 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " A protective layer of irony ensures that the movie's commingling of the mundane and the bizarre never registers as camp." — AV Club
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B+ 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop is one of the most purely enjoyable entries in the ongoing cycle of Liam Neeson action-thrillers, tempering the star's gruff strongman antics with surveillance-state commentary that's more clever than subversive." — AV Club
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B- 24% Pompeii (2014) " Like its director's horror hybrids, Pompeii values self-determination over survival, which makes for better, brisker, less convoluted genre storytelling." — AV Club
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C+ 15% Endless Love (2014) " The plotting -- significantly more tame and less convoluted than that of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli original -- is clichéd and facile, with David as the heartthrob so perfect that even his criminal record serves as proof of his moral fiber." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C- 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A moony kitsch fantasy of the "everything is connected and everyone is special" variety, Winter's Tale is as romantic as a Facebook-posted engagement photo, as opulent as a rehearsal dinner, and as profound as a greeting card." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C 25% Welcome to the Jungle (2014) " Van Damme's performance is about the only element left unscathed by the movie's compulsion to point out its own absurdity." — AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2014
F 0% Best Night Ever (2014) " Likely to be appreciated only by homeless viewers who need a quiet place to nap during the cold months of winter ..." — AV Club
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C+ 56% At Middleton (2014) " Often plays like a forgotten trifle from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio filmmaking, distinguished more by its competence and affable performances than by any formal or thematic potency." — AV Club
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " If the film is made with the understanding that campiness needs to be straight-faced to be funny, then are its "unintentional" laughs really that unintentional?" — AV Club
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 77% Enemies Closer (2014) " Enemies Closer belongs to a category of old-school action movies usually associated with the direct-to-video market: lean, brisk, and distinguished by a clean visual style and an emphasis on practical stuntwork over effects." — AV Club
Posted Jan 23, 2014
B- 25% 24 Exposures (2014) " 24 Exposures isn't entirely successful, though it is packed with ideas, alternately following and subverting conventions in a way that recalls Larry Cohen's 1980s output-specifically Cohen's snuff-film-themed Special Effects." — AV Club
Posted Jan 23, 2014
C 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " An awkward amalgam of tropes from two different sub-genres, with terrorist sleeper cells and gangster oligarchs operating side by side." — AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C 13% Reasonable Doubt (2014) " It moves fast (a rare quality for a contemporary thriller), but doesn't end up going anywhere interesting." — AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C+ 18% Ride Along (2014) " Is any of it funny? Hart and Cube's deliveries certainly are, but skilled comedians can make people laugh without being all that funny, especially if there's a large audience involved." — AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014
D 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The dialogue isn't dubbed, but is written and delivered so indifferently that it might as well have been." — AV Club
Posted Jan 12, 2014
C- 28% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " The result plays like bad poetry, eager to fool around with symbols, but unable to use them complexly or to realize their transformative potential." — AV Club
Posted Jan 9, 2014
D+ 47% Raze (2014) " A brain-dead exploitation flick in which barefoot, white-tank-top-clad women beat each other to death." — AV Club
Posted Jan 9, 2014
B 50% Beyond Outrage (2014) " Kitano's considerable gifts as a screenwriter and stylist-namely, his talent for staging violent outbursts and conveying narrative through elliptical cuts-are enough to sustain the film as a twisty, cynical underworld yarn." — AV Club
Posted Jan 3, 2014
B 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " A singular viewing experience: a multi-colored downer fantasy which combines bursts of imagination with a bleak worldview, resulting in something that rarely feels mainstream." — AV Club
Posted Dec 27, 2013
B- 30% Grudge Match (2013) " It's exactly as clichéd as it sounds. What's unexpected, however, is the sensitivity and sense of perspective that Grudge Match brings to much of this secondhand material." — AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2013
B 44% Wrong Cops (2013) " Improves on its predecessor by being effectively plotless." — AV Club
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " No shot looks like it was set up, and, fictional names aside, it's never clear whether actors are speaking in-character or voicing their own opinions." — AV Club
Posted Dec 19, 2013
C- 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " By the standards of Tyler Perry's Madea series, A Madea Christmas is better than average." — AV Club
Posted Dec 13, 2013
D+ 9% Caught in the Web (2013) " A sappy mix of issue drama, social satire, and tragic romance ..." — AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B- 61% Hours (2013) " Take away the on-the-nose title and some half-hearted stabs at symbolism, and what's left is a B-thriller of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" variety." — AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B 90% Nuclear Nation (2013) " For the most part, the movie takes an eye-level approach to the disaster, focusing on the experiences of ordinary people living in makeshift shelters and public housing, lining up for food, and returning to their homes in hazmat suits." — AV Club
Posted Dec 11, 2013
B+ 81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " The question of why Cooke's career never materialized hangs over the movie, but is never answered. What emerges instead is a portrait of a talented teenager being readied ... for a future that doesn't arrive." — AV Club
Posted Dec 5, 2013
C- 18% Twice Born (2013) " The viewer has to slog through countless scenes of the two people sulking and arguing, while warfare is tastefully represented in the background." — AV Club
Posted Dec 5, 2013
C- 42% Homefront (2013) " The basic ingredients of a throwback action movie are all there; what's missing is action and style." — AV Club
Posted Nov 27, 2013
D 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Black Nativity is a cut-rate musical melodrama that grafts overreaching references to black culture onto a facile family-values narrative." — AV Club
Posted Nov 27, 2013
A 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " Both an unflinching record of Mexico's drug war and an investigation of how violence becomes unreal and glamorized." — AV Club
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 92% Philomena (2013) " A sober consideration of how ideals relate to institutions-whether they're religions or political parties-anchored by two well-rounded, funny lead performances." — AV Club
Posted Nov 21, 2013
A 68% Faust (2013) " Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy." — AV Club
Posted Nov 14, 2013
B- 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The conclusions are familiar -- friendship provides support, death makes squabbles seem petty, what's past is past -- but far from meaningless." — AV Club
Posted Nov 14, 2013
C- 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Overlong, style-less, and dramatically undercooked." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
C- 41% A Case Of You (2013) " A Case Of You's characters and plot points will be familiar to anyone who's seen a movie in which a neurotic urbanite pines for a beautiful girl." — AV Club
Posted Nov 6, 2013
C 8% Diana (2013) " There's a germ of a smart biopic in Diana; the problem is that it's tucked away behind a clunky structure and even clunkier dialogue." — AV Club
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B+ 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Feet and fists move with the camera, and angles orient the combatants in space. Even Reeves-who has a stiff-legged, Frankenstein's-monster-like fighting style-ends up looking like a formidable physical presence." — AV Club
Posted Oct 31, 2013
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