James Hebert

James Hebert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
San Diego Union-Tribune
Total Reviews:
32

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Showing 1 - 32 of 32
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) " We'll spare you the spoiler. And though it has its moments, you might want to spare yourself the movie." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 11, 2008
3/4 54% Mamma Mia! (2008) " There's something infuriatingly entertaining about this silly story, those slumming actors (Meryl Streep! Pierce Brosnan!) and those cruel, cruel songs." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 17, 2008
3/4 29% The Heartbreak Kid (2007) " In this remake of the 1972 film, the Farrellys -- proud perpetrators of Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary and other jolly assaults on good taste -- turn Neil Simon's script inside out and flog it like a piƱata." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 91% Hairspray (2007) " A goofy bouffant of a movie primped with rich '60s atmosphere and held together by the gloss coat of Marc Shaiman's swinging music." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 19, 2007
1.5/4 57% Transformers (2007) " It's a Hasbro ad. It's a Chevy commercial. It's a pitch for Homeland Security. (A pretty ineffective one.)" — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2007
3/4 81% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " In this fourth film, there's a zip to the dialogue and a lift to the storytelling that recalls the spark of the original '88 Die Hard." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2007
3.5/4 66% Snow Cake (2006) " Snow Cake reflects a sense of the almost infinite ways autism manifests itself, in all its baffling and fascinating and sometimes agonizing realities." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 25, 2007
2.5/4 66% Miss Potter (2007) " It's buttoned-up to a fault, as proper as clotted cream, and at times as exciting." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2/4 21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) " The story [Besson] co-wrote for Arthur is workable, even clever at times, but the visualization of the Minimoys and their crib is weird and almost aggressively off-putting -- like an episode of When CGI Attacks!" — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2007
2.5/4 50% Fast Food Nation (2006) " It's a lot of food for thought -- even if sometimes, a bit too much is on the menu." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 17, 2006
3/4 72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " Stranger Than Fiction is subversive in its own, low-key way." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 10, 2006
1.5/4 35% The Lake House (2006) " This is the first time Reeves and Bullock have been paired since the 1994 hit Speed, where they were stuck on a bus that would blow up if its speed dropped below 50 mph. There's no danger of that kind of velocity here." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2006
3/4 57% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " Like the first two films, this one crackles with action, delves smartly (but not smarmily) into social relevance, and salts in enough humor to make all the vaporizings and razor-izings feel a bit more festive." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 7, 2006
2.5/4 62% ATL (2006) " But the story behind ATL (credited to Antwone Fisher, the onetime Navy man in San Diego who had a movie made about his life four years ago) for the most part feels genuine and resonant." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2006
2.5/4 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " Block Party itself doesn't kill, exactly, but its charms are enough to disarm." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2006
2.5/4 61% Something New (2006) " Something New has some surprisingly wise and nuanced things to say about navigating racial attitudes -- both society's and one's own." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 3, 2006
1.5/4 51% The Family Stone (2005) " Strangely, though, it's not an overdose of sentimentality that makes the family - - and the film - - so hard to buy. It's that most of its members are so blithely cruel." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 16, 2005
2.5/4 55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) " The action sequences are real and raw, and if Lords never quite gets airborne, it does justice to a scene whose legacy rolls on." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 3, 2005
3.5/4 93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " The movie's tone -- which is as naturalistic as the plot is fantastic -- heightens the tantalizing sense that maybe, finally, this is the real Carrey we're seeing." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2004
2.5/4 86% 24 Hour Party People (2002) " It's part of the charm of 24 Hour Party People ... that the filmmakers gleefully embellish or downright invent scenes -- and often admit that they're doing it." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 30, 2002
3.5/4 92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) " An account that's as raw and colorful as the misfits it mythologizes." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 3, 2002
3/4 59% Scotland, PA. (2001) " Underachieves only in not taking the Shakespeare parallels quite far enough." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 26, 2002
81% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) " Makes for deft (if weightless) entertainment." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2001
11% Chill Factor (1999) " The plot is rigged to disintegrate if a moviegoer's IQ nudges above 70." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Beyond the Mat (1999) " The film manages to put a pin on pro wrestling's harsh realities." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Deep Blue Sea (1999) " Sharks for Dummies!" — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
27% Hollow Man (2000) " Paul Verhoeven's exceedingly violent, surprisingly pointless invisible-man tale nearly warrants a trotting-out of the Union-Tribune's dreaded 'dog' designation." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
70% Frequency (2000) " Frequency probably won't rewrite the history of time-bending movies, but the movie works in enough dimensions to make it a pleasant one-way trip." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
37% Bicentennial Man (1999) " Gives up too early in its search to say something authentic." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% Keeping the Faith (2000) " It is also two-hours-plus in length. Not until the movie nears that 'plus' portion, unfortunately, does it find some semblance of a stride." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
28% Snow Day (2000) " The attempted humor is a hodgepodge of predictable slapstick and TV-cartoon cliche." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Mumford (1999) " After so many gross offenses committed in the name of comedy lately, here's a film whose humor rests on the audacious assumption that you, the moviegoer, have a brain." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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