Jean Oppenheimer

Jean Oppenheimer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Boxoffice Magazine , Dallas Observer , Hollywood Reporter , L.A. Weekly , New Times , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
106

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0% Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) " The first Baby Geniuses, released in 1999, was one of the most inane, humorless, ill-conceived, poorly acted comedies of the year. As difficult as it is to imagine, the sequel is even worse." — New Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
87% Chicago (2002) " Despite the hype and an expected bonanza at the box office, the film is actually a disappointment. Quite simply, it is edited to death." — Screen International
Posted Feb 12, 2014
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " Shrek was no ordinary animated film, and Shrek 2 is, rarer still, proving every bit as cute, clever and funny as the original." — Screen International
Posted Nov 25, 2013
66% The Escapist (2008) " A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace, the British prison drama The Escapist marks the impressive feature debut for director/co-writer Rupert Wyatt." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2009
60% Quilombo Country " Hopping from one settlement to another, the film too often feels more like a lesson than an experience." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2008
94% Secrecy (2008) " In addition to historical footage, the film employs a series of pulsating animated drawings, with the white ink against the black background injecting an appropriately unsettling, even sinister tone." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2008
55% Elsa y Fred (2008) " The problem isn't the acting; both actors are superb. It's Elsa's character that is so difficult to take. Only the hopelessly romantic will be able to tolerate her." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2008
57% Quid Pro Quo (2008) " Farmiga is captivating, Stahl less so -- although a bigger problem is writer/director Carlos Brooks's script, which sets up one story, then shifts gears into something more personal and psychologically specific." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2008
83% The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias) (2006) " Directed by Cao Hamburger, this warmly engaging film benefits from its understated approach (it suggests rather than spells out the political turmoil), and its light, comedic tone never mitigates the drama of the central story." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 12, 2008
93% Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) (2007) " The music, rhythms, and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive handheld camera work." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2007
93% Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) (2007) " The music, rhythms and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive hand-held camerawork, while director/co-writer Tata Amaral reveals a deft hand with actors." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2007
64% Vitus (2007) " Genius weighs heavily on a child prodigy who longs to be 'normal' in this charming Swiss import from veteran director Fredi M. Murer." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 5, 2007
72% Golden Door (2007) " Emanuele Crialese's poetic tale of emigration at the turn of the 20th century follows an illiterate Sicilian farmer (Vincenzo Amato) and his family who, after seeing doctored photographs of money growing on trees, set their sights on America." — Village Voice
Posted May 23, 2007
6% Nomad: The Warrior (2007) " With commendable sincerity but also an unfortunate Hollywood veneer, Nomad is a poor man's Gladiator." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 13, 2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) " Predictable and overly busy, this sci-fi adventure should nonetheless appeal to game-savvy tots, especially those familiar with the source material." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) " [Actor Freddie] Highmore is sweetly exuberant, but the voice talent is uneven, and the only really clever bits find the CGI characters navigating real live foliage." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 28, 2006
38% Unknown (2006) " The pacing is slightly off, with the action switching between the imprisoned men and the police who are trying to find them, and what should be a mounting sense of urgency inside the warehouse (think Reservoir Dogs) falters and goes slack." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2006
65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " A sweet, ingratiating romantic comedy." — Dallas Observer
Posted Apr 9, 2005
72% Walk on Water (2005) " Will resonate with all sorts of viewers." — Dallas Observer
Posted Mar 25, 2005
72% Paper Clips (2004) " Low-key but inspirational." — Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 18, 2005
90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " May be the most important film released in the past year. Among the class of 2004, it is certainly one of the best." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 15, 2005
90% Mean Creek (2004) " Not only the chemistry among the kids but also the tensions and complexities in their relationships feel extraordinarily real." — Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 28, 2004
97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) " Although a work of fiction, the film evinces the power and grit of a documentary." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jul 30, 2004
11% New York Minute (2004) " Overly broad and silly at times." — Dallas Observer
Posted May 8, 2004
56% Rosenstrasse (2004) " All of the actors acquit themselves well, with a special nod to the warm and vital Schade, the loyal and radiant Riemann and Schrader." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2004
89% In America (2003) " Warm, funny and painful, it is beautifully written, acted, shot and directed." — Dallas Observer
Posted Dec 11, 2003
95% The Station Agent (2003) " A humorous and touching tale about unexpected friendship." — Dallas Observer
Posted Oct 17, 2003
51% Dopamine (2003) " The ideas behind the story are intriguing and could prompt endless hours of lively discussion, but the film proves surprisingly drab." — Dallas Observer
Posted Oct 10, 2003
40% Anything Else (2003) " There is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2003
51% Code 46 (2004) " [Winterbottom's] ability to place his audience right in the middle of, in this case, a particularly cold, sterile, claustrophobic environment is a big part of the film's effectiveness." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2003
75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) " A broad farce that is long on manic, cartoonish behavior and short on intelligence and wit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2003
61% The Dreamers (2004) " Neither the story nor the characters capture the zeitgeist that Bertolucci theoretically set out to celebrate." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2003
43% The Human Stain (2003) " The thriller aspects of the story and the overall solid level of acting -- including a sexy performance from a red-hot Nicole Kidman -- keep the audience interested but never fully emotionally involved." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2003
68% Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) " Affectionately conceived, imaginatively staged and highly entertaining." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2003
40% Anything Else (2003) " There is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films." — Dallas Observer
Posted Sep 1, 2003
46% The Other Side of the Bed (El Otro Lado de la Cama) (2003) " The musical numbers are not terribly exciting or professional (they don't seem intended to be)." — Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 30, 2003
77% The Housekeeper (2003) " It strains credulity that these two would get together, and even though the couple's incompatibility is a key point of the story, that fact makes it impossible to invest in the relationship or have any sympathy for the characters." — Dallas Observer
Posted Aug 17, 2003
77% Seabiscuit (2003) " An engaging and emotionally satisfying film despite its shortcoming." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jul 25, 2003
84% Swimming Pool (2003) " A delicious little thriller about an uptight, ill-humored English mystery writer who becomes enmeshed in murder, Swimming Pool is at once comical, contrary, resourceful and ambiguous." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jul 16, 2003
11% Alex & Emma (2003) " Films like this seem to be a dime a dozen these days, as if directors, actors and writers are just going through the motions, figuring the audience won't notice." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jun 20, 2003
89% Russian Ark (2002) " For those who have the tenacity, vision and romantic spirit required by this film, Russian Ark will prove a transcendent experience." — Dallas Observer
Posted May 16, 2003
81% Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain) (2003) " [A] sly and corrosively funny political comedy." — Dallas Observer
Posted May 9, 2003
96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) " It is rare to find a film that defies one's expectations as sweetly and satisfyingly as this coming-of-age comedy-drama." — Dallas Observer
Posted May 2, 2003
8% Gods and Generals (2003) " Filled with so much religious righteousness ... that the film feels more like a recruitment tool for Soldiers for Christ than a look at the bloody four-year conflict that tore this nation apart." — Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 21, 2003
42% Two Weeks Notice (2002) " Viewers looking for extremely light, romantic entertainment with a guaranteed happy ending could do worse." — Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 15, 2003
90% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) " Emotionally gripping from start to finish, the movie presents an electrifying and unforgettable look at life in a place that God has all but forgotten." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 25, 2003
88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) " The result is an extraordinary saga, which, while totally convincing and even inspiring, fails to connect on an emotional level as effectively as it might have." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 8, 2003
70% White Oleander (2002) " No matter how restrained the direction or unsentimental the performances ... there is no escaping the semi-trashy but oh-so-life- affirming ring of the plot." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 8, 2003
83% Real Women Have Curves (2002) " A coming-of-age drama centered on a mother-daughter conflict, it also explores the immigrant experience; the battle to accept oneself, imperfections and all; and the importance of personal dignity." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 8, 2003
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " When all is said and done, Far from Heaven proves an easier film to appreciate than to emotionally embrace." — Dallas Observer
Posted Jan 8, 2003
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