Jeff Strickler

Jeff Strickler

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Jeff Strickler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) "Sometimes it's the small things that provide the biggest delights. That's certainly the case with Shakespeare in Love, a tongue-in-cheek romance about the greatest romance ever written. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 17, 2015
88% American Beauty (1999) "This is Spacey's best performance since he took home an Oscar for The Usual Suspects. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/4 84% The English Patient (1996) "It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2015
93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) "A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 11, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) "The film manages to be both sarcastic and sentimental. As odd as the Tenenbaums are, the family remains bound by love. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/4 97% Chicken Run (2000) "Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2014
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) "The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and breaks new ground in content and style. It merges some of the most realistically disturbing battle footage ever included in a feature film with a touching human story. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 19, 2014
96% The Iron Giant (1999) "While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/5 12% Striptease (1996) "Striptease stinks. Yes, that's a crude, perhaps even rude, assessment. But crude and rude are the two terms that sum up this alleged comedy. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) "Hanson has made the film noir setting virtually another starring character. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) "The centerpiece is the attack. For 50 minutes, the filmmakers unleash nonstop eye candy. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
4/5 66% The Rock (1996) "For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) "Logic is in short supply. Burned-out cities have electricity, for example. My favorite: A hangar full of jets, buried under 1,000 years of dust, not only fire up instantly but still have full tanks of gas. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 66% The Kite Runner (2007) "A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/4 21% Fred Claus (2007) "A pleasant little seasonal gift. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 98% For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) "If you can look beyond the polemics, this is also a powerful story about the emotional pain and psychological trauma that splits families and breaks hearts. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) "A better title might have been Jesse James in the Age of Pop Therapy. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/4 100% Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007) "This Imax documentary is not your typical monster movie. It's a computer-animated look back at a time when the world was covered by oceans that were ruled by giant creatures. Think Jurassic Park without the people. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 63% King of California (2007) "While the project certainly has its clever aspects, the bulk of the credit goes to Douglas. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 4, 2007
3/4 29% The Game Plan (2007) "Despite the fact that we've seen it all before, it works. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2007
3.5/4 53% Across the Universe (2007) "A groundbreaking, rule-bending, expectation-smashing musical. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/4 29% Trade (2007) "It gets high marks for its lofty intentions, but it is only mediocre as a thriller and is clunky in its presentation. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2007
3/4 53% The Hunting Party (2007) "On paper, there's no way that The Hunting Party should work. But onscreen, it defies the odds. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 20, 2007
1.5/4 5% Good Luck Chuck (2007) "Cook has a nice comic personality but zilch in the way of comic material. But then, it's not as if any of those teenage boys are going to care about that. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 20, 2007
1.5/4 7% Silk (2007) "If there were an award for the gloomiest movie of the year, Silk would win hands down. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 13, 2007
1/4 15% The Brothers Solomon (2007) "It isn't funny. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 6, 2007
3/4 27% Evening (2007) "Boasting an ensemble of Hollywood's best actresses, this drama is unabashedly sentimental but still effective." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2007
3/4 90% The Girl From Paris (2002) "... a realistic portrait of rural life." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 14, 2007
2.5/4 49% Nancy Drew (2007) "Roberts, bless her bubbly little heart, resolutely charges through the movie with a perkiness that ignores its lack of substance. Then again, this movie isn't about context. It's light, fluffy and fun." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 14, 2007
3/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) "Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 31, 2007
2.5/4 64% The TV Set (2007) "This satire settles for simply restating the obvious." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 5, 2007
1.5/4 20% The Invisible (2007) "Director David S. Goyer doesn't get half the skin-crawling mileage out of the ghost factor that he could. As a result, The Invisible really isn't worth seeing." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted May 3, 2007
1.5/4 63% The Dog Problem (2007) "A lackluster comedy that has very little bark and no bite." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 68% Disturbia (2007) "There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3/4 No Score Yet Rhythm Is It! (2004) "If you can make it through this documentary without having your toes tap even once, then you are defying its very premise." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2007
2.5/4 92% An Unreasonable Man (2007) "This documentary starts out as a fascinating profile of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but it ends up getting derailed by a political discussion marked by an abundance of whining. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2007
2/4 87% Into Great Silence (2007) "[Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep. " ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2007
3/4 69% Blades of Glory (2007) "This is a one-joke movie: A chubby klutz doing a lutz. But Ferrell does klutzy so well that it's just as funny during the last reel as in the first one." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2007
2/4 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) "It's got a ton of energy, and the 3D animation is nifty. But the humor is scattershot to the max, and the plot lacks focus." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2007
3/4 45% Pride (2007) "Pride does its subject matter proud." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 26% Daddy's Little Girls (2007) "In Daddy's Little Girls, Tyler Perry merits an A for the messages he wants to deliver but only a C-plus for the way he delivers them." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Feb 15, 2007
2.5/4 90% Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari (2007) "[Director Tim Liversedge] truly knows his stuff when it comes to shooting wildlife -- he gets so close to some of the lions that we expect their breath to fog up the lens. Now he just needs to work on finding a story worthy of his pictures." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Feb 2, 2007
3.5/4 69% Freedom Writers (2007) "Sure, we've been here and seen all of this before. But when it's this well done, we thoroughly enjoy seeing it again." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2007
3.5/4 85% Hurricane on the Bayou (2006) "The devastation left by Hurricane Katrina has been well documented, but seeing it on a giant Imax screen makes it hit home in a way other media can't match." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2006
3/4 44% Night at the Museum (2006) "Night at the Museum is a high-concept comedy that skimps on things such as plot and character development but holds nothing back when it comes to high-energy silliness. In other words, it's vintage Ben Stiller in his wacky mode." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2006
3/4 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) "Rocky Balboa is almost as hard to resist as it is to believe." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 19, 2006
3/4 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) "This is one case where the special effects do what they are supposed to do: enhance the movie instead of taking it over." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2006
3.5/4 46% Bobby (2006) "There are important movies and engrossing movies, but it's not often that both terms apply to the same movie. Bobby, which opens Thursday, is a fictionalized account of the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it's one of the exceptions." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2006
2.5/4 15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) "The movie is more cute than funny. Smiles are plentiful, but outright laughs are widely scattered." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2006
3/4 95% Casino Royale (2006) "Casino Royale takes a huge gamble that moviegoers are ready for a fresh take on James Bond. And it wins the bet." ‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2006
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