Jeff Strickler

Jeff Strickler

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Total Reviews:
892

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
93% 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
97% 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 65% 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 28% 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 (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps) (2002) " ... a realistic portrait of rural life." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jun 14, 2007
2.5/4 50% 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 57% 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 —— 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% Roar: Lions 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
3/4 100% Vikings: Journey to New Worlds (2004) " Don't tell the kids that this documentary is educational. They're likely to think it's an action-adventure." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 10, 2006
3.5/4 25% A Good Year (2006) " It's corny and predictable and delightfully simplistic in its goal: to provide a couple of hours of fun. Mission accomplished." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2.5/4 48% Driving Lessons (2006) " Offers a pleasant excursion down a familiar road." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2006
3/4 72% Flushed Away (2006) " This movie lacks the cleverness of the Aardman classics, but it more than makes up for that with its nonstop action." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2.5/4 7% Conversations With God (2006) " Watching Czerny's version of Walsch struggle, it's hard not to connect with him, even if you don't connect with his message." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2006
3.5/4 75% Catch a Fire (2006) " [Dirctor Phillp Noyce's] goal earns him empathy. But the film goes further than that, creating an absorbing portrait of a peaceful, well-meaning man who is mistreated at every turn until he finally strikes back." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2006
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