Jeff Strickler

Jeff Strickler

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Total Reviews:
891

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 891
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 54% Last Holiday (2006) " The Last Holiday would be predictable even if it weren't a remake, but that isn't necessarily a drawback. On the contrary, it actually adds a boost to the movie's feel-good format." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2006
4/4 67% Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006) " Dench's Oscar-worthy performance is a delight. She turns Mrs. Henderson into a cross between the stereotypical little old lady and a hurricane. As Guest's character discovers, you've got to love her even as she's steamrolling you." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2006
3.5/4 93% Duma (2005) " [Director] Ballard's dime-store philosophizing gets schmaltzy, but the emotions seem heartfelt. And as he has done in earlier movies, he incorporates some spectacular backdrops." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2006
3/4 68% Cape of Good Hope (2005) " No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2006
3/4 44% Casanova (2005) " The movie sidesteps modern-day issues of political correctness raised by a story about a rogue who shamelessly uses women for his own amusement. This is all done for our amusement." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
2.5/4 20% Rumor Has It (2005) " The comedy Rumor Has It whispers at being something more than just a diversion, but it never delivers on that potential." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
3/4 40% The Ringer (2005) " The Ringer is a much sweeter comedy than its pedigree suggests. In fact, it's almost the opposite of what we expect." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
2/4 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) " While their last movie relied on boisterous physical humor, this is built on a family feud." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
2.5/4 51% The Family Stone (2005) " The movie's warmth is contagious. Too bad its humor isn't." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2005
3/4 69% Christmas in the Clouds (2005) " Although nearly every aspect of the plot is predictable, Christmas in the Clouds produces a delightful surprise: a warm glow that you take home with you." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2005
3/4 72% Syriana (2005) " Syriana is a caustic and cynical political thriller with a plot that occasionally confuses but a message that leaves no room for misinterpretation." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2005
4/4 76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) " Andrew Adamson, the director of the Shrek movies, clearly feels great affection for the book and has taken pride in living up to the source." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2005
2.5/4 52% First Descent (2005) " For nonsnowboarders, it's hard to figure out what those fans are so excited about." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2005
3/4 70% Protocols of Zion (2005) " Even though his (Director Levin) is a circular journey, it's an interesting trip." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2005
3/4 93% Ushpizin (2005) " Viewers who aren't familiar with Orthodox Jewish culture might have trouble fully relating to this Israeli film. But everyone should be able to appreciate its heartwarming tone." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2005
1.5/4 6% Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) " The frenzy peters out, leaving youngsters as bored as their parents." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2005
3/4 49% The Dying Gaul (2005) " [E]xcept for some problems in the middle act, the movie is easy to swallow." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 23, 2005
3/4 43% Bee Season (2005) " The lack of emotion is a bit off-putting at first, but as the story unfolds, we grow to appreciate that the film's detached tone reflects the family dynamics." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 17, 2005
3.5/4 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " The strongest film of the bunch." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 17, 2005
3/4 85% Pride and Prejudice (2005) " Pride & Prejudice is highbrow movie- making, in the finest sense of the term." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 10, 2005
2.5/4 16% Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) " Sometimes [50 Cent] could enunciate more clearly, but he does a great job of being a bad rapper early in Marcus' career. And most musicians will say that performing badly on purpose is one of the most difficult things for them to do." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2005
2.5/4 36% Chicken Little (2005) " While the frenetic pacing might help conceal the movie's flaws, the bizarre twists in the plot are not easily glossed over." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 3, 2005
2.5/4 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) " Daniels and Linney do a great job of being despicable without coming off as monstrous, which is what makes the characters credible." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Nov 3, 2005
3.5/4 84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " Movies don't get much cheesier than this -- or much more fun." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2005
3/4 61% Shopgirl (2005) " Sparse but effective." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2005
58% The Weather Man (2005) " David is pathetic, something that fans of Cage's macho adventures might have trouble accepting. But he's intriguingly pathetic, a state that raises some interesting issues." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2005
4/4 90% Capote (2005) " As entertaining as it is insightful." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005
2/4 45% The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005) " To call this drama heavy-handed would be stating the obvious." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3/4 68% North Country (2005) " Caro knows how to push viewers' buttons, and she does so every chance she gets. The weather in the movie might be chilly, but she makes sure our blood is boiling." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3.5/4 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) " We're not sure if Strathairn is playing Murrow or channeling him. Either way, we're impressed." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 13, 2005
2.5/4 28% Elizabethtown (2005) " Just as we're reaching for our coats so we can beat the rush to the parking lot, the movie launches a new chapter." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 13, 2005
3/4 69% Mystery of the Nile (2005) " The filmmakers document some of the more-difficult challenges the expedition faced, but they also provide an informative overview of the river's biology and history, as well as introducing some of the people who depend on the river." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2005
2.5/4 87% A History of Violence (2005) " The first half of the story -- the one shrouded in doubt -- is much more effective than the second half, which is shrouded in bloodletting." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
3/4 62% The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) " It's not easy to find a movie that both Horatio Alger and Happy Gilmore would endorse wholeheartedly, but the true-life golf story The Greatest Game Every Played qualifies." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2.5/4 60% Oliver Twist (2005) " The film is high on production values but short on heart." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
66% Everything is Illuminated (2005) " The ultra-serious Jonathan and the laid-back Alex are an ideal odd couple. By switching focus between them, Schreiber can quickly steer the movie to different emotional ground." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2.5/4 32% The Baxter (2005) " Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2.5/4 38% Flightplan (2005) " The first half, which is vintage Hitchcock, is by far superior to the second half, which is pure Steven Seagal." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
2.5/4 64% Roll Bounce (2005) " This nostalgic roller skate down memory lane is shored up by a performance by Bow Wow that surprises in its depth and a soundtrack that keeps toes tapping." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
3/4 45% The Thing About My Folks (2005) " Reiser wrote the script specifically for Falk and himself, so it's not surprising that the actors bond with their characters. And that makes it easy for the viewers to bond with them." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
3.5/4 88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) " The movie's biggest asset is Hanks, who can't hide the excitement in his voice. The mood is contagious." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
61% Lord of War (2005) " The viewer needs to bond with Yuri or we won't care what happens; but a lot of what happens is distasteful." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2005
2/4 36% Asylum (2005) " Once characters' actions lose credibility, it's hard to empathize with them, no matter how well the roles are played." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2005
3/4 53% An Unfinished Life (2005) " An unabashedly sudsy soap opera that overflows with warm fuzzies. It's also really well done." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2005
2.5/4 11% The Man (2005) " The humor isn't all that funny by comedy standards -- you're more likely to smile than laugh -- and the action scenes are low-key by adventure conventions." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2005
2.5/4 85% The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto) (2005) " Writer-director Álex de la Iglesia has made it clear that all rules are off and all our expectations are moot. Not satisfied merely to follow his premise out the window, he's going to drag it up to the 50th floor, first." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 1, 2005
2/4 6% Underclassman (2005) " It's not horrible, but it's not worth rescheduling your Labor Day barbecue around." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 1, 2005
3/4 84% The Constant Gardener (2005) " Viewers who like real-world issues interwoven with their fiction -- much in the style of author John Le Carré, whose novel is the basis for this movie -- should find plenty to chew on." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 31, 2005
38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) " Director Terry Gilliam's strong visual sense is ideally suited to this material, and he and his special-effects crew have cooked up some dandy images. Still, the moral of this story is that sometimes slick pictures alone aren't enough." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2005
2.5/4 63% Saint Ralph (2005) " Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2005
3.5/4 93% Grizzly Man (2005) " As a filmmaker, in Herzog's opinion, Treadwell was without equal. But as a naturalist, well, let's just say that his canteen had sprung a leak." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 18, 2005
Showing 101 - 150 of 891
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile