Jim Chastain

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 84% Breach (2007) " Cooper is always dead-bang on " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 31, 2007
A 97% The Queen (2006) " A memoir of those strange days. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Feb 7, 2007
A- 72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " Give Ferrell as many roles like this as he can possibly handle. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Dec 4, 2006
B 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) " Beautifully filmed and fun in its own quirky way. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Dec 4, 2006
C+ 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) " Great satire, perhaps, but remarkably painful. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Nov 10, 2006
B 76% The Prestige (2006) " It isn't my favorite Nolan film, but it's better than most of the films I see. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Nov 10, 2006
B+ 73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) " A strange, and often brilliant, blend of raging war footage and quiet drama. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 26, 2006
A- 91% The Departed (2006) " Probably the best acted film of the year. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 26, 2006
B+ 69% Hollywoodland (2006) " The film is sustained on its juicy minor characters. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 18, 2006
C 37% The Guardian (2006) " The film certainly comes across like a paid Coast Guard advertisement at times. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 18, 2006
A- 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) " May wind up being the 'dysfunctional family' film against which all others are ultimately compared. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Sep 5, 2006
B 76% Superman Returns (2006) " The film has a parallel universe that extends beyond the losses the characters suffer to the ones the audience has, based on who we are and what has happened to us. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 30, 2006
A 95% Wordplay (2006) " A wonderful little documentary that seems fascinated with humanity. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 30, 2006
B- 21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) " An oddly likeable film that grows on you if you're willing to stick with it. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 30, 2006
D+ 40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) " A one joke film that runs its comedic course in about thirty minutes. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 30, 2006
C+ 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) " A fairly funny vehicle that runs out of gas well before the checkered flag. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 30, 2006
C- 22% The Pink Panther (2006) " Rest assured, the decision to remake this film had nothing to do with art, creativity, comedic zen, or some form of tribute to Sellers or Blake Edwards. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Mar 14, 2006
B 75% In Her Shoes (2005) " One of those rare redemption films that redeems even itself. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 21, 2005
B 27% Stay (2005) " Works best as an intellectual cinematic essay on the veiled subject at hand (and a director-driven art film at that), rather than as a narrative drama. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 21, 2005
B - 53% An Unfinished Life (2005) " An oddball blend of Western and soap opera. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Sep 21, 2005
C + 56% Just Like Heaven (2005) " Too cute for its own good. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Sep 21, 2005
B 87% Millions (2005) " A cute film, heartwarming to a fault, and a sure crowd pleaser. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 18, 2005
C 25% Mindhunters (2005) " Somewhat of a self-fulfilling title. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 18, 2005
B 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005) " The film works fine as stand-alone entertainment, but does irreparable harm to the series as a whole. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 18, 2005
B + 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) " A dry, twisted commentary on marriage and intimacy. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 18, 2005
A - 85% Batman Begins (2005) " Nolan steadfastly refuses to turn this film into the special effects catastrophe it could so easily be. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 18, 2005
B - 60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) " Overall, the film is enjoyable, but it is never exactly brilliant and is certainly less worthy than the novel. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted May 11, 2005
A - 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " On relationships, the film soars. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Feb 22, 2005
B 86% Collateral (2004) " Lands solidly in the worthwhile category, rather than the slush pile. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 6, 2004
B - 52% The Notebook (2004) " Like a summer wedding, you attend and root and try your best not to snicker. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jul 16, 2004
B - 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Consistently funny, more often than not of the cheap variety. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jul 16, 2004
B 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) " a pretty hilarious movie thanks to Stiller's willingness to let himself look like a complete idiot just for laughs " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jun 28, 2004
C 81% Hellboy (2004) " I saw many films in this hodgepodge... but I saw nothing that 'Hellboy' could call its own. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Apr 2, 2004
C 63% Starsky & Hutch (2004) " The idea of it, including the attention to seventies detail and the music, is funnier than most of the film. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Apr 2, 2004
A - 95% Lost In Translation (2003) " The ending packs an emotional wallop, a moment as magical as anything you will see at the movies this year. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Mar 11, 2004
B + 77% Big Fish (2003) " More "Ed Wood" than "Planet of the Apes". " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Mar 10, 2004
B 82% Monster (2004) " An interesting depiction of the makings of a serial killer. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Mar 10, 2004
B 80% Miracle (2004) " I would like to have gotten to know some of the players a little bit better. " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Feb 12, 2004
A - 92% School of Rock (2003) " Gladiator for the downtrodden and flabby " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Oct 3, 2003
B - 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) " without Depp, this film could easily have been called 'The Curse of the Black Pearl Harbor' " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
B+ 88% Freaky Friday (2003) " Waters seems to have a knack for creating families on the edge " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
A 90% Whale Rider (2003) " Keisha Castle-Hughes simply melts your heart " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
F 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) " have we descended so far in American filmmaking that we must now literally scrape the bottom of the superhero barrel " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
A - 84% Swimming Pool (2003) " tends to stay with you... for days, weeks even " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
D 79% Open Range (2003) " one of the best black comedies ever made " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Aug 15, 2003
A - 60% Down With Love (2003) " begins to sizzle at about the halfway point " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted May 23, 2003
C 48% Bruce Almighty (2003) " moralizing mumbo-jumbo " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted May 23, 2003
B + 85% About Schmidt (2002) " I liked how it used Warren's letters as the vehicle for sharing his journey inward " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jan 8, 2003
A - 86% Chicago (2002) " a sexy film that puts tang in its tango " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jan 8, 2003
B + 96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) " a clear reminder that Leo had an Academy Award nomination long before he became an over-hyped megastar " ‐ Norman Transcript
Posted Jan 8, 2003
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