Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Austin Chronicle
Total Reviews:
173

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 173
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 59% Flash of Genius (2008) " Despite an obsessiveness bordering on (and occasionally toppling over into) mania, Kearns just doesn't have the kind of larger-than-life personality we look for in our cinematic little-guy heroes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 1, 2008
2/5 81% I Served the King of England (2008) " [It's] surrounded by and infused with the potential for meaning but feels like a lark: a bit of nothing whistling past the graveyard of 20th century European history without a thing to do but indulge itself." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " Good, manic fun plus a heavy dose of political intrigue adding up to two hours of clamorous, mind-numbing nonsense." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 24, 2008
3/5 89% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) " [It's] a much-needed maturation of the Babel/Crash formula but also fails to rattle your bones the way those movies did. Pick your poison, I suppose." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
2/5 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) " Lakeview Terrace is boilerplate stuff through and through, aiming to play on our shared fear of a besieged home life but settling instead for being a bland study in improbable vigilantism and profound domestic irritation." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2008
3/5 78% Burn After Reading (2008) " The Coen brothers may be masters of black comedy, but there are times when there's no point in taking them seriously." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2008
1/5 29% The Little Red Truck (2008) " This is kids stuff all the way: incident without drama, controversy, art, or any of the other things that make a movie watchable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3.5/5 63% Traitor (2008) " Traitor is a rare Hollywood creature: an action picture with ambiguity, a blockbuster with more questions than answers, a shoot-'em-up thriller with a sense of moral and geopolitical ambivalence." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 27, 2008
3/5 40% The Longshots (2008) " I'm not exactly sure how to put this -- not quite sure I believe it myself, honestly -- but Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit (perhaps the lousiest rock band in the long history of lousy rock bands), isn't half bad at making movies." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2008
1.5/5 39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) " Its story couldn't be more corny, redemptive, or inspirational." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2008
1/5 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " In our new tween-dominated star economy, with Miley Cyrus and other Disney Channel starlets printing money, I suppose it was inevitable that the shamelessly market-savvy Lucas would seize an opportunity to do the same." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2.5/5 72% A Man Named Pearl (2008) " Conflict and controversy are the breeding ground for story, and A Man Named Pearl -- for all its beauty and inspiration -- is sorely lacking in these elements." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2008
2.5/5 64% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) " The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 isn't interested in depth, and it doesn't trust what it has; its only interest is in achieving the absolute peak level of female camaraderie, nostalgic sentimentality, and emotional catharsis." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2008
1/5 29% Ripple Effect (2008) " Thank God Whitaker is here to bring a bit of real pathos and ambiguity to his role as the spiritual guide who's gained wisdom through adversity, because without his Oscar-winning chops, this exercise in pop mysticism would have been too painful to bear." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2008
3.5/5 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " Tell No One, French director Canet's excellent adaptation of Harlan Coben's bestselling novel, has everything a great personal-paranoia/persecution movie needs." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2008
1.5/5 84% Kabluey (2007) " Quirky and undisturbed, unaffected and unaffecting." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2008
3/5 86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) " Gonzo director Gibney frees himself from the heady topicality of his recent documentaries...and dives right down into the deep -- and dark -- end." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 66% Brick Lane (2008) " Taken for what it is, Brick Lane is something entirely its own." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 30% The Children of Huang Shi (2008) " Unfortunately, like so many movies that celebrate a historical hero, Children is plagued by an overblown sense of its own importance." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 3, 2008
3.5/4 84% The Singing Revolution (2007) " Full of the kind of collective passion and struggle and yearning for freedom that makes viewers well up with pride at their shared humanity." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 3, 2008
1/5 71% Wanted (2008) " If Maxim magazine ever decides to branch out into filmmaking, Wanted is just the kind of ear-throttling nonsense it's bound to produce." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2008
1/5 14% The Love Guru (2008) " Unlike Dr. Evil, who wasn't afraid to be unlikable, Pitka's schtick is one giant cry for acceptance -- eccentric but not challenging, therapeutic but not cathartic -- which is absolute death to comedy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2008
2/5 53% The Promotion (2008) " Total and forgettable and unforgivable blandness." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 13, 2008
3.5/5 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) " Bigger, Stronger, Faster* may prove to be more than just a good time at the movies; it could be another Super Size Me ... only bigger. Muscle, after all, weighs more than fat." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 6, 2008
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " After years of skulking around in Hollywood's shadows, fan-boy culture finally has a movie hero to call its own." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2008
3/5 87% Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007) " A coming-of-age story about a young man who - like the era he was born into - has no idea how to come of age, except by violent fits and starts, in all directions, to varying ends, and ready to change course whenever the mood strikes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 16, 2008
3/4 —— When is Tomorrow (2008) " Purposefully disheveled and expertly ramshackle, as if its filmmakers decided to celebrate their monetary limitations rather than fight them - a bold move artistically and a clever one dramatically." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 9, 2008
2/5 64% Baby Mama (2008) " Just like it is in the world of SNL, the choice gets made time and again to aim not for the high road but for the great, big, fat, juicy, unchallenging, uncontroversial middle ground, where everybody's laughing but nothing is all that funny." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2008
2/5 39% Dark Matter (2008) " There is no need for a scene in which your hero loses touch with reality via cockeyed camera trickery and thumping techno music." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/5 37% Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008) " Kudos to Spurlock for going into enemy territory and coming back with the message that there really is no enemy territory." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/5 81% Chicago 10 (2008) " A documentary that somehow manages to capture the anarchic spirit of those topsy-turvy times without devolving into anarchy itself." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2008
3/5 79% The Bank Job (2008) " Where The Bank Job really thrives is in its depiction of the cold, hard realities of a life spent dipping your hands in other people's pockets." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2008
2/5 53% Penelope (2006) " Entire plot strands crop up from out of nowhere only to disappear without explanation, never to be heard from again. It's as if [director] Caveny had so many ideas that she simply couldn't bear to leave any of them crumpled up on her office floor." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2008
1/5 21% Semi-Pro (2008) " If [basketball] must be mocked it deserves to be mocked well, and Semi-Pro, unfortunately, isn't up to the challenge." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2008
3.5/5 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) " Virtuosic, assured, and possessed of undeniable aesthetic force, it's also hard not to turn away from." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 22, 2008
2/5 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) " You get four decent comics plucked from obscurity and given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play big venues packed with eager fans who would probably have roared at a 20-minute set by Alan Greenspan if Vaughn had deigned to give him his blessing." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2.5/5 22% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) " It's capable at times of real subtlety and warmth and humanity, but not confident enough in itself to stay away from fart jokes or empty acts of sassiness for very long." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2008
1/5 11% Fool's Gold (2008) " A movie that manages to be everything -- romantic comedy, adventure film, family melodrama, farce, gangster movie, and history lesson -- and absolutely nothing all at once." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2.5/4 22% Mad Money (2008) " Just when I thought there was no way a movie like this could possibly show me anything new, Money goes and makes Ivan Boesky out of Annie Hall, paints redemption green, and paves the road to heaven with gold. Color me surprised." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2008
3/4 67% Honeydripper (2007) " Honeydripper's story isn't anything you haven't seen a dozen times before, but where Sayles succeeds is in his ability to dramatize the psychological and linguistic details that give identity to a subculture struggling for survival." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 1, 2008
1/5 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) " There's just no end to America's love affair with blandness, is there?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 31, 2008
2.5/5 51% What Just Happened? (2008) Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 19, 2008
4/4 93% Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007) " In his brilliant new film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, painter/sculptor/director Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) defies dozens of moviemaking conventions to tell the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) " It's safety-first adventuring and safety-first filmmaking, both of which should be mortal sins." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/5 12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) " I can't say for sure what the 'Requiem' in the film's title refers to, though we can only hope it means it will be the last in the series." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 28, 2007
2/4 53% The Walker (2007) " [G]uilty of the most mortal of all movie sins: It's dull." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/5 86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) " Poor Depp isn't up to the challenge of a musical. He may look menacing with his ivory skin and flashing eyes, but he sings like he's three drinks into a night at the local karaoke bar." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1.5/5 70% I Am Legend (2007) " The film descends into a monster-movie malaise starring a horde of balding CGI monsters that look like refugees from a video game and that will scare absolutely no one, save those who worry that green-screening is ruining the movies." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2007
2/5 55% This Christmas (2007) " I have to ask: What could possibly explain the presence of two first-rate actors like Lindo and Elba in a movie as bland as This Christmas?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2007
1/5 36% Southland Tales (2007) " An incomprehensible, self-indulgent mess of post-apocalyptic anxiety and political paranoia, a confusion of half-baked social critiques, pop-culture references, sci-fi whimsicalities, and anti-corporate satire straining for significance." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 19, 2007
2/5 36% Sleuth (2007) " A film that's right up there with Crash, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and the Kennedy White House for sheer wasted potential and misguided ambition." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2007
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