Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Austin Chronicle
Total Reviews:
173

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 173
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2/5 66% Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007) " If you're going to make a comedy about suicide, you'd better make sure the jokes land. There are people out there who could use a laugh." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2007
1.5/5 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " With his incessant cackling and jigging and adorable lisp, Hoffman is an unbearable force of nature, while Portman is disappointing as a young adult stuck in neutral." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2007
3/5 36% Reservation Road (2007) " With a cast as good as this one, you're willing to look past the occasional glaring improbability." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 26, 2007
1/5 9% The Comebacks (2007) " The fact that The Comebacks makes fun of another sports parody, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, doesn't make it a good movie, but it does say something about the pilfering, postmodern, post-ironic age of cinema we live in." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2/5 12% Feel the Noise (2007) " It's hard to fault a screenwriter for cramming every idea he's ever had about anything into his first movie for fear there won't be a second." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2007
3/5 82% Into the Wild (2007) " I walked away from Into the Wild feeling that Penn was too in love with the idea of Christopher McCandless the free-spirited hero to excavate the soul of Christopher McCandless the lost man." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/5 64% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) " [Benicio Del Toro's] managed to top even himself; this most recent performance is right up there with the best screen turns, not just of his generation but of all time." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/5 74% Outsourced (2007) " Its head may be in the sand, but Outsourced is a good-spirited idyll, an escape from reality, naive to a fault, and all but unconcerned with the troubles of the world but almost - almost - convincing in its innocence." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2007
3/5 28% The Game Plan (2007) " I've been got and I've been had. And I admit that with all due shame and humiliation. I'll never forgive myself for this." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2007
2/5 15% The Brothers Solomon (2007) " A syrupy fable about love and family? What happened?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2007
1.5/5 75% My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007) " If sex, gangsters, and killing Nazis are three of the most enlivening topics in the movies, then let us count friendship as one of the most tiresome, right up there with grooming horses and sharing for sheer thrills." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2007
3/5 73% In the Valley of Elah (2007) " Instead of a nice, clean movie about parental regret we're forced to suffer through an unnecessary biblical metaphor stretched way past its limits of applicability." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3.5/5 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " ...The Assassination of Jesse James grabs on to many of the classic tropes of the Western -- the meandering passage of time, the imposing landscapes, the abiding loneliness, the casual violence -- and sets about mapping their furthest edges." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/5 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) " Mr. Woodcock is funny for exactly five minutes, during which time Woodcock is shown throwing basketballs at boys' heads and mocking them for having dead parents." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 13, 2007
3/5 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) " My first question: What kind of nefarious events had to occur so that I could purchase the computer with which I write this review?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 7, 2007
1.5/5 57% Interview (2007) " Emotional honesty in the service of nonsense is still nonsense, no matter how many scabs it manages to pick at." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/5 63% Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (2007) " Grand Hollywood entertainment for and about a long-ignored culture that's just now starting to sense the potential vastness of its own economic and political influence." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/5 70% Molière (2007) " I can only wonder what theatre gods Molière angered during his lifetime to deserve such ragtag biographical treatment, but let's hope Molière settles the debt." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/5 48% Macbeth (2006) " It's probably best not to look too deep for meaning." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) " A new and different kind of cinematic mythmaking." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 4, 2007
3.5/5 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " It's no small feat getting to the third movie in a series and still managing to create something watchable. More remarkable still -- unprecedented, really -- is making a movie that's actually better than its predecessors." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2007
1.5/5 52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) " [Actor] Wilson hits a new low in the dubious realm of nonretarded actors grinning and flailing their arms about in the hopes of communicating mental deficiency and inspiring sympathy in their audience and recognition from film-award committees." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2/5 88% Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat) (2007) " Watching Syndromes and Century is like reading a Samuel Beckett novel, only it's slow, confusing, and bleak. Okay, so it's like reading a Samuel Beckett novel." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/5 7% License to Wed (2007) " A misguided, not to mention mean-spirited, premise for a story." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2007
0/5 34% DOA: Dead or Alive (2007) " Let's hope some special form of punishment awaits the man or woman who came up with the idea of basing movies on video games." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2007
2.5/5 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) " A victim of its own pedigree." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3.5/5 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) " Bier [is] the latest in a long line of filmmakers who have mastered the art of making movies about people we can all thank God we're not." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2007
3/5 78% The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006) " In the movies, there's nothing quite as sinister as the antagonist who's willing to wait for her revenge." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2007
2.5/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) " Like most of Apatow's work, Knocked Up walks a perilous line between sarcasm and sentimentality, and though it's extremely funny in bursts, the movie flirts once too often with schmaltz before toppling into melodrama in its third act." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 31, 2007
1.5/5 40% The Wendell Baker Story (2005) " I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 18, 2007
1.5/5 29% Lucky You (2007) " In between hands, [Bana] speaks in inspirational poker platitudes that would make a fortune-cookie distributor blush." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 11, 2007
0/5 2% Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) " The writers make sure to fill their script with only the most obvious jokes and cultural references so that their star's particular comedic talents will shine brightest and he can work his magic without the risk of causing any audience members to think." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2007
3.5/5 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) " Loach and his cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd, paint a grim realist portrait in muted tones that captures the solemnity of an Ireland turning on itself and the tragedy of two brothers spiraling away from each other." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 74% Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006) " This is one of the wonders of Paris, I imagine, or at least of being rich in Paris: Even your misery plays like a fairy tale. In Avenue Montaigne, miserable souls are as common as raindrops, and each one is a portrait of privileged existentialism." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2007
2/5 48% Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres (2007) " A massive collection of absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses, which, depending on your tastes (and possibly your affinity for mind-altering drugs), are either the stuff of comic genius or proof that the world has stopped making sense entirely." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3.5/5 85% The Hoax (2007) " The Hoax isn't Gere's best movie (that honor will always and forever belong to Days of Heaven), but it might feature his best performance." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 12, 2007
2/5 45% Pride (2007) " Pride's story was etched in stone ages ago by mysterious movie powers beyond our understanding, and all the Staples Singers' songs in the world won't keep it from its appointed rounds." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2007
2.5/5 50% G.I. Jesús (2007) " At times beautifully captures the fear and paranoia that accompany soldiers home from war but that too often gets muddled in the morass of Jesus' internal wanderings." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2007
3/5 87% The Lookout (2007) " Writer/director [Scott] Frank deflects any moral judgment with the fiendishly clever argument that any action taken in the name of your own independence and emotional solace can't be all bad." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 29, 2007
3/5 15% What Love Is (2008) " In its own peculiar way, What Love Is is a testament to the redemptive power of words. Thankfully, Callahan knows to keep it short and sweet, lest his audience go mad from the noise." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/5 60% Believe in Me (2007) " Inspiration in Believe in Me comes early and often, and writer/director Collector never misses an opportunity for a heartfelt locker-room speech or joyful practice-session musical montage to tug at viewers' heartstrings." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2007
2.5/5 66% Miss Potter (2007) " Enchanting, perhaps, but a long, long way from meaningful." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2007
0.5/5 8% The Number 23 (2007) " Schumacher is as much to blame for this mess as Carrey is. Over and over again, he mistakes looming shadows and manic outbursts for tension, and his ponderous, ham-fisted directorial style creates more questions than it answers." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 10, 2007
4/5 93% The Lives of Others (2006) " Like all great screen performances, Mühe's magic comes out most in its tiniest moments: a raised eyebrow here, a slight upturn of the lips there. It's a triumph of muted grandeur; it's like watching someone being born." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 10, 2007
2.5/5 70% Amazing Grace (2007) " What makes William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him a bore: He's possessed of such intractable single-mindedness and confidence in the rightness of his ideals that we can't help but wish he would lay aside saving the world for a while." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/5 84% Breach (2007) " Though director Ray provides a few choice moments of psychological tension, nothing in his film can hope to outpace the anxiety caused by the appearance of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in its opening scene." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 15, 2007
3/5 66% The Bridge (2006) " The results are striking: an emotional and aesthetic whirlpool of horror, fascination, beauty, and resignation that would probably drown lesser movies but that gives The Bridge an eerie power." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 10, 2007
0/5 2% Epic Movie (2007) " Friedberg and Seltzer are completely tone-deaf when it comes to the art of film parody, conjuring none of the adolescent brilliance of Airplane! or even the good-natured irony of 2001's Not Another Teen Movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 8, 2007
1.5/5 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) " By erasing all the mystery from Lecter's past, Harris and director Webber have also stripped him of his ability to terrify, and their film, though gory and violent enough, is almost entirely devoid of shock or suspense." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2007
3/5 55% Seraphim Falls (2007) " Meditative, beautifully shot, and blessed with a healthy dose of cynicism." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 3, 2007
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