Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
The Oregonian film reviewer.
Publications:
Oregonian
Total Reviews:
47

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 47 of 47
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 16% Eragon (2006) " Eragon's mythic journey to discover the truth behind his heritage and battle evil hews so closely to the story lines of other famous fantasy epics that it's hard to believe there aren't a few lawsuits in the works." — Oregonian
Posted Dec 15, 2006
84% The Yes Men (2004) " Anyone who suspects that satire is dead need look no further than The Yes Men to realize the art of lampooning is alive and well." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 15, 2004
68% La grande s├ęduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis) (2004) " Charming but overly long, a pleasant, smile-producing movie reminiscent of doing a jigsaw puzzle at a rented beach cottage on a rainy day." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 17, 2004
B+ 96% Lost Boys of Sudan (2004) " The scenes of Peter and Santino's adjustment to life in Houston -- a garbage disposal does what? -- are at once quotidian, poignant and absurd." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 17, 2004
C 60% Wimbledon (2004) " Ho-hum offering by the producers of crowd-pleasing bon bons Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 17, 2004
69% Criminal (2004) " L.A. looks hip in its lemonade light, and the low-budget Ocean's Eleven attitude gives Criminal a certain down-and-out swing." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 10, 2004
55% Cellular (2004) " The movie has more flawed logic, lame coincidences and plot holes than the average cell phone has ring tones." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 10, 2004
B 51% Vanity Fair (2004) " A lively retelling of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic tale." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 3, 2004
B 65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) " An absorbing relational Rorschach test masquerading as a domestic drama, a sardonic examination of marriage and friendship that invites the audience to think for itself." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 27, 2004
C+ 26% Anacondas - The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) " It's not particularly ingenuous, the acting is only serviceable, the killer snakes have adapted most of their scariest riffs from the star of Jaws, but it's a species of low-grade fun that really does appeal to the whole family." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 27, 2004
D- 19% She Hate Me (2004) " A turn-off." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 20, 2004
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004) " Panders to the worst traits in the target audience of spoiled third-grade girls." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 13, 2004
A 97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) " A spellbinding drama rife with both tragedy and hope." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 6, 2004
49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) " The film equivalent of the blind date described as 'really nice.' It's neither bad nor good, just sort of earnest and well-meaning." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 6, 2004
B- 21% Little Black Book (2004) " Given the fact that it's August, you could do worse than hide out from the heat with the cute-as-a-bug Murphy, who manages to be funny and entertaining despite the material." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 6, 2004
A 89% Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004) " Some Kind of Monster is some weird kind of wonderful." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 30, 2004
33% The Intended (2004) " The pace is stultifying, and even though the ensemble looks realistically stinky and sweaty, the stately progression of events mirrors far too well the torpor of the tropics." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 30, 2004
C+ 43% The Village (2004) " Thriller is hardly the word for this tedious exercise in clue-hiding." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 30, 2004
C+ 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " By turns absorbing, unsettling and, for lack of a better word, icky." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 16, 2004
D- 11% A Cinderella Story (2004) " Poorly written, poorly acted exercise in banality and studio greed." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 16, 2004
A 95% Before Sunset (2004) " Says more about the mystery of love and attachment than any overblown Hollywood romance that comes to mind." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 9, 2004
D 66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Nothing more than an extended skit, and a lame one at that." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 9, 2004
B 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " He makes Geekus Hollywoodium -- always played by someone such as Ben Stiller, whom we know to be fundamentally cool beneath his nerdy veneer -- look like the fraudulent genus we know it to be." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 2, 2004
A- 83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) " Supporters of the president will find this reprehensible. Detractors of the president will rub their hands with glee." — Oregonian
Posted Jun 25, 2004
B- 61% The Terminal (2004) " Hanks' perfectly rendered Navorski offsets the hogwash and makes the film's shortcomings bearable." — Oregonian
Posted Jun 18, 2004
D 26% The Stepford Wives (2004) " So god-awful it falls into the category of needing to be seen to be believed." — Oregonian
Posted Jun 11, 2004
B+ 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) " At long last, here is a film where the computer-generated imagery actually serves the magic rather than being the magic." — Oregonian
Posted Jun 4, 2004
A 64% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) " It's the rare chance to glimpse the doodles of an auteur." — Oregonian
Posted May 28, 2004
A- 89% Shrek 2 (2004) " The spell cast on the audience is that in the world of Shrek, there's a bottomless supply of Funny." — Oregonian
Posted May 19, 2004
A- 93% Super Size Me (2004) " The truth is, the delicious fun (forgive me) of Super Size Me resides in watching the lanky, affable Spurlock get intentionally fat." — Oregonian
Posted May 14, 2004
C+ 54% Troy (2004) " The first hour of this unnecessarily long tale is rough sledding." — Oregonian
Posted May 14, 2004
C 62% Young Adam (2004) " The pacing is as sluggish as the Scottish canals that serve as its setting." — Oregonian
Posted May 7, 2004
C- 23% Van Helsing (2004) " If an eardrum-damaging score and people getting routinely slammed into stone walls at a 100 miles an hour without so much as chipping a tooth is your idea of a good time, then Van Helsing won't disappoint." — Oregonian
Posted May 7, 2004
83% Mean Girls (2004) " Packed with enough trenchant observations of teen life to make you laugh and wince in equal measure." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 30, 2004
17% Laws of Attraction (2004) " The larger question is not whether these two will wind up together, but rather, if the filmmakers wanted to make a teen movie, why didn't they use real teenagers?" — Oregonian
Posted Apr 30, 2004
C 39% Man on Fire (2004) " If you need a Denzel-fix, Washington's got some piquant assassin-at-work scenes; otherwise the movie never rises above a slow boil." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 26, 2004
B+ 72% Robot Stories (2004) " Part of the minimalist allure of Robot Stories is that it's much more than the sum of its parts." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 26, 2004
53% Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004) " The animation has cheap-and-fast written all over it. It's so chintzy, the characters look as if they've come straight from a box of Colorforms." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 26, 2004
A 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) " While Tarantino's famous fight sequences are grisly, funny and genuinely entertaining, his love scenes are so tender, so fraught, you fear for the safety of your own heart." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 16, 2004
30% The Alamo (2004) " Worth remembering." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 9, 2004
50% Ella Enchanted (2004) " Except for these ogre-sized missteps -- the occasional overacting, the self-conscious and over-used '70s dance music -- Ella has a lot to recommend it." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 9, 2004
36% Neil Young - Greendale (2004) " So terrible, you can't believe Young isn't simply having a big goof on all of us." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 2, 2004
C- 28% The Prince and Me (2004) " Dimwitted." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 2, 2004
C 54% Home on the Range (2004) " No one could come up with anything better, plot-wise, than saving the 'ol homestead?" — Oregonian
Posted Apr 2, 2004
B 68% The Same River Twice (2003) " It's Moss' disinclination to judge that gives what might otherwise be a slight film its genuine poignancy." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 26, 2004
B- 73% Intermission (2003) " It's great fun watching Farrell back in his native habitat after his usual Hollywood pretty-boy turns." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 26, 2004
C+ 21% Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed (2004) " I won't go so far as to say Scooby-Doo 2 is fun for the entire family, but if you've got a 10-year-old underfoot who needs entertaining, you could have a worse time." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 26, 2004
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