Kathy Cano Murillo

Kathy Cano Murillo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 61% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, The Arizona Republic
Publications:
Arizona Republic
Critics' Group:
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
73

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 69% Year of the Dog (2007) " The bittersweet Dog is a film that whimpers rather than barks." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 26, 2007
4/5 84% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) " One of the most grounded, realistic kid films to come along in a while. It's comical, cute and adventurous, but it also shares true-to-life emotional issues that many preteens face." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 15, 2007
3/5 80% Little Children (2006) " Little Children includes all the clich├ęd scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 4, 2007
3/5 17% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) " If you appreciate a decent thriller with equal parts bloodshed and adventure, you'll do fine with Turistas -- as long as you don't wander off." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 30, 2006
4/5 51% The Fountain (2006) " Even without all the bells and whistles, it still boils down to one love story worth seeing." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 21, 2006
2/5 7% Conversations With God (2006) " It's inspiring to see how Walsch conquered the odds, but at times Conversations With God feels like a subliminal advertisement for the book." — Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 26, 2006
2/5 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) " There are a few amusing shticks, but School for Scoundrels fails to make the grade." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/5 13% Haven (2006) " While the events are engaging in a minimovie way, as a whole they make for one bungled flick." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 21, 2006
3.5/5 42% Gridiron Gang (2006) " Despite its good intentions, Gridiron Gang is full of cliches, but at least they're captivating cliches." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3/5 93% Lassie (2006) " Lassie proves to be top dog in her latest feature film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 2, 2006
3/5 60% The Boynton Beach Club (2006) " At the Boynton Beach Club, seniors are just as vulnerable in romance as their younger counterparts, something the film shows without being too corny." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 3, 2006
3.5/5 52% Strangers with Candy (2005) " Thanks to the comic genius of Sedaris, Strangers With Candy is a good thing -- as long as your taste buds can handle the politically incorrect aftertaste." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 13, 2006
2/5 25% Peaceful Warrior (2006) " Peaceful Warrior is meant to empower and enlighten. But it tries so hard, it's more like inspiration overkill: 121 torturous minutes of long-winded lectures about living in the moment." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 1, 2006
2.5/5 13% Just My Luck (2006) " Just My Luck is a fortune cookie of a movie, without the fortune: The outside looks sweet and tasty, the inside is hollow and dry." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 11, 2006
4/5 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) " Sure it takes place in the geeky world of spelling bees, but Akeelah has the same old-fashioned, feel-good, against-the-odds qualities as Rocky." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 27, 2006
3/5 31% Stick It (2006) " Stick It isn't groundbreaking material, but at least it keeps its balance." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 27, 2006
4/5 20% La Mujer de Mi Hermano (2006) " A lean, sexy, scandalous tale involving a love triangle, betrayal and psychological revenge." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 13, 2006
1.5/5 23% Phat Girlz (2006) " It's a chick flick with good intentions about self-image and body size, yet it leaves an icky aftertaste." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3/5 57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006) " Despite the plot cracks, Ice Age: The Meltdown is a solid treat for parents and kids alike." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 30, 2006
3.5/4 24% Failure to Launch (2006) " The film goes a layer deeper than most formulaic chick flicks. It dabbles in the sociological aspects of why many present-day adults refuse to leave the nest, as well as the effect on aging parents." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 10, 2006
3.5/4 51% Aquamarine (2006) " Think of Aquamarine as an eventful day at the marine park, with plenty of bubble gum to go around." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 2, 2006
4/5 72% Eight Below (2006) " In 2002, the cringefest Snow Dogs stripped huskies of their dignity. Eight Below restores it." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 16, 2006
3/5 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " The fun is doled out in small portions and the film is so passive that younger kids will probably fidget in their seats." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 26, 2006
2/5 6% Big Momma's House 2 (2006) " Aside from the inane plot, Big Momma's House 2 is a dish of empty calories." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 26, 2006
3/5 54% Last Holiday (2006) " It's far from a five-hanky snifflefest, even for softies, but thanks to Latifah's talent, you'll say 'Awwww, that was sweet' when the credits roll." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2006
3/5 86% Junebug (2005) " Thanks to Adams' performance and strong story, it makes for a mildly entertaining Southern-fried experience." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 22, 2005
3/5 64% Roll Bounce (2005) " Sure, it sounds like predictable disco mush, but with Bow Wow in the driver's seat, a hammy cast and a never-ending roster of zingy one-liners, it's harmless fun." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 22, 2005
2/5 6% Underclassman (2005) " A been-there, done-that snoozer." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 1, 2005
1/4 11% The Cave (2005) " Despite the occasional chuckles of embarrassment for what the cast (including Morris Chestnut, Piper Perabo, and Eddie Cibrian) must endure, The Cave is a dead end." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 25, 2005
2/5 31% Valiant (2005) " What Valiant does most is give pigeons a break from the nasty 'flying rat' reputation. Aside from that, it's doesn't ruffle any feathers." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 18, 2005
4/5 77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) " It's warm, endearing, upbeat and fast-moving. It presents likable, goofy characters who confront adult issues that teens often face." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 1, 2005
3/5 93% Duma (2005) " Kids and animals are often a risky combination, but put them together in a movie such as Duma and you have a winning team." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 21, 2005
1/5 22% Down and Derby (2005) " Like a snow cone with no syrup, Down and Derby leaves us high and dry in the moral-of-the-story department." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 14, 2005
3.5/5 52% Ice Princess (2005) " High school physics never had such a cool payoff." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 17, 2005
3.5/5 64% Bride and Prejudice (2005) " For those who love this kind of stuff, it's pure popcorn pleasure." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 24, 2005
3/5 79% Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) " Pooh's Heffalump Movie is much like a children's cardboard storybook and is set to the cozy soundtrack of Carly Simon. It's as sweet as hunny and breezy to follow, and before you know it, it's over and everyone is smiling." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 10, 2005
3.5/5 64% Stage Beauty (2004) " The attraction to Stage Beauty is that it is just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 11, 2004
2.5/5 55% Undertow (2004) " One non-threatening Undertow." — Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 4, 2004
3/5 44% Evergreen (2004) " The story itself is bland, almost to the point of droopy eyelids." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 9, 2004
3.5/5 14% Without A Paddle (2004) " A guy film that chicks will dig, too." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 19, 2004
3.5/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) " It does have one thing on its side: It's freakin' hilarious, man." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 29, 2004
3/5 15% Sleepover (2004) " Perky and playful, even if it isn't a side-splitter." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 8, 2004
2.5/5 50% America's Heart and Soul (2004) " The snapshots can be heartwarming, but the film would be better suited for a Hallmark Channel special or, better, a Disneyland theme-park attraction." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 1, 2004
1.5/5 —— Arizona Summer (2006) " Instead of giving the audience a feel-good vibe, it leaves a sticky residue of artificially flavored fluff." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 30, 2004
3/5 23% Raising Helen (2004) " As much as we want to wrap our hearts around this wannabe uplifting tearjerker, it's just too shallow to embrace." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 27, 2004
2.5/5 31% Breakin' All the Rules (2004) " The movie doesn't leave an endearing impression of romance." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 13, 2004
4/5 55% Her Majesty (2001) " Offers a miniature, slightly Splenda-ized history lesson that is both inspiring and entertaining for all ages." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 6, 2004
1.5/5 4% Godsend (2003) " A lazy, off-key morphing of The Omen and Pet Sematary." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 29, 2004
3/5 21% Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed (2004) " If you enjoyed the first live-action version, odds are you'll chuckle at this one too. If not, stay far away." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 25, 2004
3.5/5 53% Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004) " Just like the cardboard books we read in kindergarten: short, sweet and easy to sit through." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 19, 2004
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