Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 67% 5 to 7 (2015) " For an R-rated romance about a young writer's affair with a sultry French siren, "5 to 7" generates all the heat of an Easy-Bake Oven. It aims to sizzle but quickly fizzles. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) " "The Cobbler" definitely won't please the audience for Sandler's mainstream blockbusters, and it's unlikely to win him new fans among the indie intelligentsia, either. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 77% Deli Man (2015) " In the food-film canon, it aims to the be "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" of Jewish cuisine, and if it doesn't quite reach those poetic heights, it's still an affably informative documentary. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) " "Seventh Son" delivers exactly what it promises: Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore slumming in a laughably generic sword-and-sorcery almost-epic. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/5 27% Annie (2014) " The feel-good story and sing-along production numbers are likely to please the movie's target audience of tween girls, but there's not a whole lot in "Annie" to win their parents over. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " Tolkien's richly imagined novels served as the template for an entire genre of "epic fantasy," and the opportunity to spend a final 144 minutes inside that world ... is more than worth the price of a 3-D movie ticket. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3.5/5 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) " Steadily a portrait emerges of a man who is an inspiration as much for his character as for his talent. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/5 73% Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014) " Unfortunately, while the swami taught his disciples to explore the depths of their very souls, the film barely scratches the surface of his life and teachings. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " In short, the movie works, although probably not so well as the book does. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 86% The Blue Room (2014) " It is a quiet but intense and closely observed piece of work. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 100% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) " An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " It used to be that Woody Allen's failures were more interesting than most filmmakers' successes, but his latest offering is depressing proof that this no longer the case. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 60% Hellion (2014) " Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " You'd expect the sequel to be an improvement based on production values alone, and you would be right, but not by much. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) " The haunted-house lighting is a perfect match for the claustrophobic intimacy of this two-hander - and camouflage, perhaps, for the fact that "Venus in Fur" remains more play than film. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 57% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " There's certainly a lot of eye candy to enjoy, from the 3D screensaver graphics in the opening credits to the endless parade of six-pack abs and jiggling underbutt. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" worth watching. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 89% Bears (2014) " A formulaically entertaining combination of gorgeous cinematography and unapologetic anthropomorphization. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) " For many, Jackson's "Hobbit" will look like an overly long amusement-park attraction. But for fantasy fans who have dreamed all their lives of spending time inside Tolkien's dazzling alternative reality, it's a ride well worth taking. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/5 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers" takes on a vast subject - the history of the modern state of Israel - from a disappointingly narrow perspective. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/5 41% Oldboy (2013) " For fans of the Quentin Tarantino school of grisly, outre noir, Lee's take on "Oldboy" has a lot to offer ... " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/5 71% The Motel Life (2013) " It's occasionally pretentious but ultimately moving, at least for the miniscule audience that will turn out to see such a downer of a movie. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Character development, dramatic tension and emotional resonance all get short shrift in the checklist exposition by writer-director Gavin Hood. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 90% Inequality For All (2013) " An engaging film that's head and shoulders above the average talking-head parade. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) " "The Family" does have its entertaining moments. But anyone who thinks it's a real knee-slapper needs therapy. Stat. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/5 75% You're Next (2013) " A smart, feral flick with a wicked sense of humor. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3.5/5 54% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) " As a spectacle and as an idea, Burning Man is strange and beautiful. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3.5/5 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) " "Dealin' With Idiots," a sort of "Waiting for Guffman" for Little League, isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than its title. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/5 27% Jobs (2013) " The deeper problem with the film is that it doesn't really add anything to the established narrative on its subject. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 15, 2013
1/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " It's not that overwrought violence and human depravity are unfit grist for art, but without a compelling plot and a modicum of character development, all this film has to offer is a repugnant prurience and heavy-handed atmospherics. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/5 7% Just Like A Woman (2013) " This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/5 21% Copperhead (2013) " Aside from the PBS-re-enactment music, the film's primary problem is that it lacks a clear central plot. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1/5 38% The Purge (2013) " "The Purge" is one of those unimaginative horror flicks that depend on skreeky music and sudden appearances to startle, but never actually frighten, the audience. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 79% No Place On Earth (2013) " The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 2, 2013
3.5/5 86% Harvest of Empire (2012) " As an analysis of the causes of migration, it is one-dimensional and unconvincing. But as a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 28, 2013
4/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Empowerment and powerlessness become entangled in a coming-of-age myth that could prove appealing to young women for many sequels to come. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/5 62% Jack Reacher (2012) " It's intended to expand a popular fiction franchise into film, but the workmanlike direction of Christopher McQuarrie, although sporadically entertaining, may doom this flick to one-off status. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 No Score Yet Broadway's Finest " "Fake it till you make it" would make a good tagline for "Broadway's Finest." " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 11, 2012
4/5 67% Hellbound? (2012) " An engaging, accessible documentary that explores the (truly) eternal questions, "Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why?" " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " It's all perfectly entertaining, but never really reaches the heights of hilarity, perhaps because everything about the plot is underdeveloped. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 3, 2012
4/5 41% Little White Lies (2012) " There's a fly-on-the-wall quality to it that adds a voyeuristic zing to the proceedings and gives this French take on "The Big Chill" its particular warmth. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 83% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " "Sleepwalk With Me" is the perfect movie for fans of "The Daily Show" who actually stick around for the second-half interview. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2.5/5 54% Brother (Hermano) (2012) " The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/5 63% Union Square (2012) " It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 16, 2012
4.5/5 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3.5/5 44% The Last Ride (2012) " James does a fine job of portraying a na├»ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet The Runway (2012) " The eccentric characters and wacky story line are merely camouflage for a movie with a heart that's pure Hollywood. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 19, 2012
2/5 30% The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) " It's earnest, predictable and disposable. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3.5/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " A film that sometimes comes off as an intersection of tangents, but it also gives rise to moments of joyous whimsy. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 5, 2012
2/5 21% Madea's Witness Protection (2012) " Tyler Perry doesn't have to make sense, or a have a point. He's laughing all the way to the bank. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 1, 2012
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