Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Kerry Lengel's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 84% Whip It (2009) "Whip It, set in the roller-derby subculture of Austin, is a sweet coming-of-age comedy, safe, familiar and comforting. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 1, 2009
4/5 20% I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009) "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is the Armageddon of gross-out sex comedies. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 23, 2009
4/5 93% The Damned United (2009) "Vile, hateful and undeniably funny. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 23, 2009
1/5 No Score Yet The Appearance of a Man (2008) "A ufologist's variant of The Da Vinci Code, except without all the action and faux scholarship. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 15, 2009
2/5 7% All About Steve (2009) "The results aren't quite Anchorman, but they're worth a chuckle. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 2, 2009
4/5 94% The Cove (2009) "As the subject of a documentary, this grim enterprise distinctly lacks the warm and fuzzy appeal of The March of the Penguins. So director Louie Psihoyos ingeniously reinvents his film as a spy caper. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 19, 2009
3/5 90% District 9 (2009) "For science-fiction fans looking for a bit more brainpower than Transformers has to offer, District 9 points the way toward redemption for a movie genre that could use an infusion of artistic ambition. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 12, 2009
2/5 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) "Every time the story shows some glimmer of originality, it immediately retreats back to formula. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 8, 2009
4/5 92% Il Divo (2009) "The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 30, 2009
4/5 92% Every Little Step (2009) "It instills an appreciation for the tremendous amount of work and passion that the performers put into their craft. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 21, 2009
3/5 17% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) "The eerie buildup is mostly pro forma... But the backstory of the haunted house, revealed slowly in sepia-toned hallucinations, really is creepy. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 25, 2009
3/5 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) "Nothing Like the Holidays is vaguely unsatisfying, caught somewhere in the middle between popcorn flick and serious cinema. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 11, 2008
2.5/5 14% All Roads Lead Home (2008) "Starting with the ominous caveat 'Inspired by a true story', there is little indication that All Roads Lead Home is going anywhere interesting. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2008
3/5 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) "If you're willing to regress to the mental age of 12 for a couple of hours, it's an amusing ride. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 14, 2008
4/5 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) "A thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining examination of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in modern life. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2008
3.5/5 53% The Promotion (2008) "As a subtle expression of masculine angst, it's the timid flipside of Fight Club. As a gentle critique of the American dream's descent into empty consumerism, it's a less cutesy, less feminist Little Miss Sunshine. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2008
89% The Visitor (2008) "Both halves of the story ring true in their way, but they don't ring out in harmony. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2008
2/5 36% 21 (2008) "It's funny how movies based on real stories can be the most formulaic and predictable. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2008
4/5 94% The Counterfeiters (2007) "The film does shed light an another facet of Nazi history, and it does it with an attention to the complexity of human nature that makes it worthy of its Oscar win. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2008
3/5 57% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) "This is stand-up comedy here. Bring the funny and leave the rest on the bus. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 7, 2008
4/5 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) "Margot at the Wedding is an excellent film that few people will see, and even fewer will like. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 20, 2007
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) "When it's funny, it's good. But when it takes a turn for the heartwarming, it feels more like a Disney knockoff than a send-up. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 20, 2007
4/5 71% Beowulf (2007) "To the shock of cynics in the audience waiting for this film fantasy to be lame, Beowulf turns out to be exciting, fun and occasionally breathtaking. No question it's a popcorn flick, but it's cheesy only when it chooses to be. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 15, 2007
4/5 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) "To call this feel-good comedy conservative is to cede 'family values' to the realm of politics, which, despite a vague NPR-ishness to the characters, is something Real Life refuses to do. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3.5/5 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) "As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/5 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) "Dripping with Wes Anderson's patented blend of whimsy and melancholy, The Darjeeling Limited is the story of three brothers traveling across India in search of themselves. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 11, 2007
2.5/5 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) "Elizabeth achieved its power by focusing on the central idea of how a callow princess became a great queen. In trying to re-create the formula, the sequel merely grasps about for a reason to be, and that makes for dull watching, indeed. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/5 53% Across the Universe (2007) "There's a lot of great stuff here, but it just doesn't come together. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/5 39% Feast of Love (2007) "Pretentious and precious. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 27, 2007
4/5 89% Eastern Promises (2007) "Suffice it to say it's a bit of primal brutality that lays bare the animal in each of us, fighting to survive. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 20, 2007
3.5/5 67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) "With its absurd anti-gun "message," the film certainly could be called a satire, yet it remains firmly within the genre it is satirizing. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 6, 2007
3.5/5 89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) "May not shake all the cowbells off the genre, but it kicks up plenty of dust. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 6, 2007
4/5 61% Death at a Funeral (2007) "An old-fashioned English farce with enough gross-out humor to rival the dumb and dumberest of American movies, but also enough smarts to make your pleasure guilt-free. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 16, 2007
3/5 61% Arctic Tale (2007) "The best thing about Arctic Tale is the vivid underwater cinematography, shot with such urgency and vibrancy that one might suspect a little CGI assistance has been employed. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 2, 2007
3.5/5 90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) "Even casual Simpsons fans will find plenty to chortle over, right through the closing credits. There are plenty of Hollywood comedies that can't say the same. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 26, 2007
3/5 78% You Kill Me (2007) "One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 13, 2007
4/5 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) "This movie feels less like a plot-point checklist than the last one did, and there's enough visual razzle-dazzle to entertain those who haven't read the book and might miss a twist here or a turn there. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2007
3/5 78% Crazy Love (2007) "Particularly because many viewers have already seen the TV-news version, almost any other genre would have been even more compelling -- a fictionalized drama, perhaps, or Truman Capote-style narrative non-fiction. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 5, 2007
1.5/5 24% Even Money (2006) "Um, gambling's bad, mkay? " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 31, 2007
3.5/5 70% The Valet (2007) "It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 25, 2007
3.5/5 89% Waitress (2007) "As sweet as the pies that serve as its central gimmick. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 10, 2007
2.5/5 29% Lucky You (2007) "This movie has so little to it that you begin to understand why they packed it with so much poker: They had to put something on the screen. But even die-hard Hold'em fans will leave wishing for more. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 4, 2007
3.5/5 58% First Snow (2007) "Offers the satisfaction of a compelling story well told. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 14, 2007
3.5/5 47% Coffee Date (2006) "It's clever and sweet and pretty consistently funny. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2007
4/5 93% The Lives of Others (2006) "Just from an entertainment standpoint, wondering what decisions the characters will make, and what the consequences might be, makes for edge-of-your-seat tension despite the movie's quietly thoughtful tone. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 22, 2007
2.5/5 91% The Italian (2007) "The story of Vanya (Solntsev Kolya Spiridonov) is less than convincing. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 8, 2007
1.5/5 19% The Last Sin Eater (2007) "Efforts to build suspense, with ominous music and dark figures flashing past the camera, are laughably amateurish, as is the made-for-TV cinematography. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 8, 2007
3/5 49% Candy (2006) "There's no moment that truly feels original until Candy's climactic breakdown at the end of the movie. By then, it's too late. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 30, 2006
2/5 16% Eragon (2006) "The title of Hollywood's latest fantasy epic is simply the word 'dragon' with one letter changed, and unfortunately, that's about the level of creativity you can expect from Eragon. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 30, 2006
2/5 No Score Yet Christmas at Maxwell's (2006) "Christmas at Maxwell's may be 'inspirational,' but it's far from entertaining. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 21, 2006
4.5/5 66% Shortbus (2006) "A film that's thoughtful and exuberant, achingly sad and wildly funny. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 26, 2006
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