Kevin Crust

Kevin Crust

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Publications:
Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
359

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— Mario's Story (2007) " As much as the film uplifts, it also anguishes as the difficult appeal process plays out." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2008
2.5/5 36% 21 (2008) " When the makers of the blackjack drama 21 stepped up to the table to place their bets, they opted to play it safe." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2/5 25% Drillbit Taylor (2008) " Some of the movie's problems stem from the fact that the filmmakers can't seem to decide whose story it is, with a constant narrative tug of war between Wade and Ryan's battle for survival and Drillbit's dreams of escaping to Canada." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2008
2.5/5 17% Sleepwalking (2008) " Terrific performances and a bleak, riveting look at life on the economic fringes eventually gives way to an overly familiar tale of abuse, denial and catharsis that feels like warmed over Sam Shepard minus the poetry." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
51% CJ7 (2008) " Its occasionally endearing schmaltz is eclipsed by bizarre shifts in tone and a lackluster story." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
4/5 79% The Bank Job (2008) " Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3/5 76% Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007) " Our investment in their plight is ultimately enough to withstand the contrivance of the plot thread that tightens and tests the young men's relationship." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 21% Semi-Pro (2008) " An orgy of disco-era excess, it's also an interminable exercise in beating a dead horse." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/5 16% Jumper (2008) " Jumper seems half-done -- a long prologue building to a classic hero's journey or the launch of an antihero -- but comes to a screeching halt before it can begin either." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 14, 2008
3.5/5 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) " Its full title may be unwieldy and its humor a tad colorful for a family audience, but Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is surprisingly endearing and chock-full of a genuine appreciation of the moment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2.5/5 22% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) " Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee sets out to prove that you can go home again, but the lesson apparently is that it's going to be painful for everyone involved (audiences included)." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2008
1/5 0% Strange Wilderness (2008) " Despite the presence of funny guys such as Zahn, Garlin, Justin Long and Jonah Hill, along with veteran character actors Ernest Borgnine, Joe Don Baker and Robert Patrick, the movie fails to be even passably funny." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2008
2/5 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) " For what is essentially a screwball comedy, Over Her Dead Body is surprisingly uninspired, a frothy concept that offers little satisfaction in the way of execution." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 1, 2008
3/5 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) " Rambo hits his stride in the film's second half, meting out justice in an unjust world and ultimately the movie works best when warbling its out-of-tune greatest hits." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/5 16% Untraceable (2008) " A diverting police procedural." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2/5 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007) " Perched uncomfortably between thriller and melodrama, it's a film that hints at possibilities that are left unfulfilled." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2.5/5 77% Cloverfield (2008) " While it [the "camcorder ploy"] injects the film with a run-and-gun urgency, the device grows tiresome and ultimately leaves the film shortchanged." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2.5/5 13% Running With Arnold (2007) " Perfectly in tone with election season, Dan Cox's documentary plays like a 30-second political attack ad (at 144 times the length), rehashing the accusations that have been bouncing off the Austrian-born movie star for years." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/5 39% The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) " A gentle adventure-comedy that sails a heroes' journey so straight and true that Joseph Campbell would smile." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2008
4/5 67% Honeydripper (2007) " Together with production designer Toby Corbett and costume designer Hope Hanafin, they get their visual cues from the narrative and the music, creating a rich, down-to-earth environment where violence and magic seem equally possible." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2008
74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) " What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2007
2.5/5 40% The Bucket List (2007) " Freeman and Nicholson make the most of Justin Zackham's script, but there just isn't enough substance behind their characters to prop up the carpe diem platitudes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2007
2/5 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) " Everything has been significantly amped up -- bigger, louder, further removed from reality -- but it also feels that much more forced. Cage and Kruger seem like they're not having much fun this time around, and Bartha still gets the best throwaway lines." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1/5 17% Revolver (2005) " A film that's main crime is inducing stupefying boredom with little payoff in the end." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/5 62% Grace Is Gone (2007) " In a year that has seen wave after wave of films addressing the war in Iraq with varying degrees of anger and frustration, Grace serves as a gently thoughtful coda and reminder of what continues." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/5 9% Sex and Breakfast (2007) " Despite an attractive cast and a few nice moments, Sex and Breakfast is just not that exciting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3.5/5 56% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) " Part horror movie, part agitprop theater, What Would Jesus Buy? is a documentary on a mission." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/5 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " While endearingly heartfelt and G-rated to boot, its storytelling suffers from a lack of locomotive force and characters that feel disappointingly two-dimensional." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2007
4.5/5 95% Steal a Pencil for Me (2007) " Irrepressibly moving without being sentimental, Steal a Pencil for Me is a testimony to true love." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/5 50% Choking Man (2007) " Choking Man mainly falters in its inability to reconcile the darker psychological elements of Jorge's mind and all that they portend." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/5 36% Park (2006) " A flotilla of L.A. residents gathers in an unlandscaped recreation area in Baldwin Hills to canoodle, attempt suicide, plot revenge and dig into one another's psyches in writer-director Kurt Voelker's high-spirited if slight comedy, Park." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2.5/5 33% Music Within (2007) " [The filmmakers] make the common error of attempting to cover every seemingly significant moment in the man's life rather than focusing on the greatest conflicts." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 26, 2007
4/5 98% For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) " [Director] Karslake balances the more emotional elements of the film together with the scriptural analysis and weaves them into a moving conclusion." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3.5/5 57% We Own the Night (2007) " Gray's skill with meting out suspense pays considerable dividends." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3.5/5 74% Kurt Cobain About a Son (2007) " The film often feels like a ghost story narrated by the ghost himself and works best when it is visually more impressionistic. Images of empty rooms and landscapes are far more evocative than the Cobain stand-ins the filmmakers occasionally deploy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 5, 2007
2/5 14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) " Director David L. Cunningham applies a jarring, disorienting style to much of the action that, rather than mirroring Will's inner confusion, distances the audience from his plight." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 4, 2007
3/5 29% Trade (2007) " This mostly effective dramatization paints a suitably ugly picture of the dehumanizing depths people are willing to go for money." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
3/5 22% Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) " The story and characters are surprisingly engaging, with fight scenes and scares effectively placed between plot turns." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2007
2.5/5 45% Brooklyn Rules (2007) " Whether it's read as an exclamation of borough pride or as a set of unwritten laws governing its residents, the movie takes a well-trodden path in chronicling the lives of three Italian American friends, circa 1985." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 20, 2007
3.5/5 41% December Boys (2007) " Enhanced by an exotic locale, the movie overcomes a well-trodden narrative path and unflinchingly brandishes its sentimentality as it stakes out its crowd-pleasing territory." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2007
1.5/5 7% Silk (2007) " [Alfred] Molina, as Baldabiou, is the only cast member who transcends the material -- as he always does -- and his scenes are considerably more invigorated than the rest of the film." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 81% Fong juk (Exiled) (2006) " To packs the moments of contemplation with as much suspense as the action sequences and is a master of ratcheting up tension through small details." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/5 67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) " Over-the-top doesn't begin to describe Shoot 'Em Up's set-pieces, most of which are undeniably entertaining." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2/5 23% Balls of Fury (2007) " Goodness, gracious, there's no greatness in Balls of Fury, a lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next. The only novelty it can boast of is that it's a sports spoof without Will Ferrell." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 29, 2007
3.5/5 59% Resurrecting the Champ (2007) " ...Resurrecting delivers a heckuva story marred by some credibility problems but lands the majority of its punches via subtly powerful performances and a moving undercard of paternal connection." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 24, 2007
4/5 67% The 11th Hour (2007) " It is unabashedly a documentary of talking heads, but it works." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 16, 2007
4/5 81% Delirious (2007) " It's an achingly funny film that is also a little sad around the edges." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 16, 2007
1.5/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " Director Brett Ratner, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson and stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker appear to be trying to save the planet one gag at a time by recycling as much material as humanly possible." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 9, 2007
4.5/5 76% Stardust (2007) " With its heart worn proudly on its sleeve, it's one of the best date movies of the year, a compatibility litmus test for starry-eyed romantics." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 9, 2007
4/5 88% Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007) " ... outstanding documentary ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 26, 2007
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