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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 359
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 21% Catch and Release (2007) " Neither a comedy nor a drama but existing in that comfortable space in between, Catch and Release, the feature-directing debut of screenwriter Susannah Grant, is an oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable charm." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 26, 2007
2/5 55% Alpha Dog (2007) " The incessant reminders of the outcome, along with the liberal use of split screen, serve only to create a disconnect from what's on-screen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2007
4/5 69% Freedom Writers (2007) " Swank shows that in the right role her unusually disarming talent can elevate routine material." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 4, 2007
19% Factory Girl (2007) " A brisk, superficial treatment of the tragic supernova life of Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl disappoints as both biography and drama." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 29, 2006
75% The Dead Girl (2006) " If the segments are uneven, Moncrieff -- with the help of her excellent cast -- nevertheless crafts a gripping overall narrative that exposes a shared dissonance among the protagonists." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 29, 2006
2/5 44% Night at the Museum (2006) " Cavemen and dinosaurs, cowboys and Roman soldiers, lions and zebras, all running amok, sounds like more fun than it is." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 21, 2006
49% We Are Marshall (2006) " McConaughey's performance is oddly comic but actually serves to counter more traditional interpretations of a stoic coach leading his charges." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 21, 2006
3/5 67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) " There are worse ways to spend the holidays, and, at the least, it will likely make you appreciate your own circumstances." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2.5/5 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) " The ads promise magic, but apart from the requisite heart-tugging finale, what it delivers is uneventful." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2006
4/5 65% Off the Black (2006) " Off the Black is a modest, bittersweet character study that hits its mark." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2006
3.5/5 50% Ever Again (2006) " Chilling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2006
5/5 89% El Aura (The Aura) (2006) " ... sublime psychological thriller ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2006
2/5 19% Two Weeks (2006) " An ineffective would-be tear-jerker that proves the adage 'dying is easy, comedy is hard.'" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2006
2.5/5 54% Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006) " The script, written by Black, Gass and director Liam Lynch, packs in gag after gag (and cameo after cameo), but there's not enough dramatic impetus to keep it from becoming a drag." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2006
3/5 88% The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hohle des gelben Hundes) (2005) " It's a classic family dilemma made fresh by the setting and the realistic circumstances." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2006
2/5 46% Bobby (2006) " It's an ambitious film drenched in sincerity and oozing with nostalgia that, despite the energy provided by its title icon via archival footage, falls flat dramatically in nearly every other way." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2006
4.5/5 72% Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006) " It's minimalist cinema that turns on subtle emotion rather than narrative and demands the audience's full attention." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2006
72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " It manages to be smart and surprising and provides this season of serious movies with a much-needed shot of whimsy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2006
3/5 —— Nobody Wants Your Film (2006) " Nobody Wants Your Film is both the cautionary tale implied by its title and an inspiring note from the indie underground." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 25, 2006
2.5/5 37% The Guardian (2006) " Entertaining enough but strictly in a wait-for-cable way." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3.5/5 48% Open Season (2006) " The movie is a genial romp and because it relies on the gentlest of scatological comedy, it can be enjoyed by all ages." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/5 47% Renaissance (2006) " Renaissance is a dark joy to inhabit once you jettison the idea of a satisfying narrative." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2006
3/5 69% Aurora Borealis (2006) " Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2006
4/5 74% Monster House (2006) " Kids may grow up too fast today to embrace the film's familiar message of the virtues of an unhurried adolescence, but it's nice to be reminded of the possibility." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 20, 2006
2/5 24% Lady in the Water (2006) " The tension between his eagerness to please and his resolve to make the film inside his head have resulted, with Lady in the Water, in a major misfire." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 20, 2006
3/5 82% Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) " Lively, free-wheeling amusement." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2006
1/5 12% Little Man (2006) " If seeing a guy get whacked in the privates doesn't make you laugh the first time, maybe it will the fourth, or the 24th time." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2006
3.5/5 76% The Puffy Chair (2005) " What feels like meandering in the moment builds to a genuine emotional attachment to the characters." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2006
3/5 60% Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006) " The themes are all familiar and the plot unfolds slowly and in predictable ways, but there's plenty of heat generated by the three leads." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 29, 2006
4/5 86% The Heart of the Game (2005) " An exhilarating story of loyalty and perseverance, The Heart of the Game succeeds as both inspiration and social commentary." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2006
2/5 80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) " The typically moronic plot simply gets in the way of what might have been a super-ambitious sneaker commercial." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2006
3.5/5 95% Wordplay (2006) " Even if you've never done a crossword in your life or been frustrated by the attempt, you will likely be drawn into this intriguing world through the enthusiasm expressed by its adherents." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2006
2/5 48% Coastlines (2006) " A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2006
2/5 24% Autumn (2006) " Autumn is as dry and lifeless as the leaves that fall to the ground in its opening images." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2006
4/5 73% Cavite (2006) " Though the film seldom deviates from its thriller format, Gamazon and Dela Llana astutely weave in matters of political, cultural and religious importance, elevating Cavite well above mere genre." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 3, 2006
3.5/5 67% Americanese " Fine, understated performances and the self-assured way that Byler lets the film find its own rhythms, rather than setting into some template, result in a mature film of subtle complexity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2006
4/5 73% Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006) " Smart, compassionate filmmaking that captures both the intricacies and the tragedy of contemporary adolescence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 26, 2006
4/5 93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) " ... highly persuasive ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 23, 2006
2/5 75% Over the Hedge (2006) " The frenetic, action-oriented (and fairly violent) set-pieces are well crafted, but without interesting characters it's only sporadically involving." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 18, 2006
3.5/5 92% Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005) " Rogerson and producer Jilann Spitzmiller ably convey the humanity of the inmates while also exposing them as deeply flawed individuals. The film also reconfirms the enduring relevance and power of Shakespeare and his adaptability to almost any milieu." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2006
4/5 53% Wah-Wah (2006) " Grant opens up his life, not with embarrassment or explanation but with humanity and gratitude. Emotional, melodramatic and sentimental, the film unabashedly wears its heart on its sleeve, and is the better for it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2006
3.5/5 63% La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) (2006) " The grand ideas are effectively integrated into a drama that relies equally upon the head, the heart and the body for inspiration." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 6, 2006
1/5 23% RV (2006) " A barely concealed rip-off of National Lampoon's Vacation, this Barry Sonnenfeld-directed, Robin Williams-starring misfire spits out one failed gag after another as it tries to disguise its lack of originality." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 27, 2006
2/5 31% Stick It (2006) " The film strives for some type of a girl-empowerment message that equates trading one type of conformity for another with self-determination but muffs the dismount and stumbles on the landing. In other words, it fails to Stick It." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 27, 2006
3/5 —— Erosion (2005) " Something about the boldness of the exercise keeps you watching." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2006
2/5 60% The Almost Guys (2006) " The film staggers under the weight of stale gags and a meandering plot." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2006
2/5 68% Hard Candy (2006) " Maddeningly exploitative, the film takes a provocative subject -- pedophilia -- and wraps it in a sterile, vacuum-sealed package, devoid of meaning." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 13, 2006
3.5/5 90% Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) " Interviews with metal practitioners such as Tony Iommi, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Dee Snider, journalists and academic types paint a compelling portrait of a vibrant society of outsiders." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 13, 2006
2.5/5 51% Lucky Number Slevin (2006) " It's the type of movie where nothing is as it appears, and even when it's all sorted out it's completely unsatisfying." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3/5 86% Slither (2006) " Slither is a gross, disgusting, but undeniably amusing treat laden with homages and in-jokes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 30, 2006
3.5/5 63% Americano (2005) " Writer-director Kevin Noland effectively utilizes his fine young cast and the natural beauty and rich culture of northern Spain in amiably posing a timeless question of youth." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 28, 2006
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