Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Publications:
eFilmCritic.com , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Los Angeles Daily News , Los Angeles Times , Newsday
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1815

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1815
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 76% Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) (2010) " A sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 6, 2011
4/5 67% Ward No. 6 (2011) " Often unreadable subtitles cannot dim the brilliance of Karen Shakhnazarov's "Ward. No. 6," an inspired reworking of Anton Chekhov short story." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 16, 2010
4.5/5 81% Today's Special (2010) " An irresistible delight." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2010
4/5 98% Marwencol (2010) " A celebration of the transformative power of art in coping with so many of the challenges people face -- healthcare problems, post-traumatic disorders, alternative lifestyles." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 11, 2010
3.5/5 60% A Marine Story (2010) " Sustained by Weber's strong presence, "A Marine Story" overcomes some flaws in continuity and superficial characterizations to drive home its underlying message about the injustice of "don't ask, don't tell"..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 11, 2010
4/5 100% Waste Land (2010) " That a beautiful film could be set in the world's largest garbage dump sounds like an oxymoron, but acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker has pulled off precisely that feat in her profoundly moving "Waste Land."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 4, 2010
3/5 38% Eichmann (2010) " Eichmann is illuminating, comprehensive, richly detailed and timelessly important - but also ponderous." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 28, 2010
4/5 71% The Magician (2010) " A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 28, 2010
4/5 77% Amer (2010) " A bravura exploration of fear and desire, a visual tour de force composed of cropped images, strobe cuts, bizarre psychological twists and a steamy sensuality." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 28, 2010
2.5/5 42% GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up! (2010) " The film's notion that an understanding that life on the street works much like it does in the corridors of the highest levels of politics, government, religion and the military has much merit, but GhettoPhysics undercuts its approach..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3.5/5 91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) " It is to González-Rubio's credit that he can celebrate nature so joyously, yet suggest neither the preferred lifestyle of either parent is superior to the other." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 14, 2010
3.5/5 85% Down Terrace (2010) " Down Terrace is long on talk but generates its own internal rhythms and pace that makes it feel bracing and vibrantly alive." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 14, 2010
2.5/5 33% It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) " Its comic premise seems too silly, and at times, too tedious, to hope for much cross-cultural appeal, despite a fine, committed cast." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 7, 2010
4/5 89% The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine) (2010) " The Temptation of St. Tony becomes a harrowing, often darkly comic nightmare, studded with allusions to art, literature and film." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 70% Altiplano (Fragments of Grace) (2010) " Altiplano sees Brosens and Woodworth take a bold and unpredictable approach in calling attention to an environmental catastrophe." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 100% The Other City (2010) " All these individuals and organizations are deeply affecting in their attempt to better themselves and society against daunting odds." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2010
4/5 83% 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010) " It's hard to imagine a more profound expression of the healing power of music than Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's deeply affecting 100 Voices: A Journey Home." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2010
4/5 86% Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010) " Hideaway" is a spellbinding film, and Ozon, who is perhaps best known for the much darker Under the Sand and Swimming Pool ... continues to be an inspiring director of actors." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3/5 —— El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances (2010) " It may be a minor film, but it does offer infectious pleasures in the endearing French and in its off-the-wall humor." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2010
4/5 —— Something's Gonna Live (2010) " The committed artists of Something's Gonna Live, while grateful for their remarkable careers, are not sentimentalists. What a challenge their body of work presents to current and future filmmakers!" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
4/5 80% Sequestro (kidnapping) (2010) " Sequestro is a tremendous feat of inspired structuring and editing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
3/5 —— Soch Lo " Soch Lo (Think About It) marks a promising if uneven debut from actor-writer-director Sartaj Singh Pannu." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/5 27% The People I've Slept With (2010) " Lee finds the universal in the particular: You don't have to be Asian to identify with his people and their predicaments." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 26, 2010
4/5 67% Broderskab (Brotherhood) (2010) " An unsparing neo-noir with the structure and inevitability of classic drama..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
4/5 85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) " Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3/5 43% The Extra Man (2010) " Adapted from the Jonathan Ames novel, the film is too precious around the edges, but it gets somewhere." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2010
2/5 82% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) " All the considerable effort that went into making this film cannot finally offset its aura of pointless morbidity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2010
4/5 46% Step Up 3 (2010) " An exhilarating summer treat for all ages, Step Up 3D celebrates the transformative power of dance." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2010
4/5 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) " Mihaileanu keeps this French production flowing buoyantly, skittering past all manner of improbabilities." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2010
4/5 93% Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (2010) " Dynamic, informal and observant yet, while never grueling, it offers a constant provocative contrast between backgrounds of spectacular and beautiful natural scenery and primitive living conditions." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 75% John Rabe (2010) " Drawn from Rabe's diaries, the film is rich in telling and ironic details." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2010
3.5/5 42% Burzynski (2010) " Merola unleashes a barrage of information, including much testimony from grateful patients, but he could have made an even more effective film had he paused to summarize each phase in Burzynski's long ordeal." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 82% Kites (2010) " In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody -- and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2010
3.5/5 67% Here and There (2010) " Lungulov's touch is delicate, even piercingly so, and his direction of actors, especially Thornton and Karanovic, is beautifully nuanced." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2010
50% The Living Wake (2010) " Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2010
4/5 74% Handsome Harry (2010) " Gordon's way with actors and with screen storytelling is as impeccable as ever." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 47% Cartel (2010) " Bowdon moves beyond statistics to discover how the sorry condition of his state's public schools came to be." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 70% Phyllis and Harold (2010) " Phyllis and Harold has extraordinary breadth and depth and has been made with wit, compassion and imagination, and it reflects the complexity of life itself." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2010
4/5 —— The Harimaya Bridge (2010) " It is a unique, complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 25, 2010
3/5 20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008) " If the film is intelligent and thoughtful, it is unfortunately lacking in energy and passion; it is more a somber, highly familiar reflection on warfare and its toll than an action movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2010
4/5 94% 45365 (2009) " A graceful, affectionate yet clear-eyed portrait of daily Middle America small-town life in which no individuals are interviewed but instead are observed with detachment as they go about their lives." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2010
4/5 95% Mother (Madeo) (2010) " At its heart, it is a probing of mother love carried to extremes in various and unexpected ways; Bong, as nervy as Quentin Tarantino, evokes the profundity of Sophocles only to compound one bleakly comic irony upon another." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2010
4/5 100% Liverpool (2008) " In his fourth feature, Alonso trusts fully in the power of the camera to communicate emotions and connections with a stunning grace and total confidence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2010
4/5 91% Easier with Practice (2009) " Easier With Practice reveals the sense of loneliness and isolation that permeates modern life and the lure of fantasy in filling its emptiness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2010
2.5/5 —— Drool (2009) " It's a movie of amusing parts rather than a satisfying whole." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 40% 44 Inch Chest (2010) " Malcolm Venville, in an assured directorial debut, builds suspense with steady effectiveness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2010
3.5/5 94% Gigante (2009) " In his feature debut, Biniez could easily be setting in motion a familiar, suspenseful stalker thriller, but thankfully he is much more concerned with exploring the workings of the human heart with a touch of wistfulness and a dash of humor." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 1, 2010
4/5 38% Ocean of Pearls (2008) " That Neelam was a medical doctor before becoming a filmmaker gives his picture its exceptional impact and complexity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3.5/5 20% Hannah Free (2009) " Hannah Free affords a terrific role for Sharon Gless." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2009
3.5/5 64% The Missing Person (2009) " It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2009
3.5/5 82% Defamation (2009) " Even though Defamation, which is sprinkled with unexpected moments of wry humor, will be inescapably controversial, Yoav Shamir strives admirably to be evenhanded." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2009
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