Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Total Reviews:
279

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
10% Woo (1998) " Woo is proof that you can take a tired retread of a plot -- a blind date from hell -- and infuse it with just the right amount of freshness, style and vivacity to make it new again." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3.5/4 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) " An emotional masterpiece whose end is impossible to guess." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 69% Year of the Dog (2007) " The mood [White] creates, the subject matter he tackles, shows a rainbow coalition of dysfunction. And that makes Year of the Dog good, if strangely uncomfortable, viewing." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 26, 2007
3/4 76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) " A while back, Steven Soderbergh released his salute to '40s war dramas with The Good German. He should've just let Paul Verhoeven do it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 23, 2007
3.5/4 74% Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006) " Avenue Montaigne [hits the mark] in a way that's unpretentious, sublime, sweet, meaningful and funny." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3/4 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) " Despite every expected turn of events, this is a real hero story." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 5, 2007
1.5/4 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007) " Ice Cube, here's a message for you. Henceforth, until you make a better movie than Are We Done Yet?, we're resorting to calling you Lukewarm Cube." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Apr 4, 2007
2.5/4 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) " Even with its faults, Meet the Robinsons is fun on its own account whether you see it in 3-D or not." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 29, 2007
2/4 88% Islander (2007) " The Islander places its generic, troubled-guy plot within a small lobstering community on an island off the coast of Maine." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2/4 93% Gwoemul (The Host) (2007) " Sort of scary? Maybe. Gleefully humorous with a wink toward the tradition of bad monster movies? Not enough." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2/4 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) " The uninspired adaptation is made worse by a painfully pat summary introduction and ending, which take all the glory away from the sci-fi fantasy." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 22, 2007
3.5/4 91% The Italian (2007) " Sometimes a difficult film can be redeemed with one astonishing end moment. That's the case with The Italian, where the last few moments possess a humanity that elevates all that comes before it." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 15, 2007
2/4 32% The Ultimate Gift (2006) " The earnest story of a wealthy young man's self-discovery unfolds with thudding regularity. The result is that there cannot possibly be a moment in the near two hours of film that surprises anyone." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/4 93% The Lives of Others (2006) " Von Donnersmarck's story is not without a blatant non-Communist calling card, or even a moment or two of melodrama. But he zeroes in on the value of the individual in an era where such a value was not supposed to exist." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2.5/4 70% Amazing Grace (2007) " Well-made by Michael Apted, and well-acted all around." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2007
1.5/4 19% The Last Sin Eater (2007) " With its dulling straightforward pitch for Jesus, The Last Sin Eater seems like the worst of films from a non-born-again perspective." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Feb 8, 2007
3/4 89% Venus (2006) " ... if there is one reason to see this occasionally carnal tale of spring-winter desire, it is the performance of O'Toole." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3/4 66% Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) " Curse's gorgeous scenes are draped in silk and brocade, gold and jade -- literally, the walls and floors and ceilings. Battle scenes are painstakingly bloody." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jan 11, 2007
2.5/4 33% The Good German (2007) " The Good German plays like Soderbergh's doctoral thesis for film school. But look past the honkingly loud geek factor, and it still works." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
2.5/4 44% Night at the Museum (2006) " in it's own dependable, amiable -- and yes, predictable -- way, this Ben Stiller comedy gets the basic job done." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
2/4 71% Paper Dolls (Bubot Niyar) (2006) " Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann inserts himself into the story, and sometimes it seems, pushes it along certain dramatic paths." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 14, 2006
3/4 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) " Because this Charlotte -- eschewing animation for real humans (adorable Dakota Fanning as Fern) and real animals that seem to talk -- this Charlotte gets you." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 14, 2006
1.5/4 47% Coffee Date (2006) " While the acting occasionally stoops to horrid, even worse is that the characters themselves can be aggravatingly insipid, strutting the most tired of gay-phobic jokes." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2/4 6% Deck the Halls (2006) " ... Deck the Halls has a cute, if ho-ho-hum story, which makes it more like getting that nice sweater from grandma -- again." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 21, 2006
3/4 75% Happy Feet (2006) " This ice-bound spectacle is full of action, singing and dancing." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 16, 2006
3/4 44% 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) (2005) " The real joy of 20 Centimeters is taking in the spectacle of the song and dance, from cabaret to new wave." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 9, 2006
2/4 72% American Hardcore (2006) " Hardcore could have done with a little more self-criticism instead of self-congratulation, a little more outside commentary as opposed to inner-circle ramblings." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 2, 2006
1.5/4 19% Shottas (2006) " It would have been a more worthy effort to get past the lifestyle sheen to the emotional undercurrents of men who choose violence at every turn." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Nov 2, 2006
1.5/4 7% Conversations With God (2006) " Me: I'm a little embarrassed to say this, God, since you're featured prominently ... I don't really recommend this film. God: (Sigh) Just between you and me, if I were in line at the multiplex I'd buy a ticket for Scorsese's The Departed myself." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Oct 26, 2006
3/4 76% Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste) (2006) " The story arc from his diagnosis to his death doesn't cover much ground in Romain's life. But his emotional landscape -- the conflicts, the anger, the sadness, the acceptance -- offers much more depth." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Oct 12, 2006
2/4 56% Keeping Mum (2006) " Its downfall in the end is that the film offers more quirkiness than charm, but that quirkiness does have its appeal." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Oct 5, 2006
2/4 43% Reinas (Queens) (2006) " Pedro Almodovar-flavored but quite tame." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Oct 5, 2006
3/4 80% Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006) " It's a slow, if solid, film that draws on the strength of Takata's awakening to the world around him." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Oct 5, 2006
2/4 86% My Country, My Country (2006) " The camera should never leave the four walls of the Riyad family home. Beyond that story, there is a dullness to the pacing and the wider tale of the Iraqi elections." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Sep 21, 2006
3.5/4 90% Half Nelson (2006) " Thick with a swirl of ideas, and that makes for a deceptively well-executed film." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Sep 21, 2006
2/4 42% Gridiron Gang (2006) " ... amid the dead-on straightforward presentation and the gaggingly earnest emotions, Gridiron Gang is worth cheering for sometimes." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Sep 14, 2006
2.5/4 67% Lunacy (2006) " Yes, the film's undeniable horror lies in the lunacy of filmmaking, not the story." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Sep 7, 2006
2/4 22% The Oh in Ohio (2006) " Much like Priscilla's sexual difficulties, The OH in Ohio just doesn't satisfy." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Aug 31, 2006
2/4 72% Only Human (2006) " Only Human (Seres Queridos), generally speaking, doesn't work." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Aug 25, 2006
3/4 86% Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006) " The result is something emotionally rewarding that blends both whimsy and realism." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Aug 17, 2006
2/4 19% Step Up (2006) " If only the high school dance-romance Step Up were a sort of wall-to-wall, start-to-finish dance extravaganza. Then, there would be less of a story to complain about." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Aug 10, 2006
2.5/4 70% Heading South (2006) " It's important to regard with respect a film that evokes love, sex, death, fear and anger -- all in the first few moments." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Aug 10, 2006
2.5/4 63% The Ant Bully (2006) " The Ant Bully goes solidly about its own little task of telling a cheery, swift tale that is aimed directly at children." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jul 27, 2006
2/4 26% The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2006) " The title does its own summing up: mostly, it's unfab." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jul 27, 2006
2.5/4 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) " While Gehry the man is worth the investment of time in this film, it's his singular buildings that we really want to get to know better than just sketches." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 15, 2006
3/4 91% After Innocence (2005) " Both sorrowful and uplifting." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 15, 2006
3.5/4 89% The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006) " There's something truly illuminating in the telling of Daniel Johnston's story and his painful struggle with bipolar disorder." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 8, 2006
3/4 87% The Proposition (2005) " Cave composes music that is nothing less than heart-rending. He does the same with his graphically violent period piece The Proposition, which plays like an exercise in forsaken humanity." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2/4 74% Cars (2006) " The good looks, the joking winks and nudges, and the race-circuit star power never really get this one out of the driveway." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 8, 2006
1.5/4 80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) " Luc Besson may have brought us Jean Reno's hauntingly conflicted Professional, and Anne Parillaud's downtrodden yet deadly Nikita. But he didn't try very hard when coming up with District B13." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted Jun 1, 2006
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