Laura Kern

Laura Kern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Laura Kern's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, New York Times

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 No Score Yet 13B (2009) "Despite its near-total absence of subtlety, bloated running time and, yes, even the inclusion of a couple of out-of-place musical sequences -- does manage to change to a relatively new channel. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2/5 21% Johnny Got His Gun (2008) "Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/5 80% Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008) "In the once booming, now fading steel town of Portsmouth, Ohio, two friends share a talent for spotting the apelike creature most popularly known as Bigfoot. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 20% The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) "Exposes itself as a technically deficient bore with little on its agenda. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/5 52% Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008) "The title doesn't lie. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
2.5/5 No Score Yet Unspooled (2008) "Unfortunately allows an overly dramatic approach (and score) to eclipse its much-needed sense of irony. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 37% The Lucky Ones (2008) "With a smooth, light touch, The Lucky Ones focuses on the idea that the present and the people who factor into it are all we really have. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 14% My Best Friend's Girl (2008) "There are no surprises here, but speedy pacing and a smattering of laughs along the way, as well as a knowing turn by Alec Baldwin as Tank's even more piggish father, make My Best Friend's Girl a date not entirely to be skipped." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2008
3/5 60% Quilombo Country "The forceful baritone of Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D, who narrates, makes the film's history-telling go down smoothly. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 67% Amexicano (2007) "Realistic performances and genuine emotions make Matthew Bonifacio's quiet charmer Amexicano much more than just another preachy treatise on illegal immigration." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/5 48% The Tree of Life (2008) "Ms. Volterra, acting as narrator and interviewee herself, can't seem to resist the urge to be the star of her own film, which too often feels like a wearisome exercise in self-therapy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2008
5% College (2008) "Pity today's teenage audience. Their latest cinematic temptation is yet another tiresome fraternities-are-wild offering. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 2, 2008
.5/5 No Score Yet Wicked Lake (2008) "It's not the water that menaces in Wicked Lake, an inept, nasty and absolutely irredeemable entry in the stale torture-porn subgenre of horror. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 27, 2008
2.5/5 91% Refusenik (2008) "Refusenik falls short as entertainment because of the plodding, overly studious approach of the director, Laura Bialis. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2008
2.5/5 36% Bloodline (2008) "The sensationalistic documentary Bloodline explores the supposition that there exists a lineage traceable to Jesus and Mary Magdalene. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2008
4.5/5 87% Bomb It (2008) "What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2008
2.5/5 39% Zombie Strippers (2008) "Those excited by the words Zombie Strippers alone won't be disappointed by Jay Lee's unabashedly schlocky film, which he wrote, directed, shot and edited." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 18, 2008
1.5/5 30% Chaos Theory (2008) "A predictable romantic dramedy that isn't particularly tender, moving or amusing, Chaos Theory suffers first and foremost from featuring the least engaging couple to headline a movie in some time." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2/5 0% Remember the Daze (2008) "Ultimately, the ensemble of more than 20 featured characters seems as vapid as the intentionally caricatured adults who pop up on occasion. Where are this decade's John Hugheses? Or even the Cameron Crowes?" ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2.5/5 50% Stalags (2007) "Stalags carries this line of inquiry forward, cramming an overwhelming amount of information and ideas into its 63 minutes -- not nearly enough time to explore satisfactorily all that it raises. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2008
2/5 11% Towards Darkness (2007) "That someone is kidnapped in Colombia every three hours is a startling statistic that offers many cinematic possibilities. But Towards Darkness fails to use any of them to advantage." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
1.5/5 4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) "Like actors in an amateur stage play, the large, mostly all-star -- or has-been star -- cast of In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale look, rather dazedly, to be playing dress-up. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2008
4/5 74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) "Many lonely children yearn for a pet to call their own. In The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, a boy finds not only that, but a best friend as well." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 26, 2007
No Score Yet Total Denial (2006) New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2007
2/5 6% Strength and Honour (2007) "Mr. Madsen fails to elevate this earnest morality tale, written, produced and directed by Mark Mahon, above excessive banality." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/5 56% This Christmas (2007) "This Christmas includes more family melodrama than all the holiday-homecoming flicks from the past decade combined." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 80% It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007) "Crispin Hellion Glover's planned trilogy of blatant weirdness continues with a second installment, It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3.5/5 57% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) "At the very least, the documentary What Would Jesus Buy? might make a viewer think twice about that next purchase at the Gap." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/5 No Score Yet Sacred Family (2007) "The off-putting, sometimes dizzying visual style of The Sacred Family settles down enough to reveal elements of absorbing drama." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Disappointment: Or, the Force of Credulity (2007) "Brian Springer's bizarre documentary The Disappointment: Or, the Force of Credulity is, among many things, a treatise on how history is passed along. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2007
4/5 100% Toots (2008) "Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife's golden era, and a man who embodied it." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2007
3/5 37% Sydney White (2007) "Ms. Bynes, with her cherubic face, expressive eyes and comic timing, helps create a positive, pleasing diversion that caters to the geek in all of us." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/5 39% Milarepa (2007) "Milarepa fails to infuse freshness into the timeworn lesson that violence doesn't pay; perhaps its subject's path to goodness will provide a more enlightening cinematic outlet." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2007
4/5 85% Vanaja (2006) "Vanaja is a coming-of-age tale that is engrossing, if slightly overlong, and absolutely timeless." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
4/5 54% Closing Escrow (2007) "No matter how ridiculous the characters come off, they're more than just punch lines. In fact, despite their quirks, [they're] improbably endearing." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/5 50% Scrap Heaven (2005) "In the writer and director Sang-il Lee’s Scrap Heaven, three strangers share a general dissatisfaction with life -- and a fateful ride aboard a hijacked bus. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2007
1/5 44% Hostel Part II (2007) "Sports glossier production values, but its driving motivation -- to push the boundaries of exploitative nastiness -- remains just as low." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3.5/5 80% Four Eyed Monsters (2005) "This innovative chronicle of a truly modern romance conveys, in a painful, darkly humorous way, a variety of ultra-identifiable truths. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2006
2.5/5 No Score Yet Shinobi (2006) "Named for ninjas equipped with superhuman capabilities, Ten Shimoyama's Shinobi is equal parts tragic love story and fantastical martial arts showcase. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 16, 2006
3/5 56% What Is It? (2005) "His directorial debut, What Is It? -- which plays as part of a double bill with a live, enthusiastically performed slide show in which Mr. Glover displays pages from his recent series of books -- is just as unclassifiable as he is." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2006
4/5 67% Great Warming (2006) "... The Great Warming, along with An Inconvenient Truth, the other widely released documentary to address climate change this year, should be required viewing by all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2/5 38% Unknown (2006) "Brisk pacing and an excellent cast of mostly B-list actors can't make up for the commonplace premise and execution of Simon Brand's twisty thriller Unknown." ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 2, 2006
2.5/5 44% 20 Centimeters (20 Centimetres) (20 centímetros) (2005) "Size plays a major role in this brash, vivacious concoction of dark comedy, light drama and musical performance." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 30, 2006
3/5 63% Masai: The Rain Warriors (2006) "Set in the highlands of Kenya, a timeless place untouched by modernity, Masai: The Rain Warriors, is the debut fictional film of Pascal Plisson, a devoted nature documentarian." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 19, 2006
3/5 45% Nearing Grace (2005) "Bursting with hormones, angst, humor and heartbreak, Rick Rosenthal's Nearing Grace, set during the late 1970's in suburban New Jersey, follows a teenager's efforts to survive both the recent loss of his mother and his senior year of high school." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 12, 2006
3/5 38% Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare (2006) "Reportedly made for less than $2,000, this 1970s-style horror oddity could pass for a perverse experiment masterminded by a mad scientist." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 11, 2006
3/5 43% One Third (2006) "A paper-thin wall within a grungy East Village apartment building separates good and evil, hope and despair and Eastern and Western practice in the slightly self-enamored yet generally affecting 1/3. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 5, 2006
2/5 48% Open Season (2006) "Periodic bursts of cleverness and eye-popping imagery cant disguise that this is just another movie full of jive-talking computer-generated animals with little new to say." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 28, 2006
0% They're Just My Friends (2006) New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2006
3/5 35% Looking for Kitty (2004) "A disgruntled New York City private investigator forms an unlikely bond with a high school baseball coach from upstate in Edward Burns's latest exercise in maleness." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 31, 2006
2/5 17% Jailbait (2004) "A stagy, only mildly compelling prison drama that ends up feeling like purgatory to all involved." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2006
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