Leah Rozen

Leah Rozen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic for People Magazine
Publications:
People Magazine , The Wrap
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
148

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001) " The tension between romantic attraction and sexual fulfillment builds to an almost unbearable intensity." — People Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " The movie isn't so much about Kurt or Courtney as it is about shabby lives in the shadow of fame." — People Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " It either sweeps you up in its rapturous emotional wake or -- and it's a big or -- you just sit there and snicker. I found myself alternately doing both, though fortunately more of the former than the latter." — People Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
92% Memento (2000) " This terrific movie, about one man's quest for vengeance, does everything a thriller is supposed to do: intrigue, involve and keep you guessing." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Once the movie decides the air is clear and Fraser begins walking the earth, Blast becomes much spottier at hitting its comic targets and suffers from a bad case of the cutes." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " What's best about Wait are the bright turns by its young cast." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
89% Rushmore (1998) " A gloriously inventive little comedy about the scholastic and romantic woes of a 15-year-old student at a private academy." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/4 55% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " Aquatic seems willfully eccentric without ever letting the rest of us in on the joke." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
1.5/4 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman are each fine, but if you found yourself stuck in a train compartment with their characters, you'd vamoose." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/4 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " This slender story is told with droll wit, clever staging and doll house charm thanks to Fox's use of old-fashioned, stop-motion animation." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " An appealingly quirky comedy about an unhappy clan of eccentric geniuses." — People Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2014
88% Titanic (2012) " DiCaprio and Winslet both deliver star-making performances." — People Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2014
60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " Nothing here is sufficiently wild." — People Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " Get thee to the nearest movie theater showing Shakespeare in Love, a delightful comedy that sparkles with wit, literary smarts, passionate romance and expert acting by a glossy, enthusiastic cast." — People Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/4 92% The Departed (2006) " The Departed is not for the faint of heart. But scaredy-cats are going to miss a tremendously satisfying film, one that will have you leaving the theater saying, "Now, that was a movie."" — People Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " A hip, knowing look at how certain young men put off growing up until they are finally too miserable to postpone it any longer." — People Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " Kudos to Crowe, who can go over the edge without going over the top." — People Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/4 88% American Beauty (1999) " Beauty is never less than fascinating and always visually stunning." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/4 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " This sensational, gripping film is what I call an efficient epic." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/4 94% No Country for Old Men (2007) " Hallelujah! Men is so good it takes your breath away, even when you're not holding it during the scary parts." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2014
75% Ransom (1996) " A slick, slam-bang thriller about a business tycoon's frenzied efforts to get back his kidnapped son, Ransom is meant to divert and entertain. It does." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " Onscreen, Eastwood is solid as granite, getting maximum effect by doing the minimum required in a scene but doing it with precisely the right inflection or look. Swank is sensational, proving her breakout turn in Boys Don't Cry was no fluke." — People Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
76% Gladiator (2000) " Moviegoers may not have been pining for such spectacles since speeding chariots last rumbled through theaters in 1959's Ben-Hur and 1960's Spartacus, but the juiced-up Gladiator proves there's still plenty of grappa left in the genre. " — People Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
56% The Polar Express (2004) " Though heartfelt, the film tries too hard to dazzle and thrill rather than echo its own message: just believe." — People Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) " Pure joy. That's what you will feel as you float out of the theater after seeing this wacky musical whodunit starring several of France's most accomplished and best known actresses." — People Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2.5/4 77% Bad Santa (2003) " This amusingly venal, possibly shocking tale is just what Scrooge ordered." — People Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 84% Elf (2003) " It would be Scrooge-like to say mean things about the innocuous Elf, so I'll just point out that director Jon Favreau's film rarely reaches its full comic potential." — People Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2013
80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " What the movie does offer is a delectable performance by Bullock, who is funny and vulnerable and almost makes you buy her character's diving into this charade." — People Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2013
97% Spirited Away (2001) " At times it's even vaguely reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, only as if illustrated by Hieronymus Bosch. It's wonderful." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " The animation -- from elaborate (the supernatural creatures) to simple (a rain shower) -- is superb." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " The older these kids get, the darker and more engrossing the Harry Potter movies become." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 93% Enchanted (2007) " Enchanted is, in a word, enchanting. It's a clever, high-spirited romp spoofing fairy tales and the animated, musical versions of them that have been around since 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/4 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Pan is clearly not for kids. But it is an eye-popping political fable filled with magic realism -- and real magic." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) " [Chamber of Secrets] is more tightly plotted than the original film and boasts a welcome, lighter touch in its early scenes. But it devolves, during its wearying 161-min. running time, into a been-there-fought-that action hero yarn." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% Shrek 2 (2004) " If fall movies were this consistently clever, there would never be reason to hesitate before plunking down hard-earned bucks at the multiplex." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
88% Shrek (2001) " No matter which level of the movie a viewer responds to, anyone past the age of 5 who doesn't laugh repeatedly while seeing Shrek needs to have his funny bone examined." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/4 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " Goblet again serves up a delicious who's who of British acting, with hilarious contributions from newcomers Brendan Gleeson as instructor Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody and Miranda Richardson as nosy reporter Rita Skeeter." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " Supporting characters (including Jolie, who is wasted as a tiger) are pallid, and the fight scenes disproportionately long, as if the filmmakers figure the young boys most likely to see Panda are just as action-happy as their dads." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) " The story grows more complicated (sometimes too much so) but the heart, humor and luscious, mostly hand-drawn animation remain constant." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/4 94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) " I'm still not as blissed out by this trilogy as are hardcore fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novels or filmgoers who revel in endless battle scenes. Still, this end chapter is as visually spectacular -- with its mythological creatures -- as movies get." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " All this plays like a giant game of Myst, with Ring's mythical characters never making the leap from virtual reality to real." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2013
79% Office Space (1999) " The film doesn't make a strong case for Judge to move beyond cartoons to live actors." — People Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2013
91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " Over time, the rhythms of small-town life and the eccentricities of its residents can grow on you. That's exactly what happens as you watch this sharply observant movie." — People Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2013
87% The Matrix (1999) " The Matrix is tough to explain, but then how much explaining does an amusement park ride require?" — People Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
87% 28 Days Later (2003) " 28 Days Later is a mind-bending look at a future one hopes never happens." — People Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
91% Shaun of the Dead (2004) " Pegg, who cowrote Shaun with director Edgar Wright, shows off expert timing, whacking punchlines and zombies with equal panache." — People Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Don't go see The Blair Witch Project alone; it's too scary to sit through without company. Thrillingly, nauseatingly so." — People Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2013
85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " If ultimately there is less to Sense than meets the eye, director-writer M. Night Shyamalan (Wide Awake) at least avoids gory cheap thrills in favor of muted chills. He bears watching." — People Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
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