Linda Cook

Linda Cook

""It keeps me sharp. On the edge. Where I belong." -- Heat."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Have written reviews since 1987 for the Quad-City Times newspaper in Davenport, Iowa. Have appeared regularly since 1994 on KWQC-TV, local NBC affiliate; and STAR 93.5 FM. Teach criminal justice and composition at local university.
Favorites:
All time favorite: "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart. Other favorites: "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Babe," "E.T.," "Blazing Saddles," "Memento," "Gladiator," "L.A. Confidential," "Dead Man," "U-Turn," "El Mariachi," "Amelie," "The Women," "A.I.," "Minority Report," "A Beautiful Mind," "Spider-Man," "Jurassic Park," "Bambi," "The Sugarland Express," "A New Leaf," "Heat," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "sex, lies and videotape," "Thelma and Louise," "Man on Wire," "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Capturing the Friedmans," "Wall-E," "Lars and the Real Girl," and about a zillion others.
Publications:
KWQC-TV (Iowa) , Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2134
Total QuickRatings:
475
Location:
Iowa

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2134
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Sometimes uneven but always sincere, 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a dramatic history of civil rights as seen through the eyes of a White House butler who served several presidential administrations." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Funny, raunchy and action-packed. 'Kick-Ass 2' doesn't quite live up the creativity of its superlative predecessor. This is R-rated material that is not suitable for children or for those accustomed to PG-13-rated superhero fare." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 27% Jobs (2013) " Ashton Kutcher IS Steve Jobs. You have to give Kutcher credit: He studied his character. That he successfully completed his homework is evidenced in 'Jobs,' a biopic of Apple Inc.'s late genius. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " If you're a fan of clever stalk 'n' slash horror movies, 'You're Next' should be your next choice. It's a fresh spin on the ever-popular 'home invasion' movies that have been around for years." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
4/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Smart, sophisticated and bound to win an Oscar nod or two, 'Blue Jasmine' is an outstanding Woody Allen movie about the fall from grace of a Hamptons socialite who begins to unravel after her husband loses a fortune." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) " You might want to have a beer after you see 'The World's End,' the latest from the creative team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
4/4 —— Rocky Mountain Express " 'Rocky Mountain Express' not only shows the Canadian Rockies in all their glory, but it also demonstrates what it's like to ride on The Empress, aka the Canadian Pacific 2816, a restored train from the 1930s." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
0/4 2% Getaway (2013) " If the title ended in an exclamation point, this movie's very title would be a warning. 'Getaway,' which is nothing so much as an hour-and-a-half car chase, is preposterously silly." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " 'Closed Circuit' is an enjoyable, rather quiet British thriller with no pyrotechnics or superheroes. Instead, it's more of a courtroom drama about politics and cover-ups." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 58% Riddick (2013) " This is the real sequel to 'Pitch Black,' although it took about nine years for star Vin Diesel to accomplish it. The stories of Richard Riddick need to be R-rated fare, not the PG-13 stuff of 'The Chronicles of Riddick.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
1/4 18% The Ultimate Life (2013) " 'The Ultimate Life' is an awkward, mostly dull, but well-intentioned faith-based movie, among the less-than-stellar offerings that, unfortunately, often presented to the sadly under-served faith-based audience that deserves thoughtful screenplays." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
4/4 —— The Flood (Mabul) " The title has a double meaning in 'Mabul.' It's a reference to the Great Flood, and it also connects with the way a boy's life suddenly is awash with tragedy in this terrific coming-of-age movie." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
2/4 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Alas, the tension and fright remain mostly invisible in "Insidious: Chapter 2," the disappointing sequel to the terrific "Insidious."" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
4/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " "Prisoners" is a dark, thought-provoking thriller for the grown-up audience that made "Silence of the Lambs" a hit." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
2/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee?" — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3.5/4 80% The Other Son (2012) " The ancient question of nature versus nurture is dramatically explored in "The Other Son," a memorable film about the concept of two infants being accidentally switched at birth." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
2/4 29% The Family (2013) " Neither comedy nor drama, 'The Family' is a combination of both that sometimes works when it decides what it wants to be." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3/4 —— The Earth Wins " Astonishing and unique." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/4 26% Planes (2013) " It may not soar as high as its Pixar counterparts, but Disney's 'Planes'[ takes off nicely as a good-natured addition to 'The World of Cars.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) " Jagged, always funny and fitfully hilarious, 'We're the Millers' is a comedy that will make grownups laugh out loud - maybe not as hard or as often as they did in 'The Heat,' but certainly enough to leave them smiling when they depart the theater." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 68% Elysium (2013) " A worthwhile look at a dystopian not-so-distant future, 'Elysium' is an action-packed science-fiction drama that's more serious than much of the other summer fare." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Two great actors keep the momentum going doubly fast in '2 Guns,' a solid showcase for the talents of Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " 'Smurfs 2' joins many other live action/animation mixes as an average outing for the smaller fry. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Aug 8, 2013
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " It's funny how the bloated, overly lengthy studio blockbusters have far less impact than 90 minutes of a relatively brief, CGI-free 'little' movie such as 'Fruitvale Station.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Why are so many coming-of-age movies set in the summer? Because that's when teenagers have certain freedom to pursue love, which often ends in heartbreak. 'The Way Way Back' is a summer coming-of-age tale that's realistic, funny and bittersweet. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " A solid addition to the ever-burgeoning Marvel Comics universe, 'The Wolverine' is one of the few summer blockbusters that doesn't have a prolonged CGI battle as the finale." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/4 86% The Conjuring (2013) " It's not rated 'R' because of gore, sex or foul language - the usual suspects. No, 'The Conjuring' is rated 'R' because its paranormal-based violence is so ... creepy." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
0/4 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Full of coarse excuses for humor and cruelty, 'Grown Ups 2' literally spews bile at its audience." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3.5/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " What a nice surprise: Gru is just as funny as a good guy. 'Despicable Me 2' is, believe it or not, a romance-focused romp that has its share of villains. This time around, though, Gru is not among them." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " In 'Pacific Rim,' there's a little bit of Godzilla and a sprinkling of World War II-era combat movies mixed with a little bit of what you might call Transformers from a gifted-and-talented class." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 15, 2013
2.5/4 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Yes, there's a cloud of dust. Yes, there's a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver!' And yes, there's a marvelous chase scene to the 'William Tell Overture.' But it takes a long, long time before 'The Lone Ranger' transitions into the iconic masked lawman." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Although the CGI takes over far too many times, the personality and inner torment of the 'Man of Steel' win out over the special effects." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " Profane, shocking, and absolutely hysterical, 'This is the End' is one of the most creative comedies to come along in years." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " Profane, shocking, and absolutely hysterical, 'This is the End' is one of the most creative comedies to come along in years." — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/4 67% World War Z (2013) " If only it could have taken itself less seriously. If it had the cartoonish atmosphere of, say, '2012,' then 'World War Z' would have been a silly, fun popcorn movie." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " It doesn't take a doctoral degree to see that the high quality of Pixar continues in 'Monsters University,' a prequel to 'Monsters, Inc.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " It can't cover up its weak finale with sleight of hand. Still, 'Now You See Me' puts on a nice show, particularly in its first half." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/4 38% The Purge (2013) " Honestly, this is not a high-quality movie. The script has gaping plot holes, and you need to suspend your disbelief. But it does encourage people to talk about violence. While 'The Purge' may not be entertainment, I can say it's thought-provoking. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " I'm not sure this is the end of Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy. It's perfection just as it is, but then again, Linklater has nine more years to work on the sequel." — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/4 34% The Internship (2013) " A can-do attitude and a fresh spin on the fish-out-of-water theme make 'The Internship' fun." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 —— Naomi " A noir-ish, serious thriller, 'Naomi' contains just the right elements of romance, intrigue and mystery to keep a grownup audience entertained. It's about deceit and lies while simultaneously addressing the question of how to define real love." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 31, 2013
3.5/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Even old-school Trekkers will enjoy this voyage." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 64% Epic (2013) " I remember, not so very long ago, when most of the protagonists in children's movies were male. The change in recent years has been, well, 'Epic.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Bigger! Dumber! Louder!" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " It doesn't offer as many surprises as its predecessors. But it ties things up neatly - just as it should. I can see the boxed set now with all three movies and a bottle of aspirin attached!" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 31, 2013
4/4 98% Mud (2013) " A sublime coming-of-age film, 'Mud' would be the offspring if 'Stand By Me' and 'Cape Fear' reproduced." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 13, 2013
1.5/4 35% Peeples (2013) " A Tyler Perry in producer-name only, 'Peeples' is an uneven comedy with a few laughs and no surprises." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 13, 2013
3.5/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " What a handsome fellow is that old sport "Gatsby."" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 13, 2013
1/4 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " Why Michael Bay tried to make a dark comedy out of a heinous true crime is beyond me." — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted May 2, 2013
3/4 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Talk about timing. Whether it's good or bad remains to be seen." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted May 2, 2013
0/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " Vulgar, witless, and an insult to its stars and its audience." — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted May 2, 2013
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