Loren King

Loren King

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Boston Phoenix , Chicago Tribune
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
181

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3% Deuces Wild (2002) " Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The film wants to have it both ways: It mixes sanctimonious commentary about violence and socioeconomic claptrap with grand depictions of violent assaults and terror on cue." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 81% If You Build It (2014) " The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1/4 44% Wrong Cops (2013) " No doubt a labor of love, the result is just plain laborious for the audience." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 73% Free The Mind (2013) " Davidson's compilation of seemingly immeasurable data is interesting, as is the doctor himself." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " That the mushroom- dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of "Smurfs 2."" — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/4 67% One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013) " An engaging look at the era of enlightenment-seeking when young, shaggy-haired Americans experimented with LSD and traveled to India seeking answers." — Boston Globe
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Does the film pull back the curtain on who they are and what drives them? Not so much." — Boston Globe
Posted May 24, 2013
2.5/4 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " A good, if not great, introduction. " — Boston Globe
Posted May 16, 2013
3/4 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3.5/4 65% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) " Comprehensively tackles a sprawling subject and keeps things loose and lively." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/4 81% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) " The naturalistic acting is uniformly good, but Ahumada is most memorable. Fresh-faced, wise, and sensitive, she is the antithesis of the manufactured precocious adolescent in Hollywood films." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 —— La Sirga (2013) " Arias is a compelling screen presence, even in the film's near-documentary style." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 86% Yossi (2013) " Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 44% Habibi Rasak Kharban (Habibi) (2012) " [It] has a gritty, low-budget realism as it depicts day-to-day life under the threat of violence and age-old cultural and generational obstacles." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2013
2/4 29% Let My People Go! (2013) " Oy vey doesn't begin to address the result." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2.5/4 —— The Last Reef 3d: Cities Beneath The Sea " The story line is lacking. If reefs can rebuild themselves after nuclear bombing, can't they survive other endangerments?" — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3/4 —— Indelible Lalita " In Bharvani, filmmaker Julie Mallozzi has found a subject so spirited and serene that even themes as potentially lofty as identity transformation are brought down to earth." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2.5/4 47% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) " A moderately enjoyable film that lacks the awe-inspiring visual and aural aplomb of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil's live shows." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " It's talky, but this suits the idea of college as the last bastion of animated and engaging conversation for its own sake." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 20, 2012
1/4 27% The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012) " It's like paying to watch a dumbed-down mash-up of the least creative parts of "Teletubbies," "Barney & Friends," and "Pee-wee's Playhouse."" — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 29, 2012
3/4 87% The Matchmaker (2012) " [It weaves] fable with realism, coming-of-age innocence with adult grief, and guilt with romanticism." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 21, 2012
3/4 54% Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2012) " A straightforward documentary that uses Yoni's own words - in the form of his moving, eloquent letters and poems - to create a searing portrait of his short but meaningful life." — Boston Globe
Posted May 31, 2012
2.5/4 38% Crooked Arrows (2012) " The story is unique and engaging enough to transcend the uplifting sports-underdog formula." — Boston Globe
Posted May 17, 2012
3/4 —— Anita (2009) " Set in Buenos Aires, it's an unsentimental portrait of one lost soul among the city's outcasts." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/4 26% L!fe Happens (2012) " A cliche-laden chick flick that seems conceived solely to capitalize on the success of the far more original (and generous to female friendship) "Bridesmaids."" — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/4 75% Addiction Incorporated (2011) " Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/4 87% Miss Bala (2012) " Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/4 73% Inside Hana's Suitcase (2012) " In the end, what makes "Inside Hana's Suitcase'' so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters." — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/4 33% A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) " There's a pretty decent comedy somewhere in "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,'' if only it wasn't so attracted to everyone else in the room." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/4 74% The Whistleblower (2011) " "The Whistleblower'' effectively depicts the paranoia that builds as an increasingly frustrated and outraged Bolkovac is thwarted at every turn." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/4 95% The Arbor (2011) " [An] exquisitely crafted docudrama." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 77% Beautiful Darling (2011) " Like fellow Factory figures Edie Sedgwick and Jackie Curtis, Darling now gets her own documentary, and proves a more than worthy subject." — Boston Globe
Posted May 5, 2011
2/4 7% Immigration Tango (2011) " Neither the comedy nor the romance is strong enough in "Immigration Tango'' to offer any improvement on Peter Weir's similar, and better, 1990 film "Green Card.''" — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/4 92% Circo (2011) " "Circo'' offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 21, 2011
1.5/4 11% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) " About to lose his long-held rights to Ayn Rand's novel, and perhaps to cash in on apparent Tea Party interest and support, producer John Aglialoro ... rushed this film into a low-budget production and it shows in every frame." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 14, 2011
4/4 92% My Perestroika (2011) " "My Perestroika'' offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3.5/4 88% Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011) " An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/4 —— Crab Trap (El vuelco del Cangrejo) " The dreamlike atmosphere of "Crab Trap'' allows the landscape to seep into the mind as it documents the purity of a way of life, perhaps before it disappears." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 55% Zenith (2011) " For traditionalists who prefer their movies unfettered and non-interactive, "Zenith'' happens to be pretty good, though it's longer on style and atmosphere than clarity of storytelling." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3.5/4 73% NoBody's Perfect (2008) " A darkly funny and fascinating examination of body image, sexuality, and self-esteem." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/4 91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) " Pedro González-Rubio takes the viewer on a leisurely journey through the timeless ritual of catching and cleaning fish, and the natural progression of paternal love over the course of a few days." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3/4 100% At the Death House Door (2008) " At the Death House Door is a sobering account of Pickett's gradual evolution from pro-death penalty minister to a man struggling to reconcile his complicated role in those deaths." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 8, 2008
3/4 55% Prey for Rock & Roll (2003) " It's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 23, 2003
1/4 4% House of the Dead (2003) " Here is yet another video game transferred to film with little enhancement or development." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 17, 2003
2.5/4 51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003) " Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 18, 2003
2/4 8% The Order (The Sin Eater) (2003) " Schlock that could and should have been better." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2003
3/4 82% Step Into Liquid (2003) " This lively, entertaining documentary shows how surfing has evolved into an extreme sport popular the world over, and yet still retains its slacker, sun-bleached charm." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 14, 2003
2.5/4 50% The Heart of Me (2003) " An old-fashioned weepie buffed to a Masterpiece Theater gloss." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2003
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