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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 181
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
2/4 64% Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002) " A feast to behold, but it lacks substance and will leave most viewers wholly unsatisfied. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2003
3.5/4 84% Gloomy Sunday (Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod) (2003) " A remarkable movie. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2003
2/4 25% A Family Affair (2003) " Without the ready-made drama of coming out and identity struggle, gay romance can feel as flimsy and forced as its straight counterpart. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 29, 2003
4/4 97% Love & Diane (2002) " Shatters myths and stereotypes about the welfare cycle as it delivers an unforgettable portrait of complex lives still largely ignored by popular culture. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2/4 31% Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) " As with most movies that start as comic sketches -- much of the Saturday Night Live franchise, for example -- the funny ideas and characters are rarely fleshed out enough to justify 90 minutes. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2003
2/4 43% DysFunKtional Family (2003) " Griffin isn't untalented, but he seems unpolished, not quite ready to carry the weight of a 90-minute concert film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2003
2.5/4 37% Spun (2003) " [Akerlund] has effectively created a head-spinning, flesh-crawling milieu all his own, but Spun is ultimately short on substance and long on style. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2003
3/4 68% Laurel Canyon (2003) " An engaging, entertaining glimpse into the lives of musicians nestled in the titular Hollywood Hills enclave. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2003
3/4 71% Piglet's Big Movie (2003) " Not only appropriate for preschoolers, but it also has enough sophistication for older kids. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
2.5/4 72% Intacto (2002) " A clever, original thriller that bows to no genre. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2003
3/4 44% Deliver Us from Eva (2003) " A welcome respite from verbal nastiness and sexual cynicism. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2003
1/4 48% Final Destination 2 (2003) " FD2, despite some imaginative fatalities, is less a movie than a slick video game. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2003
8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) " The movie gives us frat-house-style sexual humor, flatulence jokes about camels, and a romantic subplot apparently intended to woo the female half of the audience. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 18, 2003
1.5/4 8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) " The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 16, 2003
3.5/4 80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) " Move over Bond; this girl deserves a sequel. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 19, 2002
3/4 34% The Weight of Water (2001) " Bigelow directs this screen version of Anita Shreve's complex novel with polish and a flair for the melodramatic. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 31, 2002
2/4 72% Das Experiment (The Experiment) (2001) " An R-rated version of Survivor, Big Brother or any number of reality-TV shows that present voyeurism as entertainment and exploitation as insight. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2002
1.5/4 7% All The Queen's Men (2001) " It seems just a long, convoluted ploy to get men into drag -- period drag, no less. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2002
2/4 14% Ghost Ship (2002) " An adequate horror movie for the Halloween season, but it too easily sinks into haunted-house-film conventions, even if the haunted house is decked out as an Italian luxury liner. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2002
2/4 14% Pokémon 4Ever (2002) " The latest installment in the Pokemon canon, Pokemon 4ever is surprising less moldy and trite than the last two, likely because much of the Japanese anime is set in a scenic forest where Pokemon graze in peace. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 10, 2002
1.5/4 20% Knockaround Guys (2002) " It might hold some appeal to undiscriminating fans of the ultra-bland, tough-guys-in -black-doing -dumb-things genre. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 10, 2002
3/4 79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) " An ebullient toast to grande dames: part homage, part camp, all artifice and a thoroughly entertaining, if light, confection. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 26, 2002
2.5/4 47% Mad Love (2002) " Equal parts bodice-ripper and plodding costume drama. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2002
3.5/4 74% Swimming (2000) " A well-crafted film that is all the more remarkable because it achieves its emotional power and moments of revelation with restraint and a delicate ambiguity. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 12, 2002
2.5/4 67% Sade (2000) " This Sade is hardly a perverse, dangerous libertine and agitator -- which would have made for better drama. He's just a sad aristocrat in tattered finery, and the film seems as deflated as he does. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 29, 2002
2/4 59% Little Secrets (2002) " One can hardly argue with the desire to make a wholesome movie for families that extols honesty and decency, but it all comes too easily, too superficially. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 22, 2002
3.5/4 89% The Cockettes (2002) " Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 8, 2002
2.5/4 71% Girls Can't Swim (2002) " Despite its shortcomings, Girls Can't Swim represents an engaging and intimate first feature by a talented director to watch, and it's a worthy entry in the French coming-of-age genre. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 8, 2002
3/4 66% My Wife Is an Actress (2002) " My Wife offers the best and the worst of both Allen's ego-and- neuroses-based humor and Truffaut's romanticism about love and movies. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2002
3/4 78% Tadpole (2002) " Weaver and Neuwirth are the sparks in this film, as they project a maternal sexiness and sincerity that's entirely believable. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 25, 2002
3/4 69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) " A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
4/4 96% Promises (2002) " Beautifully crafted and brutally honest, Promises offers an unexpected window into the complexities of prejudice. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
2/4 76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) " The reliability of the genre doesn't excuse predictable jokes, pat fiascoes and so many stereotypes that one is tempted to alert the Greek anti-defamation league. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
3/4 67% CQ (2002) " A film that is visually compelling and highly entertaining in an in-jokey sort of way. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
2/4 48% Lucky Break (2002) " The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
3/4 43% Piñero (2002) " A vivid rendering of the complexities of the artist's soul, and a notable attempt to convey the trajectory of a volatile creative life. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
2/4 20% Circuit (2001) " It's too soap opera-ish to carry the heavy weight of the morality play Shafer has fashioned. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
3/4 49% Harrison's Flowers (2002) " A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
2.5/4 51% Cherish (2002) " An uneven mix of genres that, even when it misses the mark, gets points for originality and a good beat. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
3/4 36% Crush (2002) " Mixes slapstick, poignancy, tragedy and sophisticated wit. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
43% Escaflowne - The Movie (2000) " Its ambitiousness and artistry should satisfy discriminating fans of the anime genre. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2002
1.5/4 12% Halloween - Resurrection (2002) " Like its parade of predecessors, this Halloween is a gory slash-fest. It can't escape its past, and it doesn't want to. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 13, 2002
3/4 86% Lovely & Amazing (2001) " Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 12, 2002
3/4 33% Harvard Man (2002) " Toback offers a complex, borderline campy, and oddly entertaining study of modern moral dilemmas. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2002
3.5/4 82% 13 Conversations About One Thing (2001) " Each of these stories has the potential for Touched by an Angel simplicity and sappiness, but Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, for all its generosity and optimism, never resorts to easy feel-good sentiments. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 4, 2002
3.5/4 100% Yellow Asphalt (2002) " Powerful, lingering. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 3, 2002
3/4 57% Like Mike (2002) " Like Mike doesn't win any points for originality. It does succeed by following a feel-good formula with a winning style, and by offering its target audience of urban kids some welcome role models and optimism. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 2, 2002
3.5/4 73% The Emperor's New Clothes (2002) " A sumptuous showcase for Ian Holm, who delivers not one but two great performances. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 27, 2002
2/4 29% Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) " An acceptable way to pass a little over an hour with moviegoers ages 8-10, but it's unlikely to inspire anything more than a visit to McDonald's, let alone some savvy street activism. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 27, 2002
3.5/4 75% Arthur Dong: Family Fundamentals (2002) " Without heavy-handedness, Dong provides perspective with his intelligent grasp of human foibles and contradictions. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 22, 2002
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