Mack Bates

Mack Bates

Agrees with the Tomatometer 56% of the time.

Mack Bates's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) "This enjoyable, if sometimes uneven, denouncement of consumerism run amok is clearly Fisher's show. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/4 44% Chandni Chowk To China (2009) "Chandni Chowk to China has something to offer every discerning film taste. And that's its major shortcoming. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 15, 2009
2/4 33% Not Easily Broken (2009) "Henson, in a role that could easily have degenerated into an angry-black-woman caricature, is better than the material deserves. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 8, 2009
2/4 12% Delgo (2008) "In a season soon to be filled with better-made family movies based on better-known material, the movie's serviceable-enough animation isn't likely to help it stand out. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 11, 2008
2.5/4 53% City of Ember (2008) "Visually striking from start to finish. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 10, 2008
3/4 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) "A tense and mostly satisfying take on race relations and the deep-seeded hatred some try to suppress, Lakeview Terrace realistically depicts such a heated scenario by giving equal voice to both sides. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 18, 2008
2/4 13% The Women (2008) "These women, like the movie they're in, are far from perfect, but spending time in their company isn't an entirely unpleasant experience. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 11, 2008
3/4 69% American Teen (2008) "Presented with humor but not at the expense of its subjects, American Teen was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 8, 2008
64% The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) "The dependable Chan and Li keep the proceedings lively, even though it's all fairly predictable. What they lack in material, they more than make up for in onscreen charisma. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2.5/4 51% Nim's Island (2008) "Nim's Island is funny when it needs to be, serious when it's required and fantastical throughout. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 4, 2008
2/4 22% Never Back Down (2008) "In lieu of character development we get musical montages, and the film is sliced and diced more than all of Sweeney Todd's victims combined. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2008
3/4 56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) "Charlie Bartlett is an often-laugh-out-loud-funny comedy that takes aim at privileged WASP culture and the public school system with equal fervor. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2008
1/4 11% Fool's Gold (2008) "Fool's Gold, like its namesake, is a poor substitute for the real thing, which is feeling rarer all the time. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 7, 2008
3/4 66% How She Move (2008) "How She Move is a solid addition to the dance genre's dance card. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 24, 2008
2/4 22% Mad Money (2008) "This is another American remake of a European original that loses something in translation, in a story that never offers any real sense of tension or doubt about how it'll all end up. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2/4 13% First Sunday (2008) "Even as the film's most stereotypical figure, stand-up comic Katt Williams manages to be the only consistently funny character in this uninspired inspirational comedy. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/4 74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) "Everything you want a family film to be: clever, literate, and above all, engaging. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 26, 2007
1/4 16% The Perfect Holiday (2007) "Queen Latifah often is the saving grace of many of the movies she's in. That can't be said of her latest, however. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 12, 2007
2.5/4 37% August Rush (2007) "Wholesome family entertainment with a life-affirming message. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 20, 2007
3/4 44% Bella (Beauty) (2006) "This is, first and foremost, an actors' showcase, and the entire ensemble delivers. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) "A wry, smart and perceptive dramedy about family and life's other surprises. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 25, 2007
2/4 29% The Game Plan (2007) "A generic, predictable, family-friendly comedy that seems a better fit for the Disney Channel than for a theater near you. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) "There's a funny movie somewhere in Mr. Woodcock. It's too bad that the filmmakers weren't more mindful of the pot. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 14, 2007
2/4 23% Balls of Fury (2007) "Unfortunately, it loses its sense of humor as it gets more desperate to find its way to the end. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 29, 2007
2.5/4 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) "Whether it's a hit or not, Rush Hour 3 has just enough story to justify reaching the screen. But let's hope the filmmakers stop while they're ahead. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 9, 2007
1/4 9% Bratz: The Movie (2007) "Little more than a long-form music video that isn't that far removed from its direct-to-DVD animated predecessors. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 2, 2007
2.5/4 42% No Reservations (2007) "What the film lacks in substance it more than makes up for in style. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 26, 2007
3/4 78% You Kill Me (2007) "As dark comedies go, You Kill Me nearly hits all the right targets, playing like a tongue-in-cheek hybrid of Prizzi's Honor and Clean and Sober. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 12, 2007
2.5/4 19% The Ex (2007) "In its cast, especially Bateman, The Ex has better material than it seems to know what to do with. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 15% The Condemned (2007) "There are only so many ways to kill a person before it starts becoming utterly predictable, making things feel boring even as they become more harsh. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 43% In the Land of Women (2007) "A solid effort with an insightful script and strong performances. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/4 68% Disturbia (2007) "In addition to being a solid thriller, Disturbia is also a scathing indictment of life in suburbia and the movie gamely plays to teens while taking their angst to task. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007) "Like its predecessor, Are We Done Yet? is amiable enough, but not enough to make it compelling. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 3, 2007
3/4 45% Pride (2007) "First-time director Sunu Gonera and cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti's strong visuals save this otherwise formulaic undertaking from being interchangeable inspirational film. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 34% TMNT (2007) "The predictable story and hackneyed dialogue -- the interplay between April and Casey is particularly bad -- get in the way of the movie's slick and sleek visual style. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) "It's a shame that nearly everything in the middle of Stomp the Yard is so predictable, because the opening and closing dance competitions are filled with amazing moves and other surprises. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 12, 2007
1.5/4 4% Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) "Cedric the Entertainer doesn't really act here so much as riffs, as if he's working out the kinks in a misconceived stand-up routine. Some of his ad-libs are funny, but you know you're in trouble when the outtakes are funnier than the film as a whole. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 5, 2007
3/4 44% Night at the Museum (2006) "Entertaining enough that kids might not even mind the history lessons along the way. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 21, 2006
2/4 54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) "Some of the bits work; just as often, they don't. Black and Gass' appealing rapport masks those problems for a while, but eventually, they, too, wear out their welcome. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 23, 2006
2.5/4 34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) "An entertaining popcorn movie featuring a veritable who's who of game British actors (and a trio of equally game American performers) who keep the proceedings lively even with a too-predictable plot. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 27, 2006
2.5/4 48% Renaissance (2006) "If you have the time and densely plotted potboilers are your thing, it's worth the trip. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 12, 2006
3/4 42% Gridiron Gang (2006) "... if there was ever a role that The Rock was born to play, he's found it here " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3/4 46% The Last Kiss (2006) "... an American remake of a European original that works. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 14, 2006
2.5/4 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) "A welcome throwback to the ways of old-school kung fu movies, The Protector doesn't hold up to scrutiny if you're looking for a coherent story or powerhouse acting. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 8, 2006
2/4 25% Peaceful Warrior (2006) "Works overtime to inspire audiences, but relies way too much on pop-mysticism and half-baked artifice to make its point stick. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 18, 2006
2.5/4 12% Little Man (2006) "Marlon's no-limits performance, relying only on his voice and facial expressions, proves to be the film's strongest asset. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2006
2/4 37% Keeping Up With The Steins (2006) "Squanders a premise that's filled with comic gold by playing it too safe. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 16, 2006
2.5/4 80% Brick (2006) "A respectable if not entirely worthy addition to the burgeoning neo-noir film genre. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2006
3/4 44% Take the Lead (2006) "A dramatized, sometimes compelling retelling of the beginnings of the program depicted in Mad Hot Ballroom. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 6, 2006
3/4 61% Something New (2006) "While not a laugh-out-loud comedy, Something New offers enough moments of genuine humor mixed in with the predictable pathos, thanks in part to its adept ensemble cast. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 2, 2006
3/4 53% Wolf Creek (2005) "Made with the intention to scare moviegoers silly, and it succeeds. " ‐ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 25, 2005
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