Mark Pfeiffer

Mark Pfeiffer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Mark Pfeiffer's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Showing 51 - 100 of 527
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 29% The Vow (2012) "The Vow presents some fascinating challenges for Leo and Paige, yet without fail the screenplay comes up short in allowing them to overcome the obstacles in their paths. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 17, 2012
B 85% Chronicle (2012) "The overwhelming number of superhero films of late and the seemingly limitless ability of CGI have taken some of the wonder out of displays of dazzling feats beyond ordinary human potential. Chronicle restores that thrill. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 17, 2012
C 82% A Cat in Paris (2012) "While the fluid hand-drawn animation provides a pleasant stylistic alternative to the predominance of 3D computer animation in the marketplace, the story leaves a lot to be desired. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 26, 2012
C 69% Extraterrestrial (2012) "If Extraterrestrial is to explore what might be called Third Wheel Syndrome, Vigalondo needed to bring greater tension to the romantic triangle than what exists. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 22, 2012
C+ 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "The Dark Knight Rises remains a fascinating film, albeit one that suffers from an excess of ambition and deficiency in unifying its objectives with clarity. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B 77% Take This Waltz (2012) "Take This Waltz is an achingly beautiful film in the longing its characters express and the sun-dappled Toronto cinematographer Luc Montpellier captures. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) "A hollow simulation of what fun for the whole family looks and sounds like. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B- 82% Goon (2012) "Liberally peppered with profanities and comedic hockey-related violence, Goon finds plenty to laugh at in the coarse words and antics of athletes. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2012
D- 20% That's My Boy (2012) "Chances are That's My Boy isn't a contemptuous stunt to see what Sandler can get away with and what audiences will accept; it just seems like one. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2012
A- 79% Melancholia (2011) "While existence hangs in the balance in Melancholia, von Trier's fatalistic embrace of impending doom is starkly beautiful and strangely reassuring. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B 43% J. Edgar (2011) "Hoover's magnetism derives from his intellect, certainty, power, and sense for myth-making, and DiCaprio bears that out with a performance of a man who himself may be constantly performing as though he has nothing to hide. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2012
C 3% Jack and Jill (2011) "Jack and Jill's lack of energy disguises contempt, but here [Sandler's] working through his issues in a more compelling way than usual. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B- 41% Rock of Ages (2012) "Rock of Ages is so unpretentious about its aims and the performers are so game for what they surely knew would be this ridiculous that it's hard to resist entirely. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 15, 2012
F No Score Yet GORP (1980) "The raunchy camp comedy Gorp, the last film released by American International Pictures, features almost all of the ingredients in Samuel Z. Arkoff's formula but is empty in cinematic nutritional value. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 10, 2012
C- 71% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) "The nerds perpetuate a nasty streak of behavior toward women that violates the film's general live-and-let-live attitude, and it stains what is otherwise intended as raunchy but lighthearted fun. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 3, 2012
B- 74% Rampart (2012) "Ultimately Rampart is Harrelson's showcase, and he takes full advantage of fleshing out a complex role. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 3, 2012
B 79% The Innkeepers (2012) "Although not up to the high standard of writer-director Ti West's previous film The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers is another often chilling exercise in building mood and atmosphere. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
A- 86% The House of the Devil (2009) "Laden with dread and executed with a musician's sense of timing, The House of the Devil is better than a substantial number of the films it resembles. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
C+ 57% The Dictator (2012) "The danger for Baron Cohen is having made his name as a confrontational comedian but delivering something that, while occasionally provocative, feels too conventional. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
C- 37% Dark Shadows (2012) "Dark Shadows gets stuck in neutral because of the uncertainty as to what kind of a film it wants to be. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
B+ 90% Bernie (2012) "With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
C+ 69% Men in Black III (2012) "As far as unnecessary sequels are concerned, Men in Black 3 is a serviceable addition to the series. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jun 2, 2012
C+ 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) "Like life, The Five-Year Engagement can be messy and irrational. The shame is that the film doesn't need to be those things quite to the degrees that they are. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted May 14, 2012
B 87% Miss Bala (2012) "Naranjo numbs sensation to make his points about the drug war's damage to Mexico, turning Miss Bala into a thriller from the dissociative first person perspective. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted May 10, 2012
A 75% Damsels in Distress (2012) "To refer to a film's olfactory properties is ordinarily associated with expressing one's displeasure, but to do so in regard to Damsels in Distress is to praise this cinematic aromatherapy's mood-lifting qualities. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted May 8, 2012
A 91% Take Shelter (2011) "Take Shelter writer-director Jeff Nichols takes great care in detailing Curtis's journey and surrounding him with concerned loved ones. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 25, 2012
A 99% A Separation (2011) "Writer-director Asghar Farhadi performs some kind of miracle with the tension and complexity he produces from such a simple set-up. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 25, 2012
B- 86% Big Fan (2009) "Astute at observing the behaviors and mindset of the fan who sees no distinction between himself and the team. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 25, 2012
B 51% The Three Stooges (2012) "The terrifically timed, well-executed silliness is embraced without irony or any greater sense of purpose. It delivers what it promises: scene after scene of low comedy done with relish. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 23, 2012
A- 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) "The Dardennes' style resists cheap sentimentality, yet in The Kid with a Bike it yields a deeply moving examination of love as a shield. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 22, 2012
B- 96% Undefeated (2012) "With a story that proves to be heartwarming and predictable, Undefeated mostly plays according to the script familiar in its fiction and nonfiction counterparts. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 21, 2012
C- 38% Career Opportunities (1991) "Career Opportunities plays like a hodgepodge of Hughes' greatest hits. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Apr 16, 2012
F 0% Zapped! (1982) "Zapped! fancies itself to be the bad boy and flirts with that image, but this low-rent production is far too wholesome and blandly unfunny for that affectation to be convincing. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Feb 26, 2012
A 98% Badlands (1974) "Malick has come to be known and revered as a cinematic poet and philosopher, as a filmmaker who explores big ideas, but in Badlands in particular he also shows a knack for off-kilter humor. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 9, 2011
B- 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) "These fourth wall breaking techniques never feel like meta intrusions on the material but like a child's interaction with a parent reading the tales. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 9, 2011
D 14% Zookeeper (2011) "If a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters can produce Shakespeare, then Zookeeper must have been banged out by one primate pecking away at a keyboard between sessions playing on a tire swing. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 9, 2011
B 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) "Through its magnetic stars, funny crudity, and observation of people's foibles in relationships, Friends with Benefits consummates the deal that viewers enter with romantic comedies. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 8, 2011
C- 22% The Smurfs (2011) "Rather than catering to the kids...the makers try in vain to produce something hip to appeal to all ages, or at least the parents who grew up with the cartoon. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 8, 2011
B- 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "In the era of the tortured superhero in movies, it's refreshing to come across one with enthusiasm and a pure spirit. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 8, 2011
B+ 76% Adventures in Babysitting (1987) "The light tone, classical style, and Shue as Sandra Dee stand-in are more indicative of a cinematic mindset from approximately 25 years earlier. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 8, 2011
A 93% WarGames (War Games) (1983) "As a Cold War message movie and cinematic descendent of Fail-Safe, WarGames examines the inherent danger in favoring technology's cool logic and situational calculations. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Aug 8, 2011
B- 81% The Neverending Story (1984) "As a testament to the power of books, the often gloomy The Neverending Story comes off as a Reading Rainbow episode covering existentialism. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Jul 24, 2011
A 100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) "Still Walking is so uncommonly and beautifully perceptive about how families interact that it feels as natural as putting one foot in front of the next. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
B- 63% Session 9 (2001) "Session 9 is heavy on mood and light on narrative substance, but the pervasive sense of dread that it sustains trumps the slightness of plot. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
B- 100% Strongman (2011) "Strongman's unvarnished approach complements its salt of the earth subject. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
C 67% The Company Men (2011) "The Company Men could stand to express a little righteous fury. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
D- 19% Just Go with It (2011) "Just Go With It is an extraordinarily bad match of star and material. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
D 4% The Roommate (2011) "The Roommate has the seed of a promising thriller in its premise yet never taps into the anxiety of discovering that the person designated to share your space makes you uncomfortable. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
B+ 71% Somewhere (2010) "Although the film throbs with dissatisfaction and longing for purpose, Somewhere plays as a dryly funny meditation on being adrift in Hollywood. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
C 88% Blue Valentine (2010) "Knowing where the relationship is headed lends bittersweet notes to the scenes from the past, but the conclusions Blue Valentine draws ultimately feel pat. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
A 98% Marwencol (2010) "Marwencol provides a deeply empathetic view of loneliness and powerful evidence of art as an outlet. " ‐ Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Posted Mar 9, 2011
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