Martin Scribbs

Martin Scribbs

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

MARTIN SCRIBBS: The Philadelphia-based pedant, poet, and sot writes on the staffs of Flak Magazine and Mixed Reviews. Scribbs also bloviates at his own site, Low IQ Canadian. LIC's all-puppet version of Daniel Defoe's "Journal of The Plague Year" won grudging respect at every nursing home in which it appeared. LIC is a Member Critic at Cinemarati, and contributes regularly to the Cinemarati Roundtable.
Flak Magazine , Low IQ Canadian , Mixed Reviews
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Philadelphia, PA

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25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) " There is a natural limit as to how deeply any film, but especially a would-be summer blockbuster, can dig into radical ideas of faith and history. To his credit, Ron Howard hits that limit." — Mixed Reviews
Posted May 21, 2006
75% Secret Honor (1984) " Does anyone have a clue what Altman was driving at with this intense glob of lunacy?" — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 19, 2005
92% Gabriel Over the White House (1933) " Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2005
25% Bewitched (2005) " I'll have some of what Nora Ephron's having, as long as I don't have to watch her movies." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 19, 2005
67% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) " If you guessed, 'a wheezy social problem drama,' you're right." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) " Not only was Good Night, and Good Luck filmed in black-and-white, it was written and acted that way, too. This is Good versus Evil for Political Dummies." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Nov 5, 2005
—— The World, the Flesh and the Devil (2000) " Belafonte is magic in his loneliness." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 26, 2005
85% Batman Begins (2005) " The class dynamics of Batman Begins are just insufferable. Thank heavens we have our incorruptable masked moneybags to keep the criminal poor in line. " — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 17, 2005
88% F for Fake (1974) " A little gem, full of vintage Welles ruminations on the ephemeral nature of personal celebrity and the elusiveness of ultimate truth." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted May 22, 2005
84% The Yes Men (2004) " Chris Smith is the next great documentarian for mainstream American audiences to discover, and he richly merits a wide release." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted May 15, 2005
97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) " While Smartest Guys sometimes veers into C-Span2: The Movie territory, just then another shocking tidbit will drop to keep the fires stoked." — Mixed Reviews
Posted May 15, 2005
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) " Nothing more can be done to lay the concrete reality of poverty out for persons of conscience. Take and read." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Mar 14, 2005
55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) " Ocean's 12 is malt-liquor-on-a-Monday stupid." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Dec 12, 2004
88% The Five Obstructions (2003) " Despite his own pessimism, I think Von Trier does change Leth as an artist, a little, through these chastisements." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 25, 2004
56% The Polar Express (2013) " This praiseworthy film has been awarded highest honors from Puissant Guide and All-Fertile Giftgiver Kris Kringle." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 17, 2004
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004) " An unexpected renaissance in Soviet filmmaking." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 25, 2004
62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) " See I Heart Huckabees before your boss asks you to tell your Shania Twain mayo story and you vomit all over a meeting of the Board." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2004
77% Team America - World Police (2004) " A post-9/11 gutbuster." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 10, 2004
72% Bonhoeffer (2003) " Bonhoeffer doesn't probe as deeply as one might like into the details and implications of his theology, but is an invaluable study of a man of conscience. " — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2004
49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) " All roads lead to ruin in Home's world, lending an unexpectedly reactionary tone to the work." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Oct 3, 2004
89% Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry (2004) " John Kerry may well be the conscience that America needs at its helm. But I'd never trust a 90-minute campaign ad like Upriver to tell me that. " — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2004
53% A Dirty Shame (2004) " A Dirty Shame, a very funny movie, overcomes its limitations by playing to director John Waters' strengths." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Oct 1, 2004
86% Garden State (2004) " Ultimately, The Graduate could only offer that the young would shut out the old and start over. Garden State is about the next season, about getting off the bus." — Flak Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2004
43% The Village (2004) " In this election year, our cinemas have been overrun by insincere communities headed by dissemblers-in-chief." — Flak Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2004
21% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (2004) " If you're aching for lines like, 'Well, that tunnel didn't dig itself,' and 'My enemy's friend?,' run don't walk to AVP." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2004
0/5 47% Secret Window (2004) " Another lousy movie adapted from Stephen King's writing; another slander against the mentally ill; another energetic Depp performance in a losing cause." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Aug 6, 2004
99/100 97% Intolerance (1916) " D.W. Griffith wants to fight for your right to party." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 25, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) " The best film of 2004. A throwback in more than just its look, Guy Maddin's latest brings new life to the melodrama." — Flak Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2004
7% Boat Trip (2003) " Only Cuba Gooding Jr., the Olivier of his generation, could pull off such a daring commentary on modern manners." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jul 18, 2004
5/5 48% De-Lovely (2004) " 'There are no little memories with you,' Cole tells her. " — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " All hail Will Ferrell, King of the man-children!" — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 10, 2004
94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " Its predecessor's equal in pure popcorn entertainment, Spiderman 2 adds moral complexities to daunt even the most intrepid of webslingers." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 30, 2004
83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) " Moore films exactly how we think in the age of 164-channel cable TV, flipping among a variety of moods and tones, engaging in levels of discourse both high and low." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 29, 2004
3/5 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) " Most of Dodgeball's considerable humor comes from droopy-eyed Vince Vaughn watching manic, macho Ben Stiller wear himself out." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2004
90% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) " Directors Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles stir all the cinematic virtues into this finely-crafted narrative." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
98% Chavez: Inside the Coup (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised) (2003) " The big story here is neither the coup, nor the countercoup, but the spread of constitutional values to the people of Venezuela." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) " Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
3/5 —— Modern Tribalism (2002) " Modern Tribalism tries to universalize the discontent felt by tattoo addicts, cheek-spear enthusiasts, and weekend anarchists." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
53% Veronica Guerin (2003) " Veronica Guerin is a sharp study of the vices that sometimes goad us to virtue." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) " Legally Blonde II is even smarter than Election. It is a brutal satire of the pop politics with which the Rock the Vote generation deludes itself." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
3/5 87% Home Movie (2001) " Each of the subjects alternates between charming and creepy." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
94% Dark Days (2000) " As a chronicle of midnight and dawn in the great human day, Dark Days ranks among the most moral of films. " — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
56% Devil's Playground (2002) " Devil's Playground is a classic exposition of the choice between freedom and order, between a closed society and an open one." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
96% Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003) " Winged Migration must be the most subversive G-rated film ever." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
81% Thirteen (2003) " What power does a teenage girl have?" — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) " Sadly, what began as a smart sci-fi franchise has apparently been huffing glue since 1985." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
56% Northfork (2003) " With the pacing of a death march and the theological heft of Angels in the Outfield, this feel-bad extravaganza is 2003's Exhibit A of why people avoid arthouse cinema." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) " In 2003, what our psychic diet needed most wasn't blood and bombast. No, it needed films to reawaken our respect for life and love of peace." — Flak Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2004
63% Love Actually (2003) " My problem is an acute allergy to repitition. Love, Actually and other champions of the romantic-comedy flyweight division make me break out in hives." — Low IQ Canadian
Posted Jun 13, 2004
—— Sguardo di Michelangelo " Lo Sgaurdo, a Top Ten movie in this or any other year, speaks for every tourist left speechless by Rome's scenes of religious and artistic enormity." — Mixed Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2004
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