Mary F. Pols

Mary F. Pols

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, Contra Costa Times
Publications:
Contra Costa Times , MSN Movies , TIME Magazine
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
940

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " The movie is like the play date from hell, the kind where a crew of children reduce your home to rubble and conduct endless bouts of loud war on the living-room floor while you ponder the propriety of opening a bottle of wine." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2014
79% 42 (2013) " It's not easy to play a stoic, but Boseman anchors the movie, and when he smiles, 42, already such a warm story of such cold times, gets even brighter." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 7, 2014
93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Plays like a parody of a Cormac McCarthy adaptation...It's derivative nonsense." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " At least 80% of it is snappy, droll fluff, while the other 20% is what you get when you persuade Julianne Moore to be in your movie: in a word, better." — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " A wry and moving look at a time in life that tends to get short shrift in U.S. cinema." — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " It overflows with middle-aged angst over lost youth. And laments the generic nature of our corporate-driven culture." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " Not that the real man's career wasn't marked by conflict, but does Jobs have to be such a drag?" — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2013
64% 2 Guns (2013) " They're cute together, these two big stars, but the film around them, a sort of Tarantino lite, is desperately empty." — TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " It's likely there will be many wet eyes in the theater as the screen goes to black." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " As a sequel [it] stands level with the first film (also directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud), and may have the edge on it." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2013
50% White House Down (2013) " What makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul ..." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2013
75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " It's easy enough to drift along with this slight, quirky charmer and when the puffed-up dramatic stuff gives way to the central theme of a father and son reconnecting, the film really works." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 31, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 24, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " The Hangover Part III gives off such a stench of creative decay that it hardly seems possible that even Phillips or his co-writers have any use for the movie themselves." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 23, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " Frances Ha is sharply focused on a genuine life issue that doesn't get much play in movies: the challenges of platonic love and of the complicated passions of friendship." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Dyrholm has an unusual magnetism, the kind of face that seems open and unguarded, yet you can't figure out just what it is she's thinking - she and Brosnan share an excitingly adult chemistry." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 3, 2013
87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " Some moviegoers may opt for an easier cinematic pleasure than this carefully crafted, discomforting look at familial misery in hyper drive, but it is the most provocative movie about parenting I've seen since The Kids Are All Right." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 3, 2013
80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting - an ambitious effort that tries to be many things." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2013
93% Room 237 (2013) " Maybe they're all right. Or wrong. It can't be settled. What matters is that people are still crazy about the beauty of a beautiful movie about going crazy." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2013
38% Admission (2013) " Another formulaic spin on Hollywood's 21st century discovery, the mom-rom-com, with its disagreeable underlying messages about women, careers and motherhood." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2013
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " Beyond the Hills may be the best movie no one will want to see in 2013." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2013
90% A Place at the Table (2013) " It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children-in short, the American dream. See it and weep." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2013
52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " The movie feels so much like a video game that your fingers instinctively itch to do something, though a Jack video game isn't one we'd really want to play." — TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2013
56% Snitch (2013) " Dwayne Johnson tries so hard to be taken seriously in the ponderous and preposterous drama Snitch that it hurts to watch him in much the same way it hurts to watch the weightlifting competition at the summer Olympics." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) " Apologies to Hallstrom, but an adaptation of a Sparks novel always ends up being a Sparks movie." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) " This often very mean-spirited movie about modern rage plays out with nods to several road-trip classics." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2013
15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) " Sitting through The Mind of Charles Swan III does not lead to a deeper understanding of Charlie Sheen. It does, however, demonstrate his compulsion for poor judgment and bad choices." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " There are so many clever lines and bits of physical comedy worth revisiting that the movie seems like a likely cult classic, but it's more inclusive than that." — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2013
37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " There is a sense that everyone, this treasure trove of talent included, is waiting for something to happen, some bit of alchemy that will make the story coalesce into a whole and take it beyond the jokes about Viagra, hookers and regrets." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2013
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " Mama is clumsily written and choppily edited, but Chastain doesn't have a bad scene in it, and you can see why she chose to be in this supernatural ghost story." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2013
18% Parental Guidance (2012) " I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2012
79% Quartet (2013) " Terribly cloying and cutesy." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2012
51% This is 40 (2012) " As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2012
81% The Impossible (2012) " I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2012
38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them)." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2012
46% Save The Date (2012) " Save the Date is romantic comedy with aspirations to do something new. That's admirable but it isn't enough." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2012
64% The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012) " So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other." — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2012
74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?" — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) " It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) " [A] snappy adaptation of Stephen Rebello's acclaimed nonfiction account Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2012
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " While parting involved no sorrow, it was sweeter than expected." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2012
89% A Royal Affair (2012) " Anyone eagerly awaiting Anna Karenina and Les Miserables shouldn't miss A Royal Affair." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2012
78% A Late Quartet (2012) " A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego." — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2012
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " The most inventive and entertaining family movie I've seen this year, packed with wickedly smart humor and joyful animation. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2012
31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " A sweet ride worth catching." — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2012
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