Mary Houlihan

Mary Houlihan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Biography:
Chicago Sun-Times film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Sun-Times
Total Reviews:
31

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 31 of 31
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " The film takes on a dour note as way too much time is spent on Saint Laurent's drunken antics. He comes across as sullen and not very likable. This may be true to the man, but what of his other side?" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " An uneasy comedy that is not without its laugh-out-loud moments." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 —— The Perfect Wave (2014) " Unfortunately, it's not enough to resurrect this film that boasts lots of message but very little plot and character development." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " The result is that melodramatic soap opera elements win out over Bandele's attempts at stirring historical drama. That said, it's still a story worth telling." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The Rover does have a central nervous system that crackles and pops with suspense, but in the end it's not enough to jump-start the lack of narrative." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Once the story picks up, it's easy, breezy and enjoyable. It seduces you into thinking: Wouldn't it be fun to reconnect with Xavier in another five years or so?" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " Spacey serves as an engaging, amiable host but also offers spot-on observations about the demanding role." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 —— From The Rough (2014) " Henson nicely captures Starks' determination but also her doubts and personal demons." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 69% No God, No Master (2014) " No God, No Master has an authentic period feel. But Green is focused on so many historical figures and potential storylines that the film feels rushed and, at times, confusing." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 23% Shirin In Love (2014) " There's a glint of a clever idea here, but writer-director Ramin Niami's reliance on tired rom-com tropes only serve to drag down the film, which plays out like a Harlequin romance." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Atouching and credible story that easily draws the viewer into the lives of its characters." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/4 91% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad offers no solutions here. Instead he paints a portrait of the daily rhythms of the occupation, an endless conflict that has seeped into every aspect of life in the West Bank." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " The film belongs to Garcia, who is in literally every shot. Wafting over Garcia's face at different moments are contentment, frustration, loneliness, disappointment, happiness." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " Some truths about George and Edith's underlying emotional state come out in an unconventional and interesting way, but it's not enough to make us care about the attraction that is drawing them closer." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/4 38% Black Coffee (2014) " In the end, there's nothing wrong with an overly positive outlook on relationships, and Harris has a nice hand with bits of dialogue that do ring true. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 52% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " With Some Velvet Morning, LaBute returns to the provocative style that made his name. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/4 93% Frances Ha (2013) " As Frances literally dances her way through the streets of New York, you can't help smiling and knowing she will be OK. She will figure out how to be the adult she was meant to be." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/4 48% Black Nativity (2013) " Kasi Lemmons' contemporary adaptation is an uplifting holiday extravaganza with a musical score filled with familiar spiritual standards plus some new songs by Raphael Saadiq and Laura Karpman that underscore themes of faith, healing and family." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/4 65% Great Expectations (2013) " This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 2% Getaway (2013) " After a while it all becomes mind-numbing. How many chase scenes and car crashes (they do all start to look alike) can one person take?" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 23% Violet & Daisy (2013) " Of course, the violence is cringe-worthy and, at times, over the top. But view this as a modern comic book/fairy tale, and it's easier to accept this saga of girls with guns and the life lessons they eventually confront." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " A highly entertaining and colorful portrait of a unique woman." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/4 56% Flawless (2008) " Flawless, directed with a fine eye by Michael Radford, is a diamond-heist thriller that will make you nostalgic for the smart, classy caper films of a certain era." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2/4 14% The Ten Commandments (2007) " While the story is solid, the computer-generated animation, which lacks any flow and grace, is another matter. Actually, it's kind of creepy" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 36% Hollywood Dreams (2007) " It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
4/4 97% Once (2007) " [A] wonderful film that is one of the year's best." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 25, 2007
2.5/4 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " The straight-faced spoof is really quite funny, if you can get beyond the graphic gore and mind-numbing final 30 minutes." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2/4 5% Because I Said So (2007) " Keaton is almost unwatchable in embarrassing scenes that involve an over-the-top car chase and a computer with a mind of its own." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 2, 2007
2.5/4 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) " A nod must be given to choreographer Dave Scott, who skillfully blends the dance styles into an explosive whole. Seeing Stomp the Yard for these bits alone is well worth it." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 12, 2007
3/4 88% Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006) " What emerges is an intimate and fascinating portrait of the three women who, instead of being 'divided and conquered,' stick together and build something new." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 17, 2006
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