Michael Booth

Michael Booth

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Denver Post
Total Reviews:
443

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% Grease (1978) " Grease holds up for new generations because it captures the enthusiasm of youth and the vibrancy of California's sunshine-and-cars culture." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 30, 2008
82% The Chosen (1981) " A dedicated team of faithful adapters created a wonderfully rich movie version of the book in 1981, and the emotion and intellectual depths of the story resonate through the decades." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 28, 2008
92% WarGames (War Games) (1983) " As tense and effective now as it was 25 years ago. The worry back then was more about Soviet missiles than about credit card identity theft, but good filmmaking techniques haven't changed." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 14, 2008
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " It's just right for the 9-year-old looking to while away a long afternoon in escapist storytelling." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 7, 2008
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) " The mystery of Fischer's talent and torment adds depth to Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a young New York chess prodigy who doesn't want his genius to ruin his life." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
52% Robin Hood (1973) " Compared with modern Disney films, which are dominated by the self-absorption and eventual self-discovery of their main characters, Robin Hood offers surprisingly stark and interesting social questions." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) " [Director Phillip] Noyce shows their awful, eventually uplifting journey without flinching, and the arid Australian wilderness is a co-star of the film." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
72% Primer (2004) " Mind-bending thrillers like Primer are terrific viewing with your teenagers. Maybe if you're nice, they'll explain the ending to you." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
93% Duma (2005) " It's a crime what happened to the wonderful African wilderness movie Duma in 2005. Beautifully directed by veteran Carroll Ballard, Duma fell flat in the United States because of bad timing and abysmal marketing." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
55% Her Majesty (2001) " It's a nice study of a young girl's happy obsession." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008
—— Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron/The Road to El Dorado (2007) " Smarter than your average cartoon." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 26, 2007
69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) " Spirit is smarter than your average cartoon because it doesn't try to joke around with a host of annoying talking animals." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 26, 2007
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) " The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 5, 2007
97% Groundhog Day (1993) " Since arriving as a mild success in 1993, Groundhog Day has gradually achieved the status of beloved. The American Film Institute rates it No.34 on its list of all-time funniest movies, and it's a story that bears frequent repeat viewings." — Denver Post
Posted Aug 18, 2007
3/4 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " The first by Doug Liman was best, but the second and third by Greengrass come close because of a strict consistency in tone and talent." — Denver Post
Posted Aug 3, 2007
92% Papillon (1999) " A rousing drama of endurance, opportunism and friendship under fire." — Denver Post
Posted Aug 3, 2007
3/4 90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " The Simpsons concept in feature length is just as reassuringly startling in its nonstop irreverence as the best of the weekly TV droppings." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 27, 2007
91% The Breakfast Club (1985) " In nine hours of threatening, bickering and, eventually, poignant (but never maudlin) self-revelation, the stereotypes dissolve and re-form." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 27, 2007
3/4 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) " That heart-stopping beginning tells us Herzog is again in top form, richly depicting the true story of the only American POW known to have escaped from Laotian captivity." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 20, 2007
96% Quiz Show (1994) " Redford turns a dry subject into high art, matching the achievements of his other directing efforts in Ordinary People and A River Runs Through It." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 3, 2007
3.5/4 96% Ratatouille (2007) " Writer and director Brad Bird keeps Ratatouille moving without resorting to the cute animal jokes or pop-culture wisecracking that ruined so many other recent animated films." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 78% You Kill Me (2007) " Leoni is a welcome sight here, temporarily giving up attempts at sunny-sexy blond roles and going with her sarcastic nature." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 22, 2007
1.5/4 23% Evan Almighty (2007) " Here's the funniest thing: In trying desperately to reconnect with religious Americans, Hollywood assumes religious Americans are so dumb they'll laugh at anything." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 22, 2007
89% Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns) (2002) " [Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 20, 2007
3/4 65% Jindabyne (2006) " The movie's remaining revelations build slowly into a set of surprisingly powerful emotional beats." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 20, 2007
2/4 74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) " This 140-minute biopic feels more like an ordeal than a celebration." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) " A refreshingly kind and calm PG film that no one will be ashamed to see." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2/4 64% Severance (2006) " So there's still a smart office-horror movie left to be made. In the meantime, Severance is just another paycheck." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 78% Crazy Love (2007) " I could tell you all the surprises that make the loopy documentary Crazy Love such an odd treat, but then I'd be undermining the whole point of telling you to go." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 78% Surf's Up (2007) " Fresh, funny, inventive and engaging. Dang if those dumb little birds didn't find a movie that lets them be cuddly animals with human problems, an animated flick whose anthropomorphism is appealing rather than appalling." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) " In Hollywood's version of Vegas, I'll have the surf, and the turf, and the vegetarian, and anything else Soderbergh wants to serve me." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " Mr. Brooks has more tonal shifts than a Philip Glass concert, never deciding if it's a thriller, a noir, a comedy or a farce." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/4 60% Gracie (2007) " A truly winning American soccer movie has yet to be made, but Gracie is good enough to play for a tie." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 1, 2007
91% Knocked Up (2007) " I doubt you'll see a funnier movie this summer than Knocked Up. Apatow has clearly earned the unusual mantle of chief chronicler of modern family life in all its profane glory." — Denver Post
Posted May 31, 2007
2.5/4 61% Bug (2006) " You leave feeling alive, if severely disturbed, rather than deadened by the unthinking horrors of the latest slasher films." — Denver Post
Posted May 25, 2007
1/4 45% Fay Grim (2007) " Fay Grim plays like a cadre of smug high-school drama students absolutely convinced everyone will be as amused by their antics as they are." — Denver Post
Posted May 18, 2007
86% The Black Stallion (1979) " Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players." — Denver Post
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 89% Waitress (2007) " So why does it work, at least much of the time? Because of Russell, and because Shelly's uneven tone also provides hints at brilliance." — Denver Post
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " 28 Weeks Later underlines the fact that when you come back from the grave, you're not always looking so fresh." — Denver Post
Posted May 11, 2007
2.5/4 19% The Ex (2007) " So much of comedy is in the timing, though, and The Ex doesn't quite know when to quit. Or at least move on." — Denver Post
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) " You leave the movie feeling exhausted, argumentative and exhilarated, surely the sign of a powerful film in any language." — Denver Post
Posted May 4, 2007
1.5/4 48% Exterminating Angels (Les Anges Exterminateurs) (2007) " Gorgeous French silliness, yes, featuring stunning women having languorous, artful sex with each other. What was I saying? Oh yes, the silliness. Artful, gorgeous, sexy, sure, but ridiculous nonetheless." — Denver Post
Posted May 4, 2007
1.5/4 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " All in all, the fun has simply gone out of it." — Denver Post
Posted May 4, 2007
100% Toy Story (1995) " As Lion King did before it, Toy Story revived the art of American children's animation, and ushered in a set of smart movies that entertained children and their parents. It's a landmark movie, and doesn't get old with frequent repetition." — Denver Post
Posted May 3, 2007
—— The Little Bear Movie (2001) " The Little Bear Movie got us through some long snowy afternoons, and some late nights with ear infections. That's more than enough to earn this parent's gratitude." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2.5/4 70% Diggers (2007) " I was rooting for the 'Diggers' clan by the time this modest film ended. A talented cast of likable actors can do that for a thin script, and Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Maura Tierney and Ron Eldard eventually won me over." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 15% The Condemned (2007) " The Deadliest Game has played out many times on screen, including with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a post-apocalypse The Running Man, but rarely is it aimed as squarely at the pitfalls of pop culture as in The Condemned." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2/4 76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) " [Verhoeven] hasn't seemed like a serious filmmaker for some time." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2.5/4 72% Fracture (2007) " Fracture is no Silence of the Lambs. In fact, it's no Primal Fear. Anthony Hopkins may well be smarter than all of us put together, but his busy career sometimes has more breadth than wit." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2/4 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " For a movie based on the stunted mental development and perfect action timing of American crime-fighting pics, Hot Fuzz has surprisingly little idea of how to get to its point, or when." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 20, 2007
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