Michael Drakulich

Michael Drakulich

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
I am a newspaper reporter and film critic for the Star Newspapers (not the supermarket tabloid) in suburban Chicago.
Favorites:
All time: Amadeus, The Deer Hunter, Mulholland Drive, The Crying Game, Joe Gould's Secret, Chariot's of Fire.
Publications:
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Total Reviews:
93
Total QuickRatings:
45
Location:
Chicago, Illinois

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 93% Iron Man (2008) " The visual effects are bound to give you goosebumps and maybe you'll find yourself uttering an audible "whoa."" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
1.5/4 37% You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) " Why does Adam Sandler continue to make these comedies that aren't funny? Because your neighbor's 13-year old kid keeps going to see them." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
1.5/4 50% Sex and the City (2008) " What does that say when a self-admitted narcissist receives such a following? In playing the victim card so often, Sarah Jessica Parker's character is one of the most unlikable characters I've seen in a long time." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
2/4 78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " An iconic film character deserved a better story than this." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
2/4 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) " The Hulk is one of Marvel Comics more unsuccessfully developed superheroes. He is more of a scared animal striking out at his tormentors rather than a thinking being that acts with a conscience." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
2/4 71% Wanted (2008) " Too ridiculous to be entertaining and too long to keep everyone's attention. If fate were only so virtuous as this film would have us believe." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
4/4 96% WALL-E (2008) " This film is a real treasure, one that can make you laugh when you are in your worst of moods." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 7, 2008
90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " This was a story that needed to be told because the ethnic war that raged in Rwanda in 1994 is often forgotten by the rest of the world." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 27, 2004
90% Kinsey (2004) " While "Kinsey" will give insight into the man to a whole new audience, director Bill Condon has not quite made him as human as he may have intended." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 27, 2004
44% National Treasure (2004) " This is Bruckheimer's niche. Don't ever expect him to adapt a Nicholas Sparks book into a film any time soon." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 27, 2004
96% Sideways (2004) " Payne's beautiful command of his content diverts your attention away from the fact it's a typical road movie." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Nov 12, 2004
58% I, Robot (2004) " This is jaw-droppingly juvenile and insulting to my intelligence. Perhaps its subject matter is obsolete. Asimov deserved better." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Aug 19, 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) " Generally, the film makes good on its humorous potential. " — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Aug 19, 2004
78% Two Brothers (2004) " Annaud's methods are misleading which undermine his admirable intent." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Aug 19, 2004
96% Control Room (2004) " Bush and Rumsfeld have called Al-Jazeera "the mouthpiece of Osama Bin-Laden." You might find truth to that statement next to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Aug 19, 2004
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) " When audiences walk out of theaters in stunned silence, I'm not sure it is for the same reasons director Mel Gibson wanted." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 24, 2004
68% Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (2004) " The gist of this film can be summed in one short phrase: 'Sorry. My bad.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 24, 2004
13% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) " I hope kids see through this film's slick production value and realize Lindsay Lohan's character is only a shade above contemptible much less worth their admiration." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 24, 2004
71% Cold Mountain (2003) " Beauty and skill bereft of passion or personality." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jan 13, 2004
81% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003) " Sweet and poignant; perceptive and true." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jan 13, 2004
77% The Cooler (2003) " While everything works on a superficial, plot-driven level with Bernie and Natalie, there is a broader theme at work that adds depth not frequently found in this genre." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jan 13, 2004
65% The Last Samurai (2003) " Any exhibition of tenderness or subtlety is followed by scenes that are logically inconsistent or go for a tawdry effect" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2003
80% 21 Grams (2003) " Inarritu plots the story in a non-linear style that mirrors randomness. He does it so exceptionally well, we almost forget about the film's deficiencies." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2003
72% Elephant (2003) " Director Gus Van Sant should be applauded for resisting the temptation to extrapolate the motives of his two central characters and apply them universally." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2003
58% The Missing (2003) " Had lesser actors been cast in the two lead roles, The Missing could have been no better than an average episode of Bonanza." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2003
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) " This is not Crowe's greatest performance, but could be one of the most likable characters he'll ever play." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 13, 2003
36% The Matrix Revolutions (2003) " It is just another good looking action flick. The ignominious fate of being forgotten amidst all the others in the same genre is not what this franchise deserves. " — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Nov 13, 2003
59% Secondhand Lions (2003) " 'There is something to be said for reminding audiences of simple truths found amidst complex circumstances. But here, the film becomes a series of hokey contrivances and the simple truth it illustrates is so reductive it is almost insulting.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Oct 22, 2003
68% Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) " 'One area Rodriguez has not managed to nail down is telling a compelling narrative.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Oct 22, 2003
90% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) " 'It is an unflinching, harsh but engrossing glimpse into what rural Irish families and the Catholic Church did to exterminate sex.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Oct 22, 2003
8% Grind (2003) " Brings Out The Worst Of A Fringe Sport That Fights For Mainstream Acceptance...this Film Fails So Completely In Almost Every Aspect." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Oct 22, 2003
77% Seabiscuit (2003) " Gary Ross' work is skilled and sublime from almost all angles, transcending a sporting drama into a multifaceted film that enthralls and captivates." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Aug 11, 2003
62% Hulk (2003) " Director Ang Lee is to be commended for at least at-tempting to go beyond what could have been an empty special effects bonanza. But the subject of strained child/parent relationships is treated superficially." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
36% 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) " The film relies on kinetic energy as its entertainment hook. There is plenty of action, no doubt, but hardly any of it inventive." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
99% Finding Nemo (2003) " It was one of those instances where I found myself recounting out loud the funniest moments to someone who just saw the movie with me." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
34% The In-Laws (2003) " If the CIA really did every-thing so openly as one of its operatives does in The In-Laws, it's amazing any of them could stay under cover." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) " Its akin to a computer network, which is generally easy enough to grasp, but its specifics can become frustrating." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) " It's Spielberg who pulls the con by leading us down a familiar path only to rup the rug out from under us." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jul 16, 2003
33% Tears of the Sun (2003) " 'Tears of the Sun is great PR for United States foreign policy and its military. Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld could not have crafted a more pro-United States script, nor could they have hoped for a more valorous portrayal of its soldiers.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 31, 2003
43% The Recruit (2003) " 'What keeps The Recruit from being a waste is good chemistry between Al Pacino and Colin Farrell. It is by no means a great film but not a half bad way to sepnd a couple of hours.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 31, 2003
30% Dreamcatcher (2003) " 'This is such B-movie material, I'm surprised Roger Corman didn't direct.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 31, 2003
8% Gods and Generals (2003) " 'We witness a disjointed, unfocused, unwieldy monster with only limited appeal and whose themes have been handled much more succinctly and artistically in previous films.'" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Mar 2, 2003
37% Equilibrium (2002) " Equilibrium is what George Orwell might have imagined had today's mood-altering drug therapy been envisioned by chemists in 1949." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 18, 2002
3.5/4 66% Solaris (2002) " Solaris does not reduce the complex dilemma it creates for itself down to a simple set of conditions solved by a simple set of rules." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 17, 2002
4/5 88% Career Girls (1997) Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Dec 11, 2002
57% Die Another Day (2002) " James Bond movies are like first dates with empty-headed beauty pageant contestants: you get something beautiful to look at but through the course of the evening, you find there is not much depth or substance to match." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Nov 29, 2002
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " [Todd Haynes] illustrates what could have and should have been by painstakingly reproducing a 1950s look and style and coupling it with social content not discussed openly until years afterward. He envisions a more legitimate genre had it been allowed to" — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Nov 27, 2002
2/4 10% Bad Company (2002) " In this film we at least see a study in contrasts; the wide range of one actor, and the limited range of a comedian." — Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Posted Jun 17, 2002
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