Michael Elliott

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Since 1998, Michael Elliott has been reviewing films from a unique perspective. Using a combination of spiritual insight and film appreciation, Mr. Elliott's reviews not only critique the artistic elements of a film, they also use that film as an illustration of the eternal truths which God has made known to us through His Word. Graduating from college with a theater arts degree, he has continued to follow the movie industry as this exciting art form progressed from trend to trend. In the early 1990?s, he began what was to evolve into a passion for biblical research. From his steadfast belief that the Bible, as the Will of God in written form, can and should be applied to our daily living, Movie Parables was devised. Mr. Elliott's reviews have been published or quoted by organizations or publications such as The Baptist Messenger, The Minneapolis Christian Chronicle, Crosswalk.com, Christianity Today, and The Canyon News among others. His reviews have also been accepted within the secular film community. He is a member of The Online Film Critics Society and his reviews often appear alongside secular reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes, and The Movie Review Query Engine. Mr. Elliott lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife. You may contact him by writing to the following address: Movie Parables 722 E Amelia St Orlando, FL 32803 or via e-mail:ccritic@bellsouth.net
Publications:
Christian Spotlight on the Movies , Movie Parables
Total Reviews:
1445
Total QuickRatings:
21
Location:
Orlando, FL

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " A far-fetched idea stretched beyond credulity but Costner makes his character's dilemma surprisingly amusing." — Movie Parables
Posted Jul 2, 2014
82% Prisoners (2013) " A disturbing and unflinching film." — Movie Parables
Posted Jun 1, 2014
10% The Nut Job (2014) " The animated children's movie, The Nut Job, may be interesting to look at but it is sadly uninteresting to watch." — Movie Parables
Posted May 28, 2014
94% Her (2013) " A sad and telling commentary on loneliness, isolation, and the false comfort we derive from an overdependence on technology." — Movie Parables
Posted May 24, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " There may not be a lot of depth or substance but style and special effects are in abundance." — Movie Parables
Posted May 24, 2014
82% Grand Piano (2014) " The premise does not allow for a credible solution and the filmmakers must bend the laws of logic in order to bring their story to an end." — Movie Parables
Posted May 22, 2014
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to be anything special. All we can do is imagine the kind of film it could have been." — Movie Parables
Posted May 14, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Is art worth dying for? It is a question repeatedly asked of the characters that are putting their lives on the line for this very reason." — Movie Parables
Posted May 10, 2014
47% We're The Millers (2013) " The language and sexual references aside, the film does ask a pertinent question: what exactly is a family?" — Movie Parables
Posted May 9, 2014
44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " This comic caper has its fair share of amusing moments." — Movie Parables
Posted May 8, 2014
46% The Book Thief (2013) " The Book Thief benefits from a pair of winning performances from two young actors. " — Movie Parables
Posted May 6, 2014
92% Philomena (2013) " It is a riveting story of loss, forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 25, 2014
56% Snitch (2013) " In both the true version and the fictionalized version, the underlying message is the same. A father will move heaven and earth if it means saving or helping his son. " — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 19, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " After stripping away the idiotic behavior of the characters, the questionable taste of the filmmakers, and the puerile nature of the jokes, there is a substantive message at the heart of it all for those willing to consider it." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 18, 2014
29% Grudge Match (2013) " The Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same film...is the stuff from which boxing dreams are made. It is just a shame that the film arrived about twenty years too late." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 17, 2014
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " It really isn't fair to call the featured artists of 20 Feet From Stardom "unsung" heroes, because they can all sing their hearts out" — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 15, 2014
45% Home Run (2013) " A life-affirming story of addiction, forgiveness, recovery, and deliverance that will resonate with many people" — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 10, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorcese and his team were content to tell and show the story without including the moral compass necessary to put Belfort's life and actions into context." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 7, 2014
29% The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) " An almost magical experience that will leave audiences with a feel good sensation." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 5, 2014
69% About Time (2013) " Richard Curtis and an ensemble cast convey a sweet tenderness to this romantic comedy that washes over us and leaves us smiling in its wake." — Movie Parables
Posted Apr 1, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " The costumes and the hair (oh, the hair) add a dimension of absurdity that elevates the humor even when the events depicted aren't all that comedic. " — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 31, 2014
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " An exceedingly violent film with buckets of stylized gore and guts thrown up on the screen." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 30, 2014
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Oscar Isaac pulls off the near impossible, somehow making his character appealing while simultaneously displaying a multitude of unappealing characteristics." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 27, 2014
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The stories that tell the stories behind the familiar tales we all know are sometimes the most interesting ones to hear." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 21, 2014
89% Frozen (2013) " It would come as no surprise to me to learn that millions of little girls have switched their allegiance to make these wintery princesses their personal Disney favorites. I'm pretty sure their moms already have." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 15, 2014
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " The luminous Cate Blanchett takes center stage and holds it throughout the running time of the film." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 13, 2014
47% Last Vegas (2013) " These 60-somethings show us that they still know how to kick up their heels... even if their legs don't go as high as they used to." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 12, 2014
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " The hedonism, pretentiousness, and debauchery shown on the screen evoke a sad and empty feeling." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 10, 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Winning the games means never being able to say, "it's over."" — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 8, 2014
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." " — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 4, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " Inconceivably billed as a comedy, this film is as depressing as it gets - through no fault of the actors. The characters they portray are just mean-spirited, embittered personalities possessing little to no grace for one another." — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 2, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " We see and feel, through Solomon's experience, what it means to be thought of as property. " — Movie Parables
Posted Mar 1, 2014
21% Son Of God (2014) " It remains the greatest story ever told." — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 26, 2014
89% Rush (2013) " What kind of person risks life and limb in an attempt to drive around in circles faster than someone else trying to do the same thing? " — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 19, 2014
60% Ender's Game (2013) " What makes Ender "special" is his ability and willingness to get to know his enemy as well as his enemy knows his own self." — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 18, 2014
97% Gravity (2013) " Utilizing an extremely high level of technical wizardry, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron has crafted the most exciting, nail-biting suspense thriller to come along in quite some time." — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 16, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The film does address a truth that often gets overlooked in our politically correct world. " — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 12, 2014
49% Escape Plan (2013) " Director Mikael Hafstrom not only doesn't break any new ground with this film... he tramples over ground oft traveled before." — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 10, 2014
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " While he captures the self-assurance and commanding presence of an authoritative man, it is [Hanks'] characterization of Phillips' emotional breakdown in the aftermath of his experience that will become seared into the audience's memory." — Movie Parables
Posted Feb 2, 2014
93% All Is Lost (2013) " It is a brave concept for a film. Largely consisting of little to no dialogue with a single actor playing a character we don't know and don't learn much about, All Is Lost is a riveting tale of survival" — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 27, 2014
93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " This is an honest look at adolescence in today's world and doesn't sidestep the thorny issues of sex, alcohol use, and the consequences that come from poor decisions." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 26, 2014
41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " Demigods aren't what they used to be." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 20, 2014
96% Enough Said (2013) " The film is a lovely showpiece for both Dreyfus and Gandolfini who give sweetly honest and brave performances" — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 19, 2014
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " The film may not be a laugh-fest but it sure is a smile-fest and enjoyable to sit through because the humor and situations are instantly relatable." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 9, 2014
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Production values are still high and the characterizations are solid but there just isn't that much of a story to hang onto." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 8, 2014
34% Battleship (2012) " The line "You sunk my battleship" is never uttered but you can be sure it was on the minds of the older members of the audience." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 5, 2014
73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Lee Daniels' The Butler deserved to be a great movie. " — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 4, 2014
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Cars. Fast cars. Cars that fly, spin, careen, explode, crash, and defy gravity. Fast & Furious 6 does not disappoint in this department." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 2, 2014
31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Perhaps had the filmmakers shown more respect and appreciation for the source material, the outcome would have had greater appeal." — Movie Parables
Posted Jan 1, 2014
48% Parkland (2013) " An intelligent treatment of an epochal moment in U.S. history." — Movie Parables
Posted Dec 29, 2013
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