Michael Szymanski

Michael Szymanski

""What good is sitting all alone in your room?""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Biography:
Mike is a freelance film critic who sees about 400 films a year. He lives in Hollywood right smack between the biggest movie complex in the world at Universal Studios and the most well-known movie theater in the world Grauman's Chinese Theatre. He writes for Scifi.com, Hollywood.com, Wordmag.com and has written for the Los Angeles Times, Zap2it.com, Entertainment Weekly and E! Online.
Favorites:
Casablanca Star Wars Grease
Publications:
FilmStew.com , Hollywood.com , International Press Academy , Sci Fi Wire , Sci-Fi Weekly , Wordmag.com , Zap2it.com
Total Reviews:
1459
Total QuickRatings:
1001
Location:
Hollywood, Calif.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1459
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 —— Unearthed (2007) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
3/5 33% Tooth and Nail (2007) Hollywood.com
Posted Oct 16, 2007
1.5/4 59% Resurrecting the Champ (2007) Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 25, 2007
3/4 67% Right at Your Door (2007) Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 25, 2007
3/4 14% Skinwalkers (2007) " The film may have suffered some bad buzz earlier on, but it's far better than most of the other werewolf offerings." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 17, 2007
1.5/4 9% Captivity (2007) " This Saw wannabe fails on many levels, including forgetting to do what it's supposed to do: deliver potentially delicious gory moments." — Hollywood.com
Posted Jul 14, 2007
3.5/4 71% Fido (2007) Hollywood.com
Posted Jun 23, 2007
3/4 61% Bug (2006) " [Friedkin] expertly helms this relatively narrow-focused screenplay by playwright Tracy Letts." — Hollywood.com
Posted Jun 2, 2007
3.5/4 68% Brothers of the Head (2006) " No doubt one of the weirdest, most off-beat movies you can see all year, and with a rocking soundtrack." — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
1.5/4 68% World Trade Center (2006) " This felt like an overwrought TV movie -- I don't care if that's unpatriotic, hey, I defended "Alexander"!" — International Press Academy
Posted Sep 4, 2006
3.5/4 84% This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) " Unfolding like a detective story, filmmaker Kirby Dick sets out to find who is making the decision to label the movies we see" — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
2/4 2% Crossover (2006) " Despite a superb cast, Crossover dribbles slowly, with not nearly enough time on the basketball court." — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
2/4 41% Beerfest (2006) " If belching and beer games make you laugh, Beerfest should be on your A-list. But don't see it sobe" — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
B 73% Idiocracy (2006) " Hmm, it's tough to figure out if this is Judge's joking way of figuring out who's the more evolved lowlife of the future." — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
2.5/4 31% Stick It (2006) " Stick It is an enjoyable kids' film with a tough group of gals who have an appreciation for gymnastics and claim that what they do is harder than being a Navy SEAL." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
2.5/4 57% Blind Terror (See No Evil) (1971) " If you like stories about psychotic killers, See No Evil will make Halloween's Mike Myers look like a sissy." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
4/4 86% QuinceaƱera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006) " A delightful, tender, magical, romantic film, Quinceanera should bring a quieting peace to anyone who sees it" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
1.5/4 40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) " How can a movie with such talented performers and such an original concept seem so entirely like a re-tread? Help them Superman!" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
2.5/4 —— Lost City (2006) " The Lost City is writer/director Andy Garcia's deeply personal but rather long-winded perspective of the Cuban revolution, with some good performances and lots of sexy musi" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
3/4 86% The Heart of the Game (2005) " Who needs faux melodramatic school sports stories when a real-life documentary like Heart of the Game shows it in living, breathing heart-wrenching color?" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
2/4 29% Fun With Dick and Jane (2005) " This cynical look at how the American family can only achieve their dreams through crime is a bit more of a political statement rather than comedic entertainment." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
3.5/4 72% Friends With Money (2006) " Guys could learn a lot about women by watching this older, often funnier L.A. version of Sex in the City" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
2.5/4 80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) " District B13 is an apocalyptic action message movie with a distinct French flare." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ —— Curious George (1990) " My own 4-year-old monkey was mesmerized every second of the film%u2014but as the monkey's uncle at the screening, I wanted more monkeying around" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
D- 32% Tamara (2006) " You know things aren't going well when it gets tedious watching a teen girl strut around in short shorts and a loose top and you're waiting for her to use the ax and get it over with" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
D+ —— Ultraviolet (1992) " Milla's hot whether she's fighting zombies in a ripped shirt or dressing as a dude and being burned at the stake, but I'd much rather see her be Alice again than Violet." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C 51% Aquamarine (2006) " Kids seem to love the recognizable 'tween stars, but for the rest of us it's sort of like the cotton-candy scene%u2014we're not sure whether to eat it or rub our faces in it." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A 50% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) " It was going to take a lot to sell me on the remake. It delivered." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ 67% The Shaggy Dog (1959) " This one lives up to the Disney charm, outshining the original, and not a single parent is killed in the process." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C+ 9% Stay Alive (2006) " This movie has a nostalgic retro feel to it, like the old Universal horror movies that we now find very funny. But alas, where are all the drive-in theaters to show it in?" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- 80% Slither (1973) " This movie has a nostalgic retro feel to it, like the old Universal horror movies that we now find very funny. But alas, where are all the drive-in theaters to show it in?" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- 57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006) " It's all about Scrat, that plain-looking Every-squirrel who never gives up, and it's only a matter of time before he gets his own feature." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ 37% Scary Movie 4 (2006) " Has the fourth of any film series ever worked? This does! It's a franchise that could keep on scaring up the spoofs and mixed metaphors till the cows come home to roost." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A- 29% Silent Hill (2006) " As a fluke, I took my mom (also named Rose) to the screening. She doesn't like SF or horror and doesn't even know what a video game is, yet she ended up really liking it! How weird is that?" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ 12% An American Haunting (2006) " This is proof that it doesn't take lots of bloody gore, big special effects or jump-at-you moments to scare jaded audiences." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C 75% Over the Hedge (2006) " As a film buff I certainly appreciated the obscure film references, but gosh, some of these are way dated" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ 74% Cars (2006) " n this day of skyrocketing gas prices, when going out for a drive has become a frivolous luxury, this car-culture film could be a cute reminder of days past%u2014a fun historical reference for the kids%u2014sort of like Disney's Dinosaur." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
D- 35% The Lake House (2006) " Time-travel films often bring up a lot of questions, and they often fall apart with thoughtful scrutiny, but that's part of the fun. However, one shouldn't be wondering that the only benefit these two have with this magical mailbox connection is that they" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- —— Click " Sandler takes another brave step into a comedy that's darker than what he's used to doing and what audiences want to see him doing, but he won't be able to easily CLICK this one away" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) " t's fascinating to watch some of the actors who have had real-life addictions (like Dick did himself) dive into their own convoluted rationalizations and philosophies during the film. It's almost like watching one of their 12-step meeting" — Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ 74% Monster House (2006) " This is not only going to make the little ones jump, but it made a few big ones (like me) jump, too! It's scary" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A- 63% The Ant Bully (2006) " Even without too much sentimentality, and without any musical numbers, this is a fun-filled animated masterpiece that should only be seen in 3-D and on a 70-foot screen." — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- 85% The Descent (2006) " It's an intense, jolting, gasp-inducing ride, with fleshed-out characters and creepy monsters. This is no Cave." — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C- 22% Barnyard (2006) " OK, ignore the transsexual cows. The whole thing is such a mish-mash of genres, from Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Animal Farm to Lion King, that it's something we've seen 'til the cows come hom" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C 3% Zoom (2006) " Want to see child superheroes? See Sky High, Spy Kids or The Incredibles. And Tim Allen is better and more curmudgeonly in the Santa Clause films" — Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A 74% The Illusionist (2006) " It's tough to mix SF and romance successfully in a costume period film, but so far, this is the Somewhere in Time of this millennium" — Sci-Fi Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2006
3.5/4 58% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " The latest X-Men flick, packs all the punches..." — International Press Academy
Posted May 30, 2006
3/5 —— Arrested Development - Season 2 (2009) " The subtle hilarity continues" — International Press Academy
Posted Nov 26, 2005
2/5 —— Blackout (New York Blackout) (1978) " It's a movie that leaves you chilled about the world around you and thankful that it's not all like this. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Nov 26, 2005
2/5 —— Slam Nation (2005) " It's cutthroat, comical and raw." — Wordmag.com
Posted Nov 25, 2005
3/5 83% The Execution Of Wanda Jean (2002) " Gripping documentary..." — Zap2it.com
Posted Nov 25, 2005
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