Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
I'm a feelance film critic for Richmond.com and inRich.com, and have been reviewing movies for them since 2001.
Publications:
Richmond.com
Total Reviews:
359
Location:
Richmond, VA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 359
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 72% Megamind (2010) " Like Kraft Mac & Cheese or your favorite old sweats with the Duct Tape waistband, familiarity can be comforting. Megamind doesn't break any new ground other than being the rare family flick that the whole family can enjoy." — Richmond.com
Posted Nov 8, 2010
3/4 67% Conviction (2010) " If Samuel L. Jackson is the badass with a gun, and Diane Keaton is the funny hat lady, then Hilary Swank is the poor bumpkin with a big heart and bigger dream." — Richmond.com
Posted Oct 29, 2010
2.5/4 46% Hereafter (2010) " Depicted as a bunch of glowing shadows shuffling around in a blue haze, the hereafter might be the world's last smoking lounge." — Richmond.com
Posted Oct 23, 2010
2/4 64% Jackass 3 (2010) " I'm getting old, Knoxville is getting old and "it" is getting old. "It" is the Jackass franchise, the 10-year-old extreme prank war resulting in more lawsuits and testicular mishaps than Brett Favre's sexts. " — Richmond.com
Posted Oct 16, 2010
2.5/4 58% It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) " Is that the best approach to take about a subject as heady as mental illness, especially at a time when there are more kids on Zoloft than Flintstones’ chewables?" — Richmond.com
Posted Oct 10, 2010
3.5/4 96% The Social Network (2010) " Forget the guy who invented the Pet Rock or Jump to Conclusions Mat; Facebook is now the stick that every American dream is measured against. And "The Social Network" is surprisingly the stick that movies need to measure up to in 2010." — Richmond.com
Posted Oct 1, 2010
3/4 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " In the '80s, lighting a cigar with a $100 bill was sexy. In 2010, it's damn near porn." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 26, 2010
2.5/4 55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) " Ballet is kinda like ice hockey. It's more impressive when you're up close at the real deal. When you're 30 yards away, the snap of a slipper after a 90-lb ballerina lands a glissade is just as impressive as a 290-lb hockey goon hitting the boards." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3/4 94% The Town (2010) " Considering we know every twist and turn in every dark alley of "The Town," thank god the movie is well written, superbly directed and perfectly acted." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 21, 2010
3/4 85% Easy A (2010) " It's 90 minutes of no filler and just enough PG-13 filter to make sure your 16-year-old daughter can check out it without having to swap spit for a fake ID." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 17, 2010
4/4 97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Animal Kingdom doesn't have the catchphrases of The Sopranos or the nostalgic charm of Goodfellas. It's real, it's gritty and it's unforgettable. Still, I wouldn't have minded a severed kangaroo head turning up in the sheets." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/4 72% Machete (2010) " Machete is a day laborer's wet dream that men and women of all immigration and employment status can enjoy together in peace, harmony and wanton blood lust. The only one who might ask for a refund is Shaft." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 6, 2010
3.5/4 84% Get Low (2010) " The bad dudes from "Deliverance" once ran away squealing from Robert Duvall. He went down to Georgia and stole Charlie Daniel's fiddle. Robert Duvall is now the backwoods equivalent of Chuck Norris." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2.5/4 66% The American (2010) " Meet Jack, James Bond's boring big screen cousin. Jack wears Eddie Bauer fleeces, has a pay phone instead of high-tech gadgets, and actually has to pay for sex. He makes assassin work look more boring than an H&R Block gig on April 16." — Richmond.com
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2.5/4 51% The Switch (2010) " Jeff Goldblum was The Fly before Aniston was slumming under the rainbow in Leprechaun and Bateman stood in Valerie's family photos. Goldblum can wear the same purple shirt in every scene if he wants to..." — Richmond.com
Posted Aug 21, 2010
2.5/4 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " ...an ambitious big screen cross-pollination of geek sheik and vintage rom-com. It's The Matrix meets the Ghost of John Hughes. The action is way more than old NES-sy could muster, but in the end it's too damn much. " — Richmond.com
Posted Aug 14, 2010
3.5/4 79% The Other Guys (2010) " The Other Guys takes out its gun and shoots a lot. Most of the time, the jokes are on target, and the few stray punch lines can be forgiven - even the splintering groaners misfired from Will Ferrell's wooden gun." — Richmond.com
Posted Aug 5, 2010
3/4 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " During the Summer of 3D glasses, "The Kids are All Right" proves that what you really need to create an immersive, real-life film experience is a sharp pencil and some interesting friends." — Richmond.com
Posted Aug 2, 2010
2.5/4 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " It's been a while since I've seen a movie that caused me to go back and forth more than a rocking horse at the Gosselin compound. But "Dinner for Schmucks" has me riding the fence and humming The Eagles' Desperado." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 29, 2010
2/4 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " I haven't seen a two-hour movie with this little dialogue since Charlie Chaplin Tries not to Wake up the Baby." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 24, 2010
3/4 62% Salt (2010) " Salt is like a swell summer day at the movies back in 1984, when flicks knew how to do action and dudes named Vladimir had trouble boarding a Delta flight from New York to Washington. " — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 23, 2010
3.5/4 80% Cyrus (2010) " About the only dishonest bone in the body of black romantic comedy Cyrus is the fact that Jonah Hill is dressed up like a plus-sized J.C. Penney catalog model circa 1992, complete with Dockers and a haircut primped for school picture day." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 19, 2010
4/4 86% Inception (2010) " More filmmakers need to abandon the Ikea guide to making Hollywood movies (Step 73: Keep hammering cliché) and close their eyes for a little nap." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/4 81% Despicable Me (2010) " Even though Universal pillaged and pilfered Pixar's magic set of crayons, at least they made an entertaining flick." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 10, 2010
3/4 74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " In France, revenge is a dish best served with white gloves and face paint." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 9, 2010
1/4 6% The Last Airbender (2010) " The trunk of my car is filled with busted 3D glasses and broken dreams of summer movie bliss. But that's not as bad as what's in the trunk of a Paramount Pictures bigwig: A bound and gagged Shyamalan, who's about to have $150 million beat from him." — Richmond.com
Posted Jul 2, 2010
1.5/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " Twilight Saga: Eclipse is by far the best of the bestselling Stephenie Meyer novels-turned-movie. Keep in mind, West Nile Virus is similarly the "best" mosquito-borne illness and Portland, Oregon is the "best" city to be homeless. " — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 30, 2010
2/4 53% Knight & Day (2010) " I think we all secretly want to be kidnapped by Tom Cruise, build chemistry together during a globetrotting spy game while trading sassy banter, and then sneak a whiff of shorty's sneaker lifts when he's not looking." — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 25, 2010
0/4 10% Grown Ups (2010) " The good news for Adam Sandler is that people may finally stop razzing him about "Little Nicky." The bad news is that any dramatic street cred he may have built up with "Punch-Drunk Love" or even "Funny People" will be as forgotten as Hitler's penmanship." — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 24, 2010
3/4 64% Harry Brown (2010) " Maybe Michael Caine just wanted to make his "death wish" before kickin' his "bucket list." Say what you wanna say, but I'd rather watch old-timers bust gums than tandem parachute with Morgan Freeman while John Mayer plays softly in the background." — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 18, 2010
3/4 86% Please Give (2010) " If you're hoping for huge dramatic payoff or more than mild laughs from cynically satisfying script, then you're panhandling without a Styrofoam cup. " — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 18, 2010
2.5/4 47% The A-Team (2010) " If someone makes a Mr. Belvedere movie, I'm may quit this gig. It's not that The A-Team is a terrible movie - it's not bad - but Hollywood's collective creative rut has studios raiding the '80s like an unguarded freezer overflowing with Pudd" — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 13, 2010
2/54 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " Rooting against The Karate Kid sequel is easier than rooting against an ex on a game show poised to win a yacht that will likely be christened, "(Your name) sucks."" — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 11, 2010
2/4 73% Get Him to the Greek (2010) " The pseudo-sequel to 2008's overachieving Forgetting Sarah Marshall plays upside-down musical chairs with d--k jokes and innuendo until the only place to sit is on its own thumb. And then the bottom drops out." — Richmond.com
Posted Jun 6, 2010
1.5/4 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " This is by far the lamest Grumpy Old Men sequel yet." — Richmond.com
Posted May 29, 2010
3/4 47% MacGruber (2010) " Congratulations, MacGruber. You finally defused a bomb. And that would-be bomb was your own supposed-to-be-crappy movie." — Richmond.com
Posted May 22, 2010
3.5/4 91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) " We may never get a Law & Order: The Movie to commemorate the stalwart series' final fizzle, but we do have the next best thing in The Secret in their Eyes." — Richmond.com
Posted May 21, 2010
2/4 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Ridley Scott's spin on the classic Robin Hood yarn starts out with great promise, but by the time 140 minutes tick away and the film collapses into Hollywood cliché and convention, the audience is half expecting to hear Bryan Adams' Everything I Do." — Richmond.com
Posted May 17, 2010
3/4 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Both the movie franchise and Tony Stark the alter ego are more self indulgent than putting your picture on a restaurant wall after downing a 5-lb. bacon cheese burger, then getting that burger named after you. And naming it Awesome." — Richmond.com
Posted May 7, 2010
1/4 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " The movie takes itself way too seriously, like a Medieval Times waiter acting scared of a cell phone." — Richmond.com
Posted May 3, 2010
3/4 49% The Losers (2010) " Here is a big screen comic production with a relatively paltry marketing budget, tiny expectations and zero fast food promotions. " — Richmond.com
Posted Apr 24, 2010
2.5/4 81% Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) (2010) " I never thought I would like anything made by two dudes named Jacques unless I could eat it for dessert or buy it from a truck stop men's room vending machine." — Richmond.com
Posted Apr 23, 2010
2/4 41% Death at a Funeral (2010) " The ensemble family farce squats awkwardly in cinematic purgatory figuratively, and then very nearly literally during a 10-minute slapstick bathroom scene involving Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover." — Richmond.com
Posted Apr 18, 2010
1/4 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " The Clash of the Titans remake is the most embarrassing black eye for Greeks since the short-lived McGyro." — Richmond.com
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/4 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) " After I finish writing this film criticism of Hot Tub Time Machine, maybe I'll do a Hooter's restaurant review or give the business to a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. Seriously, what the hell is the point?" — Richmond.com
Posted Mar 27, 2010
2/4 51% Chloe (2010) " If the tawdry indie flick Chloe had one more gratuitous hotel tryst and starred Shannon Tweed instead of Julianne Moore, it would have been a throwback Skinemax movie." — Richmond.com
Posted Mar 26, 2010
2.5/4 22% Repo Men (2010) " If you're like me, and you once financed an entire Spring Break to Panama City Beach with Discover Card cash advances at 43 percent interest, then Repo Men will hit a little too close to home." — Richmond.com
Posted Mar 22, 2010
2.5/4 85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " The White Ribbon is a captivating minimalist horror for about 100 minutes, but by the time the movie tries force its way into the historical context of WWI, it feels like bad history textbook fan fiction." — Richmond.com
Posted Mar 19, 2010
2.5/4 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " If you're taking pulls from the Blue Caterpillar's hookah atop his magic mushroom, you care more about Hot Pockets than narrative integrity." — Richmond.com
Posted Mar 6, 2010
2.5/4 19% Cop Out (2010) " Everyone who hates buddy cop flicks never spent 48 hours straight sprawled out on their buddy's futon between 1983 and 1994. Eddie Murphy and cheesy synthesized ditties are a far better hangover remedy than bananas and cod liver oil. Cop Out is mor" — Richmond.com
Posted Feb 27, 2010
3.5/4 69% Shutter Island (2010) " If you've combined Ambien and a braille Choose Your Own Adventure book, toked to Teletubbies in HD, or taken psychotropic drugs after hot-gluing kaleidoscopes to your eyes, then you've experienced something similar to Shutter Island." — Richmond.com
Posted Feb 19, 2010
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