Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 56% of the time.

Nancy Churnin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 98% Inside Out (2015) "Buddy films have always been about balancing opposite urges. Here the balance mirrors not only what's needed for great art, but also for mental and spiritual healing. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B+ 45% Home (2015) "Maybe it's because kids sometimes feel like aliens in a grown-up world, but from E.T. and Elliott to Lilo and Stitch, pairing a child with a creature from outer space can prove to be a winning combination. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B 30% Insurgent (2015) "Some fans may object to substantial plot alterations, but the rejiggering streamlines and intensifies the story as it powers to the same destination. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 19, 2015
B+ 85% Cinderella (2015) "Disney's Cinderella has been magically transformed into as sumptuous a live-action re-imagining of its 1950 animated classic as any princess could dream of. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 12, 2015
C+ 50% Maya The Bee Movie (2015) "While parents may struggle with the relentless perkiness of the ever giggling baby bee, little ones may get lost in an overly complex story that would have benefited from judicious pruning. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 5, 2015
A- 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "A film about terrible things that ensue when overprotective love separates a child from her heritage and represses the natural expression of grief. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 12, 2015
A- 98% Paddington (2015) "[It] feels like victory - sweet, but with a bit of bite, much like Paddington's favorite marmalade. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 15, 2015
A- 71% Into the Woods (2014) "As with Chicago, Marshall makes bold choices, but they pay off. His cast may glitter with film stars, but they work as an ensemble and keep their stories emotionally true against a terrifically rich orchestral accompaniment. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 27% Annie (2014) "Most of the cast can't sing or dance, and Gluck, who co-wrote the screenplay, has no clue why this story has endured. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "May the sequels commence. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The convoluted story gives the villain a motive that doesn't really make sense and is patched in too late in the narrative. Still, the 3-D animation is incredible. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 6, 2014
A- 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "The hand-drawn details are breathtaking, with a cautionary and compelling story for tweens and older kids to share with their parents. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A- 82% The Book of Life (2014) "It isn't easy to stand out in a crowded animation field, but Dallas' Reel FX has done it with The Book of Life, one of the best animated films so far this year. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "Miguel Arteta directs with a deft hand, and the performances charm. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2014
C+ 25% The Hero of Color City (2014) "The problem, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, is that most of what's good is not original, and most of what's original is not good. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 2, 2014
B+ 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "What makes Boxtrolls truly special is how it challenges kids to consider that the true villain may be the person calling others villains. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "Dolphin Tale 2 is a slow-moving anomaly, delivered when most kids' films tumble over one another to see which can deliver the thrills faster and funnier. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 11, 2014
A- 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) "The animated lemurs make kids laugh in Madagascar, but the real-life ones in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar should enthrall and inspire even the youngest. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 21, 2014
B 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) "Cowabunga, dudes. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 52% Jersey Boys (2014) "You can almost smell the meatballs Frankie's mother cooks for dinner. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 46% The Book Thief (2013) "Pretty visuals give an unexpectedly painful twist to other parts of the story. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) "This film hits its stride in a way the first one never did. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 6, 2013
B 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) "How do you tell a story about a bad guy who is no longer a bad guy? Despicable Me 2 embraces the dilemma and adds new ones. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 3, 2013
B 78% Monsters University (2013) "Director Dan Scanlon and his creative team pay exquisite attention to each delicious detail, including young Mike's retainer that gleams each time he grins. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 20, 2013
B+ 8% The Host (2013) "Fear and dread of "the other" have long ruled American science fiction, fantasy, suspense thrillers and politics... How jarring then, and refreshing, to see The Host... take the invaders' point of view. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 29, 2013
B 27% The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012) "If you have preschoolers or fond memories of tots smiling at friendly costumed characters, you may find a soft spot for this gentle film ... " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 29, 2012
C 78% Brave (2012) "It's a subpar story that seems to exist mainly to sell a new Disney Princess in the form of wild-haired Merida. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 21, 2012
B+ 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "Those who understand the outrage that powers the books should ... appreciate the blunt way it embraces Collins' cautionary vision of how a ruthless, privileged few can keep the masses down by dividing them and entertaining them ... " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 24, 2012
A- 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) "It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 17, 2011
C+ 22% The Smurfs (2011) "Smurfs are the Barneys of the fantasy world. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 28, 2011
B+ 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) "Winnie the Pooh revives the charm of the original Walt Disney franchise by returning to the source -- the A.A. Milne books about Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals as they learn life lessons amidst their adventures. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 14, 2011
A 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "Fasten your seat belts. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2is an emotional roller-coaster ride. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 14, 2011
C- 38% Monte Carlo (2011) "After Selena Gomez's auspicious big-screen debut in Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo feels like two steps back for the Wizards of Waverly Place star. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 1, 2011
B 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) "For those sighing about why they don't make more movies like last year's Ramona and Beezus, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary, they just did. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 9, 2011
B+ 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) "No, we're not talking about Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter, although it does feel that way early on in the animated Kung Fu Panda 2. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 26, 2011
B+ 48% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) "Sequels, like younger brothers, often struggle to form their own identity. Happily, this hotly awaited follow-up to last year's hit adaptation of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Wimpy Kid book series establishes its own charming reason for being. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 24, 2011
B 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) "Families may be pleasantly surprised to find this an often thrilling and imaginative ride for younger kids with a big helping of heart for parents. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 10, 2011
B- 21% Beastly (2011) "It takes guts to transform heartthrob Alex Pettyfer into a disfigured hero for the bulk of Beastly, a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes even more guts to do it differently than the book's fans might expect. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 3, 2011
4/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) "Despite some rejiggering of the book's plot, it's a film that should please Narnia fans and, if it does well, may lead to the return of Eustace in the next installment, The Silver Chair. Here's hoping. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 10, 2010
4.5/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) "David Yates' fluid, fast-paced direction sends up the crackling tension of a thriller. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 18, 2010
4/5 75% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) "It still has charm, magic and Emma Thompson -- and that's more than you can say about a lot of family films. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 20, 2010
4.5/5 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) "It's always a challenge for actors to meet the expectations readers have in their heads. These performances offer pleasure throughout. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 23, 2010
3.5/5 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) "There is much that's appealing, from the performances to the scene where Turteltaub re-creates a live-action version of the classic scene from Disney's Fantasia. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 16, 2010
3.5/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) "Chan and Smith could not be more likable, along with their cast of young Chinese actors, particularly Wenwen Han. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 11, 2010
3/5 9% Marmaduke (2010) "It's a lot of twists and turns for very little reward. But bottom line, will the kids like it? Quite possibly. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4.5/5 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) "Director Mike Mitchell and screenwriters Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke, all relatively new to the franchise, manage to lead the winning returning cast in a fresh direction. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 21, 2010
4.5/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) "The film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 26, 2010
4.5/5 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) "What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 19, 2010
4.5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) "The most fantastic thing about Mr. Fox is the way he shows that while our flaws can bring us down, sometimes, too, we triumph in spite of them and because of them. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 25, 2009
4/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) "Definitely a planet worth a visit. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 20, 2009
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