Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 53% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News
Critics' Group:
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
191

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 41% 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 76% 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
4.5/5 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) " Parents, don't nap while the kids watch." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Director Spike Jonze gets that Max's subsequent journey to the far-off island of the wild things is nothing less than an odyssey into his mind." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) " But it's fun, it has some good messages and what kid won't enjoy seeing pancakes flatten a roof and an ice-cream blizzard that you can eat while you play in it? Especially when it's presented in colorful 3-D splendor?" — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/5 22% G-Force (2009) " The single most terrifying moment is hearing the world will be destroyed in 30 minutes. Therein lies the possibility that the film will drag on for another half hour." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 24, 2009
4.5/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " Readers may decry the way the script deletes some scenes and adds others. But this film offers its own unique contribution to J.K. Rowling's beloved series." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 14, 2009
B 45% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " This probably won't sway the unconverted into becoming fans, but it should please the more than 180 million viewers of the hit Disney Channel series." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2009
B 39% Inkheart (2009) " Much of this comes across as a labor of love, with a classy cast frolicking in Iain Softley's whimsical direction of a lushly imagined adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 23, 2009
C+ 49% Twilight (2008) " Catherine Hardwicke's choppy direction plays all this much too seriously. The film lacks the clarity and cleverness that might have ameliorated the campier moments." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) " It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2008
B+ 65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) " If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
B 36% Igor (2008) " You can think of it as an animated riff on the American dream: Our fate is determined not by the accident of our birth, but our own will, intelligence and talent. And let's not forget serendipity." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 19, 2008
A- 63% Sixty Six (2006) " Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 12, 2008
B- 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) " The superior effects in Fly Me to the Moon reflect the talents of its creator, director Ben Stassen, who has been doing 3D for 14 years, mostly for science centers and museums." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 15, 2008
B+ 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " The kung fu scenes overflow with crisp, thrilling and funny moments that whiz by in the 88-minute run time." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 6, 2008
A- 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) " Another triumph for director Adamson. He had us at Narnia but took us farther on this eloquent journey than we expected to go." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2008
B+ 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) " Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino direct with a keen eye for bringing Dr. Seuss' whimsical drawings and humanistic message to CG life." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 14, 2008
B 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) " Part of what keeps this from being just another children's fantasy is director Mark Waters' sensitivity to the way the enchanted elements deepen the emotional journey." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2008
B+ 42% The Golden Compass (2007) " The carefully crafted look, in which fabulous fantasy mingles with hand-woven sweaters, offers a visual feast. The acting is impeccable from performers to voices." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
A 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " To their credit, new director David Yates and new screenwriter Michael Goldenberg never lose the heart of the tale. Even in the midst of an incredibly thrilling magical battle of whippeting wands, flashing light and furor, they focus on Harry's inner war." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 10, 2007
B+ 78% Surf's Up (2007) " Sorry, cynics, Surf's Up is a charmer. And if the birds look somewhat familiar, they have something fresh to say about friendship and what winning is all about." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 8, 2007
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