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:
194

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 194
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
B+ 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) " You have to give credit to a film such as Mimzy that, unlike most quick ha-ha, make-a-buck stuff for kids, could actually get them thinking about making a difference in a world in desperate need of change." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 23, 2007
B+ 90% Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2007) " For audiences who only know lions through animated imitations or the bars of a zoo, this film commands respect for these magnificent creatures in the wild, whether plotting, nurturing, roaring, resting or leaping and snatching an antelope high in the air." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 9, 2007
B+ 44% Night at the Museum (2006) " The special effects are a blast. The T-Rex skeleton looks authentic as it clatters down the hallway after a terrified Larry. But even better is the remarkable, star-studded ensemble." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 21, 2006
A- 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) " Children of all ages, even those not old enough to read, can enjoy the journey." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 14, 2006
A- 38% The Nativity Story (2006) " For families looking for a Christmas outing, it should not disappoint." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 1, 2006
B 75% Happy Feet (2006) " Writer and director George Miller, the artistic force behind the beloved Babe and the Babe: Pig in the City movies, brings a concern for penguins that recalls the devotion shown by March of the Penguins." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 17, 2006
B —— Paradise, Texas (2005) " It works as a stirring family film by drawing attention to how powerfully a parent's words and actions can affect and shape a child's life." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 3, 2006
B 72% Flushed Away (2006) " The animation, computer-generated as opposed to Aardman's signature claymation style, pops with clever visual touches, and the voice cast, led by the omnipresent and ever likable Hugh Jackman as Roddy, is first-rate." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 3, 2006
A- —— Ride Around the World " It's still those beautiful basics: self-reliant men and women on horseback, cattle drives that entail many nights of camping, faithful Border Collies that help guide the cattle where they need to go." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 26, 2006
B+ 48% Driving Lessons (2006) " This ensemble delivers, engaging in repartee like Roger Federer plays tennis." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 26, 2006
A 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Thirteen years after its debut, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has gone 3D, which makes a good thing even better." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 20, 2006
B 54% Flicka (2006) " This is the kind of movie that many families are looking for, but all too rarely receive." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 20, 2006
C 33% Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006) " Yes, we've got brand new blond junior and grown-up Bonds this season, but the toughest task for Baby Bond could be finding an audience." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 14, 2006
B 48% Open Season (2006) " One of the biggest surprises in this first full-length film from Sony Pictures Animation is how funny Ashton Kutcher is as Elliot." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 29, 2006
B 41% Everyone's Hero (2006) " This handsomely animated, well-directed and -voiced G-rated film, set in the hope-starved era of the Depression, takes on special poignancy as the last directing project of Christopher Reeve." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 15, 2006
B+ 93% Lassie (2006) " ...The collie that became a star back in 1943 can still make you cry and cheer in the all-new Lassie." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 2, 2006
B+ 59% How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) " In too many kid-oriented films, the child actors mouth off like small, sassy adults -- Here, the kids, refreshingly, act like kids." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 24, 2006
B 22% Barnyard (2006) " It looks great, and it's bright and colorful, fast and fun, with terrific voice talent... You may know from the opening where the story's heading, but it's a fun ride, and there's a lot of heart between the laughs." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 3, 2006
B+ 35% The Lake House (2006) " The joy lies in getting there, with lush visual direction by Alejandro Agresti and appealing performances by Ms. Bullock and her old Speed co-star Keanu Reeves." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B 11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) " While there are few surprises, the sweet sensibility dashed with Mr. Murray's acerbic delivery of Garfield makes an appealing mix." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B 37% Keeping Up With The Steins (2006) " An adept cast that resists stereotyping keeps the plot humming." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 25, 2006
B- 13% Just My Luck (2006) " Throw in a hot new British bubblegum band, McFly, a bit of magic, romance, humor and a happy ending, and you've got a good, old-fashioned escapist popcorn flick." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 11, 2006
B+ 26% Hoot (2006) " This is a story about kids and nature, with strong messages about standing up to bullies, facing conflicts and why it is important to stand up for both the people and creatures that need protection." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 5, 2006
B 42% When Do We Eat? (2006) " ... worth a look." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 28, 2006
B+ 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) " Producers, including Mark Cuban and Starbucks, should be commended for putting their money behind a film that, like Akeelah herself, dares to be different." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 28, 2006
D 31% Stick It (2006) " There are some great gymnastics stories out there. This isn't one of them." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 27, 2006
C+ 20% The Wild (2006) " New seems a bit of a misnomer for Disney's latest animated release, The Wild. A more honest choice? Finding Madagascar." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 13, 2006
B 44% Take the Lead (2006) " The eye-popping dance numbers and affecting performances by the young leads, as well as Mr. Banderas and Ms. Woodard, make it worth the ride." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 6, 2006
B+ 93% Duma (2005) " For those wishing they still made films like The Black Stallion, today is your lucky day." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 31, 2006
B 43% She's the Man (2006) " You don't have to know Twelfth Night to have fun at She's the Man. But brushing up on your Shakespeare can be good for a few inside chuckles." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 17, 2006
C 26% The Shaggy Dog (2006) " The story is too silly to play to older kids. And there are more than a few moments that may give parents of younger ones pause." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 9, 2006
A- 91% Deep Sea 3D (2006) " Deep Sea 3D, like the excellent Sharks 3D, has a message about the importance of relationships under the sea and why humans should not upset the delicate balance of nature by depleting ocean species." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 2, 2006
B- 51% Aquamarine (2006) " Aquamarine won't make the splash of Splash, but bless its little flippers, it tries." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 2, 2006
A- 71% Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) " Under the seamless direction of Dan Ireland, Mrs. Palfrey is enriched by the real-life parallel of watching a veteran actress in her 50th year of films." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 24, 2006
B 72% Eight Below (2006) " Eight Below may be a Disney Lite version of a true story about sled dogs left to survive on their own in the Antarctic wilderness, but it's still a weeper for those for whom the loss of one dog is too much." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 16, 2006
B 69% Curious George (2006) " Adults and kids older than 12 may find the story a few bananas short of a bunch, but expect the younger set to find it curiously satisfying." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 9, 2006
A- 70% Roving Mars (2006) " [Butler] caught the tense moments at NASA as scientists waited to see whether the robots would land safely. And he got amazing pictures from them of the red surface of Mars pocked with what may be dried-up lake basins and riverbeds." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 26, 2006
B+ 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " And while those classics, like Julie Andrews' incandescent Maria and Poppins, were practically perfect in every way, Nanny McPhee is quite deserving of its own special place in the magical universe." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 26, 2006
A- 71% Sharks 3D (2005) " In this dazzling follow-up to Ocean Wonderland 3D, director Jean-Jacques Mantello gets you so close to these creatures you'll feel like fending them off with your hands." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 19, 2006
B 46% Hoodwinked (2005) " It doesn't rival the artistry of Pixar or DreamWorks, but it's got an upstart charm, a clever premise, appealing characters voiced by a terrific cast and a script that should make you laugh out loud more than once." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 12, 2006
C 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) " In this Hollywood fantasy about a family with 12 kids, nobody does chores, we never see dirty dishes and mom (Bonnie Hunt) is always immaculately groomed, dressed and smiling June Cleaver-style, right down to the tasteful string of pearls." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 21, 2005
A- 69% Christmas in the Clouds (2005) " Looking for a heartwarming, grown-up movie to get you in the holiday spirit? Christmas in the Clouds should fit the bill." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 2, 2005
B+ 75% Zathura (2005) " Zathura may be Jumanji in outer space. And the way the plot works out is not exactly rocket science. But the way it flies is very cool." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 11, 2005
C 64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) " The predictability of Dreamer makes it more likely to please those predisposed to the story line than to win any new fans to the equine romance genre." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 20, 2005
B- 31% Valiant (2005) " Valiant may not fly in the stratosphere of Pixar or the best of DreamWorks, but giving these plucky birds their due is not a bad way to wind up the summer." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 18, 2005
A- 63% Saint Ralph (2005) " Touches the heart in unexpected ways." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 4, 2005
B+ 73% Sky High (2005) " The clever script finds the fun while Michael Angarano keeps the emotions real as a kid who learns that real friends don't care if you're a star." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 28, 2005
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