Neil Pond

Neil Pond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Total Reviews:
268

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 26% As Above/So Below (2014) " A hopelessly tangled, shaky-cam knot of "gotcha!" haunted-house images, loopy, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo and bargain-basement recycled ideas from other movies." — American Profile
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring. " — American Profile
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren't wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake." — American Profile
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 66% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Despite being a bit too long, more than a bit predictable and a whole lot of corny, it has a lot of heart, and like a platter of yummy things presented by a hostess who relentlessly pours on the charm, it eventually wears down your resistance." — American Profile
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " A rollicking carnival ride halfway across the universe and back that leaves you with a big, goofy, satisfied smile when it's over." — American Profile
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " Sharp storytelling and direction take us inside, outside and all around Brown, across a span of nearly six decades---and through it all, we see, hear and feel the rhythm, music and grooves and drove him forward." — American Profile
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " A sitcom-like blob of sentimental geriatric gloop." — American Profile
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business." — American Profile
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 24% Tammy (2014) " It's one banged-up, scuffed-up, dented mess of a movie, but somehow, nonetheless, McCarthy makes it out, to the other side. To what, now, is the real question." — American Profile
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2.5/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Grownups and geeks may fixate on how much the movie borrows from Spielberg and others, but kids likely won't catch any of it--and likely won't care. " — American Profile
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " The elements of the story interlace in delightful, heartwarming, human ways, all led by the music." — American Profile
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " In a summer of sequels, the most laughs so far, and by far, come from a raunchy retro repeat that makes plenty of fun of its own recycled folly-and expense. " — American Profile
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Witty, rousing, heartwarming, sensational-looking, and at times touching, uplifting and even moving---and proof that Hollywood's still making movies that virtually all ages can enjoy, appreciate and admire." — American Profile
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Law tears into his role like he's like one of Shakespeare's most scabrous lost characters somehow unleashed in the modern world, and he clearly relishes the grit and the gristle." — American Profile
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Smarter, sharper and deeper than most movies targeted at teens--and much more than just a story about kids with cancer." — American Profile
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks." — American Profile
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) " You get a sense of where it's headed as the first scene opens to the sound of a toilet flushing and the sight of Drew Barrymore exiting a public restroom stall." — American Profile
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind." — American Profile
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 89% Locke (2014) " Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking." — American Profile
Posted May 21, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " More cynical viewers might wish for a more cynical movie, but for anyone who wants to bask in a ray of early summer sunshine, this uplifting, spirit-boosting tale could be just your ticket." — American Profile
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Director Nick Cassavettes lacks the deft touch to bring off the right blend of humor and humanity needed for a "revenge comedy" that ventures into the tricky trifecta of love, marriage and serial adultery." — American Profile
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " It's jam-packed, stuffed with too much of everything, especially bad guys-do we really need three of them? Perhaps next time, this itsy bitsy spider won't have such a hard time fighting for his own spotlight." — American Profile
Posted May 5, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson's sights are like scenes from a storybook, and the actors move and speak with a clockwork cadence that adds to the sense of comedic orchestration." — American Profile
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Fans will enjoy the air of authenticity, spotting the real-life sports personalities---and throwing penalty flags when Hollywood puts a bit too much melodramatic spin on the subject." — American Profile
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration." — American Profile
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues." — American Profile
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests." — American Profile
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Young adult audiences can SO relate. " — American Profile
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.'" — American Profile
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " A story about creativity, independence and cooperation running on a crazy rail of pop-cultural riffs and satirical references, understated comedic nuance and explosively absurd visual magic. " — American Profile
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Twists, turns, a serious tussle in the lavatory, and a rip-roarin' finish that had one woman seated behind me whooping, gasping and hollering "Save the baby!!!"" — American Profile
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2.5/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " Too much of this rebooted robot tale just feels recycled instead of refreshed, especially compared to the visceral, original kick of its groundbreaking '80s predecessor." — American Profile
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " A simple road trip that becomes something much bigger, much broader, and much deeper-a tale of fathers and sons and families and the many shades of grey in the wide spectrum of love." — American Profile
Posted Feb 17, 2014
2.5/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " 'Oceans 11' plus 'Saving Private Ryan' divided by 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'" — American Profile
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Brolin and Winslet, fine actors both, do their best, but they're fighting an undertow in a sea of cheese, and the movie fails to fan their coals of passion into anything resembling a flame." — American Profile
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " An old-fashioned romantic convention run through an innovative wavelength of sci-fi wi-fi that doesn't seem all that out of sync with today." — American Profile
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " A quick roll in a barrel of cheap, hollow laughs down a familiar, forgettable road that we've traveled many times before." — American Profile
Posted Jan 20, 2014
1.5/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Through the centuries, the legend of Hercules has survived. It will survive the splat of this big B.C. cheese ball, too." — American Profile
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) " If I had a towel, I'd have thrown it in long before the legacies of two great movies were slammed to the mat and ground into a crappy comedy like this one." — American Profile
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " For anyone who can feel its genuine grasp of its subjects, its music and its times in its deep, dig-it grooves, this cinematic sonnet to a struggling '60s singer might just become a greatest hit." — American Profile
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " It's all hip, humorous, sad, edgy and immensely entertaining, this sprawling period parable about a group of greedy people who aren't who they purport themselves to be." — American Profile
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " A story behind a story behind a story that will strike a sentimental chord with anyone who remembers Disney's 1964 hit about a certain singing, flying British nanny." — American Profile
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Cinematographer Tobias Schliessler shoots the violence as if it's both horrific and saintly, a Passion play of blood, saliva and bodies battered to pulp for a higher cause." — American Profile
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Not exactly a new royal standard for Disney females, but these two princesses do pack a two-fisted punch about the power of love and waiting for the right person who's 'worth melting for.'" — American Profile
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2.5/5 48% Black Nativity (2013) " This modest little feel-good movie won't contend for any major awards (unlike Whitaker's other movie this year, 'The Butler'), but its heart is in the right place." — American Profile
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Has a message about family, connectivity and belonging but makes you slog down a long road of soppy, artificially sweet goop to get to it." — American Profile
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " A spectacular, galvanizing display of how this one-time Hollywood "golden boy," now 77, can still commandeer the screen." — American Profile
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Super-fans will get their fix, but everyone else might feel like they're being hammered into submission by a major marketing plan." — American Profile
Posted Nov 11, 2013
2/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " As the cast runs a gauntlet of geriatric jokes, most of the chuckles feel churned from cheap sitcom stock." — American Profile
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Be warned: Knoxville has a thing for body parts, and body functions, that you'll never, ever, see on America's Funniest Home Videos." — American Profile
Posted Oct 29, 2013
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