Nina Garin

Nina Garin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Nina Garin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Union-Tribune

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Yes, there's a lot of information in "I Am Big Bird," and sometimes it is a bit self-serving. But at the heart is a love story between Spinney, that big, yellow bird and all of us. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "It's aca-awesome. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 14, 2015
2/4 32% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "With so many subjects, it's obvious the director is going for quantity, but it doesn't work (especially the scenes with Matthew Perry; a funny actor is much different from a professional stand-up). The overall tone feels scattered and self-important. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) ""Effie Gray" is a powerful look at early feminism. Instead of accepting her fate in a bad marriage like many Victorian women advised her to do, Effie fights her way out of it - scandal be damned. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 30% Insurgent (2015) "Woodley tries to emote a lot with her expressive eyes, but overall the film feels cold. Schwentke struggles to decide if "Insurgent" is more action or more YA and winds up doing neither genre much justice. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "This fairy tale adaptation is as close as you can get to a dream come true. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) "Despite its terrible trailers, the movie is a surprising delight. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 16, 2015
1/4 27% Annie (2014) "A jumbled mess. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) "Often the characters are just standing around talking at one another. After too many scenes like this, the film begins to to feel like a collection of speeches. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3.5/4 82% The Book of Life (2014) "It captures themes about love, family, honor and friendship with a perfect dose of humor and sincerity. It's the kind of movie, like "The Nightmare Before Christmas," that you'll want to watch every year. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "Overall, the movie treats the audience intelligently. Tim Burton-loving adults and Goth-leaning teens will appreciate the film's eccentricity and darkness. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3.5/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "This simple joy, and the ease these two actors have around each other - is perhaps what makes director Ira Sachs' movie so heartbreaking. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Giver (2014) "The story feels watered down and less powerful. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/5 19% Very Good Girls (2014) "You keep wishing it were better. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 89% Obvious Child (2014) "[Slate] shows surprising range as an actress. She's captivating whether she's telling cringe-worthy jokes on stage or weepily climbing into bed with her mother. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2.5/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "It's so self-aware that it goes from being clever to annoying and then, thanks to a laugh-out-loud closing credit sequence, back to brilliant. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/5 48% Rio 2 (2014) "The plot gets clunky pretty early on. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2014
1/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "There are too many complicated relationships and back stories of which to keep track. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 40% Divergent (2014) ""Divergent's" arriving just a bit too late. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) "There are so many in-jokes and silly cameos that it's easy to look past the fact that "Veronica Mars" feels not so much like a cinematic experience, but an extended TV show on the big screen. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) "For those who do a bit of pre-movie research, "The Wind Rises" can be a lovely, realistic tale ... Otherwise, it's just not that captivating. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 99% Gloria (2014) "Director Sebastian Lelio paints a subtle picture of a self-assured, independent woman who is sometimes sad but is more often happy, ready to take on life's adventures. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) "The problem with "The Invisible Woman" is that it's not all that captivating or relatable. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3.5/5 82% G.B.F. (2014) "The actors are all young and mostly unknown, but they've clearly studied the genre and turn in believable performances. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) ""The Truth About Emanuel" is trying so hard and has elements that are weirdly creepy, yet it still manages to be surprising and achingly sad. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) "It's not terribly deep - of course it's difficult to to trust a guy with sexual addiction - but it's all charmingly acted, especially by Ruffalo, who makes a very relatable leading man. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 89% The World's End (2013) "If you're part of the group that's been anticipating this movie for more than five years, it may be a bit of a letdown. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2013
2.5/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) "Overall, the ensemble cast and important story, as well as the beautiful costumes, make "The Butler" a worthwhile experience. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) "Thanks to a zippy script and bold animation, "Despicable Me 2" has the same charm and wit as the first movie, but now there's a lot less evil. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3.5/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) "It doesn't feel like you're watching Shakespeare, but like you're spying on personal moments between friends. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/5 78% Monsters University (2013) ""Monsters University" never transcends the 2001 "Monsters, Inc." the way the "Toy Story" sequels do, because the plot relies on familiarity rather than originality. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/5 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) "The ideas of independence, young love and pushing the boundaries of friendship are so familiar, but in "The Kings of Summer" it's as if you're dealing with them for the first time. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 64% Epic (2013) "It's never a good sign when there are five screenwriters on a single project; maybe that's why the story feels clunky and overcomplicated. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 24, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "This latest movie has a formula that's rare for summer blockbusters: smart and engrossing plot + a barrage of big-budget special effects = an overwhelmingly good time. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 15, 2013
2.5/4 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "It isn't an embarrassment to the author, but it isn't a cinematic masterpiece, either. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 9, 2013
2.5/5 84% Graceland (2013) "Morales, who also wrote the script, knows how to pull at our heartstrings, especially with scenes involving child prostitutes. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2013
2.5/5 43% On the Road (2012) "Hedlund is too pretty and not quite as maniacally charming as Dean. Riley's Kerouac is even more apprehensive than the one in the novel, and that raspy voice he uses is distracting. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/5 62% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) "This movie works beyond just a modern-day fairy tale. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/5 94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) "It's a movie that packs all its ideas in beautifully animated doses, filled with Northern African music and landscapes. It may get clunky, but it's easy to get lost in its loveliness. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) "Wow, is it fun. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3.5/5 55% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) "Quirky, hilarious and inexplicably charming. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 31, 2012
2/5 83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012) "A loving yet scattered documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 5, 2012
3/5 71% The Future (2011) "A heartbreaking journey of defeat and loss. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2011
3/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "It's so detailed and mature that there's really nothing left for us to do but put down our round spectacles and our wands and return to our far less fascinating Muggle existence. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2011
3/5 80% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) "Members of Team Coco will eat it up. But even those on Team Jay (Leno) can't deny that the film is a fascinating look at one of TV's most creative personalities. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2011
1.5/4 60% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) "Those looking for YSL drama and passion are more likely to find it in a department store rather than in a movie theater. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) "The world of "Everything Must Go" isn't the easiest one to visit, but when it comes to the work of Ferrell, it's perhaps the most relatable one. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 13, 2011
3/4 68% Babies (2010) "Definitely the kind of cute that makes your heart all warm inside. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 7, 2010
3/4 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) "With its themes of war and faith, along with just the right amount of cute, it's pretty obvious why the Irish animated film got noticed by the Academy. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 8, 2010
2/4 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) "There are some laugh-out-loud moments, for sure. But it's easy, nostalgic humor about oversized cell phones and how Kid 'n Play are really two different people. " ‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2010
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