Patrick Z. McGavin

Patrick Z. McGavin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , Chicago Tribune , EmanuelLevy.Com , Hollywood Reporter , Movieline , Screen International
Total Reviews:
65

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " At its best, it embodies emotion through movement." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) " Jacquot subtly shifts the movie's force and moral inquiry towards Seydoux, and her alert performance provides a melancholy humanity." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2/4 29% Red Lights (2012) " The initial poetry of terror gives way to a wildly baroque and incident-packed plot that proves hyperbolic, mannered, and ridiculously overwrought." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2.5/4 87% Polisse (2012) " The film's one great scene ... is cancelled out by the baroquely improbable and absurdly overwrought ending." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 24, 2012
3.5/4 80% Goodbye First Love (2012) " The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 10, 2012
3.5/4 88% In Darkness (2012) " Working with the superb cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, Holland draws on the restricted light and vertiginous space to achieve immersive, tactile imagery that is appalling and unforgettable." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3.5/4 87% Miss Bala (2012) " Sigman's tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It's a knockout." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) " The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2010
—— Babar - King Of The Elephants (1999) " The composition and imagery are workmanlike at best, but the score is jaunty and witty and the middle section is breezy fun" — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 29, 2010
89% Moon (2009) " A frequently engrossing science fiction story given a particular tension and seriousness by its moral inquiry into what it means to be fully human and alive." — Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
91% Sugar (2008) " In a word, Sugar is extraordinary." — Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
100% Afghan Star (2009) " Not a radical act of film-making and visually, it is far from an inspired piece of work - but it's a great example of a film where the strong content rules supreme." — Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2009
54% Choke (2008) " The movie's not quite there, but it represents a dark ride into the night that unleashes a series of precarious thrills." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
79% A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008) " The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to work through personal ideas about assimilation and family conflict in an open, smart and gracious way." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Trumbo (2007) " Trumbo is hurt by an unwillingness to actually explore Trumbo's own politics and delve into his actual beliefs about communism, Stalin or Marxist ideology." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
57% One Week (2009) " Another dispiriting example of a director using sickness and physical deterioration in rationalising dishonest and narcissistic behaviour." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
50% Assassination of a High School President (2008) " Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
66% The Escapist (2008) " Wyatt and his superb cast pull it together in the movie's boldly-imagined final act that justifies the movie's sometimes elusive form and turns it into something a cut above the rest." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
33% The Guitar (2008) " Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying." — Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
80% Nothing But the Truth (2008) " A miscalculated piece damaged by poor direction, mediocre writing and performances that feel consistently misguided and off-key." — Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " The whole never quite registers as forcefully as individual pieces." — Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
92% Bloody Sunday (2002) " Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2008
64% The Merry Gentleman (2009) " [Keaton] summons a wonderful performance by Kelly Macdonald and strong character distinction to the secondary players, but otherwise his movie works only in fragments." — Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2008
51% What Just Happened? (2008) " A desultory Hollywood satire that fatally lacks the guts or verve to say anything vitally new or different." — Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2008
49% La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007) " As a piece of narrative, however, the movie is virtually incomprehensible." — Screen International
Posted Sep 22, 2007
B- 76% Stardust (2007) " The movie is jaunty and stylish and is blessed with some fun stretches." — EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Aug 8, 2007
B 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " Dark, malevolent, and serious, this Harry Potter was designed by its new writer, director, and composer as a waking nightmare." — EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jul 4, 2007
99% Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003) " Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2007
0% Sex, Politics & Cocktails (2002) " Less a narrative than a haphazard succession of vignettes populated by crude stereotypes instead of credible characters." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 19, 2004
3.5/4 94% Manito (2003) " Captures in unadorned style the energy and emotions binding a Dominican family in Manhattan's Washington Heights section." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2003
2/4 82% Bugs! (Bugs! 3D) (Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure) (2003) " Narrated with stentorian authority by English actress Dame Judi Dench, and watching this IMAX movie often feels like being at the receiving end of a dry, dull lecture." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2/4 16% Pokemon Heroes (2003) " It looks cheap and feels slapped together." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2.5/4 50% Onmyoji (2001) " Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 1, 2003
3.5/4 80% Japón (2003) " It is the work of a remarkable new talent." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2003
2/4 81% Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) " Though Better Luck Tomorrow is the work of an intriguing new talent, there remains something amiss about a movie so desperate to legitimize its own daring." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2003
3/4 64% Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003) " This is magnetic, beautiful stuff." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2003
2/4 —— All About You (2001) " Utterly lacking surprise, tension or any flair." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2003
1/4 7% Boat Trip (2003) " The movie's offenses are too numerous to catalog." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
3/4 52% Down and Out With the Dolls (2003) " The movie belongs to the women, and they perform with attitude and power." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
2.5/4 67% Amen (2003) " On its own terms, Amen is a memorably prickly film." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2003
2.5/4 80% Baraka (1993) " The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 9, 2003
2.5/4 67% The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) " By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 5, 2002
3/4 89% Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001) " Cold, nervy and memorable." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3/4 67% Interview With the Assassin (2002) " Consummate actor Barry has done excellent work here." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3.5/4 74% His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001) " A boisterous, occasionally deft but also finally strained and uneven work." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002
3.5/4 77% Quitting (2002) " Daring and beautifully made." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002
3/4 83% Satin Rouge (2002) " A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 31, 2002
3/4 48% Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) (2002) " A disturbing and frighteningly evocative assembly of imagery and hypnotic music composed by Philip Glass." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2002
2.5/4 66% Lan Yu (2002) " The movie is gorgeously made, but it is also somewhat shallow and art-conscious." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 17, 2002
4/4 91% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) (1977) " This is a movie about the world at war with itself, and the result is riveting, sublime and unforgettable." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 26, 2002
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