Paul Povse

Paul Povse

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Columnist, The State Journal-Register
Publications:
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Total Reviews:
32

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 32 of 32
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 23% Raising Helen (2004) " Raising Helen is competent, commercial, square-as-square-can-be popular entertainment." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted May 27, 2004
3/4 28% The Prince and Me (2004) " It's a fairy tale in the best sense of the word, though the movie is far too hip and Julia Stiles' Paige too independent the heroine for any pat, happily-ever-after endings. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Apr 1, 2004
2/4 22% Taking Lives (2004) " At a certain point, Taking Lives gives up any pretense toward sense and starts piling up insanely improbable extravagances. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Mar 18, 2004
3.5/4 93% Touching the Void (2004) " The film concentrates, in awe-inspiring detail, on the almost incomprehensible rigors of mountain climbing and evolves into a philosophical, even spiritual adventure movie. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Mar 12, 2004
.5/4 33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) " When it's all said and done, there comes a not half-bad twist. But by this time, we've endured too many reprises of canine flambĂ©, plus Eric Stoltz as a drooling pervert." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Feb 3, 2004
1.5/4 26% Along Came Polly (2004) " There is something cruelly funny about getting dumped on your honeymoon, but that was done far better in Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jan 23, 2004
3/4 77% Big Fish (2003) " Burton has a big payoff up his sleeve. In a movie practically schizophrenic in mood, he manages to present the inevitability of death with a touching beauty and elegance." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jan 15, 2004
3/4 74% Calendar Girls (2003) " Gentlemen - you whose significant other may hold the weekend movie choice card - keep a stiff upper lip. You'll get through Calendar Girls just fine." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jan 9, 2004
3/4 71% Cold Mountain (2003) " It's a dichotomy of appearance, the forging of nature's splendor defiled by base human behavior. That said, I wish it had stayed truer to the fatalistic mood it works up. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jan 2, 2004
2/4 71% Something's Gotta Give (2003) " Nancy Meyers is like some grandma who keeps hugging you harder than you want to be hugged." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Dec 11, 2003
3/4 43% The Human Stain (2003) " Even when The Human Stain founders, the skill and professionalism of those trying to communicate Philip Roth's mood is undeniable. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Dec 5, 2003
3.5/4 85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) " Master and Commander has a full arsenal primed to wash over you, in more ways than one." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Nov 20, 2003
1.5/4 34% In the Cut (2003) " In the Cut demonstrates that miserable taste and artistic miscalculation hardly are the exclusive domain of male filmmakers and actors. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Nov 6, 2003
2/4 14% Beyond Borders (2003) " Beyond Borders can be wrenching and vigorously committed, but it's also occasionally tasteless and calculating. Think Doctor Zhivago with landmines. " — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Oct 30, 2003
1.5/4 72% Runaway Jury (2003) " Normally, I subscribe to the theory that Hoffman and Hackman - and Cusack, too - elevate any movie they grace and are worth following anywhere. In this case, I declare a mistrial." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Oct 23, 2003
3/4 75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) " Clooney and Zeta-Jones have a level of antagonistic banter recalling the best of the Hepburn-Tracy chemistry. Now, this is what is meant by the term movie star." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Oct 16, 2003
3/4 65% Out of Time (2003) " A peppy and perspiring timewaster, but we don't mind." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Oct 8, 2003
3/4 62% Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) " This movie, benign and conventional as it is, needs a gutsy performance to keep it from sheer sogginess. The biggest surprise the movie generates is why it's taken this long for Lane's career to take off." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Oct 1, 2003
1.5/4 40% Anything Else (2003) " In a single sentence, Allen's character invokes Camus and Henny Youngman. If an unfunny joke is told in the forest and nobody hears it, it's still an unfunny joke." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 25, 2003
2/4 12% Cold Creek Manor (2003) " Cold Creek Manor is cautious to the point of inert." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 25, 2003
3/4 84% Swimming Pool (2003) " This is sophisticated, sultry noir for those who fancy this sort of thing, but then, who doesn't?" — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 18, 2003
3/4 82% Matchstick Men (2003) " Matchstick Men is so good when it is good that it's somewhere between exasperating and galling when it undermines our invested goodwill with a monster contrivance out of deep left field." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 18, 2003
.5/4 8% The Order (The Sin Eater) (2003) " The Order is scuzzy and lazy, such a muddle that no one really need be offended. Actually, no one need even bother with it all. That's why I'm being paid in this space, to spare you the temptation." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 11, 2003
2/4 37% Le Divorce (2003) " I have to admit I thought I'd sooner see a Wendy's bacon cheeseburger in Le Divorce before a slit, bloody wrist." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Sep 4, 2003
1/4 9% My Boss's Daughter (2003) " In My Boss's Daughter, there is no gee-whiz factor, only one Herculean whiz. A pox on this scatological scourge, I say. Let us all together put down the seat and flee for our sanities." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Aug 28, 2003
2/4 48% S.W.A.T. (2003) " S.W.A.T.'s last, seemingly interminable 45 minutes make the Mini Cooper chase of The Italian Job seem practically Truffaut." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2003
3/4 79% Open Range (2003) " There's not enough - well, hardly anything - new here to call Open Range a great Western. But it's probably as good as we're going to get and as good as it needs to be." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Aug 21, 2003
2.5/4 28% How to Deal (2003) " In its non-hysterical depiction of the fog of personal relationship wars, the movie gently makes the point that, yeah, it really is a wild world out there." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jul 24, 2003
1.5/4 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) " The movie is extraordinary mostly for the sheer wastefulness of it all, the work of little boys who've never outgrown their love of blowing things up." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jul 17, 2003
1.5/4 11% Alex & Emma (2003) " Say, since Alex and Emma is supposed to be all about people of letters and the creative process, maybe somebody interested knows. Is lame-o all one word or hyphenated?" — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jul 8, 2003
2/4 62% Hulk (2003) " What we ultimately are left with seems to be a case of a director's serious, high-minded aesthetic in unholy alliance with inherently silly material." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jul 8, 2003
2.5/4 41% Rugrats Go Wild (2003) " Can adults sit through it with minimal doses of Novocaine from the concession stand? The answer: A qualified yes." — State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Posted Jun 24, 2003
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