Paul Schrodt

Paul Schrodt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine , Stranger Song
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
73

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
64% Cosmopolis (2012) " It's effective for all the reasons, as propaganda, it's not: It's messy and goofy and unsettling." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2012
1.5/4 69% Good Neighbors (2011) " The tone of the film is off-key from the beginning, a fact that's not helped by the presence of Speedman, onetime Felicity heartthrob." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2011
83% Trust Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2.5/4 61% Jig (2011) " The documentary Jig presents a world that approaches child pageantry in its self-contained weirdness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2011
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) " Its unmoored, oxygen-deprived atmosphere reflects the current mood of grief literature, inspired by Joan Didion's groundbreaking The Year of Magical Thinking." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
—— The Happy Housewife (De gelukkige huisvrouw) (2010) Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2011
1.5/4 50% Spork (2011) " Never feels authentically out-there because it still more or less toes the line of every teen comedy from Welcome to the Dollhouse to Mean Girls." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2011
2/4 14% Hard Breakers (2011) " The film might be the closest approximation to the gender inverse of an Apatow flick." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 19, 2011
2/4 55% The Conspirator (2011) " The Conspirator is an über-genre movie, a hybrid of two classic Hollywood modes--the historical reenactment and the courtroom drama--that tries to satisfy the demands of both." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2011
.5/4 78% Trust (2011) " Characters are less characters than placards in a revved-up PSA about the Gen Y horrors of teen rape." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
82% Trust (1991) Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2011
95% Mala Noche (Bad Night) (2007) " White and other critics have accused the director of "race and class indifference," but Van Sant's approach has always been personal and deeply confessional, if not outwardly political. " — House Next Door
Posted Mar 4, 2011
—— The Velvet Underground & Nico (1966) " It would be hard to believe that Gus Van Sant hadn't seen The Velvet Underground and Nico, Andy Warhol's landmark recording of an hour-long performance by the band, before he made Last Days." — House Next Door
Posted Mar 4, 2011
3/4 75% Putty Hill (2011) " As with the nod to skating culture, Porterfield reclaims cheesy pop-culture detritus to illuminate his characters' need for escape." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2011
1.5/4 0% Dressed (2011) " As movies about the fashion world go, Dressed isn't very fabulous. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2011
1/4 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Ron Howard movies inspire that rare kind of allergic reaction: They're so unremarkable they're actually frustrating. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2011
1.5/4 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Marketed as a hip, modern adaptation of a classic, the movie feels more like a Christmastime TV special projected in 3D." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2010
2/4 28% Life as We Know It (2010) " It's easy to become cynical about a certain brand of funny-sad familial comedies like Life as We Know It." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2010
1/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " 3D has jumped the shark. Again." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2010
1.5/4 50% Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2010) " Throughout, the film circles around the sociological significance of the rodeo." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2010
1/4 28% Takers (2010) " Remember when Paul Walker had a career, Matt Dillon had indie credibility, Jay Hernandez was just a cute face, and Chris Brown was an R&B singer without a rap sheet? " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2010
1.5/4 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) " Essentially Trading Places by way of Next Friday, Lottery Ticket never rises above formula." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/4 80% Smash His Camera (2010) " The film refuses to pass judgment on the controversial photog, letting him do his own thing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/4 63% Extract (2009) " Mike Judge doesn't sugarcoat his characters as anything more than slightly contemptible fratboys, a quality that makes his brand of comedy alternately liberating and frustrating." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2009
2/4 84% The September Issue (2009) " For the past year or so, Wintour's been on the media warpath to win back her image, and Cutler seems happy to oblige." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2009
2/4 60% Casi Divas (Road to Fame) (2008) " Full of enthusiasm but short on wit or self-awareness, Casi Divas is pretty weak as satire." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2009
1/4 45% Fragments (2008) " Less a movie than a sociology thesis." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2/4 61% Eleven Minutes (2008) " A movie for Project Runway obsessives only." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2009
2/4 14% The Love Guru (2008) " Under a new name and equally aggressive ethnic branding, Austin Powers is alive again." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2008
2.5/4 98% Surfwise (2007) " Surfwise tries to separate itself from the fray of political documentaries by not taking itself too seriously." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 92% Refusenik (2008) " Using title cards, interviews, and endless archival footage, Bialis is able to tie a very specific history to the course of 20th century upheaval." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 95% The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956) " The story of a boy and his toy, The Red Balloon is widely praised for its narrative and visual "purity," but not enough is said about the movie's delightful manipulation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2008
2/4 87% Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008) " Jellyfish exists in a no man's land, adrift in vague, waterlogged abstractions on which the filmmakers can hang their characters' collective baggage." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2008
2.5/4 89% Fighting for Life (2008) " Though it superficially deals with how military doctors work during a long and unpopular war, Terry Sanders's film more closely disentangles a specialized establishment in its own right." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/4 56% Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008) " As far as fable imports go, Bab'Aziz is a step up from the Disney-grade moralism of Milarepa, but it's even less memorable." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2008
.5/4 67% Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness (2008) " Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness is a movie every bit as cumbersome and trying as its title." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2008
2/4 87% Liberty Kid (2008) " Unanswered questions about Derrick's kids and Spanish-speaking mother abound, and their all-too-infrequent interactions point to a hard-knuckled realism about post-9/11 New York that begs to be seen." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2008
2/4 88% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) " The most dispassionate account of the Holocaust in the last 20 years." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2007
1.5/4 21% Flakes (2007) " One look at Aaron Stanford's chain-smoking, long-haired musician in a Hanes t-shirt and you know Flakes wants so badly to be hip." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2007
1/4 67% Naked Boys Singing (2007) " Naked Boys Singing! is the biggest waste of d**k since Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 —— My Name is Alan, and I Paint Pictures (2007) " True to its title, My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures sees the world through its subject's childlike eyes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2007
1.5/4 65% The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) " The Jane Austen Book Club is pitched as The First Wives Club for coffeehouse intellectuals." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2007
1/4 38% Milarepa (2007) " Myths are more popular in the movies than ever, but unlike the Christian extravaganza of The Chronicles of Narnia, Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint won't be showing up on your kid's Netflix list." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2007
3/4 62% Dans Paris (Inside Paris) (2007) " Honoré's rambunctious filmmaking process is born truly in the moment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2.5/4 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " Greengrass's latest plops on the screen with lots of hi-fi energy but, strangely, very little feeling." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2007
3.5/4 93% Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006) " Gavras uses Anna's precocious reason to tackle a generation's idealism head-on." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2007
1/4 47% Laura Smiles (2006) " Laura Smiles teaches us that you can't escape misery, least of all in Jersey." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2007
2/4 59% Resurrecting the Champ (2007) " Rescurrecting the Champ is a snooze." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2007
2/4 72% Tekon Kinkurîto (2007) " The movie is a collection of disparate anime parts that never really comes together." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2007
3.5/4 33% Drama/Mex (2006) " At its heart, Drama/Mex is a story of people struggling to fulfill their roles, and the camera's forceful gaze is their confessional box." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2007
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