Paul Tatara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) " At least Fellini pulled out the stops from the first minute when he wanted to get surreal. Here, realism fades into surrealism, then into outright foolishness. Morbidly paced foolishness. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Dec 14, 2014
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Sep 29, 2014
94% The Truman Show (1998) " The Truman Show will probably be the most thought-provoking "big" movie to come out this summer, and that says a whole lot more about other movies than it does about this one. You should, however, see it for Carrey's newly unveiled charms. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Aug 18, 2014
92% Men in Black (1997) " Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Aug 12, 2014
10% Woo (1998) " The whole thing is rude and pathetic, more like a lengthy episode of a bad sitcom than a movie, chock full of the kind of sexual innuendoes that are guaranteed to please horny eighth-graders or people who laugh at those Playboy party jokes. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jul 26, 2014
6% A Smile like Yours (1997) " After a while, I could smell the jokes coming like Grandma's two-day-old stuffed cabbage. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jul 22, 2014
8% Almost Heroes (1998) " All of the guys on the expedition are dumb, and they say and do dumb things in dumb ways, dumbly. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jul 15, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " The multi-layered plot keeps you riveted for the best possible reason -- you can't start to imagine where the story is leading you, and the fiercely intense payoffs are repeatedly worth the extra concentration. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 4, 2014
88% Titanic (1997) " Cameron has devised a tender love story between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio that serves as the main focus of Titanic's storyline, and it works beautifully. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 25, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " I just wish that the script wasn't so insistent on showing off. Shakespeare, even when he kowtowed to the peasants, knew when to quit. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% Chasing Amy (1997) " There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
97% The Iron Giant (1999) " The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Out of Sight (1998) " Easily the best film I've seen in 1998. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4% Gone Fishin' (1997) " I don't even know where to start. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
23% A Thousand Acres (1997) " Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jul 3, 2008
74% Dark City (1998) " This is one of those movies that's more concerned with set design motivation than anything that's going on inside the characters' heads. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 28, 2008
33% Gummo (1997) " C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here? " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 28, 2008
72% Cop Land (1997) " It's pretty funny, actually, that Stallone gained 40 pounds to play this role, and what the movie needs more than anything else is to eat a salad and do some sit-ups. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 9, 2008
80% Soul Food (1997) " An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Mar 17, 2008
62% The Impostors (1999) CNN.com
Posted Jul 1, 2006
49% Under Suspicion (2000) " Too tawdry to be completely entertaining, and too static to generate much excitement. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 1, 2003
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) " It's not a bad film for what it is. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Nov 15, 2002
2/5 51% Halloween H2O (1998) " I'm currently stuck watching the revival of a movie form that appalled me the first time around, then disappeared from view after a torrent of thoughtless re-workings that resembled bloody tape loops. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Nov 15, 2002
77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) " For a movie that's so full of anger and confusion, there sure aren't many memorable clashes, aside from the ones that take place in the kids' imaginations. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 21, 2002
32% Windtalkers (2002) " No amount of burning, blasting, stabbing, and shooting can hide a weak script. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 15, 2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) " It practically lies down and wallows in its mega-hammy 'I Am Woman' tone. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 7, 2002
92% Princess Mononoke (1999) " The entire undertaking is presented as if we're being taught a very complex lesson in enchantment and earthly conservation, and people who lean toward Japanimation will convince themselves they're watching something visionary. But it's just a cartoon. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jun 5, 2002
77% Undercover Brother (2002) " A spy movie-blaxploitation picture spoof that repeats itself so often, and hits its targets so erratically, you'd swear it was adapted from a Saturday Night Live skit. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 31, 2002
92% Insomnia (2002) " Nolan is a craftsman who joins the ranks of Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Curtis Hanson, and M. Night Shyamalan as an individual voice working within the Hollywood system. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 24, 2002
67% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002) " It's a mixed bag, but not as dreadfully mixed as the last one. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 15, 2002
49% Unfaithful (2002) " The audience when I saw this one was chuckling at all the wrong times, and that's a bad sign when they're supposed to be having a collective heart attack. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 9, 2002
47% Hollywood Ending (2002) " Though it draws several decent laughs, it's low-cal Woody at best. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted May 3, 2002
62% The Salton Sea (2002) " If you're determined to see this one, don't forget to bring a soapy washcloth. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 26, 2002
31% Murder by Numbers (2002) " At 118 minutes, the running time allows for too much dawdling and not enough legitimate tension. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 19, 2002
49% Human Nature (2002) " Give this one a try, if for no other reason than to convince Hollywood that 'something different' doesn't automatically mean throwing away good money. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 12, 2002
31% High Crimes (2002) " High Crimes, an often pedestrian courtroom drama reteaming Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, is like a symphony played on cell phones. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Apr 5, 2002
25% Showtime (2002) " It's getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that Hollywood isn't laughing with us, folks. It's laughing at us. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Mar 14, 2002
29% The Time Machine (2002) " ... surprisingly inert for a movie in which the main character travels back and forth between epochs. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Mar 7, 2002
38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) " It comes dangerously close to being America's first sex comedy without comedy. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Mar 1, 2002
7% Dragonfly (2002) " Costner's warm-milk persona is just as ill-fitting as Shadyac's perfunctory directing chops, and some of the more overtly silly dialogue would sink Laurence Olivier. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 21, 2002
23% John Q (2002) " Director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter James Kearns make Washington look silly for the first time in his career. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 14, 2002
42% Big Fat Liar (2002) " The overall effect is less like a children's movie than a recruitment film for future Hollywood sellouts. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 8, 2002
10% Slackers (2002) " The footage seems to have been tossed into the air and randomly reassembled when it hit the ground. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 2, 2002
85% Monster's Ball (2002) " Although director Marc Forster pulls decent performances from both Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry, coincidence-filled plotting, lame dialogue, and ham-fisted symbolism repeatedly undermine his best intentions. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Feb 2, 2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) " An unexpectedly entertaining slice of old-fashioned swashbuckle, the kind of sweeping, periodically absurd picture that was cranked out on an assembly line in the 1940s. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jan 25, 2002
46% Orange County (2002) " One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jan 18, 2002
99% Apocalypse Now (1979) " ...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jan 17, 2002
32% Charlotte Gray (2002) " Blanchett is an extraordinary actress, and she does what she can to flesh out the material. But Charlotte is one of the least active underground operatives in movie history. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Jan 11, 2002
76% Black Hawk Down (2001) " Look out, everybody: Two of the most pandering, tactless filmmakers in Hollywood history are now teaching us about honor among soldiers. " ‐ CNN.com
Posted Dec 28, 2001
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