R. Kurt Osenlund

R. Kurt Osenlund

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
163

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 163
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " The film is home to some unique redeeming factors, but it panders to viewers by diluting its lesson, which teaches that some comfort zones can only be truly abandoned on the other side of the world." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2012
2/4 74% Sound of My Voice (2012) " No great psychological depths are being plumbed here, which unfortunately, seems to render nil the raison d'ĂȘtre." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2.5/4 58% Hysteria (2012) " Needless to say, Hysteria's happy ending isn't the type that calls for a cigarette, and it certainly isn't the one the film deserves. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2012
3/4 71% The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) " For a first-time filmmaker, Lee Kirk sure knows how to pick his establishing shots." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2012
2/4 20% The Lucky One (2012) " At this point, Sparksian romances unfold via their own preordained formula, and measures of their merits largely hinge on how well each can bend the cookie-cutter." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2012
2.5/4 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) " Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
3.5/4 88% Titanic (1997) " The re-release is keenly timed with the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking of the RMS Titanic, yet another factor to validate the 3D film's existence." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2012
2/4 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " Like Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with just a dash of Lars von Trier's Dogville, Tarsem Singh's rendering of this revisionist fairy tale is less cinematic than it is purposefully theatrical." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2012
3.5/4 99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " How to Survive a Plague presents a cast of characters who must continue fighting, for what's at stake is the very real, very imminent threat of their own deaths. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2.5/4 —— Omar Killed Me " The adherence to a Grisham-like structure all but kills the film's chances of leaving a lasting impression." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2012
84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The Hunger Games is more notable for the holes it doesn't fall into than the great heights it reaches." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/4 90% Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) (2012) " Julia Murat shows a fine grasp of form, letting her technique reflect the elements and moods of her story." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2012
2.5/4 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " With the foul-mouthed, largely feminine dramedy Friends with Kids, writer/producer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt is juggling so much, it's a wonder there aren't more jokes about balls." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2012
1/4 51% Being Flynn (2012) " If Robert De Niro knew what was good for him, he'd certainly distance himself from this director and find a new path. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2012
1.5/4 11% Gone (2012) " Nearly a year has passed since the release of Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood, and Amanda Seyfried is still crying wolf. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2012
2/4 26% This Means War (2012) " This Means War seems so concerned with being the best product, it doesn't even know how to be good trash." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2012
2/4 29% The Vow (2012) " This is a movie whose true romance has virtually nothing to do with the movie itself." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2012
.5/4 73% Big Miracle (2012) " Any goodwill it boasts is terminally suppressed, buried beneath a layer of bulls--- as thick as blubber. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2012
1/4 2% One for the Money (2012) " You could go nuts with the double entendres associated with One for the Money, beginning, of course, with the film's title." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2012
2/4 80% Haywire (2012) " If anything, Haywire is most closely linked to last year's Contagion, a kindred effort in style, theme, and value-marring detachment. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2012
3/4 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " Its kicker is that despite the standard-issue sap of its garden-variety plot, it's not out to change your life or desperately steal your tears. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2012
84% The Tree of Life (2011) House Next Door
Posted Jan 7, 2012
1.5/4 6% The Devil Inside (2012) " Never are you really invested in any of this, as the movie is pervaded by lead-footed artificiality and the growing stink of crass marketing. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2012
77% War Horse (2011) House Next Door
Posted Dec 31, 2011
1/4 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " Stephen Daldry abandons every lick of restraint in his efforts to play the audience like a syrup-greased harp." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2011
1.5/4 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) " Close never provides an entry point into the soul of this complex (and otherwise nameless) person, making it harder and harder to view the character as sympathetic." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2011
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) House Next Door
Posted Dec 17, 2011
13% W.E. (2012) House Next Door
Posted Dec 14, 2011
2.5/4 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Surely no one expected this movie to be masterful, as Streep has made it rather clear that she's not much interested in working with filmmakers whose talents might outshine her own. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2011
71% Carnage (2011) House Next Door
Posted Dec 12, 2011
88% Margin Call (2011) House Next Door
Posted Dec 10, 2011
1.5/4 21% The Sitter (2011) " Of today's working directors, is there a bigger genre-swapping sellout than David Gordon Green?" — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2011
80% Young Adult (2011) " Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman prove a canny team when it comes to capturing frank yet polished modernity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2011
94% Pariah (2011) House Next Door
Posted Dec 6, 2011
.5/4 9% Answers to Nothing (2011) " Tasteless and out of touch right down to its foundation, embarrassingly unaware that Crash-like, hyperlink narratives went out with bird-flu paranoia." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2011
21% The Sitter (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 29, 2011
84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 24, 2011
83% Tyrannosaur (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 22, 2011
89% The Descendants (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 19, 2011
98% The Artist (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 18, 2011
1/4 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " Bella shifts from her intended stance of antiheroine to something close to antimatter in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2011
7% New Year's Eve (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 15, 2011
3.5/4 35% Immortals (2011) " However indulgent, Tarsem brings art museums to the movies, thrillingly injecting popular fantasy with acute senses of the classic and the avant garde. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2011
2/4 13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown (2011) " This saddles-and-sass mash-ups' most telling image is an equine hoof painted electric pink." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2011
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) House Next Door
Posted Nov 8, 2011
46% Anonymous (2011) House Next Door
Posted Nov 5, 2011
1/4 68% Tower Heist (2011) " A bland, schematic contrivance of a class comedy that never elicits any responses beyond the primitive and the childish." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
2.5/4 16% The Son of No One (2011) " If you've got genuine New York gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, chances are Dito Montiel wants to shoot it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2011
76% The Help (2011) House Next Door
Posted Oct 29, 2011
2/4 73% Like Crazy (2011) " Like Crazy is an art-house romance about the pain and challenges of a long-distance relationship, and watching the film is itself a grueling exercise in yearning." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2011
80% Young Adult (2011) House Next Door
Posted Oct 25, 2011
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