Spence D.

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Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 44% Hostel Part II (2007) " Eli Roth has actually improved upon the first Hostel film, delivering a higher quotient of gore, but more importantly delivering an incredibly streamlined, and dare I say, mature spin on the slasher genre. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/5 68% Hard Candy (2006) " There is no question that Hard Candy is an intense and unnerving little film. But when all is said and done it's a rather empty exercise in hot button pushing. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Apr 14, 2006
4.5/5 53% Wolf Creek (2005) " The transference of nail biting insanity from screen to ticket holders is what ultimately drives the picture and makes it almost an interactive experience. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jan 1, 2006
4.5/5 52% First Descent (2005) " A sweet primer, not only into the history of snowboarding, but into the minds and lifestyles of some of the key participants in the sport. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Dec 1, 2005
4/5 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) " A brisk, darkly-tinged adventure yarn that boosts the action quota considerably and as such becomes a whirlwind blast of post-summer escapism. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Nov 18, 2005
3/5 21% Into the Blue (2005) " ...lurking underneath the sleek and fashionable veneer is a not half-bad little morality play. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Sep 29, 2005
4.5/5 82% Serenity (2005) " The film is teeming with an overwhelming amount of integrity, heart, soul, and some of the best written characters to invade genre fiction in quite some time. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2/5 11% Venom (2005) " Cookie cutter horror straight from the swamps of Louisiana. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Sep 16, 2005
4.5/5 53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) " A gloriously wicked psychobilly thriller that unfolds like a crystal meth soaked drive-in movie nightmare. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 19, 2005
3.5/5 41% Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) " Amidst the doom and gloom of all of the 2005 summer blockbusters, this is a light, airy, fun-filled bubblegum romp. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 7, 2005
2.5/5 27% Fantastic Four (2005) " What could have been the brilliant set-up to an ongoing franchise is instead turned into a vacuous slice of summer escapism. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 7, 2005
3/5 74% War of the Worlds (2005) " For all its technical beauty, there's something lacking. It often feels a bit like Spielberg phoned the film in or at the very least painted it by numbers. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3.5/5 84% Aliens of the Deep (2005) " Much of the allure of the film comes from Cameron's easygoing, rather unscientific approach to the project. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 7, 2005
3/5 20% The Real McCoy (1993) IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) " In the end, The Sea Inside is a beautiful, rippling mirage shrouding an empty husk of misplaced emotions. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
2.5/5 53% Spanglish (2004) " ...Spanglish is a sometimes entertaining, sometimes poignant, but more often than not, cliché-ridden drama/comedy... " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2004
4.5/5 81% Ray (2004) " Ray reveals Foxx for what he truly is: a gifted and immensely talented actor. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Oct 28, 2004
3/5 46% Shall We Dance (2004) " Gere, a strong supporting cast, and a great soundtrack save this romantic comedy from the dog pound. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Oct 15, 2004
4/5 95% Hero (2004) " ...rife with beautiful location scenery, incredible production design, intense cinematic beauty, and above all engagingly beautiful fight sequences. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Aug 27, 2004
4/5 71% Gozu (2003) " ...underneath the freaky veneer lurks a film that exposes the true nature of friendship, loyalty, and just how far somebody will go to exact their just revenge. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Aug 6, 2004
4/5 72% Open Water (2004) " ...a bare bones tale of survival horror that reverberates with emotional drama, realistic terror, and an overall sense of foreboding futility. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Aug 6, 2004
4.5/5 86% Garden State (2004) " Quirkily loveable characters plus a dreamlike and hallucinatory sheen make this fantasical romantic comedy bristle with a sense of bliss and wonder. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
2/5 43% The Village (2004) " discerning filmgoers will be able to see the film for what it really is: an embarrassing and underhanded attempt to manipulate the emotions of the audience. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
3.5/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) " This may not be the funniest film of the summer nor even the stoniest, but it is still an enjoyable chunk of resin-soaked celluloid. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 30, 2004
4.5/5 86% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) " Kitano's direction is a fine balance of artistic brilliance, low-key slapstick diversion, and plenty of swift swordplay. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 22, 2004
3.5/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " Filled with darkly off-kilter humor and uncomfortably funny moments that resonate both emotionally and intellectually. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 15, 2004
4.5/5 95% Before Sunset (2004) " Before Sunset is a quiet, introspective little film that reverberates with more emotion and more human realness than any CGI enhanced cinematic event could ever hope to. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jul 2, 2004
2/5 15% White Chicks (2004) " White Chicks isn't horrible. It's just innocuous, run-of-the-mill, and makes very few inroads into crafting anything new. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jun 23, 2004
3.5/5 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " ...a wonderfully skewed story that weaves together tater tot fetishism, a voracious llama, tether ball, Internet dating, and the high school presidential race... " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jun 10, 2004
3.5/5 45% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) " It has drama, it has action, it has pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo, it has bloodthirsty timber wolves, and it has lots and lots of ice. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted May 28, 2004
3.5/5 87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) " ...an often confusing, incredibly bittersweet, yet mesmerizing examination of the cult of personality... " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Mar 26, 2004
3/5 41% Jersey Girl (2004) " ...it's a bit saccharine in places, but plenty of Smith's off-kilter sense of wit shines through, giving the rosy-cheeked script some much needed edge... " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Mar 26, 2004
4/5 64% Spartan (2004) " Spartan is the type of film that you immediately find yourself wanting to view again... " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Mar 12, 2004
2/5 1% Twisted (2004) " Kaufman's keen eye cannot override the simple fact that the story and the characters are generic and the ultimate twist really isn't much of one. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 27, 2004
3/5 49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) " it's a brutally beautiful (or would that be beautifully brutal?), unnerving, and frustrating film that will undoubtedly offer up more questions than answers. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 25, 2004
3.5/5 91% Cure (1998) " Kurosawa definitely has a strong visual style and a knack for spinning engrossing, if not bizarre, stories that cross the genre divide. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 13, 2004
3/5 44% 50 First Dates (2004) " Not amongst Sandler's best, but it still an entertaining enough diversion that succeeds in large part because of the charismatic aura of both the leads. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 12, 2004
4.5/5 73% Snatch (2001) " This is a swift, sharp picture that pleases the senses on all levels, ranging from the visual to the aural, the linguistic, and yes even the intellectual. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
1.5/5 24% Domestic Disturbance (2001) " This film quickly sinks into a lame, ultra-predictable storyline that would never have made it past the made-for-cable-TV editorial commission. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
4/5 78% Tape (2001) " Tape brilliantly mixes sex, lies, and videotape-esque quirks with some supreme mental fornicative twists to produce an engaging chunk of film. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
4/5 49% The Price of Milk (2001) " This is a quaint and creative take on the modern romantic motif, a film that creates a world where subtle beauty and true love are more than enough to get by on. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Feb 10, 2004
3.5/5 17% The Perfect Score (2004) " Believe it or not, The Perfect Score is a surprisingly smart, keen, and fun little high school caper film. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jan 29, 2004
3/5 16% The Big Bounce (2004) " ...teeters precariously on the edge of being utter crap or brilliantly funny entertainment. That it never falls onto either side of the divide is its ultimate downfall. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jan 29, 2004
4.5/5 93% Touching the Void (2004) " The combination of the real life climber's emotional retelling of the events and the sparse, yet dramatic re-enactments is enough to keep you glued to the screen. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Jan 24, 2004
3.5/5 71% Cold Mountain (2003) " Crisp direction, wonderful cinematography, a well-written script and brilliant acting all combine to make this an engaging story of love and loss. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Dec 25, 2003
3.5/5 60% Stuck on You (2003) " Bubbling underneath the conjoined twin gimmick of the story and the ribald blasts of un-PC toilet humor is a rather intriguing and complex film. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Dec 11, 2003
80% 21 Grams (2003) " This is a film that is ultimately driven by the performances of those involved and thankfully those performances are strong, engaging, and worth sitting through. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Nov 26, 2003
58% The Missing (2003) " What could have been a compelling psychological thriller is nothing more than a downright plodding and predictable swipe at the Western genre. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Nov 26, 2003
3.5/5 84% Elf (2003) " A hip, smart holiday film that is as surprising as it is predictable. That said, the best thing to do is sit back with a warm glass of eggnog and go along for the ride. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Nov 7, 2003
3/5 4% House of the Dead (2003) " While not as technically brilliant as some zombie fare, HotD more than makes up for this lack in terms of sheer heart. Sure, it's a low-budget venture, but it doesn't feel forced or contrived, but rather revels in its low-budget restraints. " ‐ IGN Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2003
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