Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
262

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 262
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 —— Kardia (2006) " The script takes the film to the edge of banality, with Hope's ceaseless pondering." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 33% Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006) " With all the charm of the early James Bond movies and all the heart-stopping chase scenes of the contemporary spy series ... Alex Rider heaves into view as a reluctant, but thrilling young spy." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2006
2/4 41% Everyone's Hero (2006) " ... feels more like a 1950s cartoon." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2006
2.5/4 46% The Last Kiss (2006) " It's easy to see from the above that The Last Kiss is a movie scripted from a male point of view to capture that elusive young male demographic." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3/4 69% Hollywoodland (2006) " The interplay between hard facts and the dreams that are the currency of movie actors, agents and producers that gives Hollywoodland both its glitter and its grit." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 8, 2006
1.5/4 21% The Quiet (2006) " The exposition is so heavy-handed, the producers might just as well distribute a printed handout to hapless ticket buyers." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 1, 2006
2.5/4 59% How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) " This is a story that could have gone way too far in the direction of the touching tale illustrating how kids overcome their fear of being ridiculed -- but instead maintains a buoyant irreverence." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 25, 2006
2.5/4 10% Pulse (2006) " Pulse is most cunning in its overarching theme: What Americans have to fear most are hidden dangers in their midst." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2006
3.5/4 88% Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005) " Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2006
2/4 35% The Lake House (2006) " There's only one answer to this epistolary screen romance: Return to Sender." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2006
3/4 73% Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006) " Cuesta entices extraordinary performances out of his young actors." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2006
1.5/4 0% Fetching Cody (2005) " Ray's script shambles off in all directions and succeeds only in reinforcing our disbelief." — Toronto Star
Posted May 26, 2006
2/4 67% Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (1984) " Long before the two-hour mark, Coleman's documentary begins to more resemble a photographic tour through a museum than an exploration of a living religion." — Toronto Star
Posted May 19, 2006
3/4 63% La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) (2006) " It is a story told in small moments, the camera close-up on a look, the stroke of a hand, the way a blonde thread is revealed in a husband's jacket." — Toronto Star
Posted May 19, 2006
2/4 26% Hoot (2006) " Endangered as they are, burrowing owls will be disappointed to learn that their cause has been hitched to a movie with little entertainment value, let alone credible strategies to save their environment." — Toronto Star
Posted May 5, 2006
2/4 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) " The latest spelling bee movie is a Starbucks Entertainment product, and it has a made-to-order feel about it, kind of like a compilation album." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2006
3/4 80% Brick (2006) " It is possible to leave Brick without fully appreciating how all the pieces fit together, but still satisfied by a well-crafted tale undertaken by a director who pays homage to a film tradition in a truly original way." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2006
2.5/4 36% Niagara Motel (2006) " Too many characters and so much plot that no single scenario ever develops into an absorbing drama." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2006
2.5/4 43% She's the Man (2006) " More often than not it's the slapstick elements, predictably occasioned by gender confusion, that get the laughs." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2006
2.5/4 26% The Shaggy Dog (2006) " This is a classic family fun fare, likely destined for sequelhood." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 10, 2006
2/4 17% Spymate (2006) " It's a half-baked movie that looks strangely dated (it was actually made in 2003), underfinanced and simplistic next to films with the same theme, like the Spy Kids series." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 24, 2006
2.5/4 69% Through the Fire (2006) " Even if the outcome is already known by those who follow basketball, Through the Fire makes for a suspenseful movie with an emotional climax that exceeds any fictional screen treatment of sports heroism." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 17, 2006
1/4 43% Final Destination 3 (2006) " As a horror flick, Final Destination 3 is literally laughable." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 10, 2006
2/4 70% Heading South (2006) " Cantet never finds the keys to his characters in Heading South and fails to give them life beyond the politicized representations imposed on them by Laferrière." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 3, 2006
2.5/4 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " Nanny McPhee has its own enduring charm, a mix of witty dialogue, pie-throwing slapstick and eccentric family portrait." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 27, 2006
1.5/4 36% Guy X (2005) " A movie that doesn't know whether it is slapstick comedy, satire, mystery or a schlock horror flick. Whatever it is, it is highly derivative, and of little consequence." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 20, 2006
2.5/4 50% The White Countess (2005) " Political intrigue, the thriving jazz-era nightclub scene and the breakdown of the class system within a city in turmoil should have yielded more engaging scenarios." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 14, 2006
2/4 55% Glory Road (2006) " Lacking the gritty reality of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, this Jerry Bruckheimer film, directed by newcomer James Gartner, converts a year in the life of a basketball team into a very conventional triumph of the underdogs." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 13, 2006
2/4 20% Rumor Has It (2005) " A scantily clad premise that would at best have been a light-hearted farce goes in search of a heart-tugging denouement and doesn't find it." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 27, 2005
3/5 57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005) " A cunningly crafted fairytale ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2005
3/4 51% The Family Stone (2005) " The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 16, 2005
3/4 91% Ballets Russes (2005) " Geller and Goldfine orchestrate a ballet movie that is every bit as entertaining, gossipy and relevant as it is historically accurate." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2005
3/5 66% Pride and Prejudice (2003) Toronto Star
Posted Dec 9, 2005
3/4 88% Touch The Sound (2004) " Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 28, 2005
2.5/4 46% The Ice Harvest (2005) " ... a thriller that's not very thrilling but is as violent as the best of them." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 28, 2005
2.5/4 46% Rent (2005) " Director Chris Columbus has done what any smart filmmaker would do with a musical and let the songs dictate his movie." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 23, 2005
2.5/4 89% Paradise Now (2005) " Viewers of all persuasions can find a human perspective on an aspect of terrorism that, no matter how often it occurs, is beyond imagining for most of us." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 18, 2005
3.5/4 85% Pride and Prejudice (2005) " Like the classic novel itself, the movie brings a certain sadness when the end has come and there is no more to watch." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 11, 2005
4/4 91% Water (2005) " Mehta has concocted a potent mix of politics, historical conflict, religion and philosophical questioning." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 4, 2005
1/4 —— The River King (2005) " One possible outcome after another is broadly telegraphed as the movie plods along, but most lines of inquiry are never to be resolved." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2005
2.5/4 84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " [A] movie-lover's movie." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2005
2/4 60% Manners of Dying " Calculated, in the sense of contrived, the plot of Manners of Dying is like a story within a story, re-wound over and over again, each time with a slight variation." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2005
2/4 26% The Legend of Zorro (2005) " The CG-effects to replicate crowds and buildings, the fake scenery, the flimsy plot and the cheap dialogue all spell a budget-conscious production." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2005
2.5/4 36% Saw II (2005) " Quite possibly Saw II sheds enough blood to satisfy horror aficionados." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2005
2/4 27% Stay (2005) " Sometimes artful doesn't make up for annoying." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 21, 2005
3/4 57% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) " For once, a true story gets no romanticizing or needless embellishment to become a captivating movie." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 14, 2005
3.5/4 100% C.R.A.Z.Y. (Crazy) (2005) " The subject matter may be deep and the family conflicts serious, but Vallée leavens his story with gentle satire and outright humour." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 14, 2005
2.5/4 69% The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2005) " What is interesting to watch are the unexpected turns that occur when a jilted lover, a kidnapped rich capitalist and a pair of new lovers are cooped up in an isolated chalet." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 7, 2005
3/4 45% The Thing About My Folks (2005) " Reiser, a famous face from the long-running TV series Mad About You, here proves himself to be a skilful writer and actor for the big screen." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2005
2.5/4 62% The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) " As sports movies go, it doesn't get more exciting than this." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2005
2.5/4 38% Lie With Me (2006) " Director Clement Virgo, working with his partner Tamara Faith Berger's short, snappy novel, Lie With Me, strives to get beyond titillation and largely succeeds." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 24, 2005
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