Ted Fry

Ted Fry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
259

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " Exposition like this starts sounding like so much gibberish, but Dark of the Moon makes it bloom on its own terms, fusing an actual semblance of reason into all those supercool action sequences." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 28, 2011
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) " Most of "Beautiful Boy" is unrelentingly bleak and depressing, but there are smatterings of understatement and grace." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2.5/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) " Green Lantern's ring is cooler than Thor's hammer, but not as awesome as Ironman's suit." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2.5/4 66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " It's all in good fun and sometimes a little clever; "Hobo" shoots low and scores an explosive spray of guts, if not glory." — Seattle Times
Posted May 26, 2011
3/4 92% Incendies (2011) " A deeply resonant literary quality gives what might otherwise seem like a dubious series of coincidences a profound sense of plausibility." — Seattle Times
Posted May 26, 2011
3/4 77% The Robber (2011) " This story of real-life Austrian criminal Johann Kastenberger is both tranquil and gripping." — Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/4 49% The Bang Bang Club (2011) " "The Bang Bang Club" divulges little insight into what keeps this dangerous brotherhood banging away around the world." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3.5/4 92% Circo (2011) " Sort of a modern-day version of "Toby Tyler," only without a frisky, mischievous Mr. Stubbs as comic relief." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2011
2.5/4 65% The Music Never Stopped (2011) " The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2.5/4 41% HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011) " [A] perky, if undistinguished, emulation of a mid-period Woody Allen relationship comedy..." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 24, 2011
3/4 25% Lord Of The Dance 3D (2011) " If you're a fan, then you'll probably be thrilled by this more literal rendering of Celtic thunder, with the Zeus-like Flatley delivering lightning bolts of pizazz from his own showbiz heaven." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2011
1.5/4 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " A bland string of pokes at fashion and 1988 period style." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 39% The Eagle (2011) " Tatum and Bell deserve more than the lethargic narrative that follows them across such exquisite wilderness." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 10, 2011
3/4 87% Lemmy (2011) " This 65-year-old gentleman with the distinctive facial hair and penchant for Nazi memorabilia is not only a certifiable rock god, he's also one of the most thoughtful fellas you'll ever find grinding our mega-decibels on a bass guitar." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 3, 2011
2.5/4 92% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) " "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grand Master" is distinguished by a string of stylishly choreographed martial-arts combat scenes, though barely serviceable in its storytelling." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " If you see only one fiendishly bizarre Finnish film about an evil Santa Claus and his naked band of marauding elves this holiday season, make it "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale."" — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/4 89% Tangled (2010) " Captures some of the best elements of Disney standards while nimbly integrating the clever pop-culture winks and dazzling technical style that are hallmarks of modern computer-animated features." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 23, 2010
2/4 71% Monsters (2010) " For all the portentous ambience and subtlety of mood in this micro-budget slog through tropical wastelands and the mumbled dialogue of its vacant-eyed protagonists, Monsters wields a pretty heavy-handed allegorical message." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 4, 2010
3/4 87% Buried (2010) " It may sound like a gimmicky premise, but Buried is as far outside the box as a buried-alive movie can be." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
2.5/4 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 23, 2010
2/4 17% Legendary (2010) " Like the inspirational sagas that show up on low-grade cable, Legendary follows a familiar blueprint designed for maximum feel-good effect." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2.5/4 72% The Last Exorcism (2010) " Mostly good fun if only for the sentiment expressed by a colleague and shared by a big contingent of horror fans: "I'm always up for a nice exorcism movie."" — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/4 51% The Switch (2010) " Unfortunately, this latest ho-hum rom-com from Hollywood's industrial commissary comes out half-baked despite noble efforts by two undeniably likable stars who try to rescue it from mediocrity." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3% Twelve (2010) " Plays like a melodramatic rip-off of Bret Easton Ellis books about insufferable kids obsessed with money, drugs and themselves." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/4 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) " Flooded with warm light and a radiant mood, Ramona and Beezus is a sunny series of charming escapades and subtle flights of fancy that capture the safe fusion of imagination and reality where all little girls should grow up." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2010
3/4 62% Salt (2010) " The relentless pace, hair-raising stunts and air of affected gravitas also goes a long way in boosting Salt a rung above much of this summer's other multiplex fare as a top-notch action thriller." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2010
2.5/4 78% OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010) " The tenor, tone and immaculately lampooned art direction often make up for shtick that gradually grows thin in the belly-laugh department." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2010
3/4 47% The A-Team (2010) " Fans of explosions, machine guns, brutal fisticuffs and elaborate set pieces that fuse digital effects with impressive practical stunts will get their fill as the A-Team, class of '10, accomplishes its mission -- and exactly according to plan." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 10, 2010
3/4 73% Get Him to the Greek (2010) " Much snappy dialogue keeps the far-fetched shenanigans from collapsing into stupidity, and agile performances create genuineness in the relationships. Foremost is Brand, whose wry intelligence inspires an enormously appealing presence." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 3, 2010
3/4 50% The Living Wake (2010) " In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 3, 2010
1.5/4 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " Despite the focus on scope and scale, this big picture feels pretty darn small." — Seattle Times
Posted May 27, 2010
2.5/4 83% 180 South (2010) " A beautiful mess with a point of view that's way too easily distracted." — Seattle Times
Posted May 20, 2010
3/4 82% Kites (2010) " Kites pulls no punches in its histrionic story of love and revenge. It also spares no expense in the telling with the cast of primarily Hindi actors gnashing their way through a beautifully stylish production and several large-scale action set pieces." — Seattle Times
Posted May 20, 2010
2/4 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) " A blithely frivolous movie that glows with as much starry-eyed cliché and scenic splendor as it shudders with illogic and lack of common sense." — Seattle Times
Posted May 13, 2010
3/4 95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) " The dynamic sequences of musical performances are interspersed with vignettes that come off tense or comic as the trio moves through back alleys and the underground in an urgent, life-and-death quest for freedom and rock 'n' roll." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 29, 2010
3/4 89% Teza " Both intimate and sprawling in its scope and reach, Teza is a remarkable portrait of the tortured political and social history that Ethiopia suffered in the last decades of the 20th century." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 29, 2010
2.5/4 60% Barking Water (2009) " Harjo is clearly giving his all in trying to convey a soulful mysticism in this existential journey. But the tone becomes a little ham-handed with all the lengthy interludes of barren fields, roadside fences and tracking shots of the ever-moving Volvo." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 15, 2010
3/4 81% City Island (2010) " In spite of an overly elaborate series of mix-ups that are revealed in a paroxysm of absurdity in the final scene, the movie has a genuine heart and a delicate earnestness that is as amusing as it is affectionate." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 8, 2010
3.5/4 96% Sweetgrass (2009) " In an extraordinary series of tableaux that are alternately idyllic and severe, Sweetgrass defies the conventions of what most of us regard as a documentary film." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 25, 2010
2.5/4 58% She's Out of My League (2010) " This bad-mannered love story has a funny foul mouth with a few bright spots of charm." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2010
2/4 71% The Crazies (2010) " Eisner stumbles in playing up an inherent tension that could have given audiences their own case of the crazies." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/4 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " Besson's philosophy of breakneck action and spectacular set pieces guides the brilliant blend of physical stunts and cartoon conception of a walled-in slum on the fringes of a near-future Paris." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 4, 2010
3.5/4 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " This crisp, gripping drama of brutal criminal intrigue and sinister moral violence is smart and absorbing in its every nuance, and Gibson dominates the elaborate action with an assured performance that's as authoritative as it is affecting." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 28, 2010
1/4 5% Old Dogs (2009) " The ploy of pairing John Travolta and Robin Williams, whose salaries probably represented most of the budget, is the only pedigree Old Dogs has going for it." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 25, 2009
3/4 85% Skin (2009) " Skin is a moving and smartly made account of a truly peculiar episode from the period of apartheid that existed as national policy in South Africa until just 15 years ago." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 5, 2009
2.5/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " Ultimately, though, This Is It is a shallow homage to the good memories of the King of Pop." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 28, 2009
3/4 71% More Than a Game (2009) " Utterly captivating for the humanity at its core." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 15, 2009
3.5/4 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " After the disturbing experience of squirming through this astonishing movie, you'll be wide awake with lights blazing and may never want to sleep again." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2009
2/4 35% The Burning Plain (2009) " The emotional elements in all the plot threads are tremendously earnest, but Arriaga's manipulation of time and his abrupt shifts in focus ultimately detract from the knotty narrative puzzle." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 17, 2009
3/4 16% Love Happens (2009) " For a sparkly star vehicle with aspirations no greater than highlighting the perfect bone structure of its featured players, Love Happens makes a good case for the three-act formula of a skillfully crafted Hollywood romance." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 17, 2009
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