Ted Fry

Ted Fry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
260

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 260
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/4 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " It's as enchanting to watch them listening to each other as it is for us to listen to all three." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2009
2/4 44% Ex Drummer (2011) " A thoroughly offensive and often hilarious punk requiem about rape, murder, violence, kinky sex, drugs, destruction, bad manners and rock 'n' roll -- not necessarily in that order." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2009
3/4 79% Throw Down Your Heart (2008) " This is an honest journey into discovery that reveals the connection music brings between cultures where commonality is not always easy to find." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2009
2/4 68% Funny People (2009) " Considering all the funny people who contributed to the creative mix of Funny People, it's a crying shame this good-hearted comedy doesn't deliver more genuine laughs." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2009
1.5/4 22% Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) " This live-action update of a popular Japanese anime film from 2000 has a heart full of mythology, but its fangs are dulled by an anemic script and clumsy action sequences that are notable mostly for an excess of cheese, not blood." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/4 68% Brüno (2009) " Intolerance and outrage has never been funnier, and nobody incites it better than Brüno, Borat or Baron Cohen." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2009
3.5/5 76% Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009) " [A] delightful and deeply satisfying French confection." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2009
3/4 88% The Black Balloon (2008) " There are wrenching scenes that are brutally stark, yet there remains a steady sense of calm that is touching and sensitive without ever turning sentimental." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2009
3/4 27% Fast & Furious (2009) " Even the most mundane lives occasionally sparkle with moments of exhilaration, and so does Moscow, Belgium." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2009
2/4 17% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) " Despite well-designed scare shots, the laborious telling of this elaborate ghost story ultimately fizzles under the weight of too much effort." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 26, 2009
2.5/4 52% Shuttle (2009) " Shuttle is a grim and twisted exercise in high-stress terror that falls just short of the torture-porn subgenre." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2009
2.5/4 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) " First-time director Dennis Iliadis spices up the visual style with unusual camera and cutting choices that liven the tempo beyond typical horror-movie cliché. Time will tell whether or not this Last House launches his career." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2009
3.5/4 91% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) " If The Godfather is the operatic pinnacle of gangster movies, let Gomorrah be its biblical counterpart." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2009
3/4 84% Medicine for Melancholy (2008) " A hazy, nuanced and remarkably assured debut from filmmaker Barry Jenkins." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2009
2.5/4 23% Fired Up (2009) " This is a silly little movie that can." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2009
2.5/4 49% Donkey Punch (2008) " Packs a magnetic jolt of fearsome intensity." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2009
1.5/4 32% Fanboys (2008) " While it may score some points as an extended in-joke, the mix of juvenile comedy and insider asides is arcane, snobby and just not very funny." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2.5/4 14% The Spirit (2008) " The script often plods through sequences of clunky dramatic structure. Comic art may be inherently cinematic, but there's still some ink separating panels on a page from flickers on a screen." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 29, 2008
3/4 78% Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008) " The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2008
3/4 92% Obscene (2008) " The focus of Obscene remains steadfastly on the man, thanks to a rich variety of archival and interview clips that span his entire career and a slew of colleagues, fiends and enemies." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/4 79% Flow: For Love of Water (2008) " Problems are addressed in a narrative progression that gets more horrendous and builds into utter despair, except for the final few words of activism and optimism." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 7, 2008
2.5/4 59% RocknRolla (2008) " RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 31, 2008
2.5/4 16% Max Payne (2008) " A movie that cares much more for poetic choreography in explosive gunfights than gaping lapses of logic in a flimsy crime narrative." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/4 54% Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008) " The package is a friendly, if lackluster, affair..." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
1.5/4 36% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) " When a movie features two spit takes in the first 15 minutes, it's a pretty clear indicator of which way the rest of the farce will go." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
2/4 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " There's not much reality or intellect to be found." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3.5/4 90% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) " An extraordinary glimpse into the psychology, subtext and austere reality of modern Chinese culture." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/4 65% The Universe of Keith Haring (2008) " An affectionate and absorbing look at the premiere artist of the '80s downtown New York art scene, whose images quickly penetrated popular culture around the world." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/4 66% Ping Pong Playa (2007) " Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 12, 2008
3/4 85% In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008) " Writer/director Alex Holdridge maintains the intrigue of Wilson and Vivian's dance through a combination of naturalistic dialogue and a magical-realist style." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 12, 2008
1/4 41% The House Bunny (2008) " If another dumb-blonde joke is something you've hoped never to suffer again, make every effort to avoid the protracted punch line that constitutes the bulk of The House Bunny." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2008
1.5/4 41% The Rocker (2008) " An innocuous late-summer entry that barely rises above the level of sitcom alternative to Olympic-coverage overload." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2008
3/4 82% The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007) " The engaging enigma of The Silence Before Bach demonstrates an artistic wisdom that is as satisfying as it is challenging." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 1, 2008
2.5/4 68% CSNY Déjà Vu (2008) " Might have packed a stronger punch with more commitment to both the music and the message." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 25, 2008
2.5/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) " It doesn't rank high in the lowbrow-comedy genre that has produced legitimately smart entries such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up, but it does succeed as a token contender by delivering real laughs at the expense of intelligence and decency." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 25, 2008
2/4 19% Meet Dave (2008) " [An] unremarkable sci-fi gagfest." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 11, 2008
87% Bomb It (2008) " The kinetic editing that keeps bopping from continent to continent never lets up, and it's often impossible to absorb the impressive array of images." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 4, 2008
2.5/4 82% Quantum Hoops (2007) " While it may not be the most absorbing subject for a feature documentary, the hoop dreams of a brainiac team that wants to win just once does make for an amusing diversion, especially with another season of college-bracket fever upon us." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3.5/4 77% Paranoid Park (2007) " Gus Van Sant's capper to a trilogy of experiments in elliptical narrative and lyrical structure is a masterful triumph of art, craft and empathy for the complicatedness of being a real teenager." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3/4 56% Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008) " Using a mostly seamless series of narrative techniques, the film spins a string of interconnected stories based on Sufi mysticism." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2/4 13% College Road Trip (2008) " Even Donny Osmond's sparkling teeth seem a little dim compared with the unsullied gleam the movie presents as real life." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3.5/4 92% U2 3D (2007) " It's an incredible performance captured in a medium that attains a unique aesthetic of immediacy and humanity from the powerful rock quartet." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 23, 2008
3/4 53% Steep (2007) " Even though the pull of the mountain remains a mystery, we do gain some understanding of the humanity that fuels the hair-raising risks captured so eloquently on film." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 18, 2008
1.5/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) " The Bucket List's craft is as impeccable as moviemaking technique and computer tricks can be. But boiled into a formula that is sometimes cloying and sweet, the movie is nonetheless a lazy low-grade product." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/4 13% First Sunday (2008) " Who wants reality and a hollow inspirational message after a setup promising madcap laughs?" — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 11, 2008
2.5/4 56% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) " What Would Jesus Buy? is paved with good intentions..." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 30, 2007
2.5/4 100% The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006) " A truly mad tale of a band that began as a loose amalgamation out of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early '60s and managed to keep getting back together for reunions and revivals until 2005." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 69% Colour of Water (Khadak) (2007) " There's an eerie, magical quality to the political and symbolist fable embedded in Khadak, a visually beautiful film about disappearing nomadic culture on the harsh steppes of Mongolia." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/4 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) " Carell plays it fairly straight in a movie that hits high on the scales of comedy and romance, with just a dollop of dramatic reality. It's almost as if he were playing, well, real life." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 26, 2007
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