Ted Murphy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Raised in New England. Graduated from Boston University; for one year worked as a theater and filmcritic for student newspaper. Got sidetracked into working as an archivist specializing in theater and film before heading to NYC. Worked for a time as assistant to former screenwriter Helen Deutsch, then spent years working with writer Helen Rayburn on an unsold biography of the Astaire family. Spent nine years toiling in electronic publishing before serving another seven at Baseline as editor of the BIOS and REVIEWS databases. Am now freelancing and overseeing my own website.
Favorites:
My taste is rather eclectic. Everything from screwball comedies (My Man Godfrey, The Awful Truth) to sweeping epics (Out of Africa, The English Patient) to the standard great films (Citizen Kane, All About Eve). Among my guilty pleasures are The Big Chill, Gallipoli and Babe.
Publications:
Baseline.Hollywood.com , Hollywood.com , Murphy's Movie Reviews
Total Reviews:
392
Location:
Massachusetts

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 32% All the Pretty Horses (2000) " What is on screen is impressive, even with the sense of something missing." — Hollywood.com
Posted Dec 13, 2009
A- 98% All About My Mother (1999) " This film is as close to a masterpiece as the director has ever produced." — Hollywood.com
Posted Dec 13, 2009
81% Wonder Boys (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
89% Rosetta (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
—— Some Fish Can Fly Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
5/5 85% Billy Elliot (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
68% Titus (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
71% Man of the Century (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
2/5 76% The Contender (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
78% Sweet and Lowdown (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
40% Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
15% Third World Cop (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
76% Mansfield Park (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
3% Down to You (2000) " Both Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. deserve better." — Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
83% Tumbleweeds (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 8, 2009
2/5 67% Sleepy Hollow (1999) " Burton piles on the artistic gore for this rendition. He just forgets to add the terror." — Hollywood.com
Posted Feb 18, 2009
84% Titanic Town (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
34% But I'm A Cheerleader (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
39% Miss Julie (1999) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
67% Luminarias (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
64% Criminal Lovers (2000) Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 20, 2008
B+ 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " ... a superb and entertaining thriller." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jun 28, 2008
B 46% Cashback (2007) " CASHBACK is a likable film that is bolstered by Ellis' terrific eye for composition." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2007
A- 91% Hairspray (2007) " One of the best movie musicals in recent times and it only gets better on repeated viewings." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2007
B- 67% The Girl Next Door (2007) " The film is quite disturbing and some scenes are difficult to watch." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 16, 2007
B 75% Road to Victory (2009) " ... hopefully what I write might encourage someone to seek out a film. Such is the case with Road to Victory, the debut feature of writer-director-actor Mike Reilly." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 16, 2007
A- 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) " Laverty's screenplay is not a simple-minded exercise, although there is a schematic aspect to it. He and Loach want to be fair to both sides of the Irish debate ..." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C 40% The Wendell Baker Story (2005) " just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 64% Vitus (2007) " In addition to the rich classical music on its score (with piano solos played by Gheorgiu who is a real-life musical prodigy), the film boasts strong performances by Ganz as the understanding grandparent and Jenkins and Jucker as the boy's parents." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ 70% The Valet (La Doublure) (2007) " Except for a slightly misguided final scene, LA DOUBLURE (THE VALET) is a great dessert movie: a brisk and breezy romp that will leave audiences smiling." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C 56% Vacancy (2007) " It's only in the last act that things begin to get a bit flaky but up till then VACANCY does what it sets out to do without any pretenses." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- 19% Two Weeks (2006) " TWO WEEKS offers some positive views on hospice care and tackles head-on a theme that few American features do, but it lacks the gravitas of something like the European drama THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ 96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007) " tackles big ideas like the preservation of tradition and the overall reach of destiny, but also slyly suggests that the Triad of the 21st Century has evolved into something like a giant corporation." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C+ 68% The Treatment (2006) " The three main performances are what carry the film" — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 88% Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat) (2007) " If you allow the film to wash over you, it can be appreciated as an essay on the power of memory." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- 90% Stephanie Daley (2006) " not a great deal that is dramatic happens in the film, but it is that accrual of small details that fleshes out who these people are." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- 89% Starter for 10 (2006) " enjoyable if lightweight entertainment" — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C 55% A Soap (En Soap) (2006) " While I might want to applaud Fischer Christensen for attempting to say something pertinent about gender roles and stereotypes, there is something curiously lacking in the characters." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- 66% Snow Cake (2006) " in the end, it's as viable as its titular confection: pretty to look at but cold." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C 20% Sing Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace (2006) " The cast veers from overly theatrical (Rogers) to amusing (Molly Shannon as Ted's wife Shannon, a woman who speaks her mind without thinking about the consequences) to spot on (Harbour, DeWitt, Basche, and several others)." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) " a trippy movie that doesn't make it easy for the audience to follow. The story is complex and confusing and theanimation keeps the viewer from entering the tale emotionally or intellectually." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- 86% Sacco and Vanzetti (2007) " Surprisingly, this is the first nonfiction film to tackle the subject and Miller manages to find the parallels to contemporary times without being too pedantic or heavy-handed." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 80% Rock Bottom: Gay Men & Meth (2006) " ... a frank look at the devastation that addiction can cause." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ 79% Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007) " Resnais and his superb cast have poured their hearts into this film adaptation and anyone seeking mature entertainment should search for this gem." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- 45% Pride (2007) " Howard anchors the film with a charismatic turn. He doesn't turn Ellis into a plaster saint but portrays a complex and complicated man." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D 8% Premonition (2007) " This film wants to be a twisty thriller but ends up something of a misogynistic mess which leaves its leading lady stranded." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 88% Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques) (2006) " There are some schematics at work in the screenplay, but the film proves to be an entertaining, if frustrating, experience." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ 83% Paprika (2006) " PAPRIKA adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 75% Over the Hedge (2006) " I watched the film with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by its heart and its humor." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B 45% One to Another (2006) " I found the film to be engrossing and fairly well done and would recommend it." — Murphy's Movie Reviews
Posted Jul 14, 2007
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