Teresa Budasi

Teresa Budasi

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Sun-Times
Total Reviews:
33

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Showing 1 - 33 of 33
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 50% Then She Found Me (2007) " Hunt has what it takes to direct; you can see it here, in small doses. In an arena filled largely with men, it will be interesting to see what she does next." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 2, 2008
1.5/4 47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) " One thing Schwimmer does do right is keep the story moving swiftly. You're in, you're out, no harm done -- unless you want that hour and a half back." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3.5/4 67% Snow Angels (2007) " Snow Angels will please steadfast [David Gordon] Green fans, even if its star power makes it seem as if he's been inching toward the mainstream all along." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 21, 2008
2/4 52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) " A throw-your-hands-up, head-shaking disappointment." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 62% Joshua (2007) " A psychological thriller that's not only lovely to look at but also intriguing enough to keep you guessing until the end. And even then you may not have figured it out." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/4 54% Eagle vs. Shark (2007) " A disturbing film trying to diguise itself as a quirky romantic comedy. There are indeed some laugh-out-loud moments; unfortunately most of the laughs are aimed at -- not with -- the misfits." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2.5/4 78% 1408 (2007) " All the suspense and shock depends on [Cusack's] performance, how he reacts from minute to minute, and he does a terrific job under Mikael Hafstrom's direction." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 72% Golden Door (2007) " A three-paneled piece, where the strength lies in the detail work rather than the larger brushstrokes." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 15, 2007
4/4 89% Waitress (2007) " We can only take comfort in the little slice of heaven she left behind." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 65% Jindabyne (2006) " Though Linney is the standout, short-shrift should not be given to the rest of the cast, whose roles might be smaller but they're the ones who add a little color to this otherwise dreary vista." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 4, 2007
3.5/4 64% The TV Set (2007) " Kasdan wisely doesn't make this about the big, bad bosses vs. the creative geniuses who won't compromise. It's a well-balanced look at a process, which, from the outside seems arbitrary and convoluted, but from the inside makes sense." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2/4 15% The Condemned (2007) " What happens in The Condemned is wrong on so many levels; it's sick, twisted, bloody and brutal, and yet it's compelling -- until its preposterousness busts at the seams." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2/4 56% Vacancy (2007) " You start to think you're going to get a first-rate psychological thriller and instead you get third-rate schlock, with some legitimate scary moments but no insight into the motivation behind [Frank Whaley's character's] psychosis." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/4 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) " Like a loyal pet, Firehouse Dog ends up being a fun family experience all ages will enjoy." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 5, 2007
1/4 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007) " 'I can fix that,' Nick says each time a new problem arises in the house. How are we supposed to believe that when the filmmakers couldn't fix this poorly constructed sequel from its prefab origins?" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 4, 2007
3.5/4 78% The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006) " This film, like Melanie in her fitted suit and straight, blond ponytail, is a taut little affair, clocking in at a no-nonsense 85 minutes. She gets in, gets out, her work is done, much like her long-ago audition." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 30, 2007
1.5/4 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) " On the surface, it sounds like an E.T. clone. Oh, if only. Where Steven Spielberg's 25-year-old masterpiece had heart to spare, Mimzy is an emotionless empty shell." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
3.5/4 86% The Namesake (2006) " Though the film seems hurried in the last half hour -- most likely to get as much of the book covered as possible -- it still maintains a loveliness bridged by these two generations of Gangulis, whose disparate life experiences cannot bond them." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 16, 2007
89% Starter for 10 (2006) " Starter has a mature sensibility and ... [director] Vaughan is able to refrain from obvious characterizations." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3/4 70% Amazing Grace (2007) " The film is inspiring. When Wilberforce finally achieves victory, Lord Fox makes a speech, in which the opening words, sadly, still ring true today: 'When people think of great men, rarely do they think of peaceful men.'" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3.5/4 75% The Dead Girl (2006) " The use of multiple plots can be a dangerous exercise if not skillfully executed, making viewers feel cheated and wanting more, but Moncrieff works it out, ably shifting from one story to the next and keeping us satisfied with the open-ended outcomes." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 9, 2007
2/4 9% Norbit (2007) " There is potential all over this film, but every scene is overwrought with unfunny caricatures and tired jokes. We've seen every gimmick and sight gag before, in better, funnier films." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 9, 2007
2.5/4 70% Opal Dream (2006) " With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 19, 2007
2/4 21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007) " There are too many things out of whack here, and too many unanswered questions." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 12, 2007
3/4 69% Freedom Writers (2007) " Freedom Writers, which has a lot to say about education and the flaws in the American public-school system, gets high marks -- for effort and for merit." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 5, 2007
3/4 65% Off the Black (2006) " The beauty of this film lies in its sense of promise. All the characters are in crisis, yet no one completely falls apart." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 15, 2006
3.5/4 50% Flannel Pajamas (2006) " It's as close to what the disintegration of a real-life relationship looks like as you'll ever see onscreen." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 1, 2006
2.5/4 34% 3 Needles (2006) " Broad in scope and at times visually stunning, [director Thom] Fitzgerald's project is ambitious but lacks cohesion." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3/4 50% Beyond the Call (2006) " The film is a pointed lesson in 'every little bit helps.'" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 24, 2006
3/4 54% Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006) " The bottom line: Jack Black rocks -- especially when he rocks." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 23, 2006
1/4 7% Conversations With God (2006) " Spirituality is big business, especially on the printed page, but in movies we like the Big Message in the form of metaphor or allegory rather than a hammer over the head." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 27, 2006
3/4 56% Keeping Mum (2006) " Smith, along with the rest of the cast, rises above and turns the thinly scripted dark comedy into an amusing and enjoyable British romp." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2.5/4 43% Reinas (Queens) (2006) " Spanish director Manuel Gomez Pereira certainly draws inspiration from his compatriot Pedro Almodovar -- several of the actresses are even Pedro alums -- but the film falls short of Almodovar's usual depth and complexity." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 8, 2006
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