Terry Lawson

Terry Lawson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Detroit Free Press , Miami Herald
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1307

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 44% redacted (2007) " It is simply so amateurish and overacted that it makes it impossible to become invested in the documentary-like reality De Palma hopes to achieve." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 30, 2007
4/4 77% I'm Not There (2007) " It willfully denies one of the sacred tenets of cinematic storytelling, that every movie -- comedy, romance or biography -- is actually a mystery, one the audience expects to see solved." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 27, 2007
2/4 37% August Rush (2007) " Director Kirsten Sheridan has no interest in keeping August Rush tethered to reality or toning down the sentimentality." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 14% Hitman (2007) " While Hitman is decidedly more watchable than Resident Evil and most previous video-game movies, it shares its forerunners' lack of interest in storytelling or logic." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/4 55% This Christmas (2007) " A family movie that holds few surprises but an abundance of hope and goodwill." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/4 73% The Mist (2007) " It's an old-fashioned spooker that gives the boogey-man more than a fighting chance, and leaves you more concerned about the evil out there than you were before you survived the experience." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 21, 2007
4/4 94% No Country for Old Men (2007) " Bardem is nothing less than the best movie villain since Anthony Hopkins slipped out of Hannibal Lecter's manacles, scary-smart and horrifyingly appealing, and Brolin is nothing short of a revelation." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 16, 2007
4/4 91% Blade Runner (1982) " Blade Runner: The Final Cut plays better now than ever." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 16, 2007
1/4 36% Southland Tales (2007) " No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 71% Beowulf (2007) " A bloody, silly-sexy action spectacle that shamelessly attempts to justify its excess by basing its violent bombast on the epic poem." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/4 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " With fine performances from Hoffman, Portman, Bateman and the sad-eyed Mills, and some ever-true observations about imagination and possibilities, Mr. Magorium is likely to work his magic given a chance." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 72% Darfur Now (2007) " A documentary exploring the roots and reason of African political corruptness and its history of a tribal violence that shows no signs of abating might have done more to raise real outrage." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 —— My Enemy's Enemy " The sad story of the United States' involvement in delaying the prosecution of war criminal Klaus Barbie, a.k.a. the Butcher of Lyon, for three decades is succinctly and painfully recalled in My Enemy's Enemy." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 9, 2007
4/4 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) " If God is in the obvious details, Devil is in the ones you might tragically overlook." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 27% Lions for Lambs (2007) " The film doesn't so much end as just stop. We're left thinking less about what we've heard than about what we haven't seen -- a satisfying movie." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 51% Bee Movie (2007) " It leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. If you take impressionable kids, you should be prepared to explain two things: No, bees and humans do not normally live happily ever after; and yes, bees sometimes just sting you for the hell of it." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2/4 36% Sleuth (2007) " We're left with two suitably hammy performances by Caine and Law, who do not forget they are actors playing actors, and a production design that must have kept the lighting people doing some ingenious plotting of their own." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/4 80% American Gangster (2007) " You can safely watch it without feeling guilty, or indicted." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/4 86% Control (2007) " Riley gives a star-making performance as the complicated Curtis, and gets more points for convincing director Corbijn, who has shot the film in moody, monochromatic wide-screen black-and-white." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 26, 2007
3/4 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) " Hedges is not the most subtle of storytellers, but his sincerity shines through, as does a certain gentleness. Dan in Real Life is one of those films you cheer to succeed, even when it doesn't come close to real life." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 26, 2007
3/4 64% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) " Though it flirts with melodrama to the tipping point, the movie, like the characters played by Berry and her costar Benicio Del Toro, ultimately makes connections too honest, hopeful and human to induce guilt on the part of any open-hearted moviegoer." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) " We give up before the detectives do, not just on the story, but on humanity, which I doubt is what anyone involved really wants." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Even those invested in the idea that the journey is the destination may feel they've taken a train to nowhere." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 47% Rendition (2007) " A movie whose hot-button political issues already seem too warmed and worried over." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
72% Lust, Caution (2007) " Overly extended adaptation of a short story about a female Chinese nationalist who uses sex to compromise and trap a cruel Japanese collaborator." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/4 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " Assassination is contemplative and quiet, a studied film that is surprisingly engrossing, not to mention so handsomely made you can hardly take your eyes off it." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/4 72% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) " Cheese is such a small, endearing and well-observed piece -- sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm without the excruciating bits." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) " What Elizabeth: The Golden Age finally lacks is something its subject never lacked: a sense of majesty." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 57% We Own the Night (2007) " Wahlberg, unfortunately, is over the top, and not in the good way he was in Scorsese's The Departed." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 63% King of California (2007) " Intermittedly entertaining if mostly contrived." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 95% Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007) " [Seeger] traversed decades, styles, even continents to bring the people's music to the people. This distinction is made with suitable and skillful great appreciation by director Jim Brown in Pete Seeger: The Power of Song." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
4/4 82% Into the Wild (2007) " It's a beautiful, big, sorrowful film that manages to celebrate America while reexamining what it has stood for and what it has become." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 65% The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) " Unlike so many chick flicks that celebrate female solidarity as a concept without ever making us feel it, The Jane Austen Book Club is convincingly feminist in a nonpolitical way." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
1/4 29% The Heartbreak Kid (2007) " Peter and Bobby Farrelly make a half-hearted attempt to reclaim the arena of raunch with their remake of the 1972 comedy The Heartbreak Kid." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
2/4 29% Trade (2007) " Trade takes on a serious, under-addressed international crime against humanity in a style that is somewhere between TV melodrama and drive-in exploitation, undoing its obvious good intentions and some truly provocative moments." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
3/4 94% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) " It's a well-timed tribute to American initiative and courage..." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 51% The Kingdom (2007) " A lot of satisfying, entertaining action pictures have only an artificial brain to power the machinery. The Kingdom is the opposite: It's a smart picture with much to say. But in the end, it elects not to say it." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
3/4 39% Feast of Love (2007) " Feast of Love the movie is less specific than The Feast of Love the book, but it has its heart in the right place -- that longing place." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
1/4 53% Across the Universe (2007) " Most of the songs are performed in such saccharine style and staged so literally that they almost seem like they belong in a Broadway show. That's a very bad thing." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 53% The Hunting Party (2007) " The Hunting Party has good aim, but just misses." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/4 89% Eastern Promises (2007) " Eastern Promises is a straightforward, straight-up Russian gangster movie whose primary achievement is making the Russian gangster underworld feel exotic and menacing." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/4 73% In the Valley of Elah (2007) " Tommy Lee Jones gives such an amazingly nuanced, judicious, soulful and selfless performance as a military man distraught over the death of his soldier son in In the Valley of Elah that one can only wish it was in a movie that had the same virtues." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) " Poehler, perversely, is so hilarious and has such terrific dialogue that she seems to have been flown in from another, funny movie." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 43% The Brave One (2007) " The Brave One is as bold a movie as we are likely to see this year, a movie that has more in common with 1970s provocations like Straw Dogs and Taxi Driver." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 49% Hatchet (2006) " Green -- like John Carpenter, Wes Craven and the get-it-done directors he obviously admires -- is smart enough to ratchet up the horror in Hatchet to a level that should satisfy party-hard gore hounds and casual tourists alike." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 97% Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection (2007) " It may fill you with despair or offer up relief, but you will not be unmoved." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 60% Them (Ils) (2007) " Those who like their horror served up neat, no chaser, can safely belly up to Them. It is a pared-down French thriller that trades splatter and gore for tense efficiency." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2/4 67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) " The ultimate target audience will undoubtedly have the added benefit of libations." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 88% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) " It remains, underneath all the decoration and heavy artillery, a good yarn." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 86% When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) " The emphasis remains on the personal stories of the players themselves who, for all their backstage squabbling, identify more with each other than any of the countries in which they've settled." — Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 31, 2007
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