Tom Maurstad

Tom Maurstad

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News
Critics' Group:
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
239

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) " Welcome to the world of Ned, an eternally sunny realm where everyone is greeted as an old friend and everything will always work out fine, even when it doesn't." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 25, 2011
B- 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " Captain America: The First Avenger is pretty good, insofar as it's not nearly as terrible as it seemed destined to be." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 21, 2011
C 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " The biggest casualties in this third installment of the robot franchise from director Michael Bay are storytelling and character development." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 28, 2011
C 26% Green Lantern (2011) " Green Lantern opens with the words "Billions of years ago..." Take that as a sign of just how much time this ostensible action movie spends explaining itself." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 16, 2011
B- 82% Super 8 (2011) " For pretty much the first half of the new movie from writer-director J.J. Abrams, Super 8 isn't really even an alien thriller; it's a sad-sweet tale of loss and coming-of-age set in the golden-gone days of the late '70s." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 9, 2011
B+ 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " It's a tribute to the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Todd Phillips, that the best way to approach The Hangover Part II is to talk about what it isn't. It isn't a typical sequel, either a watered-down encore or a muddled [extension]." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 26, 2011
D 26% Arthur (2011) " There are so many reasons to dislike Arthur that it's hard to pick just one." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 7, 2011
D 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " Sucker Punch reviews itself with its title -- in fact, it does leave the viewer feeling sucker-punched." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 24, 2011
A- 88% Rango (2011) " Every other week, it seems there is some new creation full of fantastically realized creatures engaging in eye-tricking action. The ironic effect of this... is a so-what-else-you-got state of jaded exhaustion. And then along comes Rango." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 3, 2011
D 45% Drive Angry (2011) " Drive Angry 3-Dis a movie so wantonly ridiculous, so aggressively stupid, it demands you make fun of it." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2/5 22% Country Strong (2011) " If the point of Country Strong was to prove that Gwyneth Paltrow can sing, then mission accomplished. You don't need to sit through this two-hour melodrama to confirm that." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 7, 2011
2.5/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " This updated story sinks under the weight of its own mystical mumbo-jumbo and pseudoscience gobbledygook." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 16, 2010
2/5 52% The Next Three Days (2010) " The Next Three Days wants to be clever. It wants to be taut and suspenseful, tricky and exciting. To be fair, the movie manages to conjure small moments of all those things. But by the end, it's succeeded at none of them." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 18, 2010
3.5/5 54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " Anyone who has read Larsson's novels will be sympathetic to filmmakers trying to pare down and distill these books." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 28, 2010
3.5/5 51% Stone (2010) " Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 22, 2010
2.5/5 46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) " Woody Allen may still be funny, but he's sure not much fun anymore." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 8, 2010
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) " It makes with the clever dialogue and it does present a world where a young woman takes charge and triumphs over peer pressure, but the filmmakers were either too lazy or inept to find a way to be hip and competent at the same time." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3.5/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " Rapace's Lisbeth Salander is worth the trouble; you haven't seen a cold stare like this since Clint was roaming the Italian hillsides. Then he was the man with no name, and now we have the woman with no fear." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 9, 2010
4.5/5 80% Cyrus (2010) " A movie that melds creepy and comic so seamlessly that almost every laugh is undercut by a cringe." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 2, 2010
2/5 12% Jonah Hex (2010) " Jonah Hex is cut-and-paste filmmaking at its crudest." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 18, 2010
2/5 47% The A-Team (2010) " This team may have given itself an A, but viewers likely won't be so generous." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 11, 2010
3.5/5 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " Like a plastic surgeon, storyteller King keeps trying to find new ways to lift and tighten his characters, but they have become garish caricatures of themselves." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 27, 2010
2.5/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) " It's a resolutely grim and grubby lesson in 13th-century British history filtered through all the requisite trademarks of a summer blockbuster." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 14, 2010
4/5 49% The Losers (2010) " Compensates for the mindlessness of its story by filling it with all kinds of clever, playful, stylish flourishes." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 23, 2010
3.5/5 67% Date Night (2010) " Carell and Fey really are like Fred and Ginger, so smooth and sure-footed in their comic grace(lessness) and timing." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2010
4.5/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3/5 43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) " The problem for filmmakers trying to make this kind of movie is that they are now operating in a post-Wire world." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 5, 2010
3/5 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " This is a kids' movie: Parents can either get into the silly-suspenseful spirit of it or play Rummikub on their iPhones." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 12, 2010
2/5 37% From Paris with Love (2010) " The experience is more like watching a video game than a movie." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 5, 2010
3.5/5 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " What strength and intensity the movie musters begins and ends with Washington." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4.5/5 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " Some may find such elements desperate or calculated in their quirky-cuteness, but I think they add to the movie's efforts to evoke the surrealism and excruciating intensity of, as the title puts it, youth in revolt." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 8, 2010
3/5 83% Avatar (2009) " It is cool. But all this "change the way you look at films" hype is just that. While Avatar is impressively seamless, you're never fooled. This doesn't look like a documentary film; it looks like a video game." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 18, 2009
2/5 39% 2012 (2009) " If the viewer were ever invited to think or feel about what's happening on-screen, the movie's wow-whoa-ain't-it-cool momentum would collapse in a heap of horrific preposterousness." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 13, 2009
2/5 20% Amelia (2009) " Amelia is not very good, and not very good in ways that collect and showcase all the familiar failings of the classic biopic." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3.5/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " The movie does a good job of presenting the social strictures that Chanel refused to be bound by, none more immediate and ubiquitous than the clothes women were expected to wear." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 25% Fame (2009) " The production numbers are great, sometimes jaw-droppingly so." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4.5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Scenes like the showdown in the tavern and the movie-premiere finale are as imaginative, energetic and, in their own weird, brutal way, beautiful as cinema gets." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2.5/5 68% Funny People (2009) " It all feels so insular and elitist, it's hard to connect." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 31, 2009
2/5 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) " The truth is this movie is ugly, in spirit and execution." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2.5/5 68% Brüno (2009) " Even at 82 minutes, Brüno feels stretched-out with stitched-together filler." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4.5/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " This is true family fun. Not the two-tiered sort where there are potty jokes for the kids and pop culture references for the parents. Not only will everyone be laughing at the same time, they'll be laughing at the same things." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 1, 2009
4/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " Amid the summer season of spectacle and silliness, Public Enemies appears as an oasis of adult entertainment." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 1, 2009
2/5 49% Whatever Works (2009) " The dialogue is forced and stagey, the actions as predictable as they are improbable and the insights little more than dusty clichés." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2009
3/5 20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " The action-chase-battle sequences of Transformers are cutting-edge and undeniably powerful." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 23, 2009
3/5 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " At first it's exciting, but as the film progresses, that quick-cut, never-stop pacing seems increasingly desperate." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4.5/5 79% The Hangover (2009) " You're likely to hear all about it as friends and co-workers endlessly quote lines or re-create scenes." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3.5/5 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " Always weird, sometimes aimless but occasionally really funny." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2009
5/5 98% Up (2009) " It propels the viewer up, up and away in an experience combining smart, imaginative storytelling with dazzling dreamlike visuals, creating an experience that is the special province of animation -- at once utterly convincing and completely impossible." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 29, 2009
C- 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Saying that Angels & Demons is a lot better than its predecessor, The Da Vinci Code, is like saying that this swine flu outbreak isn't nearly as bad as the last." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2009
A- 77% Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009) " Above all, Valentino is a celebration of beauty and love, and the ways in which one begets the other." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 8, 2009
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