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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 239
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
A 95% Star Trek (2009) " The summer movie season has barely begun, but already one thing is certain: It will have at least one indisputably great movie." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 7, 2009
C- 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " What a wasteful shame." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 1, 2009
B- 56% The Soloist (2009) " While the film is unable to resolve its central subject, its background portrayal of the ongoing dissolution of the newspaper industry -- captured in a few fleeting images of layoffs and downsizing -- is vividly realized." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 24, 2009
C- 36% Gigantic (2009) " Aselton's reason for making this movie is easy to discern -- he wants to be a filmmaker. But coming up with a reason for watching this movie is more of a challenge." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 17, 2009
B 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) " In this era of torture porn, this film seems intent on reconnecting audiences with the power and intensity of real-life, even quiet and casual creepiness." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 13, 2009
C+ 65% Watchmen (2009) " As transferred to the big screen by director Zack Snyder, Watchmen is often visually stunning but also confusing and scattered." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 5, 2009
C+ 82% Two Lovers (2008) " While Gray shares Leonard's love of photographing Brighton Beach street life and storefronts, and does so with great sensitivity and skill, this is such a worn-out cinematic setting that it has the effect of someone who's forever showing you baby photos." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 27, 2009
C 59% The International (2009) " The script tries to explain how this improbable alliance happened, but it never does make much sense, which is a recurrent theme in this overly complicated conspiracy tale." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 13, 2009
C- 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) " Too bad. It could have been more, and its audience deserves better." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 13, 2009
B- 40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) " Somehow, director Ken Kwapis and screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein have managed to construct a movie that stays on its feet." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 6, 2009
A- 90% Coraline (2009) " Parents may need to give a reassuring squeeze now and then, but Coraline is the best kind of children's entertainment -- smartly told and deeply felt." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 6, 2009
A- 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) " It's a fearless and unblinking march into the heart of one man's darkness and the pain and anguish of generations and nations." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 23, 2009
B 98% The Wrestler (2008) " The movie presses too hard and too often, but the performances are strong enough to withstand the melodramatic impulses, and the themes of isolation and self-destructiveness are too sharply realized to be trivialized." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 9, 2009
D+ 10% Bride Wars (2009) " It's been awhile since a movie has been this stridently insufferable while pulling off that moviemaking trifecta of combining bad directing, bad writing and bad acting." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 9, 2009
B- 62% Valkyrie (2008) " Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 30, 2008
B 56% The Tale of Despereaux (2008) " The film dispenses entirely with the bathroom humor that has become a standard element in so much kids entertainment." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
C 27% Seven Pounds (2008) " It's impossible to talk about the movie without revealing the least little thing about its secret. And the secret is so flimsy, absurd and obvious that, if we write about it at all, you could figure it out from almost the moment the movie starts." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
B+ 78% Doubt (2008) " This is a film bound to provoke differing interpretations and lively conversation at the cafe or in the car after it's over. A movie that's rewarding to think and talk about: That's the nicest Christmas present you can give a moviegoer." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 12, 2008
D 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) " This movie is as clunky and unappealing as the space-saving acronym being used to avoid its endless title -- TDTESS." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 12, 2008
D 27% Punisher: War Zone (2008) " This is the third crack Hollywood has taken at the comic-book hero the Punisher. They say the third time's the charm. But then, they say a lot of things." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 5, 2008
A 94% Milk (2008) " It's a reminder, in this age of virtual flash and computer-generated wonders, of the power of simple human expression." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 26, 2008
B- 55% Australia (2008) " Australia provides some remarkable moments: remarkably beautiful, remarkably imaginative and, against all odds, genuinely moving, which in a movie this overwrought and overblown is, in itself, remarkable." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 26, 2008
B 88% Bolt (2008) " The directors and screenwriters hit all their marks and push all the right buttons, but the story never really takes off, and the characters never really spark to life." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " The problems can be traced to a screenplay that is stuffed with internecine plot points and shades-of-gray complexities, but little else: no character-sharpening details and none of the wit and charm that buoyed Casino Royale." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 14, 2008
B- 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) " It's hard to say just what kind of movie Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut is, and by the end of it, his film has made a pretty convincing case that it's pointless to try." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2008
B+ 44% Soul Men (2008) " There's nothing here you haven't seen before, but the genuine and infectious chemistry between Mr. Jackson and Mr. Mac and the irresistible energy of their performances is more than enough to give the movie real heft and momentum." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2008
B- 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) " [Rogen's] funny, it works." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 31, 2008
C 63% Changeling (2008) " Changeling may be the most beautiful horror film ever made; it may also be the most boring." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
A 85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " This is an amazing movie... the best work from Mr. Demme since his classic Something Wild." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 17, 2008
C 59% W. (2008) " Rather than throwing gas on the fire, the in-the-moment, history-as-it's-happening framing of W. throws a bucket of water on the experience. This movie doesn't explode; it fizzles." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 17, 2008
C+ 54% Body of Lies (2008) " As a movie seeking to tell a story, Body of Lies is a confused jumble." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 10, 2008
B+ 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " Nick and Norah takes the relatively radical approach of making a movie that occurs on a genuinely human scale." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2008
B- 69% Religulous (2008) " Many may laugh, and many will surely be offended, but nothing here bridges the gap between those two reactions." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2008
D 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " Forget suspending disbelief; you would have to suspend consciousness to go along with this story." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 26, 2008
C 34% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) " Along the way, Mr. Lee has some gripping moments. But for every striking irony, there is a hammer-handed scene driving the same point into self-parody." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 26, 2008
B+ 85% Ghost Town (2008) " As Ghost Town reminds us, there's nothing wrong with formula filmmaking - as long as it's done with smarts and style. Indeed, formulaic doesn't have to be shorthand for lazy, obvious and uninspired." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 19, 2008
D 19% Righteous Kill (2008) " In every way that matters (indeed, in just about every way a movie can), Righteous Kill fails to deliver." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 12, 2008
B+ 89% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) " Propelled by the beautiful camerawork and scenery that moves back and forth between pastoral idyll and urban chaos as it takes the viewer on a journey that ends with a final image as quiet and beautiful as any in recent cinema." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 5, 2008
C 63% Traitor (2008) " A confused and unsatisfying experience with some nice moments that don't amount to much." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 27, 2008
B 75% Elegy (2008) " It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 22, 2008
B+ 43% Death Race (2008) " The movie gets its own Mad Max mojo working, but there's no real attempt at social commentary here -- these churls just want to have fun." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 22, 2008
B+ 82% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " A movie brimming with beautiful people and beautiful scenery; there's a contagious enthusiasm as this movie whirs through the sights and sounds of Barcelona." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 15, 2008
B 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " Tropic Thunder is more consistently entertaining, and its best moments burn much brighter than those of Pineapple Express." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 13, 2008
B+ 88% Boy A (2007) " There are some gaps in the movie's reality, and some O. Henry-like contrivances, but the masterful trick Boy A plays on viewers is to get them to care before giving them reasons not to." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 8, 2008
B- 68% Pineapple Express (2008) " Pineapple Express presents viewers with an oxymoronic experience: the action stoner film." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 6, 2008
a- 71% Wanted (2008) " A one-word review of Wanted would be "Wow."" — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2008
B- 51% Get Smart (2008) " Instead of the show's wacky, slapstick tone, Get Smart presents itself as an action-filled spy movie that just happens to be really funny. And for the most part, it succeeds." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 20, 2008
A- 50% Sex and the City (2008) " Fans rejoice: It's good. And smart. And funny." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 29, 2008
A 39% Speed Racer (2008) " This is a movie that is giddily, gorgeously overwhelming, from the cool slow-motion to the Kubrick cartoons to the wormhole pyrotechnics to the kaleidoscopic bliss." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 9, 2008
B 64% Baby Mama (2008) " A really funny, surprisingly smart and genuinely sweet comedy." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 25, 2008
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