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Critic Review - Schmoes Know

The closest you get to character development is when he smiles, frowns, or utters the occasional one line. That was all the life this film had.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Comments (42)
Schmoes Know

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Thaddeus Venture

Thaddeus Venture

"Schmoe" is a fitting title for the site. What a joke that it's even counted on RT.

Sep 15 - 12:58 PM

Patrick Conlon

Patrick Conlon

I'm somewhat curious as to which reviews RT counts. I saw a few reviews posted which don't count here, though they're not just somebody's blog.

In fairness to the site, there are two reviewers and the other one loved the hell out of it.

Sep 15 - 01:43 PM

Kristian H.

Kristian Harloff

Hey Thaddeus, why don't you relax. There are two of us that review. One of us dug it, one of us didn't. Opinions are subjective.

Sep 15 - 02:33 PM

Steve s.

Steve stevo

Yes, opinions may be subjective, but speaking of subjects, wouldn't it be somewhat prudent of the reviewer to actually have some kind of knowledge of the subject material it's based on first before talking rubbing about the character and his development? See, it's for this very reason why these opinions and reviews should not or ever be taken into consideration when RT cites them as valid reviews, because they are anything but. It's a pity, because it eventually does not show a fair reflection of the film.

Sep 15 - 04:46 PM

billfaces

h h

@ Steve:

"speaking of subjects, wouldn't it be somewhat prudent of the reviewer to actually have some kind of knowledge of the subject material it's based on first before talking rubbing about the character and his development?"

No, not really. A film shouldn't depend on its source material to work. If it's a sequel, fair enough, but this isn't. It's a stand-alone work and should function as such.

Sep 15 - 06:31 PM

billfaces

h h

@ Steve:

"speaking of subjects, wouldn't it be somewhat prudent of the reviewer to actually have some kind of knowledge of the subject material it's based on first before talking rubbing about the character and his development?"

No, not really. A film shouldn't depend on its source material to work. If it's a sequel, fair enough if the film requires the viewing of its predecessors, but this isn't. It's a stand-alone feature and should function as such.

Sep 15 - 06:33 PM

Thaddeus Venture

Thaddeus Venture

I am completely relaxed, I am just voicing my opinion about your site. You just said "opinions are subjective", so why not follow your own advice?

Sep 15 - 09:01 PM

Dexter R.

Dexter Rose

Point missed, congratulations.

Sep 15 - 09:39 PM

Kristian H.

Kristian Harloff

Oh I am not saying that you can't dislike the site, you are of course entitled to your opinion. You just sounded angry and were saying that it is a "joke" that we are counted on the site. I do agree that you can think whatever you want about the site and I would also love to hear your point of view on why you feel the way you do. Please call into the show on Wed and let's have a discussion about it as well as your thoughts on Dredd.
http://toadhopnetwork.com/f/Schmoes

Thanks!

Sep 15 - 09:44 PM

Kristian H.

Kristian Harloff

Oh I am not saying that you can't dislike the site, you are of course entitled to your opinion. You just sounded angry and were saying that it is a "joke" that we are counted on the site. I do agree that you can think whatever you want about the site and I would also love to hear your point of view on why you feel the way you do. Please call into the show on Wed and let's have a discussion about it as well as your thoughts on Dredd.
http://toadhopnetwork.com/f/Schmoes

Thanks!

Sep 15 - 09:44 PM

Joe Soap

Joe Soap

Eh, this is not a review or critique nor does it even have a rating so why is it counted as such?

Sep 15 - 01:52 PM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

It's most definitely a review... and scores don't really mean anything, do they? It's obvious that the review is negative, is it not?

Sep 15 - 08:33 PM

Saban Erdman

Saban Erdman

Ellis gave it 2/5 Schomes. It's near the end of the review...

Sep 19 - 04:55 PM

Brad R

Frank Enstein

Maybe you should go read the comics before you judge Dredd lol

Sep 15 - 02:04 PM

sugreev2001

sugreev ahuja

What about the other "schmoe" ? He loved the movie,so shouldn't his opinion be counted...or the only one who types out his review is considered ?

Sep 15 - 03:55 PM

Kristian H.

Kristian Harloff

Both our reviews are counted.

Sep 15 - 04:41 PM

Burning Refuse

Burning Refuse

I don't if this schmoe really knows or not...
but it seems more like another grab for site views.

Sep 15 - 04:19 PM

bob  j.

bob jones

or MAYBE he just didn't like the movie. crazy right?

Sep 15 - 07:21 PM

Burning Refuse

Burning Refuse

No... no, seems more like a grab for site views.
It would be more interesting to know how they decide which review to display on Rotten Tomatoes, the positive or the negative one.

If it's going to be decided by the flip of a coin, well then good day.

Sep 15 - 08:54 PM

Kristian Harloff

Kristian Harloff

First off, it isn't a grab for views. Mark didn't like the film. We talked about it for great lengths afterwards. We are honest and to steal views by going against the grain for the sake of doing so is cheap and cowardly. Mark is neither. I don't agree with his opinion on the film but I don't for one second question his authenticity.

In regards to what review we submit for the meter, the answer is both. My positive score is also counted into the tomatoemeter. Really appreciate everyones passion on this and thank you for the comments!

Sep 15 - 09:32 PM

Burning Refuse

Burning Refuse

Oh never mind I see now that Kristian's review was counted.

It's confusing at times when a site sends double reviews.

Sep 15 - 10:34 PM

Hamza Ansari

Hamza Ansari

Maybe you didn't see it for what it was supposed to be, but I could be wrong.

Sep 15 - 11:02 PM

Paul Warchulski

Paul Warchulski

It's a fair review but somehow i don't think this person knows the character. If you've read the comic you'd understand that he has a pretty stone-like personality. He is just a simple badass, so these type of negative reviews were always expected. Not everyone can know the character. This movie was made for the fans seeing as the guy who wrote it was a avid dredd reader as a child. So no need to hate, these reviewers just don't understand the character, it'll be a great movie so no more hate.

Sep 16 - 04:53 AM

G P.

G P

I don't think he gets the dry understatement, it's what made Dredd's lines.

Like when he says "...interesting" in response to Anderson's psychic do-dab she does.

Sep 17 - 02:41 AM

ccdev

cc deville

actually Dredd talks quite a lot in the comics, not at all like a clint eastwood cowboy. so in that sense, it is different from the comic. The film attempts a sense of minimalism, except when it comes to the violence.

Sep 17 - 07:36 PM

G P.

G P

If you don't like Dredd, I don't think I can trust you

Sep 16 - 06:19 AM

bob  j.

bob jones

Dredd? really? that's your deal breaker for trusting a critic?

Sep 16 - 08:31 AM

G P.

G P

also, if they're called bob jones

Sep 16 - 03:31 PM

G P.

G P

that, and people who are called bob jones

Sep 16 - 03:31 PM

G P.

G P

it's my new life rule and I'm sticking by it

Sep 16 - 03:34 PM

bob  j.

bob jones

lol

Sep 16 - 04:51 PM

ccdev

cc deville

good test. like people who don't like dogs, something wrong with 'em.....

Sep 17 - 07:38 PM

Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

Although the reception is negative but this movie is the best movie of resident evil series.

Sep 16 - 02:00 PM

Thaddeus Venture

Thaddeus Venture

Wrong page my good sir.

Sep 16 - 02:59 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Wrong page idiot

Sep 18 - 08:46 AM

Jake Lawrence

Jake Lawrence

I think if you didn't like the film based on the lack of character development or "sense of fun" then you've clearly never read a Judge Dredd comic! But each to his own.

Sep 17 - 04:41 AM

Sylvester S.

Sylvester Stallone

I wonder if Urban could beat me as Dredd.

Sep 17 - 07:07 AM

Zach Wisz

Zach Wisz

Lol you can't have two men be the Law!

Sep 17 - 08:24 AM

Sean Bennington

Sean Bennington

well since the 1995 adaptation was a box office disaster, it shouldn't be to hard Sly!

Sep 18 - 01:07 AM

Bradley Timm

Bradley Timm

I subscribe to these guys's you tube channel, and while I enjoy their reviews its obvious to me that they really don't approach films with any critical thought. Though I am shocked they didn't get into this movie (or at least Mark), considering some of the stinkers they gave a thumbs up. Regardless, grain of salt.

Sep 17 - 04:45 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

this review sucks another douche bag runinng a near perfect score i hope ma-ma bites of your twinkie.

Sep 17 - 09:04 PM

Sean Bennington

Sean Bennington

"smiles, frowns or ... one liners" are the only things you're going to have from Dredd. He's meant to be this machine like person who shows no emotion. He doesn't say much in the comic book. why should he say a lot in this Comic book adaptation?

Sep 18 - 01:05 AM

Erich Stack

Erich Stack

Sep 18 - 02:27 AM

Erich Stack

Erich Stack

OK, did anybody notice the detail of the graffiti used on the sets? I saw CHOPPER :) sprayed on the side of one of the balconies in the PEACH TREES BLOCK - a clear reference to the origins of Marlon "CHOPPER" Shakespeare, who started out life as a scrawler (graffiti artist) before becoming a world class surfer. Also in one of the photo's opposite you can clearly see "Judge Minty Is The Law" scrawled on the wall, a clear nod of the head to the die hard fans who have made their own "Fan Film"

I hope that this outing for Dredd is gonna be like Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins - an introduction to the character and Mega City One. After all, this story line does center around Judge Anderson's appraisal as a competent Judge during what Dredd (in a typical understating way) call's a "drug bust". Practically the whole movie is set in one Mega Block, which leaves the rest of this 800,000,000 strong megalopolis open for exploration during (hopefully) future sequel's. There is so much material that could be used for future projects that this writer is gleefully rubbing his hands together in anticipation for the next installment.

Sep 18 - 02:48 AM

Lewys Rhys

Lewys Rhys

Misses the point slightly - Dredd is not a character. He embodies the law, he is more of a symbol. The law does not change, the law does not have character development. The character development was in Olivia Thirlby's character, Dredd was the foil to that.

Sep 18 - 03:21 AM

THGhost

THGhost .

There goes the 90%...

Sep 18 - 09:21 AM

Richard Shelburne

Richard Shelburne

That's a shame since everyone knows Dredd 3D is first and foremost a character study.

Sep 18 - 09:53 AM

ryan

ryan davis

Ellis, you can be kind of a penis sometimes.

Sep 18 - 08:54 PM

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