ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Tetro (2009)

"Has something to say about the fulfillment of art not coming from commercial success or the approval of others, but from a personal sense of completion, something we'd easily feel coming directly from Coppola."

Posted May 18, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

2 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Amid all the battle hubbub and archery antics, Russell Crowe manages to make us believe this Robin Hood is a man of thought as well as action. "

Posted May 15, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

3 50%

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

"With all the atmosphere of the Bela Lugosi juggernaut, its offspring introduces photographic fluidity in what leads to a more complete picture."

Posted May 10, 2010

A. J. Hakari

4 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Contains enough great action sequences, impressive special effects and splendid performances to hold your interest most of the time. Excellent way to start summer movie season. "

Posted May 8, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

5 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Director Jon Favreau and company specialize in cohesive chaos, whipping up a smarmy, off-the-cuff adventure instrumental in lending the comic book genre credibility."

Posted May 7, 2010

A. J. Hakari

6 51%

Chloe (2010)

"With sophistication, subtlety, and a sense for the ironic, Atom Egoyan conjures up another challenging, yet deeply satisfying film exploring the complexities of eroticism."

Posted May 6, 2010

Joanne Ross

7 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"Freddy fans are in for double the disappointment, for they are presented not only with another useless remake -- but one that's not even aesthetically pleasing."

Posted May 4, 2010

A. J. Hakari

8 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

"Even if Freddy Krueger were lying in wait to get you when you close your eyes, sleeping is preferable to watching this uninspired remake."

Posted May 4, 2010

Joanne Ross

9 8%

Furry Vengeance (2010)

"It's hard to watch Brendan Fraser do the slapstick required for a role better suited to someone like Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell. "

Posted May 1, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

10 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"The overall effect of Denis's movie duplicates that unique and wonderful Ozu effect."

Posted May 1, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

11 97%

Maria Full of Grace (2004)

"'Maria Full of Grace' offers a clear picture of the economics that drive the hopeless many to take risks in the enrichment of the few. "

Posted Apr 28, 2010

Donald J. Levit

12 49%

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

"It's the idea here that should hold the interest of some. Most, however, will see mere excessive sicko, not 'Psycho,' unpleasantness for the sake of unpleasantness. "

Posted Apr 28, 2010

Donald J. Levit

13 ——

Dolan's Cadillac (2009)

"Great effort is spent building up Dolan as the Charles Foster Kane of mobsters...only to deliver a whining wuss who wouldn't even scare Bugsy Malone."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

A. J. Hakari

14 99%

Metropolis (1927)

"The true stars here are Fritz Lang's grandiosity of conception, the camerawork by Karl Freund and Günther Rittau, and the symmetrical sets and special-visual effects. "

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Donald J. Levit

15 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"Although not a classic, Paranormal Activity still represents how creepy horror can be at its most direct."

Posted Apr 26, 2010

A. J. Hakari

16 49%

The Losers (2010)

"The Losers and originality go together like peanut butter and OxiClean."

Posted Apr 25, 2010

A. J. Hakari

17 18%

The Back-up Plan (2010)

"Although this romantic comedy suffers from predictability and includes a couple of crude scenes, it's also quite heartwarming and amusing. "

Posted Apr 24, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

18 75%

Tales From the Script (2010)

"Serves more as practical discouragement, working off the idea that would-be writers are mostly deluded and starry-eyed, and what this movie can do is hammer in the reality."

Posted Apr 24, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

19 89%

Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2010)

"Not artsy, or about 'art' per se, 'Breath Made Visible' inspires but, given demographics, a viable audience may prove hard to drum up. "

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Donald J. Levit

20 87%

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"Somehow this is fun -- a result of a unique synergy between Cage and Herzog."

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

21 ——

Curse of the Undead (1959)

"Lord knows how many horror conventions Universal established, but Curse of the Undead's ground rules are a tad hazy."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

A. J. Hakari

22 41%

Death at a Funeral (2010)

"Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence wisely leave the funniest parts of this farcical comedy to its strong supporting cast. "

Posted Apr 17, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

23 77%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"The line between 'outlandish' and 'morally reprehensible' is a thin one, and Kick-Ass delights in dragging viewers from one to the other."

Posted Apr 16, 2010

A. J. Hakari

24 26%

After.Life (2010)

"Has some first-timer flaws but avoids 'cheesy horror movie' status by serious tapping into the vein Poe mined for premature burial. "

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Donald J. Levit

25 100%

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

"It's akin to watching creativity just explode onscreen -- part abstract, part musical, part improvisation-style comedy, and, most compellingly, all inspired by real-life pain."

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

26 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"Dragon is a harmless adventure with a hollow interior, but it packs in plenty of action to sway its target audience."

Posted Apr 14, 2010

A. J. Hakari

27 26%

Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)

"Tyler Perry's ham-fisted way of making his point and his insistence on sticking to his formula style cause some problems here. "

Posted Apr 13, 2010

Joanne Ross

28 67%

Date Night (2010)

"Although played strictly for laughs, this entertaining comedy also boasts plenty of action, thrills and suspense. "

Posted Apr 10, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

29 ——

Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of Vengeance (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga) (2004)

"That the second film, 'Love Song,' does not match its predecessor only shows that sequels are seldom equal. It is still a good view, however."

Posted Apr 9, 2010

Donald J. Levit

30 40%

Who Do You Love? (2010)

"Recreated performances backing the more than nostalgic music of the era are worth the ticket, but the rest is more borscht than history."

Posted Apr 9, 2010

Donald J. Levit

31 62%

When You're Strange (2010)

"Somewhat murky in terms of technical quality and of its central figure's chameleon more than Lizard King persona."

Posted Apr 9, 2010

Donald J. Levit

32 95%

Wordplay (2006)

"If the movie emphasizes anything, it affirms that common-interest societies like this ... all survive by sharing the traits of community, devotion, and mutual dedication."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

33 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"A clever mix of classic noir themes and commercialized filmmaking techniques."

Posted Apr 8, 2010

Frank Wilkins

34 91%

The Secret of Kells (2010)

"Concludes in a wholly unpredictable way and emphasizes such lessons as the retainment of knowledge, art, and spirit as perhaps the most valuable act for any surviving society."

Posted Apr 5, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

35 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"'Clash of the Titans' emphasizes its incredible creatures instead of the human actors, and they are fantastic."

Posted Apr 3, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

36 94%

Les Plages d'Agnčs (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)

"We should all be so lucky to have the chance to make movies about our own lives when we're much older; and as one of the lucky ones, Varda wastes no opportunity to provide a fun, humble, and shining entry."

Posted Apr 1, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

37 88%

Sun Behind the Clouds (2010)

"Avoids talking head-itis, limiting commentators to a digestible few, mostly Tibetan-in-exile authors, historians, dissidents and activists."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Donald J. Levit

38 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"There's not one believable character in this fantasy comedy."

Posted Mar 27, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

39 71%

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)

"This eighty-six-minute feature falls far from the enchantment most of the public will enter expecting."

Posted Mar 26, 2010

Donald J. Levit

40 75%

The Eclipse (2010)

"'The Eclipse' is announced as 'exquisitely crafted supernatural drama,' which it may arguably be except for the 'supernatural.'"

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Donald J. Levit

41 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"I must be completely dazzled by Pedro Almodóvar's current skills as a filmmaker because I really enjoyed Broken Embraces even though I had several reasons not to."

Posted Mar 24, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

42 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"A heady dose of nostalgia, and the question left in our heads after seeing it is, 'why did [Disney] ever stop making these?'"

Posted Mar 24, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

43 92%

The Gleaners and I (2001)

"A tribute to all the people who think outside the box."

Posted Mar 24, 2010

Jeffrey Chen

44 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"Repo Men lacks enough craziness to really blow the curious away."

Posted Mar 22, 2010

A. J. Hakari

45 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"The film is as messy and flawed as the era depicted, but its grittiness and raw energy infuse it with an authentic rock n' roll spirit."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Frank Wilkins

46 13%

The Bounty Hunter (2010)

"'The Bounty Hunter' is a fast-paced, action-packed romantic comedy. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it, especially after seeing those underwhelming previews."

Posted Mar 20, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

47 92%

Vincere (2010)

"At its center are a strong Filippo Timi as Mussolini and, in a shattering performance, Giovanna Mezzogiorno as the woman he cast aside in the name of expediency."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Donald J. Levit

48 92%

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

"Fables for a less saturated and cynical age, 'The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad' deserves more than it has received."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Donald J. Levit

49 71%

The Crazies (2010)

"Filmmakers fail to flesh out the back story and to answer the obvious questions that arise, leaving the audience in the dark about key details."

Posted Mar 14, 2010

Joanne Ross

50 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"While Matt Damon's performance as a hero on an important mission evokes suspense and empathy, 'Green Zone' suffers from the chaotic way it's filmed."

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Betty Jo Tucker

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