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Groucho Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Chasing Ice (2012)

"While more detailed scientific analysis and greater discussion of impacts would have been welcome, the film's visual rhetoric is solid."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Peter Canavese

2 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"As playful as it is...Holy Motors has the power to haunt as much as to amuse."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

3 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"Another day at the Romantic Comedy Factory: '...Pull me down a Gerard Butler and a Jessica Biel, will ya?'"

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

4 ——

Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Celebration Of Season 2 (2012)

"Trek became famous in large part for its (often corny) science-fiction morality plays...Few episodes of either series achieve this goal more elegantly than Melinda Snodgrass' 'The Measure of a Man.' [Blu-ray]"

Posted Dec 3, 2012

Peter Canavese

5 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Though some scary parts may make the very young fret unduly, the film also puts forward some thoughtful messages for both children and their parents. [Blu-ray 3D]"

Posted Dec 3, 2012

Peter Canavese

6 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Reenactment cinema...On balance, Hitchcock is about as entertaining and as trustworthy as a tabloid."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Peter Canavese

7 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"Even if the cause and effect of the plot proves fairly impenetrable...one can't deny the film is frequently visually resplendent and imaginative..."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

8 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Who's for 130 minutes of alienation?...We're able to intellectualize why we should care (those social strictures are crushing hearts!), but we're too distracted to be moved."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

9 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"John Milius' 1984 original may not have been a paragon of clear-headed foreign policy, but...Dan Bradley's remake predictably sidesteps-and, in one case, mocks-its source material's most interesting moments..."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

10 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"In the hands of Ang Lee, a true film artist, Life of Pi elegantly walks Martel's philosophical line while also brilliantly using every modern cinematic tool to spin an epic yarn."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

11 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"Supplements its palace intrigue with the good old-fashioned pull of romance and costume drama...Mikkelsen's magnetism and sly expression hold the film's center with a quiet potency."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Peter Canavese

12 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Heavenly shades of night are falling: it's Twilight time...[for a series which] has always been borderline comical in its moments of greatest sincerity..."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Peter Canavese

13 81%

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

"'Be excellent to each other.' Out of the mouths of babehounds... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Peter Canavese

14 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Playful...the most conspicuously repeated word is 'game,' the most dangerous of which Bond typically is, pursues, or plays."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

15 ——

Company (2012)

"This version...won't be remembered as a major one-it's too faithful and too wobbly for that-but it's an entertaining novelty version, largely justified by the casting and Gemignani's slavish devotion to the original Broadway orchestrations. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

16 78%

Flight (2012)

"Despite...misguided commercial instincts, Flight offers much that's productively unsettling, anchored by Washington's old-school movie-star performance..."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Canavese

17 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Built for fun...in its dazzlingly elaborate production design and kinetic 3D action...perfect casting...Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque video-game-character cameos, and a cramming of clever comic touches...

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Canavese

18 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Gets it right, in the essence of its true story as well as the social discomforts surrounding disability and sane discussion of sexuality."

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Peter Canavese

19 53%

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

"Foreign-film comfort food...at its best in exploring the psychology of the adopted."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Peter Canavese

20 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

"There’s a nobility in a well-made teen movie, not least because of the rarity of the breed...[this] sports movie concerned with the physical, emotional, and moral development of a young man fruitfully aspires to the likes of Breaking Away."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Peter Canavese

21 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"The Wachowskis and Tykwer are determined to make you understand eternity, and in that and only that, they succeed: by the time you get to the film's endless series of endings, you'll feel as if you've lived lifetimes."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Peter Canavese

22 29%

Pocahontas II - Journey to a New World (1998)

"Strikes familiar notes of how the true 'savages' are the Englishmen...but in the end, the princess gives herself over to an Englishman and literally drifts away in the wrong direction of history. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Peter Canavese

23 56%

Pocahontas (1995)

"It's hard to excuse the reconception of the eleven or twelve-year-old Pocahontas...as a statuesque supermodel, especially as kids don't need their stories to be hung on romance to deem them, err, shapely. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Peter Canavese

24 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"Smart enough to work on multiple levels: as a witty salute to masculine '70s cinema...as a deconstruction of same...and as an existential consideration of the role of self-expression in ascribing meaning to life..."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Peter Canavese

25 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Like Anatomy of a Murder, The Graduate, and Daniels' own Precious rolled into one wacked-out bloody Southern Gothic that's considerably less than the sum of those parts..."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Peter Canavese

26 58%

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

"Entirely larky...for Beatlefans, what's not to like? [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Peter Canavese

27 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Flipping the cautionary themes of Mary Shelley’s original source material, Frankenweenie plays out as a primarily pro-science parable...goes out of its way to encourage free-thinking square pegs to avoid gaping round holes."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Peter Canavese

28 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"The ludicrous plot devices that allow Mills to go from point A to point Z insult the intelligence of the character and the audience."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Peter Canavese

29 0%

General Education (2012)

"What have I learned? High school movies can be duller—and more sour—than previously thought possible...The least generic element of General Education is its openly hostile attitude toward gay people. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Peter Canavese

30 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

"Observe the white, middle-class American Catholic teenager in his natural habitat...Though we have, perhaps, never flaunted the fetching eyelashes and perfect skin of these curious creatures...have we not, in a sense, been there?"

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Peter Canavese

31 40%

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

"You know, for kids! Best to repeat that mantra-style if you’re an adult sitting down to watch 1964’s kiddie flick The Incredible Mr. Limpet. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Peter Canavese

32 62%

Clue (1985)

"If Clue falls a bit short of the mark, it remains a likeable artifact of talented people giving a ridiculous task the old college try... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Peter Canavese

33 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"Part religiopolitical satire, part smalltown sitcom, with a hint of romance, Where Do We Go Now? is pleasingly populated with "characters" and light farce that occasionally breaks out into a movie musical. "

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Peter Canavese

34 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"The milieu End of Watch introduces as "Once upon a time in South Central" may feel a bit old hat..."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

35 85%

The Master (2012)

"The Master begs for a reorientation of the viewer, perhaps requiring more than one viewing...there's nothing easy or conventional about this account of a doomed search for external meaning, doubling as a meditative tone poem on human frailty."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Peter Canavese

36 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Playing a character that's almost entirely unsympathetic, Gere demonstrates the outward charm that's allowed Miller to accumulate his wealth and status, as well as the abyss-staring soul his showmanship conceals."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Peter Canavese

37 89%

Compliance (2012)

"This psychodrama of ill-advised behavior may well leave you feeling dirty...for what you've watched helplessly and perhaps for what you've countenanced as an American citizen."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

38 22%

The Words (2012)

"A fairly straightforward yarn with bluntly articulated themes of Regret, Guilt, Misplaced Trust, and the Vagaries of Fate."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Peter Canavese

39 100%

Quadrophenia (1979)

"An anti-musical...based on The Who's 1973 "rock opera" concept album...all the more brilliant for this seemingly counter-intuitive approach. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Sep 4, 2012

Peter Canavese

40 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Tough-minded...In recounting "the Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy," Lawless does not lack for local color and local legend.

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Peter Canavese

41 68%

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

"Tweaks the formula with a brisker pace, and development of leading characters...and action sequences... [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Peter Canavese

42 83%

The Rescuers (2003)

"The characters stick in the mind, and the classic Disney animation style works wonders with the likes of Orville and the gators. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Peter Canavese

43 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Cold-staring with a black, reflective visor, a robot helps a fading old man to see life, and himself, more clearly."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Peter Canavese

44 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

"Yee-haw, and so forth."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Peter Canavese

45 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"A kinder, gentler divorce comedy...Jones' commitment to portraying Celeste at least as much for her flaws as her strengths winds up making the character more likeable."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Peter Canavese

46 100%

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

"Anyone allergic to high-fructose corn syrup might do well to stay away, but the winking humor and musical gusto of this pop-artful camp standard-bearer still carry the day. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Canavese

47 ——

High Time (1960)

"Plays dated these days, though what now seems like a pitch straight down the middle probably seemed more like a screwball fifty-two years ago. [Blu-ray]"

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Peter Canavese

48 17%

The Watch (2012)

"According to an old showbiz saw, the key to comedy is timing. Well, the new big-budget sci-fi comedy The Watch has a problem there."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Canavese

49 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"There’s a weirdly riveting intensity—and a palpable sense of privilege—to the way the movie takes us into squirmy private moments..."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Canavese

50 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Just remember, kids, you're not paranoid if they're really out to get you...or your movie dollars."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Peter Canavese

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