Dallas Morning News - Rotten Tomatoes

Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 47%

Home (2015)

" Maybe it's because kids sometimes feel like aliens in a grown-up world, but from E.T. and Elliott to Lilo and Stitch, pairing a child with a creature from outer space can prove to be a winning combination. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

Nancy Churnin

2 95%

It Follows (2015)

" An assured piece of filmmaking that works as both a horror movie and a coming-of-age story. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Andrew Welch

3 31%

Insurgent (2015)

" Some fans may object to substantial plot alterations, but the rejiggering streamlines and intensifies the story as it powers to the same destination. "

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Nancy Churnin

4 21%

My Way (2011)

" This is big-boned, epic filmmaking of a variety Cecil B. DeMille or D.W. Griffith would appreciate. "

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Chris Vognar

5 97%

'71 (2015)

" It may not be fair to call Yann Demange a great filmmaker after just one feature, but that feature, '71, just might be a great film. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Chris Vognar

6 85%

Cinderella (2015)

" Disney's Cinderella has been magically transformed into as sumptuous a live-action re-imagining of its 1950 animated classic as any princess could dream of. "

Posted Mar 12, 2015

Nancy Churnin

7 No Score Yet

Maya The Bee Movie (2015)

" While parents may struggle with the relentless perkiness of the ever giggling baby bee, little ones may get lost in an overly complex story that would have benefited from judicious pruning. "

Posted Mar 5, 2015

Nancy Churnin

8 63%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

" Moore delivers something remarkable here: a completely ego-free portrait of a woman who knows only ego. "

Posted Feb 26, 2015

Chris Vognar

9 98%

Song Of The Sea (2014)

" A film about terrible things that ensue when overprotective love separates a child from her heritage and represses the natural expression of grief. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Nancy Churnin

10 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

" The dashes of momentum are just a tease. It's hard to remember the last time this much sex was this tedious. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Chris Vognar

11 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

" I'll go see the next movie quite happily. "

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Joy Tipping

12 99%

Leviathan (2014)

" An observant and skillfully crafted film about corruption in modern-day Russia. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Andrew Welch

13 90%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

" A lot of movies spin their wheels fast and create the illusion that important things are happening. A Most Violent Year, one of the best movies of 2014, does the opposite. "

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Chris Vognar

14 98%

Paddington (2015)

" [It] feels like victory - sweet, but with a bit of bite, much like Paddington's favorite marmalade. "

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Nancy Churnin

15 34%

Blackhat (2015)

" Perhaps the Sony hackers should have skipped The Interview and tried to shut down Blackhat. Then again, they never said they had anything against abject boredom. "

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Chris Vognar

16 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

" Mr. Turner, like just about all movies made by Mike Leigh, creates the sensation of being in a vividly realized mini-universe built from the ground up. "

Posted Jan 8, 2015

Chris Vognar

17 72%

Inherent Vice (2015)

" Inherent Vice lives happily on the outer limits, where the noir form and its history are at least as important as the content. "

Posted Jan 7, 2015

Chris Vognar

18 73%

American Sniper (2015)

" Though it never uses the term "PTSD," American Sniper, at its best, is a devastating portrait of post-traumatic stress disorder. "

Posted Dec 24, 2014

Chris Vognar

19 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

" As with Chicago, Marshall makes bold choices, but they pay off. His cast may glitter with film stars, but they work as an ensemble and keep their stories emotionally true against a terrifically rich orchestral accompaniment. "

Posted Dec 24, 2014

Nancy Churnin

20 89%

The Imitation Game (2014)

" It would be hard to foul up the story of Alan Turing, and thankfully The Imitation Game doesn't. "

Posted Dec 24, 2014

Chris Vognar

21 28%

Annie (2014)

" Most of the cast can't sing or dance, and Gluck, who co-wrote the screenplay, has no clue why this story has endured. "

Posted Dec 18, 2014

Nancy Churnin

22 90%

Wild (2014)

" Subliminal editing, seamless flashbacks and evocative musical cues make for a captivating trek that dances off the linear path, even as it marches doggedly ahead. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Chris Vognar

23 28%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

" Admirably cogent, even colloquial, Exodus plows through its stages efficiently, methodically and without much Old Testament passion. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Chris Vognar

24 88%

Top Five (2014)

" The movie marks the first time Rock's stand-up persona - cutting, vulnerable, afraid of no sacred cows - has survived intact on the way to the multiplex. That alone is reason for fans to celebrate. "

Posted Dec 11, 2014

Chris Vognar

25 71%

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

" May the sequels commence. "

Posted Nov 26, 2014

Nancy Churnin

26 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

" Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie. "

Posted Nov 21, 2014

Chris Vognar

27 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

" It nestles into your consciousness with soft lighting and inspiration. "

Posted Nov 13, 2014

Chris Vognar

28 89%

Big Hero 6 (2014)

" The convoluted story gives the villain a motive that doesn't really make sense and is patched in too late in the narrative. Still, the 3-D animation is incredible. "

Posted Nov 6, 2014

Nancy Churnin

29 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" The climax contains some tangled magic. If you're not exhausted by almost three hours of intergalactic lecturing, you may even be able to feel it. "

Posted Nov 4, 2014

Chris Vognar

30 100%

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

" The hand-drawn details are breathtaking, with a cautionary and compelling story for tweens and older kids to share with their parents. "

Posted Oct 30, 2014

Nancy Churnin

31 93%

Force Majeure (2014)

" This is icy-dry comedy, perfectly calibrated to the movie's snowy environs. "

Posted Oct 30, 2014

Chris Vognar

32 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

" Writer-director Dan Gilroy wants it both ways - snarling comedy and gripping thriller - and for the most part he gets what he wants. "

Posted Oct 30, 2014

Chris Vognar

33 95%

Whiplash (2014)

" Whiplash darts along at an urgent bebop pace and asks questions applicable to most fields: How much are you willing to endure for the chance to be great? And what if cruelty isn't a better motivator than kindness? "

Posted Oct 23, 2014

Chris Vognar

34 93%

Birdman (2014)

" I want to like Birdman more, but I don't have to; it's already so pleased with itself. "

Posted Oct 23, 2014

Chris Vognar

35 77%

Fury (2014)

" War is hell. It's also relentless, unsparing, unsentimental and violent to the mind, body and soul. Fury conveys these truths with brute force and lean, precise drama. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Chris Vognar

36 77%

St. Vincent (2014)

" Bill Murray is one of those actors blessed with the gift of making bad behavior seem grizzled and adorable. It's a valuable tool in any funny person's kit, and Murray uses it to carry the benignly naughty St. Vincent above its material. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Chris Vognar

37 82%

The Book of Life (2014)

" It isn't easy to stand out in a crowded animation field, but Dallas' Reel FX has done it with The Book of Life, one of the best animated films so far this year. "

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Nancy Churnin

38 78%

Kill the Messenger (2014)

" If the pacing sags a little, and the scale is more modest than the 60 Minutes scandal at the heart of The Insider, Kill the Messenger is still crisp, smart and gutsy. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Chris Vognar

39 92%

Pride (2014)

" A zesty tale of common cause that bursts at the seams with fine performances. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Chris Vognar

40 62%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

" Miguel Arteta directs with a deft hand, and the performances charm. "

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Nancy Churnin

41 21%

The Hero of Color City (2014)

" The problem, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, is that most of what's good is not original, and most of what's original is not good. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Nancy Churnin

42 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

" Gone Girl thrives on enigma, and the leads embody that quality to wonderful effect. "

Posted Oct 2, 2014

Chris Vognar

43 75%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

" What makes Boxtrolls truly special is how it challenges kids to consider that the true villain may be the person calling others villains. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Nancy Churnin

44 66%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

" A strangely lethargic and self-consciously arty trudge that struggles to find a narrative through-line or turn the great Hendrix into a vivid personality. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Chris Vognar

45 41%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

" A benign, gently naughty and rarely unpleasant dramatic comedy, the movie benefits from the kind of cast that can cover a lot of warts and keep the cookie cutter churning along. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Chris Vognar

46 67%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

" Dolphin Tale 2 is a slow-moving anomaly, delivered when most kids' films tumble over one another to see which can deliver the thrills faster and funnier. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nancy Churnin

47 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

" Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty. "

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Chris Vognar

48 80%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

" The animated lemurs make kids laugh in Madagascar, but the real-life ones in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar should enthrall and inspire even the youngest. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Nancy Churnin

49 44%

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

" If only the characters didn't have to talk. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Chris Vognar