Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Rotten Tomatoes

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 16%

The Perfect Holiday (2007)

" Either you're in the mood for a sweet and simple Christmas movie or you're not. If you are, then Perfect Holiday should fit the bill nicely. "

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Andy Spletzer

2 98%

The Life of Reilly (2007)

" ... a poignant tribute to the one-time Broadway star best known to the public at large as a game-show wit and Johnny Carson guest. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

Sean Axmaker

3 79%

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)

" Jimmy Carter/Man From Plains... is a smug, self-righteous monologue from a professional politician. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

Bill White

4 17%

Revolver (2005)

" Under all the stylistic flash and dash, his movie is barely comprehensible; its big surprise ending is no surprise at all; and its coda almost seems like an insult. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

William Arnold

5 83%

Atonement (2007)

" Wright brings off enough scenes to leave us with moderately good feelings about the time spent, but he lacks the David Lean-like vision and flair that might have turned this 75-year epic of love, war and family betrayal into an unforgettable movie. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

William Arnold

6 100%

Voyna i Mir (War and Peace) (1967)

" More than a dozen sequences defy description, and the vast battle scenes of Austerlitz and Borodino have no equal. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

William Arnold

7 42%

The Golden Compass (2007)

" It makes us wonder what all the fuss is about. "

Posted Dec 6, 2007

Paula Nechak

8 85%

War Dance (2007)

" Directors Sean and Andrea Fine have set out to make an inspirational film about the transcendent power of music in a war zone. What they have achieved is a piece of emotional pornography. "

Posted Nov 29, 2007

Bill White

9 56%

What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

" An entertaining and eye-opening Christmas documentary. "

Posted Nov 29, 2007

William Arnold

10 63%

Holly (2007)

" It's realistic enough to admit that there's probably no way to ever completely eradicate an evil for which there seems to be such an eager demand. "

Posted Nov 29, 2007

William Arnold

11 72%

How to Cook Your Life (2007)

" ... more of a snack than a meal: Zen and the art of culinary simplicity as a temporary spiritual retreat. "

Posted Nov 29, 2007

Sean Axmaker

12 44%

Redacted (2007)

" Redacted is as much a cinematic experiment as a movie, a deconstruction of our ideas of objectivity, subjectivity, and the way we relate to screen characters. "

Posted Nov 29, 2007

Sean Axmaker

13 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

" Shooting with a handheld camera that stays just slightly aloof from the uneasy atmosphere, [Noah] Baumbach creates a vivid and nuanced sense of this family's dynamics. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

14 93%

Enchanted (2007)

" Given the possibilities it's not particularly inventive, but it is nice to see a comedy so affectionate with the conventions it spoofs. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

15 76%

I'm Not There (2007)

" It's so rich with ideas and visual details and imaginative gestures that you can lose yourself in the cinematic musings. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Sean Axmaker

16 73%

The Mist (2007)

" The scenes that really work are the ones that take place outside the supermarket, in the beginning and at the end of the film. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Andy Spletzer

17 14%

Hitman (2007)

" It's just one blazing gun battle, knife fight and torture scene after another, staged in a vaguely tongue-in-cheek Tarantino style by French director Xavier Gens, with cardboard characters, Ed Wood dialogue and the storytelling values of a cockfight. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

William Arnold

18 37%

August Rush (2007)

" Yes, it's all pretty silly. But director Kirsten Sheridan weaves a certain spell with her lush poetic montages, heart-tugging close-ups of Highmore's angelic face and mostly appealing performances. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

William Arnold

19 55%

This Christmas (2007)

" It's just harmless and bland and dull and predictable, and sometimes that's worse than a bad movie. "

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Andy Spletzer

20 71%

Beowulf (2007)

" A thrilling visit to an alien time and place, devoid of a single dull moment and spiked with something interesting, unexpected or viscerally gripping in virtually every frame. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

William Arnold

21 100%

Bound to Lose (2006)

" It might be the first movie about the psychedelic generation told from the point of view of the doddering seniors they have become. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Bill White

22 26%

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

" It's an expensive period piece that tries hard to duplicate the magic of the novel but simply fails to muster any special impact or appeal. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

William Arnold

23 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

" It's well made, and adults likely will find themselves yielding to its gentle, whimsical charm. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

William Arnold

24 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

" A few scenes work, but many more don't. Southland Tales may be one feature film that will play better in bits and pieces on the Internet. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Andy Spletzer

25 35%

Finishing the Game (2007)

" What exactly he's trying to say about Bruce Lee's fame and impact or the banal reality of genre moviemaking is unclear at best. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Sean Axmaker

26 93%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

" ... strong, evocative storytelling pared to the bone and braced with a sensibility perfectly matched to the material. "

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Sean Axmaker

27 80%

Honor of the Knights (2007)

" Albert Serra's reduction of Don Quixote, the greatest novel in the Spanish language, to a two character sketch emulating Beckett's Waiting for Godot, is among cinema's greatest insults to literature. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Bill White

28 72%

Darfur Now (2007)

" By concentrating on good people dedicated to relieving the crisis, it's almost upbeat. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

William Arnold

29 89%

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

" Julien Temple has assembled a complex portrait of a human being and the times in which he lived. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Bill White

30 51%

The Bubble (2007)

" Engrossing. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Paula Nechak

31 86%

L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007)

" While the man [Vergès] has a snappy aphorism for every question, he remains as imponderable and enigmatic as the Sphinx. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

William Arnold

32 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

" Not surprisingly, the Redford segment is the best. His character, who hopes to save America one slacker at a time, rings true; and his real-life conviction and his fears for democracy come through. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

William Arnold

33 21%

Fred Claus (2007)

" It may not be a new holiday classic, but at least it's funny. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Andy Spletzer

34 35%

P2 (2007)

" ... a well-tooled premise executed with surprising restraint, at least compared to the gore-centric sadism of the current crop of horror films. "

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Sean Axmaker

35 33%

Martian Child (2007)

" Martian Boy carries off the relationship with winning performances from [John] Cusack and the young [Bobby] Coleman... "

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Sean Axmaker

36 38%

Milarepa (2007)

" The first of a two-part film about the life of an 11th-century Tibetan mystic, Milarepa evokes a time when sorcery was a poor man's way of making war, and the sight of yogis flying through the sky was commonplace. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Bill White

37 79%

Sharkwater (2007)

" It may seem strange to contemplate the possibility that sharks are more victim than vicious. Yet after Stewart makes his case you may find them and their cause, as he does, all-consuming. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

38 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

" Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is another convincing argument that early retirement is not always a good idea for a master filmmaker. This is an adrenaline-pumping, devilishly well-made thriller set against the downfall of an American family. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

William Arnold

39 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

" The riskiest move Seinfeld made was to create an unlikable protagonist who is wrong every step of the way, but treat him like a hero. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Andy Spletzer

40 67%

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)

" This delightful piece of whimsy uses its simple premise effectively to gain and keep our attention and to remind us simply that, while this world appears ordinary, it is still unbounded by reality. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Gianni Truzzi

41 80%

American Gangster (2007)

" A heck of a ride, and the most irresistible gangster epic in ages. "

Posted Nov 1, 2007

William Arnold

42 89%

Nip/Tuck: Season 5 (TV, 2007-2009)

" For the moment, Murphy can only sit back and see how the fifth season's turns and thrills sit with viewers, show us that change is welcome and there are no plans to turn back -- which is a good thing. "

Posted Oct 30, 2007

Melanie McFarland

43 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

" The cozy, lived-in atmosphere created by the ensemble and the unlikely chemistry of Carell and Binoche are so genuine that you wish the rest of the film was just as effortless and authentic. "

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Sean Axmaker

44 96%

Let's Get Lost (1989)

" Although it offers an invaluable record of a self-destructive artist at the end of his life, it is also a repellent exploitation of this artist's decline. "

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Bill White

45 86%

Control (2007)

" Corbijin understands the essentials of the story. He succeeds, with Riley's help, in exhuming a flesh-and-blood person from the myth that Ian Curtis has become. "

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Bill White

46 36%

Sleuth (2007)

" Anyone with 138 minutes to spare can have a fuller, more satisfying entertainment experience in every way by hunting up the original. "

Posted Oct 25, 2007

William Arnold

47 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

" ... a sweet little comedy, as easygoing and warmly innocuous as the benign irony of the title "

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Sean Axmaker

48 94%

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

" Like the best of the new wave of American documentaries, it becomes about far more than the human-interest angle at the center of the story... "

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Sean Axmaker

49 90%

Punk's Not Dead (2007)

" Dynner delights in presenting a wealth of contrasting testimonies, and has no intention of delivering a judgment on any of it. "

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Bill White

50 93%

Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)

" Gavras does not impose a political viewpoint upon her material, but respects the convictions of her various characters. "

Posted Oct 18, 2007

Bill White