Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 61% of the time.

Abbie Bernstein's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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"Mel Gibson stars in the remake of a great British miniseries, now an average American thriller" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2010
8/10 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford star in a pretty good fact-based drama in the same medical subgenre as LORENZO'S OIL" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2010
7/10 19%

Legion (2010)

"Paul Bettany is a de-winged angel and Dennis Quaid is a rural business owner in this up-and-down riff on subject matter covered in PROPHECY, TERMINATOR and SUPERNATURAL (to name a few precedents), mostly confined to a diner" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2010
8/10 74%

I Sell the Dead (2008)

"We're in a land of shadows, claws and wry observation, and for those who adore this sort of thing, I SELL THE DEAD is a rare treat." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2009
B 61%

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

"Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez and Steve Zahn topline a playful take on the psycho killer couple thriller" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2009
8/10 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 is solid action thriller filmmaking with some real thrills and strong character work. Viewers will come away mostly fulfilled, though perhaps wishing the train had gone the extra half-mile for its climax." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2009
6/10 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"It's not that the new FRIDAY THE 13TH is bad. It just doesn't feel new, and yet doesn't deliver the old shocks with the zest of horrific discovery that made the original and its better follow-ups so iconic." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2009
8/10 59%

The International (2009)

"Because banks all over the world are in such turmoil now, THE INTERNATIONAL seems dated by six months to a year. However, if you like watching law enforcement personnel working on a big, non-standard crime, this is pretty good." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2009
8/10 50%

Donkey Punch (2008)

"British thriller about seven college-age Britons in Spain who come together for an afternoon of flirting and wind up having a night of sex, paranoia and murder" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2009
7/10 14%

The Alphabet Killer (2008)

"Fans of Dushku will get their money's worth. However, the rest of THE ALPHABET KILLER doesn't spell either good detective work or true spectral horror." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2008
8/10 65%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"It would be hard to top the legend-relaunching force of CASINO ROYALE. QUANTUM OF SOLACE wisely doesn't try, contenting itself and us with being a good if unexceptional entry in the Bond franchise." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2008
8/10 61%

The Express (2008)

"THE EXPRESS isn't the sports movie equivalent of what Ernie Davis was to football in his day, but it still plays a pretty good game." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2008
8/10 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"Where BODY OF LIES does succeed very well is in demonstrating the multitude of ways in which even very well-thought-out plans to make the world safer can become not only corrupted but can also be hopelessly compromised by other likewise world-safety-minde" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2008
8/10 59%

RocknRolla (2008)

"There's just a lingering sense that, in his eagerness to get to the "good stuff" of character riffs and general coolness, Ritchie neglects plot and pacing. By its own standards, then, ROCKNROLLA as a movie is a proper player, but not quite a true rocknrol" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2008
2.5/5 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"There are some flashes of wit here, but the value of narrative surprise, especially when we're expecting one of some kind, only goes so far. RIGHTEOUS KILL relies far too much on what it's got up its sleeve and doesn't pay enough attention to what it's sh" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2008
7/10 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"There's a lot of cleverness here, but neither heart nor a spirit of true insanity. BURN AFTER READING is watchable for a number of reasons, but it never really heats up." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2008
8/10 64%

Traitor (2008)

"TRAITOR seems to want to be a little more articulate than it winds up being in discussions of the concept of the greater good and the cost of role-playing. However, the questions it brings up are potent and its structure as a thriller is so strong, with s" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2008
8/10 43%

Death Race (2008)

"The upshot is that DEATH RACE trips over its own machinations in a number of areas, but if you want to see Jason Statham and/or over-the-top vehicular mayhem, there have been worse showcases for both." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2008
6/10 18%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"It would seem Nietzsche's famous saying has been disproved. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS won't kill us - or the STAR WARS franchise - but it won't make any of us stronger, either." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2008
8/10 14%

Mirrors (2008)

"Kiefer Sutherland as a man having worse days than Jack Bauer ever has." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2008
8/10 64%

Sixty Six (2006)

"Eddie Marsan, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Rea and DR. WHO's Catherine Tate in a dramedy about a bar mitzvah vs. the World Cup in London" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
8/10 93%

Transsiberian (2008)

"TRANSSIBERIAN is another one of those movies that seems like an advertisement for never going outside one's own neighborhood. Trips to Eastern Europe seem particularly ill-advised from the looks of, for example, the HOSTEL films and FRONTIERE(S)." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
8/10 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Nolan and Co. do weave an enormous and gratifyingly textured tapestry of plot, giving unexpectedly affecting moments to characters we initially see as mere background figures." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
7/10 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is ultimately pleasant enough, though it's hardly the definitive adaptation of Verne's work. The freshest aspect of it is Fraser's conviction." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
9/10 85%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"Mixing lore from Mike Mignola's comics (Del Toro and Mignola collaborated on the new film's story) with old European fairy folklore and what seems like a touch of homage to Hayao Miyazaki (not to forget J.R.R. Tolkien), HELLBOY II is something to both beh" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
B+ 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"Steven Zaillian's intelligent, perceptive screenplay, inspired by an article on Lucas entitled "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson, doesn't go exactly where we expect. There are moments of real surprise here, moments of odd satisfaction." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2007
C 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"Indeed, Bee Moive is full of half-thought-through notions. Much is at first made of Barry's "romance" with a human, voiced by Renee Zellweger, but any potential problems in the friendship are dropped without discussion midway through." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2007
B- 17%

Saw IV (2007)

"Director Darren Lynn Bousman sees to it that Saw IV fulfills the franchise's ethos of inventive, gory sadism and grungy, creepy surroundings faithfully and creatively." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2007
B 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"You have to admire director Affleck and his co-screenwriter Aaron Stockard for having the guts to tackle material this morally complex, and for keeping most of Lehane's twists while condensing them into something that fits coherently into a two-hour film." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2007
C- 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"Topping off the new SLEUTH's problems is Law's performance.We need to believe Milo at least could be in earnest some of the time, not feel that he's obviously full of baloney the whole time (especially in those instances where it turns out that he's being" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2007
B+ 53%

The Hunting Party (2007)

"Even though the tone moves into tragedy on occasion, filmmaker Shepard maintains a sense of ironic "can you believe this?" humor that serves the story's events well." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2007
A- 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"Shoot 'em Up is so fast and fanny and perfectly attuned to what it's doing that it's as if director/writer Michael Davis has put all the elements of entertaining violent action flicks in a centrifuge and distilled them down to their essence." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2007
B 89%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"Mangold and the writers find the action potential in the Western format and ride the hell out of it. Fight and chase sequences are striking, even thrilling." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2007
D+ 23%

Balls of Fury (2007)

"Yes, it's racist and homophobic, but those are actually secondary concerns. Mainly, it's just not funny. There's no reason to pick on Balls of Fury unduly, but unless you are a diehard fan of any of the parties involved, there's no reason to see it" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2007
B 13%

September Dawn (2007)

"September Dawn has emotional weight, but rather than having an air of conviction, it makes one want to reach for the history books, which may not be a bad thing at that." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2007
B+ 67%

Right at Your Door (2007)

"By not hammering at the points that surface organically here, Gorak gets us to ask ourselves a lot of questions, for which there may not be any clear answers, even as we are engrossed with what's happening to the characters. The combination of these facto" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2007
A- 60%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Part of the fun here is when we can guess what's coming, part of the fun is when we're blindsided, and all of the fun is in seeing how Oz, Craig and the perfectly chosen cast sail through it as though it's the most real ongoing situation ever." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2007
B+ 76%

Stardust (2007)

"There are times when Stardust feels a little confined, either due to Vaughn's liking of close shots or due to budget constraints. However, it is mostly a very pleasing fantasy, with conviction in its storytelling and a sense of magic in its heart." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2007
C- 18%

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"The trouble is, without at least character consistency, the set pieces are usually only good for a chuckle, if that, and when Ratner and Nathanson try for some John Woo-style dramatics, the results are flat." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2007
C- 38%

Descent (2007)

"On the one hand,trying something new and the statement they want to make is laudable. However, the distanced style, hard grainy lighting and extremely lengthy rape sequences make Descent not only often unpalatable but also mostly just plain dull." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2007
A- 93%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"Thanks to director Greengrass, editor Christopher Rouse and the very astute and adept actors and stunt performers, the hand-to-hand combat is almost shocking in its brutality. Even though blood is kept to a minimum, the sheer sense of violence, physical e" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2007
B- 76%

Sunshine (2007)

"The adrenaline surge is unquestionable, but it connects to the earlier part of the film at an odd angle, taking both the story and the tone in a somewhat new direction." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2007
B- 46%

Cashback (2007)

"This reviewer wouldn't dream of speaking for all women (or all of anybody else), but I and many of the other women I know do not equate being seen and approved of naked as having one's soul unveiled." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2007
B+ 57%

Transformers (2007)

"What stands out most about Transformers is that it is pure, transporting fun. It becomes one of the movie's ongoing thrills to be surprised as racing cars and trucks, with one or two breaking away to suddenly turn into a giant robot." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2007
B 91%

Sicko (2007)

"Moore makes his point in a number of ways. He starts out by showing us some Americans who have no health insurance and the horrific ways they've had to prioritize treatment, like the poor man who severed two fingertips at work and had to decide which one" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2007
B+ 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"Jolie, looking unlike herself in dark contacts and frizzy black hair, with a reasonable French accent, gives a strong, smart performance, never overplaying and always conveying the sense of an alert, inquisitive mind." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2007
B 54%

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

"A sly look at love and family relationships from New Zealand. It starts out by sending out danger signs that we're about to be trapped with people we don't like and then wears down our defenses by being consistently funny and eventually strangely winning." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2007
B 73%

Fido (2007)

"Fido is clearly a send-up, but it's a little hard to figure out what its intended targets are. Certainly Currie and Co. have a strong handle on the look of '50s films" ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2007
B 8%

Memory (2006)

"It doesn't remotely reinvent the wheel, but it's got its own identity, the filmmakers actually care about their storytelling and it is ultimately both sincerely creepy and reasonably enjoyable." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2007
B 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"The scheme is impressive-looking with some really big elements, including a manmade earthquake. Director Soderbergh and his design team make it all look great." ‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2007
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