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Alicia Potter

Alicia Potter
Alicia Potter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 66% Friends With Kids (2012) This retread of recent rom-coms, with yakky aspirations to Woody Allen, is none the edgier for Westfeldt's indie roots and hip cast. In fact, it's maddeningly conventional and clichéd. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2.5/4 86% Declaration of War (2012) Taken as an assault against self-pity and sentimentality, this War puts up an involving, and ultimately thought-provoking, fight. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 16, 2012
2.5/4 80% Young Adult (2011) [A] surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a bitch on the brink. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/4 81% Dolphin Tale (2011) Winter may be a moving symbol of resiliency, but Smith's film unfortunately sticks to shallow waters. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/4 72% African Cats (2011) This G-rated Disney documentary about two wild feline "families" plays like Saw for six-year-olds. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 27, 2011
2/4 68% Leaving (Partir) (2010) [Thomas] remains a mesmerizing mix of carnality and class, and through richer and poorer, she keeps director/co-writer Catherine Corsini's bourgeois fantasy from overheating. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 12, 2011
1.5/4 13% Yogi Bear (2010) Boring, pointless, and instantly forgettable, this return to Jellystone Park is no picnic. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 15, 2010
2/4 17% You Again (2010) Flashbacks of the hazing go down like meta-torture, as Bell overacts and the clichés stack up. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 29, 2010
3/4 67% Fresh (2009) If the images of poultry without beaks don't inspire a trip to Whole Foods, the mouth-watering harvest of an organic farm in downtown Milwaukee will. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 16, 2010
2.5/4 91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010) Revelations that the 75-year-old comic is needy, hard-driving, and relentlessly self-flagellating aren't all that surprising. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 16, 2010
0/4 9% Marmaduke (2010) Crammed with more recycled offal than a can of Alpo, Marmaduke exults in fart jokes, offensive stereotypes (the cat, voiced by George Lopez, laps guacamole), and sloppy storytelling. Bad, bad dog. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 10, 2010
2/4 68% Babies (2010) Cuts from rich nation (birthday cake) to poor (tub of viscera) are predictably pointed but not always thematically coherent. Still, the film stops short of it's-a-small-world platitudes to elicit awe -- and awwws. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 5, 2010
0.5/4 8% Furry Vengeance (2010) Snicker all you want at the unfortunate title of director Roger Kumble's horrible family film, for that's the only thing funny about it. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2010
1.5/4 47% The Cartel (2010) The topic may be urgent, and the fallout heartbreaking, but this clumsy treatment barely passes. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2010
1.5/4 18% The Back-up Plan (2010) As a pregnant single woman, Jennifer Lopez glows spectacularly. Director Alan Poul's bland baby comedy, however, appears to have been a light labor. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2010
1/4 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Middle-school antihero Greg Heffley may depict himself as a comic illustration in Jeff Kinney's bestselling kids' books, but director Thor Freudenthal turns him into an outright caricature. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2010
3/4 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) The gripping yet hyperbolic drama examines the ownership of art and the public's right to it. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 10, 2010
2/4 24% Saint John of Las Vegas (2010) The indie trifecta of clunky voiceover, scrambled chronology, and dream sequences can't fatten the slight story. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 10, 2010
2.5/4 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) By the end, the film has slipped into TV-ready hagiography while nonetheless inducing the urge for a crisp white collar and French cuffs. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 30, 2009
1.5/4 87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Throughout, the terrible script and garish, pointlessly 3-D visuals distract -- why do all the women, among them Flint's weather-girl crush (Anna Faris), look anorectic? ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 17, 2009
2/4 8% Post Grad (2009) Though supporting players Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton, and Burnett make a valiant go of it, the film, perhaps a casualty of its own meandering aspirations, never graduates to anything special. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 19, 2009
1/4 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) Hayden Panettiere provokes many emotions as the title object of desire in Chris Columbus's dreadful teen romance. Love is not one of them. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/4 96% Herb & Dorothy (2008) As director Megumi Sasaki's leisurely yet absorbing documentary tells it, the crusty postman and the mild librarian emerged as the Fred and Ethel Mertz of modernism, championing the early careers of such artists as Sol LeWitt and Christo. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/4 40% Imagine That (2009) Eddie Murphy proves he doesn't need a fat suit to play soft in Karey Kirkpatrick's surprisingly nuanced family comedy. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2.5/4 62% Arctic Tale (2007) This effort soundly delivers the inconvenient truth to the generation who'll inherit it. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
2/4 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) The screenplay retains the gritty emotion of its source but gets ponderous in the iconic third act. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
3/4 88% The Black Balloon (2008) Wakefield anchors the well-paced quieter moments. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
1.5/4 84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) By the time the Ganesha cake is cut, you're left with the poodle as the only family member worthy of empathy. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 23, 2009
94% March of the Penguins (2005) The emperor penguin waddles forth as an exemplar of family values in first-time director Luc Jacquet's quiet, engrossing documentary. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 7, 2005
1.5/4 6% The Perfect Man (2005) Perfection never enters into director Mark Rosman's insipid comedy drama. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 18, 2005
3/4 84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) There's no denying the charms of these frank-talking little Freds and Gingers, and the film delivers the expected dose of pathos and humor. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 21, 2005
82% Elizabeth (1998) Blanchett never curtsies to caricature. Her interpretation is complex, restrained, warmly sensual. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) Despite flashes of bawdy humor, Can't Hardly Wait is just like its beer: it starts out frothy but soon goes flat. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) Without this emotional edge, Buffalo '66 ends up like the hard-luck football team at its center: it just misses. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
64% Selena (1997) The film mocks Selena's short life by dragging on forever. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
71% Wilde (1998) This tale about the genius of paradox presents its own curious puzzle: how a life of such epic passion and tragedy can elicit so little emotional pull. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
88% Chasing Amy (1997) It takes guts to make a personal film, and Smith's tender characterization of Alyssa proves he's got the goods. Never mind the convenience store or the mall: this time he dares to set his New Jersey story in the heart. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Barrymore aces her 16th-century elocution, but her vampy magnetism -- always her dominant charm -- is snuffed in this goody-goody role. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
79% Little Voice (1998) Little Voice loses its way at points, especially in its hurried, portentous ending. Yet it never obscures the blinding talent of Horrocks. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
88% Get on the Bus (1996) Although a contrived plot and heavy-handed symbolism hobble the story, the film delivers several revealingly funny moments, and it transcends its claustrophobic setting with a fusion of cinéma-vérité, hazy filters, and march footage. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002
47% My Fellow Americans (1996) No matter how hard My Fellow Americans tries, there's no competing with the real-life high jinks of that wacky White House. Think Ford taking a tumble or Bush puking in Japan. Now that's funny. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 1, 2000