Barbara Vancheri

Barbara Vancheri
Barbara Vancheri's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Publications: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Lucy (2003) If you're a fan, you may watch in frustration, demanding, "Tell me something or more things I don't know." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 9% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) The premise of the movie is intriguing, but it's executed in chilly, dispassionate fashion and buried under too many bodies. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/4 36% Burlesque (2010) In the end, Burlesque falls short in the originality and depth department but if you're in search of music videos masquerading as a movie, it just might be your ticket. Or soundtrack. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
53% Across the Universe (2007) If you're going to reinvent songs, you cannot go wrong with the Beatles, even if John, Paul, George and Ringo have been replaced by Evan, Jim, Bono, Joe Cocker and others in a revolutionary way. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 53% Maleficent (2014) All along the way, it challenges moviegoers about labels of heroes and villains and just who we are silently cheering. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 55% Australia (2008) Australia, a heaping blend of romance, adventure and action, is for all those folks who ask, "Why don't they make movies like they used to? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2.5/4 73% Flushed Away (2006) Flushed Away, directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, is creatively realized, especially in how it takes "found" materials underground and re-imagines London landmarks. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 76% The Prestige (2006) While you're looking here, it's executing a trick there, and the film is, in fact, structured like a magic act with three parts called the Pledge, the Turn and the Prestige. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
41% Scoop (2006) Scoop is lesser Woody Allen, not as good as Manhattan Murder Mystery but fun, with some amusing bits about England, death, magic and journalism. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 50% Kate & Leopold (2001) Kate & Leopold celebrates all things good: manners, chivalry, courtship, finely prepared food, carefully chosen flowers, integrity. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 42% Someone Like You (2001) To paraphrase Jane, Someone Like You wants to be the movie version of New Cow, but it's really Old Cow. Or mad cow. Or fractured fairy tale. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
83% The Others (2001) It's engrossing in the way it draws you into its dimly illuminated rooms (I found myself thinking of the set decorators, whose work is barely visible much of the time) but its ultimate resolution leaves a couple of key questions unanswered. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/4 97% Spotlight (2015) Birdman couldn't do it, but Spotlight just may win Michael Keaton an Oscar. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/4 96% Argo (2012) It simmers with real tension as it leapfrogs among characters and locations as much as 7,500 miles apart. Mr. Affleck uses an old-fashioned ringing telephone as effectively as Alfred Hitchcock ever did. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) [It's] about so much more than boxing. It's about redemption, risk-taking, the search for family and God, the pursuit of a dream, a soul-shattering moral dilemma and the father-daughter relationship that develops between Frankie and Maggie. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4/4 96% Gravity (2013) Gravity is a movie of elegant beauty and surprising emotional power. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/4 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) [12 Years a slave] may be the toughest movie of the year to watch, no matter your ethnicity. The ending is a bittersweet reminder that freedom will never be able to return to Solomon the precious years lost with his family. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 87% Buzzard (2015) Buzzard, written, directed and edited by Joel Potrykus, who plays Marty's work friend Derek, is a comedy that grows less funny by the scam, deepening desperation and eruption of white-hot anger. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Muses of Bashevis Singer (2014) The Muses has a couple of distracting typos in its on-screen identifiers, but it's a fresh way to examine a master storyteller who died in 1991. He no longer can tell his own tale, but others can and do. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Farewell Party (2015) The laughter leavens the suffering and you may not agree with all of the actions, but the movie will give you much to deliberate, debate and decide for yourself while you can. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 54% Dough (2016) The tone is a bit all over the place, but the leads develop a nice rapport, subtle yet crucial messages about working and living in harmony are conveyed, and Dough delivers second chances, comeuppances and comedy along the way. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 53% Demolition (2016) It's not for everyone and lost some luster on second viewing, but Demolition builds on Mr. Gyllenhaal's ability to aim for acting adventure and steer clear of safe. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/4 84% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Field is at the top of her game, and you will cringe, worry, fear and cheer for Doris. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/4 89% Fastball (2016) As the boys of summer prepare to take the field again, Fastball is a briskly paced, welcome warm-up, beer and peanuts not included. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
2/4 28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Too often, though, it feels recycled or full of inflated problems and it's certainly not witty, sophisticated comedy. But it has a big heart. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/4 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) [Batman v Superman] looks rich, explores some interesting notions about justice, vengeance and deterrence, and works wonderfully until a CGI creature emerges as an adversary. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/4 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) With some exceptions, dragging out these adaptations seems to be more about money than creative solutions to fat novels. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/4 44% Miracles from Heaven (2016) Miracles is about Anna's healing and a belief in God, but also about the day-to-day kindnesses of strangers or friends that can make all the difference in the world. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
1/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Definitely not one for the gods or the ages, in 2-D or 3-D. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/4 91% Birdman (2014) In terms of moviemaking, this is a high-wire act and all eyes are skyward on Mr. Keaton, who proves himself up to the challenge. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) The only thing more adorable than one panda or a father-son pair of pandas is an entire village of the two-toned creatures. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016
4/4 93% Room (2015) It will remind you of the lifeline that love and hope and courage can provide in the darkest of circumstances and rooms. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
3.5/4 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Abrams has served the fans and first-timers exceedingly well. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) It grows more and more preposterous but it never loosens its grip thanks to a riveting Mr. Gyllenhaal. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 80% 42 (2013) The drama casts Rickey and Robinson in a heroic light in a story clearly meant to inspire, celebrate a pioneer and jog our collective or selective memory. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) The Legend of Hercules should be stirring and formidable but instead proves largely lifeless and ludicrous. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 80% Caucus (2013) Caucus allows moviegoers to tag along, like a silent observer forbidden from asking questions, in the run-up to the Iowa Caucus in January 2012. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
3.5/4 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) The parts are greater than the whole, and it's all so extreme that it feels like too much, but Mr. Cooper manages to allow his actors to turn coldly crazy or blindly angry or uncharacteristically bloodthirsty. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/4 51% White House Down (2013) At a time when so many movies seem humorless, White House Down allows a few laughs. It isn't meant to be examined as Oscar fodder but watched as pure summer entertainment. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) Mr. Cavill distinguishes himself as a worthy successor to Christopher Reeve although one charged with much more physically punishing scenes and almost no hint of Clark Kent as sweet bumbler. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/4 49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) An action thriller rooted in hyper-reality. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
2.5/4 37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) The wigs (oh, the wigs!) and costumes and magic tricks only take you so far, though, and the movie stages a maneuver at the end but then shows us exactly how it was done, after providing the basics. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2013
2/4 34% Won't Back Down (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 66% The Campaign (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
4/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/4 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2012
2.5/4 50% Mirror Mirror (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2012
2/4 23% October Baby (2012) - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2012