Burl Burlingame

Burl Burlingame

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Burl Burlingame's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Just in time, the first time Ant-Man shrinks down to ant size, it's such a wonder of marvelous CGI magic that everyone in the theater wakes up like an alarm has gone off. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 18, 2015
1/4 14% The Gallows (2015) "Praising "The Gallows" is rather like pointing out how wonderful the frosting decorations are on a turd. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 10, 2015
1.5/4 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "The harsh reality of mortality interferes with the budding, golden lives of young people. Not just those who die, but those who have to experience the bummerness of it all. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "Maybe if Giamatti and Johnson had switched roles, we'd have had a full course instead of eye candy for disaster buffs. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 29, 2015
2/4 19% Aloha (2015) "I've lost count of how many times Alec Baldwin enters a movie just at the point it desperately needs a comic lift. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 29, 2015
4/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "You can't escape the impression this was originally written as an animated film, mostly because things occasionally go all Wile E. Coyote on us. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 25, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The cast, OMG. There are more people crowded in here - either in major roles or in brilliant cameos (Andy Serkis, I'm looking at you) - than are at Walgreens' on prom night. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 1, 2015
3/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "An elegant, reflective piece of work that may not appeal to everybody - but if you're out on your first movie date, it may be just the thing to get you to first base. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Apr 26, 2015
3.5/4 30% Insurgent (2015) "After the tepid snore that was the last "Hunger Games" installment, "Insurgent" is muscular, brisk and imaginative - albeit on an emotive teenage level. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 23, 2015
1/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "Most fairy tales on film contain either enough wit or verve or spectacle to engage an entire audience, but there is nothing here to engage the adult viewer. Nothing. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 15, 2015
.5/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Lovely Olivia Wilde gets so many extreme close-ups that you feel like her dermatologist. She winds up looking like those outer-space pictures of dead moons. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 28, 2015
1/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "A ridiculous, bloated, stumbling Baron Harkonnen of a movie; depressing, dull and flatulent with wasted angst. It don't got no bounce. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 23, 2014
3/4 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "When the full force of the disease hits, Hawking is reduced to a twist-tie of a human being, sentenced to a life of gigantic thoughts and pathetic movements. He's pretzelled. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/4 77% Fury (2014) "Charmingly old-school FDR-Democrat foxhole-buddy Americana: Citizens from all walks of life facing a common enemy and working together - a touchingly old-fashioned notion.) " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 17, 2014
1.5/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) "A cheerful gut-punch slice of vigilante porn, and such a mortifying waste of talent that audiences gradually sink into a slough of despair over the state of cinema art. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/4 35% The November Man (2014) "Paranoid anomie was just the thing in a post-Watergate world back in the '70s, and movies then reflected it. That makes this delightfully, unapologetically old-fashioned. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) "Pretty much a "Twister" reboot, full of CGI sturm und drang (probably the only time that phrase is actually appropriate) albeit simultaneously more serious and less impactful. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 9, 2014
0/4 13% Cannonball Run II (1984) "The movie is a genuine cultural artifact, a relic given to us by a band of entertainers from long ago, who live in self-imposed exile in the dusty, neon hellhole of Las Vegas. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 26, 2014
1.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) "How you react to "And So It Goes" depends entirely on your appreciation of Diane Keaton. The movie is so Keaton-centric it might as well have been titled "La Di Da, La Di Da." " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "Zach Braff's sophomore feature, is either wildly self-indulgent or genuine and heartfelt, and certainly both, and that's okay. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 17% Sex Tape (2014) "Segal and Diaz deserve combat pay for some of the naked stuff they go through. (No, you're not going to see full frontal, or pubal or boobal. Plenty of backal however.) " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) "This quiet little domestic drama from Singapore reminds us films can achieve near-impossible heights and depths of intimacy and empathy. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jun 28, 2014
3/4 49% Maleficent (2014) "It's interesting that Angelina Jolie can undergo four hours of professional Hollywood special effects makeup and wind up looking just like Grace Jones. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/4 76% The Hornet's Nest (2014) "It's worth pointing out that two dozen journalists have been killed in the line of duty on Afghanistan's front lines, bringing the war back home. And they can't shoot back. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 24, 2014
2/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) "All the potential edges have been sanded off. And so, a quite remarkable true story, no matter how truthfully told, feels like a formulaic fable. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 16, 2014
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) "The American nightmare that provides context and weight is the 9/11 attack, and the long shadow of that horror has permeated American films since. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "Looking back, it's apparent that the only two creations of cultural mythology created in the 1960s that matter are "Star Trek" and "Spider-Man." " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted May 3, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "The movie has many quiet, insightful moments that lend gravity to the situation, as well as some clever fish-out-of-water character definition. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) "It's just too damn amiable to be outrageous, and if it ain't outrageous, it's a swing-and-a-miss at the premise. Not good when playing in Pee Wee League. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) ""Need For Speed" is actually based on a best-selling video game, and it certainly has video-game tropes throughout. Video-game players may feel their thumbs reacting unconsciously. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) "It's a testosterone-dripping fantasy about blood lust, baby. The characters are based on real people and real events. The mode of storytelling is pure mythology. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/4 No Score Yet Beyond Paradise (1998) "Anyone who remembers kill-haole day in school will identify with "Beyond Paradise." But there aren't many for whom kill-haole day was the defining moment in their lives. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) "An impossibly sexy operative shows up from the Agency - maybe it's a modeling agency? - and Fausts him a bargain: Kill some bad guys and she'll give him some magic beans ... " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/4 49% RoboCop (2014) ""RoboCop" was released more than a quarter-century ago. Two sobering things about this juicy remake are how little has changed since then - and how much of it has come true. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 31% The Monuments Men (2014) "In order to sell the film to disinterested modern audiences, Clooney adopts a wisecracking, ironic tone that is surface-level entertaining. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) "Are we being played? Oh, yeah. Just because the time and place of a film takes place within personal experience doesn't mean it's not a historical epic. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) "Corporatist propaganda of the highest order, as the Disney juggernaut congratulates itself on the half-century anniversary of "Mary Poppins." " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "Yes, there was a time when folk music was cool - the artists considered themselves direct conduits to the roiling, engaging psychology of the nation. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "There are a dozen dwarves, and they all have names that sound like power tools, and their motivation ... well, let's just call them the Ferengi of Middle Earth. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 14, 2013
1/4 39% Delivery Man (2013) "A high-concept situation, and potentially a complex, fascinating study of how family and children shape a life for both good and ill. His life has become a Benetton ad. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3.5/4 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) "A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) "Of course, it's a true story, at least the kind of true story that Hollywood wishes it could have made up. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
1/4 No Score Yet Pig Death Machine "Everything here is undercut by deliberate anti-gloss, as if the laws of coherence are too plebeian for the self-imagined lofty artiness of the filmmakers. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 12, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) "Howard pulls off a dramatic switcheroo in "Rush." He presents characters in competition, one a golden god, the other a repellent Ratso - and by the end, we root for Ratso. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2.5/4 72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) "Miley might not become another Britney, if she keeps away from those way-cute Jonas boys. They look like trouble. I think they've actually experienced hormones. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 98% Blackfish (2013) "In many ways, "Blackfish" is a horror film in which we discover that we have met the monster, and the monster is us. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3 26% Planes (2013) "Visually, "Planes" aircraft characters owe a huge debt to cartoonist Hank Caruso, who's been doing this stuff for decades ... As a movie, "Planes" is pretty meh. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1/4 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) "There's a certain symbolic symmetry here. The Navy and Walt Disney have teamed up on the production, and both view history as something to be managed and exploited. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 57% Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) "Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Land Of Eb "A rare, extraordinary film that celebrates the dignity of hard work, as well as the tenuous connections of cultural legacy in a fragmented community. " ‐ Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Posted Oct 19, 2012
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