Chuck O'Leary

Chuck O'Leary
Tomatometer-approved critic
Chuck O'Leary has been an absolute film fanatic ever since he was 4 years old, and has reviewed movies off and on since the early 1990s. He started getting his reviews published in college, and subsequently wrote free-lance reviews for a local newsweekly for a year and a daily newspaper for four and a half years. In the meantime, he co-hosted a short-lived local radio show devoted to movies in 2000 and taught a college film course that same year. Unhappy with the progress of his career, and frustrated with the state of contemporary films, Chuck vowed never to review another movie again in 2001, and held true to his word until being coaxed out of "retirement" by Fantastica Daily founder John "Mervius" Murray in the spring of 2004. Chuck joined in March of 2005 to write DVD reviews, and when Fantastica Daily went down in early 2006, he also started reviewing theatrical releases for FulvueDrive-in. His favorites are many, but he names "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) as his all-time favorite film. Chuck says, "Whether or not people agree with me, I hope they at least find my pull-no-punches style entertaining."
All-time favorite films and movies I can watch anytime: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Verdict (1982), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Jaws (1975), Dirty Harry (1971), Sling Blade (1996), On Golden Pond (1981), The Passion of the Christ (2004), True Confessions (1981), The Deer Hunter (1978), Midnight Express (1978), About Schmidt (2002), The Remains of the Day (1993), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Rocky (1976), Arthur (1981), Casino (1995), GoodFellas (1990), The King of Comedy (1983), The Shining (1980), Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Deliverance (1972), Southern Comfort (1981), The Untouchables (1987), The Beguiled (1971), Awakenings (1990), On the Waterfront (1954), The Great Escape (1963), Midnight Run (1988), Year of the Dragon (1985), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Mass Appeal (1985), Scarface (1983), The French Connection (1971), The Bounty (1984), Scarecrow (1973), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Unforgiven (1992), The Elephant Man (1980), Terms of Endearment (1983), Best Seller (1987), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Last Man Standing (1996), State of Grace (1990), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Star Chamber (1983), Outland (1981), Thief (1981), Capricorn One (1978), Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978), The Odd Couple (1968), Stick (1985), 48 HRS. (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Sharky's Machine (1981), Braveheart (1995), Patton (1970), We Were Soldiers (2002), In Country (1989), Dressed to Kill (1980), Charley Varrick (1973), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Scent of a Woman (1992), ... And Justice for All (1979), Night and the City (1992), Law & Disorder (1974), F.I.S.T. (1978), First Blood (1982), Nighthawks (1981), Creepshow (1982), Aliens (1986), The Terminator (1984), Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974), A Perfect World (1993), Barfly (1987), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Omen (1976), The Towering Inferno (1974), Rollercoaster (1977), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Black Sunday (1977), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Best Friends (1982), Family Business (1989), Hooper (1978), The End (1978), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Night Shift (1982), Fletch (1985), Joe (1970), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Wild Bunch (1969), Emperor of the North (1973), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Shootist (1976), A Christmas Story (1983), Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) Favorite filmmakers: Walter Hill, Martin Scorsese, Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Lumet, Peter Hyams, Michael Cimino, William Friedkin, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Aldrich, Mel Gibson, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Martin Brest, John Milius, Paul Verhoeven, John Frankenheimer, John Flynn and the '70s and '80s work of Brian De Palma and John Carpenter. Favorite actors: Burt Reynolds, Jack Nicholson, James Caan, Clint Eastwood, George C. Scott, Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Roy Scheider, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, James Woods, George Segal, George Peppard, Sean Connery, Lee Marvin, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, Nick Nolte, Michael Keaton, Tom Berenger, Bill Murray, John Cassavetes, Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Telly Savalas, Michael Ironside, Morgan Freeman, Charles Durning, Brian Dennehy, Jack Warden, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, Powers Boothe, James Gandolfini, Ian McShane, Robert Shaw, James Garner, Tom Atkins, Carroll O'Connor, Tim Conway, Dom DeLuise, Don Knotts, Dana Carvey Favorite actresses: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Ann-Margret, Meryl Streep, Faye Dunaway, Sally Field, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jean Stapleton, Sissy Spacek, Kathy Bates, Kim Cattrall, Louise Fletcher, Emily Lloyd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Lane, Marsha Mason, Jacqueline Bisset, Jessica Tandy, Elisabeth Shue, Raquel Welch, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Hilary Swank, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Kay Lenz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Geraldine Page, Edie Falco, Rachel McAdams Favorite TV shows: All in the Family, The Sopranos, The O'Reilly Factor, Deadwood, St. Elsewhere, Strike Force (1981-1982), The Black Donnellys, Gomer Pyle, Homicide: Life on the Street
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T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) The end result of Rambo IV is akin to that of The Dead Pool, the fifth (and probably final) Dirty Harry movie. Yes, it is the least of the series, but years later, fans of the character will be glad it exists. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
D No Score Yet Forget About It (2006) An inept, choppy, painful-to-watch mess that looks like it was thrown together by rank amateurs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2008
7/10 41% The Bucket List (2007) Gets a little too Hollywood for its own good, but the biggest pleasure here comes from the moments where two of our best actors (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) simply talk to one another about life. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2007
1/10 27% Halloween (2007) Hideous beyond words ... Zombie has made the white-trash scuzbucket version of Halloween in which most of the characters are made to be as unkempt and sleazy-looking as he is. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
B- 47% Lonely Hearts (2006) A good, not great, movie that benefits from nice period detail and some strong performances (especially Hayek and Leto), even if the real-life Beck was a heavyset, homely mess not anywhere near as attractive as Hayek. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2007
B+ 35% The Last Time (2007) Wildly entertaining ... Skillfully walks a fine line between black comedy and intense drama ... It's one of the year's best. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2007
4/10 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) The third weak sequel in a creaky franchise that should have remained dormant. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007
D 27% Porky's Revenge (1985) A tiresome rehash. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007
C- 11% Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) Did about a third of the business of its highly successful predecessor, and contains only about a third of the laughs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007
5/10 89% Knocked Up (2007) Has some sporadic laughs, but Ben and especially his roommates are just too gross to be the kind of charming free spirits Apatow thinks they are. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007
7/10 62% Bug (2006) Friedkin's Bug is a claustrophobic, unsettling, intense and extremely well-acted parable about paranoia. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007
4/10 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) If ever a movie epitomized the term 'overplotted,' it is Mr. Brooks. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007
B 66% Off the Black (2006) Ponsoldt's debut is full of quiet heartache, and effectively establishes a consistent melancholy tone. And Nolte is exceptional. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
B+ 55% Seraphim Falls (2007) A handsomely-mounted, muscular, red-blooded Old West adventure ... One of the most stunning films to look at in recent years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2007
B 55% Payback (1999) A tough, entertaining homage to the kind of gritty '70s crime film that long ago gave way to a slicker yet tamer form of action movie ... Both the studio's cut and Helgeland's cut work about equally well. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2007
B+ 88% Donnie Brasco (1997) Just misses ranking in the upper echelon of mob movies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2007
C No Score Yet Until Death (2007) Starts out strong ... But after the 42 minute point, it turns into the action movie equivalent of Regarding Henry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2007
2/10 47% Shooter (2007) Shooter is a real stinker. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2007
7/10 87% The Lookout (2007) A character-driven crime thriller ... The Lookout is definitely worth a look. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2007
7/10 86% The Hoax (2007) A pleasant spring surprise. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2007
5/10 8% The Reaping (2007) The Reaping will end up doing for Swank's career what Bless the Child did for the career of another Oscar-winning actress, Kim Basinger -- nothing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2007
7/10 84% Grindhouse (2007) The films seldom rise above the cheesy level of the very "B" movies they're emulating, but Grindhouse is a fun throwback to what it felt like to see exploitation movies at the nabes, drive-ins and inner-city theaters during the '70s and early '80s. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2007
C 5% Broken Bridges (2006) The kind of trite material that seems better suited for the small screen than the big screen. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2007
C No Score Yet The Veteran (2007) A respectable straight-to-DVD movie that was headed for the 'pleasant surprise' category before self-destructing with a terrible, out-of-the-blue ending. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2007
B 93% Re-Animator (1985) A comically ghastly B-movie delight. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2007
5/10 61% 300 (2007) Made me long for the days when epics were photographed with the beauty and clarity of Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur and Spartacus. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2007
5/10 63% Music and Lyrics (2007) The song [Pop! Goes My Heart] is a lot of fun, but ends up being the only memorable thing in a middling rom-com that needed a wittier script. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
7/10 20% Factory Girl (2007) The film is most interesting in its portrayal of Warhol as a cold-hearted user. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
8/10 89% Zodiac (2007) The second film in the last 12 months about the never-solved Zodiac killings...Fincher's is the more ambitious, thorough and better of the two. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
9/10 84% Breach (2007) Breach follows The Good Shepherd as the second outstanding spy-thriller released by Universal within the last two months. Shepherd was terrific. Breach is even better. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
4/10 8% The Number 23 (2007) Laughable...We can only hope a sequel called The Number 46 doesn't get made. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
B+ 85% Bugsy (1991) A first-rate production from top to bottom...Beatty has never been more electrifying on screen. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2007
C 20% The Marine (2006) Derivative in the extreme, but some good stunt work and humorous touches make it a lot more tolerable than it could have been. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2007
4/10 16% Hannibal Rising (2007) The ill-conceived Hannibal Rising plays sort of like how Death Wish might have turned out had Charles Bronson's vigilante been a bloodthirsty cannibal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2007
B+ 95% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) This fish is swimming with laugh-out-loud moments. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2007
3/10 19% The Hitcher (2007) I have a not-so-subtle message for a creatively bankrupt Hollywood: STOP DOING CRAP REMAKES OF PERFECTLY FINE HORROR FILMS FROM THE '70s and '80s. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2007
C+ 50% Maniac Cop (1988) Cohen takes the slasher/serial-killer genre and puts a unique spin on it while adding plenty of gallows humor. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2007
B+ 92% Reservoir Dogs (1992) A highly cinematic blast for those who can stomach its brutality...Like Glengarry Glen Ross with guns. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2007
2/10 33% Flyboys (2006) An embarrassing cliché-fest. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2007
2/10 40% Nacho Libre (2006) Gives you more reason than ever to love Black's death scene in 1997's The Jackal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2007
9/10 96% The Queen (2006) Helen Mirren makes an amazing on-screen transformation into Queen Elizabeth II...Michael Sheen also bears an uncanny resemblence to Tony Blair. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2006
8/10 55% The Good Shepherd (2006) Intelligent and totally absorbing...The most underrated film of '06. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2006
9/10 80% Little Children (2006) A perfect companion piece to American Beauty, and just as good. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2006
C- No Score Yet Tough Enough (1983) Tough Enough is a countrified Rocky wannabe that just isn't good enough. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2006
5/10 77% Rocky Balboa (2006) Every bit as average as III, IV and V...What could possibly be next, Rocky vs. Michael Myers? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2006
5/10 66% Apocalypto (2006) Had Gibson followed the cue of other less self-important variations of The Most Dangerous Game, and cut to the chase more quickly, Apocalypto would have been a far more satisfying experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2006
5/10 No Score Yet Savannah Smiles (1982) Harmless...Plays out predictably...OK entertainment for kids. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2006
B 78% Bad Santa (2003) A movie that grows on you...Underneath layers of anger, sarcasm, profanity and booze, Bad Santa ultimately reveals a soft heart. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2006
4/10 94% Casino Royale (2006) The man with the license to kill has become the man with the license to bore. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2006
C+ No Score Yet The Seduction (1982) Guilty pleasures don't get much guiltier than The Seduction. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2006