Chuck Rudolph

Chuck Rudolph
Chuck Rudolph's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97%

Jules and Jim (1962)

"Jules and Jim is sad yet humorous, breathless yet contemplative, universal yet hermetic." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2005
2.5/4 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"Endeavors to airmail the middle-aged suburban angst made fashionable by American Beauty safely back to cynicism-free sitcom territory." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2005
1.5/4 22%

In My Country (2005)

"Peace, love, and understanding, apparently, are best served with a side order of .45-caliber satisfaction." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2005
2/4 60%

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

"A textbook example of why the odds of finding a good genre film are currently about equal to those of winning the lottery." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2005

Bruce Almighty (2003)

"In several ways the movie is an apathetic revision of The Truman Show, with Carrey starring as both Truman and Christof." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 20, 2003

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"Arrives with the same chilling thud that accompanied the dashed hopes and ruined promises of the last two Star Wars movies." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2003

Spellbound (2002)

"Blitz is not a filmmaker interested in his subjects, but only in manipulating their experiences for entertainment value." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2003

The Good Thief (2003)

"Even with the drugs and the gambling and a host of oddballs who are thankfully never romanticized to the point of nausea, the film is ultimately much too sanitary for its own good." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2003

Basic (2003)

"There's some magic on display worthy of the great Houdini--in scene after scene, logic and reason vanish before our very eyes with a well-timed poof!" ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2003

Assassination Tango (2003)

"At age 72, Robert Duvall has pretty much earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants. Assassination Tango is exactly that: whatever the hell he wants." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2003

Levity (2003)

"The kind of downsized, misguidedly sincere movie that is meant to transparently serve as its participants' penance for the slop they make the rest of the year." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2003

The Hunted (2003)

"In its handful of principal moments the film compares favorably with the perceptive lyricism of Walter Hill and Michael Mann." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2003

Tears of the Sun (2003)

"An imminent favorite at the White House screening room, but the film is ultimately so dry and remote that one can't imagine Chaney or Ashcroft trooping through all the exposition and moral finagling to get to the carnage." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2003

Gods and Generals (2003)

"As remote and unyielding as an untouched textbook, often so much so that its academic fanaticism causes it to resemble a spectacular parody of daytime television's breathy, on-the-fly awkwardness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2003

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

"A brassy bit of entertainment that makes up in hard-boiled showmanship what it lacks in subtlety." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2003

Dark Blue (2003)

"That Dark Blue's template roughly coincides with the Rodney King race riots reeks of a pathetic attempt to over-conceptualize what is, at heart, a superficial, obvious morality play." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2003

Laurel Canyon (2003)

"If the booze-swilling, oversexed evil sister of McDormand's Almost Famous matron were to make her own movie, it might look something like Laurel Canyon." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2003

All the Real Girls (2003)

"Broadens the director's rural visual beauty but also benefits from a sharper placement of his narrative shrapnel and his characters' acute internal dilemmas." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2003

The Recruit (2003)

"Apparently making a spy thriller that amounts to something more than James Bond clichés taken seriously is indeed mission: impossible." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2003

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

"Feels less tantalizingly ambiguous than it does like a prologue that has somehow taken the place of the story that was meant to succeed it." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2003
0.5/4 85%

Chaos (2003)

"Remarkable in that it approaches its assortment of characters with an even hand, regardless of their behavior--until the final third, that is." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2003
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2002 Year-in-Review (2002)

"Gangs of New York is Marty's show, the culmination of a career and the decisive statement from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 27, 2002
2/4 79%

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003)

"The overload of murders and double-crosses make Barris's life seem more and more like the folly of a screenwriter's imagination." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 27, 2002

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"One of Spielberg's most gratifying films--quick and charming and exciting without ever being too obvious about its intentions." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2002

Gangs of New York (2002)

"Never before has Scorsese been so willing to let his naked enthusiasm--his love not only for the history within the film and its characters but also the purity of cinema--reveal itself in all of its unabashed glory." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2002

Narc (2002)

"Carnahan works with a rough-hewn classicism that recalls the tenacity and resilience of Hollywood in its glory days." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2002

Antwone Fisher (2002)

"Fisher greedily encourages Washington and Hollywood to rape his integrity in the name of Ben Franklin, not to mention Oscar." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2002

25th Hour (2003)

"The various elements of 25th Hour are invariably provocative, but the husk of the story isn't up to the challenge." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2002

Voyage de Morvern Callar (2002)

"Few films this year have been as resolute in their emotional nakedness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2002

Evelyn (2002)

"Told just proficiently enough to trounce its overly comfortable trappings." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2002

Empire (2002)

"Too clumsy and vulgar a melodrama to be viewed as a calculated piece of racism, but its obtuse unawareness doesn't excuse it." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2002

The Emperor's Club (2002)

"Hundert may be remembered by his pupils but the movie will be quickly forgotten." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2002

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

"Only in its final surprising shots does Rabbit-Proof Fence find the authority it's looking for." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2002
C- 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"The kind of brain fart a young and creatively impotent hothead thinks up when what he really wants to do isn't coming to him." Matinee Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2002
C 63%

Unknown Pleasures (2003)

"As fascinating as some of the individual scenes and shots are, they never connect into a formative whole." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2002
B+ 51%

The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

"If The Man from Elysian Fields is doomed by its smallness, it is also elevated by it--the kind of movie that you enjoy more because you're one of the lucky few who sought it out." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2002
D- 63%

Moonlight Mile (2002)

"Cranks up the oldies soundtrack and embraces narrative contrivance like there will be no tomorrow, as if the concept of death is nothing more than a feel-good exercise in smiley primetime enlightenment." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2002
C 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"An authentically vague, but ultimately purposeless, study in total pandemonium." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2002
C- 90%

The Magdalene Sisters (2003)

"Nuns stomp down hallways like Storm Troopers while the girls are treated to the full Lars von Trier victim package, complete with bloody beatings, sexual assaults, and ugly full-frontal nude scenes." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2002
B 83%

Chihwaseon (2003)

"An undeniably robust and sporadically entertaining film." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2002
D+ 41%

The Four Feathers (2002)

"Kapur gives us lush desert images that are meant to disguise the film's imaginary political objective--a way of blowing sand in our eyes as literally as possible." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2002
C- 48%

City by the Sea (2002)

"A standard police-oriented drama that, were it not for De Niro's participation, would have likely wound up a TNT Original." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2002
C 38%

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

"One half is a characteristic sex farce, the other a surprisingly genuine and amiable romance." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2002
B+ 77%

Changing Lanes (2002)

"There's something to be said for a studio-produced film that never bothers to hand viewers a suitcase full of easy answers." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2002
B 42%

Death to Smoochy (2002)

"Its cruel pointlessness zaps Williams back into the fearless encroachment his best work has contained." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2002
C- 76%

Panic Room (2002)

"Has all the charm of a filmed industrial presentation on recent technological advancements." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2002
D 51%

Simone (2002)

"Simone is about a person who doesn't exist, and by the time it ends you wonder if there's even as much substance in the person who made it." Matinee Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2002
B- 90%

Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975)

"It's raw and it's dusty, just as a good martial arts movie should be." Matinee Magazine
Posted May 29, 2002
F 82%

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

"A landfill of toxic star personas and auteur laziness." Matinee Magazine
Posted May 20, 2002
C 94%

About a Boy (2002)

"Like its lead character, About a Boy exists in a stale vacuum of time-killing routine." Matinee Magazine
Posted May 20, 2002
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