Chuck Schwartz

Chuck Schwartz
Chuck Schwartz's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Biography:
You could have predicted a career on the fringes of the film world when Chuck Schwartz did his first professional interview at age 14 with famed director Otto Preminger. Post-college, he spent a full career in radio as producer of the King Biscuit Flower Hour concert series, Robert Klein's radio talk show, and numerous programs for NBC's &quot;The Source&quot; Radio Network. A broken neck and ensuing poverty sidelined him in 1988 and, for a number of years, most of the recovery time was spent watching movies. Realizing that he'd otherwise have to pay for what he got to see for free via a Director's Guild of America membership card, Schwartz began reviewing and rating films based on ticket price. He joined </i>Entertainment Drive, the first independent online entertainment magazine, in 1995 and stayed through 1998. In the meantime he can be seen semi-regularly on CNN Saturday Morning, and heard on KIRO Seattle and the w0kie.net direct satellite network
Favorites:
Best of 1999: October Sky, Election, Go, The Iron Giant, Sixth Sense, Talented Mr. Ripley, Boys Don't Cry, Man on the Moon, Cider House Rules, American Beauty, Snow Falling on Cedars, Being John Malkovich Worst of 1999 Eyes Wide Shut, Blair Witch Project, Baby Geniuses, Diamonds, Fight Club, Magnolia, All The Little Animals Best of 1998: A Civil Action, Gods and Monsters, Life Is Beautiful, Pleasantville, Primary Colors, Saving Private Ryan, Shakespeare in Love, The Truman Show, The General, Rounders Worst of 1998: Dream of an Insomniac, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, the Avengers, Woo Best of 1997: Amistad, Donnie Brasco, Face/Off, The Ice Storm, L.A. Confidential, love jones, Men in Black, Titanic, Wag the Dog Worst of 1997: Batman & Robin, Bliss, Crash, Dangerous Ground, Dear God, Excess Baggage, Shadow Conspiracy, The End of Violence
Location: USA
Official Websites: crankycritic.com

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Lebanon, Pa. (2011) Very well made, for the arthouse crowd. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2011
71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Buy the premise and the film delivers a pretty good sit. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
B- No Score Yet Boy on a Dolphin (1957) This was the film that helped launch Sophia Loren as an international sex symbol. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2008
80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) A Gem of a Family Friendly flick. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
14% The Love Guru (2008) Funny. Very Funny(tm) - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
71% Definitely, Maybe (2008) Captivating enough to kick the usual date night activities into high gear. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2008
2/10 63% King of California (2007) King of California is all story tones and harmony, with barely a solid melody to hold it together - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
42% No Reservations (2007) A middling time killer and not much more. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2007
96% Ratatouille (2007) Disney Pixar lets loose another four-bagger with Ratatouille, a film that had us laughing so hard we couldn't take notes. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2007
100% Sidekick (2005) Sidekick will be appreciated by comic book fanboys and those who root for no-budget indie films. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2006
3/10 36% Must Love Dogs (2005) more an ad for an Internet dating service than a bright and bubbly hodgepodge of Tales from Blind Date Hell - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2005
6.5/10 75% War of the Worlds (2005) A pretty good popcorn movie. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2005
8.5/10 31% The Longest Yard (2005) Rude, Crude and more entertaining than Episode III . . . - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
1/10 30% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) ZZZ. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2005
9/10 60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) As great a SF-based comedy as it is a very silly SF summer movie. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2005
8/10 22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2005) Hysterically funny, for those in the know, movie-wise. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
1/10 17% xXx: State of the Union (2005) Yech. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
3/10 77% Sin City (2005) The most beautiful b&w film we've ever seen. Some common story elements among its three stories would have been nice, though. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2005
0/10 19% The Ring Two (2005) A scareflick with nary a shiver. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2005
2/10 10% Elektra (2005) Just badly written. It's a confusing mess and that's that. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2005
8.5/10 55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) Buy the bigger popcorn 'cuz this one is better than the last one. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2004
5/10 16% Alexander (2004) See it, if only for the visuals that keep your eyes happy in between laughs. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2004
69% The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) Expecting nothing but 90 minutes of pain and suffering. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2004
8/10 97% The Incredibles (2004) How many times do we have to write the words? See it. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2004
3/10 55% Undertow (2004) A film only a film student could love. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2004
5/10 49% Saw (2004) Dateflick level; a rating offered with the following warning: you've got to really be in the mood to squirm in you seat. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2004
8.5/10 80% Ray (2004) If this film doesn't land -- at minimum -- half a dozen Oscar nominations, we'll buy a hat and eat it. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2004
5/10 7% Surviving Christmas (2004) When it's funny it's very funny. When it's not, it's still an OK dateflick. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2004
0/10 39% The Grudge (2004) An utter waste of time. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2004
7.5/10 62% The Last Shot (2004) A very funny comedy. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2004
6/10 41% Ladder 49 (2004) Flashback construction defeats what could be an emotionally arresting story. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2004
7.5/10 63% I Heart Huckabees (2004) The strangest film comedy we've ever planted for. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2004
7.5/10 92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) A delightful surprise, as far as zombie comedies go. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2004
5/10 27% Wicker Park (2004) Once we caught up to the frenzy of the story's editing job, we didn't mind the sit at all. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2004
5/10 50% Vanity Fair (2004) Even the good chick flicks don't have their audiences laughing at 'em. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2004
8/10 86% Collateral (2004) Collateral is one enjoyable surprise after another. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2004
7.5/10 44% The Village (2004) Suspenseful? Yes. Terrifying? No. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2004
7/10 80% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) A flat out A-list thriller worthy of the extra large tub o' corn. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2004
6.5/10 86% Garden State (2004) A comedy for the arthouse. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2004
0/10 9% Catwoman (2004) A beyond-awful movie destined for any theater still running 'midnight movie' nights. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2004
6.5/10 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) One for the grownups who lean towards the art house. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2004
7/10 57% I, Robot (2004) Buy the big popcorn. It's good to have for the action sequences. It'll keep you busy while you wait for those action sequences to kick in. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2004
7/10 82% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) As infuriating as it is informative. It is also a very funny movie -- not in a sharp sarcastic manner but more in whack you when you're not looking vein. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2004
10/10 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) Everything, from story and characters to the expected and amazing special effects, blasts off the screen and knocked us back in our seat. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2004
4.5/10 70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) It's silly-funny. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2004
5/10 60% The Terminal (2004) The first time in a very long run of watching films by Steven Spielberg that we were unmoved. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2004
3/10 29% The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) A relatively story free killfest. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2004
8/10 26% The Stepford Wives (2004) A scream -- the funny kind. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2004
8/10 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) The funniest, sex and drug-free high school comedy we've ever seen. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2004
5/10 90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) You shouldn't have to read the book first, but you do. - Cranky Critic&reg; EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2004