Darrin Keene

Darrin Keene
Darrin Keene's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat
Biography:
Film reviewer for Film Threat (www.filmthreat.com) and Chart magazine (www.chartattack.com).
Publications: Chart Magazine, Film Threat
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 80% The Hours (2002) The film's true star is its script. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 88% Far From Heaven (2003) The film confronts the eraâ(TM)s intolerance with regard to gender and race relations, but it should be noted that Haynes films without a trace of irony. The actors offer similarly genuine performances. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
1.5/5 35% Mi Reino (2002) Suffice it to say that Shakespeare's sudden and violent ending doesn't translate well into a British crime drama. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 77% Team America: World Police (2004) In an election season where there's so much bitter partisan bickering, it's good to see that some people haven't lost their non-partisan sense of humour. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2004
4/5 86% Garden State (2004) "Lo and behold, the Scrubs guy turns out to be a pretty good filmmaker." - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
3/5 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) "The stoner flick has a new face." - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
4/5 86% Collateral (2004) "Screenwriter Stuart Beattie can be faulted for his cop-out ending, but the other principal players make the best of what they're given to work with." - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2004
3/5 48% De-Lovely (2004) Judd is a natural to play a sophisticated Kentucky belle, while Kline's Ivy-League demeanour and metrosexual mannerisms make him the perfect candidate to play Porter. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
2/5 53% The Notebook (2004) Perhaps it's a stretch to call this a 'literary' romance. It's firmly entrenched in pulp territory. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
4/5 91% Baadasssss! (2003) Baadasssss! is not only a poignant portrait of Melvin Van Peebles' drive and determination, but also a revealing glimpse at the crazy world of independent film making. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
2/5 31% King Arthur (2004) ... a historical drama that emphasizes the drama over the history. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2004
1/5 64% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) Even the most loyal Jarmusch aficionado will find significant portions of this film to be an incredible bore. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2004
1/5 24% Van Helsing (2004) ...an effects-driven travesty that purees some of literature's classic horror stories into bland, action-driven pulp. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2004
1/5 60% Scumrock (2004) Comes off as a tired rehashing of the director's '90s-era DIY creations. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2004
2/5 63% Starsky & Hutch (2004) Anyone who has seen Spike Jonze's video for the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' has witnessed a far more effective parody of the '70s cop show. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2004
3/5 44% The Republic of Love (2004) If this sounds like a typical Hollywood-fuelled 'opposites attract' story, rest assured there's a high degree of verisimilitude in the way these jaded lovebirds come together. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2004
3/5 69% Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) [B]usiness is good for Cedric the Entertainer. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2004
2/5 74% Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks) (2000) Although the story is well structured, Ozon injects it with too much bile... - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2004
2/5 16% The Big Bounce (2004) One suspects that David Hasselhoff acted as an uncredited consultant... - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2004
4/5 81% Monster (2004) Monster is noteworthy primarily for Theron's performance, a brilliant career-shifting move for her and the strongest cinematic performance in 2003. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2004
2/5 84% Pieces of April (2003) Pieces Of April deserves a few points for style, as well as for Clarkson's effort, but nothing for its insubstantial use of story and character. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2003
1/5 9% Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) I lament the fact that new generations will likely learn about Seuss' story via this CGI-laden monstrosity... - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2003
2/5 42% The Human Stain (2003) Watching The Human Stain, you'll likely only care about the money you've spent to watch overpaid actors work on auto-pilot. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2003
4/5 97% Alien (1979) Has Alien aged well? If you appreciate the more aesthetic attributes of sci-fi and horror genres... you'll find new revelations with this print. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2003
4/5 84% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) The first half of Kill Bill is far more exciting than any action flick that passed through this mediocre summer season. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2003
1/5 8% Grind (2003) One has to wonder, with all the TV shows like Jackass, MTV Road Rules and the myriad pro skater DVD compilations out there, why someone would pay expensive theatre prices to see this film. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2003
1/5 25% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) Flashy stunts and special effects never looked so dull, while the story is about as involving as those of the Tomb Raider video games. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2003
2/5 36% Le Divorce (2003) Eye-candy production values and stellar performances can't rescue a weak script. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2003
4/5 96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) Raising Victor Vargas is a coming-of-age tale told with sensitivity and humour, challenging the notion that films about inner-city folk need to have tragic characters or endings - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2003
2/5 22% Bad Boys II (2003) When the scenes involving rocket launchers hit the screen, I had a revelation. Bad Boys II didn't remind me of another film, but rather a video game - namely Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2003
4/5 62% Hulk (2003) Lee's direction [is] the true marvel of this Marvel comic tale. He sets up multi-frame shots, emulating the look of a comic book, with a plethora of flashy screen wipes and dissolves. The edits are more spectacular than the CGI work. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2003
3/5 36% 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Faster and more furious than the original, this film will have you asking, 'Vin who?' - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2003
3/5 73% The Italian Job (2003) Unless blatant product pitches make you want to choke on your popcorn, you'll likely find this film to be a couple of hours well spent. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2003
2/5 49% Bruce Almighty (2003) Try as [Carrey] might to be the next Jimmy Stewart, he's still best playing Jimmy Carrey. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2003
4/5 74% Dolls (2002) Kitano is now showing his softer, more interpretive side. Dolls is his most challenging and finest work to date. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 42% Anger Management (2003) Sandler seems to be mellowing with age - perhaps Punch-Drunk Love gave him a taste of what could be done when he works with a decent film script and director. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2003
1/5 30% Head of State (2003) The laughs unfortunately are few and far between, unless you buy into Rock's sophomoric social critiques. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2003
1/5 21% Basic (2003) Boasting a plot with more twists than a Texas tornado, Basic certainly doesn't live up to its title. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2003
4/5 96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) Time Out's omnipresent gray skies and blurry, snow-filled scenes compliment the gray areas and half-truths that drive its story. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2003
1/5 25% Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) Bartkowiak does deliver a load of action, but more of the steaming fecal variety. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2003
1/5 58% Dark Blue (2003) ...Shelton doesn't have the creative vision to present the story in a stylish noir fashion. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2003
1/5 8% Gods and Generals (2003) Even with the strong main performances, the dialogue is horribly contrived.... - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2003
5/5 86% 24 Hour Party People (2002) Only insiders can really claim to 'know' what the Manchester scene was all about, but 24 Hour Party People does a commendable job of giving the rest of us a good glimpse. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
1/5 50% Rub & Tug (Les Masseuses) (2003) Lyu could've made her debut feature a brilliant dark comedy. What the viewer gets instead is a mildly offensive film that bears the cheap humour of a B-grade Canadian sitcom. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
2/5 68% Red Dragon (2002) The film offers the standard Hollywood jolts, ensuring that audiences won't get bored with (God forbid) a straightforward story. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
2/5 54% The Transporter (2002) Besson is getting diminishing returns this time around. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
3/5 66% Brown Sugar (2002) This film's music is as important as its lead actors, and both rescue a romance story from its own predictable trappings. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
3/5 81% Biggie and Tupac (2002) Biggie And Tupac may not be the smoking gun that will solve either of the murders, but it does paint a picture of some disturbing collusion between America's seediest police department and the music industry's most volatile record label. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
2/5 16% Abandon (2002) An inert little thriller that fails to establish its own personality. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003
4/5 95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) Bowling For Columbine has America's favorite documentarian tackling the usual suspects, but his polemic has never sounded more poignant. - Chart Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2003