Elbert Ventura

Elbert Ventura

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Elbert Ventura's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Slate

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Meek's Cutoff (2011)

"It is an American independent in the true sense of the word, and it may well be the best homegrown movie we'll see this year." ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"If the first two Spider-Man movies soared above the banal realm of the Hollywood franchise, the third finds the series falling back to earth." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

"Meirelles plays to the crowd, plays everything for effect, which wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the subject didn't deserve greater intellectual seriousness." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 6, 2004

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

"Finding a delicate balance between dystopia and nostalgia, this diaphanous, baroque vision isn't just a disarming trifle: it's genuinely transporting." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 5, 2003

School of Rock (2003)

"A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 1, 2003

In This World (2003)

"The film fits neatly into Winterbottom's eclectic canon." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 17, 2003

Little Big Man (1970)

"This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 30, 2003

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003)

"Far from gimmicky, it's as personal and unreserved as filmmaking gets." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 16, 2003

The Awful Truth (1937)

"As pleasurable as anything a Hollywood studio and the star system ever produced." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 4, 2003

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

"A fast-moving, fluidly told tale, Eugene Jarecki's documentary certainly will likely inflame Kissinger's ardent cronies. And yet, as one-sided as its story is, the movie also manages a measured disposition." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 11, 2002

Vanya on 42nd Street (1995)

"It's more than a worthy capper to Malle's brilliant career." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 4, 2002

8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

"Drop-dead pretty and confidently assembled, it's a shameless, extravagant charmer -- at first. As the movie goes on, it goes deeper, too, until the bleak melancholia that lurks beneath the surface violently breaks through." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 20, 2002

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

"Like a flopped anecdote, Pennebaker's disappointing movie can be shrugged off with one line: You had to be there." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 9, 2002

Les Destinees (2002)

"Death awaits us all, but Assayas, with a humanist's generosity, offers his characters the greatest gift art can give: immortality." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 9, 2002

Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001)

"Paced like a Chabrol film and just as riveting." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 9, 2002

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

"The movie may suffer from creative anemia, but it has sense enough of its raison d'ĂȘtre, and the performance sequences carry the day." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 23, 2002

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

"Peralta's product may have the whiff of sell-out, but you may find that you're too busy buying it to care." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 11, 2002