Gemma Files

Gemma Files

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Gemma Files'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
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Pitch (1997)

"A non-fiction first feature that pits two homegrown obsessives against the Hollywood elite." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted May 8, 2013
4/5 87%

The Exorcist (1973)

"A story whose archetypal pull and sheer visceral power can't be negated by even the worst audience behaviour." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/5 67%

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1998)

"It's a surreal paradise where the summer sun never sets and the air is full of feathers drifting down from the Glahn family ostrich farm." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted May 7, 2002

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)

"A visually spectacular yet oddly cheerless experience." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2001

Adventures of Felix (2001)

"A remarkably charming, laid-back, well-adjusted guy to find at the heart of any 21st-century comedy." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jun 6, 2001

A Knight's Tale (2001)

"Will A Knight's Tale have a long shelf-life? Hell, no. But will it do for this Friday, preferably with a date? Hell, yes." ‐
Posted May 10, 2001

The Forsaken (2001)

"Scary and sexy." ‐
Posted Apr 27, 2001

One Night at McCool's (2001)

"Hinges on a haphazard intersection between several venal, infinitely and annoyingly flawed characters." ‐
Posted Apr 26, 2001

Kingdom Come (2001)

"The comedy sequences are routinely played for the very broadest sort of slapstick, which makes its abrupt attempts to switch gears back into genuine dramatic emotion-mode all the more impossible to sustain." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 12, 2001

Beautiful Creatures (2001)

"As the movie limps on, it becomes painfully obvious that both these 'creatures' ... will always remain victims at best, stooges at worst." ‐
Posted Apr 5, 2001

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

"The new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far." ‐
Posted Mar 15, 2001
4/5 81%

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

"By turns hilarious and hypnotic." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001
3/5 63%

Chocolat (2000)

"Feels good going down, but for such a sweet movie, the aftertaste is oddly bitter." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001
5/5 97%

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

"A truly stunning blend of classic Chinese martial-arts moviemaking and modern psychodrama." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001

Valentine (2001)

"Simply mines the same tired, predictable slasher-movie vein." ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2001

Sugar & Spice (2001)

"[A] deliberately shallow, plasticized yuck-fest." ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2001

Save the Last Dance (2001)

"Breaks virtually no new narrative ground, yet treads the familiar territory it does cover with grace, style, wit and fun." ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2001

Dracula 2000 (2000)

"Dracula 2000 is nothing more or less than pure popcorn filmmaking, with an emphasis on the 'corn', and...apparently... proud of it." ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2000

Proof of Life (2000)

"This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming." ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2000

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)

"A waking dream of truly operatic dimensions." ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2000

Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

"Better luck next turn." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 7, 2000
4/4 76%

The Virgin Suicides (2000)

"Cool, odd and languorous as its main characters, The Virgin Suicides provides a fittingly postmodern debut for screenwriter/director Sofia Coppola." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Cell (2000)

"The consistent emphasis on visual over story logic and character considerations, along with certain weaknesses already inherent in Mark Protosevich's script, gradually undermine the whole enchilada from the bottom on up." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Good Will Hunting (1997)

"Executed with such maximum grace, style and heartfelt emotional realism that it's almost enough to make the concept of an 'uplifting' movie not seem like such a big fat cheat any more." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

"Languorous and oddly detached." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Erin Brockovich (2000)

"[Roberts looks] spectacularly and movingly human even at the expense of her established persona." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Dick (1999)

"Fall-down funny laughs!" ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 87%

The Matrix (1999)

"And just what is the Matrix? Well, that would be telling. And it would effectively cut out what little conceptual guts power this latest exercise in pure, crazy, graphic novel-inflected cool." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Pitch Black (2000)

"Proving that low-budget genre-based entertainment can be just as easily ferociously inventive and character-driven as its big-budget competition can be lazy and boring." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/5 38%

Entrapment (1999)

"Connery and Zeta-Jones are such fun to watch together it almost doesn't matter how little sense the movie makes -- and their relationship is far more gleefully perverse, weirdly chivalrous and surprisingly interesting than the trailer makes it look." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 100%

The Jaundiced Eye (2000)

"An uninventive but harrowing report from the front lines of a society whose attitudes toward homosexuality are changing faster than some might like -- but not quite fast enough to really make it count for others." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

"With its constant juxtaposition of blazing nighttime highwayscapes and the flat Nebraska skyline, Boys Don't Cry manages to perfectly evoke both a life spent in aimless forward motion and the stifling boredom Brandon was so desperate to escape." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Bless the Child (2000)

"It's all just cheap metaphor and stupid spectacle, with technology standing (rather inadequately) in for any sort of genuine inquiry into the fascinating mysteries and difficulties of actual faith." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Ninth Gate (1999)

"The key word here is 'whore,' not 'horror.' As in 'too bad Polanski's become one' ... and such an ineffective one, to boot." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Way of the Gun (2000)

"The Way Of The Gun errs once or twice on the side of needless poetry -- like most screenwriter/directors, McQuarrie is in love with the sound of his own snappy dialogue -- but never breaks its own rules or betrays its own characters." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Matrix (1999)

"The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 82%

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000)

"Ghost Dog ... is an early 21st century urban black man who's remodelled himself after the samurai warriors of Medieval Japan, adopting and embodying an alien culture through a weirdly admirable act of will." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Scream 3 (2000)

"New-kid-on-the-block screenwriter Ethan Kruger acquits himself admirably in filling tapped-out creator Kevin Williamson's big, black boots." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
2/5 35%

Where the Heart Is (2000)

"So sugary sweet and packed with magic-realistic miracles it plays like an Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries on crack." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Head On (1999)

"One of this year's most sensual tragic spectacles -- a tour-de-force on a thousand different levels, with no easy happy endings in sight." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 97%

Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)

"I'll go with the painfully obvious: people who already expect to love it probably will, but even those who have no expectations at all may be pleasantly surprised by its enduring resonance underneath the annoying period tics." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Simpatico (1999)

"Suspend my disbelief? I couldn't even lift it!" ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) (1994)

"Watching movies like this, you also understand exactly why the increasingly road-worn Chan simply can't do this kind of stuff anymore. But damn, you'll walk out glad he once could." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The 6th Day (2000)

"Far smarter and more airtight than almost any other Ahhh-nuld project since James Cameron's Terminator series." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Frequency (2000)

"Good casting only takes us so far, and Frequency -- fun as it remains -- really doesn't have the chops to go the rest of the distance." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999
4/5 93%

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

"It's all very impressive, though I think I'd probably appreciate it a little more if I hadn't literally grown up on Star Wars and its sequels." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 51%

Halloween H2O (1998)

"Yes, it's hokey stuff, and yes, the hundredth or so time they pull the "you turn around and there's someone right behind you!" scare, it does tend to wear. But what did you expect? Halloween?" ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999
5/5 91%

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

"Under the shackles, the film implies, is an unbroken human spirit triumphantly determined to not only stay alive, but actually enjoy himself while doing so." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999

But I'm a Cheerleader (2000)

"Ungainly sentiment and unnecessary stylization." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997)

"The Thief, Russian director Pavel Chukhrai's new film, is both a simple story simply told and an uneasy political fable." ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 31, 1999
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