Gene Seymour

Gene Seymour

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 58%

Zoo (2007)

"As artful and delicate as director Robinson Devor tries to be with his documentary's disorienting material, the enterprise bogs down from the weight of its artistic intent and mannered methods." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 26, 2007
2.5/4 15%

The Condemned (2007)

"In the end, it's just another commercial feature that's selling what it's condemning: getting off vicariously on violence." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 26, 2007
4/4 88%

Syndromes and a Century (2007)

"A challenging, invigorating whiff of the magical properties of sensual cinema." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 19, 2007
3/4 90%

What She Knew (2006)

"Brougher's film would seem more like the drudge work of a lot of made-for-TV melodramas if it weren't for its plausibly raw suburban atmosphere and the zone of intimacy established by both co-producer Swinton and, especially, Tamblyn." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 19, 2007
2.5/4 56%

Vacancy (2007)

"An all-night cat-and-mouse game, conducted with antic drive by director Nimrod Antal and carried along with conviction by the cast." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 19, 2007
2.5/4 12%

Slow Burn (2007)

"[Director] Beach slams open the trap doors of false and real identity with such a frenzy that, even at the end, you're not sure who's who and what they did to whom. It's sloppy fun to watch while you're in the theater." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 12, 2007
2/4 48%

Lonely Hearts (2006)

"Strongly focused when it comes to atmosphere. But it strains too hard to contain its disparate plot elements." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3/4 70%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"[An] eccentric, affecting comedy." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 12, 2007
2.5/4 69%

Disturbia (2007)

"OK, so Rear Window was better plotted and more richly apportioned than this update. And so what if you can see every plot twist bearing down like a rush-hour commuter express? Disturbia still boasts a scrappy charm." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 12, 2007
3.5/4 64%

The TV Set (2007)

"... the movie deserves attention because of its sunlit graces, droll subtleties, terrific performances and soft-boiled rue." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 9, 2007
3.5/4 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"Director Lasse Hallström, delivering his best all-around work since 1999's The Cider House Rules, manages to sustain a nimble pace despite a crushing amount of narrative detail." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 5, 2007
3/4 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Even if it's all an aesthetic exercise, it's an indulgence you don't regret." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 5, 2007
2.5/4 30%

The Hawk Is Dying (2006)

"There's enough worthwhile labor expended, especially by the powerful cast, to make Hawk Is Dying difficult to dismiss, even when it's hard to take." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 29, 2007
0.5/4 11%

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

"You'd like to think such bankruptcy of imagination means we've seen the last of these subterranean creeps. But you know they'll be back soon to collect their royalties from the gore hounds who apparently don't care how dull [it is]." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 26, 2007
2.5/4 48%

Shooter (2007)

"Shooter eventually gets in its own way by hitting things too hard, too loud and too long." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 50%

Color Me Kubrick (2007)

"You can almost see the invective splattering all over the storyline. And Malkovich's camping and vamping, however perversely entertaining it is to behold, can neutralize the venom only so much." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 22, 2007
3.5/4 83%

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

"What really gives you hope for humanity in general is that Abbas came out of his demeaning and heart-rending experience with his dignity and, maybe, some of his sense of humor intact." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2.5/4 34%

TMNT (2007)

"What's lacking, except in too-quick flashes, are some of the subtler spices -- wit, self-mockery -- strewn through this franchise in all its various formats." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2/4 8%

Premonition (2007)

"Premonition is a dour Groundhog Day for desperate housewives." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 15, 2007
3/4 48%

Exterminating Angels (2007)

"Beneath its rueful humor, surrealistic conceits and alluring interludes, Exterminating Angels emerges as a cautionary examination of erotica's pleasures and perils." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 8, 2007
2.5/4 60%

300 (2007)

"Put bluntly, the movie's just too darned silly to withstand any ideological theorizing. And 'silly' is invoked here, more or less, with affection." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 8, 2007
1/4 14%

Wild Hogs (2007)

"There really isn't much more to say about Wild Hogs beyond the appallingly unfunny results it extracts from squeezing Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy into leather jackets and propping them on high-performance motorcycles." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2.5/4 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"Overall, the movie's a sprawling mess. But its twitchier particulars dare you to hold them up for further, if cautious, scrutiny." ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2/4 34%

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

"While you may laugh here and there, if you wait for the DVD you can skip the slow sections for the high points." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/4 90%

Starter for 10 (2006)

"The notion that knowledge isn't always wisdom isn't exactly novel, but Starter for 10's gentle, humane assertion of this idea makes it seem fresh, even amidst 20-year-old fashions and rock music." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/4 98%

Grbavica (2007)

"Though in writer-director Jasmila Zbanic's gritty, affecting film the Bosnian war has been over for more than a decade, it is hardly absent in the memories of those struggling to lead normal lives amid the rubble." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 15, 2007
2.5/4 26%

Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

"This particular Tyler Perry movie offers some glimpses of the graceful comic talent its one-man entertainment empire can be if he turns down the volume more often." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 15, 2007
2.5/4 62%

Music and Lyrics (2007)

"Music and Lyrics is worth the heartstring tugs if only to see writer-director Marc Lawrence dispense a keen, mildly rueful sense of how that era gets channeled into the present day's mass psyche." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2007
3/4 85%

Unconscious (2006)

"Are the Spanish the only ones these days able to make movie comedies that are smart, sexy, wacky and graceful all at once?" ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 8, 2007
2/4 9%

Norbit (2007)

"What seemed an inventive and engaging stretch of Murphy's comedic resources 11 years ago has congealed into predictable, processed fare. The prefabricated naughtiness of Norbit is guaranteed to drag the laughs out of you whether you like it or not." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 8, 2007
2.5/4 19%

Factory Girl (2007)

"Edie Sedgwick may have been too elusive and too fractured to be easily explained. Factory Girl is a good try with some great acting. But as with its subject, it's both too much and not enough." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 1, 2007
3/4 36%

The Situation (2006)

"Audiences expecting this film to wring any kind of order from the ongoing chaos may find that The Situation merely reflects this 'situation's' rat's-nest confusion and seeming hopelessness." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 1, 2007
3/4 92%

An Unreasonable Man (2007)

"An Unreasonable Man wears away at preconceived notions, reminding you that, whatever conventional politicians may promise, they don't move anywhere unless uncompromising people such as Nader keep pulling their lapels and prodding their consciences." ‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 1, 2007

Breaking and Entering (2007)

"If Breaking and Entering were a piece of music, it would be the kind to which you'd have to either listen closely the first time around or listen again to make sure you didn't miss anything." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2/4 21%

Catch and Release (2007)

"Catch and Release has a magazine-spread polish that sometimes tricks you into thinking that it's a more distinctive romantic comedy than it actually is." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3.5/4 91%

God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)

"The movie manages to be an elegantly rendered portrait of the refugees' uneasy, but dogged engagement of American possibility, braced by an equally dogged plea to acknowledge the horrible conflict that still keeps them from returning home." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 11, 2007
3.5/4 100%

Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Trial 1963-1965 (2007)

"That our fascination with mostly recorded words can be successfully sustained for three hours is a tribute to the fine work by filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 11, 2007
3/4 83%

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (2006)

"The temptation to juice up the squalid elements of this story would be hard to resist for most filmmakers. Yet, for the most part, [the directors] manage to balance the story's jolting, world-shaking elements with the more intimate details." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 11, 2007
4/4 95%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"The horrors of both the realistic and surrealistic worlds are woven into the beautifully aligned narrative structure of del Toro's story. This is fabulous filmmaking in every sense of the word." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 4, 2007
2/4 4%

Happily N'ever After (2006)

"It's at the point where if they can't find any fresh means of deconstructing or parodying fairy tales, they shouldn't bother at all." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 4, 2007
4/4 92%

Children of Men (2006)

"For those capable of enduring its most gut-wrenching moments, Children of Men offers inventive energy, ferocious intelligence, and yet, affirmation of life against the most calamitous circumstances." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2006
2.5/4 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"It's all too ludicrous to absorb." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2006
3/4 54%

The Good Shepherd (2006)

"Imagine a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant version of the first two Godfather movies drained of operatic passion but left with all their epochal sweep, double-dealing violence and richly detailed verisimilitude." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2006
2.5/4 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"Stallone, sporting the triple-decker title of writer, director and star at age 60, ratchets down the volume and retains some of the legend's scruffy origins while making sure that it all comes together at the end with a Big Noisy Fight." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 19, 2006
2.5/4 23%

Home of the Brave (2006)

"Just because there's nothing new to see here doesn't necessarily mean there's nothing worth seeing." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 14, 2006
1.5/4 16%

Eragon (2006)

"With most of the work going into the tech stuff, the actors seem left pretty much on their own." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 14, 2006
3/4 67%

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

"Pursuit of Happyness is at its most resonant when the metaphorical stone Gardner strains to push up the mountain of his desires rolls back on him." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 14, 2006
2.5/4 65%

Off the Black (2006)

"Writer-director James Ponsoldt filters old-shoe comfort and easy-does-it drollery through what could have been a downbeat inquiry into the ways men of all ages avoid saying what they really feel." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2/4 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"It's hard to credit the anti-exploitation message of a movie that treats its African men, women and children as wholesale cannon fodder, doomed-but-noble ciphers or sneering, bloodthirsty sociopaths." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2.5/4 72%

Inland Empire (2006)

"I can't totally recommend Inland Empire. But something tells me I'd be a fool to totally dismiss it." ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 5, 2006