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Ian Waldron-Mantgani

Ian Waldron-Mantgani
"I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator -- you're no Jack Kennedy." (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle, 1988 vice presidential debate.)

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Ian Waldron-Mantgani'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
2/4 64% Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) (2001) "There is a charm about the movie's crazy camera angles and insistence on grabbing for silly visual jokes, but you can't quite call it a success." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Oct 12, 2003
2/4 90% Good Bye, Lenin! (2004) "The backdrop is snatching at random political significance, and the plot just turns into a stupid and pointless comedy of errors." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Oct 12, 2003
3/4 82% Matchstick Men (2003) "Matchstick Men is a lot more engaging than a circular argument, but it's about as frustrating." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Oct 12, 2003
2.5/4 6% Gigli (2003) "It tries a valiant effort to be smart and edgy, and feels like something that's always edging at greatness but never quite managing to break on through." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Oct 12, 2003
4/4 83% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) "One of the great popular entertainments of our time, a film that still has a place on the top 40 list of American box-office champs, and continues to look slick and full of energy almost twenty years after opening." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 10, 2003
1.5/4 24% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) "The first movie had grey stone and blue light and orange beams, and it just looked cooler and more together." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 9, 2003
1/4 50% Luster (2002) "A character can be intelligent and provocative by pointing out the flaws of sophisticated people, but not by posing like a rebel and ripping into stereotypes." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 9, 2003
2.5/4 39% Agent Cody Banks (2003) "The movie is bouncy and colourful, and cheesy in a nice way, but it outstays its welcome in the last half hour." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 9, 2003
2.5/4 41% Freddy vs. Jason (2003) "Misses the chance of actually being a good movie, but it feels energetic and colourful." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 7, 2003
3/4 88% Roger Dodger (2002) "The dialogue addresses our expectations, gets us laughing and stops the movie from becoming too obvious a character study. " ‐ UK Critic
Posted Sep 7, 2003
2/4 54% American Wedding (2003) "It's not that the movie is bad, it just feels awkward and not quite right." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 31, 2003
3/4 73% Buffalo Soldiers (2001) "There's a high-energy look, powering a tone of sorta satirical deadpan comedy, but problems arise when the director tries to mix his hip cynicism with a fully rounded story." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 27, 2003
1/4 70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) "What sickness in the filmmakers inspired them to go ahead and make this TV movie sludge instead of doing some kind of stab at creating the feel of a "Terminator" film?" ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 27, 2003
1.5/4 46% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003) "The 3-D is crap. And Rodriguez should have had more sense than to make Juni the star of the show." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 24, 2003
1/4 53% Veronica Guerin (2003) "A big and glossy piece of crap that seems to be using the right tricks to get us teary-eyed, but hasn't got any heart. " ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 24, 2003
4/4 97% If.... (1968) "To describe it in text makes it sound like an obliquely hardcore art movie. But it speaks for itself, as a sensory and emotional experience." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Aug 17, 2003
3/4 90% Whale Rider (2003) "It's a pretty obvious triumph-over-the-odds story -- a Maori Karate Kid at a deliberate pace -- but Hughes is terrific." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 29, 2003
1.5/4 61% Hulk (2003) "Where's the depth? What am I missing?" ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 27, 2003
2.5/4 56% Fulltime Killer (2003) "The movie should be building to a stunning conclusion, but somehow it loses momentum." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 27, 2003
4/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) "At the end of both movies, I find myself overcome by an extraordinary swell of emotion." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 23, 2003
4/4 100% The Terminator (1984) "At the end of both movies, I find myself overcome by an extraordinary swell of emotion." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 23, 2003
2/4 48% Bruce Almighty (2003) "The movie is in a hurry to show Jim Carrey goin' all crazy with his superpowers, and doesn't have the energy to give us a credible premise." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 20, 2003
1.5/4 27% Daddy Day Care (2003) "It moves with such turgid lack of energy that I found myself wincing, trying to smooth over the rhythm with my imagination." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 20, 2003
1.5/4 41% Wrong Turn (2003) "I got the feeling that a whole lot of talented people had gone and wasted their time on a project too bland to be worth it." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 16, 2003
1/4 77% Dark Water (2002) "A horror movie that sits there and drags and seems very full of itself, and is based on the premise that puddles are scary. They're not." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 16, 2003
1/4 21% Basic (2003) "The final parts of this movie are the kind that you'd swear were slapped on by the studio, until you realise the whole story must have been built around them." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 8, 2003
4/4 73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) "There are levels on which it works, and levels on which it doesn't, but all of them hold our attention." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2.5/4 54% Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) "There's no flow or rhythm, and sometimes it feels like scenes are missing." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 96% Ripley's Game (2003) "Cavani uses a seedy, spying camera and beautiful European locations to draw us into the action and dress it up as art. She's a sick puppy, but she's good at what she does." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 54% Welcome to Collinwood (2002) "The film looks and sounds bright and bouncy, and it's full of reliable old comic devices like characters absurdly repeating themselves and asking incredulous questions." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2.5/4 55% Ararat (2002) "The movie's flaws ring of underconfidence, as if Egoyan intellectualised its parts until he ended up draining them of power." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 86% Last Great Wilderness (2002) "A terrific example of how to make real cinema on a low budget." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
4/4 97% Rope (1948) "A minor masterpiece; Hitchcock could turn out brilliance even when he considered himself to be simply playing around." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2/4 64% The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) "It's shot and acted in a way that's hastily, amateurishly theatrical, through digital photography that tries to look beautiful but just plain can't." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 85% Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2001) "It's poignant, capturing the feeling of a young person's scattered memories." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2.5/4 62% Identity (2003) "An enjoyably silly piece of pulp fiction, but the writer's main influence is undoubtedly Donald Kaufman, if you know what I mean." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3.5/4 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) "Parallels to 9/11, John Ashcroft, the Patriot Act and the rest of the Bush administration's racist thuggery are obvious; the movie creates a stirring tide of activist force." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
1.5/4 43% Anger Management (2003) "It's not funny to watch Sandler being put upon by Nicholson, even though their scenes are acted with a nice rhythm, because we're too frustrated for him." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
1.5/4 8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) "The movie is crap, but no more so than you'd expect from something with [i]Kangaroo Jack[/i] on the title card and Jerry Bruckheimer's name under the producer credit." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 36% 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) "The movie is not going to bring many new fans to the following, but hey -- it gots colour, speed and sparks." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
1.5/4 25% Hope Springs (2003) "We see a relationship that doesn't seem to have any reason for being, or even any joy." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
10/10 99% Taxi Driver (1976) "A movie to educate us about life on darker sides of the soul, or steer us away from living that life. It draws us in with a conviction that makes us feel like we're living it." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2.5/4 38% Full Frontal (2002) "I sort of enjoyed it, but the movie plays amateurish and doesn't tell us anything new." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3.5/4 87% Lilja 4-ever (2003) "Maybe the movie sounds like a drab and worthy slog through misery, but it's alive, it feels true, and it got to me." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
3/4 79% Antwone Fisher (2002) "Soupy and sentimental, but with an underlying belief in itself that keeps the rhythm constant and just about manages to reach the gut." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Jul 6, 2003
2/4 30% Dreamcatcher (2003) "There must be other films that make such large dives from gripping interest to complete bollocks, but the mind boggles when attempting to remember them." ‐ UK Critic
Posted May 7, 2003
3/4 88% The Son (2003) "Honest, quietly absorbing and powerful." ‐ UK Critic
Posted May 7, 2003
3/4 78% 25th Hour (2003) "It's about a feeling of clutching at nothing, having that specific sort of stressed sensation that comes about in a situation that sucks but simply cannot be changed." ‐ UK Critic
Posted May 7, 2003
75/100 No Score Yet Peter Gunn - Set 1 (2002) Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 30, 2003
2/4 72% Intacto (2002) "The movie doesn't generate a lot of energy. It is dark, brooding and slow, and takes its central idea way too seriously." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 71% Phone Booth (2003) "The screenplay, by Larry Cohen, shows the confidence of a writer who knows he has a terrific starting point and plans to squeeze out every last drop of inspiration." ‐ UK Critic
Posted Apr 29, 2003
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