James E. Laczkowski

James E. Laczkowski
"We're all raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be rock Gods and movie stars... but we won't, and we're slowly learning that fact... and we're very pissed off." -- Tyler Durden of "Fight Club." Too many others to list, but anything by Billy Wilder, Cameron Crowe, James L Brooks, David Mamet, or Kevin Smith will do just fine.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

James E. Laczkowski's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A+ 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"Everyone should stop what they're doing and see this movie immediately." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 1, 2002
D+ 22%

The Tuxedo (2002)

"Insipid, Americanized Chan that doesn't hold a candle to Hong Kong's work. Hewitt is no Owen Wilson when it comes to memorable hysterical sidekicks." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Sep 27, 2002
C- 18%

Trapped (2002)

"A movie that's held captive by mediocrity. Not bad, but not all that good. Bacon keeps things interesting, but don't go out of your way to pay full price." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 21, 2002
D 84%

Kissing Jessica Stein (2002)

"Like hanging out at Starbucks with a couple of pretentious sex-starved yuppies who just talk and talk about nothing. Note to filmmakers: You are not Woody Allen!" ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 17, 2002
A+ 81%

The Good Girl (2002)

"Combines comedy with pathos much like Wes Anderson would. Aniston shines in a thoughtful, sad, but curiously hopeful little indie miracle." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Sep 17, 2002
D+ 51%

Simone (2002)

"A disappointment from the talented Andrew Niccol. Unfunny, forced, conflicted, overdone Hollywood satire that has no direction." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 30, 2002
A 81%

One Hour Photo (2002)

"Suburban Americana and isolation has been penetrated with deconstructions before. But Romanek's vision penetrates more than just that." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Aug 25, 2002
C 65%

Possession (2002)

"On the outside looking in with not much possession on the part of the viewer. Possibly LaBute's weakest and most languid film to date." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 24, 2002
A+ 88%

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

"One of the best rock documentaries ever. Wilco is a phenomenal band with such an engrossing story that will capture the minds and hearts of many." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Aug 21, 2002
B 53%

Blood Work (2002)

"Clint has still got it. What "Blood Work" lacks in surprise is made up for with style and grace. A better-than-most murder mystery." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 18, 2002
B+ 74%

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

"A fantastic feast for the senses that Rodriguez controls nearly every facet of. Even more intoxicating and fun than its predecessor!" ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 10, 2002
F 74%

Signs (2002)

"No signs of life found In Schymalan's worst yawner yet. Pretentious, unscary, and full of itself. This guy must be stopped." ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 6, 2002
A+ 90%

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

"Shakespeare with Eskimos. A universally resonant story that is told with such originality that it's impossible not to be moved by it. One of the year's very best films." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Aug 3, 2002
A- 86%

Lovely & Amazing (2002)

"Simple, sweet slice-of-life that showcases how "Lovely & Amazing" life can be. Emily Mortimer gives an outstanding performance in a memorable role." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 23, 2002
B 60%

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

"The machismo gets the best of it and the film needs a trim, but it's servicable entertainment helmed by one of the best action directors on the planet." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 21, 2002
A+ 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"A modern-day miracle of a comedy mixed with equal amounts of heart, pathos, combined with an offbeat sensibility." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
A+ 92%

Traffic (2000)

"Trust me. Go get stuck in Traffic." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
A 64%

Zero Effect (1997)

"One of the most special films of the late 90s. Not since "Sneakers" has their been such a surprising sleeper quite like this." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
F 19%

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

"The only thing this film teaches is how to kill brain cells. One of the very worst screenplays that single-handedly eradicates the talent Kevin Williamson had." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
C+ 85%

Happiness (1998)

"A huge overdose of human depravity, that will leave you jaded and disturbed. Not a masterpiece, but worth seeing just for some of its audacity." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
A- 86%

State and Main (2000)

"Mamet serves up another winner that combines the unusual moviemaking satire antics with nothing that resembles a sitcom screenplay." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
A 92%

Memento (2000)

"Forces you to use your brain more than most movies even dare to attempt. Hits you on every level possible. A stunning piece of work." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
D- 57%

Dr. T and the Women (2000)

"One of the very worst Altman films that implodes in on itself way before the end. A mess." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
B- 0%

Dead Man's Curve (1998)

"A little gem that contains twist after twist with a dark edge to it. Much like the director's previous film, "The Last Supper."" ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 20, 2002
C 81%

Road to Perdition (2002)

"Easy on the eyes, hard on the heart. Mendes direction as well as the script is missing a vital ingredient: a deeper meaning." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jul 14, 2002
B 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"Although hindered a bit by the animation and familiar subject matter, it still resonates because of such strong performances." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 28, 2002
A+ 90%

Minority Report (2002)

"Proves that unlike compadre Lucas, Spielberg can incoporate everything into one film including brains and technological stride." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 22, 2002
C 83%

The Bourne Identity (2002)

"A preposterous piece of eye candy that is fun at first until the third act seems weighed down by a sense of "ho-hum."" ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 18, 2002
A 83%

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

"A profound piece of art that examines human nature from various angles. Done with such subtlety, with such beautiful dialogue that it transcends brilliance." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 18, 2002
A 90%

A Simple Plan (1998)

"A stunning drama with amazing performances and tightly wound direction by Mr. Raimi." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 10, 2002
A+ 74%

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

"Ranks with Kubrick's very best. He touches on a very universal theme and does it with such precision that forces you to keep eyes wide open." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Jun 10, 2002
A- 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"Proves that director Nolan's the real deal & that DeNiro should take a cue from Pacino" ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted May 27, 2002
A 94%

About a Boy (2002)

"One of the year's most special films highlighted by cool, confident performances and a witty script." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted May 25, 2002
D+ 65%

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

"Manipulator, Brainwasher. George Lucas must be stopped. He's become a clone of his former self." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted May 18, 2002
F 49%

Unfaithful (2002)

"A turd disguised as a movie. Lyne just makes pretentious porn and calls it art." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted May 14, 2002
B 89%

Spider-Man (2002)

"Not one for the history books, but Raimi and Maguire make it well worth the rollercoaster ride." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted May 4, 2002
A 92%

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

"A beautiful film that celebrates life, but brilliantly shows the consequences of overindulgence." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 26, 2002
B- 31%

Murder by Numbers (2002)

"Barbet & Bullock Bring Some Style To A By-The-Numbers Script!" ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Apr 21, 2002
A 64%

O (2001)

"Tim Blake Nelson brilliantly recreates an immortal story that truly opens your eyes." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 19, 2002
B- 82%

The Deep End (2001)

"A harrowing performance by Swilton saves "The Deep End" from drowning in cliche." ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Apr 18, 2002
D- 53%

My First Mister (2002)

"A corny manipulative mess with a decent cast, and nothing more. A Hallmark version of the much-better "Ghost World."" ‐ Hollywood Bitchslap
Posted Apr 18, 2002
D+ 83%

The Others (2001)

"Uninspired "Others" is another so-so spook-fest that's more tiring, than scary" ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
F 4%

Soul Survivors (2000)

"A horrendous movie. One of the worst of 2001. Good luck surviving through it!" ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
C 82%

Mulholland Drive (2001)

"Visually arresting 'drive' leaves less to be desired. This is Lynch at his most pretentious." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
A 80%

Waking Life (2001)

"Linklater's 'life' awakens the senses in a whole new light" ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
B 80%

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

""Harry Potter" charms with visual delights, but needs more magic in the end." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
A+ 80%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Wes Anderson still remembers that in the midst of pain, it's vital to include laughter in the healing process. A beautiful film!" ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
C- 60%

Hart's War (2002)

"Here's a film with a stellar first twenty minutes, then quickly dissolves into a standard courtroom drama." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
D- 10%

Slackers (2002)

"A painful experience heightened by disappointing performances from a talented cast" ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002
A+ 32%

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

"Wet Hot American Summer is just too damn funny for its own good, thanks to an extraordinarily talented cast with brilliant comedic timing." ‐ Epinions.com
Posted Apr 17, 2002