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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 67%

The Sum of Us (1995)

"Sexual orientation aside, it's the kind of film that can have you looking past family member faults and focusing on what's important." Family Home Theater
Posted May 26, 2016
B+ 39%

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

"The Bond films never feel dated, and neither does Agent Cody Banks. It still plays well, and for that credit the special effects that compare favorably to today's films and the fact that high school never seems to change." Family Home Theater
Posted May 26, 2016
C 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Fifteen years after Zoolander . . . Zoolander No. 2 feels like an uninspired knockoff rushed into production to take advantage of the first film's popularity." Family Home Theater
Posted May 25, 2016
B 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"While critics have taken this WWII-era film to task for its blatant historical inaccuracies and eyebrow-raising plot, I feel compelled to say, Relax. This isn't The King's Speech. It's Adventures in Babysitting meets Roman Holiday." Family Home Theater
Posted May 15, 2016
A- 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"A trio of writers led by Lawrence Kasdan put the fun and fast-paced serial adventure back into Luke Skywalker's galaxy, and, just as importantly they give us new characters that we care about." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 9, 2016
B 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Though Nine to Five played out as an ensemble film, The Other Woman is totally taken over by Mann, who swipes every scene with her hilariously sympathetic portrayal of a needy, ditzy, and slightly manic wife." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B No Score Yet

American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight (2014)

"The characters are engaging, and the film is about things that concern young girls: getting along with friends, frenemies and siblings; building confidence; and working hard to make dreams come true." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 46%

Rio 2 (2014)

"If Rio showed that 20th Century Fox Animation had finally moved into Disney's neighborhood, with Rio 2 they've taken off their shoes and propped their feet up on the coffee table." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C- 76%

Noah (2014)

"Infusing Noah's story, however fictional or true you believe it to be, with the kind of rock creatures we saw in GalaxyQuest is like trying to tell the story of Geronimo with an E.T.-like alien turning up in the Apache desert to offer his assistance." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 83%

Teacher's Pet (1958)

"Along with Pillow Talk it's one of Doris Day's most delightful and enduring romantic comedies, and the kids get a two-for, since she's paired with pop culture icon Clark Gable." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
A- 79%

Father Goose (1964)

"A fun lightweight adventure, one of the better Cary Grant films, and a darned good "starter" romantic comedy because of all the other distractions and a world that threatens to tear this couple apart before they can even come together." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B- 97%

Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014)

"A curious blend of charm and tooth-obsessed strangeness, with a wholesome message about friendship that's somewhat tainted by the characters' Butch and Sundance antics, but illustrated in a gentle style with wonderfully subtle-yet-vibrant music." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C No Score Yet

Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure (2014)

"There are three types of people who will go for Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure: people who are charmed by the duo's YouTube videos, fans of Toddlers & Tiaras, and Ellen DeGeneres." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B 90%

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

"The second half of the film it's especially fun watching this Australian roughneck deal with local customs, traffic jams, subways, streetlights, and a rival for Sue's attention-her boss." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B No Score Yet

Cowgirls 'N Angels 2: Dakota's Summer (2014)

"Aimed mostly at girls ages six through 16. But the acting is solid, the trick riding captivating, and the situation interesting enough to where it might appeal to the whole family." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B 51%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Somehow, out of a no-win situation, Stiller manages to make a likable movie that entertains while also providing a little get-out-of-the-basement inspiration." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B No Score Yet

The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)

"Teenage role models for little girls aren't all that easy to come by, so it's easy to overlook a cultivated wholesomeness when the underlying message is so positive." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C No Score Yet

The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014)

"Small children might find their antics funny, but those who remember the Rascals will see hit-or-miss moments that either capture the spirit and characters or miss the mark entirely. " Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"The problem isn't the animation, which has been accomplished and, at times, jaw-dropping. It's the concepts and the writing." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
A- 97%

Big (1988)

"Hanks, as a stranger in a strange land, gives us equal portions of laughs and insights into the worlds of both adults and adolescents. Big also offers up a very funny satire of corporate ladder climbing." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 80%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"Disney animators had fun with this one, coloring mostly within the lines of the Pixie Hollow movies but slipping outrageously outside the margins every now and then as they offer a rollicking prequel to Peter Pan." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C No Score Yet

Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014)

"Mattel-Universal has gone to the well way to many times for a mermaid-themed Barbie movie, and The Pearl Princess feels trapped at the bottom, mired in repetition and sameness." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
A- 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"With a few distorted facts, Saving Mr. Banks takes on a life of its own, and there's enough truth in it to make you swallow the rest . . . with or without a spoonful of sugar." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
C+ 19%

The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

"The characters giggle too much (as hyper-cute Saturday morning animated offerings will do), the music isn't as well integrated into the story, and the humans come across like an Indian version of The Cosby Show. " Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
A- 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Given the strength of animation, the memorable characters, and a killer soundtrack ... it may well be one of Disney's most accomplished animated features from the past 20 years." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 66%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"There's more action this time around, and less deliberate manipulation of the Marvel universe. The result is a film that flows better and gives the characters a little more room to be themselves. " Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 86%

The Jungle Book (1967)

"The plot and pacing may be nearly as lazy as the sloth bear Baloo (Phil Harris), but animators use that to their advantage, developing the characters so that even minor ones seem majorly entertaining. " Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B- 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"To enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 you'll need to relax and just enjoy the colors and creative visuals. The animation is eye-popping and the menagerie of food critters is truly inventive." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
A- 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Almost from the beginning it's structured like a chess match between Phillips and a Somali pirate (Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse) who feels pressured to make a big score." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B+ 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"...remains faithful to the spirit of the Peanuts world, choosing to surprise viewers not with twists or deviations, but with the clever rendering of familiar elements from the Peanuts gang repertoire..." Family Home Theater
Posted Apr 2, 2016
B 42%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a good special effects family movie that's every bit as accomplished as The Lightning Thief and possibly better-even if it doesn't follow the Rick Riordan juvenile fantasy novels like a road map." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B- 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"While there is much good to say about this outrageous reboot of The Lone Ranger, there are also flaws that keep it from being totally successful, starting with a frame story that just doesn't make sense." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 100%

Mary Poppins (1964)

"Van Dyke and Andrews have great chemistry together, but it's really her interaction with the children and the magic of the story and the visual effects that charm audiences. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C+ 13%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"The pacing is fine but the dialogue is trite. Older children and adults will also find the main plot and Smurf gibberish tedious, redeemed only by Azaria's performance and a sideplot involving Gargamel." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 67%

Turbo (2013)

"Turbo is much stronger than Disney's Planes, and while parents may wonder if it's the right message to send youngsters that no dream is too big for the dreamer, Turbo is still a solid pick for family movie night. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man of Steel chooses breakneck speed over character development, and there are times when everyone in the room will be looking at each other to see if anyone is following what's happening. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"It's like an animated Revenge of the Nerds, but without the vulgarity and compromising situations." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 70%

The Croods (2013)

"The first act may be a little slow, but once this animated comedy gets rolling, it's a rollicking good family movie with upbeat messages and a happy ending-with enough eye-popping peril to interest even the most jaded of your teen video gameplayers. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"The Little Mermaid launched what could only be called a second Golden Age for Disney." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Iron Man 3 soars above first sequel and might even rival the 2008 debut for overall entertainment value. You laugh, you sit on the edge of your seat, and you marvel (yes, Marvel) at some of the visual effects." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

"His Majesty O'Keefe was intended as a follow-up to Lancaster's 1952 huge hit, The Crimson Pirate, but the pirate flick has more acrobatics, more humor, more rousing music, and a narrative that seems somehow more crisply paced." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 92%

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

"Disney has made a number of features by cobbling together shorter stories, but none more cleverly and successfully than this one." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B- 46%

Return to Never Land (2002)

"Maybe this was a film that didn't need to be made, but parents with small children will be glad that Disney did, because it's a kinder, gentler trip to Never Land than the original, and a much safer bet for young children. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 64%

Epic (2013)

"The film's chief strength lies in its depiction of a new and exotic world and appreciating how Fox animators envisioned and created such a world. Epic is epically gorgeous in its art design and animation. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

A Stand Up Guy (2016)

"The action picks up in the third act, but by then most young viewers-even the readers among them-may have already lost patience. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 48%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"The film's strength is its visual style and Luhrmann's daring high-wire act. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"All the road trip conventions are here, but the fun is in the puppetry, the puns, the sight gags, the interaction between Muppets and humans, and the exceptional music. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C+ 52%

Robin Hood (1973)

"Of all the animated Disney movies from the '70s, Robin Hood had perhaps the most potential, but suffers from a mild case of "averageitis."" Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 97%

Shane (1953)

"To a degree, Shane employs the good-guy/bad-guy stereotypes that characterize Westerns. But it's more complex than that." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 44%

Oliver & Company (1988)

"At just 74 minutes, Oliver and Company is one of the shortest full-length features from Disney, but there's a lot packed into it. While no one will ever mistake Oliver and Company for one of the Disney's golden oldies, it's still doggone entertaining." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
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