James Sanford

James Sanford

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

James Sanford'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
3/4 69% Year of the Dog (2007) "frequently funny and sometimes touching, even though, like (Mike White's) earlier 'The Good Girl' and 'Chuck and Buck,' the comedy leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) "the most brutal, the wackiest and certainly the trippiest of the 'Pirates' pictures... If it's overloaded and a bit overly complicated, that's not exactly unusual for these movies. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 24, 2007
2.5/4 No Score Yet Queer Duck: The Movie (2006) "Some of the songs manage to be both coarse and catchy... others are less inspired. The jokes have about the same hit-to-miss ratio, with dozens of groan-worthy moments mixed in among some smart satire. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 18, 2007
3.5/4 75% Black Book (2007) "features the jolting violence and frank sensuality Verhoeven is known for, as well as something he hasn't had in a quite a while: an intelligent, riveting screenplay. ...gripping from beginning to end. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 40% Shrek the Third (2007) "sometimes slightly heavy-handed messages... are balanced out by stunningly beautiful, meticulously detailed animation and a healthy dose of the insouciant humor 'Shrek' fans have come to expect. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 18, 2007
1.5/4 19% The Ex (2007) "a series of achingly predictable situations... Ed Shearmur's intrusively 'goofy' musical score keeps insisting you're watching a wacky farce; after a while, you may need the reminder. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 89% Waitress (2007) "While the luminous Russell finds Jenna's heartaches and unexpressed sorrows, she also taps into her humor and warmth, particularly in her scenes with the thoroughly ingratiating Fillion... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 89% Venus (2006) "He quotes Shakespeare; she quotes Kylie Minogue.The plot takes an awkward turn about two-thirds of the way through, but up until then, Kureishi's screenplay offers an intriguing contrast of styles. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 11, 2007
3/4 17% Georgia Rule (2007) "All three (stars) are compelling and vibrant, which will make many viewers wish the actresses had a stronger script to work with and a more confident director to guide them. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 11, 2007
2.5/4 70% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) "noticeably slicker and more elaborate than the original. Even so, it's not as eerie or consistently shocking. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) "'Spider-Man 2' was one of the best films of its kind; by comparison, '3' registers as a perfectly acceptable, often compelling sequel... that achieves most of its goals but doesn't break much new ground. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted May 4, 2007
2.5/4 23% Mahogany (1975) "a perfect companion piece to 'Dreamgirls'... Sitting through it is like flipping through your high school yearbook and laughing out loud at what was once considered stylish or sophisticated. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3.5/5 87% The Namesake (2006) "Nair obviously cares deeply about these people and, through her sensitive storytelling, she persuades the audience to make an emotional investment in them as well. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1.5/4 28% Next (2007) "The ending of this film is not just a colossal cheat, it's a hard slap in the face to anyone who has invested his or her time in watching it. The preview audience responded with groans of disbelief and derisive laughter. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 27, 2007
4.5/5 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) "Outrageously funny... The movies Pegg and Wright are parodying are mindless, yet the movie they've made is marvelously witty. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 85% The Hoax (2007) "a full-scale caper film -- complete with Swiss bank accounts, fake passports and genuine power trips... Everyone in the cast gets an opportunity to make an impression... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3.5/5 71% Fracture (2007) "a crackling cat-and-mouse game... What makes the film truly absorbing, however, is the volatile interplay between Hopkins and Gosling, two sensational actors who genuinely seem to enjoy going for each other's throats. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2.5/5 43% In the Land of Women (2007) "reminiscent of those dreaded "and then I suddenly realized something" stories that surface week after week in college writing workshops. ...There are a few superb moments... they sparkle like a handful of diamonds scattered across a sandbox. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2.5/4 68% Disturbia (2007) "A mash-up of Dawson's Creek and The Conversation. Unfortunately, the movie begins losing its grip around the time Ronny notes that a garage smells 'like the corpse of a rotting hottie.' " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 13, 2007
1.5/5 11% Pathfinder (2007) "The plot... can be summed up neatly in four words: Hack! Slash! Grunt! Splat! Make that five: Every once in a while one of the dying Vikings lets out a loud, Homer Simpson-style 'D'oh!' before departing for Valhalla. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) "Slick, silly and sometimes amusing in a trashy sort of way... Although it constantly promises erotic interludes, 'Stranger' never gets around to delivering much of anything... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 13, 2007
3.5/5 83% Grindhouse (2007) "If you appreciate the styles that Rodriguez and Tarantino are simultaneously spoofing and paying tribute to, 'Grindhouse' is the equivalent of a junk-food smorgasbord... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 6, 2007
.5/4 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007) "the most mechanical kind of moviemaking... Every time you think 'Done' has gone as low as it can go, it manages to sink a little bit further into the septic tank... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 5, 2007
1/4 8% The Reaping (2007) "A piece of jittery junk. If it didn't star Hilary Swank, this fiasco would almost certainly have gone directly to DVD. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 5, 2007
1.5/5 25% Peaceful Warrior (2006) "claims to be 'inspired by true events'; the movie does not, however, specify the planet on which these events allegedly took place. ... a perfect companion piece to last year's dim-witted 'Stick It'... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2007
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) "Kempner's movie is not for baseball fanatics only. 'Greenberg' paints a vivid portrait of America in the first half of the century... " ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Mar 31, 2007
4.5/5 92% Volver (2006) "Until now, you may not have considered Penelope Cruz the modern-day successor to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford. But director Pedro Almodovar's delightful 'Volver' could change your mind. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) "if you can adjust to its loopy rhythm and its tendency to digress at every opportunity, 'Robinsons' is enjoyably offbeat and, if you see it in digital 3-D, a dazzling visual experience. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 30, 2007
2/4 69% Blades of Glory (2007) "herky-jerky from beginning to end... an increasingly tiresome string of sight gags about men groping other men, punching each other in the crotch and practicing silly routines. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 87% The Lookout (2007) "engaging, tightly scripted drama... generates considerable suspense as Chris' situation becomes more and more uneasy. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 64% Reign Over Me (2007) "Binder's plot doesn't have much in common with 'Quadrophenia,' but he takes his audience on a journey that is just as exhausting. ...nearly everyone in the film makes a strong impression... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 23, 2007
3/4 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) "a fairly suspenseful, thoughtful fantasy. Older viewers might detect traces of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' or even Disney's 'Escape to Witch Mountain'... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 48% Shooter (2007) "the perfect movie for guys who still daydream about re-enacting 'Combat' and 'The A-Team' episodes in the backyard. But it's also a thriller with an undeniable political message...'Burn, baby, burn.' " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 23, 2007
1.5/4 34% TMNT (2007) "Might have some momentary curiosity value, like eating a sugary cereal you haven't had since third grade. Unfortunately, the movie isn't witty or imaginative or even particularly exciting, and the flat, grungy-looking animation is barely up to video-game. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 23, 2007
1/5 8% Premonition (2007) "tries diligently to blow your mind and leaves you shaking your head instead. ...What happens when a promising screenplay degenerates into total incoherence? To quote the Magic 8 Ball, 'outlook not so good.' " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 16, 2007
85% Sweet Land (2006) "a gentle, well-observed drama... old-fashioned but in a good sense. ...Reaser and Guinee are such open, animated actors that Inge and Olaf's emotions are easily understandable even if their words are not. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3/4 60% 300 (2007) "both outrageously gory and gorgeous at the same time... the sort of movie in which one man solemnly tells another, 'I have filled my heart with hate,' and his friend immediately replies, 'Good!' " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 8, 2007
2/4 14% Wild Hogs (2007) "Very little that happens is unexpected or offbeat, and even the most dire situations are resolved in pat, TV-sitcom style. The only wildness in this film is in its title; the movie itself is about as dangerous and shocking as your average beer commercial. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3.5/4 89% Zodiac (2007) "sometimes agonizingly intense... Some of the sequences here... are as nerve-wracking as the scariest moments in 'The Silence of the Lambs' or any other fictional serial-killer shocker. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Mar 2, 2007
1.5/5 8% The Number 23 (2007) "one of the funniest movies Carrey has made in years -- and, unfortunately, the laughs are mostly unintentional. ...piles contrivance on top of contrivance until it's impossible to take Walter's descent into paranoia seriously. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 23, 2007
2/4 57% The Astronaut Farmer (2006) "Family-oriented fantasy, paranoia thriller, midlife-crisis drama... It's as if the screenwriters felt obligated to throw in a few ingredients for every possible audience... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3/4 66% Shortbus (2006) "a project that has brains as well as bravado. It's also very funny, which helps to diffuse much of the nervousness that its graphic sex scenes might inspire in viewers. ...an imaginative, involving and ultimately touching story. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 22, 2007
2.5/4 26% Ghost Rider (2007) "Although Ghost Rider wouldn't necessarily qualify as a 'good' movie, it does have a few wonderfully goofy moments squeezed in between a lot of unspectacular visual effects and ho-hum plot points. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3.5/4 84% Breach (2007) "tersely written and directed... Although there are suspenseful sequences in this compelling story, Ray and Cooper concentrate on the moral confusion surrounding the key players in the Hanssen scandal. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3.5/4 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) "While the visual-effects team conjures up a suitably spectacular vision of Terabithia... what's most impressive about the movie is its sympathetic handling of some difficult real-world topics. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/4 26% Daddy's Little Girls (2007) "Regardless of how silly the storyline becomes, Perry's admiration for single dads who take care of their kids and people who take their faith and their families seriously comes through... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2007
2/4 62% Music and Lyrics (2007) "never fully lives up to the promise of its first three minutes. What might have been a smart takeoff on contemporary trends instead settles for predictable jokes... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2007
87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) "Whitaker brings us close to Amin, yet he never allows us to actually become comfortable around the man. His Amin is capricious and unpredictable, a personality that can seem volcanic one moment and vulnerable a few minutes later. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 9, 2007
85% Hurricane on the Bayou (2006) "not simply another 'isn't it tragic' picture of the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina. The movie spends just as much time celebrating the joyous music that has always been a part of New Orleans... " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 9, 2007
1.5/4 9% Norbit (2007) "one long fat joke... a vanity showcase that exists for no reason except to put as much of its star as possible on the screen. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 9, 2007
2.5/4 15% Hannibal Rising (2007) "A psychotic Sophie's Choice. Much more a gruesome tale of revenge than it is a suspense thriller along the lines of Harris' earlier Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs. " ‐ Kalamazoo Gazette
Posted Feb 9, 2007
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