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Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 84% I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) If there's a tray full of food within camera range, rest assured that somebody will knock it over. If a stuck-in-the-elevator-on-the-eve-of-an-important-event routine presents itself, rest assured that its staging will be tried and true.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
No Score Yet Jennifer (Jennifer the Snake Goddess) (Jennifer Power) (1978) All things considered, Jennifer could be a whole lot worse.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
87% North Dallas Forty (1979) The leading man, Nick Nolte, has a physical authority and a clowning, irreverent manner that lend the film some semblance of continuity, even when it's about to flounder.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2005
4/5 86% Winter Kills (1977) Winter Kills" isn't exactly a comedy, but it's funny. And it isn't exactly serious, but it takes on the serious business of the Kennedy assassination.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2.5/5 73% Rocky II (1979) Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2/5 44% The Runner Stumbles (1979) Mr. Van Dyke's performance, though extremely sympathetic, is hard to assess. He worries and suffers, but the film finds nothing vital in his ordeal.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
91% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2/5 57% Corvette Summer (1978) Miss Potts may well be a gifted comedienne, but Mr. Robbins never lets her relax enough for the talent to show. Too often, he strains his actors' enthusiasm to the breaking point.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2/5 78% A Cop (Un Flic) (2013) Mr. Melville's obsession with technical information is sometimes taken to lengths that border on the crazy.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
79% The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) The film moves along at a serviceable clip, but it seems half an hour too long.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2/5 74% Foul Play (1978) Mr. Higgins's penchant for mixing visual elegance with coarse gags is equally ill-advised, especially because it makes him work the gags so hard.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
67% Hooper (1978) Mr. Reynolds has made a movie to please fans of all persuasions, and to please them a great deal.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
1.5/5 75% Satansbraten (Satan's Brew) (1977) If you have any doubt that there's such a thing as being too prolific, by all means go see Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Satan's Brew.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
3/5 89% Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976) The elusiveness of Heart of Glass makes it something of a disappointment. But it is too mysteriously lovely to be regarded as a failure.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2/5 72% Oh, God! (1977) An uneasy amalgam or inconsistent attitudes, without enough humor or zaniness to divert attention from its questionable premise.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
3.5/5 86% Time After Time (1979) A movie that's as sweet as it is clever, and never so clever that it forgets to be entertaining.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
93% Suspiria (1977) Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) There's a little something extra in virtually every frame of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman's dazzling remake of one of the cleverest of horror classics.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
2.5/5 83% The Onion Field (1979) The film is generally crisp and at times exciting, but it's also full of incidents that are only sketchily explained, and minus the all-important narrative thread that might have provided a clear point of view.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
1.5/5 22% FM (1978) A preposterously self-serving variation on 1960's themes.‐ New York Times
Posted May 9, 2005
100% Incident at Oglala (1992) Incident at Oglala achieves what it set out to do, not only in Mr. Peltier's behalf but also in that of his people.‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 15, 2005
5/5 No Score Yet 7 Up! (1964) Constitute[s] as fascinating a work of popular sociology as you may ever see.‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2005
17% Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) Mr. Murray is clever whenever he is audible... But the story rambles desperately, and there are times when the screenplay is barely there. Mr. Thompson's only identifiable quality soon becomes facetiousness, and it wears terribly thin.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2005
2.5/5 100% Stalker (1979) Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2005
3/5 83% Rockers (1980) Rockers is heavily didactic about the tenets of Rastafarianism, but it's also lighthearted, offering much the same dichotomy reggae music does.‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2005
4/5 87% Duel (1972) Even without benefit of hindsight, Duel looks like the work of an unusually talented young director.‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2005
35% Glen or Glenda? (1953) It isn't quite a camp classic, although it's dreadful enough to have a certain comic appeal. ''Glen or Glenda'' is also a film of great conviction in its way, and that tends to interfere with the fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2004
2.5/5 52% CB4 (1993) CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers.‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 7, 2004
2/5 12% Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) Eventually, the novelty wears off, and what remains is the now-familiar spectacle of nice, dumb kids being lopped, chopped and perforated.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
71% Léon: The Professional (1994) The Professional is much too sentimental to sound shockingly amoral in the least. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
3/5 23% The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) You'll hate yourself for enjoying this, but enjoy it you will.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
3/5 86% My Bodyguard (1980) A sweet little movie about characters who really seem to be people, and that sort of verisimilitude is rarer than it ought to be nowadays.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
3.5/5 33% Ulysses' Gaze (1997) The overall effect is genuinely entrancing, with a sense of tragic inevitability that gives meaning to the film's maddeningly attenuated rhythms.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2/5 0% Amityville: The Demon (1983) The cast is good, but the characters are idiots.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
89% Cronos (1994) A very stylish and sophisticated Mexican variation on some age-old themes.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2.5/5 48% The Lonely Guy (1984) It tries a little bit of everything, and winds up with an air of messy desperation.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
89% The Stunt Man (1980) Mr. Rush keeps the film moving busily, sometimes entertainingly, forward. But he seldom offers his audience enough incentive to puzzle through a wild overabundance of riddles.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
48% One From the Heart (1982) There's not a moment in One From the Heart when Mr. Coppola isn't after something romantic and glorious, something inexpressibly grand. At times, he even gets what he's after.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
5/5 83% Quest for Fire (1981) ''Quest for Fire'' is more than just a hugely enterprising science lesson, although it certainly is that. It's also a touching, funny and suspenseful drama about prehumans.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
3/5 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) As Wolf, a dog named Jed gives a forthright and believable performance. Miss Salenger, for her part, gives one, too, and she carries the movie nicely.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2/5 65% Q (1982) The only movie in which you may ever see a gnawed, bloody skeleton wearing a gold charm bracelet.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 90% Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (The Castle of Cagliostro) (Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro) (2000) This one should fare nearly as well with animation fans of any age, provided they are unwavering in their devotion to the form and do not think 100 minutes is an awfully long time.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
32% Grease 2 (1982) Grease 2 is dizzy and slight, with an even more negligible plot than its predecessor had. This time the story can't even masquerade as an excuse for stringing the songs together.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 89% Superman II (1981) Superman II is a marvelous toy.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2/5 33% Flashdance (1983) The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 97% A Little Princess (1995) A bright, beautiful and enchantingly childlike vision.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
50% Hard Target (1993) Presenting Mr. Van Damme as reverentially as Sergio Leone did the young Clint Eastwood, Mr. Woo displays a real aptitude for malignant mischief, which is this story's stock in trade.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2.5/5 80% The Pirates of Penzance (1983) There are too many attempts to single out particular performers when ensemble acting ought to prevail. That doesn't mean the leading players aren't appealing and accomplished, because they are.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 85% Yaaba (1989) The director Idrissa Ouedraogo, of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) shapes this spare and resonant drama with perfect control.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004
2.5/5 26% Superman III (1983) Anyone who has been following the Superman saga will find this installment enjoyable enough, but some of the magic is missing.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2004