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Jean Oppenheimer

Jean Oppenheimer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Far From Heaven (2003) When all is said and done, Far from Heaven proves an easier film to appreciate than to emotionally embrace.‐ Dallas Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2003
63% Moonlight Mile (2002) To a really shocking degree, this film has absolutely no feel for its time period.‐ Dallas Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2002
54% Invincible (2002) The predominantly amateur cast is painful to watch, so stilted and unconvincing are the performances.‐ New Times
Posted Sep 19, 2002
75% Secretary (2002) The problem with Secretary isn't that it is offensive or unnerving -- although you get the idea the filmmakers hoped it might be at least one of those. The problem is that the story is slow-moving and dull.‐ Dallas Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2002
100% Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P. M. (2001) Lerner's modest, unselfconscious manner, matter-of-fact delivery and flashes of humor play a key part in making the film so engrossing.‐ New Times
Posted Sep 19, 2002
25% Heartbreak Hospital (2002) The film's tone and pacing are off almost from the get-go.‐ New Times
Posted Sep 12, 2002
4% Serving Sara (2002) The dialogue is witless, the situations are lame, the humor juvenile and the chemistry between the stars nonexistent.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 29, 2002
No Score Yet Drive-in Movie Memories (2002) The film would have been far more enjoyable had director-editor Kurt Kuenne lingered longer on the terrific images collected by producers Don and Susan Sanders.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 29, 2002
27% Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work) (2002) Davis ... is so enamored of her own creation that she can't see how insufferable the character is.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 29, 2002
92% Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001) Nettelbeck balances the humor and pathos adroitly, and she gets wonderful performances from all her actors.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 22, 2002
82% Secret Ballot (2002) Offers both a gentle humor and a sly but unmistakable optimism about what life in Iran might one day be.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 8, 2002
57% Group (2003) While the subject's appeal is limited and the film's 106-minute running time excessive, viewers who do respond to the pic will find it raw, real and cathartic.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 1, 2002
81% Stuart Little 2 (2002) Imaginative and engaging follow-up, which revolves around a decidedly fresh story line that presents its stars with new challenges, obstacles and emotional opportunities.‐ New Times
Posted Jul 18, 2002
66% Me Without You (2002) The screenplay fails to generate any real sympathy for Holly or Marina once they have passed adolescence.‐ New Times
Posted Jul 11, 2002
86% Lovely & Amazing (2002) A modest, uneventful film, buoyed by fine, albeit low-key, performances and the ring of truth.‐ New Times
Posted Jun 27, 2002
3.5/5 68% Jeffrey (1995) A warm and humorous -- as well as a sad and moving -- exploration of all-too-human relationships.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4.5/5 95% Dead Man Walking (1995) Intense yet subtlely handled on every level, Dead Man Walking is one of the most remarkable and memorable films of 1995‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
3/5 64% Selena (1997) Jennifer Lopez is sensational. She not only looks remarkably like the real star, but she radiates the same incredible energy, warmth, style and magnetism for which the young pop singer was known.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
52% The Mystic Masseur (2001) The actors all are wonderful.‐ New Times
Posted May 24, 2002
91% Murderous Maids (2002) The film proves unrelentingly grim -- and equally engrossing.‐ New Times
Posted May 2, 2002
72% Enigma (2002) The technical explanations are impossibly difficult for a lay person to follow (screenwriter Tom Stoppard probably understood it all and forgot he had to write for the rest of us).‐ New Times
Posted Apr 18, 2002
48% The Triumph of Love (2002) The silly plot and, at times, overly broad comedy get a bit wearing -- this is the type of story that throws in comic relief on top of what is clearly already an airy comedy -- but the film is worth seeing for Sorvino alone.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 18, 2002
73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) Directing with a sure and measured hand, [Haneke] steers clear of the sensational and offers instead an unflinching and objective look at a decidedly perverse pathology.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 11, 2002
85% La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) (2001) Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 28, 2002
81% Lola (2001) The film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 21, 2002
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) An ensemble comedy awarded the top prize at last September's Venice Film Festival, Monsoon Wedding pulsates with music, dance, vibrant colors and laughter. But it also glows with quiet moments of drama.‐ New Times
Posted Feb 28, 2002
88% Italian for Beginners (2001) A funny, charming ensemble piece so delightful you may find you can't stop smiling even when the movie ends.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 17, 2002
32% Charlotte Gray (2002) The movie is almost breathlessly girlish, the kind of chaste, fantasy romance-adventure that might be imagined by a girl of 11 still dreaming of her first kiss.‐ New Times
Posted Dec 27, 2001
64% Happenstance (2000) Firode comes up with some clever and amusing situations, but his characters are so glum and unlikable it just isn't a whole lot of fun to spend time with then.‐ New Times
Posted Dec 20, 2001
93% No Man's Land (2001) Reverberates with anger and intelligence, wit and despair.‐ New Times
Posted Dec 13, 2001
68% Her Own Choice (2001) Despite the compelling subject matter and storyline, the film's execution isn't so persuasive: The dialogue is weak, much of the acting poor and the pace sluggish.‐ New Times
Posted Nov 29, 2001
56% Focus (2001) It is difficult to imagine a more timely film than Focus.‐ New Times
Posted Nov 1, 2001
86% Donnie Darko (2001) As emotionally rich as it is intellectually demanding.‐ New Times
Posted Oct 25, 2001
93% Funny Girl (1968) Even with the gorgeous Sharif standing next to her, you can't take your eyes off of Babs.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 30, 2001
74% Tortilla Soup (2001) The real star of the film is the food, which is sliced, diced, shredded, rolled, sautéed and fricasseed to mouthwatering perfection.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 23, 2001
71% Bread & Tulips (2001) A charming little film, filled with eccentric characters and ingratiating performances.‐ New Times
Posted Aug 9, 2001
46% Greenfingers (2001) The English countryside is lovely; the film's score has a bouncy, appealing beat; and the humor is gentle and inoffensive.‐ New Times
Posted Jul 26, 2001
74% Songcatcher (2001) An absolute treasure trove of old-timey, traditional folk music.‐ New Times
Posted Jun 14, 2001
93% The Circle (Dayereh) (2001) An extraordinary film from a born filmmaker.‐ New Times
Posted May 17, 2001
70% Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2001) Farmanara, the actor, brings a real poignancy to the role.‐ New Times
Posted May 3, 2001
54% The Golden Bowl (2000) The visual splendor -- starting with the opening scene, which is played out as shadows on the wall of an ancient castle -- proves great enough to outweigh the emotional disappointments.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 26, 2001
92% Amores Perros (2001) A film of tremendous complexity and depth, a galvanic force that sends the mind reeling.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 12, 2001
88% Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (2001) A spare film, with little dialogue but a lot to say.‐ New Times
Posted Apr 5, 2001
61% When Brendan Met Trudy (2001) Truth to tell, this film could have used a lot more of the old screwball sensibility.‐ New Times
Posted Mar 8, 2001
55% Malena (2000) It is difficult to see any humor or lightness in the story of a woman who is subjected to such abuse.‐ New Times
Posted Dec 21, 2000
42% Miss Congeniality (2000) It's an amiable comedy and provides a forum for [Bullock] to showcase her gift for comedy.‐ New Times
Posted Dec 21, 2000
27% Running Free (2000) Running Free is so visually magnificent that anyone who feels spiritually or emotionally connected to nature will walk away with something.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% The Big Tease (2000) Ferguson proves an extremely likable presence who ably carries the picture.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Liberty Heights (1999) Nostalgia is a tricky thing, but Levinson manages to strike just the right balance of humor, affection, and candor.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000
25% Simpatico (1999) It proves only intermittently engaging as its twisted plot loses energy and becomes confusing in the latter half.‐ New Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000