Jeanne Aufmuth

Jeanne Aufmuth
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Co-host and producer of The Reel Review, a weekly movie review program which originates in the Bay Area and shows throughout the peninsula. Staff critic for the Palo Alto Weekly.
Favorites:
All-Time Favorites: All About Eve, The Killer, Brief Encounter, A Face in the Crowd, Shawshank Redemption, Searching for Bobby Fischer, L.A. Confidential, Silence of the Lambs, West Side Story, Goodfellas Best of 2000: Nurse Betty, Girl on the Bridge, Chicken Run, One Day in September, Dancer in the Dark, Gladiator, High Fidelity, Snatch, Requiem for a Dream, The Contender
Publications: Palo Alto Weekly, Aufmuth.com
Location: Palo Alto, California
Official Websites: PaloAltoOnline.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 68% My One and Only (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/4 76% Julie & Julia (2009) A lightweight but enjoyable gustatory romp. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2009
3/4 68% Funny People (2009) A newer, more mature chapter in the Apatow book and I like what I see. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2009
2/4 67% Public Enemies (2009) My biggest gripe lies with Mann, who mixes movie metaphors like a mad scientist. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2009
4/4 68% Away We Go (2009) Quirky sentiments ebb and flow in Sam Mendes' latest %u2013 and greatest %u2013 study of the human condition. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2009
2.5/4 48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) A mawkish yet worthy enough addition to the summer line-up. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2009
2.5/4 37% Angels & Demons (2009) A one-dimensional affair loaded with commonplace distractions that never catch fire. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2009
3.5/4 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) Never loses touch with its whipsmart core of integrity and humor. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2009
2/4 57% The Soloist (2009) A pitchy affair that ultimately misses its mark. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2009
2.5/4 65% Is Anybody There? (2009) A cookie cutter dramedy that beguiles and rankles. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2009
3.5/4 72% The Great Buck Howard (2009) I wish there were more movies like Buck Howard; simply effortless and earnest. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2009
2.5/4 74% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) Amy Adams brings a fresh spin to deep hurts and a spark to her determination to get things right. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2009
3/4 92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) A carnivorous candor permeates every frame with blood-curdling fascination and dread. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2009
2.5/4 40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Tangles its large cast of characters and storylines into virtual knots. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2009
3.5/4 67% Revolutionary Road (2008) The build-up gains slow momentum but once it finds its rhythm Rev Road is positively devastating - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2008
3.5/4 63% The Reader (2008) Packaged with a smart script, palpable tension and enough ambiguity to keep you guessing. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2008
1.5/4 80% Gran Torino (2009) Climax is an overindulgent grasp at something meaningful that misses by a country mile. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2008
3.5/4 71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Sentimental fantasy that packs a visual punch. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2008
2.5/4 26% Seven Pounds (2008) The final act leaves a melodramatic and manipulative residue that no amount of tears can wash away. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2008
2.5/4 55% Australia (2008) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2008
3/4 93% Milk (2008) A slice of history well worth revisiting. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2008
4/4 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) A crazy kaleidoscope of craft and color that's a matchless homage to India's limitless favelas - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2008
3/4 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Daniel Craig brings a fierce edge to his iconic super secret agent around which an entire franchise can be built. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2008
3.5/4 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) A haunting and redemptive film experience. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2008
3.5/4 92% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Sally Hawkins' enchanting performance is yet another example that Leigh's trademark technique is working. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2008
3/4 60% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) Vaughn's mischievous imprint hangs over all: slick, irreverent and begging for more -- of what, I'm not sure. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 59% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Show me the nuance and scratch the false sincerity. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2008
3/4 58% W. (2008) A convoluted but compelling psychoanalysis of George W. Bush's silver-spoon arrogance and deep-seated insecurities. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2008
4/4 84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) As a recovering addict on the verge of imploding Hathaway is the stuff that Oscar dreams of. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2008
3/4 44% Blindness (2008) Fernando Meirelles tackles José Saramago's searing stream of consciousness novel with intriguing but mixed results. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2008
2.5/4 61% The Duchess (2008) Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2008
3/4 60% Flash of Genius (2008) A stirring David and Goliath tale of steadfast perseverance and pride. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2008
2/4 33% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Maudlin climax leaves a treacly residue of exaggerated valor and sentiment. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2008
2.5/4 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) As a valentine to the young bridge and tunnel crowd it works wonders. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2008
3.5/4 55% Choke (2008) Sam Rockwell proves again (and again and again) that he's a talent to be reckoned with. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2008
3.5/4 44% Lakeview Terrace (2008) Simmering acceleration from the grey area of implication to the black and white reality of acute humiliation. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2008
2/4 13% The Women (2008) Messy construction, trite themes and an endless parade of verbal chestnuts. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
3.5/4 78% Burn After Reading (2008) Those crazy Coen Brothers veer a hard left with a humorous and cautionary tale of lust and revenge. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
3/4 79% I Served the King of England (2008) Czech director Jirí Menzel casts a wide net in this fanciful tale of life, love and the relentless march of time. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
3.5/4 81% Tropic Thunder (2008) The laughs fly as fast and furious as enemy fire. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2008
2.5/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) I'm typically not a fan of the wildly popular Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen collaborative efforts but a pitch-perfect performance by James Franco temporarily sways me in the other direction. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2008
3/4 48% Bottle Shock (2008) A sweet and easy supplement to summer. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2008
4/4 100% Man on Wire (2008) Outrageously entertaining and perfectly profound. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2008
3/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Ambitious, flawed and erratically visionary, Batman is back. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2008
3/4 55% Mamma Mia! (2008) Campy theatrics and Busby Berkeley choreography set on a ridiculously breathtaking island paradise -- what's not to love? - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2008
3.5/4 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) Thriller, love story, whodunit; an unwieldy trio made whole by an up-and-coming mastermind. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2008
3.5/4 41% Hancock (2008) The premise alone is worth the price of admission and the first hour is some of 2008's most intriguing cinema. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2008
3.5/4 95% WALL-E (2008) Beautifully executed with a wink and a nudge, this one has heart. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2008
3/4 67% Brick Lane (2008) A sense of isolation and struggle for identity in an oppressive culture wash away superfluous formula, leaving a lovely tranquility in their wake. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2008
3/4 72% When Did You Last See Your Father? (2008) There's an air of unfinished business about it all and I'm a sucker for loose ends in the name of family dysfunction. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2008