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Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson
Jim Emerson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Sun-Times, RogerEbert.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% The Orphanage (2007) I'd venture to say there are more goosepimply moments and well-earned jolts in this picture than in your average year's worth of commercial shockers. And yet, it's also the only horror film in recent memory that brought me to tears. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) It could serve as a model of prose-to-film adaptation, choosing exactly the right moments and movements for the picture, and leaving alone others that are better suited to literature. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
89% Eastern Promises (2007) Eastern Promises is shockingly gorgeous, for all the ugliness it portrays. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 18, 2007
3/4 65% Vitus (2007) The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 27, 2007
2/4 70% Black Sheep (2006) Like Snakes on a Plane, the whole movie is essentially contained within the title. All the picture itself does is to repeat that concept for 87 minutes. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 6, 2007
2/4 78% You Kill Me (2007) No offense to Sir Ben, who does a mean deadpan, but his performance here is frequently more dead than pan -- which, given the material, was probably the wisest acting choice. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2.5/4 78% Crazy Love (2007) Crazy Love seems to promise a demented, true-life film noir love story and winds up delivering an above-average A&E documentary. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2/4 44% Angel-A (2005) The movie doesn't aspire to be anything but a lightweight pastiche that rehashes your memories of other, better movies. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
4/4 72% Inland Empire (2006) Inland Empire opens and contracts in your imagination while you watch it -- and you're still watching it well after it's left the screen. It's a long but thoroughly absorbing three hours. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 25, 2007
4/4 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) While this may be a historical piece, it's history told in the vivid present tense. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 89% Red Road (2007) Red Road feels like a descent into hell. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 4, 2007
3.5/4 93% The Host (2007) A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho's The Host is also one helluva monster movie. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 1, 2007
2.5/4 50% Color Me Kubrick (2007) A little bit like a coloring book -- flip the pages and each is pretty much like the one before, escalating variations on the same scam, with Malkovich filling in the cartoonish shadings, and occasionally going way outside the lines. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 1, 2007
3/4 74% Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) (2007) The movie is a riot of tropical turquoise, magenta and pink, spiced with marigold, red and green. You'd swear it was drenched in a tangy tamarind sauce ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3.5/4 96% Mafioso (1964) Nothing quite prepares you for the unique experience of this film. It's an offer that you ... well, you know. Leave the gun, take the cannolis. Mangiate bene. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3.5/4 93% The Host (2007) A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy and a touching melodrama, Bong Joon-ho's The Host is also one helluva monster movie. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3.5/4 82% Days of Glory (2007) Days of Glory is a rousing, old-fashioned World War II platoon movie in the gritty tradition of combat pictures like Don Siegel's Hell is for Heroes, Sam Fuller's The Big Red One and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3.5/4 93% The Lives of Others (2006) Watch it, and you may get the feeling it's also watching you. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 2, 2007
2/4 92% An Unreasonable Man (2007) The movie is lively and informative, but (in ways the old Nader might have appreciated) it made me feel like arguing with it. Frustratingly, the film avoids as many issues as it raises. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3.5/4 73% Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006) A stunning film to look at, and to listen to. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2.5/4 80% Little Children (2006) I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 5, 2007
4/4 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Whole worlds open before our eyes and then fold back upon themselves; dimensions of time and space are creased into shape as if the movie was an elaborate origami creation. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 29, 2006
2/4 54% The Good Shepherd (2006) If you think George Tenet's Central Intelligence Agency was a disaster, wait until you see Robert De Niro's torpid, ineffectual movie about the history of the agency, The Good Shepherd. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 22, 2006
3/4 94% American Experience (2006) Jonestown is a thoroughly conventional documentary...But this familiar format also emphasizes the movie's universality. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 24, 2006
3/4 51% The Fountain (2006) [The Fountain] doesn't make for smooth, comfortable viewing, but I'd much rather watch somebody shoot for the moon when the stakes are sky-high than sit back while they play it safe. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 22, 2006
2.5/4 32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) Fur is stuck with offering a reductive and unenlightening view of the real Arbus. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 21, 2006
3.5/4 51% For Your Consideration (2006) Like Guest's other films, For Your Consideration is extremely funny and tinged with sadness and disappointment, the kind that accompanies all of our inevitable adjustments to dreams deferred and downsized. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 17, 2006
4/4 85% Old Joy (2006) Like a great jazz musician, Reichart understands that striking a single, well-placed note can resonate more profoundly than playing a splashy cascade of noise just because you can. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 3, 2006
4/4 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Very nice! I like Borat very much. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 3, 2006
4/4 67% The Bridge (2006) The Bridge is brave and unflinching, unshakably haunting and deeply mysterious. I doubt I'll forget it until the day I die. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 27, 2006
2.5/4 73% Infamous (2006) In the end, Infamous turns out to be the third-best movie built around the murders of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kan., in 1959. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 13, 2006
38% 2:37 (2006) The film flows naturally around its central contrivance, employing unforced performances by unprofessional actors and a visual style that uses available light to pull you into the worlds these students inhabit. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
69% Babel (2006) Babel has the very best of intentions, and tries very hard, but cannot bring them to life. What I mean is, it left me cold. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
3.5/4 67% Shortbus (2006) [Shortbus] takes place in a fantasy New York [...] between two temporal landmarks: September 11, 2001, and the blackout of 2003 [...] through brownouts and breakdowns, Mitchell posits a place of healing and humor and light and lots and lots of sex. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
92% Volver (2006) Volver (roughly translated: "To Return") is a magical film, but that magic is in the filmmaking [...] itself. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
91% Rescue Dawn (2007) [T]he most harrowingly realistic and unsentimentalized P.O.W. film I'd ever seen [...] Nobody will be surprised to learn that Herzog [...] refuses to let Dieter [Dengler's] story be opportunistically exploited for jingoistic propaganda. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
37% Death of a President (2006) [T]his convincingly staged television "documentary" falls into a tradition of fictionalized British films... that use nonfiction techniques to explore contemporary social and political issues... Most of all, "Death of a President" is electrifying drama. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
2.5/4 80% Little Children (2006) It's an odd film, with a wryly intrusive, deep-voiced narrator who appears to be standing just behind the screen reading excerpts from the novel. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2006
2.5/4 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) Although the diminutive (5-foot-6-inch) Bernal emanates an infectiously playful and energetic charisma, there comes a point when you just want to slap him with a big hand for being such a petulant baby. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/4 77% The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006) It's great to see a lot of this footage of Lennon -- playful, engaged, warm and spontaneous. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 29, 2006
4/4 90% Half Nelson (2006) This movie... is concerned with an even greater achievement that is generally unacknowledged: how people -- flawed, miserable, frustrated people -- go to work every day and find a way to care about something beyond themselves, despite themselves. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 27, 2006
2.5/4 86% QuinceaƱera (2006) The storytelling remains less than satisfying, particularly the ending. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 23, 2006
3/4 84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) While This Film Is Not Yet Rated may not present the most effective or airtight case against the MPAA, what it does dig up is damning enough. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3.5/4 74% Conversations With Other Women (2006) The observations about love and sex and time and memory are uncommonly sharp and true. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 1, 2006
2.5/4 76% Factotum (2006) Almost 20 years after Barfly, Factotum mostly feels... unnecessary. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 25, 2006
2.5/4 60% Boynton Beach Club (2006) The script, co-written by Seidelman, based on her mother Florence's adventures in a butterfly-balloted suburban retirement community, feels like it was written by Neil Simon on a bad comb-over day. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 18, 2006
3.5/4 74% The Illusionist (2006) A coolly entertaining turn-of-the-century fable. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 18, 2006
2.5/4 68% World Trade Center (2006) In ten years (or even next week), I don't know that this will be seen as anything more than an average TV movie about a not-so-recent disaster. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 9, 2006
4/4 85% The Descent (2006) Finally, a scary movie with teeth, not just blood and entrails -- a savage and gripping piece of work that jangles your nerves without leaving your brain hanging. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3.5/4 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Like Little Miss Sunshine, Ricky Bobby is impeccably cast and performed, from the starring roles to small parts. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 4, 2006