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John Monaghan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Detroit Free Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 44%

Bella (Beauty) (2006)

"Confessional moments and life lessons pop up around every corner as the movie swaps reality for old-fashioned melodrama. The movie defies logic." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2/4 9%

The Comebacks (2007)

"There is no I in "team," but there are three in "idiotic." And idiotic more or less describes the appeal of The Comebacks, a so-stupid-it's-funny spoof of inspirational sports dramas." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 22, 2007
2/4 14%

The Ten Commandments (2007)

"Thou shalt not cast Christian Slater as Moses, no matter how much the Hollywood party boy wants to fulfill some form of karmic community service." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 51%

30 Days of Night (2007)

"Even when it resorts to the hoariest clichés, 30 Days of Night still chills." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 76%

The Last Winter (2007)

"Fessenden, who directed, produced, cowrote, edited and even has a part in the film rightly values mood at least as much as he does delivering more abominable snow monsters." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 46%

Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

"Perry's comedy will likely never be breezy, and the film drags through its second hour." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/4 98%

The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

"The Devil Came on Horseback is a documentary account of Steidle's ongoing efforts to educate the world about the violence he witnessed as an unarmed military observer for the African Union in 2004." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 12, 2007

Feel the Noise (2007)

"For whatever reason you go to a movie like this, the results are bound to disappoint." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
1/4 14%

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

"Marketed as a family-friendly adventure about a kid with magical powers, this adaptation of Susan Cooper's Newbery Award-winning book is hopelessly glum." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 85%

Vanaja (2006)

"This is heart-wrenching Indian drama in the vein of Deepa Mehta's recent Water, again dealing with a young girl trying to find her self-worth in the midst of a repressive caste system and physical abuse." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 29%

The Game Plan (2007)

"A Disney comedy that tries to overcompensate with cute what it lacks in clever." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 32%

The Hottest State (2007)

"The movie is crisply shot and obviously heartfelt, but search elsewhere if you want the same honesty Hawke displayed as an actor in 1995's Before Sunrise and its 2004 sequel Before Sunset." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/4 80%

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

"With a keen eye for wide-screen imagery, Kohn captures the personalities of his interview subjects." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/4 37%

Sydney White (2007)

"This is not your middle-schooler's Amanda Bynes. While her female fans will appreciate that 21-year-old Bynes is growing up with them, maybe her next movie will stretch beyond the fractured fairy tale." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/4 22%

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

"More of the same game." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
1/4 5%

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

"A desperately unfunny mix of romantic and gross-out comedy." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 21, 2007
1/4 29%

Dragon Wars (2007)

"The only winners in Dragon Wars are the computer-imaging geeks who must have logged tons of overtime. The rest of the world is left scratching its head at a monster epic so dismal that it doesn't even register as a guilty pleasure." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 17, 2007
3/4 75%

The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007)

"In the humor department, The Boss of It All elicits few belly laughs but lots of thoughtful chuckles." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 75%

Lady Chatterley (2007)

"Excellent performances by everyone involved help you overlook the incongruity of French-speaking actors in traditional English settings." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 97%

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

"The big laughs here come from the subjects' self-absorption." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 14, 2007
1/4 15%

The Brothers Solomon (2007)

"The trick to a comedy like this is to make an audience care about these goofballs, but we're just like everyone else the brothers come into contact with. We simply wish they would go away." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2/4 25%

Halloween (2007)

"With Halloween out of his system, maybe Zombie will get back to what he does best: fashioning semi-original ideas that borrow from earlier movies while avoiding outright remakes." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 16%

The Last Legion (2007)

"Ultimately, The Last Legion isn't horrible, certainly not bad enough to keep it away from critics, which its distributors have unfortunately done." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 17, 2007
2/4 60%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Struggles valiantly to be funny but is mostly dead on arrival." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 17, 2007
2/4 37%

The Ten (2007)

"If there were Ten Commandments for filmmaking, one would certainly be: Thou shalt not pass off sketch comedy as a feature film, especially when charging $9 a ticket." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 17, 2007

Skinwalkers (2007)

"Werewolves ride into town on motorcycles, sporting dark sunglasses, shaggy but mostly human except for pearly white canine teeth. Sorry, dudes, but no amount of jump cutting, death metal or slow motion is going to make you look anything but ridiculous." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/4 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

"While there are probably computer-generated backgrounds and armies on screen, the movie still has the feel of an old-fashioned epic." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/4 9%

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

"If you let your daughter see this movie, set aside time to discuss the sea of mixed messages." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/4 14%

Underdog (2007)

"Serious movie standards aren't necessarily required in an entertainment like Underdog. Still, as with most movies, it's frustrating to watch Hollywood undercut the intelligence of its target audience." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Aug 3, 2007
3/4 93%

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

"For me it captures Maddin at his loopiest and most inspired." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 27, 2007

Who's Your Caddy? (2007)

"The snooty country club is one of the easiest institutions to lampoon. So why does Who's Your Caddy? make us feel almost sorry for the power elite?" ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 27, 2007
2/4 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

"The sad thing is that this could have been really good." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2/4 67%

Dynamite Warrior (2007)

"You have to applaud the attempts to enliven the genre, but Dynamite Warrior doesn't have the visual flair or humor to make this a midnight movie worth losing sleep over." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 64%

Broken English (2007)

"...there are reasons to catch Broken English, chief among them Posey's winning performance as a woman unsure whether to trust her romantic instincts." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/4 7%

License to Wed (2007)

"Anyone who has been through the process of church-mandated marriage preparation counseling should get a chuckle out of License to Wed, that is if the comedy weren't so badly handled." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jul 3, 2007
3/4 84%

Paprika (2006)

"Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 85%

Air Guitar Nation (2006)

"Sure, there is an infectious goofiness in watching a grown man in a red robe and Hello Kitty breastplate rock out on an imaginary ax. But the gag is spread pretty thin." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"[Kids] will enjoy the animal antics best, especially when the critters start doing their part to help build the ark. Parents will have to settle for the few inspired bits by Carell, stuck with the Job-like task of keeping this leaky bucket afloat." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 34%

DOA: Dead or Alive (2007)

"While the teen target audience may be convinced that this is exciting, the rest of us will leave the theater exhausted and with brain cells thoroughly fried." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 18, 2007
3/4 95%

Offside (2006)

"The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2/4 44%

Hostel Part II (2007)

"No doubt about it: Roth is a talented guy. But it would be nice to see him use his skills in the service of something other than more sadistic, pandering, pornographic violence." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 87%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"Split evenly between the inspired segments and those that fall flat, this ambitious omnibus is still worth watching." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 71%

Boy Culture (2007)

"Benefits from some assured helming by Q. Allan Brocka and strong performances." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 57%

The Hip Hop Project (2006)

"The live performances sizzle. Expect genuine passion behind the music, even when you wonder, as an MTV interviewer does during the film, whether these kids are that much more captivating than a million other hip-hop hopefuls." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 66%

Screamers (2006)

"Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted May 4, 2007
1/4 2%

Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)

"When Jamie Kennedy wakes up from 20 years in a coma and still thinks he's in the 1980s, the results are kind of funny -- for about 5 minutes." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 30, 2007
2/4 43%

Something to Cheer About (2001)

"At just over an hour, it seems better suited for TV viewing than a theatrical release." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1/4 15%

The Condemned (2007)

"The Condemned would be a lot more fun if director and co-writer Scott Wiper had approached it with humor. Instead, he delivers this nonsense with a straight face." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 100%

Fires of the Plain (Nobi) (1959)

"Packs a powerful antiwar message. As with Eastwood's Iwo Jima, it dispels the myth that every Japanese soldier had the suicidal desire to die for his country." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 26, 2007
3/4 85%

Bamako (2006)

"A strange and often haunting little film." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 13, 2007
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