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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
3/4 36%

The Situation (2006)

"Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 48%

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007)

"The movie is warped, to be sure, but even fans will have to admit that the laughs are stretched pretty thin over nearly 90 minutes." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 13, 2007
3/4 100%

The Case of the Grinning Cat (2006)

"[Director] Marker may be windy, but he also enjoys the wisdom that comes with age. His masterful command of the camera shows that he can lecture and entertain at the same time." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 5, 2007
2/4 8%

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

"The new movie is good-natured and sometimes funny. It also doesn't make a lick of sense." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 4, 2007
3/4 50%

Color Me Kubrick (2007)

"The irony of Color Me Kubrick is that the visual tricks merely serve as a backdrop for Malkovich's inspired high-wire performance." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Apr 1, 2007
3/4 74%

Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) (2007)

"The movie is fun to watch, with an attractive cast." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 73%

Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006)

"As much as I respect Climates, I can sympathize with viewers who will balk at the film's pretensions and glacial pacing." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 34%

TMNT (2007)

"Completely pointless. Didn't three features in the early 1990s and countless cartoon incarnations take these crime-fighting critters as far as they could go?" ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 53%

The Last Mimzy (2007)

"Fails to balance the drama, comedy and supernatural elements. When Mimzy, the bunny, starts whispering orders, this little kid's movie threatens to turn into a horror film." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 23, 2007
3/4 21%

Dead Silence (2007)

"Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 20, 2007
2/4 0%

Karla (2006)

"Things in the movie, like the slasher movie music cues, hint that Karla has exploitation in its veins. The reasons for making it -- and seeing it -- remain more than slightly suspect." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3/4 74%

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

"There is a lot of cleverness at work here, especially when the movie switches from the Blair Witch-style shaky camera to more accomplished and atmospheric low-budget lensing." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3/4 91%

The Italian (2007)

"Wise, resilient children aren't especially new to the movies, but when they're presented this sensitively, they're always worth revisiting." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3/4 44%

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)

"What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3/4 80%

Four Eyed Monsters (2005)

"While some audience members will dismiss it as so much navel-gazing, those closer to their 20s should appreciate how the movie speaks to a generation whose most intimate communications routinely come through the Internet." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3/4 51%

Flannel Pajamas (2006)

"In his sophomore feature, Lipsky doesn't feel the need to pump the movie with showy visual tricks. You don't even know he's there most of the time, which is probably a compliment." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 2, 2007
6%

Big Liar on Campus (2007)

"There have been worse ideas for teen comedies, but few have been as badly executed as this one." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3/4 91%

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

"Iraq in Fragments sometimes feels random, but it is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Feb 23, 2007
4/4 98%

The Rules of the Game (La r├Ęgle du jeu) (1950)

"A disaster when initially released, the movie's reputation has only grown since." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3/4 94%

2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) (1967)

"Based on a series of magazine articles, the movie was made around the time Godard abandoned conventional narrative almost entirely for what he dubbed the cinematic essay." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/4 26%

Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

"Daddy's Little Girls is [Perry's] best-looking film to date. Is it asking too much for a script to match?" ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Feb 14, 2007
2/4 9%

Norbit (2007)

"After taking in double helpings of Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence doing the same shtick in the Madea movies and Big Momma's House, isn't it time for us to just say no to Norbit?" ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Feb 9, 2007
3/4 21%

The Hitcher (2007)

"Of the half dozen jump-out-of-your seat shocks, only one was truly gratuitous. Okay, maybe two." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jan 19, 2007
1/4 19%

Primeval (2007)

"It's difficult to think of a worse horror movie than Primeval, partly because it's barely a horror movie at all." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jan 12, 2007
2/4 21%

Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007)

"Too eccentric for kids, too silly for everyone else, it floats in a Neverland of breathtaking visuals in service of a story that pilfers everything (and I mean everything) from the Arthur legends to last summer's The Ant Bully." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jan 12, 2007
2/4 26%

Stomp the Yard (2007)

"Are the dancers at least amazing? It's hard to say because novice director Sylvain White never gives us a decent look at them. It's hard to see much when shots are delivered like lightning flashes." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jan 12, 2007
1/4 4%

Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)

"The idea is that given the basic premise, the comedian will fill in the gaps with his own bits of business. Cedric is hardly up to the task. Though he's a scene stealer in other people's movies, he relies on tired reactions ("heeellll naw" is his mantra)." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Jan 5, 2007
2/4 14%

Black Christmas (2006)

"For me, this was one of the best horror movies of the year, which sounds glowing until you consider the competition." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 26, 2006
3/4 85%

Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

"It effectively showcases the indomitable spirit that has held the area together over the last year." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 22, 2006
3/4 43%

Night at the Museum (2006)

"The special effects rule, yet they don't overpower simple, character-driven slapstick." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 22, 2006
2/4 11%

The Architect (2006)

"Despite his obvious earnestness, first-time director and cowriter Matt Tauber is ill equipped to mine emotions this complex." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2/4 16%

Eragon (2006)

"For all the promise of breathing fire and clashing swords, Eragon doesn't generate any real heat." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 15, 2006
3/4 89%

El Aura (The Aura) (2006)

"The voyeuristic focus and camera acrobatics may remind you of Hitchcock, but The Aura is also highly original." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3/4 85%

Old Joy (2006)

"The movie captures gorgeous mountain scenery with the simplicity of an Ozu film. It also benefits from the naturalistic performances." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 1, 2006
1/4 7%

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Van Wilder 2) (2006)

"In this sequel to the 2002 campus comedy, Kal Penn spends much of the running time acting like Wilder I star Ryan Reynolds, which no actor with half a brain should be doing." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3/4 92%

Our Brand Is Crisis (2005)

"The movie is both frightening and ironically funny, sometimes both." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 24, 2006
2/4 12%

Let's Go to Prison (2006)

"The elements of dark comedy, prison system satire, and juvenile gross-out gags eventually blend like the slop ladled out for inmates at feeding time." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 17, 2006
2/4 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"For all the time, effort, and song royalties lavished on Happy Feet, the new computer-animated blockbuster spends much of its time dancing on thin ice." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 17, 2006
1/4 16%

The Return (2006)

"Sarah Michelle Gellar battled countless monsters as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her biggest challenge in The Return is to keep from yawning." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 10, 2006
3/4 100%

C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

"The French Canadian import is also wildly entertaining in its views of Catholicism, music and especially family." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 10, 2006
3/4 85%

La Moustache (2005)

"What the movie lacks visually, it makes up for with the performances, especially by Lindon, who leads us on a journey we want to stick with even if we can't fully understand." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 3, 2006
3/4 95%

I Like Killing Flies (2004)

"The security-camera visuals and intrusive button microphone jutting into the frame give the movie an appealing fly-on-the-wall quality, successfully capturing the old Shopsin's experience for posterity." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Nov 3, 2006
2/4 40%

Color of the Cross (2006)

"...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 27, 2006
28%

Saw III (2006)

"Saw III was not prescreened for critics. It doesn't need to be. The midnight preview I attended last night was packed with folks who don't mind seeing Hollywood beat a dead horse." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 27, 2006
2/4 7%

Conversations With God (2006)

"The movie claims the 'God inside me' concept is rooted in compassion, but it plays like nondenominational narcissism to me." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 27, 2006
3/4 54%

Flicka (2006)

"A guaranteed tearjerker." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 20, 2006
2/4 20%

The Marine (2006)

"These guys don't much about making movies, but they know how to stage a smack down." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 80%

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

"A father takes a spiritual journey from Japan to China to help mend a decades-long rift between himself and his dying son. The lessons learned en route are as profound as they are simple." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 76%

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

"Guide gets the details right, recalling the minutiae of Dito's teen years -- from clothes to conversations -- with near-psychoanalytical clarity." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 13, 2006
1/4 20%

Employee of the Month (2006)

"For a movie about taking pride in your work, Employee of the Month is on a comedy coffee break." ‐Detroit Free Press
Posted Oct 6, 2006
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