John Powers

John Powers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

John Powers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly,

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

"From beginning to end, City of God doesn't just hold you; it clutches your lapels with its lurid exuberance." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2003

Gangs of New York (2002)

"What ultimately gives Gangs of New York its power is less its storytelling than its grand, bracingly radical vision of American history." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2002

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003)

"Rockwell delivers a performance admirable in its hustling sweatiness." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2002

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"Bursts with the old-fashioned Hollywood panache." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2002

About Schmidt (2002)

"Nicholson himself has done all you could ask: This is easily his strongest work since he did Reds and The Border back-to-back 20 years ago." ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Posted Dec 11, 2002

Human Nature (2002)

"Although a few moments are hilarious, this would-be romp remains laboriously earthbound when it should be swinging gaily through the trees." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 9, 2002

Solaris (2002)

"Tautly elliptical story of love, memory, guilt and redemption." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 27, 2002

Femme Fatale (2002)

"[Romijin-Stamos] knows her way around a wisecrack, and Femme Fatale may do for her what Basic Instinct did for Sharon Stone." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 7, 2002

8 Mile (2002)

"What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends." ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Posted Nov 7, 2002

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

"The boyish, goofily smiling Wahlberg is egregiously out of place as the kind of charming-ambiguous dreamboat you'd have to be Cary Grant to pull off." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2002

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

"Gibney and Jarecki just want to string the bastard up." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2002

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"While it would be stretching it to say that Sandler gives a great performance, he brings Barry alive with a shtick-free, often soulful piece of acting that expands and deepens our sense of his persona." ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Posted Oct 10, 2002

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Although he'd have made a crackerjack ad man, [Moore's] a slipshod filmmaker, and the movie quickly collapses, burying its subject beneath bumper-sticker rehashes of received ideas." ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Posted Oct 10, 2002

Death to Smoochy (2002)

"A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2002

In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002)

"Godard has never made a more sheerly beautiful film than this unexpectedly moving meditation on love, history, memory, resistance and artistic transcendence." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 5, 2002

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

"K-19 is so unnervingly square that it seems eerily like Party-sanctioned Soviet filmmaking." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 18, 2002

CQ (2002)

"A winning piece of work filled with love for the movies of the 1960s." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 1, 2002

Insomnia (2002)

"Seitz ... manages to preserve what gave the original film its power -- gravity, interiority and a sense of moral unease -- yet still endow the action with an enjoyable Hollywood sheen." ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Posted Jun 1, 2002

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"It's sad to see a beautiful mind whittled down by such a plain one." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 1, 2002
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