John Thomason

John Thomason

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
162

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 99% A Separation (2011) " If any one film can re-inject life into an entire national cinema, it's A Separation." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 7, 2012
3/5 77% War Horse (2011) " War Horse is a fine example of a director, his conductor, his cinematographer and his actors working in handsome, elegant synchronization to play us all like dime-store harmonicas." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 28, 2011
1/5 76% The Help (2011) " With its focus group-tested quotient of laughs and tears targeted to lowest-common-denominator audiences, writer-director Tate Taylor's vulgar The Help is as much a piece of assembly-line hackwork as any Transformers sequel." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 10, 2011
4/5 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " Heavy on action, light on character depth and utterly over-the-top, Horrible Bosses is best approached by removing the veneer of plausibility and, to paraphrase the title of a far lesser Jennifer Aniston picture, just going with it." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4/5 83% Potiche (2011) " Potiche is as light and refreshing as a pinafore." — Orlando Weekly
Posted May 4, 2011
4/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " The film ... retains the book's strongest message as a proto-feminist tract, underlining Jane's strength and defiance." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/5 71% Red (2010) " Just as inexhaustibly stupid and utterly routine as any number of John Cena, Paul Walker or Vin Diesel vehicles those young whipper-snappers eat up." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 14, 2010
5/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " It might not be the right time for a Polanski film to play in a theater near you, but those unwilling to forgive the sinner will be missing the first great film of 2010, a Manchurian Candidate for the post-9/11 world." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 4, 2010
2/4 90% Zombieland (2009) " Unencumbered by such petty nuisances as a point, a vision or even an ounce of social commentary, Ruben Fleischerâ(TM)s transparently hollow zombie flick still succeeds at passing the time, even if a good 15 of its 81 minutes are pure filler." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3/4 79% Humpday (2009) " This low-budget art film about two straight men who drunkenly decide to shoot a porno together in the style of a low-budget art film is actually kind of touching, if you can get past the inherent credibility gap." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 4, 2009
1/5 75% Julie & Julia (2009) " I suppose it's telling that the only time in Julie & Julia that I heartily chuckled was during an archived clip of Dan Aykroyd impersonating Child on Saturday Night Live. Now there was entertainment with some life to it." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 6, 2009
3/5 13% The Informers (2009) " The result turns the novel's cynical satire into a facile morality play, in which these privileged children want to be told the difference between right and wrong." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Apr 23, 2009
84% Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di) (2006) Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2008
0.5/5 24% P.S. I Love You (2007) " A romantic dramedy that stumbles through its excruciatingly Oscar-padded 126-minute running time with no end in sight." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2007
4.5/5 75% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) " Reilly, imitating early Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson, shows more range than ever in the role that should catapult him into the A-list." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2007
4/5 82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) " Ultimately it's a film that understands that it's OK to insert a little T&A into the political discourse." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2007
5/5 86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) " An invigorating experience that ranks among the best stage-to-screen translations ever filmed." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2007
87% In Between Days (2007) " In Between Days is a wise and beautiful study of yearning and repression." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 29, 2007
100% Monsieur Hire (1989) Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 29, 2007
0/5 37% August Rush (2007) " Pandering to the point of offensive." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 22, 2007
1.5/5 26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) " Oh, dear. What literary giant has the unstoppable Hollywood machine gone and tarnished now? That would be Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The grandfather of magic realism is given a clumsy, saccharine and unsubtle treatment." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2007
4.5/5 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) " Loaded with operatic gravity and noirish fatalism." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2007
3.5/5 27% Lions for Lambs (2007) " Lions for Lambs provides a more robust debate about the wars we're in and may soon be in (in regard to Iran, the movie feels like it was written yesterday) than you're likely to get from any cable news show." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 8, 2007
4/5 94% My Kid Could Paint That (2007) " My Kid Could Paint That is great theater, thereby proving that even a story as unique as this can't stay fresh without a little media-manipulated drama." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 8, 2007
1.5/5 66% Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007) " The witless Wristcutters holds all the fascination of a train wreck. Youâ(TM)ll stay in your seat just to see if itâ(TM)ll get any worse, and you wonâ(TM)t be disappointed." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2007
1.5/5 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) " The movie is called Dan in Real Life, but it's a stretch worthy of Reed Richards to believe that anything in this tepid plate of idiocy would actually happen in real life." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 25, 2007
4.5/5 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " Eschewing John Fordâ(TM)s advice to 'print the legend,' The Assassination of Jesse James instead chooses historical accuracy, a move that could make this epic unpalatable to a mass audience. But this contemplative movie is worth your patience." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2007
2.5/5 64% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) " [Director] Bier's meditation on guilt, redemption, coping and addiction feels so much like old hat that it doesn't carry the weight to which it aspires." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2007
69% Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007) Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3/5 57% We Own the Night (2007) " A competent, quasi-profound but ultimately shopworn tale of familial loyalty, directed with television-drama flatness." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/5 26% The Final Season (2007) " Director David M. Evans generates nerve-racking suspense, but the idyllic shots of farm-fueled small towns as the utopia of the American heartland are just a John Mellencamp song away from being a political ad." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 11, 2007
90% Michael Clayton (2007) " As important as it is entertaining." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 11, 2007
87% Funny Face (1957) Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2007
5/5 82% Into the Wild (2007) " [Penn has] clearly found his home, his calling and consequently the best movie of his career in Jon Krakauer's best-selling nonfiction book Into the Wild." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 4, 2007
3.5/5 94% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) " In the Shadow of the Moon tells a riveting story, even if we know how it ends." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/5 28% The Game Plan (2007) " This is your ordinary funny-to-treacly plot arc -- funny if you're 10 or younger, treacly if you're older." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2007
1/5 51% The Kingdom (2007) " The Kingdom doesn't think much of its audience; it's one of those movies that shows flashbacks of things that happened 30 minutes earlier, in case we forgot. It retains its patronizing tone for the drama as well as the comedy." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/5 53% The Hunting Party (2007) " The movie, based on an Esquire article about a group of reporters who sneaked into Bosnia to catch the nation's most notorious war criminal, goes so overboard with printing the legend that barely a note of it is feasible." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2007
2.5/5 53% Across the Universe (2007) " Here's an interesting failure: a collection of strung-together music videos -- scored with Beatles tunes -- that have plenty of Broadway pizzazz but no emotional resonance, a lot of visual distractions but nothing original to say." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2007
3/5 67% The 11th Hour (2007) " The arguments the movie presents are powerful, necessary and, most importantly, underexplored by an increasingly distracted mainstream media." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2007
1.5/5 70% Molière (2007) " The film illuminates little about Molière himself, but what do you expect from a movie that has the depth of a kiddie pool?" — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2007
1/5 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) " Mr. Woodcock is patently offensive trash, celebrating the humiliation and abuse -- mental and physical -- of children as an introduction into manhood, after exploiting that abuse for cheap comic effect." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2007
5/5 95% No End in Sight (2007) " You'll leave the picture shaken and stirred, knowing that if the right people were in charge, this whole Iraq thing could have worked. To call this film a "must-see" is an understatement." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2007
3.5/5 85% 2 Days in Paris (2007) " It's no Before Sunset, but this honest and sometimes uproarious film ultimately feels more like escargot than fried pork rinds." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 6, 2007
72% Inland Empire (2006) Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2007
4.5/5 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) " Goya's Ghosts is less about the eponymous painter than it is a gripping two-part story of politics and faith during and after the Spanish Inquisition." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2007
4/5 59% Resurrecting the Champ (2007) " Hartnett seems to be getting better with every performance, and it's stunning to watch Jackson slip so effortlessly into a character so far removed from his well-defined persona." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2007
4.5/5 88% Superbad (2007) " The best teen sex comedy ever made." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 16, 2007
2.5/5 64% Broken English (2007) " Ultimately, the only wisdom you leave with is the implausibly wise pocket philosophy gleaned from romantic strangers on the streets of an idealized France." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 9, 2007
3.5/5 76% Stardust (2007) " A fantasy for people who wished their fantasies were more like Willow and The Princess Bride and less like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter." — Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 9, 2007
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