John Venable

John Venable
John Venable's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"Definitely a 'summer blockbuster' and has enough great moments in it to outweigh any groaners that it may also have. In fact, the good moments outweigh the bad about 20 to 1."
Posted May 18, 2009
8.5/10 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Worth viewing if only to see Clooney, McDormand, and Pitt all play what Malkovich's character refers to as a 'league of morons'."
Posted Sep 14, 2008
10/10 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Everything you've heard is true...brilliant."
Posted Jul 24, 2008
7/10 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"Not the best in the McKay/Apatow canon, but's funny."
Posted Jul 24, 2008
8.5/10 77%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"That'll do Indy, that'll do."
Posted May 23, 2008
8.5/10 57%

Transformers (2007)

"Fun, but a bit too serious."
Posted Jul 3, 2007
9/10 82%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"Bruce Willis is still a bada** and this series might not be dead yet...I'm just sayin'."
Posted Jun 28, 2007
8/10 41%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"The bar had been raised so high by the first 2 films that reaching it again proves difficult...and they came close. Check it out!"
Posted May 18, 2007
9.5/10 55%

Alpha Dog (2007)

"Outstanding work from a young ensemble. Ben Foster steals the show in an over the top performance as an a**kicking, always-in-trouble, speedfreak."
Posted Jan 12, 2007
7/10 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"Stallone doesn't embarrass himself nor his's pretty good."
Posted Dec 20, 2006
6/10 32%

The Good German (2007)

"Technically amazing, but not engaging enough to recommend as theater viewing unless you're an arthouse freak."
Posted Dec 15, 2006
9.5/10 88%

Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing (2006)

"Remember the people that the Borat film made fun of? They're in this film too, picketing outside of Dixie Chick shows...idiots."
Posted Dec 14, 2006
10/10 65%

Apocalypto (2006)

"He can't keep his mouth shut when he has too much tequila, but dammit, this man can tell a story on film."
Posted Dec 8, 2006
9/10 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"Djimon Hounsou is excellent and Kagiso Kuypers delivers an amazing breakout performance."
Posted Dec 8, 2006
6/10 16%

Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)

"If you remove all the horror aspects of it, it works nicely as a tourism campaign for Brazil. Never has there been a dumber group of travelers; wait to rent it."
Posted Nov 30, 2006
10/10 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"The film might as well be entitled Retarded America, but lumping these idiots in with our mentally challenged population would be an insult."
Posted Nov 3, 2006
7.5/10 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"It's good, great in spurts, but overall leaves one longing for a story better suited for film."
Posted Oct 20, 2006
5/10 34%

Woman on Top (2000)

"Wildly mediocre."
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/10 10%

What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

" could waste a few hours of your life. Does that answer the question?"
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/10 46%

What Lies Beneath (2000)

"They could've cut 10 minutes out of the first hour easily...and it still might have been too slow."
Posted Sep 23, 2006
6/10 10%

The Watcher (2000)

"Not half bad as a rental."
Posted Sep 23, 2006
6/10 27%

A Walk to Remember (2002)

"Succeeds modestly as a teen movie. Expect anything else from it and you'll be disappointed."
Posted Sep 23, 2006
5/10 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"A beautiful mess."
Posted Sep 15, 2006
9/10 87%

Jesus Camp (2006)

"This isn't the blind leading the blind, but it is the visually impaired leading the blind. Disturbing."
Posted Sep 15, 2006
6/10 41%

Beerfest (2006)

"It's one of those films that looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch. I wanted it to be great, but it's only good."
Posted Aug 25, 2006
8.5/10 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"An amazing team of talent both in front of and behind the camera stretch a short story into a romantic fairy tale for adults that works."
Posted Aug 18, 2006
9.5/10 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"The writing is genius, the performances wonderful, and the film as a whole is a complete success."
Posted Aug 17, 2006
7/10 69%

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

"If it could've been a little more stupid, it would've been bad-good. It's worth a look for those who love bad cinema. "
Posted Aug 17, 2006
7.5/10 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"Not the conspiracy theory rant one would expect from Stone, not at all. It's not a great film, but a good one that was made with love."
Posted Aug 8, 2006
8.5/10 72%

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

"Pray to Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey that Ferrell keeps making silly movies like this."
Posted Aug 4, 2006
6/10 26%

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

"Made for teenagers and they'll be seeing it no matter what we say. I would too if I was 16 and saw the poster. Wait for the DVD."
Posted Jul 27, 2006
9/10 40%

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

"Uma is sexy, Luke is funny, and the script is hilarious...check it out!"
Posted Jul 20, 2006
5.5/10 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"It's an ambitious mess at best, and the invented mythology is delivered to the viewer with the subtlety of a sledgehammer."
Posted Jul 20, 2006
4/10 12%

Little Man (2006)

"The best film I've ever seen with a full grown man masquerading as a baby...hmmm."
Posted Jul 14, 2006
6.5/10 69%

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"It's a great looking film and the destination is worthy, but the journey leaves you wanting something more."
Posted Jul 14, 2006
6/10 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"Kate Hudson looks great in a swimsuit and that enough to recommend theater viewing? Not really."
Posted Jul 13, 2006
9.5/10 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"More fun than the cantina scene from Star Wars, Davy Jones and his barnacle-encrusted crew alone make this a must see!"
Posted Jul 7, 2006
9/10 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"Try to ignore the parallels Singer draws between Christ and Superman...go ahead, I dare ya."
Posted Jun 28, 2006
4.5/10 11%

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)

"The plot is a mish-mash of several Saturday morning cartoon plots and/or bad movie plots."
Posted Jun 16, 2006
7.5/10 27%

The Omen (2006)

"Has one of the best on-screen deaths ever put on film...truly grotesque and effective."
Posted Jun 9, 2006
9/10 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"Altman's direction and Keillor's writing mesh perfectly in this quirky, yet 'homey and welcoming' film."
Posted Jun 9, 2006
10/10 74%

Cars (2006)

"Pixar is truly the Ferrari of animation studios...another winner!"
Posted Jun 9, 2006
8/10 33%

The Break-Up (2006)

"This is a very watchable film...not your standard rom-com garbage."
Posted Jun 2, 2006
7/10 58%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"Not as cool as the first two, but worth a look just to see Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut run through things."
Posted May 25, 2006
5/10 25%

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

"Would've worked better as a made-for-TV mini-series."
Posted May 19, 2006
3/10 33%

Poseidon (2006)

"If a ship flips over and it's full of people that nobody cares about, does it matter if anyone makes it out alive? Allow me to answer that rhetorical"
Posted May 12, 2006
9.5/10 70%

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

"Is that Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead? Yeah, it is!"
Posted May 5, 2006
9/10 84%

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

"A Karate Kid-esque story of a intelligent girl that battles against the pressure to 'keep it real'...and wins."
Posted Apr 28, 2006
10/10 91%

United 93 (2006)

"Good luck having a 'nice day' after leaving this film. You'll be an emotional wreck in need of a hug."
Posted Apr 27, 2006
8/10 41%

American Dreamz (2006)

"The Weitz brothers are a 2-headed John Hughes for post-2000 audiences...not always critically aclaimed, but almost always loved by the public. Once again, they succeed."
Posted Apr 21, 2006
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