Justine Elias

Justine Elias

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Justine Elias's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Mr. Showbiz, Village Voice, Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 97%

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"The directors do well when allowing Mapplethorpe's friends, family, colleagues, and the artist himself-via archive interviews-to frame the conversation." ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 38%

Detention (2012)

"Joseph Kahn funded this sharp looking, ultra low-budget indie with his own savings, and you get the feeling that he's going for broke in every sense. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2012
2/4 64%

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

"Even amid the delights of this Bollywood spectacle, Dev and Maya are left fretting like leftover characters from a Douglas Sirk melodrama -- not so much passionate as sorrowful and poignant." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 23, 2011
2/4 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"It's like watching a YouTube clip of your irritating neighbors, knee deep in muck, as they argue the effectiveness of plumbers." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3/4 28%

Pandorum (2009)

"Director Christian Alvart and screenwriter Travis Malloy must have seen Aliens in the cradle, for they've digested it with love and delivered smart thrills that will please more than genre fans." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 25, 2009
1.5/4 74%

Cars (2006)

"This noisy animated paean to NASCAR and Route 66 gets mired in the middle laps on a grippy track." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Although the slowish pacing early on over-indicates how both magicians' marquee misdirection (a disappearing act) will be achieved, The Prestige still manages a neat trick of its own." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
1/4 20%

La mujer de mi hermano (2006)

"Brisk, shallow, highly condensed version of a telenovela." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 5, 2006

Hit Me (2002)

"As the scam gets more complicated, and more deadly, Hit Me develops an unexpected emotional force." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2003

A Man Apart (2003)

"Slow-going indeed." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2003

Final Destination 2 (2003)

"It's hard to root for a heroine ... who wails, 'It's a sign! Nora and Tim are going to be attacked by pigeons!'" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2003

Extreme Ops (2002)

"In between the icy stunts, the actors spout hilarious dialogue about following your dream and 'just letting the mountain tell you what to do.'" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2002

The Transporter (2002)

"Kills time between car chases and martial-arts bouts with random scuba-diving footage apparently culled from producer-co-writer Luc Besson's The Big Blue." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2002

Formula 51 (2002)

"Dull-witted caper." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2002

Below (2002)

"Though the genre collisions ... are as jarring as the sound design, the cumulative effect is one of claustrophobic creepiness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2002

Pipe Dream (2001)

"A witty, low-key romantic comedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2002

How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2002)

"As crimes go, writer-director Michael Kalesniko's How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog is slight but unendurable." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2002

Mean Machine (2002)

"A minor-league soccer remake of The Longest Yard." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2002

Hart's War (2002)

"The movie gets muted and routine." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 12, 2002

Final Destination (2000)

"Final Destination is one creepy idea played out with numbing literal-mindedness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Pitch Black (2000)

"Director David Twohy, who made the aliens-among-us thriller The Arrival, keeps things moving." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Blade (1998)

"Children of the night, what disgusting movies they make." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Mummy (1999)

"A well-crafted, great looking adventure, with some spirited performances!" ‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Office Space (1999)

"A surprisingly good-natured comedy about the suppressed rage and paranoia of unappreciated employees." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Mod Squad (1999)

"If the makers of the new Mod Squad had really studied their source material, they would have noticed how weak it was to begin with, and ended this mess after 60, rather than 94, minutes of pain." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

20 Dates (1999)

"Like an obnoxious four-year-old who believes everything he does is fascinating and adorable, filmmaker Myles Berkowitz likes to announce, at the very start of a first date, that certain foods cause him to suffer from diarrhea or constipation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Forces of Nature (1999)

"[Affleck is] too sturdy and sated. And you can't have screwball comedy if only one party desperately wants to screw." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Mansfield Park (1999)

"Rozema's movie ... in trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Never Been Kissed (1999)

"A lively tribute to the awkwardness and power of adolescent girlhood." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999

She's All That (1999)

"Only Prinze, who has the ethereal, gentlemanly quality of a young Anthony Perkins, gets enough screen time to really make an impression." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 31, 1999