Karen Durbin Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Karen Durbin

Karen Durbin
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49% Before the Rains (2008) The movie's intelligence and capacity for surprise keep things exhilarating.‐ Elle
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82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Tropic Thunder is very funny. So much so that I didn't mind until afterward that the only noticeable female in it is on-screen for maybe four seconds and has no lines.‐ Elle
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81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of Woody Allen's most charming comedies, and not just because Penélope Cruz all but steals it out from under him.‐ Elle
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61% The Duchess (2008) The result is lush entertainment that's also insightful and wrenching and strikes a contemporary chord.‐ Elle
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92% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Movies this good are a privilege.‐ Elle
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84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) Rachel Getting Married has a wild Blakean expansiveness: Like life itself, it contains both heaven and hell.‐ Elle
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69% Synecdoche, New York (2008) Watching Synecdoche, New York, you're always in Kaufmanville, a stylized universe that keeps its fictional distance yet retains the power to tap your emotions.‐ Elle
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91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) For all its romanticism and buoyant humor, what gives this propulsive movie heft is its fearless streak of realism. ‐ Elle
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79% Doubt (2008) Call it heresy, but John Patrick Shanley's Doubt outshines his Pulitzer-winning play.‐ Elle
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94% Milk (2008) Funny, moving, and full of truth...‐ Elle
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58% The International (2009) The International tackles a hot subject-the power, corruption, and lies of the new global capitalists-with as much brains as heart. ‐ Elle
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81% Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) A fearless exploration of marriage, family, and the blind spots that deform intimacy even as they make it tolerable.‐ Elle
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38% Inkheart (2009) Imagine: a wildly entertaining, fantasy-packed action movie about the power of words-and love.‐ Elle
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73% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) Confronting the awful detritus of death, Jeffs grounds her absurdist comedy in a clear-eyed compassion for life's hard knocks that never feels sentimental, just smart.‐ Elle
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90% Coraline (2009) Coraline offers a spectacular 3-D trip for smart kids, animation aficionados, stoners, and Neil Gaiman fans of all ages.‐ Elle
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92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) These guys make the Sopranos look like bunny rabbits.‐ Elle
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83% I Love You, Man (2009) This Apatow wannabe starts slow but leaves you laughing, thanks to the slyly erotic chemistry between Jason Segel's deadpan hipster and Rudd's doofus groom.‐ Elle
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63% Lymelife (2008) What feels fresh about Lymelife and sets it apart from its predecessors (some of which are brilliant) is its attitude. For all the worm-in-the-apple implications of its title, the film takes its suburbanites and their yearnings seriously.‐ Elle
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88% Sin Nombre (2009) Beautifully crafted...‐ Elle
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66% Is Anybody There? (2009) Michael Caine's whitehaired magician and Bill Milner's cranky little brainiac make a fine odd couple. ‐ Elle
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47% The Education of Charlie Banks (2009) Eva Amurri is unobtrusively excellent...‐ Elle
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100% Grey Gardens (2009) Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore are poignant, hilarious, and more than a little hair-raising... ‐ Elle
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46% Management (2009) The god of comedy is in the details, and [Stephen] Belber has a knack for them.‐ Elle
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39% Fighting (2009) Channing Tatum achieves a poignance worthy of the young Brando as a lonely outcast prepared to risk everything.‐ Elle
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92% Every Little Step (2009) With its terrific audition footage, this captivating documentary brings out the hopeful showbiz gypsy in all of us.‐ Elle
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49% Whatever Works (2009) As the story unfolds, the slowly transforming Clarkson almost steals the movie, and not just because she's such a wonderful actress; her increasingly naughty Marietta comes to feel more central to Allen's enterprise even than Boris.‐ Elle
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79% The Hangover (2009) Todd Phillips excels himself with hilarious setups, clever dialogue, and sterling work by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Heather Graham, and a standout Zach Galifianakis...‐ Elle
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79% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) Despite moments of melodrama, this powerfully moving exploration of love and loss is leavened by humor and the revelatory grace of the ritual itself.‐ Elle
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68% Away We Go (2009) Away We Go charms with such stealth that I didn't grasp its enchantment until I found myself tearily embracing the movie's earthbound yet magical end.‐ Elle
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58% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) Based on a 1986 incident, the movie plays like a propaganda-packed soap opera: The village men are evil misogynists except for one trapped soul, and most of the women are gloating harpies.‐ Elle
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74% The Road (2009) John Hillcoat turns Cormac McCarthy's terrifying postapocalyptic novel The Road into a near-perfect movie so bleak and beautiful that if El Greco painted landscapes, they might have looked like this.‐ Elle
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93% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Wes Anderson's star-studded animation debut is both kid-friendly and a sophisticated treat, ranging from the totally sublime (the wild wolf salute!) to the merely funny.‐ Elle
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93% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) Catalina Saavedra is both scary and superb...‐ Elle
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94% In the Loop (2009) Razor-sharp writing and fabulously foulmouthed performances...‐ Elle
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38% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Eric Bana's hapless and occasionally naked librarian is soulful rather than silly, and as the woman who sticks by him as best she can, a luminous Rachel McAdams gives him and the movie her heart.‐ Elle
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84% Whip It (2009) [Drew] Barrymore has a gift for the small, iconic moments that make even a modest movie feel special.‐ Elle
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43% Jennifer's Body (2009) For all its irrepressible visual and verbal wit, Jennifer's Body transcends its own comic boundaries with scenes of fear and sadness true enough to strike deep, familiar chords in any woman.‐ Elle
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83% Bright Star (2009) Jane Campion's Bright Star is such a seductive pleasure that you only fully appreciate her achievement once you're out from under its spell. ‐ Elle
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76% Julie & Julia (2009) Julie & Julia isn't perfect, but it's the [Nora] Ephron movie that I've been waiting for-one as smart and vigorously alive as those legendary essays that put her on the map.‐ Elle
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91% Up in the Air (2009) [George] Clooney and [Vera] Farmiga are perfectly matched too: Their lovers are brilliant, a profane version of Reitman's dream of connection, yet with chemistry so convincing that you can't help wanting to make an honest couple of them.‐ Elle
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81% Broken Embraces (2009) This is no Volver or Talk to Her, but even second-shelf Almodóvar is notches above most of what fills the plexes these days.‐ Elle
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71% Sherlock Holmes (2009) But the real star of Sherlock Holmes is Ritchie's greatest achievement: His powerful evocation of late-nineteenthcentury London. ‐ Elle
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76% The Young Victoria (2009) Graced by a touchingly determined Emily Blunt as The Young Victoria and Rupert Friend as her adored Prince Albert, this is a beautifully told love story, full of humor, intelligence, and skin-crawling palace intrigue.‐ Elle
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38% Nine (2009) Rob Marshall works his Chicago magic on the Broadway hit Nine, giving the story real emotional urgency.‐ Elle
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57% It's Complicated (2009) It's Complicated is Nancy Meyers' best romantic comedy yet.‐ Elle
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67% The Yellow Handkerchief (2010) This is a beautiful performance, not least because [William] Hurt keeps it plain.‐ Elle
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72% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) The sweetest surprise of this oddball comedy, which is based on a true story, is the grand romance at its center. ‐ Elle
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68% Shutter Island (2010) The stunningly ominous soundtrack overseen by Robbie Robertson is a classic.‐ Elle
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75% Greenberg (2010) I'm not sure how much of this we could take if it weren't for [Greta] Gerwig and her own breakout performance.‐ Elle
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98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Gorgeous, funny, and even touching, the animated 3-D How to Train Your Dragon plays like Avatar's brainy younger brother.‐ Elle
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