Kevin Biggers

Kevin Biggers
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
46% My Blueberry Nights (2007) Right from the beginning, there's a discomforting sense of banality blanketing the film: the journey, the pie motif, the faith in "new beginnings." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2008
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) More technically marvelous than Citizen Kane; more epic than Treasure of the Sierra Madre; more thrilling than any Malick film (yes, even Badlands). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2008
83% Atonement (2007) Champions of the novel who oppose the imbalanced adaptation will find no wrongdoing with the look of the film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2007
77% I'm Not There (2007) Forget the six impersonations of Bob Dylan. Ultimately, I'm Not There is all about Todd Haynes trying to be Jean-Luc Godard. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2007
69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Each scene feels like its own little Hotel Chevalier, contrived for the mere purpose of seduction and nothing more. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
27% Evening (2007) Vanessa Redgrave pursuing a poorly CGI-ed butterfly, with this incredibly idiotic look on her face, reminded me of a time I saw a retarded dog chasing a tree. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) The only part where Pan errs is in its marketing, via a top-of-the-poster blurb that proclaims it a "fairy tale for grown-ups." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2006
72% Inland Empire (2006) She's a wife in the suburbs. She's a whore. She's a damsel in distress. She's everything but an actress. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2006
69% Babel (2006) The ending is cowardly, mawkishly idealistic and, worst of all, panders to the upbeat-ending demands of Hollywood (Babel is the largest financed Iñárritu film). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2006
80% Little Children (2006) As a husband obsessed with porn, Gregg Edelman enacts one of the more interesting instances of masturbation in the history of the cinema. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2006
70% The Science of Sleep (2006) The most definitive, most expressive, most imaginative, most thorough, most beautiful cinematic cogitation of romance, ever. And a big middle finger to everyone who disagrees. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2006
33% The Black Dahlia (2006) If you've heard anything about this movie, from the floating film festival persiflage to the test and press screening whispers, you know one thing: it climaxes strangely. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2006
68% Hollywoodland (2006) Director Allen Coulter's vision does the real Hollywood of that time justice, bequeathing a gauche garishness to the landscape and a guttural voice to the interiors. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2006
73% The Illusionist (2006) Even when you feel the story slipping - which does occur halfway through - Burger rips your eyes away from any possible digressions and averts them back to the movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2006
41% Scoop (2006) One thing is for sure: Scarlett Johansson has never been worse. And yes, that means worse than The Island. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2006
89% Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) I'm not a scientist; I'm not an activist; I'm not a super liberal or a super conservative or political really in any absurd way. I'm a film critic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) Instead of giving us something forceful or poignant, Altman seems to prefer a sort of objective curtain, shrouding the story and the characters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2006
25% Peaceful Warrior (2006) While speaking with Millman recently about Peaceful Warrior, the author confirmed that my Chicken Soup Theory had severely plagued the many versions of script. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2006
56% The King (2006) Let's get one thing straight: I do not like Gael Garcia Bernal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2006
79% Brick (2006) Forget the media-saturated affectations that surrounded Brokeback Mountain and Crash. The real vicious truth is the state of the American teenager. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2006
90% Duck Season (Temporada de patos) (2006) Not even half a year since Baumbach's gem The Squid and the Whale, another film has emerged conveying similar themes of domestic discomfort and disenchantment. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2006
31% Waiting (2005) McKittrick neglects to realize that his target audience (males, ages 18-25) presumably aren't interested in seeing or hearing about the male genitalia at any time... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2006
47% Hoodwinked (2005) Certainly a nobler attempt in the animated feature genre than the likes of Robots, Shark Tale and Chicken Little. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2006
75% The Matador (2006) For a much better attempt at this kind of storytelling, make a mental note to some day check out Israeli writer-director Eytan Fox's Walk on Water. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2005
69% Christmas in the Clouds (2005) While it's understandable some might appreciate Christmas in the Clouds merely for what it attempts to be, it's inexplicable to extol the film on that basis alone. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2005
73% Syriana (2005) The standout of this already brilliant bunch of actors is Alexander Siddig, who before this starred in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2005
46% The Ice Harvest (2005) A hodgepodge of uninspired acting, unfocused thematic intentions and flawed storytelling. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2005
22% I Love Your Work (2005) You know you're in trouble when a movie arrives in theatres in the fall of 2005 right after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall of 2003. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2005
49% The Dying Gaul (2005) It's a very poor man's version of Closer, with four characters chopped down to three, and Peter Sarsgaard and Campbell Scott standing in for Clive Owen and Jude Law. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) Stylistically, Good Night, and Good Luck is a tough film to watch. Thematically, it's a must-see fall offering. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2005
90% Capote (2005) While much of the action is subtle, the impact is as searing and visceral as any film currently in theaters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2005
52% An Unfinished Life (2005) The problem with An Unfinished Life is it tries too hard to be the equivalent of Million Dollar Baby, notwithstanding the fact that it was actually made before Clint's opus. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2005
12% The Man (2005) The stunts are shamefully executed and lack any depth or significance. The camera angles amount to some of the most uninspiring cinematography in recent years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2005
85% 2046 (2005) The camera achieves striking beauty... Each smile, each tear, each lit cigarette achieves a sort of luminescent stature unmatched by even Wong's previous films. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2005
73% Sky High (2005) Although it aims for Spy Kids and The Incredibles territory, this family entertainment is strictly for those too young to attend the titular institution. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2005
53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) All told, it's fair to say The Devil's Rejects is one of the most disappointing films of the year thus far. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2005
78% The Beautiful Country (2005) Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, possibly sacrificing any hope for financial success, ensures that the film proceeds proportional to the speed of a real-life journey. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2005
98% Murderball (2005) The level of humanity and truth in Murderball are more breathtaking than any summer-blockbuster special effects. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2005
59% The Talent Given Us (2004) As a sheer comedy, The Talent Given Us is head and shoulders above most if not all comedies of 2005 thus far. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2005