Kevin Koehler Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin Koehler

Kevin Koehler
Kevin Koehler's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) A profoundly ridiculous premise, surely, but it works, not only as story and special effects showcase, but satire of the filmic conventions of two genres seemingly left to history's waste bin.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2008
84% Gremlins (1984) Either the slyest satire of consumerism you will ever see or a filmmaker, reared on action figures and electric trains, acting out his childhood fantasies of being locked in a department store at night.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2008
77% Cloverfield (2008) Scenes featuring the monster are oddly the most realistic.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2008
97% 51 Birch Street (2006) A deeply self-indulgent picture that exemplifies the worst, navel-gazing preoccupations of so many contemporary documentarians.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2008
83% Atonement (2007) I have little doubt that this all worked a lot better in the book.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
42% The Golden Compass (2007) More thought seems to have went into providing grist for future [sequels] that have not been made than the film that was.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2008
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) This really is a subtly detestable film at times.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
94% Juno (2007) It's not as good as you heard.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2007
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie (1946) Imagine Lassie goes off to war... Lassie returning home shell-shocked, twisted by his war-time experiences. Imagine a judge orders Lassie put down. A courtroom trial. Lassie defended by the Wizard of Oz.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2007
100% Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1977) Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? is a strange film, but ultimately one that rewards you for your patience.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2007
87% Starting Out in the Evening (2007) Andrew Wagner shouldn't take it personally that I dislike his movie with such passion.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2007
73% The Last American Virgin (1982) Virgin's mesmeric final moments...are really what elevate the picture from mere cultural curiosity to unheralded subversive brilliance.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2007
91% Stand by Me (1986) Adults (and their younger comrades-in-training, teenagers) are uniformly loathsome, spoiling the Garden of Boyhood with their egoism and physical/emotional sadism‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2007
89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) As a filmmaker, the problem with being ahead of your time is that most audiences/critics/quasi-Luddites won't like your movie.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2007
47% Teen Wolf (1985) Teen Wolf begs the question of why being part wolf would improve your basketball (or seduction, or dancing) skills so dramatically.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2007
55% Sleeping Dogs Lie (2005) Bobcat Goldthwait doesn't simply act in bad comedies, now he writes and directs them, too.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2007
58% Zoo (2007) Despite the interesting questions they raise, it seems the filmmakers' plea for tolerance prevailed over true intellectual honesty and the serious study of a psychologically troubling behavior.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
35% Gung Ho (1986) If Assan Motors wants their employees to to act like Japanese people, why not build the plant in Japan?‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2007
86% The Children's Hour (1961) Of course, you try to critique the film they made, not the one you would have preferred. This being said, you rather wish they'd picked a different lie.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2007
31% Running With Scissors (2006) It's a story populated by characters not people, all displaying wildly antisocial behaviors for the seeming purpose of giving the teenage Burroughs something to write about when older. It may be factual but it is not truth.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2007
97% The Queen (2006) To his credit, Frears doesn't try to solicit too much sympathy for his Queen, but the film goes down the navel-gazing rabbit hole just the same.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2007
100% The Maltese Falcon (1941) As great as The Maltese Falcon is, the picture has two fairly significant shortcomings that no one really wants to talk about.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
62% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) Strangely moving, a Passion play for Laura Palmer as governed by the murky dream logic of a director who expands upon the mythology of his iconic television show while simultaneously rewriting it.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2007
100% Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) What, no chance meeting with John Wilkes Booth while hunting for beaver pelts? How about a rail-splitting contest between Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, bragging rights and a crumpled five-dollar bill to the winner?‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
No Score Yet Whole (2003) I can't help but think the filmmaker got a tad too close to her subject. Like standing a foot away from a Seurat, Ms. Gilbert sees a series of dots rather than a leisurely Sunday afternoon in the park.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
No Score Yet Vicki (1953) It's always bizarre when films seek to remind us of other, better ones, demonstrating how inferior they are with the comparison.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
71% Urban Cowboy (1980) Great films are often unrecognized at the time of their release, or even decades later.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
90% United 93 (2006) The best filmmaking brings flesh to bone and there are few dancing skeletons that could use more humanity than 9/11.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005) This isn't to say the picture is without merit as it's amusing to watch famous people describe a man they can barely conceal their distaste for.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
76% Superman Returns (2006) The smartest studio film in a long time.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
68% A Scanner Darkly (2006) Perhaps we are sick only so someone can sell us the cure.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
No Score Yet Running With Scissors (2003) Reminders that These Things Actually Happened become something close to a necessary evil for so little in the picture has the ring of authenticity.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
80% The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) There's something unsettling about church weddings.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
75% The Prestige (2006) The Prestige is a neat trick, even if Nolan is a little too proud of his narrative sleight of hand; magicians may never betray their secrets, but Nolan holds no such creed.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
76% Poison (1991) Todd Haynes' first feature-length picture...is not a particularly good movie regardless of what the Sundance Film Festival says.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
91% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) Representing a thematic cousin of Antonioni's own pop artifact Blow-Up, Nicholson's hollow man...stumbles down the rabbit hole of social responsibility on his way to unrealized redemption.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
40% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) Freddy's Revenge is the kind of bad film that's interesting to talk about - this has to count for something.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
100% The Most Dangerous Game (1932) While only preceding King Kong...by a few months, it predates (in its own charmingly unsuspecting way) the 1960s hippie movement by a good thirty years.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
77% The Mudge Boy (2003) Sigh.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
55% Marie Antoinette (2006) Marie Antoinette functions less as a film than a two-hour music video for Sofia Coppola's mix tape of favorite songs.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
76% Man Bites Dog (1992) Media doesn't simply reflect who we are - it tells us. It is the mirror but so are we.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
90% Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi) (1972) Often what makes films great are the questions they pose, not the ones they solve. Chloe in the Afternoon is full of questions.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
81% The Longest Yard (1974) The Longest Yard asks what it means to be criminal in a system without fairness, where...violence is cloaked in duty and righteousness.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
46% The Last Kiss (2006) I won't reveal how the whole situation resolves itself, only that there is a musical montage featuring Coldplay...Jacinda Barrett breaks character and speaks in an Australian accent...and some other things happen that...are always happening in movies.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
25% Lady in the Water (2006) A director's love letter to himself, the martyred, fashionably-dressed messiah whose work may someday save the world if only we'd let it.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
87% Jesus Camp (2006) Jesus Camp [is] one of the most frightening films of 2006.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
72% Inland Empire (2006) Does David Lynch know he's weird?‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
34% Imagine Me & You (2006) Not to completely bash this trifle of a movie, as I'm sure writer/director Ol Parker is an entertaining gentleman at parties, but it really is emblematic of everything that is wrong with current independent filmmaking.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007
76% Idiocracy (2006) Idiocracy is polemic in search of a punch line or plot, and often finding neither.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007
94% High Sierra (1941) It's not a great film... There are some great moments, though.‐ Pretentious Musings
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007