Larry Ratliff

Larry Ratliff

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
San Antonio Express-News
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
479
Total QuickRatings:
12

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) San Antonio Express-News
Posted Apr 4, 2011
29% New In Town (2009) San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 18, 2010
81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 5, 2009
3/4 33% Not Easily Broken (2009) " Not Easily Broken isn't perfect. It's a tad preachy at times. Yet it also lifts spirits with the power of emotional healing and forgiveness. Amen to that." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jan 12, 2009
1/4 11% The Unborn (2009) " The Unborn is so lame that even a scene where Nazi 'doctors' experiment on twin children by poking a needle in their eyeballs is more laughable than horrendous." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jan 12, 2009
3.5/4 79% Gran Torino (2009) " Except for the overstated growl, which admittedly is nitpicky, Eastwood may have directed himself right back into Oscar contention." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jan 9, 2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " As much as I admired Benjamin Button's gimmicks, the excellent makeup and a sometimes-mesmerizing emotional journey, I just couldn't shoo away the obvious Forrest Gump similarities. Roth leans on them too strongly as a screenplay crutch." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jan 9, 2009
2.5/4 55% Australia (2008) " Like the kangaroo that goes from a newcomer's sightseeing delight to dinner meat with the sudden crack of a rifle shot, Australia hops all over the place." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 26, 2008
77% Role Models (2008) " Well, here's something we don't usually see at the movies. Role Models is a raucously bawdy lowbrow comedy with a brain." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3.5/4 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) " Rarely do we get to truly celebrate a movie's second time around. We should this one, though. The filmmakers really move it, move it to the next level of joyous entertainment." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2/4 80% Ashes of Time (2008) " Maybe something gets lost in the translation, as often happens, but Wong may be giving us the first Eastern." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/4 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " There is a Bond girl, of course. You can take the catchphrases and the gadgets out, it appears, but leave the sultry ladies alone." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/4 49% Twilight (2008) " How can a teen romantic fantasy not be at least some fun when the leading man's lipstick is several shades redder than that of the ingénue?" — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/4 88% Bolt (2008) " Make a little room Lady, Tramp and all you Dalmatians, Disney's got a new animated dog to bark about." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/4 59% RocknRolla (2008) " Welcome back, Mr. Ritchie. I missed your work when you were, you know, Swept Away into an uncomfortable filmmaking zone." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 3, 2008
2/4 3% The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) " The Haunting of Molly Hartley, sort of an updated Rosemary's Baby for teens, sucks most of the suspense out of its own suspense-thriller before the story even gets going." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 3, 2008
3/4 63% Changeling (2008) " Most filmmakers begin their careers hungry and looking for every possible nuance to improve their film. In his 78th year and with 35 of them under his belt as a filmmaker, Eastwood still has plenty of creative steam. ... This is no victory-lap production" — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 3, 2008
2.5/4 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) " If movies were fireworks, Smith's latest effort would be a fuse-moistened bottle rocket that only manages subdued flight." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Nov 3, 2008
3/4 81% I Served the King of England (2008) " I Served the King of England plays like a combination of Life Is Beautiful and Forrest Gump." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/4 65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) " They sing. They dance. And they smooch a little. But not too much. After all, this is a G-rated Disney extravaganza." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/4 35% Pride and Glory (2008) " This is the first time (Edward) Norton and (Colin) Farrell have shared a movie screen. It would be a crime for it to be the last." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
.5/4 12% Saw V (2008) " ... heads roll and nail bomb shrapnel turns a headstrong 'survivor' into a pile of pink human brisket with pants. Does this sound like entertainment to you?" — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1.5/4 58% Quarantine (2008) " Visually, this one mirrors Cloverfield right down to the dropped camera left to record what happens when the humans in the vicinity have been, uh, quarantined." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2.5/4 16% Max Payne (2008) " Wahlberg packs the talent to add depth to most roles. In this one, though, he does little more than mope around and blast away (video-game style) in this barrage of rapid fire." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/4 59% W. (2008) " Stone ... does little more than place a sitting president on a pedestal of lampoon with a poor choice of timing, less than three weeks before a presidential election." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/4 19% Righteous Kill (2008) " It's good to see the two great actors of their generation back together in Righteous Kill. Frankly, though, although a few sparks of fire at times, the heat has subsided significantly." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3.5/4 78% Burn After Reading (2008) " ... the Marx Brothers couldn't outrace the Coen boys when it comes to zany comic shenanigans." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 51% The Family That Preys (2008) " (Tyler) Perry, a cinematic one-man band who wrote the script, produces, directs and plays the role of a decent husband and construction worker, is still growing as a filmmaker." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
2.5/4 14% My Best Friend's Girl (2008) " ... this is a verbally poisonous comedy that rattles the sensibility cage." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 91% August Evening (2007) " (Pedro) Castaneda, the male lead in Chris Eska's mesmerizing debut feature August Evening, has the kind of natural, hypnotic screen presence that cannot be taught." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3.5/4 85% Ghost Town (2008) " When I was watching this movie the other day and rethinking my way through it now, all I can recall is Gervais and some other people. He's that good as New York dentist Dr. Bertram Pincus." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
2/4 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " Richard Gere and Diane Lane are swathed in so much cheese in Nights in Rodanthe, this weepy story should unfold in Wisconsin instead of a tiny strip of land off the coast of North Carolina." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 34% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) " Lee shows his grittiness by allowing everyone to speak in their native languages. My hat's off to him for that. I'm not a fan of war films where all opposing sides speak English." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " HAL has a granddaughter? Who knew?" — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " It's definitely not for everybody. But it's also very funny as a no-holds-barred, frat-house-party comedy." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Aug 14, 2008
3/4 64% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) " There's sex and the city (New York). But the most enjoyable girls-night-out movie of the summer deals with young, fledgling love." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Aug 8, 2008
2.5/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) " You're in for a mildly entertaining ride through lowbrow slapstick action violence. Just don't ask for a seat in the non-smoking section." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Aug 8, 2008
3.5/4 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " Tell No One is good enough to warrant not only a long run in art houses, but considerable attention for a director who dared to tweak a hugely popular novel and made it work." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Aug 8, 2008
4/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " The Dark Knight should not be remembered as the movie that took Heath Ledger out. Thanks primarily to him, it should be remembered as the movie that propelled fantasy action-thrillers to a higher level." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 17, 2008
3/4 86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) " Thompson created a rebellious niche for himself in a business that more often than you might think channels its writers into conformist routine." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 15, 2008
2.5/4 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) " This 'Journey' appears to take place in an amusement park." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 15, 2008
2.5/4 19% Meet Dave (2008) " (Murphy) never loses focus, although the one-dimensional nature of the script might provoke a few yawns among frequent moviegoers." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 15, 2008
3/4 87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Go to the movies long enough and you'll eventually find yourself rooting for a blood red, horned monster-man from hell." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 15, 2008
3/4 71% Wanted (2008) " ... when Freeman, Jolie, McAvoy and the rest get a chance, there's even some decent acting going on. It's almost as if the great Loom of Fate dropped a stitch and willed it." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 96% WALL-E (2008) " WALL-E is a technical gem, a marvel of sound design and just a little too ambitious to continuously captivate." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 41% Hancock (2008) " Hancock is a rarity. It's an action yarn that feels like a drama and, alternately, a drama that takes our breath away with bursts of eye-popping action." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3.5/4 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) " To me, honesty like that is what heroes are made of." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3/4 14% The Love Guru (2008) " The Love Guru pegs the silly meter in the opening scene when Myers, as Guru Pitka, breaks out in a Bollywood-style 9 to 5 hoedown while picking at a sitar." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jun 20, 2008
2.5/4 51% Get Smart (2008) " The popular deadpan comedian (Carell) is only funny about 60 percent of the time.Would you believe 50 percent?" — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3/4 98% Surfwise (2007) " Surfwise spills the gripes, the frustrations and the pain onto the screen like damaged driftwood finally feeling the steadiness of shore after a long, stormy voyage at sea." — San Antonio Express-News
Posted Jun 16, 2008
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