Laura Fries

Laura Fries
Laura Fries's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety
Publications: Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Read it and Weep (2006) The ultimate moral is to stay true to oneself, but that message feels diluted here, considering the subtext. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Girl Vs. Monster (2012) The pic is akin to a good piece of Halloween candy that's sugary sweet on the outside but has a chewy surprise in the middle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Ready to Run (2000) Underneath the Disney-ized version of the world, full of vivid primary colors and Hanson music, there's a pleasant little story accentuated by some heartfelt performances. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
63% Jump In! (2007) Director Paul Hoen delivers a taut and immensely entertaining pic from a script by Doreen Spicer, Regina Hicks and Karin Gist. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Going to the Mat (2004) Although a bit heavy on the slo-mo sports sequence, [Stuart] Gillard otherwise nicely balances action with drama, touching on universal teen themes of alienation and the undo pressures of high school sports. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
60% Tiger Cruise (2004) Writers Anna Sandor and Bruce Graham deserve kudos for filtering a tough story through the eyes of kids without diluting the message. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet On Promised Land (1994) Disney telepic has "quality" writ large all over it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet A Ring of Endless Light (2002) Director Greg Beeman does as much as is required with the simplified script, which has totally eliminated the contemplative and edgier facets of the book. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
60% Princess Protection Program (2009) While this original adventure/comedy doesn't stray far from the usual promotional model... writer Annie DeYoung ultimately throws in a nice message for young girls about self-esteem. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Full-Court Miracle (2003) For a movie that purportedly touts notions of establishing the truth of your own identity, the script is surprisingly devoid of one. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
71% The Cheetah Girls (2003) [The Cheetah Girls] aspires to be a culturally diverse morality lesson disguised as musical fantasy. Instead, it's a diva training film with a plot about as memorable as a Kelly Clarkson pic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
63% High School Musical (2006) Although the plot's not particularly novel, writer Peter Barsocchini's script maintains the fantasy elements while incorporating topical and relevant themes into the story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
No Score Yet Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000) Tech credits are top notch with special kudos to the cadre of character and background designers who give depth and detail to this clever tale. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
No Score Yet Disappearance (2002) A'Hern, Lelliott and Croft do a great job of turning mild teenage paranoia into full-blown fear without taking it over the top. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2002) The movie is a technical marvel with skillful but gruesome makeup and costumes from Norma Hill Patton, Gitte Axen and Nancy Bryant, respectively. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
57% Brother's Keeper (2002) USA's Brother's Keeper cleverly plays the emotion and action cards, offering a mix of Silence of the Lambs psychological thrills with CSI gritty detective work. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002) Director Bill Melendez continues to deliver dependable family entertainment, if not anything new and innovative. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Rosa Parks Story (2002) Angela Bassett brings out complex layers of humanity in CBS' The Rosa Parks Story, a tasteful and stylish biopic as much about love and inspiration as it about the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet Dead in a Heartbeat (2002) Director Antier's action sequences are a bit overzealous, but he deftly mixes the action with the interpersonal subplots. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night (2001) Apparently if you slap on a few colored lights and tack on a schmaltzy feel-good ending, you can call just about anything a Christmas movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet National Geographic - SuperCroc (2002) Sereno is the cutest paleontologist on primetime since Ross Gellar, while Barr, no stranger to jumping on a croc's back, rivals "Crocodile" Dundee for bravado. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet Middle School Confessions (2002) More than just a source of insider information, the docu should work as a conversation-starter for parents and kids. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet Mary Higgins Clark's Pretend You Don't See Her (2002) Granted, it's not Higgins Clark best work, but writer Donald Hounam doesn't translate anything from the page to the screen. The dialogue is so unnatural you can almost see the words on the script pages. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints (2001) Bianca Lawson is a wonderful find as Marcel's love Anna Bella, but the standout perf is that of Jennifer Beals as Dolly Rose, a prostitute who turns out to be more compassionate and maternal than Cecil. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet Prancer Returns (2001) USA Network should reap big returns with this sequel to the 1989 theatrical release Prancer, a live-action heartwarmer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001) Creator and director Mitchell Kriegman, the inspiration behind the award-winning Bear in the Big Blue House, doesn't stray far from the original sentiments that have made Pooh and the gang such beloved characters. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
No Score Yet Passion and Prejudice (2001) Passion and Prejudice is a confounding blend of soap opera that begins as a lusty version of Pygmalion and degenerates into a poor man's Fatal Attraction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Take a Girl Like You (2000) Screenwriter Andrew Davies, a Masterpiece Theatre veteran, takes this supposed anger and turns it into a mostly good-natured story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Anne Frank (2001) Director Robert Dornhelm carefully paces the story to convey the heartbreak as the layers of Anne's former life are stripped away by oppression. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001) Arthur Allan Seidelman provides an unremarkable account of a story that at best should have been played out as a small-screen version of The Grifters or at least a campy Sunday night diversion. The telepic doesn't come close to either option. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Snap Decision (2001) Actually, this Lifetime original represents a new breed of chick flick: it's smart, it's relevant and it plays to both maternal and feminist sensibilities. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Jett Jackson: The Movie (2001) Director Shawn Levy does a nice job of providing the action with a minimum amount of aggression, an approach most impressively executed in an imaginative, meticulously choreographed playground fight sequence. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Beer Money (2001) Writer Rich Wilkes' script aims for bad taste and hits the target somewhere below straight-to-video and just above unwatchable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Gormenghast (2000) Considering this is the first adaptation of Peake's work, and given the magnitude of the production, it will most likely remain the definitive version. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet A Flea Market Documentary (2001) A good mix of atmosphere, nostalgia and whimsy, the program is entertaining, though not especially educational. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% Scott Turow's Innocent (2011) The Turow adaptation offers a tantalizing plot, picking up 20 years after the whodunit shocker ending of Presumed Innocent, as the recriminations of past events have caught up with everyone involved. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
82% High School Musical 2 (2007) High School Musical 2 actually surpasses the first movie in sheer energy and verve. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Attila (2001) The film would serve as an entertaining educational tool if it weren't for excessive blood and a generous amount of exposed skin. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003) Writer Dan Berendsen lays out several important messages here, particularly about parents' expectations and the discipline and patience of children. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Jumping Ship (2001) It's a gimmick that works as passable family entertainment for now, but it won't have much of a shelf life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% Conspiracy (2001) Conspiracy stands on its own as a fly-on-the-wall glimpse of a disturbing piece of history. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
60% The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001) The movie belongs to Dreyfuss, who not only conveys a thirst for powe, but conjures empathy for a man who would indeed fall on his sword for the good of his country. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
80% Halloweentown (1998) What separates this original pic from the usual Halloween fare is that it captures the spirit of a holiday designed for kids. It's sweet and fun, but too much could definitely give you a stomach ache. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
92% Traffic (2000) Represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2000