Leah Rozen

Leah Rozen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic for People Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
46% Lake Placid (1999) Too many ingredients in this croc pot. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
49% Jurassic Park III (2001) It's all competently done, but these newly minted dinos are starting to seem kind of prehistoric. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
39% Scream 3 (2000) While there's still plenty of gore, the emphasis on knowing, self-referential gags makes for a better movie. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
40% Equilibrium (2002) A balanced thriller. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
48% The Holiday (2006) Nancy Meyers is a whiz at turning out fun, frothy commercial fare. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
45% The Cell (2000) It's eye candy, all right, but lacks any nutritional value. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) Stepmom plays just this side of icky, pulling at the heartstrings as if hitched to a Mack truck. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) But I'm a Cheerleader often leans too hard on stereotypes in reaching for its laughs, but Lyonne and DuVall, who plays the tomboy Lyonne falls for, give nervy, on-target performances. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
42% Reign of Fire (2002) Better than the trailers made it seem, but nothing to get fired up about. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
68% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) 10 Things is smarter than most adolescent fluff, but it never cuts loose with the unexpected daft zing of Clueless or transcends its pre-cap-and-gown concerns. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
56% Never Been Kissed (1999) "This is a very bad idea." Exacta-mundo, sister. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
15% Pokémon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew (1999) Inspiring message, uninspired movie. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
59% Deep Blue Sea (1999) Although director Renny Harlin clearly knows his way around an action scene, he fails to make Deep seem, well, deep. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
27% Event Horizon (1997) Despite a few nifty special effects, this sci-fi horror film, in which grisly things happen to a space crew after its members board an abandoned ship, is a boring and blood-soaked mess. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
54% Blade (1998) A silly, pumped-up techno-thriller in which Snipes spends 24-7 slaying vampires. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
46% Miami Vice (2006) We've all met great-looking people who can't manage to string a complete sentence together. Well, meet the movie equivalent. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
45% Deep Impact (1998) Neither deep nor impactive, but goes well with popcorn. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3% The Mod Squad (1999) Bad trip. Bites. Whack. Whatever your era and whatever your slang, this new movie version of TV's The Mod Squad stinks. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
66% The Pillow Book (1997) Greenaway provides a visual feast, then he kills your appetite. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) None of the human actors here make much of an impression. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
3.5/4 94% Casino Royale (2006) While Craig owns the movie, he gets much capable support. Green's Bond babe believably has more on the ball than many of her predecessors, while Dench, returning as M, Bond's boss, has perfected her sighs of exasperation. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Director Marc Forster gets the action scenes right but never shapes the film as a whole. And if Craig, a talented actor, wants to be a Bond for the ages, he needs to lighten up. James Bond shouldn't be all work and no play. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
78% GoldenEye (1995) Its story [is] an unwieldy patchwork even by this series' standards. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
32% Good Burger (1997) Young fans will be amused by the duo's dopey antics, but most adults will simply be perplexed. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
85% X2: X-Men United (2003) X2's excessively complicated and character-crammed plot, which only a teen boy could care about enough to follow closely, has a nasty human bigwig (Brian Cox) fomenting a war against the mutants. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
57% Blade II (2002) In the inventive fight scenes, [Blade's] sword clangs, and there are sluicing sounds when it finds its target, all in keeping with the unapologetic bang! blam! pop! comic-book spin director Guillermo Del Toro brings to the film. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
1.5/4 11% Elektra (2005) Garner, who showed a promising comic touch last year in 13 Going On 30, does her movie career no favors here. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) Basterds has multiple plot strands that eventually converge in a spectacular finale, which takes place, fittingly, in a movie theater in Paris. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) Hell is scary, but also wonderfully wacky. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
No Score Yet Inchon (1981) Inchon is vapid and disjointed. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
98% Iris (2015) An admiring and amusing documentary. - Purple Clover EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
87% Fresh (1994) A gripping story of survival on the streets and survival of the soul. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/4 92% Children of Men (2006) Children of Men presents a chillingly believable version of the future. It will stay with you long after the end credits fade. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/4 94% Star Trek (2009) There's much wit here, bang-up action scenes and a twisting plot that will make sense to those who truly care to follow it. May this latest incarnation of the series live long and prosper. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
92% Pulp Fiction (1994) It's hard to imagine any viewer leaving this extravagantly demented, 2 1/2 hour low-life lalapalooza without carrying away at least a few indelible moments. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
85% Chicago (2002) While neither Zellweger nor Gere have superior singing voices or terpsichorean skills, they try their best and give likable, effective performances. As for the slinky Zeta-Jones, who can sing and dance, she's pure hubba-hubba. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/4 74% Crash (2004) Movies don't come better acted, as lucidly written or, most importantly, more capable of grabbing a viewer emotionally and intellectually than this exceptional ensemble drama about racial and ethnic relations in urban America today. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
96% Argo (2012) Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 83% In Bruges (2008) Gleeson reminds us that the best acting always looks like no acting at all. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It's a movie you should see a second time to appreciate fully its themes of love and lust and trust and truth, but the idea of sitting through it again anytime soon may be about as alluring as eating a hairball. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
3/4 90% Coraline (2009) Here's a splendid cautionary tale for any child who has ever, mid-tantrum, wailed, "I'll just go find my real parents!" - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
3.5/4 93% Frost/Nixon (2008) Frost/Nixon crackles with excitement, humor and the thrill of the hunt -- and Langella and Sheen couldn't be better. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
3/4 90% Zombieland (2009) A smart, snarky take on battling the undead, this comic horror-thriller pokes fun at pop culture and piles on the gore. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
28% Lost in Space (1998) These Robinsons should have gone into therapy, not space. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2014
No Score Yet Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) It's like watching a movie version of Mad magazine's Spy vs. Spy, but minus the humor. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
3.5/4 96% Ratatouille (2007) Ratatouille is a delicious delight, brimming with colorful characters, lush animation and, as Remy rises at a chic Parisian restaurant, useful culinary advice. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2014
4/4 98% Up (2009) I challenge you not to tear up. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
8% Summer Catch (2001) This is the WB version of a baseball movie. Everyone is young, toned, sexually active and agonizes over their future. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
8% Marci X (2003) This is a messy disaster at which you can only scratch your head and mutter, "What were they thinking?" - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2014
10% Woo (1998) A romantic comedy, it's such a sloppy mess that polishing it with all the Pledge in the world couldn't help brighten it up. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014