Leah Rozen

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Girlfight (2000) Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez commands notice as a pugnacious pugilist in Girlfight. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
79% Brassed Off (1997) The movie delivers way too much doom-and-gloom-pah-pah. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
45% Quest For Camelot (1998) Both the derring-do of this duo and the comic antics of their animal sidekicks (particularly a talkative two-headed dragon) will keep children entertained. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
20% You, Me and Dupree (2006) You, Me and Dupree is a slight, meandering comedy that, much like Dupree on his wobbly bicycle, spins its wheels but doesn't get far. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
82% Liar Liar (1997) This is essentially a one-joke movie, but it's a nifty joke. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) Is there anything worse than being stuck in the company of a married couple who can't open their mouths without taking vicious swipes at each other? Such is the punishment meted out by The Story of Us, allegedly a romantic drama. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
40% The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) [A] sitcommish film that astutely builds on the Disney Channel's eponymous series. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
24% A Thousand Acres (1997) With, in effect, two authors to accommodate, the movie exhausts the audience by piling on the tear-jerky plot: fatal diseases and accidents, extramarital affairs, lawsuits, you name it. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) All four stick to observational humor, much of it revolving around racial differences. A lot of this is funny, but it never gets as wrenchingly deep or dark as Richard Pryor's routines in his classic concert films. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
47% 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
40% 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
41% Equilibrium (2002) A balanced thriller. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
49% 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
46% 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
41% 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
69% 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
55% Never Been Kissed (1999) "This is a very bad idea." Exacta-mundo, sister. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
16% 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
29% 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
55% 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
67% The Pillow Book (1997) Greenaway provides a visual feast, then he kills your appetite. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
52% 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 64% 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
33% 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 89% 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
88% 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
86% 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 84% 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