Lee Cassanell

Lee Cassanell
Lee Cassanell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CineVue
Publications: CineVue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) Teplikzky has produced a rushed, soulless and utterly unconvincing BBC drama -- and a poor one at that. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 34% The Counselor (2013) Undoubtedly a film peppered with flaws that blows hot and cold from one scene to the next, but despite its many bizarre eccentricities, it still manages to hang together -- just. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) It's only when the scenery-chewing Loki enters the fray that this sequel really comes alive, with Hiddleston effortlessly swinging from comedy to villainy and back again. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) The cameos are distracting, the plot loses its rhythm before disintegrating completely and the seemingly endless decapitations and brutal deaths will lead even the most hardened of action fans to seek religion after the credits roll. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 50% Now You See Me (2013) Some will enjoy the show all the way to the final twist, but by the time the credits roll, you'll feel like Leterrier and his screenwriters ran out of top hats and rabbits and decided to saw their audiences brains in half. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) A slick, inventive and thoroughly entertaining slice of animated nonsense that will enthral kids, amuse adults and rule at the box office. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) Shannon is no great shakes as the shouty villain and Adams does little with a thankless role. As for Cavill, he certainly looks the part but lacks crucial charm and charisma, surely the two essential qualities any Man of Steel needs, - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
1/5 53% Oblivion (2013) An emotionally-barren and tediously convoluted film, brimming with risible dialogue and plastic performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) A streamlined and steam-cleaned studio product that can't decide if it's an adult horror or a children's fantasy. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 91% The Sessions (2012) The sheer power of Hawkes' charisma and his theological discussions with Macy's perplexed padre keep you thoroughly entertained. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) The mixture of archive footage with contemporary interviews, photography and animation works exceptionally well and shows great craft. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 51% Savages (2012) Savages is a fun flick that will keep you mildly entertained, but the script is flabby, the feature itself about 20 minutes too long and there's little dramatic tension to speak of. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 67% The Expendables 2 (2012) Not only is part two superior to the inaugural 2010 effort, but it's also one of the most diabolically entertaining action movies to hit cinemas this year. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 20% 360 (2012) Meirelles' 360 is a bit of a turkey. It might aspire for depth and meaning, but the Brazilian director's latest is a shallow and sketchy affair, all the more disappointing because everyone involved has the talent to do better. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) The Dark Knight Rises is the pinnacle of epic movie-making and its scale and grandeur are unprecedented in cinema history. Nolan's biggest achievement -- and the real star of his third Batman film -- is Gotham city itself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/5 40% 7 Days in Havana (2012) A bloated and self indulgent arthouse marathon, riddled with cynical product placement. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 67% God Bless America (2012) If you're one of those few people who leave the cinema smiling after enjoying every last minute of mundane murder, what kind of monster does that make you? For even hinting at such philosophical conundrums, God Bless America is essential viewing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 67% Friends With Kids (2012) Friends with Kids is simply not very funny. The few laughs there are come from the bickering O'Dowd and Rudolph, but even their shtick is clichéd and obvious. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 53% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Where Do We Go Now's strength lies in its premise, which gives Labaki licence to create a variety of amusing set-pieces based around the wily women's attempts to placate their agitated menfolk. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 42% Rock of Ages (2012) Rock of Ages' plot is evidently pretty thin and you're never in doubt that love will conqueror all, but the film's adult themes, diluted as they are compared to the stage production, are wonderfully refreshing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 68% Men in Black III (2012) All in all, Men in Black 3 is an average Hollywood blockbuster that will just about hold your interest and keep you entertained on a rainy weekend. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 82% Get the Gringo (2012) El Pueblito is arguably the star of the show, its seedy backstreets and market stalls beautifully constructed and skilfully shot. This might be Grunberg's first job at the helm, but it certainly won't be his last. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) If you're in the market for one of the most wondrous and entertaining cinematic experience you could ever hope to have, book your tickets, buy your popcorn and prepare to be amazed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Price of Sex (2010) Harrowing subjects are always a hard sell but if you're looking for an educational experience rather than frivolous entertainment, The Price of Sex will certainly broaden your mind. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Black Block (2012) It's not the most beautifully constructed documentary, but it succeeds in it's aim to shed light on an incident that received little media coverage and has long faded from memory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 26% This Means War (2012) This Means War may not be the highlight of Tom Hardy or Chris Pine's careers so far, but it's a fun and forgettable holiday romance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 74% Rampart (2012) A fine film with a towering leading performance from Harrelson, great cast and solid direction, but may perhaps be too low-key to linger long in the memory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) You may find yourself infinitely more forgiving of its lack of quality if you pretend it's simply a low budget Troma flick rather than a multi-million dollar studio picture... If you're in the mood for 90 minutes of mindless nonsense -- Cage is your man. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 76% Bombay Beach (2011) A moving, amusing and often beautiful glimpse at a side of America we rarely get to see. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 80% Young Adult (2011) If, by the time Young Adult's credits roll, you don't think that Theron is the best thing since tinned custard then you're either sick, in heavy denial or you've choked to death on your overpriced popcorn. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 85% Puss in Boots (2011) Banderas in particular is pitch perfect as the feline Latin lover. Half-Zorro, and half-Don Juan, the key to his performance is playing it fairly straight. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 98% The Last Waltz (1978) Essential viewing for budding musicians and misty-eyed folks who hark back to a golden era when these rock gods ruled the earth. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
94% Moneyball (2011) It's not in any hurry to get anywhere and the climax doesn't quite satisfy, but there is enough snappy dialogue and rousing moments to keep you enthralled. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 73% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Presents Spielberg in his element. We're very firmly in Raiders of the Lost Ark territory and the whole film plays out as a fun, sweeping adventure via land, sea and air with great set pieces and plenty of humour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 60% Real Steel (2011) Real Steel has box office bomb written all over it and yet, miraculously, it is one of the finest family films I have seen in many a moon. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 83% Warrior (2011) With lesser actors involved, this could have been an average yet entertaining sports movie. However, the cast of heavyweights just about mange to redeem the faults in the narrative. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 74% A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Admittedly, this isn't the greatest premise in the world, but with a good script and assured direction, greatness was still reachable. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, A Lonely Place to Die has neither. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 83% Trollhunter (2011) Øvredal might not have succeeded in making a great film, but his ambition has to be respected. His use of the Norwegian landscape, particular in the final snow drift showdown were nothing short of awesome. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 36% One Day (2011) Laughs are ten-a-penny and thought-provocation is no great shakes, but if you can stir-up someone's emotions and get the tears flowing freely then your creation is worth a damn. For the last 20-minutes of One Day, I was a weeping wreck. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 49% Super (2011) Super has confirmed that [Ellen Page] is indeed one of most talented young actors around. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 88% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) Garbus spins the yarn by mashing together interviews, old footage and a funky soundtrack. If you know nothing about Fischer then this is an ideal starting point. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 85% The Tree of Life (2011) Terrence Malick has created a beautiful and ambitious meditation on memory, childhood and the nature of being. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
1/5 32% I Spit On Your Grave (2010) I advise you avoid the film like the plague. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 80% The War You Don't See (2010) The most gut wrenching, harrowing and downright disturbing film you will ever see. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 59% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) If you sit down expecting entertainment and chuckles then you are going to be disappointed, but if you want to be moved and enlightened then this is one film for you. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 95% The Social Network (2010) A tight and intriguing two hours of cinema, which despite its subject matter, manages to remain entertaining and thought provoking throughout. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 63% Frozen (2010) There are moments of true terror and a fair dollop of tension, but it quickly became clear that Green may be boxing far above his weight. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
5/5 100% The Leopard (1963) Lancaster's portrayal is fantastic throughout. The man bleeds gravitas from his bewhiskered face to his shiny shoes... Even though the sets are some of the most spectacular and lavish ever committed to celluloid, he manges to usurp them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018