Mac Verstandig

Mac Verstandig
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Recieved full press credentials as a film critic at the tender age of 14. Ran Moviereviews.org while working as a film critic for countless other websites, Connecticut's Stage Newspaper and Portland, Maine's WTPN-FM Radio. Gave up the gig in 2001, choosing to finish out high school quietly. Now a student of the University of Wisconsin and reviewing again, this time for the Badger Herald.
Favorites:
For a good laugh, nothing beats "Animal House." When it comes to great filmmaking, "La Voyage Dans La Lune," "The Godfather," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Casablanca" can't be ignored.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin by way of Bethesda, Maryland
Official Websites: badgerherald.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The special effects are some of the most dazzling and amazing ever seen on the big screen. In addition, the acting is excellent. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
A 78% Munich (2005) Despite being nearly three hours long, the movie is among the finest to grace the silver screen in some time and should be able to work over any intelligent audience not bothered by a level of blood, gore and even nudity traditionally reserved for either - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2005
D 74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) Nearly every gut-wrenching turn is somehow derived from an ethnic slur, juvenile sight gag, or the glorification of an illegal substance and its side effects. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2004
F 82% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) ...the sort of vitriolic exercise in paranoia that would ordinarily land its creator in therapy. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2004
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) Unrelentingly anti-Semitic, excessively grotesque and overly narrow in its scope - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2004
B+ 36% Radio (2003) ...a stellar work of poignant cinema. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2003
B 73% Runaway Jury (2003) ...Far-fetched, poorly crafted, but very entertaining. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2003
A- 75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) ...an uproariously quirky story about romance in the very unromantic field of matrimonial law. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2003
A- 91% School of Rock (2003) Jack Black... deftly guides the family film away from the genre's usual mawkishness and into a sort of Bad-Company-meets-Peter-Pan Rock 'n' Roll Never Never Land. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2003
D 35% Duplex (2003) ...other than a few shining moments, 'Duplex' relies entirely upon juvenile sight gags to generate jokes that really aren't all that amusing. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2003
B+ 40% Anything Else (2003) Allen creates one of his finer films, with a delicately intricate plot, phenomenal acting and delightfully cynical humor. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2003
A 82% Matchstick Men (2003) ...has so much sheer style and class that it more closely resembles an old Rat Pack project than a modern-day popcorn dud. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2003
C 23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) ...the sort of B-actor-driven comedic train wreck that David Spade used to dryly mock while doing his 'Hollywood Minute' on Saturday Night Live - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
A- 54% American Wedding (2003) ...hopefully there will be more to come; it would be a shame if this really is 'Bye bye, Miss American Pie.' - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2003
3/4 33% Romeo Must Die (2000) Everyone can enjoy the main special effect in the movie: Jet Li. - Entertainment Insiders EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2003
A- 35% The Real Cancun (2003) More closely resembling a "Girls Gone Wild" video than a work of traditional cinema, "The Real Cancun" delivers a unique brand of glossy sex appeal, thanks to a fairly developed array of variously sordid characters. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2003
F 23% Bulletproof Monk (2003) Bulletproof Monk has a snide confidence that its petty jokes of culture shock will actually elicit laughs while altogether failing to realize that the punch lines weren't that funny the first time, let alone this time. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2003
C 42% Anger Management (2003) [Nicholson and Sandler] put forth fine efforts in this entirely performance-driven film, but save for a few memorable scenes, the oil and vinegar simply don't mix. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2003
A- 72% Phone Booth (2003) A riveting tale of morality in a city noted for its sinful characters, "Phone Booth" is that rare edge-of-your-seat movie that is as cerebral as it is thrilling. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2003
B- 30% Head of State (2003) Delightfully hilarious yet awkwardly toothless - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2003
D 42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) It is exceedingly difficult to classify How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days as a romantic comedy given that the film is about as romantic as a punch to the face -- literally. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2003
D 8% Gods and Generals (2003) A repulsive combination of dry textbook history and pandering melodrama. - The Badger Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2003
9/10 73% Snatch (2001) Rare film that produces disgust-induced humor with some degree of frequency and yet never stoops to a juvenile level. - Entertainment Insiders EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2001
8/10 81% Pollock (2000) The artwork that is shown on screen is so utterly fascinating and spectacular that one needn't be an art aficionado to appreciate the splattered canvases. - Entertainment Insiders EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2001
79% The Green Mile (1999) The movie uses the emotional sentiments that death presents as a crutch of support for an otherwise weak and underdeveloped production. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
45% The Whole Nine Yards (2000) The Whole Nine Yards proves to be a hysterical blend of Airplane and Goodfellas. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
10/10 91% The Girl Next Door (2000) - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
16% Whatever It Takes (2000) The unoriginal plot mixed with the apparent inability to land a single joke doom the production for expulsion from the ranks of decent cinema. - Stage Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
10/10 25% Mission to Mars (2000) An instant popcorn classic. - Stage Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% The Big Tease (2000) The Big Tease perfectly captures and lampoons the essence of Hollywood. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% Magnolia (1999) Although its too early to tell, P. T. Anderson could ultimately end up leading a filmmaking revolution in Hollywood. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
36% Bicentennial Man (1999) An impuissant and confused movie. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/10 51% Titan A.E. (2000) - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% The Big Tease (2000) The Big Tease perfectly captures and lampoons the essence of Hollywood. - Stage Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% American Pie (1999) American Pie is a guilty pleasure at its best! - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
52% Angela's Ashes (1999) The two and a half hour duration goes at the rate of a Leslie Nielson death scene. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
9/10 69% Keeping the Faith (2000) A brilliant directorial debut. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
7/10 36% Rules of Engagement (2000) The acting is good, plot holes many and concession stand just down the hall. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
26% Diamonds (1999) A thoroughly enjoyable piece. - Stage Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% American Beauty (1999) Kevin Spacey gives a performance, in what may be one of the great films of our time, that will surely garner him an Academy Award nomination. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) Classic. - Entertainment Insiders EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
10/10 97% Chicken Run (2000) Mel Gibson as a chicken. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
8/10 67% Shaft (2000) Excellent a film as it may be, don't expect Shaft to be a deep, intellectual picture. The movie truly is a Hollywood popcorn flick. - Stage Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
16% Whatever It Takes (2000) The unoriginal plot mixed with the apparent inability to land a single joke doom the production for expulsion from the ranks of decent cinema. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
8/10 48% Love & Sex (2000) - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
8/10 78% Space Cowboys (2000) - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
7/10 42% Center Stage (2000) Center Stage isn't going to live forever. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/10 33% Price of Glory (2000) - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
8/10 57% Road Trip (2000) As much as I hate to admit it, the numerous gross-out jokes are actually pretty darn funny. And, believe it or not, the film is not all in poor taste. - Entertainment Insiders EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Fight Club (1999) Fight Club is a work of prevailing violence. - Moviereviews.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000