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Mack Bates
Mack Bates's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 35%

The Giver (2014)

"The filmmakers definitely get the visuals right across the board. Things go wrong elsewhere, however." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 19%

And So It Goes (2014)

"By no means is "And So It Goes" a great romance. But seeing two seasoned pros like Douglas and Keaton together on-screen for the first time, even in an otherwise predictable effort, is pretty great." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 69%

About Last Night (2014)

"As for Ealy and Bryant, you'd be hard-pressed to find two more attractive people working on the big screen - who still have barely passable chemistry together." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/4 69%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"While it's still no "Big Chill," the sequel will mostly satisfy fans of the original "Best Man," especially since it brings back the entire cast of the first movie." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"While the story is a bit convoluted, the easy rapport between Washington and Wahlberg makes this well-shot comedy-thriller far more engaging than it has any right to be." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 69%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"While most film franchises sink as the number of their entries rises, "Fast and the Furious" keeps cruising along with no finish line in sight." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 23, 2013
2/4 44%

The Call (2013)

"Even though it stars Oscar-winner Halle Berry, there's not much in "The Call" to set it apart from the women-in-peril movies that fill cable TV, thanks in large part to an unbelievably wrongheaded ending." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/4 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Plays like a sanitized remake of "Sleeping with the Enemy," right down to an over-the-top climax set during a fireworks display." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/4 17%

Parental Guidance (2012)

"Despite a talented cast, the film's promising premise - old-school parenting vs. new-school kids - is mishandled." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Dec 25, 2012
3/4 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"[It] has a threadbare plot and marginal acting from its stars. But unlike the third movie, all the razzmatazz makes up for it this time." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 26, 2012
1.5/4 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"Sandler fans likely will eat this nonsense up like ice cream. Non-fans could do worse - a lot worse. Like "Jack and Jill."" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 14, 2012
3/4 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"Both funny and romantic, "The Five-Year Engagement" runs a good 20 minutes longer than it should, but the winning on-screen chemistry between Segel and Blunt makes that a little easier to take." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2.5/4 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

""Think Like a Man" is a rare thing: a studio-backed romantic comedy with a who's who of young, attractive, talented African-American actors who aren't relegated to thankless secondary roles." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 19, 2012
1.5/4 26%

This Means War (2012)

"With "This Means War," Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon pulls off the seemingly impossible: She's made a film that's even worse than "Legally Blonde 2."" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 16, 2012
2.5/4 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Featuring a mix of musical genres, "Joyful Noise" works best as a musical showcase for the formidable talents of Latifah and Parton. Without them, the film's lack of down-home soul would be even more glaring." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 12, 2012
2.5/4 39%

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

"That the film ultimately doesn't quite gel is no fault of Atkinson's. He gives it his all in an agreeably engaging performance." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 20, 2011
2.5/4 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"As outrageous as the proceedings get, "The Change-Up" is just too predictable. Even if you aren't old enough to remember those old body-swapping movies, you'll feel like you've seen this before." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/4 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"Timberlake and Kunis manage to bring sexy and funny back to the otherwise exhausted rom-com genre." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 21, 2011
2.5/4 61%

The Beaver (2011)

"Gibson knows a thing or two about lost, troubled souls, and watching him navigate around the edge of the abyss is fascinating." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 19, 2011
2.5/4 56%

Jumping the Broom (2011)

"As great as it is to see both Bassett and Devine headlining a film, they are saddled with stereotypical characters - the uptown snob vs. the downtown sistah - that neither seems completely at home inhabiting." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 5, 2011
1.5/4 11%

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011)

"A pale copy is still a pale copy, even when it's in 3-D. That's the moral of the animated sequel "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil."" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/4 98%

Born To Be Wild (2011)

"What it lacks in length, the 45-minute movie makes up in entertainment value." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2011
1.5/4 27%

Your Highness (2011)

""Your Highness," a largely improvised oddity, is as tired and clunky a movie spoof as you'll likely see this or any other year." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/4 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Surprisingly, considering it's made by the Farrellys, "Hall Pass" fails to take full advantage of its premise." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 24, 2011
2/4 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"Director Ivan Reitman and the cast do what they can with the material, but it's hard to tell what "No Strings Attached" is trying to be." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 20, 2011
2.5/4 43%

Faster (2010)

"Despite its shortcomings, including a predictable plot twist, "Faster" isn't the turkey you might expect it to be." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3/4 50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"The use of 3-D to tell the story brings a great deal of dimension and scope to the story. Some scenes are so photo-realistic, you forget you're watching an animated film." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 23, 2010
2/4 34%

Lottery Ticket (2010)

"Except for a few of the cast members' better-than-the-material performances and a nifty opening sequence, the movie would be straight-to-video fare." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/4 46%

Step Up 3 (2010)

"Some of the visual razzmatazz isn't as polished as it should be, but the dance sequences, especially the go-for-broke finale, more than compensate for that." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/4 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"Despicable Me may not be up to Pixar's output, but its heart, and Carell's contribution to it, help get the movie into the same league." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2.5/4 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"Fans of the original can rest assured: Macchio was, and will continue to be, the true karate kid." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 10, 2010
2/4 45%

Just Wright (2010)

"The romantic comedy Just Wright only halfway finds its footing as a comedy, and misses the mark entirely as a romance." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 14, 2010
2.5/4 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Seyfried has worked opposite some of the greatest actors in filmdom in recent years, including Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. That she again holds her own, this time with Redgrave, is a measure of her talent." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2010
3/4 41%

Death at a Funeral (2010)

"Made in the spirit of an old-school farce, Death at a Funeral manages to find most of its fun through the interaction of its game cast, who clearly had a good time working together." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 15, 2010
1.5/4 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"Television director Julie Anne Robinson's big-screen debut makes one thing clear: As likable a performer as she is, Cyrus simply can't act. Even Sparks' formulaic material proves too challenging for her." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 31, 2010
3.5/4 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"How to Train Your Dragon is a visual marvel, and not just because it's in 3-D." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 25, 2010
2.5/4 58%

She's Out of My League (2010)

"A surprisingly sweet-natured affair with solid performances." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 12, 2010
2.5/4 13%

Our Family Wedding (2010)

"It's a testament to the cast that the entire enterprise is more entertaining than it has a right to be." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 12, 2010
2/4 29%

Dear John (2010)

"Bogart and Bergman it's not." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 4, 2010
3/4 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"It's been nearly eight years since his last starring role onscreen, but fans needn't worry: Mel Gibson still has the makings of a formidable action star." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jan 28, 2010
2.5/4 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"Sandra Bullock is two for three in 2009." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Nov 19, 2009
2.5/4 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"Although Astro Boy has its moments, in a movie year already crowded with animated successes, it may not have the superhuman strength to stand out." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3.5/4 89%

Zombieland (2009)

"It's to the actors' credit that none of it feels forced or fake. In particular, Eisenberg's comic stylings and Harrelson's rock-'em-sock-'em performance really set the pace." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/4 87%

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"While the increasingly surreal weather activity could be jarring for some small children, the movie is solid family entertainment all the way -- even while incorporating Public Enemy's still-incendiary anthem "Fight the Power" in its soundtrack." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 17, 2009
2.5/4 81%

Bandslam (2009)

"The outcome isn't exactly in doubt, but the ride is pleasant enough along the way. Connell in particular gives a strong central performance, and a couple of the musical numbers are infectious." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 13, 2009
3/4 49%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"Keeper, striving to manipulate the audience, goes on a little longer than it should. However, the performances are so true that it's easy to forgive such unneeded, straight-to-the-heartstrings tactics." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 25, 2009
3/4 44%

The Proposal (2009)

"Surprisingly charming and smartly executed." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 18, 2009
1.5/4 18%

Dance Flick (2009)

"The Wayans brothers used to know how to do this right." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 22, 2009
3/4 48%

Battle For Terra (2009)

"The 3-D animated alien-invasion flick Battle for Terra upends well-worn conventions of the genre and packages them in a compelling story." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2009
2.5/4 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"This enjoyable, if sometimes uneven, denouncement of consumerism run amok is clearly Fisher's show." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Feb 12, 2009
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