Mary Kalin-Casey

Mary Kalin-Casey
Mary Kalin-Casey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Reel.com
Publications: Reel.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 19% The Jungle Book 2 (2003) There's enough entertainment value in Jungle Book 2 to make it worth an eventual video rental for youngsters, but it's not worth the effort or cost of going to the theater -- especially for parents. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2003
2.5/4 43% The Recruit (2003) You can get more dramatic complexity, excitement, jaw-dropping plot twists, inter-agent romance, and cool gadgetry for free by looking to TV's Alias and 24 for your next espionage assignment. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2003
4/4 93% The Lion King (1994) There's simply nothing like it. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
2/4 79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) Instead of exploring this dangerous mind, Clooney plays it safe, making his freshman film deadly dull as a result. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
3/4 80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) If it sounds like The Wild Thornberrys might be a downbeat drama, think again. There's ample humor to balance the serious themes. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2002
1.5/4 85% About Schmidt (2002) There's nothing especially tragic and affecting here, just a bland character coping with some amusing family politics. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
2/4 37% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002) Though hardly a ridiculous mess like The Final Frontier, the 10th Trek outing, Nemesis, is as mediocre as the last franchise effort, Insurrection, with little appeal for anyone beyond patient, die-hard fans. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
2.5/4 69% Treasure Planet (2002) Anyone who's seen Titan A.E. will have a hard time not feeling deja vu, even though Disney's effort is slightly better. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2002
2.5/4 66% Solaris (2002) After the credits roll, the film leaves nothing to ponder, no big questions about man's relation to the universe, and no questions about the what lies beyond it. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2002
3/4 82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) From screaming mandrake plants to animal transfiguration to ethereal letters literally hanging in the air, [Columbus'] approach to the books' enchanting elements is marvelous to behold. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2002
3.5/4 75% Frida (2002) Frida not only recounts the story of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed artists, it offers viewers the rare experience of feeling her inspiration as well. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2002
3/4 49% Jackass - The Movie (2002) Incredibly funny. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2002
2/4 64% The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) Hardcore Miike fans may want to catch this uncharacteristically upbeat curiosity; however, everyone will be much happier without the Katakuris. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2002
3/4 66% Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie (2002) A whale of a good time for both children and parents seeking Christian-themed fun. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2002
3/4 71% The Ring (2002) It deals out more surprises than clichés, and proves to be both entertaining and unsettling. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2002
2/4 61% Tuck Everlasting (2002) Contrary to its title, Tuck is unaffecting and completely forgettable. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2002
2.5/4 16% Pokémon 4Ever (2002) It's a shame that Pokemon 4Ever's dialogue is so trite and flatly delivered because the tale itself presents serious ideas worthy of more poetic language. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2002
1.5/4 17% Trapped (2002) Though there are many tense scenes in Trapped, they prove more distressing than suspenseful. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2002
3/4 60% Crop Circles: Quest for Truth (2002) Gazecki ... offers some compelling information about these mysterious field formations, yet his particular point of view leaves some nagging questions unaddressed. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2002
3.5/4 75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) At every level, it is crystal-clear that Spy Kids 2 is a labor of love concocted by one ingenious mind. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2002
3/4 73% Signs (2002) Shyamalan understands the power of suggestion better than most directors, showing only as much as necessary to feed the suspense. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2002
1.5/4 30% The Country Bears (2002) Unlike Kermit & Co., the Country Bears are completely devoid of charm. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2002
3/4 81% Stuart Little 2 (2002) Minkoff ... compensates for a lack of narrative and thematic originality with glorious art direction, ample energy, and abundant tongue-in-cheek humor. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2002
3/4 48% Eight Legged Freaks (2002) It's too bad that the drive-in is virtually extinct. Eight Legged Freaks would be perfect on a hot summer night, with all of this silliness offering no end of popcorn-munching fun. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2002
2/4 53% The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) Everything that's worthwhile about Collision Course can already be seen on television. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2002
2.5/4 39% Men in Black II (2002) Men in Black II is just the sort of film that mainstream audiences expect to escape to during the sweltering summer months: It's just funny enough, just clever enough, and it looks just slick enough to pass inspection. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2002
2.5/4 29% Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) Offers enough compelling dramatic moments and adventure to keep Arnold fans entertained. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2002
3/4 86% Lilo & Stitch (2002) A generally charming and fairly original film. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2002
3.5/4 91% Minority Report (2002) Despite a few dangling plot points, Minority Report actually improves upon Dick's work in its narrative complexity. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2002
2/4 30% Scooby-Doo (2002) A mixed bag. Jinkies! - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2002
2/4 57% The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) Oliver Parker's new Earnest adaptation boasts a fine cast capable of delivering the author's flamboyant epigrams, yet even they falter under the director's chaotic vision. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2002
2.5/4 69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Stallion of the Cimarron has much to offer horse-loving youngsters. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2002
3/4 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Episode II is certainly flawed, but Lucas gets enough things right to give even disillusioned Star Wars fans new hope for Episode III. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2002
2.5/4 50% Unfaithful (2002) Adrian Lyne aficionados are likely to be disappointed by his latest film. Why? Because the director's fans typically attend his movies for one of two things -- sex or suspense -- and Unfaithful doesn't have a lot of either. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2002
3/4 90% Spider-Man (2002) Raimi's effort is fun, funny, and filled with spectacular effects -- and about as good an imagining of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's web-slinging classic as one could expect. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2002
2.5/4 62% The Salton Sea (2002) What makes Salton Sea surprisingly engrossing is that Caruso takes an atypically hypnotic approach to a world that's often handled in fast-edit, hopped-up fashion. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2002
1.5/4 19% Jason X (2002) With generic sets and B-grade special effects, Jason is about as convincing on the sci-fi front as TV's defunct Cleopatra 2525. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2002
3.5/4 74% The Cat's Meow (2001) A thoroughly entertaining, mischievous comic romp. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2002
3.5/4 77% Ice Age (2002) Directors Wedge and Carlos Saldanha have done a splendid job of integrating action, adventure, and touching drama with a wide variety of comedic elements. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2002
2/4 29% The Time Machine (2002) ... a waste of time. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2002
2/4 17% Queen of the Damned (2002) ... with every element drained of blood, this Queen is damned. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2002
2/4 42% Big Fat Liar (2002) Acceptable but forgettable entertainment, stunted by its paint-by-numbers plotting and minimal production values. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2002
1.5/4 24% Snow Dogs (2002) Slapstick buffoonery can tickle many a preschooler's fancy, but when it costs a family of four about $40 to see a film in theaters, why spend money on a dog like this when you can rent a pedigree instead? - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2002
1.5/4 22% Impostor (2002) Though never boring, Impostor is downright depressing because it's so easy to catch glimpses of the knockout film that lies buried underneath Fleder's mangled direction. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2002
1.5/4 33% Charlotte Gray (2002) Armstrong's deadly dull pacing deflates what inherent suspense lies in Gray's perilous situation. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2001
3/4 75% Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001) While somewhat less inspired than its big-screen competition, this Nickelodeon adventure-comedy proves to be humorous, clever, and engaging -- for children and parents alike. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2001
2.5/4 84% Little Otik (2001) For those who can embrace and enjoy the preposterous while forgiving the ludicrous, Little Otik may make an entertaining bedtime story. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2001
1.5/4 2% Texas Rangers (2001) Texas Rangers is yet another such mediocre cinematic exercise: bullet- and cliche-ridden, shallow in characterization, and unrelentingly dull in its storytelling. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2001
4/4 89% Amélie (2001) Jeunet transforms the often fraught-filled, near-impossible goal of finding love into a wondrous and happily fated adventure. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2001
4/4 96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) Adding another cinematic gem to their collective resume, Pixar proves they can make scary monsters look warm and fuzzy, and make humans feel that way, too. - Reel.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2001