Mike McGranaghan

Mike McGranaghan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
I started doing movie reviews in 1986, when I joined the staff of my high school newspaper and won several Keystone awards (the Keystone award is the highest honor given to high school journalists in Pennsylvania). That was all the encouragement I needed to continue. While still in college, I became the film critic for two central Pennsylvania newspapers: The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune and The Middleburg Post. I stayed with those papers for five years. In 1995, I became film critic of Gamut! - an online magazine devoted to entertainment. My website (www.aisleseat.com) is an off-shoot of that magazine. Additionally, I am the on-air film critic for Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, which operates three central PA radio stations. My reviews run weekly.
Favorites:
Favorite Films - The Brothers McMullen, JFK, Fletch, Do the Right Thing, Chasing Amy, Fargo, The Blair Witch ProjectFavorite Directors - Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Edward Burns, Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly Brothers, the Coen Brothers, John Waters, Edward D. Wood, Jr.Best of All Time: Schindler's ListWorst of All Time: Caligula
Publications:
Aisle Seat , Film Racket
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2084
Total QuickRatings:
384
Location:
Central Pennsylvania

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2084
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 —— Jesus People (2014) " A weak satire that has no interest in skewering anyone or anything." — Aisle Seat
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Grudge Match certainly has enough successful elements to be moderately entertaining, although it's hard not to wish it contained fewer distractions. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/4 92% The Retrieval (2014) " A movie of quiet, but undeniable, power, with a naturalistic feel that truly pulls you in." — Aisle Seat
Posted Apr 6, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Often has something akin to the tone of a 1970s-era paranoid conspiracy thriller. Marrying the slam-bang adventure of a comic book with something more cerebral was a brilliant idea, one that is very entertainingly executed." — Aisle Seat
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 31% Beneath (2014) " A few things could have been improved upon, but it's at least ambitious and has an interesting twist." — Aisle Seat
Posted Apr 3, 2014
—— Scooby-doo! Wrestlemania Mystery (2014) " It's a kick watching the familiar wrestlers make cameos, but 84 minutes is a little long for this kind of thing." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3.5/4 75% The Den (2014) " Moves like a bullet and jolts the hell out of you on a regular basis. This is the kind of film that, when it's over, makes you want to sit down and calm your nerves for a while. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 29, 2014
2.5/4 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Walking with Dinosaurs 3D has gorgeous, meticulously detailed CGI, but also way too many stupid jokes about poop and puke." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " Stirring, spiritual, and thoughtful, with superb special effects and a genuine curiosity for the wonderful mysteries of faith. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/4 30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " What made these soldiers participate in such deplorable activities? Boys of Abu Ghraib attempts to answer that question. The explanations it comes up with may not be definitive, but they certainly make for a powerful, hard-hitting drama. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 33% The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) " Slumber Party Massacre is not a great film - the plot is thin and the performances occasionally a little awkward - but there's no doubt that it maintains its shock value. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/5 17% God's Not Dead (2014) " While it most certainly has some very good qualities, it is ultimately undone - at least for general audiences - by a completely unsubtle desire to do more than simply tell a meaningful story; it wants to rock the world. " — Film Racket
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The uninitiated will need to read Veronica Roth's book to understand what's so great about Divergent, because the movie is aggressively mediocre." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " A sweet, gentle, and humorous movie with winning performances across the board. It leaves you with a warm feeling inside. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " It does right enough by the characters to please older fans, while also having enough appeal to capture the interest of children previously unacquainted with them." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 17, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Need For Speed gets nothing even remotely right. Not the characterization, not the story, not the dialogue, not the action, not even the sense of mindless fun a videogame offers. It is a massive pile of dreck." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1.5/4 23% Shirin In Love (2014) " An empty shell of a movie that goes nowhere, invokes no warm feelings, and accomplishes nothing." — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1.5/4 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Seems perfectly content to be a retread of the original, visually and stylistically. The film sticks so closely to the playbook that it never finds a way to become fun on its own terms. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Only in a Lars von Trier film would you find yourself asking the question, What was more daring: the aspect ratio change or the penis montage?" — Aisle Seat
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " A satisfying, inspirational experience. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/5 100% Cement Suitcase " Shows promise." — Film Racket
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 19% HairBrained (2014) " Hairbrained has a lot of good stuff. There is nothing egregiously wrong with the film. It just needs more of that good stuff." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1/4 8% Chlorine (2014) " Chlorine is lacking in just about everything: wit, dramatic momentum, cohesion, etc. A wildly underdeveloped film." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " If this sounds like the recipe for a slick-but-vapid action picture, oui, it is. " — Film Racket
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 33% Odd Thomas (2014) " For whatever the flaws - and believe me, there are a few - Odd Thomas is just such a goofball charmer that I happily succumbed to its pleasures." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 82% Darkman (1990) " Every bit as funny, thrilling, and darkly captivating as it was twenty-four years ago." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " Plenty smart and entertaining, and in an era where cinematic romances tend to wade in the shallow end of the pool, that's a notable accomplishment." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/4 58% The Returned (2014) " One of the most original, entertaining, and creepy zombie movies of recent years. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Hilarious and poignant. The LEGO Movie isn't here to sell you plastic building blocks, it's here to make you remember why playing with them is an essential and magical part of life." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/4 63% Nurse 3-D (2014) " An early frontrunner for Craziest Movie of 2014. This is an unapologetic exploitation flick, executed with tongue-in-cheek style. It's got blood, boobs, and butts galore, plus a lot of outrageously gimmicky uses of the third dimension." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 8, 2014
2/4 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " When so many of the great works of art are at stake, we should be biting our nails, not looking at our watches. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/4 5% The Outsider (2014) " Any entertainment value comes from peripheral things, like wondering what excuse they'll find to get Shannon Elizabeth into a tight, low-cut dress, or why every single light source in this film, no matter how small, emits a blinding lens flare." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 77% After the Dark (2014) " This is a flawed film, but it's also one that's not completely without merit. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 —— Justice League: War (2014) " Lots of fun. DC has upped the ante on this series with War." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 38% Night of the Demons (1988) " Gross, funny, and full of superb makeup effects, this is a ghoulish treat for fans of the severely demented." — Aisle Seat
Posted Feb 4, 2014
2.5/4 13% Brightest Star (2014) " Notable for its effective performances and for the sincerity with which it tries to capture the confusion of young adulthood, but it often chooses simplicity over depth. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " Few things are as exciting as watching a filmmaker move outside of a well-established comfort zone, and Labor Day serves as proof that Jason Reitman is an ambitious director, as well as a true talent." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 70% Love Is In The Air (2014) " If the story contains many of the well-worn conventions of the genre - and it does - it at least assembles them with a modicum of wit, along with some terrific performances that sell the material. The movie turns out to be breezy and fun." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 29, 2014
1/4 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " I, Frankenstein is like the worst piece of Mary Shelley fan fiction written by the guy behind the counter at your local Hot Topic." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 50% Witchboard (1986) " While by no means top-tier horror, it's nonetheless original and amusing." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 21, 2014
2/4 71% Die, Monster, Die! (Monster of Terror) (1965) " It's debatable whether the three acts of Die, Monster, Die! fit together well, but there's no doubt they collectively add up to one deliriously goofy B-movie. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 20, 2014
2.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " Some serious plot issues aside, Ride Along borderline works because of Kevin Hart. He's hilarious here. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 82% G.B.F. (2014) " G.B.F. imparts a message many people will do well to hear. That it does so in such entertaining fashion makes it worth seeking out. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2.5/4 26% Jamesy Boy (2014) " It won't bore you, but it's not likely to rock your world either. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 14, 2014
5/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " a monumental work of compassion" — Film Racket
Posted Jan 12, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2013) " A legitimately grown-up movie about love and relationships, as well as one of the most insightful ever made on those subjects." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 17% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014) " The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box could somewhat aptly be described as National Treasure in Victorian England. That is to say, it has that distinct feeling of being a tenth-generation ripoff of Raiders of the Lost Ark. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Walter Mitty has a big heart, and I like it for that. But this is definitely a case where a little simpler would have been a lot better overall. " — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 63% Cat People (1982) " A twisted, sexy horror classic." — Aisle Seat
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2.5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Offers too many repetitive sections in which Anwar and company seem to be waxing nostalgic rather than exploring the implications of what they did." — Film Racket
Posted Jan 5, 2014
0% Crawlspace (1986) " Crawlspace is kind of a mess, albeit a thoroughly fascinating one." — Aisle Seat
Posted Dec 30, 2013
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