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Ned Martel

Ned Martel
Ned Martel was a film critic for The New York Times and former Style Editor of the Washington Post.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 8% Doogal (2006) In Doogal, setting the world right again involves a badly paced quest for three diamonds, assorted jokes that don't land, and a daringly incoherent climactic confrontation.‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2006
1/5 19% Doom (2005) In this formulaic, claustrophobic shoot'em-up, based on a video game, soldiers quell a mutant uprising on Mars.‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2005
2/5 38% A Tale of Two Pizzas (2003) Amid all the discussion of crust and sauce and the proper consistency of each, A Tale of Two Pizzas lays on the cheese way too thick.‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2005
4.5/5 91% Aggressives (2004) A novel, accomplished documentary about a subset of New York City lesbians.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2005
2.5/5 72% The War Within (2005) The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills.‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2005
4.5/5 77% Little Manhattan (2005) This small-scale, perfectly acted family film listens in on all the doubts and desires of an 11-year-old as he confronts new feelings about a girl he has known practically all his life.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2005
3/5 65% Dorian Blues (2005) Dorian Blues fits tidily into a genre of first-time films in which the main gay character comes of age and out of the closet.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2005
2/5 22% Cry Wolf (2005) In this adolescent horror flick, the first-time screenwriters Jeff Wadlow and Beau Bauman prove more adept at staging mind games than creating chills for the audience.‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2005
2/5 83% One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (2005) A wan but well-researched apotheosis of the former senator from South Dakota.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2005
2/5 0% Human Error (2005) None of the three principal actors are unskilled, and they somehow don't lose on-screen energy, even as it's sapped from the audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2005
2/5 45% The Thing About My Folks (2005) The Thing About My Folks is Paul Reiser's return to playing Paul Reiser.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2005
4/5 89% William Eggleston in the Real World (2005) In this sublimely bleak documentary, the photographer William Eggleston allows the video camera to follow him on a shoot in Mayfield, Ky.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2005
2/5 71% King of the Corner (2005) Mr. Riegert has assembled a capable cast with too little to do or say in this dry, crumbly, barely nourishing tale of intergenerational woe.‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 27, 2005
3/5 89% We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005) The spiky documentary in their honor keeps alive the echoes of their slapdash, Smithsonian-worthy sound.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2005
.5/5 9% Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) In his 1999 debut, Deuce Bigalow emerged as a shameless beach bum, driving a clunker in a land of Porsche Cayennes, cleaning the scum from the fish tanks of the rich and famous.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2005
1.5/5 11% Slutty Summer (2004) The film is a labor of love for Casper Andreas, who wrote, directed and starred in this first feature. For the actors he has chosen, it's a labor of lust, with copious necking and grappling required. For the audience, it's just a labor.‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2005
3/5 No Score Yet Bustin' Bonaparte (2005) As a film geared toward children, Bustin' Bonaparte meets its main requirements: it adapts a classic novel in gleaming cinematic form, and it ridicules the foibles of ruthless adults.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2005
1.5/5 39% Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003) Allan Mindel is too taken with a Midwestern strain of weirdos who flounder in ramshackle houses, no-tell hotels and depressing juke joints.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2005
2.5/5 91% A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2005) This affectionate though unconvincing documentary struggles to present professional bowling as a simpler, nobler pastime from a simpler, nobler time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
2/5 No Score Yet This coming-of-age drama set in a Bengali brothel meanders around its emotional terrain at a leisurely pace, with little promise of new ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2005
1.5/5 0% A Man's Gotta Do (2005) In this seasick, heartsick romp, a suburban Australian family struggles with love, loyalty and a fear that the patriarch is making his mortal enemies disappear.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2005
3/5 63% Fighting Tommy Riley (2005) In Fighting Tommy Riley, another boxing drama is asking audiences to gird themselves for more emotional gut punches.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 6, 2005
3.5/5 83% Wild Safari: A South African Adventure (2005) This cinematic safari's simple pleasures are best experienced with the littlest ticket-holders.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
3/5 80% Raging Dove (2005) This bruising but illuminating documentary considers how nationalism flattened one young, sure-footed boxer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2005
2.5/5 57% David Hockney: The Color of Music (2005) In a documentary that celebrates flourish, the artist David Hockney lets a filmmaker record how he assembles elaborate opera sets.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2005
2/5 63% Mail Order Wife (2005) Strange, often silly mockumentary.‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2005
2.5/5 25% Girl Play (2004) Mainly a simple pair of soliloquies about lesbians struggling as life partners, with some scenes of farce and dread in the mix.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2005
1/5 43% Nowhere Man (2005) This deliberately repugnant thriller is told from one distraught man's perspective, as he copes with the emasculating impact of love.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
3.5/5 50% Naked Fame (2005) This spare, enjoyable documentary suggests that today's pornography performers enjoy better life options than those revisited in Inside Deep Throat.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
1/5 80% 16 Years of Alcohol (2003) This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
2/5 20% Hollywood Buddha (2003) [A] self-important tale of woe.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
3/5 60% Steamboy (2005) In this mind-bending, elaborate anime, the industrial era is reimagined as a time of steam-powered aggression.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
3/5 20% The Pacifier (2005) Disney's new family flick is chipper and occasionally clever as it sends up the high-tech know-how required by 21st-century parents.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2005
3/5 80% The Red Orchestra (2005) A labor-of-love documentary, honors average citizens who dared to undermine Hitler and then received cruel sentences for their valor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2005
3/5 33% Sexual Dependency (2003) Rodrigo Bellott's frenzied but clever first film juggles race, class, jingoism, homophobia, sexual attraction and rape.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2005
2.5/5 44% Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy) (2001) Mostly distressing and occasionally compelling, as Sun-hwa, the young student, becomes ensnared in a prostitution ring.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2005
2/5 21% Uncle Nino (2003) Aggressive heartwarmer, which turns out to be much more of a heartburner.‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 14, 2005
2/5 57% WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004) A former ABC producer at 20/20, Mr. Schechter revels in his autonomy and crams too many points in too many minutes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2005
2/5 64% Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2005) Presents a condensed argument in favor of prosecuting Israeli leaders in the court of American public opinion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2005
1/5 36% Murder, Set, Pieces (2004) The director Nick Palumbo is determined to shock through a fictional German-born serial killer, who makes his mission clear with every thrust of knife blade and pelvis.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2005
1/5 4% Darkness (2004) Offers no inventive takes on its characters, shows no fearsome new way of presenting a haunted house and elicits not one palpitation from audiences paying for a few good jolts.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2004
2/5 76% Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004) This deflating documentary gives up its quest for answers too easily.‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 6, 2004
1/5 43% Bob, Verushka, and the Pursuit of Happiness (2000) Happiness involves a warm gun in a cross-cultural clunker.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2004
3/5 89% Jandek on Corwood (2004) The eerie documentary Jandek on Corwood lays out all the evidence that this musician is a genius, at least in keeping his fame fresh through a minimum of publicity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2004
3/5 79% American Experience (2004) The rapper Jay-Z performs his own movie-length swan song set to thumping rhythms in Madison Square Garden.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2004
2/5 33% Malevolence (2004) Stevan Mena's debut film carves up body after body in a ritual homage to the serial-killer genre.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2004
2/5 11% Reagan: In the Face of Evil (2004) Ronald Reagan's praises are sung in an operatic documentary that rises to new heights, slipping the surly bonds of hagiography.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2004
1.5/5 17% Hair Show (2004) A Baltimore hairstylist takes refuge, and umbrage, in her buppie sister's Los Angeles salon in this sputtering star vehicle for the comedian Mo'Nique.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2004
3/5 78% Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2003) In the end Mr. Pieck and his intrepid lead actor piece together a constructive look at a lonely boy's damaged logic and its hideous results.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2004
1.5/5 11% Thérèse (2004) A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2004