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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Aug 12, 2005
1.5/5 13%

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Mar 17, 2005
2/5 20%

Hollywood Buddha (2003)

"[A] self-important tale of woe." ‐New York Times
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 8, 2004
1.5/5 11%

Thérèse (2004)

"A florid biopic about St. Theresa of Lisieux." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2004
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