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Neva Chonin

Neva Chonin
Neva Chonin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83%

Rock the Bells (2007)

"Humorously, but with knuckles bared, captures every twitch of angst, chaos and near-calamity that unfolds as the concert draws near and Weisberg's dream devolves into a nightmare." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 58%

Zoo (2007)

"Punch lines and outrage come easy, but beware: If you walk into this film with a secure moral judgment, prepare to have it shaken by the time you leave." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 25, 2007
2/4 68%

Aurora Borealis (2006)

"Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/4 87%

Jesus Camp (2006)

"It stares into the face of faith run amok, and for those willing to follow its gaze, it provides sad revelations." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/4 61%

Crank (2006)

"Leave it alone, or leave your brain and pocket change at the gate, strap yourself in and just enjoy the ride." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2006
2/4 29%

Zen Noir (2006)

"For all its shortcomings, Zen Noir still entertains." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3/4 75%

American Blackout (2006)

"American Blackout makes a credible case, with some of its most damning evidence coming from the mouths of the conservatives themselves." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2006
2/4 48%

Idlewild (2006)

"Idlewild comes alive only during the production numbers, which look and feel more like music videos than music as storytelling." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2006
1/4 20%

La mujer de mi hermano (2006)

"Repressed desire! A sultry soap-opera star! Incest! Gay politics! La Mujer de Mi Hermano has it all. Now if it only had a decent plot." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2006
2/4 57%

Kinky Boots (2006)

"The only thing kinky about this movie is its title. But maybe there's an upside to this: Parents, if you want to teach the kids about sexual difference without having to deal with sex, here's your chance. Have I mentioned it's heartwarming? That too." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2006
2.5/4 51%

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

"Not as clever as it thinks, a little too clever for its own good, it's a fun ride, nonetheless." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3/4 80%

Brick (2006)

"Johnson isn't the first director to subvert suburbia, but he's probably the first to have done such a fine job of it on his first outing." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3/4 86%

Slither (2006)

"Slither is a labor of love made by a horror aficionado who knows just when to tweak the tropes." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2006
1/4 9%

Stay Alive (2006)

"It's unlikely that Stay Alive could ever have been a good movie in the traditional sense, but it might have been better if Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman had done more to exploit their gaming premise." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 28, 2006
3.5/4 90%

Duck Season (Temporada de patos) (2006)

"The beauty of Duck Season is its insistence that profound human experiences can arrive slowly, in incremental packages, scattered over the course of an average Sunday." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2006
2/4 48%

Summer Storm (Sommersturm) (2006)

"Though the characters and plot are all paint-by-numbers, Summer Storm is still a fairly charming look at what it's like for a typical teen jock to admit he's not so typical, after all." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2006
1/4 33%

The Libertine (2006)

"The point seems to be that too much of a good thing leads to a vast sense of nothingness and bleak cinematography. Alas, it also results in transforming a film about a sensualist into a remarkably sexless enterprise." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 10, 2006
3/4 79%

Why We Fight (2006)

"A somber polemic that presents a convincing case against using war as an economic booster -- although, Jarecki argues, that is precisely what the United States has been doing under every president since Truman." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 10, 2006
1/4 14%

London (2006)

"Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy spends hours in a bathroom snorting a mother lode of cocaine while annoying everyone within earshot with his tales of woe. Sounds like a great idea for a movie. Let's do it!" ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 10, 2006
1/4 46%

The Ice Harvest (2005)

"Ice Harvest, sir, is no Groundhog Day." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 23, 2005
2/4 51%

Ellie Parker (2005)

"Watts is alternately annoying, sympathetic and hilarious in the title role. She's always entertaining." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 18, 2005
2.5/4 58%

Never Been Thawed (2005)

"What we're left with is a movie filled with cultural gags that mock without achieving the level of good satire. Sometimes, alas, being funny just isn't enough." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 4, 2005
2/4 No Score Yet

The Californians (2006)

"So leaden and obvious it's too somnambulant to be funny." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 21, 2005
2/4 27%

Stay (2005)

"A pretty package that's empty on the inside." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 21, 2005
1/4 43%

Three Dancing Slaves (2005)

"A luscious yet ultimately empty film." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 7, 2005
4/4 89%

Tony Takitani (2005)

"Whether you view it as a metaphor for a country or a singular study of the human condition, Tony Takitani explores the borders between solitude and loneliness, hunger and consumption, memory and loss." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 2, 2005
1/4 24%

9 Songs (2005)

"This disappointing new film from director Michael Winterbottom suffers from a similar malaise: It's poetic and pretty, strives for profundity without attaining it, and finally ends up saying nothing." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 12, 2005
3/4 94%

The Nomi Song (2005)

"Horn does more than simply pay homage to a late artist. He uses his subject to revisit the euphoria of artistic and musical culture at a crossroads, and in the process brings it, briefly and poignantly, back to life again." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2005
2/4 71%

Primer (2004)

"By turns inventive, confounding and obtuse, it doesn't always work, but it challenges, nonetheless." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 15, 2004
3/4 43%

The Brown Bunny (2004)

"It's a somber poem of a film sure to frustrate those who prefer resolution to ambiguity. Controversial hype aside, that indeterminacy is its primary draw." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2004
3/4 89%

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

"Transcends the rockumentary genre and becomes something uniquely its own." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2004
3/4 81%

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

"In exploring their deaths, Broomfield sheds light on his subjects' lives and art, reminding us why their loss still reverberates and their albums still sell in the millions." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2002

A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2004)

"A documentary that plays like a visual poem." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 21, 2002
3/4 93%

Scratch (2002)

"Pray has managed to create a historical document accessible enough for novices and credible enough for aficionados." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2002
1/4 24%

Snow Dogs (2002)

"There's little to recommend Snow Dogs, unless one considers cliched dialogue and perverse escapism a source of high hilarity." ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 18, 2002
3/4 81%

Better Living Through Circuitry (2000)

Quote not available. ‐San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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