Pat Graham

Pat Graham
Pat Graham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader
Publications: Chicago Reader

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% Over the Top (1987) The way to a kid's heart is through his daddy's biceps, though this big daddy looks more like terminal Dada. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
94% Blue Velvet (1986) The film casts its spell in countless odd ways, in the archetype-leaning imagery, eccentric tableau styling, and moth-in-candle-flame attraction to the subconscious twilight. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
No Score Yet Low Blow (1986) Man's deadliest weapon is his fists? Maybe, but watching this 1984 actioner could put you in a coma. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
93% The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) (1980) It's a strange, visionary work, highly formal and not easy of access, but compelling in a way that's almost impossible to describe. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
No Score Yet Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Sargent's enough of an action vet to grind out a watchable sequel, but too much of a TV hack to turn the arbitrary dramatics into anything but synthetic pulp. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2014
47% Three Amigos! (1986) On the whole there's not a lot of flesh on these cynically haphazard bones. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) This one's on automatic pilot all the way. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
78% Kitty Foyle (1940) Sam Wood, the El Supremo of Hollywood hackdom, squired this one to glory. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
75% Project X (1987) Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
90% Little Shop of Horrors (1986) The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
91% Stand by Me (1986) Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2011
81% Children of a Lesser God (1986) Hurt seems to be bucking for at least two Oscar nominations here: one for his performance, the other for best echo effects by an interpreter of signed speech. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
58% Spaceballs (1987) The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2011
100% Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984) The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2010
33% Creepshow 2 (1987) George Romero contributes the screenplay this time, basing it on some tastefully selected Stephen King morsels. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2010
63% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) It's George Miller's masterpiece, maybe even the best commercial film of 1998. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2010
71% The Killing of Sister George (1968) Robert Aldrich's "daring" 1968 mating of lesbianism and commerce was, as I recall, considered pretty tame even then; lord knows what it looks like today. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
71% The Living Daylights (1987) Expect the expected. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2008
70% An American Tail (1986) The overall quality of the animation -- baroquely executed if rather conventionally conceived -- makes it worth a look - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
50% Dragnet (1987) Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
58% The Transformers - The Movie (1986) A 1986 computer-animated feature based on a popular TV cartoon show, further inspired, no doubt, by the philanthropic desire of Japanese and American toy manufacturers to keep their kiddie customers rolling in robots. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2008
88% Sid and Nancy (1986) A few too many moralistic foreshadowings, but most of the time Cox's situations and characters develop on their own eloquently entropic terms. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2008
100% 'Round Midnight (1986) The director's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story of a black American saxman (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2008
88% Hollywood Shuffle (1982) Improv talent Robert Townsend is pretty much the whole show. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2008
92% Brian's Song (1970) Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
33% A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later (1986) Twenty years later and none the wiser for it. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
90% Down by Law (1986) On the whole I've had more fun in Cleveland. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2008
85% Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) It's grave, lumbering, arrhythmic, and bloated, an emotional hogwallow of catchpenny insights and easy sentimentality. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2007
83% Lethal Weapon (1987) Empty glitz in search of a style. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2007
91% Raising Arizona (1987) The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packed with clever clutter. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2007
95% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2007
95% The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi directed this 1983 horror feature fresh out of film school, and his anything-for-an-effect enthusiasm pays off in lots of formally inventive bits. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) The pop-up humor and smirkiness suggest Raimi's aspiring to the fashionable company of the brothers Coen, though on the basis of this strained effort I'd say he's overshot the mark. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2007
60% One Crazy Summer (1986) [A] bright, occasionally imbecilic teen comedy. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2007
81% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2007
86% River's Edge (1987) It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2007
100% Nayak (1974) Satyajit Ray's 1966 feature comes at the tail end of his early realist period, which included most of the films that won him his reputation in the West. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2007
82% Innerspace (1987) The plot is standard fantasy-adventure pulp, though director Joe Dante has so many screwball things going on in it that the comedy all but overwhelms the formulaic line of action. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986) I suspect the unconverted will want to be beamed up pronto. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2007
89% RoboCop (1987) There's a brooding, agonized quality to the violence that almost seems subversive, as if Verhoeven were both appalled and fascinated by his complicity in the toxic action rot. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2007
92% The Fly (1986) Image so much subverts intention that Jeff Goldblum's tragic flyperson finally seems more ludicrous than affecting, voyeuristically bizarre. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2007
80% Predator (1987) Despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2007
88% Planet of the Apes (1968) Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2007
15% Howard the Duck (1986) The duck doesn't fly, but did anyone ever really think it would? - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2007
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) By ordinary movie standards it's awful, but fans of cinematic dementia should have fun for about half an hour. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2007
67% Q (1982) Cohen's obviously having fun with the cheesy clay animation, and Michael Moriarty delivers an inspired, whacked-out performance as a small-time operater who tries to turn the monster into his own private bonanza, but the rest... is disengaged and sloppy. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2007
89% The Color of Money (1986) A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2007
88% Hoosiers (1986) Bobby Knight would not be amused, though Tark the Shark might've had a good laugh at the naive masquerade. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2007
96% Mafioso (1964) Filmed in Milan, Sicily, and New York, Alberto Lattuada's 1962 black comedy is one of his most critically suc - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2007
94% Manhunter (1986) I'm intrigued by that stylistic envelope: simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2007