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Paul Attanasio

Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

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81% Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) "Down and Out,"... is a failed fish-out-of-water story.‐ Washington Post
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88% The Breakfast Club (1985) Taking place almost entirely in one room, "The Breakfast Club" is the kind of movie -- and the kind of play -- that's hardly seen anymore. And good riddance.‐ Washington Post
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78% Pretty in Pink (1986) ... in the end "Pretty in Pink" is as fraudulent as the junk it's supposed to transcend.‐ Washington Post
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50% The Razor's Edge (1984) An adaptation of the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, this longtime pet project of Murray's will only disappoint his many fans.‐ Washington Post
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91% Desert Hearts (1986) ... this is an astonishingly polished and nuanced first film. It deserves to be celebrated, not quibbled with.‐ Washington Post
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83% The Flamingo Kid (1984) The movie has an engaging surface, but it's all surface -- it's like watching an outsize TV.‐ Washington Post
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94% Manhunter (1986) ... "Manhunter" is a gory and gorgeous cop thriller...‐ Washington Post
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17% Breakin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo (1984) Such aggressive photography could lend John Candy the grace of Gregory Hines.‐ Washington Post
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95% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) ... an unremarkable documentary about the San Francisco politico...‐ Washington Post
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79% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) It's comic books in a Cuisinart, all costumes and cute monikers and no story, a sort of case history of just what's wrong with sequelitis.‐ Washington Post
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92% Witness (1985) What saves "Witness" is its cast, and Weir's artistry in orchestrating and modulating their performances.‐ Washington Post
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54% Vision Quest (1985) That's the problem with all of "Vision Quest" -- when the movie ends with Louden narrating off-screen his "live for today" philosophy, it's plausible in his mouth, a joke for adults.‐ Washington Post
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86% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) The movie's four hours long, but no one had the time to write a single real character.‐ Washington Post
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93% The Killing Fields (1984) ... a visually arresting epic guaranteed to capture the hearts and minds of its audience.‐ Washington Post
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No Score Yet Marie - A True Story (1985) Despite a truly remarkable study in Wonder Bread villainy by Jeff Daniels, "Marie: A True Story" is never more than a TV-style docudrama about Fighting Back.‐ Washington Post
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33% Creator (1985) How did a movie this mindlessly saccharine ever get made?‐ Washington Post
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71% The Little Drummer Girl (1984) Like an enchanted escape artist, director George Roy Hill has pulled off that rarest of Hollywood feats -- the thriller of ideas.‐ Washington Post
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50% Power (1986) Before it turns slack and sentimental, "Power," Sidney Lumet's foray into the world of political consultants, crackles with a kind of moral static.‐ Washington Post
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77% Body Double (1984) ... "Body Double" finds Brian De Palma at the zenith of his cinematic virtuosity.‐ Washington Post
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56% Dune (1984) As you would expect from visionary director David Lynch, it is a movie of often staggering visual power, the most ambitious science fiction film since "2001"; it's also stupefyingly dull and disorderly.‐ Washington Post
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50% Mischief (1985) "Mischief," in other words, is echt teen sex comedy, hitting its marks in the way a skilled carpenter drives home his millionth nail.‐ Washington Post
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88% The Brother from Another Planet (1984) Sayles is no storyteller; despite the verve of its language, "The Brother From Another Planet" eventually sags of its own weight.‐ Washington Post
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45% Agnes of God (1985) What "Agnes of God" needed was a director like David "Scanners" Cronenberg, the Bergman of blood, who would compose a fantasia upon it, drag it down to its B-movie roots.‐ Washington Post
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58% Falling in Love (1984) Can contemporary romance be this flat?‐ Washington Post
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92% Lost Horizon (1937) Great directors are perhaps best understood by their failures, and such is the case with "Lost Horizon.‐ Washington Post
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62% Ladyhawke (1985) Unfortunately, director Richard Donner never quite gets the tone right, and the pace is positively stuporous. The horses gallop, but the film barely canters.‐ Washington Post
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80% An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino) (1977) "An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano" is buoyed by a cast that is uniformly excellent...‐ Washington Post
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36% Mrs. Soffel (1984) In "Mrs. Soffel," director Gillian Armstrong is so enthralled with her feminist message that she never lets her story breathe.‐ Washington Post
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25% Protocol (1984) "Protocol" is the kind of corny screwball comedy you thought nobody made anymore.‐ Washington Post
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71% Micki + Maude (1984) Who expected Dudley Moore to be a cerebral actor?‐ Washington Post
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40% The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) "The Legend of Billie Jean" is partly intended as a satire of the American machine of celebrity, but it's mostly supposed to be taken straight, and much of the fun of the movie lies in trying to tell the two apart.‐ Washington Post
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29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) They're not movies so much as variety shows featuring talented young comics.‐ Washington Post
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20% Iron Eagle (1986) ... there's no apparent logic to any of this, except as a way to capitalize on the current vogue for imperialist fervor and steal the thunder from Paramount's "Top Gun,"...‐ Washington Post
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78% Better Off Dead (1985) Mired in this is Cusack ("The Sure Thing"), an unusually adept verbal comedian not so adept (to his credit) at this kind of slapstick.‐ Washington Post
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95% Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Daring in its conception but made with a watchmaker's care, "Stranger Than Paradise" is a playfully eclectic, formally perfect gem. It is also a persistently funny film that owes as much to "The Honeymooners" as it does to the avant-garde.‐ Washington Post
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30% Secret Admirer (1985) Director David Greenwalt has brought "Secret Admirer" a sense of visual style, some energy and a few good zingers, but the movie (which he cowrote with Jim Kouf) is smothered by the formula.‐ Washington Post
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86% A Private Function (1985) "A Private Function" is an amusing farce in the tradition of old Ealing studio comedies like "The Lavender Hill Mob," and like those movies, it never quite ignites.‐ Washington Post
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84% Runaway Train (1985) "Runaway Train" isn't just bad -- it's bodaciously bad, grotesquely overblown, lurid in its emotion, big ideas on its brain.‐ Washington Post
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50% Lady Jane (1986) Overall, the movie is cloddishly composed, with awkward zooms and theatrical blocking.‐ Washington Post
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No Score Yet Moving Violations (1985) ... just "Police Academy" all over again, without laughs.‐ Washington Post
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10% Supergirl (1984) Movies like "Supergirl" succeed when they have fun with their material, rather than making fun of it.‐ Washington Post
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31% The Best of Times (1986) ... what it really resembles, more than anything, is a teen comedy populated by adults.‐ Washington Post
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50% The Jewel of the Nile (1985) Director Lewis Teague uses the frame the way a magician uses a hat or a handkerchief: surprises are always popping into it, or out of its shadows.‐ Washington Post
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80% The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) Thank heavens these spies come in from the cold -- it's frozen their brains.‐ Washington Post
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43% The Last Dragon (1985) An intoxicating blend of comedy, kung fu, corny romance, special effects and rock videos, it's as electrically sleepless as the New York it's set against.‐ Washington Post
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20% City Heat (1984) ... the movie's never as good as it might have been.‐ Washington Post
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88% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) ... a flaccid gabfest from beginning to end that manages to both undermine politics and trivialize art.‐ Washington Post
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72% Murphy's Romance (1985) ... an enjoyable, if decidedly minor, love story...‐ Washington Post
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77% Silverado (1985) The western is back, and with writer/director Lawrence Kasdan at the reins, you're glad to see it.‐ Washington Post
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67% Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) ... it's a perfectly agreeable family entertainment, a craftsmanlike fantasia on Conan Doyle.‐ Washington Post
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