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R. Kurt Osenlund

R. Kurt Osenlund
R. Kurt Osenlund's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 31% Adore (2013) A work that's deadly serious and yet so goofily unbound that, in some scenes, incest truly seems like it's on the scandalous menu. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/4 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Some of the film's most memorable moments involve Niall and Liam looking down on oceans of screaming devotees in the street, and controlling their cheers like orchestra conductors. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2013
1/4 2% Getaway (2013) Though always speeding forward in some gear of ridiculousness, the film is a lot more fun when it's completely nonsensical, before its baddie's motives and harebrained plot are funnel-fed to the viewer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/4 75% You're Next (2013) You're Next brazenly merges the home-invasion thriller with the dysfunctional family dramedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) The movie blasts by for a while as an odd and busy slice of highly watchable garbage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) There's tremendous dramatic value to the aching and sometimes devastating scenes that home in on these kids' private torments. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2013
0/4 27% Jobs (2013) Steered by a lead actor and director, Joshua Michael Stern, who are both way out of their respective leagues, Jobs is excrutiating, failing to entertain and all but pissing on its subject's grave. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
1/4 25% Planes (2013) The film feels second-rate in every sense, from the quality of its animation to its C-list voice cast. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2013
.5/4 42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) I'll tell you what's insane: the probability that folks will go easy on this dreck because it's aimed at younger viewers, who are being distressingly trained to expect little from their art. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) Viewer/character solidarity only holds up for so long, and the film falls hard into twisty, nonsense territory, skipping over its stronger themes in the process. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) This may be the year's best superhero movie because, for a sufficient amount of time, it doesn't feel like a superhero movie at all. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2013
2.5/4 67% Turbo (2013) As a film about social issues, and simply being yourself, it's commendably progressive, going so far as serving as a kind of coming-out story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2013
1.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) The movie, of course, barrels toward climax upon climax, and while possibly better photographed, the crashes, bangs, and booms are no less numbing than anything else you've seen in this summer of garbage blockbusters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2013
1/4 50% White House Down (2013) Roland Emmerich makes love of country into a thing of unabashed hokum, which bleeds through every nook of this overstuffed jumble and leaves no character untouched. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1/4 65% Unfinished Song (2013) Part end-of-life romance, part grossly manipulative mush, the film tries to stare grief and mortality in the face while practically shitting rainbows. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 60% The Bling Ring (2013) Sofia Coppola seems curiously unmotivated to bring full analysis or provocation to her themes, leaving the film feeling like a disappointingly toothless satire. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
1/4 50% Free Samples (2013) An angry indie that favors hollow ridicule over credibility. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2.5/4 22% Violet & Daisy (2013) A twisted, spirited exercise in stark juxtaposition, a grindhouse fairy tale of sorts that pairs the sugary sweet with the nastily violent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/4 74% The East (2013) It showcases the evolving interests and talents of Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, but expands them and channels them into a more traditional thriller framework. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
2.5/4 64% Epic (2013) Epic is a major aesthetic triumph for Blue Sky Studios. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2013
3/4 49% Black Rock (2013) Layered conflicts mount as this lean film treks on, and they're not limited to gender politics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2013
2/4 42% The English Teacher (2013) The second recent release that aims to channel great, time-honored storytelling without being able to tell a great story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2013
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) When The Great Gatsby actually stops to breathe, there is some greatness to be found, however brief it may be. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2013
0/4 49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) Matthew Miele has made a department store of a documentary, stocked to the hilt with an obscene inventory of storylines, talking heads, and utterly tasteless choices. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2013
1/4 8% The Host (2013) Its title, very graciously, doesn't end with a "Part 1," but The Host sure has enough plot points and ideas to fill two installments. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/4 68% Trance (2013) It's all provocatively kooky, and ample spoilers forbid ample explanation, but Trance also draws out Boyle's less dazzling commercial side, not to mention his penchant for whirling excess. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Küf (Mold) (2012) Küf's strongest elements may be its seemingly aimless subplots, which are essentially dismissed just as they're introduced, with minimal warning or explanation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
1.5/4 38% Admission (2013) The estrogenic elements prove widely ineffectual, but they're just pieces of this overlong, overloaded misfire whose double-entendre title ultimately just goads the jaded viewer to admit defeat. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2013
.5/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) This epic waste of $190 million plunders the grab bag of overused plotlines, failing to put its own stamp on much of anything. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2013
3/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) Melissa McCarthy is riveting in simply-penned moments of remorse and confession, adding tearful depth to her ace timing and formidable physical comedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2013
2.5/4 35% LUV (2013) As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2013
1.5/4 45% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) The movie is something of a compositional nightmare, worlds away, one might say, from the artistry so associated with Cirque. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) Mothers and sons deserve an amiable comedy they can share, but this one is faulty long before the requisite freeway breakdown. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2012
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The tone of Jackson's latest is, appropriately, much more jovial than that of Rings, which unfolds in an era far more stricken with despair. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Dec 13, 2012
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The tone of Jackson's latest is, appropriately, much more jovial than that of Rings, which unfolds in an era far more stricken with despair. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2012
1.5/4 79% Quartet (2013) For a movie that aims to make four artists' last spotlit hurrah a revel-worthy moment, Quartet shouldn't urge the viewer to welcome the closing of the curtain. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2012
2.5/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Characters are better employed; emotions are, for once, palpable; and the selfishness of Bella, author Stephenie Meyer's avatar, is finally somewhat squelched. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2.5/4 67% Price Check (2012) The script is teeming with informed jargon about the business of supermarket pricing, and with actors like Posey as its vessel, the dialogue rings with an unlikely blend of fascination and farce. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) Steven Spielberg's film may further the heroism so associated with its subject, and favor a liberal viewpoint that leers down at the Confederates, but it's no bleeding-heart glamorization. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2.5/4 25% Fun Size (2012) It pairs modern attitude with John Hughesian tropes, and it's odd enough, in spurts, to boast originality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/4 93% The Sessions (2012) It's the rare film to sell sex as something truly tender and life-affirming, and Helen Hunt, in particular, is lovely and poignant. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2012
3.5/4 78% Flight (2012) A unique, audacious studio movie, kicking off as a star-driven spectacle before whittling itself down to a raw and riveting character study. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2012
3/4 93% No (2013) A singular biopic and a snapshot of a society renewed, No unaffectedly celebrates faith in democracy, and, surprisingly, truth in advertising. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3.5/4 90% Gayby (2012) While Jonathan Lisecki is well in tune with his film's niche market, his knack for comedy, both visual and verbal, is universally hilarious. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2012
2/4 43% The Paperboy (2012) The Paperboy deserves to be seen for its pulpy, well-executed excess, but as a filmmaker, Lee Daniels seems ignorant of how the shocks distract from the story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2012
3/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) The second act shifts the film from a lazy and comfy litany of introductions to a riveting fantasia of pure cinema. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
2.5/4 33% Won't Back Down (2012) One of its strengths is a knowledge of when to unfurl information, particularly for the strongest emotional effect. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2012
1.5/4 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) The filmmakers bite off far more than they're able to chew, resulting in an odd blend of touched-upon topics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2012
1/4 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) Clint Eastwood makes his infamous chair speech look like chapter one of a season of self-parody. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2.5/4 70% Liberal Arts (2012) Liberal Arts provides a peek into what makes Josh Radnor tick, and what he cares about outside his mainstream-targeted sitcom. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2012