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Rachel Deahl

Rachel Deahl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22%

Taking Lives (2004)

"With its French Canadian setting and strong (rather, strong-looking) cast, Taking Lives is elevated above its genre cliches." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 16, 2004
64%

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

"...Director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) proves once again that he has a hand for feel-good comedies." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 16, 2004
17%

The Perfect Score (2004)

"The Perfect Score is amenable, enjoyable and as quickly forgotten as all those tricks you learned in your SAT prep class." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 16, 2004
27%

Paycheck (2003)

"Coming up short on just about everything - from the casting and dialog to the action sequences - Woo rides the high of a strong story into the ground." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Jan 8, 2004
71%

Cold Mountain (2003)

"...It does achieve, if only intermittently, the aching feelings of love and loss, for both country and countrymen, that Frazier depicted so unforgettably in his novel." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Jan 8, 2004
95%

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

"The Return of the King delivers the same awe-inspiring visuals as Jackson's two previous films without ever coming off like it's simply 'more of the same.'" Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Dec 23, 2003
61%

Stuck on You (2003)

"...Winds up trying to tug at your heart strings more than strike your funny bone" Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Dec 18, 2003
14%

Gothika (2003)

"...ultimately reduced to a barrage of unintentionally hilarious one-liners." ‐Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary)
Posted Nov 25, 2003
36%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

"...Although the story's high on gore and low on almost everything else, Leatherface still inspires a hell of a lot more fear than Freddy or Jason." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Nov 5, 2003
92%

School of Rock (2003)

"...With School of Rock director Richard Linklater delivers a warm-hearted and irresistible valentine to the music he loves. " Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Nov 5, 2003
62%

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

"...Some unexpectedly good subplots and beautiful scenery make this fluff particularly palatable." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Oct 1, 2003
82%

Matchstick Men (2003)

"Matchstick Men ultimately plays its audience for the fool. And while the sting is well orchestrated and enjoyable, the effect is fleeting." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Oct 1, 2003
79%

Open Range (2003)

"Thankfully the director who made Dances With Wolves shines through here, mostly overshadowing that guy who gave us Waterworld and The Postman." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Aug 20, 2003
48%

S.W.A.T. (2003)

"Played out like a cop show that should have been cancelled seasons ago, S.W.A.T. is nothing if not boring." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
54%

American Wedding (2003)

"Luckily the creative minds behind the third installment in this teen trilogy haven't run out of things for their young stars to hump..." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
24%

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)

"Although Jolie is perfect in the lead with her cartoonishly provocative figure, the comely starlet can't make this shoddy story work." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

"Clocking in at a shockingly long two and a half hours, this campy Evil Dead homage from director Gore Verbinski is nonetheless giddy fun." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
70%

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

"The amusing freshness of T2 is unsuccessfully recycled in this less superior carbon copy." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
43%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"A wonderful pastiche of seventies and eighties pop culture, Full Throttle is a kitschy joyride complete with wonderful cameos, joyous dance numbers and acrobatic ***-kicking." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
11%

Alex & Emma (2003)

"The tepid lead characters, housed by actors who don't even share any chemistry, finally have nowhere to go in a film as flat as its interior dime-store novel." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
30%

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

"...a buddy cop picture looking for a punch line and a plotline." Pulse Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2003
36%

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

"A crude, sloppy, four-wheeled extravaganza; the best thing about this sequel is that it's not quite as bad as its ridiculous title indicates." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Jun 6, 2003
99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Finding Nemo is a witty and epic adventure packed in unlikely wrapping." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted May 29, 2003
73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"A thrilling and brilliantly flawed film, Reloaded is ultimately a deceptive meditation on the most unlikely of subjects: the impossibility of sequeling an already perfect film." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted May 15, 2003
27%

Daddy Day Care (2003)

"...doesn't offer much beyond cute faces and forgettable poop jokes." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted May 14, 2003
86%

X2: X-Men United (2003)

"An infectiously good time, X2 will no doubt make you forget about the doldrums of human existence and leave you wondering what kind of mutant you'd most like to be." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted May 1, 2003
62%

Identity (2003)

"Filmed on a set that looks as if it has been lovingly and skillfully resurrected from the Bates Motel lot, Identity deftly weaves a familiar yarn around an homage to a screen classic." ‐Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary)
Posted Apr 25, 2003
35%

The Real Cancun (2003)

"At best [The Real Cancun] is 90 minutes spent with a group of mind-numbingly uninteresting exhibitionists who would have served themselves, and America, better with a half-hour on The Jerry Springer Show." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 24, 2003
31%

Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

"As the star and chief writer of Malibu's Most Wanted, Kennedy is writ large here, delivering the same hit-and-miss antics that regularly crop up on his TV show." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 17, 2003
43%

Anger Management (2003)

"Coming off of roles in which they both brilliantly played against type, Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler...return to form with this standard comedy." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Apr 11, 2003
2.5/5 63%

Unknown Pleasures (2003)

"While there are some beautifully shot, subtle moments in the film that encapsulate the desperation and degradation of the characters, the director ends up alienating his audience in an attempt to display the alienation of his characters." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2003
29%

The Hunted (2003)

"...a refreshing action movie that relies more heavily on solid filmmaking than poorly executed, computer-generated effects." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Mar 17, 2003
26%

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

"With too little Li and too much DMX, Cradle would have been better served if these players had been allowed to stick to what they do best, with Li fighting and DMX singing." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Mar 7, 2003
34%

Bringing Down the House (2003)

"In this ill-conceived comedy of errors...racial stereotypes and bottom-of-the-barrel humor abound." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Mar 7, 2003
3/5 96%

Ripley's Game (2003)

"An unusually smart entry into the thriller/mystery genre." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2003
85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"Payne constructs a hilarious ode to middle America and middle age with this unlikely odyssey, featuring a pathetic, endearing hero who is all too human." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Jan 2, 2003
96%

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"Director Peter Jackson delights with seamless CG-effects, strong storytelling, and more compelling characters than anything found in that galaxy far, far away." Ace Weekly (Lexington, KY)
Posted Dec 23, 2002
40%

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

"Writhing under dialogue like 'You're from two different worlds' and 'Tonight the maid is a lie and this, this is who you are,' this schlock-filled fairy tale hits new depths of unoriginality and predictability." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Dec 13, 2002
66%

Solaris (2002)

"...Although Solaris finally embraces a more hopeful ending than it should, the journey there is an incredibly fruitful one." Pulse Weekly
Posted Dec 11, 2002
3.5/5 72%

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

"The kind of film that you hope makes it onto the TV screens of every high school class in the country." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2002
50%

Jurassic Park III (2001)

"Returning to Jurassic Park a second time wasn't the most fruitful journey ... it's no surprise that the third trip back to the dinosaur-ridden island borders on the offensive." Baltimore City Paper
Posted Nov 18, 2002
74%

Songcatcher (2001)

"Though writer/director Maggie Greenwald wraps her story around a wincingly trite yarn ... she keeps her film afloat by focusing on the music. But, when the tunes stop, so does the magic." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2002
71%

Baby Boy (2001)

"An unfortunate hybrid of Oedipal and Peter Pan complexes, Singleton's film is a mishmash of half-cocked ideas and unrealized sentiments." Baltimore City Paper
Posted Nov 18, 2002
60%

The Anniversary Party (2001)

"Focusing on the relationship between Sally and Joe ... The Anniversary Party reveals itself as a devastating parable about love, unfolding much like a stage play." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2002
82%

The Deep End (2001)

"A stunning and stylish update of The Reckless Moment (1949), the sophomore effort from Siegel and McGehee is a taut psychological drama that lingers long after its credits roll." Baltimore City Paper
Posted Nov 18, 2002
55%

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

"Although November 1 seems a bit early to get into the Christmas spirit, even for the most ardent holiday fanatics ... The Santa Clause 2 is enough to set any scrooge aglow with the X-mas bug." Pulse Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2002
69%

Red Dragon (2002)

"As Norton and Hopkins exchange barbs and witticisms, the desire to see the Dr. Lechter of yore chatting it up with a pensive, redheaded, Jody Foster never quite dissipates." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Nov 8, 2002
81%

Road to Perdition (2002)

"...Mendes manages once again to use his overt direction to create a quietly powerful film." Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Posted Nov 8, 2002
76%

8 Mile (2002)

"Book-ended by two pivotal and compelling sequences, 8 Mile, like its star, is best when it focuses on the music." Ace Weekly (Lexington, KY)
Posted Nov 8, 2002
3/5 82%

Derrida (2002)

"It's incredibly enjoyable to watch Derrida pick apart, and fight against, the very process and premise of making a film about someone, particularly him." ‐Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2002
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