Rick Curnutte

Rick Curnutte

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Rick Curnutte's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 51%

For Your Consideration (2006)

"Where For Your Consideration fails the most is in its rather juvenile interpretation of how the entire awards season functions...there was a great film to be made here." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 25, 2006
A 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"[Stallone] is channeling all the animal and primal method instincts of the late Marlon Brando, and it's exciting to behold the aging actor rediscovering the innate power of his acting prowess." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 25, 2006
A+ 91%

The Departed (2006)

"It's the culmination of a lifelong examination of men and their violent ways...The Departed is, in my estimation, possibly the finest film Scorsese has ever made." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Nov 8, 2006
A 90%

Capote (2005)

"Capote is a taut, elegant work of cinematic expression...a major work." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Mar 21, 2006
D+ 22%

The Pink Panther (2006)

"Steve Martin...isn't quite up to the task...Shawn Levy...lacks the ability to reign in the broadness of the material, and the film suffers because of it." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Feb 10, 2006
A 72%

Bubble (2006)

"...an astonishingly unnerving piece of humanist cinema." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Feb 6, 2006
A- 61%

Hostel (2006)

"...Roth has crafted a supremely political film, one that lambasts the jocular xenophobia of the typical American..." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jan 23, 2006
B 67%

The Land of College Prophets (2005)

"The Land of College Prophets could easily become the first genuine cult hit of the DV era. " ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jan 18, 2006
A+ 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"Brokeback Mountain is a grand, romantic, staggeringly great epic...the best film of the year." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 15, 2005
A 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"Walk the Line is a powerful piece of work, a modern-day Rebel Without a Cause...a potent bit of filmmaking" ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 3, 2005
C- 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"Though bits of this plodding film work pretty well...Broken Flowers is a mixed bag of vignettes." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 3, 2005
B 19%

Doom (2005)

"For my money, Doom is the best of the video game adaptations (quite possibly the weakest status label I've ever given a film)." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Oct 27, 2005
C- 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"Once Red Eye leaves the confines of the plane cabin and attempts to open up into a more standard thriller, it loses steam...and intrigue" ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Aug 29, 2005
A+ 76%

Tropical Malady (2005)

"[a]haunting masterpiece...He [Weerasethakul] is one of the most expressive, important contemporary; his abilities as a master formalist are a large reason for this." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 19, 2005
A- 92%

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

"Perhaps the best movie musical of the past decade" ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Jul 19, 2005
B 86%

Chicago (2002)

"This sturdy update of the classic musical, features solid vocal performances from the leads" ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Jul 19, 2005
B+ 97%

Cabaret (1972)

"Liza Minnelli is revelatory as cabaret dancer Sally Bowles." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Jul 19, 2005
B+ 94%

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

"A brilliantly acted, tautly directed incarnation of David Mamet's explosive office-politic treatise." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Jul 19, 2005
A 98%

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

"Probably the best-realized translation of Tennessee Williams we've seen on screen...a gold standard" ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Jul 19, 2005
D 35%

Hostage (2005)

"...the whole thing creeps toward the end under the weight of an overbearing narrative." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 19, 2005
D+ 16%

Cursed (2005)

"Cursed, somehow, manages to not be scary, not be funny and not be involving, all of which Craven & Co. are so painfully reaching to attain." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 19, 2005
D- 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"This new adaptation is sorely lacking in nearly everything that made FF such a blast. It's poorly acted, written and directed." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 11, 2005
A 73%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"Land of the Dead is probably the best-directed film in Romero's canon. It is a stunningly crafted genre work, a film of potent political import." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 11, 2005
C- 46%

Dark Water (2005)

"Salles' Dark Water abandoned what was an intriguing dramatic narrative and wasted it on what seemed like four climaxes, none of them in service of what came before." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jul 11, 2005
A 47%

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

"Jack and Rose bears a haunting economy of style that appears as near-minimalist...Miller realizes her own screenplay with a stunning lack of self-consciousness." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jun 17, 2005
C 40%

High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

"Haute Tension is the epitome of manufactured terror...succeeds greatly in its first two-thirds, but the contrived, implausible climax leaves much to be desired." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jun 17, 2005
C 20%

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

"It's essentially a retread of the Spy Kids films...I'd love to see [Rodriguez] invest the...passion he displayed in Sin City into one of these children's films." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Jun 17, 2005
A 36%

Murder, Set, Pieces (2004)

"Murder-Set-Pieces is a truly pure cinematic expression of violent sexual rage...perhaps the greatest serial killer film ever made" ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 25, 2005
A+ 79%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

"Revenge of the Sith is [Lucas'] great Star Wars swan song. It is, and will likely remain, the best film of the year... a true masterpiece. " ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 20, 2005
B 60%

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

"This update, muscular and surprising, captures Carpenter's spirit, if not his pared-down, Hawksian formalism." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 17, 2005
F 1%

Alone in the Dark (2005)

"It's tepid cinema, truncated, abbreviated...The worst film of the year. " ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 17, 2005
A 65%

Danny the Dog (2005)

"Unleashed...is...a rich cinematic experience...A brutal, yet thoughtful, action picture." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 16, 2005
F 25%

House of Wax (2005)

"House of Wax is no mere failed attempt on cashing in on a recognizable name...it's...the complete and utter bastardization of a great genre work" ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 12, 2005
D 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"Ridley Scott has concocted his most sloppy film to date, a cringe-worthy epic of the Crusades that says absolutely nothing about the Crusades." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 6, 2005
A+ 88%

F for Fake (1974)

"This will surely be the DVD release of the year. Criterion has finally brought to DVD a wonderful transfer of Orson Welles' most playfully masterful film..." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 3, 2005
B+ 90%

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

"Equal parts Chuck Jones, Buster Keaton, Bubsy Berkeley and Bruce Lee, Kung Fu Hustle tows every line perfectly." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 3, 2005
D 60%

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

"mannered, forced and inconsistent...uninspired...a narrative and thematic mess, thrown together, lacking any authorial focus." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted May 3, 2005
B+ 78%

Sin City (2005)

"Sin City marks a substantial leap forward in Rodriguez's film craft...[Rodriguez's vision is] fiercely committed." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Apr 7, 2005
B- 69%

Hitch (2005)

"Perhaps the warmest surprise of the year so far is Andy Tennant's smart, big-hearted romantic comedy" ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Mar 18, 2005
B+ 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Constantine is...kinky, funny and fresh...a true Gothic action spectacular..." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Feb 19, 2005
C- 96%

Sideways (2004)

"...suffers from Alexander Payne's recurring broad brushstrokes...reductive, anti-intellectual..." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 20, 2004
D 52%

Spanglish (2004)

"...a sloppy, near-disaster of a picture, in which confusion and tedium are present in nearly every frame." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 20, 2004
D+ 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"...has absolutely no cinematic spark or vision for framing the implications of what Dr. Kinsey accomplished." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 20, 2004
A 68%

Closer (2004)

"Closer is Mike Nichols' finest film since Carnal Knowledge...a masterpiece." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Dec 14, 2004
A- 78%

Bad Santa (2003)

"Bad Santa never compromises its singularly offensive-though refreshing-vision, and that's something to celebrate." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Nov 18, 2004
B 71%

The Ref (1994)

"Leary, along with Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey, is at the top of his game in this bitterly funny black comedy." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Nov 18, 2004
B+ 94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"...combines the droll, macabre imagination of Burton with the pure joy of the discovery of Christmas spirit." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Nov 18, 2004
B+ 81%

Ray (2004)

"Taylor Hackford's affecting Ray manages to sidestep nearly all [biopic] roadblocks...Here, against all expectations, he's delivered a gold standard...artist biopic. " ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Nov 18, 2004
B No Score Yet

Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

"A delightful animated film for kids and adults alike." ‐ Columbus CityScene
Posted Nov 12, 2004
A 63%

New Guy (2004)

"New Guy is fresh, witty and concise...and marks the arrival of a major new filmmaker." ‐ TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Posted Nov 12, 2004
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