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Robert K. Elder

Robert K. Elder
Robert K. Elder's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007) [Director To's] talent for documentary-style realism and navigating complex political systems sets him apart, though his nationalism puts him squarely in the mainstream. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 12, 2007
3/4 86% Election (Hak se wui) (2005) [Director To's] talent for documentary-style realism and navigating complex political systems sets him apart, though his nationalism puts him squarely in the mainstream. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 12, 2007
2/4 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2.5/4 71% Gay Sex in the 70s (2005) ... Lovett's tribute to a bygone era feels like it might resonate deeper if context and character overpowered story upon story of sexual excess. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 27, 2006
1/4 40% The Ringer (2005) In all its lobbying for our laughter, The Ringer feels too lawyered-up and politically positioned to trigger much laughter at all. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
2/4 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) A harmless, inoffensive bit of family programming during the holiday season -- and there's nothing wrong with that. But 'harmless' doesn't have to mean dull. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 20, 2005
2/4 10% Aeon Flux (2005) Ten years ago, Chung's animated Aeon Flux was groundbreaking, inspirational. It still is. Maybe another spin through Chung's Flux DVD set will wipe away all memory of its middling live-action cousin. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 5, 2005
1.5/4 33% The Kid & I (2005) Though The Kid & I falters as both a comedy and an After School Special, it works as a rather touching episode of This is Your Life, with a parade of cameos from Arnold's career that'll coax a sniffle or two from his family. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2005
1.5/4 6% Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) Yours, Mine & Ours isn't so much a movie as it is scene after scene of [Dennis] Quaid getting pelted with paint, food and other associated goo. But even as slapstick, it's a major snoozefest. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 22, 2005
2.5/4 36% Chicken Little (2005) In trying to be all things to all popcorn-buyers, Chicken Little comes off as a manic scramble to please everyone. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 3, 2005
2/4 19% Doom (2005) Despite some solid moves against viewer expectations, Doom ultimately embraces the cliched doom of all video game movies. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3.5/4 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Black's retro-noir reminds us why we love movies: because they can surprise us, even when we're ankle deep in bullet casings, bodies and enough twists to tie us in knots. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3/4 97% Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005) Beauchamp must be applauded for not only for his investigative daring but also for his unflinching courage. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 13, 2005
2.5/4 22% Two for the Money (2005) Pacino's bark is ultimately better than Two For the Money's bite. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2005
2/4 63% The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) Paxton hits the ball squarely in capturing the psychology of his characters, but hooks it into the sand trap of effects and thematic overselling. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
3.5/4 82% Serenity (2005) Serenity is a brash, funny, action-packed bit of sci-fi ecstasy. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
3.5/4 83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) If Nightmare Before Christmas was a jazzy pop number, Corpse Bride is a waltz--an elegant, deadly funny bit of macabre matrimony. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
2/4 12% The Man (2005) As long as airlines need sub-par comedies, The Man will have a home flying the friendly skies. On the ground, it goes nowhere. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2005
1/4 6% Underclassman (2005) Underclassman flunks out. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2005
2.5/4 52% Transporter 2 (2005) It's brainless, high-speed, popcorn fun. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 1, 2005
4/4 84% The Constant Gardener (2005) A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 31, 2005
2/4 8% Undiscovered (2005) A movie about artistic authenticity in search of its own. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2005
2.5/4 31% Valiant (2005) A mix of top-notch voice talents, standard computer animation and several missed story opportunities. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 18, 2005
3/4 71% My Date With Drew (2004) It does work, and winningly so, as a sharp comedy powered by Brian Herzlinger's disarming audacity and puckish self-deprecation. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 5, 2005
2/4 52% Secuestro Express (2005) Jakubowicz will undoubtedly become a filmmaker to follow, as soon as he understands what he wants to say -- not just how loud he wants to say it. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 5, 2005
3/4 73% Sky High (2005) A clever, cotton-candy- light self-parody to the superhero genre that's both effective and refreshing. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2005
0/4 53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) Offensively inhuman, uninspired and cruelly unoriginal. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2005
3.5/4 98% Murderball (2005) Murderball has all the ingredients of a powerful sports documentary: magnetic characters, triumph over adversity and bone-crunching action shots. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2005
1/4 32% UNDEAD (2005) Away from the killing field, the Spierigs' actors prove themselves to be the most zombie-like, devolving into a din of screechy bickering that'll leave you running for the exits. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 7, 2005
3/4 67% Deep Blue (2005) If nature films had genres, Deep Blue would be an action movie. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2005
1.5/4 41% Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) We learn about the value of family, listening to your heart and, above all, the importance of corporate sponsorship. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 22, 2005
3/4 40% High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005) Works like a filmic jigsaw puzzle, one that ultimately inverts the genre, and powered by a bloody confection of violence and girls running around in sweat-caked T-shirts. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2005
3/4 87% Saving Face (2005) Unexpected pregnancy and family politics can be heavy, dramatically explosive issues, but Wu tempers her direction with empathy and her script with well-placed laughs, attempting to bridge both cultural and generation gaps without alienating either. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2005
3/4 77% It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004) The formula doesn't entirely stick, but Dowse's visual veracity towers over any narrative shortcomings Tong presents. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 3, 2005
2/4 80% Cinderella Man (2005) Howard's relentless and flat-footed attack on our sympathies slips into monotony. The first half drags on for longer than it should, as we're told over and over that people were poor, very poor. Depressed even. Because it was the Depression. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2005
3/4 89% Brothers (2004) A talented director of ensembles and intimate scenes, Bier again proves herself a powerful, if occasionally overwrought, dramatist. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2005
2/4 63% Ladies in Lavender (2005) As compelling and original as this theme is, it's not enough to keep our attention, no matter how lovely the ladies in lavender are. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2005
2.5/4 41% Kicking & Screaming (2005) Ferrell sticks with it, kicking and screaming indeed, distracting us with his good-natured mugging until enough 'it's-not-about-winning' lessons to fill a sequel are pounded home. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 12, 2005
2/4 25% House of Wax (2005) The remake of House of Wax anchors itself firmly in the time-honored tradition of horror exploitations. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2005
3/4 60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Even if this new version of Hitchhiker doesn't quite capture it all, you'll still want to stick your thumb out and catch a ride. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2005
3/4 71% Sharks 3D (2005) It's a graceful, menacing view into of this animal and its breathtaking underworld of blue. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2005
4/4 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) A full-on-the-mouth, sloppy-wet kiss to Hong Kong martial arts movies. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2005
2/4 39% Sahara (2005) How many leaps of logic do you allow an action movie before that thin strand of suspended disbelief snaps? ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 7, 2005
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Place on Earth (2002) Too much going on, with too little focus. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2005
3.5/4 95% The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005) Irving's insightful, glorious little documentary reveals larger personal truths for her subject while exploring a hidden society of unwanted parrots. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2005
2/4 60% Steamboy (2005) Though visually stunning, suffered from some jarring edits, bizarre character reversals and general lack of narrative cohesiveness. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 17, 2005
3/4 81% Dear Frankie (2005) Both Mortimer and McElhone stitch together this carefully modulated little character piece, with McElhone shining particularly bright as Frankie. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 10, 2005
3/4 64% Robots (2005) Despite the occasional dent, Robots emerges as a compelling bit of comic clockwork. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 10, 2005
9% Man of the House (2005) It's not a perfect film, by far, but Jones' playful banter with his cheerleading charges remains light and just this side of predictable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 25, 2005
1.5/4 54% Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) Wayne Wang's Because of Winn-Dixie tries hard to be sweet but plays like Pollyanna with fleas. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2005