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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 0% T.R. Baskin (1971) The problem is that everyone in the movie acts so stupidly. Real people of average intelligence would have cut through this plot in about three minutes, and the movie would have been over. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Hero at Large (1980) Hero at Large is a big, dumb, silly, good-hearted albatross of a comedy that may find an audience among John Ritter fans but did not find one with me.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Crime and Passion (1975) If you somehow find yourself viewing Crime and Passion, notice the complete confusion of plot and tone.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The River Niger (1976) The River Niger, a film about a series of crises in an American black family, has good intentions and several very well-acted scenes. But its direction is a mess.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Black Windmill (1974) The Black Windmill commits the one crime no thriller can be pardoned for. It's not thrilling. It's also terribly passive and static, and Siegel directs Caine almost to a standstill.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Mr. Ricco (1975) Mr. Ricco keeps us waiting through two hours of yawn inducing "suspense" for an ending that's totally off the wall.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Counterpoint (1967) Counterpoint is possibly the most unlikely war movie of 1968, but it has a perverse charm and a lot of good classical music.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Pendulum (1969) It's so badly written and indifferently directed that it degrades its subject; a few more movies like this could put lawnorder out of business for good.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Duffy (1968) Duffy is a movie mostly made up of pauses. Unhappily, Parrish does not understand the pause, and so what we mostly get are dead spaces with James Coburn smiling enigmatically.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Where It's At (1969) Janssen is the best thing in this dreary, disjointed project.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet First Love (1970) When a movie moves slowly we're supposed to appreciate the "pacing," and it is a great day when a director "succeeds in establishing a mood," even if that mood is boredom in the audience.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971) The thing about Millhouse is that the same film could have been made about anybody. It is not specifically, uniquely, or revealingly about Nixon.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Last Run (1971) The movie forgets what kinds of characters it's developed and gives us an ending we can't accept.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Monkey Hustle (1976) Monkey Hustle is a good-hearted muddle, a totally confused movie that manages to be fun from time to time.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Norman...Is That You? (1976) The movie isn't much (and it's based on a Broadway play that was even less), but while Foxx is onscreen we're willing to forgive it a lot.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Shadow of the Hawk (1976) Vincent is one of the more engaging young American actors, but this time he's given almost nothing to work with.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Hawmps! (1976) It's about camels, and it makes one thing perfectly clear: Camels are not as endearing as dogs.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Shark's Treasure (1975) The movie's never convincing enough to really involve us.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Framed (1975) I suppose movies like this are a living for Baker, but if he wants to put together any kind of career he should choose more carefully.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) There are songs and production numbers from the great 1930s musicals and newsreel footage of the rioting strikers at Ford, and animated sequences, and Will Rogers kidding FDR and Rudy Vallee singing the title song. But to what purpose?‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Return of Count Yorga (The Abominable Count Yorga) (1971) I'm convinced we're taking vampires, ghouls and zombies much too casually these days.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 25% Waterloo (1970) Bondarchuk is so overwhelmed by the thousands of Russian cavalry troops he's been given to play with, and by his $25 million budget, and by-his obsession for aerial photography, that his leading characters turn out scarcely more human than his extras.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Banditi a Milano (The Violent Four) (1968) Never in your life have you seen so many cops and robbers hanging out the windows of speeding automobiles and machine-gunning each other.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1968) [A] bad, artless, stupid movie.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Vivre pour Vivre (Live for Life) (1967) [Live for Life] has all of the faults of A Man and a Women and none of the virtues and is an ugly and corrupt film which pretends to be beautiful and ethical.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 100% Infra-Man (Zhong guo chao ren) (1975) The movie's totally, almost joyfully absurd... It's a classy, slick production by the Shaw Brothers, the Hong Kong kung fu kings. When they stop making movies like Infra-Man, a little light will go out of the world.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/4 90% Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976) I think it should be approached like a piece of music, in which we comprehend everything in terms of mood and aura, and know how it makes us feel even if we can't say what it makes us think.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/4 95% The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) (1975) Ingmar Bergman has never before made a movie so warm, happy and innocent... It's as if all this joy has been building up inside him during the great decade of metaphysical films beginning with Persona.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/4 91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 68% The Aristocats (1970) The Aristocats is in there with the good ones. It is light and pleasant and funny, the characterization is strong, and the voices of Phil Harris and Eva Gabor are charming in their absolute rightness. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Perfect Friday (1970) A movie made of froth and sweep-second hands and Ursula Andress. It is of absolutely no consequence or importance at all, but it's nice while you're watching it. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Evil Knievel (1971) The life of Evel Knievel contains the same seeds of self-doom as a Dostoevski character's. That's what I miss in the current George Hamilton movie version, despite its generally interesting texture and its flicks of black humor.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1971) The sound is first rate, for one thing, and director Pierre Adidge has some idea of why Cocker electrifies a crowd. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) There's a certain flabbiness in its philosophy. And yet, I reacted very favorably to some scenes in the film, and I think Hoffman's two long scenes with Barbara Harris are among the best cinema I've seen in some time.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Go-Between (1970) Joseph Losey's The Go-Between is about class distinction and its warping effect upon the life of one small boy... Losey and his screenwriter, Harold Pinter, are terribly observant about small nuances of class.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Darker than Amber (1970) The whole movie is a lot more believable than a detective movie usually has a right to be. I didn't much expect to enjoy it - the genre has been in a state of decay since the 1950s - but I did.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 No Score Yet The Confession (1970) The structure becomes complex but never confusing, and Costa-Gavras always seems to be urgently on the move, wanting to tell us more than can be told.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Capone (1975) The movie has been so chopped into neatly dated segments that no development of character and personality is really possible. The characters get their labels and wear them and die with them, and that's it.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 100% Mon Oncle Antoine (My Uncle Antoine) (1971) That Mon Oncle Antoine is such a fine film only underlines the tragedy of the director's later life... What he left behind is a film to treasure.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Act Of Vengeance (Rape Squad) (1974) The dialog adopts a militantly feminist position, but the actresses recite it wearing miniskirts and see-through blouses (on those occasions, indeed, when they bother to dress at all).‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet I Will, I Will...For Now (1975) There will be worse movies this year, but probably none so stupefying.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Benjamin (The Diary of an Innocent Boy) (1968) The film may appeal to empty-headed would-be sophisticates who want to attend a pretty French movie that doesn't make them think, or depress them, or anything. But Benjamin offers nothing more.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Addio, fratello crudele) (1972) It's a good film to look at filmed in warm earth colors and airy pastels. But it's not especially successful.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Fools (1970) How can I possibly describe how awful Fools is, and in how many different ways? The task approaches impossibility.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Bigfoot (1970) Big Foot is usually shot from a camera angle between his toes, making him loom over the camera like King Kong, but when we see him straight-on he looks about five feet ten inches or eleven inches tall.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) Robert Aldrich's The Legend of Lylah Clare is an awful movie, but fairly enjoyable. Like the Burton-Taylor Boom, it provides its own grisly satisfaction: You can have fun watching it be so bad.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Salt and Pepper (1968) Salt and Pepper is at least nominally a comedy. But it contains scenes too violent to be absorbed by the comedy form and becomes a weird exercise in inconsistency: We're never quite sure whether to expect a pratfall or an immolation.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Home of the Brave (1986) It's strange. You can't put your finger on it, but after you leave, you have the feeling that your perception of things has been skewed slightly. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Birds in Peru (Les Oiseaux Vont Mourir Au Peru) (1968) None of it works. The movie doesn't grow. The characters drift through their vacuum. Rarely has so much pretension created so much waste.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Night of Dark Shadows (1971) Night of Dark Shadows is bad, all right, but not merely bad. It is also shabby and unwholesome, made by people who take no joy in their work. It is a mean, evil little enterprise.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018