Ross Anthony

Ross Anthony
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ross Anthony has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He's written several screenplays, books, a duet for violins, and two or three comic strip titles. Ross began his movie reviewing career with the Pasadena Weekly way back in the 1900's. He currently lives and creates in the Los Angeles area.
Favorites:
Lady Bird, Coco 3D, Interstellar, Life of Pi, How to Train Your Dragon, Precious, About a Boy, Hot Fuzz, Kung Fu Hustle, Sixth Sense
Publications: Hollywood Report Card
Official Websites: http://HollywoodReportCard.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% Bastards' Road (2020) Beautiful cinematography, good music, very well edited, powerful and emotional moments are captured in a respectful artistic way. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2.5/4 75% Duty Free (2021) Stark, at times, unflinching, with a strong undercurrent of family love. Equal parts beautiful and important. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
3/4 97% Dead Pigs (2018) Strong acting and distinctive rich direction tie these handful of quirky street level story lines together. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2.5/4 66% Crisis (2021) Crisis is an intense compelling ride, a beautifully crafted film that feels to me like it should've added up to a bit more. Yet it is always entertaining and sheds light on an important issue. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3.5/4 90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Escher seems to be perpetually amazed with the world and his own reaction to it. Graphic artists and animators bring Escher's work to life with yet another perspective. This is an inspired and inspiring work. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 99% MLK/FBI (2021) This is a valuable look into a powerful moment of painful growth for our nation. And a reminder: though imperfect, we all still have the power to do good in the world. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 89% Dear Santa (2020) ... if you've forgotten where you put your jolly, pop open a carton of eggnog and stream this uneven, yet charming documentary. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
B+ 70% Tenet (2020) Excellent hard-hitting big-budget action, inconsistent dialogue /acting, refreshingly clever brain-stretching plot, great sound, a tad longer than necessary. Prepare to be confused, but entertained! - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
B+ 100% My Name Is Pedro (2020) Despite some very rough footage and an early slow pace, this documentary packs an emotional punch and an inspirational tone for education. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 100% Dark Circle (1982) (2020) While not uplifting, Dark Circle engages at every turn. It's an important film ... - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
A 96% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) ... like those dreams that take you into unknown places: "wonder" with a touch of fear, enough to stir your blood, but not curl it. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
A- 83% A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps (2020) Have a look. Maybe you'll be inspired to volunteer somewhere in the world ... even if it's just in your neighborhood. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
A- 88% Princess of the Row (2020) This is a lovely piece of art that will move you. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 93% SEED: The Untold Story (2016) Though not perfect, this is yet another beautiful documentary from the folks that brought us Queen of the Sun and The Real Dirt on Farmer John. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
3/4 69% Brothers in Arms (2003) The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet A Leading Man (2014) As the film rounds to the third act, its colors dim. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
94% Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2011) One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2011
3.5/4 75% Tales From the Script (2010) A must see for anyone with a script or an intention to write one. It's also likely inspiring, in a tough love sort of way, for anyone with any kind of ambition. I enjoyed it. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2010
2.5/4 18% Valentine's Day (2010) It's a warm, fuzzy, fluffy, entertaining film. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2010
3.5/4 82% Avatar (2009) Action, splendid visuals, romance, and even relevance. Energized pace outshines even the juicy special effects, which seamlessly integrate live action and cgi. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2010
2/4 76% Invictus (2009) Slow, and subtle, smiling brightly, the picture wins audiences with the charm of Mandela, but descends into a bland film about rugby. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2009
3/4 66% The Blind Side (2009) A Hollywoody realization of a great real life triumph. Has its faults, but nicely directed, acted and edited, on the whole. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
3.5/4 92% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) Stark, unforgiving, brutally honest, and yet... precious. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2009
2.5/4 39% 2012 (2009) Hokey happenstance, big special effects, some are pretty cool. It's no masterpiece, makes embarrassing mistakes, but I must admit - I really enjoyed the raw excitement. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2009
1.5/4 57% Nos enfants nous accuseront (Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution) (2008) Uneven documentary brings to the surface important points about the quality of our food products. All of us (this non-organic, cola-drinker included) should be apprised. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2009
3/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) I'm a music lover, but can't say I'm an MJ fan. Still, I enjoyed this behind-the-scenes/almost-concert film. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2009
B+ 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Like little Max's internal struggles, my feelings (about this film) aren't so easily understood, even to me. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2009
2/4 87% At the Edge of the World (2009) A mixed bag. Moments of beauty and passion, but also moments that drag. Environmentalist gone Reality TV. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2009
2.5/4 75% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) It's fun, ballsy, edited with color, humor & hopefully will bring some awareness to the price of greed, and inject some ethics into discussions among the rich and powerful. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2009
1/4 56% The Invention of Lying (2009) Honestly, I enjoyed the ever-amusing Ricky Gervais, and there is an oddly emotional moving mom/son scene, but the film, sadly, isn't so amusing. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/4 38% X Games 3D: The Movie (2009) A dirt bike motorcycle enthusiast as well as a 3D aficionado, I had a great time overall, despite the film's imperfections. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2009
3/4 90% District 9 (2009) Monty Python-esque. Reminded me a bit of the Stormtrooper spoof on TV's "Cops." Sharlto Copley sells it to us with grit, charm, naivety, and humor. He's absolutely brilliant. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/4 91% Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007) It's a compelling story with a deathly serious topic, treated in a near sideshow manner. I like it. Less factual than a doc, less fiction than a drama. Faction - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
2.5/4 81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Overall, an imperfect gem. In its successful attempt to go for the heart, "Lars and the Real Girl" stumbles a bit. I would have cast Michael Cera in the lead role. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
3/4 77% Julie & Julia (2009) Love and food, the basics of life, two passions common to nearly everyone on the planet, the film offers them up like hors d'oeuvres never ceasing to circle the room. It's gentle, tender, warm, and sprinkled generously with tasty bits of humor. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2009
3/4 69% Funny People (2009) Gangly, long, somewhat disjointed, but still very funny, I found "Funny People" surprisingly emotional, and even poignant. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2009
2.5/4 14% The Ugly Truth (2009) Despite the ages of the leads, plays to younger audiences, goes for the Judd Apatow crowd. It's unapologetically brash, crass, and ugly in its truth, but still funny. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2009
3/4 92% The Way We Get By (2009) A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2009
2/4 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) The first half is magical, captivating, inviting, great cinema. Second half disappoints. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2009
1.5/4 89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) First 1.5 hours are slow, preposterously scripted, and short of powerful dialogue. I liked the ending though. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2009
0.5/4 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) I'm probably not the first to say it's a train wreck. Starts out good enough, shows ability to the 1/2way mark, but the last 30 mins are just a scripting mess. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 98% Up (2009) A near masterpiece. 1st half is absolutely brilliant -- a beautiful compelling work of art. I laughed, I cried, I ogled at the rich visuals. Sweet and touching theme. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2009
2.5/4 67% Away We Go (2009) Nestles nicely into a sweet rocking motion between humor and heart. The leads are warm, fuzzy, funny and very likeable. The few faults may very well go unnoticed. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
1.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) Nice performance by Sam Worthington. However, the film whole heartedly invests in action, leaving the story and character elements a bit slim. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 37% Angels & Demons (2009) A film entitled Angels & Demons, touting a challenge between religion & science in the name of the "Illuminati" should be more illuminating than a simple puzzle. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2009
3.5/4 94% Star Trek (2009) A fiery dynamo. Big action, snappy direction, good acting, respect for the past. This is the summer blockbuster to see. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2009
2/4 37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) A fairly entertaining mess, though the ending becomes a rather tedious mess. Also, hydrochlorothiazide is more likely to make you pee than to slow your heart rate. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2009
3/4 56% Enlighten Up! (2009) A pleasure in its open-mindedness. If you're up for a safe, light, skeptic's look into the many variations of modern yoga, take a peek. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
2.5/4 39% Fighting (2009) B movie w/ a strong right hook. Other strong hooks include Terrance Howard and Luis Guzman. Subtle, Channing Tatum delievers a solid performance as well (dancer to figher). - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
3.5/4 86% Disneynature Earth (2009) Breathtaking. Take a break from the gridlock, concrete and steel jungle that defines most of our lives. These are some fantastic, won't believe your eyes, animal shots. - Hollywood Report Card EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2009