S. James Snyder

S. James Snyder

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

S. James Snyder's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 94%

The Cove (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
1/5 No Score Yet

El Cártel (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 54%

Surveillance (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet

Le Tango des Rashevski (The Rashevski Tango) (2003)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 87%

At the Edge of the World (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 86%

The Windmill Movie (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet

The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
1/5 33%

Shutterbug (2010)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 33%

Tickling Leo (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
1/5 62%

Grace Is Gone (2007)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet

La Pivellina (2011)

"Covi and Frimmel work their neorealistic magic, turning what might have been a sappy maternal-awakening melodrama into a simplistic, genuinely sweet tribute to motherhood, Italian style." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 30, 2011
2/5 33%

Born and Bred (2011)

"[Frimmer's] meandering, repetitive interviews dilute the sport's intensity, while his rigorously linear approach buries the suspense." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 16, 2011
3/5 40%

Damn! (2011)

"Damn! clearly knows a thing or two about fameballs, but it leaves the rest of the heavy lifting to the viewer." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 9, 2011
4/5 79%

Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

"Nothing propels a documentary like injustice, and Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's infuriating chronicle of an outer-borough David-versus-Goliath saga plays like a marathon of inequity." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 14, 2011
2/5 71%

Dumbstruck (2011)

"Some ventriloquists win the fame game, while some remain stuck in the D-list dugout. The fact that Dumbstruck doesn't even attempt to differentiate these camps makes the film feel as if it's just talking out of the side of its mouth." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/5 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"It's all about pacing. The story moves so swiftly, that intensity becomes the thing. The only thing." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Jan 31, 2011
2/5 10%

Little Fockers (2010)

""Little Fockers" has all the appeal of reheated Apple Pie. Time for this crew to think a little fresher." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Dec 22, 2010
4/5 87%

Unstoppable (2010)

"Frank and Will aren't superheroes or super agents, they're blue collar champions. " ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Nov 11, 2010
4/5 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"A riveting historical political thriller with heart to spare." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Nov 3, 2010
2/5 40%

Gerrymandering (2010)

"Good policy does not ensure good drama; Gerrymandering summarizes an urgent issue but forgets to detail the true fallout." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 12, 2010
2.5/5 50%

Stone (2010)

"While the three lead actors prove capable of luring us in and defying our expectations, we gradually realize they have nowhere interesting to go." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Veering from admiration to mockery, from anti-bailout to pro-business, [Oliver] Stone's sequel is one confused little nostalgia trip." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Sep 23, 2010
1/5 20%

Clear Blue Tuesday (2010)

"An overcrowded, emotionally erratic anthem of NYC endurance." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 1, 2010
2/5 28%

Takers (2010)

"Subplots go on and on, in a noble but meandering attempt to add emotional backbone to the chaos. It's too bad, because the action ... is pretty darn good." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Aug 26, 2010
4/5 41%

The Expendables (2010)

"Shamelessly in love with its movie stars, and these stars deliver. " ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Aug 12, 2010
4/5 87%

Neshoba (2010)

"Some questions, this compelling movie reminds us, still require answers." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 11, 2010
2/5 27%

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

"Does offer a grizzlier, more sullen [Zac] Efron than we've seen before and yet ... it's shocking how director Burr Steers steers clear of the story's natural bleakness. " ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/5 27%

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

"With its assurances that everything happens for a reason and everything will be alright, a potentially haunting story becomes a philosophical one-way street." ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2010
3/5 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"A peculiar case of a messy blockbuster that would work much, much better as a 45-minute affair." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Jul 14, 2010
4/5 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

"At once a derivative extension of Pixar's themes and a replica so polished and creative that it's hard to resist." ‐ Metromix.com
Posted Jul 9, 2010
2.5/5 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"Grown Ups betrays everything sweet, sincere and low-key that actuality makes it special." ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2010
1.5/5 12%

Jonah Hex (2010)

"With a total running time that barely hits 80 minutes, it's hard to believe they even paid [John] Malkovich and [Megan] Fox to show up. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2010
1/5 42%

Burzynski: the Movie (2010)

"Through all the fuzzy science, Merola sees a savior; you'll see a dull editorial masquerading as objective reporting." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 1, 2010
3/5 100%

The Juche Idea (2008)

"In the director's hands, these societal passion plays and "documentaries" offer a terrifying, top-down perversion of art itself -- another insidious extension of politics by other means." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 25, 2010
2/5 12%

In My Sleep (2010)

"All the labored explanations (and tedious psychology) that follow the bad behavior and bloodshed make for a serious buzzkill." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 27, 2010
1/5 47%

The Cartel (2010)

"Veteran TV anchor Bob Bowdon's feature debut has all the intricate nuance of an evening newscast; its analysis is heavy on diagnosis but simplistic when it comes to the cure, as well as woefully ignorant of racial and fiscal complications." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 14, 2010
2/5 29%

Pornography: A Thriller (2010)

"Taken independently, these chapters probe the thorny porn star-viewer exchange, but Kittredge can't connect the dots into a worthy climax. In other words: all foreplay, no full release." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 14, 2010
3/5 59%

Dancing Across Borders (2010)

"An illuminating profile but a sloppy snapshot of the immigrant experience, Anne Bassâ(TM)s documentary charts the rise of Cambodian Sokvannara Sar on Americaâ(TM)s ballet stages." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 23, 2010
4/5 91%

Easier with Practice (2009)

"Geraghty's performance is harrowing: Clinging to the phone and tortured by his ecstasy, he weaves empathy out of a flawed loner's dysfunctional fetish." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 23, 2010
3/5 70%

Phyllis and Harold (2010)

"Kleine forgoes good-old-days nostalgia in an effort to examine a generation that braved the new America sans a rule book." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 25%

Falling Awake (2009)

"Playing smarter and smoother than the plot, Cisneros uncorks an antimacho performance that deviates from type." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 2, 2010
3/5 85%

Defamation (2009)

"Meet Yoav Shamir -- the Israeli Michael Moore, who marches through the power centers of the U.S. and his homeland to challenge the religious orthodoxy." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2009
2/5 42%

Turning Green (2005)

"Both Project Greenlight runners-up, directors Michael Aimette and John G. Hofmann get the teen angst and Gaelic aesthetic right; too bad their third-act thuggery isn't just routine, but ridiculous." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 10, 2009
3/5 47%

The Providence Effect (2009)

"Swooning but shallow, this doc plays like a promotional commercial for Providence St. Mel, a private school on Chicago's impoverished West Side that sends 100 percent of its graduates on to college." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 22, 2009
1/5 17%

If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans (2009)

"The risk of such hands-off filmmaking is that the narrative itself can become mired in the mundane; there's little that happens here to shed light on the way this renowned shutterbug works or thinks." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2009
3/5 89%

Rashevski's Tango (2009)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4/5 40%

The Painter Sam Francis (2009)

"It's a stirring snapshot of that strange space where the act of creating can be a religious experience." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 8, 2009
1/5 No Score Yet

Sandstorm (2009)

"What could have been a riveting thriller about a guilt-riddled cop cracking up instead becomes a series of monster-versus-saint confrontations and some seriously hammy advocacy." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 2, 2009
2/5 33%

Gospel Hill (2008)

"It's a familiar formula: Greedy suits touting high-rise schematics and targeting blue-collar citizens end up locking horns with a local firebrand. Guess who wins?" ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 26, 2009
1/5 68%

Grace (2009)

"Paul Solet's gyno-horror flick is certainly twisted but only slightly unnerving; the movie is about as gripping as one might expect given that its infant monster is both mute and cradle-bound." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 12, 2009
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