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S. James Snyder

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 94% The Cove (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
1/5 No Score Yet El Cártel (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 54% Surveillance (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Le Tango des Rashevski (The Rashevski Tango) (2003) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 87% At the Edge of the World (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 86% The Windmill Movie (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
1/5 33% Shutterbug (2010) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 33% Tickling Leo (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
1/5 62% Grace Is Gone (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 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 31, 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 17, 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 10, 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 15, 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 13, 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 30, 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 2, 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 26, 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 28, 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 24, 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 24, 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 17, 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 3, 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 18, 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 11, 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 23, 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 11, 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 9, 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