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T-Meter Title | Year
78% The Jazz Singer (1927) It is a story full of color, character interest and heart throbs. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
80% Merton of the Movies (1924) All the characteristic wistfulness that breathed life into Glenn Hunter's portrayal of a movie-struck youth in a small town, who accomplishes "better and finer'' things in Hollywood, are brought, with this young star from stage to the screen. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
84% 4 Devils (1928) Although weak in plot, splendid direction, good acting and photographic effects have combined to produce a work which holds the interest from beginning to end. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
90% The Legion of the Condemned (1928) The Legion of the Condemned stands high in the first rank of productions that the war has given us. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
75% Thunder (1929) Seldom does one have the privilege of seeing a picture so vibrant with action and pulsating with thrills, suspense and comedy from beginning to end as does Thunder. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
70% Rolled Stockings (1927) Some of the "boys" look old enough be taking post-graduate courses at least, and the college setting is strictly according to Hollywood, but there's plenty of action and enough plot to make a diverting picture. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
80% Wildcat of Paris (1919) The Wildcat of Paris shows the environs and the habits of a type of Parisian little known in this country; it unfolds, too, a drama in which stirring episodes build directly and logically to a climax of deep appeal and genuine power. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
100% Brewster's Millions (1921) [Millions] is a versatile story which seems to improve every time a new vehicle is devised for bringing it before the public. As a novel, it was a success. As a spoken play it was one of the hits of its period. As a screen production it is a scream. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
96% Cabiria (1914) The picture is a monument to the wonderful strides made in the past year by the motion camera. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
88% Island of Lost Souls (1933) Perhaps the better atmosphere is due to the acting of Charles Laughton. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
83% Ladies of the Mob (1928) Ladies of the Mob, an unusual underworld story, giving the woman's side of the hectic maneuvers of that sect known as gangsters, is a powerful vehicle wherein Miss Bow excellently proves her versatility. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Ten Modern Commandments (1927) [Ten Modern Commandments] is a delightful comedy of stage life, interwoven with an ingenious love story. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
100% The Courageous Coward (1919) It is a dramatic story of merit and excellently portrayed. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
73% Rough House Rosie (1927) Fine comedy. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
91% Flaming Youth (1923) Colleen Moore's piquant portrayal of Patricia Fentriss, flapper extraordinary, is unusually pleasing in the more emotional moments of the story, although in excess of posing at other times mars her work. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
91% Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944) As a study in the effects of blindly stupid mass hatred, the picture, made in Mexico with Dolores Del Rio in the starring role, shows the Mexicans as well aware of the dramatic force of tragic in evitability as the Greeks ever were. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
83% The Woman Who Dared (1916) Interwoven with this larger motive is a thread of mystery and, suspense. Beatriz Michelena presents an admirable characterization of the princess who plays international politics and becomes unwillingly the center of an exciting intrigue. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
100% Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) Miss Lightner's presence in the film makes in its entertaining value might justly mark the difference between middling and excellent. Without her, this ambitious effort probably would not be up to the standard set by its predecessor, On With the Show. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
100% Hearts of the World (1918) Mr. Griffith has made of his great production more than drama. It is a marvelous unfolding of historic things and events well worth seeing. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
100% Hypocrites (1915) The treatment is daring and so ingenious that this picture takes its place among the most exceptional films. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
100% The Horitz Passion Play (1897) The world's sublimest tragedy [is] presented in a reverential manner, for every movement made by these humble and devout actors is reproduced on the screen with a realism that is startling and impressive. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
67% The Dove (1927) Although she has done better work in other productions, her interpretation of The Dove will rank as one of her long list of fine pictures. She injects splendid acting into the part of the girl entertainer tn a gambling den. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
40% The Madonna of Avenue A (1929) Dolores Costello has a role that brings out the fulness of her dramatic ability. It is a line picture, at times tense, then humorous, and at times sad, but Miss Costello responds excellently to all the emotions. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
63% The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) The slowness which has been characteristic of the majority of the "talkies" previously is never apparent here, for the action, once started, is fast-moving, gaining in momentum and dramatic power toward a tense and wholly logical climax. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
91% Cleopatra (1917) It is somewhat doubtful if the looms of Cleopatra ever weaved such glamourous draperies as conceal and reveal the royal voluptuary of the screen, but thereis no question of the startling magnificence of [Miss Bara's] costumes. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
70% The Divine Woman (1928) Greta Garbo goes over. The story of the picture and the role she plays are hard, and with almost any other star and any other director there would be a slight flatness at least. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
86% My Man (1928) In her unselfconsciousness before the lens in the positive projection of personality above and beyond the savoir faire which one might expect of her stage background, [Brice] comes startlingly close to being a dramatic actress of impressive stature. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
80% The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Best of all. apart from the satire, for that is cellar and lightning rod of the piece, is the wonderful spectacle of the buildings of Troy and Sparta. The wooden horse that turned apparent defeat into victory is a masterpiece. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
60% The Case of Lena Smith (1929) Miss Ralston in her role embodies grace, charm and refinement with a strong suggestion of Ingenuity and high mentality, while James Hall characterizes well the unsympathetic role of the dissolute officer. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
86% The Rogue Song (1930) The final impression is that it is the glorious voice of Lawrence Tibbett and the perfect artistry of his singing that overwhelms all else. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
75% The Cat Creeps (1930) There is no doubt that the "talkie" far surpasses the silent movie in its ability to produce thrills. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% The Patriot (1928) Although the past achievements of Emil Jannings and Ernest Lubitsch as actor and director, respectively, have such as to entitle them to undisputed places in the hall of fame of moviedom, each seems to have eclipsed himself in The Patriot. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
86% The Way of All Flesh (1927) Running the gamut of human emotions -- love, pathos, passion, tragedy -- [Jannings] so absorbs himself in his part that he achieves a character study to which even his portrayal in Variety and The Last Laugh must concede the palm. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
44% The Great Gatsby (1926) The story is Impossible, of course, but who cares for possible tales? ... The story is worth while seeing merely as an interesting picture, played by good actors, set in magnificent scenes and well photographed. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
83% Huckleberry Finn (1931) It has a plot In the happiest mood of the great national humorist, and what was left undone originally has been perfected for screen purposes by the pens of Grover Jones and William Slavens McNutt. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
No Score Yet Private Number (1936) The only thing in the picture which deserves any sort of adjective is a magnificent Great Dane which acts rings around Mr. Taylor and Miss Loretta Young. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) The showing of close-ups is used as a means of unfolding the tale, which depicts the last six hours of Joan's life, her trial and death. The lack of story and essential support leaves most of the work to Mlle. Falconetti, and she handles it admirably. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
40% Camille (1926) In her portrayal of the character of Camille, Norma Talmadge has achieved perhaps the greatest artistic success of her career. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Hotel Imperial (1927) Pola Negri In the role of Anna Sedlak, maid of all work at the Hotel Imperial, displays her ability as an emotional actress and her versatility in playing the part with the naivete of an ingenue. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Not since the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the Last Laugh, those two European products of cinema art, has the screen offered anything that is even remotely comparable to Sunrise, from any or all angles. - Washington Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020