Susan Michals

Susan Michals
Susan Michals's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

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T-Meter Title | Year
47% Miami Vice (2006) No kick *** fights, and only a couple of rock 'em sock 'em shootouts, which are difficult to see due to Mann's grainy night vision-like shooting style. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2006
75% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) I was there... It was the mid '90's, and I was but a lowly assistant at fashion conglom Bergdorf Goodman, corner of 5th and Haute Couture. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2006
73% The Great New Wonderful (2006) Finally, here is a film that addresses this major American catastrophe without shoving important messages down the audience's throat. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2006
6% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) If you've seen the trailer, you've seen ALL the sex; actually, you've even seen more than is actually in the film. A threesome in the trailer is non-existent in the final cut. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2006
29% Don't Tell (2005) The film meanders and becomes painfully arbitrary in its storyline... Child abuse + funny lesbians = hilarious!!! - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2006
73% Unknown White Male (2006) Occasionally fascinating, as we watch this man reconstruct his life, picking and choosing what he wants of his former self, and reinventing himself at the same time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2006
61% Something New (2006) A very funny, well thought out romantic comedy, despite a few predictable stereotypes of race and class. Lathan and Baker have great chemistry as the typical opposites. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2006
56% Last Holiday (2006) Filmmaker Wayne Wang follows Maid in Manhattan and Because of Winn Dixie with another dollop of harmless entertainment. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2006
77% Match Point (2005) There's no denying it; Scarlett Johansson is Marilyn Monroe reincarnated, refurbished and upgraded for the 21st century. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2005
63% The New World (2005) After being terribly miscast and exceedingly uncomfortable as Alexander the Great, Farrell is perfectly at ease with the challenges of John Smith - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2005
69% North Country (2005) Director Niki Caro deftly intercuts Josey's story with the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, a smart, subtle move to tie in the things all women have had to go through. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2005
37% Flightplan (2005) Every time the film starts to ascend into dramatic territory, it hits an air pocket and loses momentum - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2005
36% Must Love Dogs (2005) Male, early 60s, looking to rekindle the magic of earlier hit TV shows with a stab at big screen romantic comedy. Discerning moviegoers need not apply. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2005
27% Fantastic Four (2005) Despite a litany of co-branded products, the good folks at 20th Century Fox overlooked the two most important ones: a blindfold and a set of earplugs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2005
41% Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) With the onslaught of her public activities and associations, Ms. Lohan will have a hard time convincing the masses as the virginal Maggie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2005
82% Inside Deep Throat (2005) What makes this documentary infinitely entertaining is the opportunity it affords to get reacquainted in '04 with guys who were at the top of their game back in '72. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2005
86% The Aviator (2004) Blanchett's perfect Hepburn lock jaw, speech and swagger provide much needed doses of comic relief to the middle of the film, when it begins to sag slightly. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2004
16% Alexander (2004) Farrell often looks constipated, like he needs to get off that horse and hit the commode as opposed to hold onto his troops or his audience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2004
49% Saw (2004) Saw is nothing more than a poor man's Seven, right down to the casting of Glover as the Morgan Freeman-like black cop. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2004
40% The Grudge (2004) The ending is a major letdown. At the screening I attended, an audience of journalists and regular folks let out a raucous groan followed by a few peels of laughter. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2004
55% Cellular (2004) This may be the first movie that would have been better off if it had cast actor Brian Baker, the Verizon Wireless 'Can you hear me now?' guy, as its young lead. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2004
27% Wicker Park (2004) Thirty years after Brian De Palma riffed on Hitchcock's Vertigo with Obsession, MGM and Lakeshore Productions decide to add insult to injury. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2004
49% Vanity Fair (2004) Witherspoon is not really a girl who flaunts sexuality; she is more of a prepster's pinup, akin to her persona in Election as opposed to say Kathleen Turner in Body Heat. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2004
86% Garden State (2004) Braff does not use flashbacks to get his point across; instead, he opts for the ancient art of 'storytelling.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2004
82% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) By treating the subject matter with the same kind of raw emotional intensity as his recent fact-based drama, director Greengrass literally puts us in the driver's seat. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2004
71% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004) In the end, Dodgeball belongs completely to Stiller; as White, he brings a comedic smarminess that usually is attributed to actor Jim Carrey. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2004
25% Raising Helen (2004) The film's trio of kids show virtually no grief other than the occasional pout, a reaction that is more akin to being grounded than having your family torn apart. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2004
54% Troy (2004) In the end, Troy is an empty Trojan horse, likely to be swept under the rug in early July by the arrival of King Arthur. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
56% The Girl Next Door (2004) The best thing about The Girl Next Door is its attitude. The film opts for a straightforward approach to sex - one that teenagers will not only relish, but also appreciate. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2004
26% Walking Tall (2004) Much like his career-launching appearance on SNL, The Rock towers above this highly uneven remake of the 1973 'hixploitation' classic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2004
55% Ned Kelly (2003) A hefty dose of Australian history and legend, magnificently enhanced by a landscape that serves as more than just travelogue. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2004
45% 50 First Dates (2004) Roses are red; violets are blue. It's been over three years; since a good movie starred Drew. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2004
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) Though [Khouri] has an obvious flair for exploring the inner workings of the female mind, she unfortunately glosses over a pinnacle moment in the story and inevitably lets the viewer down. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
39% Men in Black II (2002) With MIB2, [Sonnenfeld] triumphs yet again in giving us a quick -- albeit silly -- cinematic fix. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
4% Serving Sara (2002) Hurley in particular is astoundingly awful. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
48% The Triumph of Love (2002) It is the audience who will feel duped even more than the characters in the film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
66% CQ (2002) An attention arousing entree - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
82% One Hour Photo (2002) Robin Williams has mastered the essence of the overlooked man. Quite simply, it is a fantastic move for his career. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
66% Solaris (2002) Sure Solaris is ambitious. Even audacious. But too many plot points are left to the audience's imagination without any explanation whatsoever. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
3% Deuces Wild (2002) If it was the intention of Kalvert, Gambale and Kimatian to infiltrate their script with every stereotypical hoodlum cliché from every movie covering Brooklyn bad boys, they were on the money. Too bad their movie isn't. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
22% Mr. Deeds (2002) Peter Gallagher must've been hard up for cash. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2004
33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) In the grand tradition of The Conqueror and Showgirls, Ashton Kutcher's first drama is funnier than his last three comedies put together. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2004
81% Monster (2004) With Monster, Theron finally rises above B-movie mediocrity and positions herself amongst the crème de la crème of thespians. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2004
66% The Last Samurai (2003) In his 26th feature film, something of a Japanese version of Gladiator, Tom Cruise is so good you almost forget he's... Tom Cruise. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2003
84% Elf (2003) Going up against the critically pelted The Matrix Revolutions, Elf may score mightily at the box office with its relative simplicity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2003
48% S.W.A.T. (2003) As written, this film feels like nothing more than two guys interested in grabbing a paycheck and getting out. Overall, S.W.A.T. is more of a S.P.L.A.T. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2003
41% Freddy vs. Jason (2003) Sure, it seems ridiculous. And outlandish. And maybe even silly. But it works. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2003
91% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) The Magdalene Sisters is a film that causes an immediate emotional outrage as much as it educates. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2003
87% 28 Days Later (2003) 28 Days Later is nothing short of a home run for director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2003
85% About Schmidt (2002) . . .director/writer Alexander Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor have given us yet another comic masterpiece, and certainly Nicholson will be virtually guaranteed an Oscar nod. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2003