Susan Tavernetti

Susan Tavernetti
Susan Tavernetti's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Palo Alto Weekly
Publications: Palo Alto Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 72% He Named Me Malala (2015) The many faces of Malala emerge: smart, wise beyond her years, loving, playful, funny, fearless and a fighter. At the same time, it's clear she's also an ordinary girl who has risen to accomplish the extraordinary. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
3/4 64% Million Dollar Arm (2014) The art of the deal gives way to matters of the heart, giving viewers a game changer both charming and uplifting. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2015
3/4 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) If you're looking for a popcorn movie, producer-director Tsui has crafted an absurdist fantasy that might cure -- or spontaneously combust -- the summertime blues. But even escapist entertainment can have interesting angles. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2015
3.5/4 98% Leviathan (2014) Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman's stunning images complement the narrative. The cool gray dawns and barren landscapes express Kolya's despair and isolation. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
2/4 46% Irrational Man (2015) Sometimes the 79-year-old filmmaker's practice of churning out a film every year results in a miss. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
2.5/4 37% New York, I Love You (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
2.5/4 11% Couples Retreat (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/4 60% Paper Heart (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
2/4 52% Easy Virtue (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
2.5/4 64% Duplicity (2009) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2009
4/4 93% Frost/Nixon (2008) Engrossing emotionally and intellectually, this showdown shouldn't be missed. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2008
3.5/4 73% Under the Same Moon (2008) Patricia Riggen's feature debut proves that the terms crowd-pleaser and social-issue movie can apply to the same film. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 71% Definitely, Maybe (2008) Modern romance may be more realistic in Definitely, Maybe, but it's also less satisfying than the illusions that classic romantic movies create about amore. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) The movie never addresses the pressing questions raised in Crile's nonfiction page-turner. It also never encourages the viewer to consider that a solitary congressman appropriated more than $40 million of taxpayer money for his cause. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 79% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Haunting photographs and video seemingly point a finger at the low-ranking indicted soldiers. Equally haunting is the notion that journalists and the public assumed they had seen everything. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
1.5/4 50% Then She Found Me (2007) Trying to establish a serio-comic tone is a task best suited for seasoned directors. Given that a boom microphone drops into the film frame at least twice, Hunt has more basic production elements to master. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/4 79% How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008) Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 96% Persepolis (2007) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
1.5/4 38% Swing Vote (2008) Depictions of the spineless presidential hopefuls (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) and their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane, respectively) offer standard-issue political satire. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 61% The Express (2008) Quaid delivers one of the most stirring half-time speeches in movie history. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 96% Belle de Jour (1968) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 50% Get Smart (2008) You'll have a better time if you don't expect this re-imagined work to resemble the original. The phone shoe does fit Carell, and he wears it well. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/4 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007) Although all the performances are remarkable, the actors can't break free from the too neat-and-tidy script. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/4 50% Smart People (2008) Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 65% Traitor (2008) As an espionage thriller, Traitor delivers. But the movie does so in a realistic way. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2008
4/4 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2008
3/4 50% What Just Happened? (2008) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2008
2.5/4 50% Bee Movie (2007) The weak storyline hovers over a scene while foraging for material and then flits off to a new situation. Without a strong narrative, the movie tends to drone on. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2007
3/4 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) Steve Carell is the new Tom Hanks. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2007
2/4 57% We Own the Night (2007) Everything old doesn't necessarily feel new again. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2007
1/4 34% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Breasts heave and the sea storms as historical music swells in Shekhar Kapur's overwrought follow-up to Elizabeth. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2007
3/4 76% Outsourced (2007) An indie charmer that may become the sleeper of Seattle. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2007
3.5/4 51% The Kingdom (2007) A tense, thinking person's thriller. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2007
4/4 73% In the Valley of Elah (2007) Walking a razor-wire fence, [Writer/Director Paul] Haggis honors Americans serving their country while lacerating the military mindset that got them there. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2007
1.5/4 25% El Cantante (2007) LLittle more than a string of music videos in search of a script. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2007
2/4 43% The Brave One (2007) Masterwork of craft, manipulating viewer emotions to elicit unthinking responses and unabashed bloodlust. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2007
2/4 52% Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Taking aim at self-absorbed filmmakers, amateur and professional, emerges as another strong thematic target. If only the comedy produced as many laughs as things to say. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2007
4/4 61% Death at a Funeral (2007) The comedy doesn't have much to say, but its humor is killer. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2007
2.5/4 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) Without a semblance of Herzog's signature mysticism or an ounce of insightfulness, the film becomes an unremarkable retelling of a remarkable true-life story. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2007
2.5/4 42% No Reservations (2007) Although all the performances are good, Kate's character often rings false. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2007
4/4 91% Hairspray (2007) Campy and sweet-natured, Hairspray will shake away any summertime blues. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2007
3/4 62% Joshua (2007) Father and mother no longer know best. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2007
3/4 96% Ratatouille (2007) In food-critic speak, Ratatouille is highly seasoned and layered with complex flavors and has considerable sweetness on the finish. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2007
4/4 92% Sicko (2007) Like Al Gore's documentary hit, Moore cleverly prods us to consider and act upon some inconvenient truths. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2007
4/4 71% Fracture (2007) If you like your thrillers served chilled, Fracture won't disappoint. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2007
1.5/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2007
2.5/4 61% Gracie (2007) Despite flaws, though, this stirring independent production is remarkable for its honest portrayal of a family grappling with grief and a female taking the penalty kick to score points for gender equity. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2007
3/4 94% Away From Her (2007) Away From Her offers a moving, thoughtful drama for adults who have felt abandoned by the movie industry. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2007
2/4 70% The Valet (2007) Instead of provoking hearty laughter, this slight French confection may coax only a few smiles. - Palo Alto Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2007