Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
262

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 31% The Uninvited (2009) " The premise is seaworthy, but the execution flounders." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2/4 12% Delgo (2008) " This flick is like a cheap thriller where the wisecracks always fall flat and the author couldn't be bothered to invent a new plot, so he just patches together some old ones." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/4 26% Nobel Son (2008) " Nobel Son is as darkly funny as it is exhilarating." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 5, 2008
2/4 25% Four Christmases (2008) " It's Four Christmases in need of a wedding, or maybe a funeral." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2008
2.5/4 34% Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) " As it has evolved from a 10-minute cabaret piece, through a short film Bousman made in Toronto, to the big screen, Repo! The Genetic Opera has gained in both guts and gusto." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2/4 13% I Can't Think Straight (2008) " Buildings and their interiors fare a lot better in this sumptuously lensed and set-designed film. That's because they don't have to talk or act." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/4 63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) " That these boys could not fathom what was actually going on in the camps also rings true and is the reason why stories like this one must endure." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 7, 2008
2/4 24% The World Unseen (2008) " Less an account of hatred and injustice in apartheid-torn South Africa than it is a soap opera-ish romance that could easily be an episode of The L-Word." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3.5/4 66% Brick Lane (2008) " Kaushik is remarkable as Chanu, a role that demands he be a buffoonish, yet loving man, intelligent beneath his self-aggrandizing attitudes, oversized ambitions and determined cheerfulness." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 72% And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008) " The winning aspect of this adaptation of a best-selling autobiography is in the director's management of the points of view." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/4 92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) " After two and a half hours, The Secret of the Grain, ends, as arbitrarily as it began." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) " Coming from the man who made his name as a director of often grim social-realist films such as Vera Drake, All or Nothing and Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky strikes one as a film fantasy." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2.5/4 58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) " Quite a bit of honey is applied to make the awful truths palatable, but The Secret Life of Bees curtails the sappiness with performances -- especially Fanning's -- that are grounded in reality." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 17, 2008
1/4 11% An American Carol (2008) " Utterly asinine, sophomoric, tasteless, the movie has much in common with Zucker's Airplane!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Scary Movie sequels, minus the laughs." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2008
3/4 —— All Together Now (2008) " All Together Now enthrals. It also makes you want to fly to Las Vegas immediately and buy a ticket to LOVE." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2008
2.5/4 53% City of Ember (2008) " A thrilling adventure tale and teen fantasy that is grounded in real concerns about who is managing the planet." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 10, 2008
2.5/4 43% Blindness (2008) " This film rests uneasily between art and thriller, putting a huge burden on the actors, especially Julianne Moore, to convey the larger meaning of the story." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/4 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " Tell No One is a thoroughly absorbing whodunit with more twists and switchbacks than the Le Mans racecourse." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2008
1.5/4 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " No character in this turbulent sea of love crashing on the shores of misfortune is any more developed than they are in Sparks' potboiler." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2008
2/4 36% Igor (2008) " Igor, like the Frankenstein's monster at the centre of its tired plot, looks like something cobbled together out of used, very used, parts." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 19, 2008
2.5/4 74% Outsourced (2007) " In the hands of a lesser director, the secondary characters, including Todd's matronly Indian landlady, might have been mere caricatures. Smart production design and camerawork enhance the sense of authenticity." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 29, 2008
2.5/4 —— Le Monde Selon Monsanto (The World According to Monsanto) (2008) " French journalist Marie-Monique Robin takes a scattershot approach in her exposé of Monsanto, an American multinational chemical and biotechnology company responsible for some of the most toxic and environmentally damaging products ever sold." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 1, 2008
2.5/4 63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) " Director Julian Jarrold and writers Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies have not surpassed their predecessors, but neither have they done any lasting damage with their interpretation of the 1945 novel." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 25, 2008
2/4 77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) " A costume drama with an emphasis on costume over drama." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 25, 2008
2/4 76% A Jihad for Love (2008) " While there is much to admire among the subjects of A Jihad for Love, the film itself is a low-grade production that risks losing the viewer with an unimaginative sequence of talking heads." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/4 34% Space Chimps (2008) " The animated action movie nevertheless delivers -- da-dum -- more fun than a barrel of monkeys." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/4 91% Alice's House (A Casa de Alice) (2008) " Nothing much happens in Alice's House, and a turning point in the plot is terribly contrived, but as sociology and maybe even a pilot for a soap serial, the movie is worth a look." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 11, 2008
2.5/4 83% Planet B-Boy (2007) " If Benson Lee's intention with Planet B-Boy was to set the record straight on the continuing story of break dancers, then his documentary has to be counted a success. With a few caveats." — Toronto Star
Posted May 30, 2008
1/4 45% The Strangers (2008) " With no plot to speak of, no character development whatsoever, no theme and precious little intrigue, what we have here is simply a pileup of effects. And not especially special effects." — Toronto Star
Posted May 30, 2008
2.5/4 66% La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) (2008) " Rappoport is the movie's saving grace." — Toronto Star
Posted May 9, 2008
2.5/4 33% The Babysitters (2008) " The script has a stale air, like something that was doing the rounds for a long time before David Ross found backers to make a film out of it." — Toronto Star
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 —— The Forgotten Woman (2008) " [Director Dilip] Mehta has done a fine job of getting the message out to the world." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2008
3/4 68% Ben X (2007) " What leads off like a docudrama of the social ills accompanying a misunderstood condition merges into fantasy until, in very clever ways, director Nic Balthazar turns the medium into the message." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 44% Bella (Beauty) (2006) " This is not a weepy, but a story about healing, forgiveness and redemption." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2.5/4 67% Snow Angels (2007) " The sabotage plotting, sometimes engaging dialogue, visual inventiveness, a distant soundtrack and some occasionally gripping performances only add up to a film that leaves one feeling as frozen as those snow angels." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 21, 2008
2/4 53% Penelope (2006) " The semi-satirical treatment of celebrity culture, as Penelope is treated first as a tabloid sensation then a media darling, is lame and dated." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 29, 2008
3/4 92% Caramel (2008) " [Writer-Director] Labaki writes and directs with a sure hand for capturing universal truths." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 22, 2008
1.5/4 27% Step Up 2 the Streets (2008) " Reeks of artificiality and phoney emotion." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 14, 2008
3/4 90% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) " Nothing much actually happens in Still Life, and yet one is left with a deep feeling of irrevocable loss and destructive change only heightened by the chirpy tourist patter and government promotional talk about the great Three Gorges Dam." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2/4 40% They Wait (2008) " There are elements of a good fright flick and intriguing ghost story in They Wait. It's too bad that they are overshadowed by all the bad aspects â" terrible dialogue and cheesy special effects and makeup." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 65% How She Move (2008) " In the increasingly crowded field of movies based on urban dance, How She Move stands out as a well-written and well-acted drama with an appeal that reaches beyond dance fanatics." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3.5/4 89% The Savages (2007) " The dynamic that operates throughout this film is fantasy versus reality, not just in the lives of the characters but in American life in general." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1.5/4 24% P.S. I Love You (2007) " It's the sort of movie that no man will ever go to unless dragged by a woman. His sole reward will be the sight of Swank in sexy underwear." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 27% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) " Me, I want a hula hoop." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/4 14% Hitman (2007) " The plot of Hitman is difficult to follow and in any case secondary to the sheer spectacle of murder and mayhem." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " As long as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium sticks to magic, it is pretty engaging, but the lives on display are less than mesmerizing." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 33% Music Within (2007) " Pimentel's persistence and eventual triumph over prejudice and discrimination is a story worth telling, if only on a shoestring." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 64% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) " If this were a Susanne Bier film made on her home turf we'd feel a lot more wrung out by the movie's end. Instead we're just worn out." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/4 94% My Kid Could Paint That (2007) " Bar-Lev has made a refreshingly honest documentary." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 19, 2007
1.5/4 61% Death at a Funeral (2007) " Death at a Funeral might have been made in the 1960s, not to be released until well past its stale date." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 12, 2007
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