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Susan Walker

Susan Walker
Susan Walker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 7% Silk (2007) François Girard's Silk is not merely painterly. It might as well be a painting, for all that it eschews storytelling, forcing the viewer to scan the lush imagery in search of clues to what, if anything, might be going on. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2.5/4 65% The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) The script might have slipped into caricature, as often the adaptations of Austen's novels have, but Swicord opts for characters in whom we might see ourselves. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2.5/4 39% Feast of Love (2007) Director Robert Benton finds an emotional through line in a format that might have easily broken down into a series of disconnected anecdotes with little to nourish us. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2007
0.5/4 5% Good Luck Chuck (2007) Good Luck Chuck looks like the unscreenable bits of bad movies best forgotten retrieved from the cutting-room floor. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 21, 2007
1.5/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 14, 2007
2.5/4 75% Lady Chatterley (2007) Director Pascale Ferran is true to the spirit of the book and gives us an eyeful, of both the glorious countryside and the lovers' physiques. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2.5/4 66% The 11th Hour (2007) If Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth was a warning, The 11th Hour is the red alert. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/4 34% The Nanny Diaries (2007) What puts The Nanny Diaries a cut above the run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is the acting. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/4 62% Arctic Tale (2007) The point is made: life, as the wondrous animals of our very far north know it, is severely endangered. And that can only spell disaster for the inhabitants of lands farther south. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 3, 2007
3/4 52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) This film avoids the predictable. Director Cherie Nowlan shows a deft hand, taking us right into the anger and pain of a single mother confronting disappointment and loss even as she's delivering her zingers. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 No Score Yet Bride of Silence (2005) Much remains mysterious in Bride of Silence. The journey is its own reward. Very little dialogue is required in the long lingering takes that tell the timeless story of rural lives ruled by religion and superstition. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 6, 2007
3/4 77% Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2007) The very title of this movie seems to message its doom. What could possibly be dramatic enough about Britain's last hangman to carry our interest over a 90-minute film? A whole lot, it turns out. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2.5/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) This Nancy Drew, not too sappy and not at all snappy, looks fully prepared for the next instalment. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2/4 No Score Yet Bolly Double (2007) It is about as clever as one can be on a low budget with actors known only from bit parts and TV. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2007
2.5/4 74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) Somewhere between shooting and post-production the film got chopped into tiny, bit-sized pieces reshuffled to such a degree that it becomes hard to follow the narration. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 98% Ten Canoes (2007) It's not every director with a camera and curiosity about his fellow man who'd try a stunt like this. And it's not every viewer who'll be content just to watch and listen as the story slowly unfolds. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) Quite a few plot lines and character quandaries remain unresolved. And yet the movie makes sense as it stands. After all, one can never know what makes a psychopath tick. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 44% Fay Grim (2007) Movie sequels rarely work as well as literary serials, but the Henry and Fay movies have the ring of a satisfying trilogy in the making. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 25, 2007
2/4 61% Bug (2006) The cheesy soundtrack and the lacklustre acting undermine [director Friedkin's] efforts at turning an intelligent play into a scary movie. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 25, 2007
2/4 38% 2:37 (2006) A self-consciously directed, socially conscious film, 2:37 is too forcefully plotted to ever engage a sympathetic viewing. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 18, 2007
2.5/4 49% The Flying Scotsman (2006) For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 4, 2007
2.5/4 No Score Yet That Beautiful Somewhere (2006) [Actor] Dupuis's presence obscures some of the flaws in this film, and makes the other actors look better than they otherwise might have appeared. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 24, 2007
2.5/4 43% In the Land of Women (2007) This potentially saccharine weepy has an authentic ring, thanks to Jon Kasdan's script and a cast capable of delivering clever lines that sound just about right for whatever situation they're in. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 20, 2007
2.5/4 No Score Yet Journey to Armenia (2007) Without angst or melodrama, director Robert Guédiguian has made a film that gives nationalism a good name. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 No Score Yet Sleeping Dogs (2007) A most tedious bit of filmmaking, as painful to watch as one imagines the characters' lives might be. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 13, 2007
3/4 95% Offside (2006) Offside is shocking in its revelation of the legal oppression of women in Iran. This film is also hugely funny. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2007
3/4 78% The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006) [Director] Dercourt's manipulation of his characters and his imagery can be a little heavy-handed, but there's nary a wrong note in the performances of his exceedingly fine cast. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2007
2.5/4 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) Intertwining more storylines than a dog walker's clutch of leashes, Firehouse Dog nevertheless gets them all neatly resolved, pets in the right hands and wrongdoers in the can. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 4, 2007
2/4 70% Amazing Grace (2007) It is to be hoped that Amazing Grace is not the only, or the last, cinematic celebration of 200th anniversary of abolition, for there are more stories to tell, more imaginatively. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 8% Premonition (2007) It never pays to think too much about movies constructed to make you think. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2.5/4 87% The Namesake (2006) Ultimately, the film leaves us floundering. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3/4 82% Amu (2006) [Director] Bose embeds her history lesson in a drama with authentic emotional mother-daughter conflict. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2.5/4 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) For all that Bridge to Terabithia does to encourage children to exercise their imaginations and pursue the arts, the movie's producers give only glimpses of the wonderful creatures and magical kingdom dreamed up by two children. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/4 38% Partition (2007) [Director] Sarin was aiming for an epic and arrived at episodic. That might have been okay if the episodes weren't so partitioned from each other, the flashbacks failing to illuminate the present action. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 2, 2007
2/4 4% Because I Said So (2007) Diane Keaton has a lot to answer for in her willingness to portray Hollywood's idea of middle-aged womanhood. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 2, 2007
2.5/4 No Score Yet Mount Pleasant (2007) ... only needs a couple more turns of the screw to make it a more engaging narrative. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 26, 2007
2.5/4 90% Guru (2007) There is a lot to engage the eye and the ear in Guru. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 12, 2007
2/4 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a step in the wrong direction. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 12, 2007
1.5/4 4% Happily N'ever After (2006) 'As Grimm as it gets,' says the promotional tag for Happily N'Ever After. Make that grim. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 5, 2007
3/4 74% The Painted Veil (2006) The Painted Veil recalls an earlier era of film direction, when movies moved rather than manipulated and craft superseded special effects. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 29, 2006
2.5/4 31% Unaccompanied Minors (2006) If you really must find something to distract your children from Christmas shopping and material yearning, this one gets top recommendation for happily occupying 90 minutes at the mall. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2006
2/4 16% The Return (2006) Many elements of The Return are quite sophisticated as past and present converge and Joanna's pursuer catches her scent. It's too bad that the plot takes us into irrationality, past the point of no return. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2006
2.5/4 60% Boynton Beach Club (2006) Seidelman maintains the narrow path between ridicule and dignity in a movie that dishes out humour even-handedly, but spares the characters total humiliation. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2006
1.5/4 No Score Yet Zombie Night 2: Awakening (2006) Fulfilling the strict conventions of the zombie movie, Awakening might be enough to satisfy a loyal fan base. Certainly it is not a good movie judged by any other standards. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 27, 2006
1.5/4 No Score Yet Black Eyed Dog (2006) Director Pierre Gang can take responsibility for the uninspired scene-setting and over-acting, but newcomer Jeremy John Bouchard gets most of the blame for this film. His script wouldn't pass muster as a low-rent, daytime television drama. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 27, 2006
1.5/4 29% Tideland (2006) A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2006
2/4 55% Marie Antoinette (2006) The director squanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to film on the grounds and inside the Palace of Versailles. It's the trappings we get, in richly reproduced costumes and all-over gilt furniture, at the expense of any substance. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2006
2/4 20% The Marine (2006) Such bizarre touches remind one of the appeal of WWE televised bouts. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2006
2/4 No Score Yet Kardia (2006) The script takes the film to the edge of banality, with Hope's ceaseless pondering. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) With all the charm of the early James Bond movies and all the heart-stopping chase scenes of the contemporary spy series ... Alex Rider heaves into view as a reluctant, but thrilling young spy. ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2006