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Todd Hertz

Todd Hertz
Todd Hertz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Christianity Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Skyfall (2012) This is your father's James Bond. And director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) makes it thrilling, fun, and fresh. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3.5/4 95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) The Secret World of Arrietty is a celebration of the vibrant life surging all around us -- a declaration of the countless stories being told all at once. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) A genre-bending concoction of horror, action and comedy -- a big ball of Evil Dead, Scream, Matrix, The Hunger Games, Scooby Doo, Zombieland, and a lot of season 4 of Buffy. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3.5/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) A dark and engaging action/drama laced with social critique and dystopian sci-fi. But most of all, it's the story of a girl and crushed innocence. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 23, 2012
1.5/4 59% Real Steel (2011) Some audiences will enjoy the film for what it is; they will bob and weave with fun robot fight scenes. But I found little here that is truly inspiring. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/4 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) Provocative, faith-affirming, and challenging, it models what Christian-made films could be. Childers's Christianity is shown as the dynamic and intricate force that it is. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/4 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) One of the film's new songs really sums it up: "Everything is honey and life is sweet." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2.5/4 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) It serves its chief end to introduce the character, and Evans fills the role nicely. But as a stand-alone adventure, it's not captivating enough. I expect more from this genre. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
1.5/4 20% Gulliver's Travels (2010) There aren't many reasons to see Gulliver's Travels. In trying to fill several different identities, it fails at all of them. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2.5/4 35% The Grace Card (2011) The film is powerful when operating on the personal level of two men working out faith, but disappointing that their story is buried in a heavy-handed, manipulative plot. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3.5/4 89% Tangled (2010) Disney has always done big spectacle and epic visuals well, and does the same here. But Tangled's complexity works because of its attention to detail and the smaller moments. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 17, 2010
3/4 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) It's the closest the HP movies will get to a reserved character drama. My favorite parts are the tiny, dialogue-less character moments packed with emotional undercurrents. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 18, 2010
1.5/4 28% Takers (2010) There are so many laughable and tiring cop/criminal clichés it's like they were writing a Police Squad-like spoof and then made it sincere. Save it for Spike TV or FX someday. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3.5/4 94% The Town (2010) Ben Affleck's visionary story-telling, top-shelf acting, deep characters, and emotional weight put some hefty meat on the tired bones of the action genre. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
2.5/4 47% The A-Team (2010) This remake is cheesy, preposterous, geeky, corny . . . and completely fun. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 11, 2010
2.5/4 33% To Save a Life (2010) Will the vague messages get across? Will viewers take anything out other than a missive to be kind and inclusive? Some certainly will. Some won't. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2.5/4 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) While this flick may not have Harry Potter's complex world and multiple layers, it also doesn't have the angst and darkness. It replaces them with one thing in bulk: Fun. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
3.5/4 83% Avatar (2009) Full of that rare movie magic which can transport, entertain and intrigue, this sci-fi fantasy is a fun amusement park ride that ignites your imagination. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 20, 2009
2/4 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) It feels like Zemeckis wanted to make one movie (a socially relevant ghost story) and Disney wanted another (a Polar Express-type movie). It doesn't work. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 6, 2009
3/4 90% District 9 (2009) A bold and inventive science fiction vision that mostly excels but stumbles in the details. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2009
3/4 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) Reminded me of the simple fun of old Bugs Bunny cartoons. And that's what Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is able to accomplish%u2014a sense of good old fun. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 2, 2009
1.5/4 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Convenient story leaps, shamefully inappropriate elements, completely incoherent action, and frustratingly lowest-common denominator "comic" relief. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
2/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) An acceptable summer popcorn flick, but I want more from this franchise. With the depth of storytelling in the previous films, this is a disappointment. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 21, 2009
2.5/4 72% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) Seeing the results of a good cleaning is one thing, but actually watching the transformation occur during a good hard scrubbing leads to far more fulfillment. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3.5/4 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) A fine actors' showcase, and a scintillating story about the different motivations that control our actions when cornered in the ring. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 16, 2008
2.5/4 48% Twilight (2008) While there are some great touches, I don't think the film does much for the uninitiated or adults. Boys will really only like the big fight at the end%u2014if they're still awake. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 20, 2008
2/4 0% House (2008) The film doesn't achieve the horror or creep factor it could have%u2014or that the trailer seems to promise%u2014mainly because of strange stylistic choices. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/4 53% City of Ember (2008) The movie brings DuPrau's visionary world of wonder alive with fervor and energy. The story moves quickly: hitting plot points at a sprint and creating great tension. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 10, 2008
1.5/4 34% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Miracle doesn't seem to have any one point of view, and without a united, central perspective to hold things together, the storyline feels very random and meandering. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 29, 2008
1.5/4 36% Igor (2008) By the time kids are old enough for some of the film's content, I'm not so sure they'll care about the lackluster Igor. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2008
2/4 64% Traitor (2008) Forced plot twists, head-scratching jumps in logic, and a plan by the hero that would sound great in a seventh grade short story but could never work out in real life. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 29, 2008
3/4 93% Transsiberian (2008) It's got that classic thriller feel where characters are slowly caught in a mousetrap and they have to find their way out. It's a slow, menacing burn. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 69% American Teen (2008) In many ways, Nanette Burstein's approach of editing documentary footage into narrative works better than a lot of scripted teen fiction. The characters are actually complex. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 25, 2008
4/4 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Under the fun summer blockbuster sheen lives an unnerving, serious, complex and ambitious crime epic about three good men with the courage to stand against evil. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 17, 2008
2/4 51% Get Smart (2008) Get Smart features near-perfect casting with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and it largely captures the spirit of the original show. But it's just not funny. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 19, 2008
3/4 69% Girls Rock! (2007) Girls Rock! is a success story because of the earnest heart with which it introduces us to some girls who don't realize how much they really do rock. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2.5/4 71% Definitely, Maybe (2008) An often-fun, above-average romantic comedy with a unique twist. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 14, 2008
3.5/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) Cloverfield puts you on the ground level of a disaster: face-to-face with the dangers of this night. It's a fun, fast ride, but also poignant and strangely affecting. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 39% The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) Imparts the Bible-inspired storytelling parents and kids have come to expect from VeggieTales in a less obvious but as-fun-as-always package ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 11, 2008
2.5/4 70% I Am Legend (2007) Had I Am Legend kept its personal, human and contemplative atmosphere over the loud, crowd-pleasing whiz-bang action, these messages of faith may have carried more weight and heart. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 93% Enchanted (2007) Wonderful performances by Amy Adams and James Marsden as the real-life versions of a classic Disney princess and her prince charming. They are magnificent. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/4 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Because of inspiring discussions of death and belief%u2014and truly creative moments of warmth and wonder%u2014the movie ultimately overcomes its flaws to charm, inspire and satisfy. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 18, 2007
3/4 80% American Gangster (2007) Ridley Scott leverages the unique qualities of the story, its nuances of reality, and stellar acting into a well-crafted and gritty drama that hits all the right strides. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2/4 47% Rendition (2007) Rendition's approach feels additionally preachy and one-noted because its message is bigger than both the story and the human element. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) By marrying an intense thriller with bigger issues and a three-dimensional lead, Gone Baby Gone isn't only hard-hitting, it's also meaningful, emotional and resonating. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/4 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) More comparable to the quietly contemplative films of Terrance Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World) than it is to most gunslinging westerns. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 14% Underdog (2007) It's just average family entertainment with the normal messages: friendship, unconditional love, family, and believing in yourself. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 6, 2007
2/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) It feels like some Nickelodeon-like teen detective script. In fact, with new character names, this just as easily could have been called Veronica Mars: The Early Years. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 20, 2007
3.5/4 71% Fracture (2007) A showcase of acting's present and future: one of the greatest living actors cast as the wily, wise vet, and one of Hollywood's most promising young talents as the rising star. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2.5/4 85% The Hoax (2007) The tagline, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story," leaves viewers with a nagging suspicion that it may have also been an unintended mission statement. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 8, 2007