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Tom Charity
Tom Charity's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, L.A. Weekly, Total Film, Village Voice, Sight and Sound, Times (UK), Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

"The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

"Complicated global problems require something a bit more challenging than this." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Persepolis (2007)

"An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Iron Man (2008)

"A supremely confident, well-tooled entertainment. It's bound to be the early pace-maker for the oncoming glut of summer blockbusters." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Swing Vote (2008)

"It's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"Adamson barrels the action along in an even-handed manner that should keep most of the family happy." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

WALL-E (2008)

"The most consistent production unit in Hollywood just hit another home run." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Step Brothers (2008)

"Unremittingly juvenile and irredeemably funny." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

The Orphanage (2007)

"At a time when American horror seems transfixed by graphic sadism, the acclaimed Spanish chiller El Orfanato harks back to an older tradition of psychological scares and things that go bump in the night. " ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

Hancock (2008)

"Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008

In Bruges (2008)

"For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1/5 19%

Fly Me to the Moon (2008)

"This witless 3D animated feature tries its best but never achieves lift-off." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 3, 2008
4/5 68%

Redbelt (2008)

"Not prime, grade-A Mamet, but this meaty martial-arts movie offers heavyweight performances and a deliciously juicy set-up. Things get scrappy in the last act, but you'll want to see how it all unravels." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 26, 2008

Ghost Town (2008)

"Naturally, Koepp makes it his business to redeem this unpleasant character and recast him as an acceptable stand-in for a romantic lead. But cynics should not despair; it's not a complete makeover." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2008
2/5 38%

You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)

"After playing it relatively straight in his recent movies, Adam Sandler goofs off big time here, laying on a thick Israeli accent and proving real men blow dry. There are funny highpoints, but the grab-bag approach never quite gels." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/5 50%

CJ7 (2008)

"Chow's kung fu fans may be disappointed that he's made a family film, but on its own terms it's well crafted, quite touching and frequently LOL." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 8, 2008

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

"The action tends to blur into a whirlwind of slapstick chaos." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2008
2/5 11%

Fool's Gold (2008)

"This lacklustre adventure wants to be Romancing The Stone: The Swimwear Edition. Coasting on the skimpy charm of its bronzed stars and Caribbean location, Fool's Gold is sunny enough but desperately unfunny."
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2/5 11%

Fool's Gold (2008)

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Posted Apr 18, 2008
4/5 97%

Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)

"Andersson's movie reveals poetic ironies, surreal slapstick and melancholy truths, often all wrapped up together. The gloom gets a bit thick over the 92 minutes, but there are sequences here you will never forget." ‐Total Film
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/5 47%

Mister Lonely (2007)

"Korine comes back strong with an affected but intermittently affecting curio featuring the pseudo-starriest line-up you'll ever see. Flying nuns on BMX bikes will be a leap of faith for many, but the wild black laughs keep things grounded." ‐Total Film
Posted Mar 14, 2008

Superbad (2007)

"This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect." ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2008

I Am Legend (2007)

"So often, sci-fi is overproduced, but I Am Legend doesn't look like a CGI extravaganza. It looks like an edgy suspense movie shot on the fly in New York City after the fall. And because of that, it's all the more effective." ‐
Posted Jan 4, 2008
4/5 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"A teenage art-flick, Paranoid Park proves the most fluent and coherent of Gus Van Sant's recent experiments. Part crime mystery, part coming-of-age story, it's positively overflowing with burnished imagery and adolescent turmoil." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2007

The Bucket List (2007)

"Watching The Bucket List may not inspire philosophical introspection, but it's quite likely to make you re-examine your priorities. At least as far as movie-going is concerned." ‐
Posted Dec 27, 2007

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"Maybe it wasn't his fault those chickens came home to roost in the form of the Taliban, but you have to wonder: Would Nichols have given Oliver North such an easy ride?" ‐
Posted Dec 27, 2007
3/5 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"An uneven black comedy-thriller that's nonetheless worth catching for Téa Leoni's bracingly sharp performance and the inspired idea of putting hitman Ben Kingsley into AA. Just focus on the well-etched characters and don't worry too much about the plot." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 7, 2007

The Kingdom (2007)

"The Kingdom works as an exotic action thriller, but its politics are so choked on checks and balances it cancels itself out." ‐
Posted Nov 30, 2007

Beowulf (2007)

"An excellent showcase for the advantages of computer-generated animation." ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2007
3/5 79%

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007)

"Depressingly compelling." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 9, 2007
4/5 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"In his fourth and best film to date, Sean Penn has made an eco-road movie that refreshes and invigorates. Exquisitely shot, robustly acted and deeply felt, it's a potent ode to wanderlust and human pluck." ‐Total Film
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/5 19%

The Invasion (2007)

"A strong, proven premise, drained of almost all feeling and personality. Hirschbiegel's Hollywood debut sporadically grips - but like Kidman and Craig's characters, you'll most likely end up battling to stay awake." ‐Total Film
Posted Oct 10, 2007
3/5 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"Backed by a fine cast (including sardonic narrator Alec Baldwin), there's no argument: Blitz is a confident new voice." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/5 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

"Veering between kneejerk homophobia and PC proselytising for gay rights - often in the same scene - Dennis Dugan's comedy is an unhappy union." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2007
4/5 88%

Syndromes and a Century (2007)

"This curio sometimes bemuses, but it's utterly fresh and alive." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2007

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"James Mangold's expert and entertaining 3:10 to Yuma demonstrates both the Western's age-old appeal, and the problems it presents to a contemporary filmmaker." ‐
Posted Sep 11, 2007
4/5 100%

Opera Jawa (2006)

"A crash course in Javanese symbolism is advised before viewing, but few current movies can boast a more of breath-stopping images." ‐Total Film
Posted Sep 7, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting." ‐
Posted Aug 28, 2007

Dazed and Confused (1993)

"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at." ‐Time Out
Posted Aug 16, 2007

Aliens (1986)

"There is always an interesting tension in Cameron's work between masculine and feminine qualities. When it finally hits the fan here, we're in for the mother of all battles." ‐Time Out
Posted Aug 16, 2007
4/5 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"A true story about a fake biography, Lasse Hallström's film is a spry escapade." ‐Total Film
Posted Aug 3, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"There's still enough suspense built into the saga to keep us watching, but after five installments, this dazzling box office wizard is slowly running out of tricks." ‐
Posted Jul 10, 2007

The Nativity Story (2006)

"Of course there is nothing inherently wrong with preaching to the converted -- secular Hollywood does it all the time. But I confess I wish the movie had some of the passion of The Passion of the Christ." ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2007

The Number 23 (2007)

"For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up." ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2007

Perfect Stranger (2007)

"This one's DOA." ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2007

Transformers (2007)

"The illusion is shattered whenever the 'bots start talking or the action stops. Bay tries to gloss over the infantile plot, but it would take a lighter, wittier touch to square the movie's pedestrian script." ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2007

Fracture (2007)

"A smart and snappy thriller that makes light work of its ethical dilemmas, Fracture is a little too neat and tidy to stick in the mind for long, but the Hopkins-Gosling pairing is choice, and neither comes up short." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2007

Sicko (2007)

"It's not impossible that this bitterly funny, bitterly sad call to alms could move reform back up the political agenda. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to see this movie." ‐
Posted Jun 29, 2007

Nancy Drew (2007)

"Crisply put together but just passably amusing, the movie is innocuous, light, and -- obviously -- very, very slight." ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2007
3/5 69%

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

"It's a long, strange trip, alternately banal and visionary." ‐Total Film
Posted Jun 15, 2007
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