Tony Mastroianni

Tony Mastroianni
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Cleveland Press

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Optimists (1973) The crotchety old gent is played by Peter Sellers in a performance that has more discipline and skill than this actor has shown in years. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet No Time for Breakfast (Docteur Françoise Gailland) (1976) No Time For Breakfast is the kind of movie that sneaks up on you. At first glance you get the impression that you have been faced with a French soap opera. But soap operas lack this film's insights and its skilled, understated acting. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Naked Ape (1973) Take a non-book, base a movie on it and the result is a non-movie. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet Pieces of Dreams (1970) The result is a rather sudsy romance which is more sentimental than spiritual. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet OK Connery (Operation Kid Brother) (Secret Agent 00) (Operation Double 007) (1967) Dreary and dismal. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967) What was offered as theater of the absurd (it wasn't quite, really) on stage comes off as an absurd movie, on screen. It also is tasteless, witless, senseless and morbid. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
85% The Nutty Professor (1963) The Nutty Professor is a waste of talent, a waste of superb color photography and a waste of time. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
80% Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) Except for the invisibility gimmick the script is just about an out-and-out steal of [The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes]. It is better because the fun stuff is funnier. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
40% Nobody Waved Good-Bye (1965) The dialog that results is not neatly written prose but fumbling, honestly spoken words, a repetition of words and phrases that grate and ring true. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Night Games (nattlek) (1965) It is obvious and depressing and when not depressing it is unintentionally funny. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
100% A New Leaf (1971) A New Leaf is a silly movie and I mean that as a compliment. It is silly as in fun and escape and lotsa laughs and as in "people go to the movies to be entertained" -- and why not? It is whacky and it is full of wacky people. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Perfect Friday (1970) The eventual triple-cross is well heralded early on but the ending still manages some surprises. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
40% Pinocchio in Outer Space (1965) Youngsters being as hip as they are about space shots and stuff will find fun in this full-length cartoon. Any nostalgic pangs about departing from the Collodi script will be felt only by a few adults and the movie isn't for them anyway. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
94% Point Blank (1967) Though tightly edited to 92 minutes, the movie bogs down at a few points, finally seems to have nowhere to go. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Priest's Wife (1971) The picture is a poorly blended mixture of farce, satire, and protest. It is staunchly anti-clerical while it focuses on but only weakly tackles several social problems. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
54% Privilege (1967) Privilege is a film satire that deals with the possibility of thought control through a combination of advertising techniques with a personality cult. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Promise at Dawn (1971) The sentiment and warmth of Gary's memoir is often overcome by Dassin's rather heavy-handed and imprecise direction. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Public Eye (1972) Shaffer has adapted his own play for the screen. His dialog doesn't work as well but there are long, long silent stretches involving Topol and Miss Farrow that do work. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Girl and the General (La ragazza e il generale) (1967) The movie suffers from slowness and the lack of peaks of excitement. It is overlong for what little it does. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
No Score Yet Flight of the Doves (1971) This is probably the kiss of death for this movie, but here goes.... The Flight of the Doves is an excellent family film. It is clean. It is also very entertaining. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
No Score Yet Twinsanity (1970) One of the season's drearier departures into decadence. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Eight on the Lam (1967) With family comedies so few and far between, it's a pity this one couldn't have been better. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
55% Enter Laughing (1967) The result is an uneven affair, better in its individual scenes than it is as a total conception. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
77% Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) Escape looks more like a made-for television movie than anything else. The first half, in fact, might pass for a situation comedy in which people are amused at apes who act like humans. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter (1964) The difficulty of the cast's job is that the series of minor situations that are important in revealing character are also very trivial and lacking in drama. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Finest Hours (1964) Documentaries, by their very nature, are informative, seldom entertaining. That there is entertainment in The Finest Hours, a very informative documentary, is to the credit of both the film's subject and the men responsible for the motion picture. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet 40 Carats (1973) 40 Carats, a popular farce-comedy of a few seasons back, has made it to the screen but has not made it well. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Going Home (1971) Old sleepy-eyed Robert Mitchum and Brenda Vaccaro with that edge-of-toughness voice of hers are capable of making something out of nothing. But even with them in it, Going Home remains pretty much a nothing. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Grand Slam (1968) Grand Slam lacks anticipation, depends instead on surprises -- some good, some indifferent, some too farfetched. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
75% The Flim-Flam Man (1967) Rogues and scoundrels are not really lovable except in fiction, plays and movies, and then only in proportion to the quality of the work. I am happy to report that The Flim-Flam Man, all about a confidence man, has the necessary quality. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) The film is wonderful and exasperating, the work of a genius, the reflections of an egotist, delicious utterances of great language and muddied speeches in other instances. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight opens and closes funny but in between has nowhere to go. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Family Way (1966) Warm, perceptive and ingratiatingly human. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
100% The Go-Between (1970) A marvelous and near-perfect movie. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Fools' Parade (1971) It is the kind of picture that leans heavily on Stewart's skill, personality and built-in folksiness. Time and again he gives you the impression of an interesting character that really isn't there in the role. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) The ultra-sophisticate may find the broad melodramatic flourishes and the heroics unacceptable, but this isn't a film for the ultra-sophisticate. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
100% El Dorado (1967) EI Dorado is just what its title and cast indicate that it is -- a western, and not a bad one at that. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet A.K.A. Cassius Clay (1970) There is no real continuity to the movie as it jumps back and forth in time. The film clips range from excellent to awful and some of them look as though they were walked on. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland (1970) This is introverted self-indulgence. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet All Neat In Black Stockings (1969) The more you think about it the duller you realize it is. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
25% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women) (1964) Bergman has approached his comedy with too much intensity, and comedy is too fragile a commodity for that sort of handling. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet And Hope to Die (1972) And Hope to Die is a pretentious melodrama that aspires to being more then melodrama and which ends up being a good deal less. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Angel Levine (1970) Even in a time when ambiguity is fashionable the vagueness of most of this picture is more boring than interesting. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
11% The Arrangement (1969) [The Arrangement] plays like a television or radio set with the volume turned up too loud. Everyone comes on strong and loud -- not good, just loud. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Adam at 6 A.M. (1970) Michael Douglas, son of Kirk, is the young man and most of his performance is given to brooding in profile and smiling enigmatically. The part isn't much so maybe it isn't all his fault. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
82% Accident (1967) The screenplay for Accident, an English film, was written by playwright Harold Pinter and therein seems to lie the problem. His characters have no outward life conversationally. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
11% Ash Wednesday (1973) Mostly the picture is structured along soap opera lines. If there is anything to be said about middle-aged trauma it finds no voice in this film. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
20% Judith (1966) Shot in Israel and acted by an international cast, the movie still has made-in-Hollywood stamped all over it. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home (1964) [Polly Adler's book was] an interesting and unpretentious study of an era and its seamy side from a unique view point. No such claims can be made for this movie version of a madam's memoirs. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Happening (1967) The movie is loaded with slapstick, throw-away lines, and sight gags but occasionally pulls up sharply on a note of pathos. - Cleveland Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018