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T-Meter Title | Year
85% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slappingly bawdy and fast-paced, Forum is a capricious look at the seamy underside of classical Rome through a 20th-century hipster's shades. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
63% Charly (1968) Instead of frittering away time on an unmotivated romance, it would have been interesting if the reasons for this psychologically complicated affair were explored. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
82% Women in Love (1969) Directed with style and punch by Ken Russell, this is an episodic but challenging and holding pic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
37% Every Which Way But Loose (1978) For Eastwood fans, the essential elements are there. Lots of people get beat up, Eastwood walks tall and looks nasty, cars are crashed. James Fargo directs limply. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
44% The Wiz (1978) Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
86% The Optimists (1973) It all sounds like goo, and the film's last half-hour verges perilously close. But even at its worst The Optimists is acceptable family fare, and for much of its first 80 minutes it engagingly achieves a sense of fantasy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
20% Judith (1966) [A] frequently-tenseful adventure tale realistically produced in its actual locale. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
38% Billy Bathgate (1991) Despite Dean's alert, open performance, Billy remains an opaque witness to events that are unfolding over his head. Hoffman's performance also is problematic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Love Matters (1993) Though the film offers no easy answers of "sigh-with-relief" resolutions, its portrayal of two marriages is splendid in both its exploration and thought-provoking examination of human nature within the context of long-term marital commitment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet T.R. Baskin (1971) Peter Hyams' debut production is handsomely mounted, but his screenplay is sterile, superficial and inconsistent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
86% Sisters (1973) Sisters is a good psychological murder melodrama... Brian De Palma's direction emphasizes exploitation values which do not fully mask script weakness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
36% A Star is Born (1976) The new A Star Is Born has the rare distinction of being a superlative remake. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
47% The Sentinel (1977) The Sentinel is a grubby, grotesque excursion into religioso psychodrama, notable for uniformly poor performances by a large cast of familiar names and direction that is hysterical and heavy-handed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970) Unfortunately, not much more than a... sexploitation film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
86% Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Director Robert Wise has drawn fine performances from his players. It is the most sustained acting Belafonte has done. Ryan makes the flesh crawl as the fanatical bigot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% The Sheik (1921) The acting could not be worse than the story, but it is bad enough. Valentino is revealed as a player without resource. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Male and Female (1919) The production places DeMille on a par with D.W. Griffith as a far as Babylonian stuff is concerned, and there are several scenes where DeMille steps a little beyond the great Grif. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes (1914) The story is a familiar but intimate tale vividly illustrated on the screen. Griffith keeps it alive every moment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Mickey (1918) Mickey and Mabel Normand are one and the same. With all her tomboy pranks and cutting up, she is a wonderful little actress. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Immigrant (1917) The $670,000 a year funnyman is still 'there'. The extremely limited number of titles speaks volumes for the pantomimic art of the comedian. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Butcher Boy (1917) Arbuckle juggling with the accessories of the country store where he is an important factor... is done in such a serious, earnest way the comic effect is all the more forceful. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Tess of the Storm Country (1922) Little Mary Pickford comes into her own. As the little, expressive-eyed tatterdemalion of the Lake Cayuga shores, Pickford sticks another feather in her movie crown. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
40% Kickboxer (1989) Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
44% She-Devil (1989) The casting is a real coup, with Barr going her everywoman TV persona one better by breaking the big screen heroine mold, and Streep blowing away any notion that she can't be funny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
60% With a Song in My Heart (1952) While not entirely at home in the dancing accompaniment to some of the production numbers, Susan Hayward punches over the straight vocal-simulation and deftly handles the dramatic phases. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
43% Le Casanova de Fellini (1976) Donald Sutherland, forced to carry the film, gives the gallant Venetian a measure of dignity and momentarily succeeds in overcoming the mechanics of Fellini's direction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Lola (1961) It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
43% Tracks (1976) An incisive, revelatory film about a returning war veteran from Vietnam transporting the body of a friend across the US for burial. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
86% Sign o' the Times (1987) Prince provides musicvideo addicts with a pure fix of visual and aural synchronicity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
50% Jungle Book (1942) As directed by Zoltan Korda, the fiction takes secondary place to the highly interesting and sometimes amazing views of jungle animals in the brilliance of colored photography. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
54% Privilege (1967) Trouble with Privilege is that it cannot make up its mind whether it's a crusading film for the intelligentsia or a snide, 'with it' comedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
73% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) While Devil is a somewhat monotonous picture, Sternberg has given it clever photography and background. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
No Score Yet Valley of the Kings (1954) The backgrounds offer more freshness to the film than does the routine story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
100% Mr. Lucky (1943) Picture carries an authentic ring to operations of bigtime gamblers, and it faithfully follows the professional premise of 'never give the sucker a break, but never cheat a friend'. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2015
89% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) A very moving film, full of simplicity and charm. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
27% Two Minute Warning (1976) An off-the-beaten-track story of a football stadium crowd menaced by a sniper, combined with above-average plotting, acting and direction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2015
100% Age of Consent (1969) The picture has immense charm and the actual photography (particularly underwater scenes) and superb scenery make it a good travelog ad for the Great Barrier Reef area where most of it was filmed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
17% Viva Knievel! (1977) Evel the actor emerges from the wreck in better shape than the bent careers of his veteran co-stars, Gene Kelly, Marjoe Gortner, Red Buttons, Lauren Hutton and Leslie Nielsen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
No Score Yet Inchon (1981) Unintentionally laughable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) This Buster Keaton feature length comedy is about as unfunny as a hospital operating room. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
55% Rowdy Rathore (2012) Big, dumb and pretty good fun once the flat first hour is over, Bollywood masala Rowdy Rathore makes the grade on the strength of Akshay Kumar's charismatic dual perfs as a supercop killed on duty and a lookalike thief who takes his place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
33% Androcles and the Lion (1953) Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy on Romans and Christians provides the basis for a fair film offering. Picture is a curious mixture of basic comedy and Shavian wit. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
100% Wild River (1960) In studying a slice of national socio-economic progress in terms of people, it catches something timeless and essential in the human spirit and shapes it in the American image. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
84% El Norte (1984) It is beautifully lensed and comes across as a kind of giant Renaissance canvas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
87% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
80% Daisies (1967) Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) Whammo entertainment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
65% Wild in the Streets (1968) An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
29% The Rookie (1990) Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014