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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
50% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) While Devil is a somewhat monotonous picture, Sternberg has given it clever photography and background.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
0% Valley of the Kings (1954) The backgrounds offer more freshness to the film than does the routine story.‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2015
89% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) A very moving film, full of simplicity and charm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
30% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
0% Inchon (1981) Unintentionally laughable.‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
67% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
86% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
75% Daisies (2012) Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) Whammo entertainment.‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
29% The Rookie (1990) Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) No more original or eventful than an average police TV show, so it must sink or swim on the moment-by-moment cleverness of the dialog and the behavioral talents of Hines and Crystal. Fortunately, these elements prove formidable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
60% Salome (1923) Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2014
43% Sodom and Gomorrah (1963) Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2014
71% The Hot Spot (1990) The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life in Sebastian Lelio's pitch-perfect, terrifically written Gloria.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
55% Now, Forager (2012) A lack of dramatic force and zero chemistry between the leads make the film play like a compilation of episodes rather than a flowing narrative, but two sequences are inspired, and the rest has an earnest if underwhelming appeal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2013
100% Abraham Lincoln (1930) Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) A brisk, eye-opening documentary about the Nixon White House, this triumph of editing is composed of homemovies, accompanied by later TV interviews and priceless audio from the secret tapes, making it a must-see for anyone interested in Americana. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
89% The Big Easy (1987) Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
20% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) Hampered by a thin screenplay, film is padded further by often-pretentious direction by Sidney J. Furie against expansive physical values.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% The Fox (1967) A beautifully photographed, dramatically uneven Canadian-made film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) [The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
29% Hurry Sundown (1967) An outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) All this is well mounted and lensed but sans the right dramatic flourishes to get human depth, melodramatic gusto or humane symbolism into the right focus.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013