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      Film Snobs is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jimmy O, Stephen Himes.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      The Others (2001) Jimmy O Films like this survive on atmosphere and tone, like du Maurier stories, and the filming is so skillfully done that I found myself wishing that AmenĂ¡bar wouldn't take the story where I knew he was going to.
      Posted Oct 30, 2018
      6/10
      Friends With Benefits (2011) Stephen Himes A Central Station flashmob of a movie.
      Posted Aug 01, 2011
      6/10
      Bad Teacher (2011) Stephen Himes The only way to understand this movie's argument about performance pay is to imagine Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker watching it.
      Posted Jul 26, 2011
      8/10
      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Stephen Himes Harry Potter isn't about the wand choosing the wizard; it's about what education should be about: transforming imagination into reality.
      Posted Jul 15, 2011
      8/10
      Everything Must Go (2010) Stephen Himes Will Ferrell isn't stunt casting--his size and deadpan are essential to the character.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      4/10
      The Beaver (2011) Stephen Himes Jodie Foster invites us to laugh at this guy who talks through a puppet, then scolds us for doing so.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      4/10
      The Hangover Part II (2011) Stephen Himes More a horror than a comedic film, as if Todd Phillips is making a kind of "Heart of Darkness" argument with Bangkok as his backdrop.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      4/10
      Bridesmaids (2011) Stephen Himes By filling the plot hole of Lillian's cluelessness with explosive diarrhea, the film undermines the whole "Apatowian Female Comedy" idea.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      9/10
      Midnight in Paris (2011) Stephen Himes "Midnight in Paris," a parable about romanticism and nostalgia, recalls Early Owen as much as Early Woody.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      5/10
      Larry Crowne (2011) Stephen Himes "Larry Crowne" is made precisely for people like Larry Crowne.
      Posted Jul 05, 2011
      2.5/5
      The Hangover Part II (2011) Jimmy O Director Todd Phillips Should be Given Credit for Making a Darker, Edgier Film But A Lot of the Shock is Lost with Predictable Material.
      Posted May 30, 2011
      3.5/5
      Super (2010) Jimmy O An Interesting, Shocking Look at the Religiosity of the Superhero Myth.
      Posted May 11, 2011
      3.5/5
      Rabbit Hole (2010) Jimmy O Not as Depressing as You Fear...and that's no Faint Praise.
      Posted Feb 08, 2011
      3/5
      Blue Valentine (2010) Jimmy O An Endless Barrage of Misery and Depression Punctuated by Great Acting. Being Breathless Doesn't Make Quality Cinema.
      Posted Feb 07, 2011
      2.5/5
      The Dilemma (2011) Jimmy O Howard Tries to Have Fun with a Touchy Subject But the Good Drama Gets in the Way of his Lame Jokes.
      Posted Jan 25, 2011
      2/5
      Somewhere (2010) Jimmy O Coppola Gets Too Close by Making a Vapid Picture of Fatherhood That's Too Shallow for any Deep Moments.
      Posted Jan 13, 2011
      4/5
      Fair Game (2010) Jimmy O Liman Digs Into the Personal Life of Those On the Edge and Finds Something Nicely Human. A Great Political Flick
      Posted Jan 08, 2011
      2/5
      The King's Speech (2010) Jimmy O A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo.
      Posted Jan 04, 2011
      4/5
      True Grit (2010) Jimmy O The Coens Return the Western from the post-Modern to the Classic in this Fun, Briskly Poetic Flick.
      Posted Dec 25, 2010
      3.5
      The Fighter (2010) Jimmy O David O. Russell Gives Us a Good Boxing Film But Nothing Groundbreaking. Christian Bale's Eating Disorder Really Shines.
      Posted Dec 24, 2010
      4/5
      Black Swan (2010) Jimmy O Ballet can be Hell, and Aronofsky Never Lets You Forget It.
      Posted Dec 06, 2010
      4/5
      127 Hours (2010) Jimmy O More Intense than Any of Franco's Work in "General Hospital".
      Posted Nov 30, 2010
      2.5/5
      Due Date (2010) Jimmy O I Think the Movie Lost me When Robert Downey Jr punched out a ten-year old.
      Posted Nov 27, 2010
      3/5
      Unstoppable (2010) Jimmy O A Great Blue-Collar Thrill Ride.
      Posted Nov 27, 2010
      3/5
      You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Jimmy O Woody Allen Makes One of His "Couple" Films Particularly Enhanced by Hopkins' Realistic View or Mortality.
      Posted Oct 20, 2010
      1.5/5
      My Soul to Take (2010) Jimmy O While there's much to like about the ideas and atmosphere, Craven can't muster much out of his characters or script to form an interesting message.
      Posted Oct 18, 2010
      4/5
      The Social Network (2010) Jimmy O Fincher and Sorkin Have Created a Film Whose Truth is as Subject as it's Presented on Facebook Itself. A Dark, Entertaining Parable.
      Posted Oct 09, 2010
      3/5
      Devil (2010) Jimmy O "Devil" is Effectively Creepy but Still has M. Night's Shaky Take on Faith and Religion.
      Posted Sep 26, 2010
      3/5
      Machete (2010) Jimmy O "Machete" Makes For Interesting Politics if Not For a Fully Satisfying Flick Due to Problematic Casting.
      Posted Sep 09, 2010
      3.5/5
      The American (2010) Jimmy O An Effective Thriller or a Chance for Clooney to Hang in Lake Como? Go with the Former.
      Posted Sep 07, 2010
      3/5
      The Last Exorcism (2010) Jimmy O "The Last Exorcism" Starts Out as a Sharp Religious Satire But Kind of Forgets That When Angling for "Paranormal Activity" Scares.
      Posted Sep 06, 2010
      2/5
      The Expendables (2010) Jimmy O Stallone Can't Choose Between Thoughtful Meditation of Age and Violence or Just a Cheesy Throwback to the mid-80's. A Pity.
      Posted Aug 28, 2010
      3.5/5
      Piranha (2010) Jimmy O Aja rejects the victim mentality of horror for the past ten years and crafts a legit throwback to the classic slasher doubling as Morality Play. Well done.
      Posted Aug 26, 2010
      3/5
      Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Jimmy O Edgar Wright Experiments with Video Game as Artistic Flourish and Succeeds Despite the Weakness in Structure and Cast.
      Posted Aug 17, 2010
      1.5/5
      The Kids Are All Right (2010) Jimmy O While Certainly Not its Intent, this Film is So Vapid in its Plot and Empty in Character It Ends Up Being Anti-Gay in Message.
      Posted Aug 11, 2010
      2/5
      Grown Ups (2010) Jimmy O Dugan and Sandler Prove That, When it Comes to Humor and Sentiment, The Failure to Invest in Your Characters is a Fatal Flaw.
      Posted Jun 29, 2010
      3/5
      Knight and Day (2010) Jimmy O An Elegantly Simple and Nicely-Made Summer Flick That Doesn't Quite Have the Tension Its Title Suggests.
      Posted Jun 22, 2010
      4/10
      The A-Team (2010) Stephen Himes Ocean's Eleven if conceieved by Tony Scott.
      Posted Jun 20, 2010
      4/5
      Winter's Bone (2010) Jimmy O Take it from a genuine hillbilly that this is a true and powerful statement on the tragedy of Ozark life.
      Posted Jun 18, 2010
      6/10
      Ghost Writer (1989) Stephen Himes Polanski creates a sublime image of Tony Blair: A man who traps himself in a storm-battered glass house because he lacks the courage of his convictions.
      Posted Jun 10, 2010
      7/10
      MacGruber (2010) Stephen Himes Perhaps a satire of Nicolas Cage's Jerry Bruckheimer movies.
      Posted Jun 10, 2010
      5/10
      Letters to Juliet (2010) Stephen Himes Asking Juliet Capulet for relationship advice is a little bit like asking John McCain for campaign consulting, isn't it?
      Posted May 17, 2010
      0/5
      Kick-Ass (2010) Stephen Himes It's deeply immoral to turn a ten year old girl into The Bride from "Kill Bill" and pretend it's just a cartoon.
      Posted May 13, 2010
      5/10
      Date Night (2010) Stephen Himes Instead of shooting for 'It Happened One Night,' it opts for being 'The Hangover' for married people.
      Posted Apr 08, 2010
      4/5
      Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Stephen Himes John Cusack's response to the canonization of John Hughes.
      Posted Apr 06, 2010
      3/5
      Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Stephen Himes 'This is It' is tied together by an aesthetic that can only be called Synthetic Intimacy.
      Posted Jan 08, 2010
      4/5
      Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Stephen Himes To say 'Precious' is exploitative because it's bleak is to argue that Jonathan Kozol shouldn't have written 'Savage Inequalities' because it shows urban schools in a bad light.
      Posted Jan 08, 2010
      2.5/5
      The Young Victoria (2009) Stephen Himes If Molly Ringwold had taken a shot at 'respectability' in a Merchant Ivory Oscar-bait film, this might have been the perfect screenplay.
      Posted Jan 08, 2010
      3/5
      Crazy Heart (2009) Stephen Himes The difference between 'Crazy Heart' and 'The Wrestler' is the quality of the female characters.
      Posted Jan 08, 2010
      4/5
      Me and Orson Welles (2008) Stephen Himes Linklater shows how Welles' hubris take him from the Caesar of his own theater to playing Falstaff on 'The Dean Martin Show.'
      Posted Jan 08, 2010
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