Film Snobs

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
Rating Title/Year Author
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 Amenábar wouldn't take the story where I knew he was going to. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
6/10 Friends With Benefits (2011) Stephen Himes A Central Station flashmob of a movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2011
5/10 Larry Crowne (2011) Stephen Himes "Larry Crowne" is made precisely for people like Larry Crowne. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2011
3.5/5 Super (2011) Jimmy O An Interesting, Shocking Look at the Religiosity of the Superhero Myth. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2011
3.5/5 Rabbit Hole (2010) Jimmy O Not as Depressing as You Fear...and that's no Faint Praise. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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 EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2011
2/5 The King's Speech (2010) Jimmy O A stuffy melodrama tailored for the therapist acting-a-thon. A tragic combo. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2010
4/5 Black Swan (2010) Jimmy O Ballet can be Hell, and Aronofsky Never Lets You Forget It. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2010
4/5 127 Hours (2010) Jimmy O More Intense than Any of Franco's Work in "General Hospital". EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2010
3/5 Unstoppable (2010) Jimmy O A Great Blue-Collar Thrill Ride. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2010
3/5 Devil (2010) Jimmy O "Devil" is Effectively Creepy but Still has M. Night's Shaky Take on Faith and Religion. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2010
4/10 The A-Team (2010) Stephen Himes Ocean's Eleven if conceieved by Tony Scott. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2010
7/10 MacGruber (2010) Stephen Himes Perhaps a satire of Nicolas Cage's Jerry Bruckheimer movies. EDIT
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? EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2010
4/5 Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Stephen Himes John Cusack's response to the canonization of John Hughes. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2010
3/5 Crazy Heart (2009) Stephen Himes The difference between 'Crazy Heart' and 'The Wrestler' is the quality of the female characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 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.' EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2010