James Sanford on Film

James Sanford on Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): James Sanford
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Bug (2006) James Sanford All of the actors find the right rhythm... But even the performers' complete commitment can't entirely disguise the fact that 'Bug' doesn't seem to belong on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2007
Undiscovered (2005) James Sanford Aiming for a bohemian punkster look, Simpson instead comes across as a deglamourized Kristy McNichol, outfitted with... a lower lip that continually does The Wave. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2005
Must Love Dogs (2005) James Sanford Let me tell you: Having my feet scraped with a scapel and rubbed down with acid by my podiatrist was more enjoyable than sitting through this miserable film. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2005
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) James Sanford A difficult movie to hate -- even if you're not a female between the ages of 14 and 18... EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2005
3/4 Ocean's Twelve (2004) James Sanford Like 'casual day' at the office, 'Ocean's Twelve' is not exactly cause for celebration, but it's a pleasant break from the norm. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2004
I, Robot (2004) James Sanford Bad 'bots, bad 'bots, what ya gonna do? EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2004
0/4 Yor, the Hunter From the Future (1983) James Sanford When a comrade warns Yor about the approaching 'creature of the night,' he should have added, 'You might get tangled up in his wires!' EDIT
Posted May 11, 2004
0/5 The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) James Sanford It's hard to know where to begin in talking about what exactly is wrong with 'The Man Who Wasn't There' because there's really nothing right with it. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2004
Hercules (1983) James Sanford one of the few male 'jiggle' movies in recent memory, it's all silly to the nth degree and dares to utilize special effects tricks that redefine the word 'tacky.' EDIT
Posted May 11, 2004
1.5/4 The Butterfly Effect (2004) James Sanford a twisted tale that incorporates child pornography, a dog being set aflame, a mother and baby being blown to smithereens by an exploding mailbox...oppressively unpleasant EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2004
4/4 Cinema Paradiso (1988) James Sanford an enchanting, sweeping look at post-WWII life, real and reel. It's set mostly in a small Italian village, but the characters, situations and changes it depicts are universal. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2003
4/4 Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) James Sanford From the opening scene in which he takes on a theater full of pretentious actors to the grand tearjerking finale, Cyrano is always the center of attention, and Depardieu, full of wit, bravado and passion, rises to the challenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2003
3.5/4 Green Card (1990) James Sanford The story could have been turned into a plastic sitcom, but ... the crackling chemistry between Depardieu and MacDowell gives it considerable charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2003
2/4 The Handmaid's Tale (1990) James Sanford Harold Pinter's adaptation has its powerful moments, but ultimately the narrowing of the novel's scope dilutes the story's message too much. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2003
3/4 I Love You to Death (1990) James Sanford director Lawrence Kasdan and a superb cast engage in what seems like a working vacation. The fun is infectious, and the result is a slight but highly entertaining comedy of errors. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2003
2/4 Freddy vs. Jason (2003) James Sanford prototypical teen slasher fare, with ultra-gory deaths, overwrought performances and even some gratuitous T&A: Were it not for a Columbine reference and a half-baked rave, you might guess this was actually made 20 years ago. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2003
3/4 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) James Sanford Perhaps its greatest truth comes from two of its characters watching a movie in production: one notes that the film is more a love story than a horror story. Replies the movie's director, 'Sometimes the two are indistinguishable.' EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
3.5/4 Strapless (1989) James Sanford continues Hare's salute to fascinating, challenging women. ...The situations will ring true to anyone who has ever placed their faith in the wrong person or wrote off someone who later made a surprising comeback. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
4/4 The Sound of Music (1965) James Sanford established Julie Andrews as a major international movie star. Her radiance and energy fills the screen in scene after scene. She's absolutely magnetic... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
1.5/4 The Sheltering Sky (1990) James Sanford Soul searching is rarely a thrill a minute but it's rarely as tedious as this. ...Oscar-bait it may be, but "The Sheltering Sky" is more deserving of the First Annual Chicken Little Award. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
0/5 Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) James Sanford manages to top even such masterworks of schlock as (the Dereks') earlier 'Bolero,' 'Fantasies' and their perversion of 'Tarzan the Ape Man' for sheer artistic ineptitude. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
3.5/4 Ghost (1990) James Sanford a deft blending of comedy and suspense, with some impressive special effects that are incorporated into the film instead of being the center of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
3.5/4 Alice (1990) James Sanford Farrow relishes the opportunity to play everything from a timid, guilt-racked housewife to a sultry amoral siren, who does everything short of attacking her victim... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2003
2.5/4 Sweet Dreams (1985) James Sanford Jessica Lange plays Cline and gives her friskiest, most intriguing performance to date. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2003
4/4 After Hours (1985) James Sanford a comedy that's both uproariously funny (often in a most uncomfortable way) and deeply disturbing at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2003
0/5 The Lonely Lady (1983) James Sanford a poorly acted, ineptly made and nearly incoherent piece of garbage that can't even properly exploit its star, which would seem to be the primary reason for its existence. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2003
The Core (2003) James Sanford there's no logical reason to recommend 'The Core.' Still, it must be said it certainly goes out of its way to keep your pulse pounding and your ears ringing EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2003
Willard (1971) James Sanford The most terrifying thing about the movie is the sight of Ernest Borgnine strutting around in skin-tight red polyester pants; even an army of swarming rats is easier to look at than that. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2003
Gangs of New York (2002) James Sanford While Scorsese's bold images and generally smart casting ensure that "Gangs" is never lethargic, the movie is hindered by a central plot that's peppered with false starts and populated by characters who are nearly impossible to care about. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2002
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) James Sanford unexpectedly rousing... can be easily appreciated even by those unacquainted with the four-year-old series. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2002
1.5/4 Two Weeks Notice (2002) James Sanford What should have been a painless time-killer becomes instead a grating endurance test. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2002
The Good Girl (2002) James Sanford often extremely funny -- it's like a vintage Sally Field movie reshot by some twisted minds... EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2002
0/5 The Master of Disguise (2002) James Sanford so misconceived on every level, it's almost fascinating to watch. If you don't mind pain, that is. This movie knows how to make you hurt... EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2002
0/5 Ghost Dad (1990) James Sanford dismal... There's more preachiness here than in a hundred 'ABC Afterschool Specials,' and the special effects wouldn't pass muster on a local kiddie show. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2002
Kiss the Girls (1997) James Sanford like a good-looking blind date who promises dinner and a movie, then takes you to Burger King and "Wishmaster," the spell dissipates quickly, leaving you feeling seduced and abandoned. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2002
Gattaca (1997) James Sanford a smart, beautifully crafted piece of not-so-science-fiction that manages to successfully mix social commentary and suspense into a generally enthralling story. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2002
The Last Days of Disco (1998) James Sanford The performances by the entire ensemble are delightful, with Beckinsale and Keeslar particularly impressive. Of course, it helps that they get most of the sharpest lines. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
Flubber (1997) James Sanford Almost everyone in the cast seems to realize they're here purely to kill time between special-effects sequences and the tiresome slapsticky antics served up by screenwriter John Hughes. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
The Edge (1997) James Sanford A few scattered profanities, a couple of gory accidents and a subplot about suspected adultery are all that separates this story from the grade-school classic "My Side of the Mountain." EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) James Sanford in Allen's sweaty palms, "Everyone" often strains itself trying to entertain. Even when the movie hits its mark, you're usually aware of how much work it took to get there. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
Double Indemnity (1944) James Sanford For the generation that grew up thinking of MacMurray as the kindly father-figure on "My Three Sons" and Stanwyck as the regal matriarch of "The Big Valley," it's a jolt to see them playing such devious, money-hungry types. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
Career Girls (1997) James Sanford develops into an insightful meditation on the nature of friendship, as well as a peek into the psyches of two people who think they've dealt with the past but have actually only pushed it aside. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
The Butcher Boy (1997) James Sanford The filmmakers chronicle Francie's journey in a stream of colorful, dreamy visuals, and too often ``Butcher Boy'' engages the eye rather than the heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2002
The Avengers (1998) James Sanford the film plays like some sort of feverish hallucination with no real logic or continuity. ... your only chance this week to see Uma Thurman attacked by a giant teddy bear. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2002
1.5/4 Armageddon (1998) James Sanford breathless and utterly brainless... makes the similarly themed and much more sentimental 'Deep Impact' look like 'Schindler's List' by comparison. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2002
Passion of Mind (2000) James Sanford Sometimes, with its candlelit castles and love scenes played out in spacious antique bathtubs, "Passion" seems less like a movie than it does a glossy catalog spread out all over the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2002
Bring It On (2000) James Sanford sassy fun, with a script by first-time screenwriter Jessica Bendinger that's almost shockingly sophisticated for a film destined to play almost exclusively to teens. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2002
Duets (2000) James Sanford A strange combination of road movie, sitcom and "Razor's Edge"-style philosophical drama, "Duets" looks at six unhappy people who are brought together by their love of karaoke. Yes, karaoke. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2002
Coyote Ugly (2000) James Sanford Gina Wendkos' screenplay manages to make "Flashdance" seem plot-heavy by comparison. ...we see the lovely faces of Perabo, Miko and Moynahan and the swinging hips and stomping feet of three anonymous dance doubles. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2002
Isn't She Great (2000) James Sanford gives its heroine all the rough edges of a throw pillow... Susann couldn't write sentiment convincingly and neither can Rudnick. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2002