Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) - Rotten Tomatoes

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Westhoff
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
Yes Man (2008)
Much of the time we are watching a middle-aged man hoping to recapture the glory of his youth. Yes Man is Carrey's cinematic substitute for a little red sports car.
Posted Dec 20, 2008
2
3/4
Australia (2008)
It is a pleasure, and not a guilty one, to place ourselves in the hands of a mischievous director who wants to push screen dimensions back to the era of CinemaScope, Technicolor and stereophonic sound.
Posted Nov 26, 2008
3
2/4
Twilight (2008)
The longer the revelations drag out, the duller Twilight gets. And the revelations drag on a long time - three quarters of the movie.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
4
3/4
With his cool blue-eyed gaze and assured athletic moves, Craig holds this insanely uneven movie together.
Posted Nov 13, 2008
5
2.5/4
Except for the moronic title (Madagascar is part of Africa, so it's not much of an escape, is it?), the sequel is more enjoyable than the original.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
6
1/4
The most offensive aspect of Zack and Miri is not the language or the subject matter, but the agonizing predictability of the story.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
7
2/4
Changeling (2008)
How could a film with so much turmoil, drama and pulp elements become boring? Because it contains too much of all of the above.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
8
2/4
W. (2008)
Stone miscalculates by wanting to talk about George W. Bush just as he has become the lamest of lame ducks.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
9
2/4
Body of Lies (2008)
Body of Lies proves as generic as its title.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
10
3/4
Cera and Denning are a winning team.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
11
2/4
Eagle Eye (2008)
Eagle Eye occupies a treacherous middle ground. It isn't credible enough to work as a thriller and isn't ridiculous enough to work as a spoof.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
12
3/4
Ghost Town (2008)
Despite the high-concept premise, Ghost Town has a low-concept feel. The jokes are small, sly and sometimes gentle.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
13
2/4
Burn After Reading is part spy spoof and part rumination of middle-aged loneliness, which goes a long way to explain why its elements never cohere.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
14
3/4
Traitor (2008)
Like The Fugitive, Traitor is a thriller where both the pursuer and the pursued are well-developed, compelling and sympathetic figures.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
15
2.5/4
Despite Ahsoka's cloying presence, The Clone Wars is still easier to take than Attack of the Clones.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
16
2.5/4
Pineapple Express is funny, but it's not outrageously funny. Such material needs to be outrageously funny to succeed.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
17
3/4
Another enjoyable bit of high adventure and malarkey.
Posted Oct 29, 2008
18
3/4
When Step Brothers is funny, it's hilarious. But when it isn't funny, the second hand of your watch sounds peculiarly loud.
Posted Oct 29, 2008
19
3/4
Space Chimps (2008)
Some days you just can't resist cartoon chimps mocking William Shatner's delivery.
Posted Oct 29, 2008
20
2/4
Journey to the Center of the Earth isn't playing in 3-D in every theater, but that's the only way to see it. Even then you have to wait until the last half-hour for the good stuff.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
21
2/4
Hancock (2008)
The attempts to deepen the emotions turn Hancock into a strange, conflicted and often joyless film.
Posted Jul 1, 2008
22
4/4
WALL-E (2008)
If you can imagine Buster Keaton as a small box with binoculars for eyes and tank treads for legs -- and WALL-E makes this easy to imagine -- then the movie's first half represents the purest visual storytelling since movies started to talk.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
23
2.5/4
Get Smart (2008)
After four decades of technological improvements, the Cone of Silence still doesn't work, but Get Smart still does - mostly.
Posted Jun 23, 2008
24
3/4
Essentially, this Incredible Hulk is a science fiction, Jekyll and Hyde version of The Bourne Identity.
Posted Jun 16, 2008
25
2.5/4
Chaos Theory (2008)
As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
26
2/4
Street Kings (2008)
"Street Kings" is 107 minutes long and most casual viewers will know the bad guy's identity 100 minutes before Reeves does.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
27
2.5/4
Smart People (2008)
Without a clear-cut plot to lead him, first-time director Noam Murro gets muddled in the perpetual sadness of too many characters.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
28
3/4
Leatherheads (2008)
Glib, sophisticated and silly.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
29
2/4
21 (2008)
For a movie about high-stakes gambling, 21 settles for penny-ante dramatics.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
30
2.5/4
Stop-Loss (2008)
Peirce ... dramatizes the problems of the Iraqi War vet with more subtlety than we've seen from other filmmakers.
Posted Apr 14, 2008
31
3/4
With his laconic attitude, Owen Wilson has a talent for making dumb material funny. That talent serves him greatly in Drillbit Taylor.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
32
3.5/4
After two painful messes, Hollywood gets Dr. Seuss right with Horton Hears a Who!
Posted Mar 17, 2008
33
2.5/4
Married Life (2008)
Asks the audience to spend a lot of time waiting for not much to happen.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
34
3/4
Adams channels every dizzy 1930s ingénue as she sashays about in silk and exclaims, 'Jeepers!' at every opportunity.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
35
2/4
All the lush sets and elaborate costumes cannot disguise the fact that Portman is terribly cast.
Posted Mar 3, 2008
36
3/4
Penelope (2006)
The material is flawed, to be sure, but the story is less predictable than you would guess and it exudes an easy-going wit.
Posted Mar 3, 2008
37
2/4
Even though there's some smart stuff in Charlie Bartlett, there's a lot more dumb stuff that keeps the worthy elements from aligning.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
38
2/4
Vantage Point requires three simultaneous coincidences for the ending to work. That may be a record.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
39
3.5/4
The Spiderwick Chronicles is a terrific ride for children who crave genuine excitement, not that tepid Scooby Doo stuff.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
40
2.5/4
Jumper (2008)
The opening of Jumper is so similar to the opening of Spider-Man that Stan Lee's copyright infringement sense must be tingling.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
41
1.5/4
Except for Hilton's delusion that she has comic (or any) talent, the movie's worst sin is that it is inept 95 percent of the time. The remaining 5 percent is kind of cute.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
42
2.5/4
Fool's Gold (2008)
Thought it falters almost as often as it succeeds, Fool's Gold has an odd, low-key appeal.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
43
1.5/4
About a dozen other movies have used variations on this plot. And every single one of them has been smarter and more entertaining than Over Her Dead Body.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
44
3/4
How She Move (2008)
Newcomer Rutina Wesley brings dynamite physicality and haunted intellect to How She Move.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
45
1/4
Untraceable (2008)
Exploits the very trend it condemns.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
46
3/4
Cloverfield (2008)
A monster movie for the YouTube era.
Posted Feb 25, 2008
47
3/4
27 Dresses (2008)
It proves that with the right cast and creative team in place, even an old formula can still entertain.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
48
1/4
First Sunday (2008)
Getting religion in the end is no excuse for a parade of bad taste.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
49
1.5/4
When actors as great as Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't make dialogue sound natural, you know the script is a stinkeroo.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
50
3.5/4
An intellectualized epic to make lovers of pure cinema swoon.
Posted Feb 15, 2008