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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
2.5/4
Although we instinctively should be rooting for these characters, Eisele bends the rules of academic debate to make sure the outcome is never in doubt.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
2
3/4
The most elegant slasher movie ever made.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3
3/4
Rather than another of the solemn examinations of American foreign policy Charlie Wilson's War is a quip-filled, high-spirited comedy.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4
3/4
I Am Legend (2007)
Some movies, from Superman: The Motion Picture to Office Space, are great until they get around to telling a story. Add I Am Legend to that list.
Posted Dec 16, 2007
5
2/4
The film has the same weaknesses and strengths as the novel. And its greatest weakness is that the main character is the least interesting and just about the least sympathetic.
Posted Dec 16, 2007
6
3/4
Atonement (2007)
Even with its strong themes and performances, Atonement will be enjoyed most by those enthralled when the craft of filmmaking becomes an art.
Posted Dec 16, 2007
7
2/4
In adapting Pullman's novel, Weitz jettisons its distinctive atmosphere and complex (and controversial) theological background and decides instead to whip through the plot.
Posted Dec 16, 2007
8
1/4
Hitman (2007)
Hitman will satisfy only longings for tough-guy posturing, sadistic violence, blatant misogyny and incoherent plotting.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
9
2/4
A holiday film with much goodwill but just as much predictability.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
10
3/4
Enchanted (2007)
Adams' performance is the kind that deserves an Academy Award nomination yet seldom gets one.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
11
2.5/4
Beowulf (2007)
Robert Zemeckis has created the world's longest videogame cut scene.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
12
2/4
Whimsy is the worst thing a filmmaker can force on an audience. Magic is the second worst. Yet for 90 minutes writer-director Zach Helm shoves whimsy and magic down his audience's throat.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
13
1/4
P2 (2007)
The ingredients of modern horror kill the atmosphere and make P2 less scary, not more.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
14
3.5/4
This is the Coen Brothers' leanest and least affected film since Blood Simple.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
15
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
Seinfeld's quick wit and glib personality are strong enough to give the scattershot story an illusion of coherence.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
16
3.5/4
A gritty 1970s thriller made for today, re-creating the past to find lessons for the present.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
17
2.5/4
Ultimately it is Carell who grounds Dan in something close to real life.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
18
2/4
Music Within (2007)
Both Pimental and the audience would have been better served if his life were told as a PBS documentary.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
19
3.5/4
In an unusual season with so many films are aimed at adults Things We Lost may be the most mature of the lot.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
20
3.5/4
Rendition (2007)
Hood's greatest concern is the line between moral courage and cowardice.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
21
2/4
Unreliable as history and misguided as a contemporary allegory, Golden Age finally fails because it is a half-hearted spectacle, not even filmed in a widescreen format.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
22
2.5/4
Gilroy's goal is to create a smart, literate thriller, and while Michael Clayton is smart and literate, it isn't thrilling.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
23
3/4
Although it takes place 126 years ago, the film is most fascinating for its contemporary echoes.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
24
3/4
The Darjeeling Limited is Anderson's most technically accomplished film, but his subject matter must evolve.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
25
3/4
Has just enough honesty and heart to redeem it.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
26
1.5/4
The Kingdom (2007)
The film's American heroes are depicted as pig-headed, offensive bullies who claim the moral high ground but in the end can solve their problems only with guns and car chases.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
27
3/4
Dedication (2007)
It restores one's faith in Mandy Moore's film career.
Posted Nov 7, 2007
28
3/4
Sydney White (2007)
A decent vehicle for Bynes.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
29
2.5/4
The profoundly discouraging ending doesn't work.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
30
2/4
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Has the mark of something dashed off after reading what dozens of screenwriting manuals had to say about the marketplace and the three-act paradigm, but not one word about characterization or dramatic unity.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
31
3.5/4
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Remains an evocative morality tale about what makes men good, what makes them bad and what makes them ugly.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
32
1/5
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
The whole thing is supposed to be played for laughs, but it is too bloody, too brutal and too sadistic to be remotely amusing.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
33
1.5/4
Begins promisingly but ends putridly.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
34
3/4
A good-natured, easy-to-take goof.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
35
2/4
Resurrecting the Champ is a specialty of director Rod Lurie, a civics lecture disguised as a film.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
36
3/4
A smart, well-acted bit of froth.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
37
1.5/4
The Invasion (2007)
The Invasion is filled with lapses in logic. Most sense probably was cut during the many re-edits, but there is evidence Dave Kajganich's script had little sense to begin with.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
38
3.5/4
Superbad (2007)
Solidifies Apatow's reputation as the guiding force behind a small but significant community of comic filmmakers. He is becoming to crude comedies what Steven Spielberg was to family-oriented fantasies in the 1980s.
Posted Oct 30, 2007
39
3.5/4
Stardust (2007)
Wants to be the next-generation Princess Bride, and, boy, does it come close.
Posted Oct 30, 2007
40
1.5/4
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Tucker is the film's 50,000-watt mood killer, determined to fray the nerves of anyone in the theater
Posted Oct 29, 2007
41
2/4
By right Bratz should have had no potential at all. Yet it is still disappointing to see the handful of clever ideas and heartfelt themes smothered by corporate, focus-group filmmaking.
Posted Oct 29, 2007
42
3.5/4
Because the Bourne films haven't put up the blockbuster numbers that warrant Entertainment Weekly cover stories they aren't recognized for what they are - the smartest and most technically superb action films since Die Hard.
Posted Oct 29, 2007
43
3/4
It cannot compete with the series that inspired it, but it can compete with everything else in the multiplex at the moment.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
44
1.5/4
Many, many things are wrong with Chuck and Larry, but its ultimate failure lies in the ludicrous explanation used to get its stars to the altar.
Posted Jul 25, 2007
45
3.5/4
Hairspray (2007)
The most rousing, most engaging and most successful movie musical in ages.
Posted Jul 25, 2007
46
3/4
Rescue Dawn (2007)
A compelling and compassionate portrait of a survivor.
Posted Jul 25, 2007
47
3/4
Occupies the middle ground among the Potter movies, not as good as the third and fourth but better than the first and second.
Posted Jul 10, 2007
48
2/4
Transformers (2007)
Whatever chance Transformers might have been a decent movie disappeared the moment Bay was hired to direct.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
49
1/4
Like a creepy kid who has taken a few too many Ritalin tablets, License to Wed bounds around the screen wildly, overanxious to prove its wackiness.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
50
4/4
Sicko (2007)
A persuasive piece of propaganda because it is as entertaining and funny as it is heart-rending and disturbing.
Posted Jul 2, 2007