TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)

TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Arthur Lazere, Bilge Ebiri, Dan Jardine, Gerald Peary, Mark Pfeiffer
Rating Title/Year Author
The Hummingbird Project (2018) Ed Symkus The film has a great story and some fine people telling it. Too bad, then, that more consideration wasn't given to how end it. Rather than concluding with up or down, or success or failure, it just sort of peters out. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010) Frank Lovece The talented Mabry delivers an interesting look at a sport with great potential, and at women who can be testosterone-tough while remaining fully feminine. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
C+ For Your Consideration (2006) Rick Curnutte Where For Your Consideration fails the most is in its rather juvenile interpretation of how the entire awards season functions...there was a great film to be made here. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2006
A Rocky Balboa (2006) Rick Curnutte [Stallone] is channeling all the animal and primal method instincts of the late Marlon Brando, and it's exciting to behold the aging actor rediscovering the innate power of his acting prowess. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2006
A+ The Departed (2006) Rick Curnutte It's the culmination of a lifelong examination of men and their violent ways...The Departed is, in my estimation, possibly the finest film Scorsese has ever made. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2006
A Capote (2005) Rick Curnutte Capote is a taut, elegant work of cinematic expression...a major work. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2006
D+ The Pink Panther (2006) Rick Curnutte Steve Martin...isn't quite up to the task...Shawn Levy...lacks the ability to reign in the broadness of the material, and the film suffers because of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2006
A Bubble (2005) Rick Curnutte ...an astonishingly unnerving piece of humanist cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2006
A- Hostel (2006) Rick Curnutte ...Roth has crafted a supremely political film, one that lambasts the jocular xenophobia of the typical American... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2006
B The Land of College Prophets (2005) Rick Curnutte The Land of College Prophets could easily become the first genuine cult hit of the DV era. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2006
4/5 La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo) (1982) Rick Curnutte Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2005
3/5 All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001) Rick Curnutte Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2005
5/5 Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Rick Curnutte Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2005
A+ Brokeback Mountain (2005) Rick Curnutte Brokeback Mountain is a grand, romantic, staggeringly great epic...the best film of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2005
A- Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Mark Pfeiffer Good Night, and Good Luck. is a riveting newsroom entertainment that beckons [Murrow's] successors to follow his lead. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2005
A Walk the Line (2005) Rick Curnutte Walk the Line is a powerful piece of work, a modern-day Rebel Without a Cause...a potent bit of filmmaking EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2005
C- Broken Flowers (2005) Rick Curnutte Though bits of this plodding film work pretty well...Broken Flowers is a mixed bag of vignettes. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2005
B Doom (2005) Rick Curnutte For my money, Doom is the best of the video game adaptations (quite possibly the weakest status label I've ever given a film). EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2005
C- Red Eye (2005) Rick Curnutte Once Red Eye leaves the confines of the plane cabin and attempts to open up into a more standard thriller, it loses steam...and intrigue EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2005
A+ Tropical Malady (2004) Rick Curnutte [a]haunting masterpiece...He [Weerasethakul] is one of the most expressive, important contemporary; his abilities as a master formalist are a large reason for this. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2005
D Hostage (2005) Rick Curnutte ...the whole thing creeps toward the end under the weight of an overbearing narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2005
D+ Cursed (2005) Rick Curnutte Cursed, somehow, manages to not be scary, not be funny and not be involving, all of which Craven & Co. are so painfully reaching to attain. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2005
A Maborosi (1995) Mark Pfeiffer [Hirokazu's] also one of the most empathetic filmmakers, softly guiding viewers through his meditations on life and death. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2005
D- Fantastic Four (2005) Rick Curnutte This new adaptation is sorely lacking in nearly everything that made FF such a blast. It's poorly acted, written and directed. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2005
A Land of the Dead (2005) Rick Curnutte Land of the Dead is probably the best-directed film in Romero's canon. It is a stunningly crafted genre work, a film of potent political import. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2005
C- Dark Water (2005) Rick Curnutte Salles' Dark Water abandoned what was an intriguing dramatic narrative and wasted it on what seemed like four climaxes, none of them in service of what came before. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2005
A The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) Rick Curnutte Jack and Rose bears a haunting economy of style that appears as near-minimalist...Miller realizes her own screenplay with a stunning lack of self-consciousness. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2005
C Switchblade Romance (2003) Rick Curnutte Haute Tension is the epitome of manufactured terror...succeeds greatly in its first two-thirds, but the contrived, implausible climax leaves much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2005
C The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) Rick Curnutte It's essentially a retread of the Spy Kids films...I'd love to see [Rodriguez] invest the...passion he displayed in Sin City into one of these children's films. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2005
A Murder-Set-Pieces (2004) Rick Curnutte Murder-Set-Pieces is a truly pure cinematic expression of violent sexual rage...perhaps the greatest serial killer film ever made EDIT
Posted May 25, 2005
A+ Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Rick Curnutte Revenge of the Sith is [Lucas'] great Star Wars swan song. It is, and will likely remain, the best film of the year... a true masterpiece. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2005
B Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) Rick Curnutte This update, muscular and surprising, captures Carpenter's spirit, if not his pared-down, Hawksian formalism. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2005
F Alone in the Dark (2005) Rick Curnutte It's tepid cinema, truncated, abbreviated...The worst film of the year. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2005
A Unleashed (2005) Rick Curnutte Unleashed...is...a rich cinematic experience...A brutal, yet thoughtful, action picture. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2005
F House of Wax (2005) Rick Curnutte House of Wax is no mere failed attempt on cashing in on a recognizable name...it's...the complete and utter bastardization of a great genre work EDIT
Posted May 12, 2005
D Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Rick Curnutte Ridley Scott has concocted his most sloppy film to date, a cringe-worthy epic of the Crusades that says absolutely nothing about the Crusades. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2005
A+ F for Fake (1973) Rick Curnutte This will surely be the DVD release of the year. Criterion has finally brought to DVD a wonderful transfer of Orson Welles' most playfully masterful film... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2005
B+ Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Rick Curnutte Equal parts Chuck Jones, Buster Keaton, Bubsy Berkeley and Bruce Lee, Kung Fu Hustle tows every line perfectly. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2005
D The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Rick Curnutte mannered, forced and inconsistent...uninspired...a narrative and thematic mess, thrown together, lacking any authorial focus. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2005
B+ Sin City (2005) Rick Curnutte Sin City marks a substantial leap forward in Rodriguez's film craft...[Rodriguez's vision is] fiercely committed. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2005
5/5 The Man in the Moon (1991) Mark Pfeiffer Mulligan uses a delicate touch in revealing the confusion in growing up and the loss in discovering that the world isn't as simple or perfect as children believe it to be. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2005
B- Hitch (2005) Rick Curnutte Perhaps the warmest surprise of the year so far is Andy Tennant's smart, big-hearted romantic comedy EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2005
B+ Constantine (2005) Rick Curnutte Constantine is...kinky, funny and fresh...a true Gothic action spectacular... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2005
C- Sideways (2004) Rick Curnutte ...suffers from Alexander Payne's recurring broad brushstrokes...reductive, anti-intellectual... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2004
D Spanglish (2004) Rick Curnutte ...a sloppy, near-disaster of a picture, in which confusion and tedium are present in nearly every frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2004
D+ Kinsey (2004) Rick Curnutte ...has absolutely no cinematic spark or vision for framing the implications of what Dr. Kinsey accomplished. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2004
A Closer (2004) Rick Curnutte Closer is Mike Nichols' finest film since Carnal Knowledge...a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2004
King Creole (1958) Gerald Peary It's Presley's Danny Fisher in King Creole who is a full-fledged, contradictory human being. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2004
B+ Ray (2004) Rick Curnutte Taylor Hackford's affecting Ray manages to sidestep nearly all [biopic] roadblocks...Here, against all expectations, he's delivered a gold standard...artist biopic. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2004
A New Guy (2003) Rick Curnutte New Guy is fresh, witty and concise...and marks the arrival of a major new filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2004