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Looking Closer

Looking Closer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): J. Robert Parks, Jeffrey Overstreet
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B+
2
D
Sin City (2005)
3
B+
Sideways (2004)
4
A-
5
A-
6
C+
Fay Grim (2007)
7
B+
Waitress (2007)
8
A
9
A-
10
A-
Once (2007)
11
C
12
B+
13
C
Perhaps this disappointing movie will inspire an up-and-coming filmmaker to sense the true potential of this story, and to deliver the first great film about the nativity.
Posted Dec 7, 2006
14
A
The Queen (2006)
There is genius in the casting of Mirren as Elizabeth II. Like the Queen, she's old-school, and she understands that there is power in purposeful restraint.
Posted Oct 23, 2006
15
B-
[S]ome critics are failing to notice that this rather flawed film is set on the shoulders of Paul Giamatti who, with impressive stamina and spirit ... commands our attention more effectively than any other Hollywood leading man could.
Posted Jul 21, 2006
16
A-
In a year when blockbusters have proven disappointing at best, disposable and joyless at worst ... Dead Man's Chest arrives like an emergency delivery of fun.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
17
C+
18
C-
When Jean Grey starts gasping, 'Kill me!' it's like she's the voice of the franchise....
Posted Jun 21, 2006
19
B+
I wonder if anyone will consider Keillor for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar next year. He manages to steal Companion from his entire cast of superstars.
Posted Jun 21, 2006
20
A-
21
A-
22
C-
Essentially, [this] is the same as most stories of lust and infidelity -- two people who 'can't control' their desires end up hurting others, lying, and denying responsibility for their actions.
Posted Dec 30, 2005
23
A-
24
A-
Capote (2005)
Hoffman deserves the Academy Award. ... But screenwriter Dan Futterman should also receive recognition for penning a provocative work.
Posted Dec 28, 2005
25
A
Munich (2005)
Munich reveals itself as a sort of reversal of Schindler's List. ... We half-expect Ephriam to smile at Avner and declare "The list is death."
Posted Dec 28, 2005
26
C+
King Kong (2005)
[It's] a special-effects extravaganza that pummels us senseless. Something's gone wrong if our strongest emotional response to Kong's conclusion is relief.
Posted Dec 13, 2005
27
B+
With very few lines, Rosamund Pike almost steals Pride and Prejudice from Keira Knightley. ... Joe Wright's direction is invigorating.
Posted Nov 30, 2005
28
C
29
B
Newell continues to improve on a world that's enthralling to explore ... in spite of the pouting, cheating little dullard at the center of it all.
Posted Nov 17, 2005
30
B
31
D
Oldboy (2005)
32
B
Last Days (2005)
Cinematographer Harris Savides manages to make these ... disintegrating environments and souls darkly beautiful. [But] Blake is a messiah ... dying for no one but himself.
Posted Oct 31, 2005
33
B
Clooney weaves in archival footage ... letting McCarthy play McCarthy, as if to say, 'See? I'm not making this up.' The problem is, in some places, he is making it up.
Posted Oct 31, 2005
34
B+
Serenity (2005)
35
A-
2046 (2005)
36
B
37
B+
Vera Drake (2004)
38
A-
39
A-
40
B
Scene by scene, [Mae] reminds us that Jim is handsome, strong, ... and always right. The film celebrates masculine resolve that blocks out feminine counsel and concern.
Posted Jun 6, 2005
41
B
Monahan ... gives us glimpses of ways in which Christ's teachings have been distorted, exploited, and misinterpreted. But the film's idea of a better way falls short.
Posted May 10, 2005
42
C+
Galaxy Quest succeeded by its story as much as by its stars and effects. Hitchhiker's feels more like a string of skits linked by awkward transitions.
Posted May 7, 2005
43
B+
44
2/5
What works in the theater doesn't always work in the movies. Part of the problem, as mentioned, is with the broadness of the material. But it doesn't help that the script relies way too much on syrupy voiceovers.
Posted Apr 9, 2005
45
B+
THX 1138 (1971)
46
4/5
Hitch (2005)
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Posted Feb 26, 2005
47
B+
No, it's no Fargo. It's the most flamboyant, erratic, spontaneous movie the Coens have ever made.
Posted Feb 26, 2005
48
A+
The Son (2003)
The Son will dazzle you if you patiently think it through and discuss it. The effort you put into it will determine how much it rewards you in the end.
Posted Feb 1, 2005
49
A-
50
A-
Lantana (2002)
... boldly, thoroughly, and honestly explores the difficulties of unconditional love in a society that teaches us that we should never deny our base appetites and impulses.
Posted Jan 15, 2005