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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+
Ghost World (2001)
Zwigoff makes Enid's neighborhood a truly strange and haunted place, where plastic people robotically follow their society's norms, and those who resist are left angry, alienated, and without any ideas for how to survive.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
2
A-
3
C
8 Mile (2002)
Quote not available.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
4
B
It's not art ... it's entertainment, and it knows it. Boy, does it entertain.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
5
B-
Hulk (2003)
Audiences expecting to turn off their brains and sit back for another blast of mere eye candy may stagger out of this 138-minute epic wondering what hit them.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
6
A
Barton Fink (1991)
7
A
8
A
Punch-drunk Love reminds me of why I go to movies in the first place. To be challenged, surprised, transported, inspired, and exhilarated.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
9
A
This isn't the usual Civil War tale of learning to respect a man regardless of his race.... It's about how true freedom comes from love, from respect, and from self-sacrifice.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
10
B
11
A+
2001 speaks by monolith -- that is, by image, metaphor, poetry, and suggestion.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
12
A
... beneath their arrogance and crass behavior, you'll find a lot of hurt and many defense mechanisms raised against a compassionless, manipulative society.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
13
A+
Finding Nemo (2003)
Enthralling, and gorgeous, from start to finish.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
14
B+
The question at the center of this almost Shakespearean comedy is this: Why is it better to listen to our conscience in matters of love, rather than listen to our wayward, faithless heart?
Posted Jan 15, 2005
15
A
Pulp Fiction (1994)
16
A+
Yi Yi (2000)
17
A-
Minority Report is Spielberg's visual masterpiece.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
18
D
19
A
Each scene of Flowers is like an exquisite and decorous mural, worth studying.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
20
D+
American Pie (1999)
21
C+
Volume One is, above all, a parade of fantastic fight scenes, each one bloodier than the one that came before ... bloody in the Looney-Toons/Monty-Python sense.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
22
A-
The Pledge (2001)
23
A+
24
A-
Who would have thought that in the year of Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones, the year's most innovative use of special effects would come in a film about the French Revolution?
Posted Jan 15, 2005
25
A
26
A
Truman has been wronged, and it is thrilling to see him strive to escape a machine built by a compassionless and egomaniacal creator.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
27
C
The Patriot (2000)
Quote not available.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
28
B+
Pollock (2000)
Many films about artists indulge opportunities to depict people behaving recklessly. Harris seems more interested in showing us the nature of creativity.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
29
A+
30
B-
Spider (2002)
... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
31
D
From Hell (2001)
They want it to feel like one really bad dream ... and by the film's end we're too dizzy to think, to see if it all lines up.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
32
A
JFK (1991)
A powerful, personal exploration of a complicated and crucial period in American history. Whether or not Stone gets all of his facts right, he raises very important questions.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
33
B+
The Others (2001)
The ending is rather predictable, but the rest of the film is very skillfully wrought, with excellent performances by adults and children alike.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
34
A+
Blade Runner (1982)
The most intelligent and terrifying vision of the future ever conceived for the screen ...
Posted Jan 15, 2005
35
B-
Samantha Morton's performance recalls Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves -- you can't take your eyes off of her.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
36
A
37
A
It is rewarding unlike any other film I've seen.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
38
C+
Bounce (2000)
The fact that it remains watchable and enjoyable is a credit to its actors and its writer ...
Posted Jan 15, 2005
39
A+
40
A+
James Ivory directs this gentle, poetic, comic film with grace and passion for its characters in this adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
41
B-
42
B-
Phone Booth (2003)
... a solid 90 minutes of well-intentioned entertainment, but it will do more to fuel urban paranoia than it will to make anybody re-examine their lives.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
43
A+
The Fisher King emphasizes the purpose of fairy tales in our lives, and the way a fantasy can help us see reality more clearly.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
44
A+
The Insider (1999)
This is a war movie. The big strikes are lawsuits. The battlefield is the conscience. And the heroes put themselves on the front lines for the sake of the truth.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
45
A-
Even if his information is, oh, even 40% false... the ideas he is presenting need to be heard, examined, and reckoned with.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
46
C
Mumford (1999)
... it ends up being little more than a mellow tour of quirky characters that are better as representatives of different personality types than actual characters we believe in.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
47
A+
48
A
Two unforgettable characters are revealed, and the truth resonates powerfully through their stories.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
49
B-
Mystic River (2003)
... frustratingly humorless, harsh, and hollow, lacking the cohesiveness, color and convincing characterization of Eastwood's masterpiece Unforgiven.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
50
A