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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
A
Insomnia (2002)
Ultimately, Nolan's film asks the question: Do the ends justify the means? Dormer is willing to go to cover up the truth to bring about a result that is good for the world.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
2
A
Hell House (2002)
I encourage everyone to watch it and discuss the difference between Christ's ministry and the 'ministry' of these high-pressure gospel salesmen.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
3
A
Giving this film more gravity would have sunk it like the Titanic; like a pop song, it floats on hot air. It's risky, gutsy, and (how rare) entertaining.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
4
D-
Dreamcatcher (2003)
I challenge you to name a movie with a more convoluted or preposterous storyline.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
5
C
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Vanilla Sky is a long, complex, ambitious thriller that doesn't quite work.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
6
A
The movie is -- intentionally or otherwise -- a remarkable parable about denying reality until reality catches up to you.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
7
B
Tarzan (1999)
8
B-
I appreciate what the film has to say about honesty and moving on with life. But ... the film's ultimate 'insights' about going on with life seem hollow and insufficient.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
9
A-
10
A
11
A-
The grievous truth of what was done to these people, rather than for them, hits viewers hard in the film's unforgettable conclusion....
Posted Jan 15, 2005
12
A
Three Kings (1999)
13
A+
While this is the film that set the stage aesthetically for Kieslowski's masterful Three Colors trilogy, it is more mysterious than any of those films.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
14
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
15
A-
16
C
8 Mile (2002)
Quote not available.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
17
B
It's not art ... it's entertainment, and it knows it. Boy, does it entertain.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
18
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
19
A
Barton Fink (1991)
20
A
21
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
22
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
23
B
24
A+
2001 speaks by monolith -- that is, by image, metaphor, poetry, and suggestion.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
25
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
26
A+
Finding Nemo (2003)
Enthralling, and gorgeous, from start to finish.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
27
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
28
A
Pulp Fiction (1994)
29
A+
Yi Yi (2000)
30
A-
Minority Report is Spielberg's visual masterpiece.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
31
D
32
A
Each scene of Flowers is like an exquisite and decorous mural, worth studying.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
33
D+
American Pie (1999)
34
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
35
A-
The Pledge (2001)
36
A+
37
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
38
A
39
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
40
C
The Patriot (2000)
Quote not available.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
41
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
42
A+
43
B-
Spider (2002)
... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
A+
Blade Runner (1982)
The most intelligent and terrifying vision of the future ever conceived for the screen ...
Posted Jan 15, 2005
48
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
49
A
50
A
It is rewarding unlike any other film I've seen.
Posted Jan 15, 2005