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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
You've heard of a 'vacant stare'; now you know what it's like for the person staring.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
2
B
Zoolander (2001)
3
A-
Holes (2003)
Young viewers and old alike will be given powerful metaphors of servanthood and selflessness, humility and honor, courage and Christ-like kindness.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
4
B+
At our best, we admit our faults. And we admit that others, no matter how different, have something to teach us. What a surprising thing to learn from a film.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
5
B+
The Limey (1999)
6
B
Saved! (2004)
Dannelly reflects the problems with contemporary Christianity brilliantly. But in deciding that mere tolerance will save the world, he fumbles the final act.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
7
C+
Jackie Brown (1997)
8
B+
9
B+
10
B-
Apollo 13 (1995)
... tells a gripping true story efficiently. ... And yet, it still feels too packaged, too neat, too clean.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
11
A-
The Hours (2002)
It works like the best poetry, giving us room to explore ideas and issues instead of narrowing itself to simple moral lessons.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
12
C+
When Republicans speak, it's a bitter voice we hear; when Democrats speak, the music swells proudly. There's not must to think about here. It's a personality contest.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
13
B
14
C-
... fails to bring Joseph and his brothers to life the way Moses and Rameses came to life in The Prince of Egypt. Sappy, run-of-the-mill songs drown out any subtleties.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
15
C
21 Grams (2003)
... a hurricane of melodrama and implausibly accelerating crises that seem orchestrated merely to turn up the intensity. ... At 125 minutes, [it] feels more like 240.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
16
3.5/4
The closer the Bride gets to her true goal, the more human she becomes. Some scenes near the conclusion have a lot of heart in them.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
17
B+
Spartan (2004)
... should become a staple of film writing courses for years to come. There's not an ounce of fat in this script.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
18
D
Snatch (2001)
It's rather like the favorite pastime of this movie's villain ... throwing wild dogs into a pit and watching them fight until there's only one left standing.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
19
B
Spider-Man (2002)
20
C-
For every good punchline, there are fifteen that sound like they were scraped off the walls of mens' room stalls.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
21
A-
This is "Alice in Wonderland" for this decade; its heroes crawl down rabbit holes into a world of gender role and sexual identity conflicts.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
22
C-
These character live in an unblemished neighborhood, where everyone has bite-sized problems that can easily be resolved with a few kind words, a hug, and some tears.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
23
B+
24
C
It's a shame [Moore] must use so much sarcasm, mean-spirited mockery, and media manipulation to make his argument, because his ideas deserve serious consideration.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
25
B+
26
B+
Chocolat (2000)
Most movies that criticize religion argue for the abolition of institutions. Chocolat suggests the problem lies in how people manipulate religion to get what they want.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
27
C-
While it does trumpet good virtues and offer good lessons, it does so without grit, passion, or originality.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
28
B+
I found it brilliantly executed and haunting, like most of Kubrick's work.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
29
A-
Dark City (1998)
30
C
31
B
Heist (2001)
This is a world not unlike superhero comics, only in this world the heroes have the superhuman ability to knock down buildings with a split-second comeback line.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
32
C
The whole affair comes off as an after-school special filmed in the rainforest.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
33
B-
K-19 makes an American audience care about Communists trapped between a rock and a hard place deep beneath the sea.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
34
B+
If good cinematographers are 'panning for gold' with their camera lens, Sobocinski has put his pan in the river and come back with a fortune.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
35
B-
Willard (2003)
36
C-
Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla ... is so poorly written and so un-original that it makes Independence Day sound like Shakespeare.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
37
C+
If only it could have resisted revelry in its own style and violence, it might have been one 1999's best films, due to its performances and clever plot twists.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
38
B+
39
B
40
C+
Bowfinger (1999)
This all has the potential to become a sidesplitting caper. ... Unfortunately, only a few of the manic scenes work.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
41
B
Amistad (1997)
42
C+
The main characters tha us kids know and love disappear. We're introduced to a new cast, and they really aren't very funny or interesting.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
43
C+
44
B+
Monster (2004)
... sometimes, method acting is its own worst enemy. Theron is very, very good ... but many close-ups seem almost calculated to keep reminding us of just how extraordinarily her appearance has been changed.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
45
C
The overbearing soundtrack, unimaginative cinematography, and indulgently tear-jerking ending ... this all adds up to a surprisingly derivative movie from Coppola.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
46
B
The Matrix (1999)
47
B+
Rushmore (1998)
... it strikes a tone that will remind audiences of The Graduate. It may even be a better film ... it goes a step further to give the dark cloud a silver lining.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
48
B-
The Muppets are still a pure delight to watch, and this is the best post-Henson movie they've produced.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
49
B+
The Bourne Identity is an intense, violent, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick thriller.
Posted Dec 6, 2004
50
City of Angels raises theological questions, albeit in a somewhat pedestrian manner, and makes them an integral part of its otherwise formulaic plot.
Posted Dec 6, 2004