San Diego Metropolitan

San Diego Metropolitan is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jean Lowerison
Rating Title/Year Author
Gran Torino (2008) Jean Lowerison Even this one-trick predictable pony is worth seeing when Eastwood is riding. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2010
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Jean Lowerison Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, the older Jamal and Latika, will make you smile and cry and happy you saw Slumdog Millionaire, which will certainly be in the Oscar hunt. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Up (2009) Jean Lowerison The first from Pixar to be filmed in Disney Digital 3-D, Up looks and sounds great. The script is charming, touching and altogether delightful; the voice talent perfectly suited to the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
12 (2007) Jean Lowerison 12 is a mildly interesting exercise in cultural translation, but it's difficult to understand why the film was made. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Requiem for a Dream (2000) Jean Lowerison Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
The Reader (2008) Jean Lowerison There's something missing from screenwriter David Hare's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's Oprah selection, The Reader. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Coraline (2009) Jean Lowerison Gaiman's great story and Selick's direction make it a fun few hours in the theater. Just don't take anybody under eight. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Jean Lowerison Narrated by John Waters, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an odd bird -- wacky and poignant, funny and sobering, but this portrait of a forgotten paradise is a must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2009
Brick Lane (2007) Jean Lowerison Despite the fine performances, Brick Lane comes across as a nice soap opera when it promised much more. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Choke (2008) Jean Lowerison Rockwell and Henke are spectacular as the sex-addicted protagonists, and the other cast members are up to the task as well. And that makes Choke wild and woolly enough to keep you laughing much of the time. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Religulous (2008) Jean Lowerison Be prepared for truths, distortions, unfair juxtapositions (especially with the film clips) and just plain goofiness in this too-long but often very entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Mamma Mia! (2008) Jean Lowerison Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard have a great time playing the bimbos who may be Sophie's dad. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Jean Lowerison How does an actor act when he can use only one eye? You'll have to see the film to find out, but rest assured that there are sufficient flashbacks to give the remarkable Mathieu Amalric a chance to use the usual actor's tools as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Jean Lowerison Gibney asks us to ponder the likelihood of getting good information from suspects turned in by bounty-hunting locals (more than 90% of those jailed for terrorist activity or connections to terrorists were fingered for a reward). EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Under the Same Moon (2007) Jean Lowerison The argument of Under the Same Moon isn't news to anyone living near the border, but it does present the migrants' problems well and poignantly. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Before the Rains (2007) Jean Lowerison An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Duchess (2008) Jean Lowerison It's not bad. It's not great. It's just there. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Military Intelligence and You! (2006) Jean Lowerison A hilarious takeoff on World War II training films. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2008) Jean Lowerison Spurlock's disarming, slightly goofy demeanor gets him out of situations that might mean trouble for anyone else. His films are always fun and even illuminating to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Dark Knight (2008) Jean Lowerison Lacks a sense of humor and a notion about the essential silliness of this premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Morning Light (2008) Jean Lowerison The film may interest sailing enthusiasts. For the rest of us, Morning Light is a yawn. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Fall (2006) Jean Lowerison The story Roy tells is involving enough and so beautifully shot (see how many locations you can name) that it's worth seeing for that alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007) Jean Lowerison There is no magic here. This is not Paris, these are not Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and Holdridge's script does not give us a reason to care what happens to these characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Jean Lowerison This is an unsettling film, brilliantly acted all around, most especially by Vasiliu and Marinca. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Jean Lowerison It's a fascinating portrait. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Brideshead Revisited (2008) Jean Lowerison Characters have been left out -- certainly inevitable -- but mainly what this lacks is air to breathe, wit, humor, a lightness of touch to keep it from being the stodgy bore it is. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Jean Lowerison Morris never gets close to the administrative attitude that apparently sanctioned, perhaps even encouraged the goings-on, despite Karpinski's contention that 'none of this produced useful intelligence.' EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Juno (2007) Jean Lowerison Jason Reitman directs Juno with just the light touch it needs, and Page is surrounded by terrific supporting performances all around. This could be the sleeper hit of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Tuya's Marriage (2006) Jean Lowerison A lovely and sad film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Fighting for Life (2008) Jean Lowerison If you're wondering where the heroes went, take a look at this group, and see if you're not impressed. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
American Teen (2008) Jean Lowerison Burstein could be faulted for occasionally staging her 'plot points,' but she can't be accused of making anything but a riveting piece of film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Persepolis (2007) Jean Lowerison Persepolis is a funny, touching, occasionally frightening and altogether engrossing description of her life between 1978 and 1994. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Swing Vote (2008) Jean Lowerison Costner does what he can with a role that is described as lovable, but I didn't find him so. Bud's a loser, nearly a bum, and even the expected turn-around didn't ring true for me. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Towelhead (2007) Jean Lowerison Give Bishil props for a truly brave performance. Eckhart and Macdissi do what they can, as does Toni Collette as a concerned neighbor who tries to save Jasira from Eckhart. But the script isn't up to the actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Appaloosa (2008) Jean Lowerison It isn't a bad film, but the pacing drags it down to the level of just another horse opera when it could have been so much more. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Baghead (2008) Jean Lowerison The plot is tired, the actors are not much good, the situation is way too familiar, there is no humor or fright in sight. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Flow: For Love of Water (2008) Jean Lowerison It is required watching, because only concerted citizen action can stop the trend. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Chicago 10 (2007) Jean Lowerison Chicago 10 isn't perfect, but is required viewing for anyone who wasn't around at the time, if only as a reminder of the effectiveness of citizen action. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Jean Lowerison Depp does about as well as anyone other than Len Cariou could with his one-note character. Bonham-Carter gives Mrs. Lovett a game stab, but she suffers from all that freaky makeup and lacks the voice of an Angela Lansbury. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
21 (2008) Jean Lowerison See this for the sheer fascination of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Foot Fist Way (2006) Jean Lowerison The blatant, inarticulate idiocy of McBride's Simmons is, in a certain way, endearing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Charlie Bartlett (2007) Jean Lowerison Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
I Served the King of England (2006) Jean Lowerison [A] delightful, lighthearted satire, a quirky story of fantasy, wealth and pretty women with exposed nipples. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
In Bruges (2008) Jean Lowerison McDonagh's trademark is dark humor, the ability to humanize inhuman situations, and plot twists you don't see coming. Expect all of these here, along with gorgeous cinematography by Eigil Bryld. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Jean Lowerison You will get Herzog's patented quirky and riveting piece of cinema, wonderfully filmed by Peter Zeitlinger and accompanied by the Bulgarian Women's Choir. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
The Orphanage (2007) Jean Lowerison This Christmas, Spain has given the film world the best possible gift: a new and brilliant young director. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2008
I'm Not There (2007) Jean Lowerison Ultimately, though, the question arises: why bother? EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2007
No Country for Old Men (2007) Jean Lowerison Murder for its own sake wears quickly on me and I found myself wanting to flee the theater, and the sooner the better. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2007
Lions for Lambs (2007) Jean Lowerison Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan as a way with dialogue; the verbal confrontations between Malley and Todd and Janine and Irving are choice, and all actors are in top form. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2007
Sharkwater (2006) Jean Lowerison Sharkwater is fascinating both as political statement and beautifully filmed documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2007