Film Quips Online

Film Quips Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): John R. McEwen
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Someone Like You (2001) John R. McEwen I don't use the word "tripe" very often. But for some reason, during most of the running length of Tony Goldwyn's sappy romantic comedy Someone Like You, that word kept running through my mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4.5/5 Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) John R. McEwen For the 6th time in a row, George Lucas has done it again. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2005
3/5 Ocean's Twelve (2004) John R. McEwen Jeez, this seems like a lot of talent for such a so-so movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2004
4.5/5 I Heart Huckabees (2004) John R. McEwen This movie is definitely geared toward blue-staters. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2004
4/5 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) John R. McEwen The first half hour is unequivocally hysterical...[but] there's no doubt that for those of us over 12, the appearance of the closing credits is not an unwelcome sight. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2004
4/5 The Polar Express (2004) John R. McEwen While the scenic visuals are incredible... the character animation, presumably intended to be realistic and yet have a storybook feel, is at times somewhat creepy. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2004
4.5/5 The Incredibles (2004) John R. McEwen A hilariously fun romp through the everyday lives of comic-book superheroes. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2004
4/5 Shark Tale (2004) John R. McEwen ...not exactly original, not terribly witty, and definitely not adult-oriented. But it's still a good movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2004
4.5/5 Spider-Man 2 (2004) John R. McEwen Go, Tobey, go! EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2004
2.5/5 I, Robot (2004) John R. McEwen Maybe we should start having robots write movie scripts. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2004
4/5 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) John R. McEwen Let me make it simple: IT IS THE CIVIC DUTY OF EVERY ADULT AMERICAN TO SEE THIS FILM. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2004
3/5 The Terminal (2004) John R. McEwen I think I'll go watch Saving Private Ryan. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2004
4/5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) John R. McEwen Cuarón has imbued this film with his own style and dramatically changed the look and feel of the Potter universe...which I see as a marked improvement. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
2.5/5 The Day After Tomorrow (2004) John R. McEwen Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2004
4.5/5 Shrek 2 (2004) John R. McEwen ...it is a rewarding experience just to play "spot the hilarious movie reference" even if you don't care about the exploits of Shrek et al. But you do care. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2004
2.5/5 Troy (2004) John R. McEwen This movie makes it look like there haven't been any advances in dialogue and acting technique since Charlton Heston's day. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2004
4/5 The Cooler (2003) John R. McEwen Macy performs this familiar role as adroitly as ever...but [doesn't] exactly break any new ground. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2004
4.5/5 21 Grams (2003) John R. McEwen 21 Grams...is intelligent, well-written, and told with a unique style, and it features some of the best acting presently available. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2004
4/5 Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) John R. McEwen Webber's film drips with art, but it doesn't exactly inspire deeply felt emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2004
4.5/5 In America (2002) John R. McEwen In America is another gem from this great Irish director, and it deserves to be seen no matter what country you're from. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2004
4/5 Seabiscuit (2003) John R. McEwen One of those real-life dramas that seems to be tailor-made for the silver screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2004
4.5/5 The Passion of the Christ (2004) John R. McEwen ...up there with the greatest films of the genre, [although] the director's approach may be somewhat excessive in terms of violence. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2004
4.5/5 Monster (2003) John R. McEwen Theron's attitude, her walk, her body language are totally different from anything she's done before... [this is] an acting tour-de-force. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
3.5/5 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) John R. McEwen ...succeeds adequately enough at the lower expectations it establishes. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2004
4.5/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) John R. McEwen ...Full of colorful visuals, amazing special effects, and plenty of silly fun for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2004
3/5 House of Sand and Fog (2003) John R. McEwen [A] mixture of excellent acting and inept storytelling, with plot elements that contradict, characters that are difficult to like, and dialogue that is sometimes unrealistic. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2004
5/5 Lost in Translation (2003) John R. McEwen Coppola somehow gets to the essence of human wanting with an amazing efficiency of style. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2004
4/5 Calendar Girls (2003) John R. McEwen Mirren again shows us why she is still able to obtain leading vehicles at age 58. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2004
4/5 Cold Mountain (2003) John R. McEwen Cold Mountain is an engaging story ... It is unfortunate that it occasionally takes itself too seriously for its own good. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2004
4.5/5 Big Fish (2003) John R. McEwen Big Fish is the cinematic equivalent of a big fish story-fun, entertaining, too crazy to be true, and all the more enjoyable for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2004
4/5 Peter Pan (2003) John R. McEwen The film is most enjoyable in that setting, of course; Hogan's treatment of Never Land is fairly bursting with wonder and magic. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2004
5/5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) John R. McEwen Jackson and his company have set the bar so high for 21st-century filmmaking, it may be another millennium before it is surpassed. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2003
3.5/5 Something's Gotta Give (2003) John R. McEwen I have loved Jack and Diane in so many things I've seen them in, I hate to admit I don't love them in this. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2003
4.5/5 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) John R. McEwen ...A good seafaring yarn, not romanticized like the cartoons or summer action pictures, but simply told with honesty and verisimilitude, the way it really must have happened. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2003
2/5 Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) John R. McEwen To paraphrase Woody Allen, if Dr. Seuss were alive to see this production, he would never stop throwing up. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2003
3.5/5 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) John R. McEwen I take issue with the whole concept of humans interacting with these characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2003
3.5/5 Elf (2003) John R. McEwen ...innocuous, child-friendly fare with some truly enjoyable elements sprinkled into a healthy batch of Christmas mediocrity. Kinda like cinematic fruitcake. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2003
4/5 Mystic River (2003) John R. McEwen I can admit it's a well-made film, but that doesn't mean I approve. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2003
4/5 Expiration (2003) John R. McEwen ...exudes raw talent on both sides of the lens and serves as an unwitting document of the kind of purity of vision embodied by artists at the beginnings of their careers... EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2003
4/5 Intolerable Cruelty (2003) John R. McEwen Watching Clooney and Zeta-Jones interact is suitably fun, and neither of them is exactly hard on the eyes. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2003
4.5/5 The School of Rock (2003) John R. McEwen This should really be a fish-out-of-water role, but Black will have none of that: he's a fish in the water, and he swims around in it with abandon. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2003
4/5 Le Divorce (2003) John R. McEwen While Le Divorce does not attain the excellence of [previous Merchant/Ivory films'] interpersonal relationships, it certainly features an intelligent story complemented by fine work by a dizzying array of gifted actors... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2003
3.5/5 Matchstick Men (2003) John R. McEwen ...ultimately a slightly tarnished treasure; with the combined talent of its production team, it could have been great, but because of its clumsy writing style it has to settle for just being good. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2003
4/5 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) John R. McEwen Goes down easily without a hint of tedium...still, this short length contributes to an overall feeling that it's not as Earth-shatteringly fabulous as some other cartoon features of the last several years. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2003
5/5 Finding Nemo (2003) John R. McEwen Finding Nemo is undoubtedly another jewel in the Pixar crown and another example of the Disney conglomerate's ability to ride that company's coattails to success. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
4.5/5 Identity (2003) John R. McEwen The actors are good; the writing is clever and risky, but it's Mangold's excellent sense of just what to bring out and just when that makes this movie so effective. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2003
4/5 X2 (2003) John R. McEwen After about 1 1/2 hours, I thought, 'This has been a great movie!' When the 2:00 mark came and went, I was saying, 'Is this ever going to end?' EDIT
Posted May 6, 2003
3.5/5 Confidence (2003) John R. McEwen Confidence may have plenty of cojones, but there are frankly too many similarities to better movies to make it more than a footnote in the con caper genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2003
4/5 Holes (2003) John R. McEwen Although some of the narrative meanderings seem overly complex, it all ties together nicely at the end, bringing about an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the present-day story. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2003
4.5/5 About Schmidt (2002) John R. McEwen Nicholson is fantastic. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2003