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
Someone Like You (2001)
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.
Posted Oct 30, 2018
For the 6th time in a row, George Lucas has done it again.
Posted Jun 25, 2005
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Jeez, this seems like a lot of talent for such a so-so movie.
Posted Dec 16, 2004
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
This movie is definitely geared toward blue-staters.
Posted Dec 7, 2004
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.
Posted Nov 23, 2004
The Polar Express (2004)
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.
Posted Nov 18, 2004
The Incredibles (2004)
A hilariously fun romp through the everyday lives of comic-book superheroes.
Posted Nov 11, 2004
Shark Tale (2004)
...not exactly original, not terribly witty, and definitely not adult-oriented. But it's still a good movie.
Posted Oct 20, 2004
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Go, Tobey, go!
Posted Jul 22, 2004
I, Robot (2004)
Maybe we should start having robots write movie scripts.
Posted Jul 20, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Let me make it simple: IT IS THE CIVIC DUTY OF EVERY ADULT AMERICAN TO SEE THIS FILM.
Posted Jul 7, 2004
The Terminal (2004)
I think I'll go watch Saving Private Ryan.
Posted Jun 23, 2004
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.
Posted Jun 10, 2004
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Posted Jun 4, 2004
Shrek 2 (2004)
...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.
Posted May 27, 2004
This movie makes it look like there haven't been any advances in dialogue and acting technique since Charlton Heston's day.
Posted May 20, 2004
The Cooler (2003)
Macy performs this familiar role as adroitly as ever...but [doesn't] exactly break any new ground.
Posted Apr 8, 2004
21 Grams (2003)
21 Grams...is intelligent, well-written, and told with a unique style, and it features some of the best acting presently available.
Posted Mar 31, 2004
Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004)
Webber's film drips with art, but it doesn't exactly inspire deeply felt emotion.
Posted Mar 18, 2004
In America (2003)
In America is another gem from this great Irish director, and it deserves to be seen no matter what country you're from.
Posted Mar 11, 2004
One of those real-life dramas that seems to be tailor-made for the silver screen.
Posted Mar 6, 2004
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
...up there with the greatest films of the genre, [although] the director's approach may be somewhat excessive in terms of violence.
Posted Feb 26, 2004
Theron's attitude, her walk, her body language are totally different from anything she's done before... [this is] an acting tour-de-force.
Posted Feb 19, 2004
...succeeds adequately enough at the lower expectations it establishes.
Posted Feb 12, 2004
...Full of colorful visuals, amazing special effects, and plenty of silly fun for the whole family.
Posted Feb 10, 2004
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
[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.
Posted Feb 5, 2004
Lost In Translation (2003)
Coppola somehow gets to the essence of human wanting with an amazing efficiency of style.
Posted Feb 2, 2004
Calendar Girls (2003)
Mirren again shows us why she is still able to obtain leading vehicles at age 58.
Posted Jan 28, 2004
Cold Mountain (2003)
Cold Mountain is an engaging story ... It is unfortunate that it occasionally takes itself too seriously for its own good.
Posted Jan 21, 2004
Big Fish (2003)
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.
Posted Jan 14, 2004
Peter Pan (2003)
The film is most enjoyable in that setting, of course; Hogan's treatment of Never Land is fairly bursting with wonder and magic.
Posted Jan 10, 2004
Jackson and his company have set the bar so high for 21st-century filmmaking, it may be another millennium before it is surpassed.
Posted Dec 23, 2003
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
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.
Posted Dec 17, 2003
...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.
Posted Dec 4, 2003
To paraphrase Woody Allen, if Dr. Seuss were alive to see this production, he would never stop throwing up.
Posted Nov 24, 2003
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
I take issue with the whole concept of humans interacting with these characters.
Posted Nov 19, 2003
...innocuous, child-friendly fare with some truly enjoyable elements sprinkled into a healthy batch of Christmas mediocrity. Kinda like cinematic fruitcake.
Posted Nov 12, 2003
Mystic River (2003)
I can admit it's a well-made film, but that doesn't mean I approve.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
...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...
Posted Oct 31, 2003
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Watching Clooney and Zeta-Jones interact is suitably fun, and neither of them is exactly hard on the eyes.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
School of Rock (2003)
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.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
Le Divorce (2003)
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...
Posted Sep 25, 2003
Matchstick Men (2003)
...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.
Posted Sep 18, 2003
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.
Posted Jul 9, 2003
Finding Nemo (2003)
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.
Posted Jun 3, 2003
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.
Posted May 13, 2003
X2: X-Men United (2003)
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?'
Posted May 6, 2003
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.
Posted Apr 30, 2003
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.
Posted Apr 22, 2003
About Schmidt (2002)
Nicholson is fantastic.
Posted Apr 17, 2003