Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) - Rotten Tomatoes

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) 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 Beifuss
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Paprika (2006)
Offers both eye candy and mind candy -- it's a thoughtful visual treat.
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2
2/4
Is this stylized action -- obscured by shaky camerawork and in-your-face edits -- really more exciting than the eye-popping stunts that unfold in real time in a cheesy martial-arts adventure like 'Ong-Bak'?
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3
2/4
Underdog (2007)
An underachiever.
Posted Aug 10, 2007
4
3/4
5
3/4
Sunshine (2007)
The brilliant production design and convincing special effects (which eschew the CGI slickness of most Hollywood productions) make up for a confused final act.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
6
2/4
Wild Hogs (2007)
At one point, Tim Allen proclaims: 'I'm lame. I'm just lame -- admit it, I'm lame.' Tim, you're preaching to the choir.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
7
3/4
Jindabyne (2006)
The film is novelistic in its nuance, in the patience of its storytelling and in the complexity of its mostly unhappy characters.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
8
3/4
Talk to Me (2007)
Through the persons of Petey and Dewey, 'Talk to Me' examines two competing approaches by which a black man might achieve success in a white man's world.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
9
3/4
Rescue Dawn (2007)
It would be interesting to pair this well-reviewed 'art' film with 'Make Them Die Slowly' or another of the usually reviled Italian jungle-atrocity movies that covered similar ground, literally (dense tropical forest) and incidentally.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
10
3.5/4
Hairspray (2007)
Could Adam Shankman be the unlikely savior of the movie musical?
Posted Jul 20, 2007
11
3/4
You Kill Me (2007)
This dark-themed and morally dubious yet weirdly lighthearted crime comedy seems to both satirize and celebrate the forgiving, nonjudgmental nature of 12-step recovery programs.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
12
3/4
The darkest J.K. Rowling adaptation yet, literally as well as thematically: Even a zooming broomstick ride along the Thames is shot as if through a pall of gloom.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
13
2.5/4
Transformers (2007)
At one point, Bumblebee essentially urinates on an annoying federal officer. It's hard to believe Bay or Spielberg think this is funny... This is pandering at its worst, and it reveals a lack of respect for the audience, kids and adults alike.
Posted Jul 3, 2007
14
4/4
Ratatouille (2007)
Brad Bird makes cartoons, yet I don't think there's a filmmaker anywhere with more respect for his audience.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
15
3/4
Send John McClane to Iraq. Even the title of 'Live Free or Die Hard' suggests that Bruce Willis' supercop is just the one-man troop surge the President needs to restore order to the world's No. 2 failed state.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
16
3.5/4
Crazy Love (2007)
An irresistible comic shocker, with more satisfying surprise twists to its narrative than one finds in a novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
17
3.5/4
The saucer-eyed Cotillard is convincing and astonishing, and she anchors a film that is less show-biz formulaic and more intriguing than its recent American counterparts, 'Walk the Line' and 'Ray.'
Posted Jun 29, 2007
18
3/4
Sicko (2007)
Like 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' 'Sicko' is about a nation's moral obligation...
Posted Jun 29, 2007
19
2/4
Evening (2007)
The handsome period design strives for authenticity, yet when the wedding party listens to a recording of 'I've Got the World on a String,' we don't hear Sinatra or Peggy Lee but 21st century neo-swingster Michael Buble.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
20
2.5/4
The cast is likable, and Perry makes good use of the Atlanta locations.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
21
2/4
1408 (2007)
Domestic difficulties were central to the scariness of 'The Shining' and 'Pet Sematary,' but here the psychological back story and so-called character development seem like padding.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
22
2/4
The steely-eyed seriousness of the enterprise -- the refusal to coddle moviegoers with warm characters or even attractive cinematography -- is alienating.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
23
0.5/4
The fact that God is depicted as a black man makes this post-Katrina flood tale particularly disturbing. Apparently, God wasn't concerned with finding a righteous man in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, but here he saves a rich white suburb from drowning.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
24
4/4
A time capsule of 1970s style and attitude that remains utterly timeless in its respect for its characters and its recognition of the despair, passion, boredom, playfulness and cruelty nurtured not just by life in the ghetto but by life itself.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
25
2.5/4
Here, death has little sadness and no permanence; it's as if the characters, being part of a mostly CGI world, are destined to exist forever in digital limbo, like deleted e-mails.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
26
3/4
Severance (2006)
Like a special episode of 'The Office,' scripted by Clive Barker.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
27
3.5/4
Black Book (2007)
Contains the violence, nudity and sex we expect from a movie by Paul Verhoeven, but moves with the narrative drive and surprise of a war film from decades past.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
28
3/4
The emphasis on the wealthy 'hunters' who run and patronize the death club suggests a gorehound revamp of 'The Most Dangerous Game'...
Posted Jun 19, 2007
29
2.5/4
Nancy Drew (2007)
The film begins by mocking the validity and relevance of its own source material, but somehow Nancy Drew survives.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
30
2/4
Pride (2007)
Directed by Zimbabwean-born Sunu Gonera, who seems fascinated with 1970s American 'ghetto' atmosphere; he overdoses viewers on afros, hoop earrings and graffiti, which at least keeps the movie watchable.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
31
2.5/4
Bug (2006)
Overly metaphorical but at least uncompromising -- a surefire crowd-nonpleaser.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
32
3/4
Knocked Up (2007)
A male fantasy of rescue from irrelevance...
Posted Jun 19, 2007
33
2/4
Surf's Up (2007)
'Happy Feet' is a movie about penguins and 'Finding Nemo' is a movie about fish, but 'Surf's Up' is about SURFERS -- the project's penguinness seems more opportunistic than necessary.
Posted Jun 19, 2007
34
2/4
Tackiest movie moment of the year: The dead serious use of Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' during the funeral of the Frog King
Posted May 25, 2007
35
3.5/4
Waitress (2007)
Watching 'Waitress,' we can believe Shelly herself was a 'queen of kindness and goodness,' and we can be thankful she left us such a fine film.
Posted May 24, 2007
36
3/4
Once (2007)
May appeal especially to romantic young people who can develop crushes on the lead characters in tandem with the smittenness that emerges onscreen.
Posted May 24, 2007
37
3.5/4
Probes those two impossible and sometimes incompatible organs -- the human heart and the human brain -- with a scientist's curiosity and a poet's empathy.
Posted May 18, 2007
38
1.5/4
The Salon (2007)
The movie was shot more than three years before its release, and it shows, as when the salon's resident golddigger says: "Anna Nicole Smith -- I aspire to be just like her."
Posted May 18, 2007
39
3.5/4
In its way, it's as convincing a portrait of post-disaster despair as 'Children of Men,' but with zombies.
Posted May 14, 2007
40
3.5/4
The odd cropping of the closeups is Bier's way of acknowleding that the slices of life we see onscreen can't begin to convey the complicated messiness of existence.
Posted May 14, 2007
41
2.5/4
Low-budget, tasteless and ridiculous but also fun, in an Old School grindhouse way, as gangsta graffiti artists, not-keeping-it-real rappers and evil rednecks receive their supposedly just desserts (would you believe a 40-ounce through the skull?).
Posted May 14, 2007
42
3/4
Lucky You (2007)
An intelligent and confidently pokey throwback to the nonconformist-validating character dramas of the 1970s...
Posted May 14, 2007
43
2.5/4
Vacancy (2007)
Replicates the horror movie experience by placing its leads in a dark, boxlike room where they are menaced by loud surprise noises and scary images on a screen...
Posted May 14, 2007
44
2.5/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
After spinning two wonderful superhero yarns, Raimi and his collaborators appear to be running low on the webbing of inspiration.
Posted May 4, 2007
45
2/4
Something like 'Love Actually,' in Gallic.
Posted May 4, 2007
46
2.5/4
Disturbia (2007)
This teen 'Rear Window' apparently is functioning as a suitable My First Horror Film for the young audiences that have turned it into one of the year's unequivocal hits.
Posted May 4, 2007
47
3/4
Peggy's journey of alienation from her friends and co-workers reminds me of Julianne Moore's in Todd Haynes' masterpiece, 'Safe'; 'Dog' is a less mysterious film, but it similarly demands active rather than passive viewership.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
48
2.5/4
Beautifully photographed, impeccably produced and wonderfully acted, but it offers no surprises...
Posted Apr 27, 2007
49
2/4
The peculiarly male self-centeredness seen here is repulsive and astonishing. Meg Ryan's breast cancer, the grandmother's dementia, the teenage girl's angst: All these traumas primarily exist to help a young man find himself.
Posted Apr 24, 2007
50
2/4
Fracture (2007)
Sometimes when you figure out a twist ending in advance, you feel smart. But sometimes instead of feeling good about yourself, you feel scornful of the onscreen victim of the story's trap door: How'd he fall for something so obvious?
Posted Apr 24, 2007