The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
C Saw (2004) Johnny Donaldson Saw manipualtes you in clever and morbid ways, but that still doesn't make it a very good movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
A I Heart Huckabees (2004) Johnny Donaldson I Heart Huckabees may be the most looniest, most alienating, most what-were-they-thinking mainstream movie ever made. And I wouldn't have it any other way. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
B Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004) Johnny Donaldson What makes the film effective is its acting... EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
C+ The Grudge (2004) Johnny Donaldson The Grudge may have an air of chilly dread, but it's often just a neutered and repetitive slice of tony exploitation horror. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
B- Team America: World Police (2004) Johnny Donaldson It's a puerile, gross, and immature comedy that has moments of genuinely abrasive, subversive and much needed humor in it. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
C+ The Forgotten (2004) Johnny Donaldson The Forgotten is competently made but ultimately lifeless. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
A Shaun of the Dead (2004) Johnny Donaldson Weird, silly, smart, moving, funny and scary, Shaun of the Dead is potentially a cult classic that's in a field of its own. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
C- Paparazzi (2004) Johnny Donaldson The time is about right to make a drama about the tawdry ghost of celebrity mania. Paparazzi is not that movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
B- Cellular (2004) Johnny Donaldson Cellular never actually comes together as a movie, but it does have enough clever parts to keep you entertained. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
B+ Hero (2002) Johnny Donaldson Hero for all its sword-swinging action is not a fight film exactly; it is a work of visual poetry. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
D Vanity Fair (2004) Johnny Donaldson Vanity Fair is wan and colorless - a romantic painting that has come haltingly to life. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2004
D Van Helsing (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...you get the sense that you're seeing the first movie to be made from nothing but climax. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2004
C Laws of Attraction (2004) Johnny Donaldson It's wan and pallid, with little of the lightness of touch that a movie of this sort requires. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2004
D Godsend (2004) Johnny Donaldson A mediocre bit of bad seed hokum... EDIT
Posted May 13, 2004
B+ Mean Girls (2004) Johnny Donaldson It gets all saccharine and righteous on us, but that's okay, seeing as how the bitter medicine helps the spoonful of sugar go down. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2004
C+ The Punisher (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...a thuggish and junky vigilante cartoon... EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2004
A- Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Johnny Donaldson Kill Bill Vol. 2 has the centered emotional grounding and heartfelt maturity lacking in the first installment EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2004
B Hellboy (2004) Johnny Donaldson Hellboy is a big-budget special FX spectacle, but it's one made with the artful, polished beauty of real moviemaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2004
C Walking Tall (2004) Johnny Donaldson Walking Tall clocks in at a lean 82 minutes, which means that [director Kevin] Bray has carved off most of the fat. The problem is, most of the meat is gone too. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2004
D+ Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Johnny Donaldson The movie is a gaudy, hyperventilating eyesore with flashing colors and frenetic action that may keep little ones diverted for an hour and a half. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2004
D Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) Johnny Donaldson It's an amazing feat, but Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is an even thinner bit of plastic than the first one was. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2004
A Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Johnny Donaldson Quietly beautiful, it's the first genuinely moving film of the year. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2004
A Dawn of the Dead (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...a genuinely jaw-dropping, nerve-frying mercenary thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2004
B Secret Window (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...a consistently watchable lightweight horror yarn..." EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2004
B Monster (2003) Johnny Donaldson Theron doesn't just look like Wuornos, but becomes her and it's a display of acting as bravura as any. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2004
C+ The Passion of the Christ (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...a two-hour wallow in torture and sadism that amounts to nothing more than a snuff film with pretensions of both art and religion EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2004
C Broken Lizard's Club Dread (2004) Johnny Donaldson ...the Lizard's ask us to wade through a lot of the cut-rate slasher horror that should have been retired with the demise of the Urban Legend franchise. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2004
B- Eurotrip (2004) Johnny Donaldson Crude but not gross, affable rather than offensive, this genial, runty little teen smut-com is better than anyone has any reason to expect it to be. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2004
D- Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) Johnny Donaldson Perhaps my loathing of Drama Queen wouldn't be so complete, so bilious as it is, if the central character was someone sympathetic we could root for. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2004
C The Singing Detective (2003) Johnny Donaldson This new version of The Singing Detective..., is a tinny and off-key stab at replicating the feverish, mad splash of a genuine movie musical. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
B+ A Beautiful Mind (2001) Johnny Donaldson A Beautiful Mind is [Howard's] most complex, emotionally resonant film to date. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
D+ The Majestic (2001) Johnny Donaldson The Majestic is so sugary that diabetics should avoid it for fear of insulin shock. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
B- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Johnny Donaldson ...the swordfights are exciting, the movie is nice to look at and as rousing adventures go, there could be worse. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
C+ Crossroads (2002) Johnny Donaldson Crossroads is hardly a good movie, but it's a harmless, and sometimes even enjoyable lightweight drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
B+ Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Johnny Donaldson Brotherhood of the Wolf is an audacious, sensational and utterly preposterous mélange of horror, romance, martial arts, costume drama and God knows what else. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
C- The Time Machine (2002) Johnny Donaldson ...remarkably ho-hum. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
A- The Devil's Backbone (2001) Johnny Donaldson The Devil's Backbone is a spare and elegant supernatural thriller... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
A- Blade II (2002) Johnny Donaldson Del Toro has an avid love for things that go squish in the night EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
C Clockstoppers (2002) Johnny Donaldson Clockstoppers...is colorful and energetic, but also a little flat. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
A Monsoon Wedding (2001) Johnny Donaldson The characters chatter, goad, argue, celebrate and communicate with the joyful energy of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2004
B Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) Johnny Donaldson ...it belongs to a smarter, sharper and funnier breed of romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
A- Spider-Man (2002) Johnny Donaldson It offers what every summer movie should be designed to offer: release, not hype. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
F The New Guy (2002) Johnny Donaldson After 20 minutes, the filmmakers stop giving a damn. The audience did that 15 minutes earlier. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
C- Murder by Numbers (2002) Johnny Donaldson ...moviemaking by numbers. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
D John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Johnny Donaldson ...an amped-up, dumbed-down variation on Night of The Living Dead... EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
D The One (2001) Johnny Donaldson This One sadly comes up zero. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
C Life as a House (2001) Johnny Donaldson A dubious attempt to cross American Beauty with a Hallmark card, the film features edgier moments that give way to easy sentimentality and sitcom-cute distractions. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
B- Out Cold (2001) Johnny Donaldson Out Cold, your basic hijinxs-in-the-snow madcap comedy, is everything you expect from the trailer: dumb, crass and unlikely to further the art of cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
D Waking Life (2001) Johnny Donaldson This isn't profundity - this is intellectual masturbation. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2004
B- The Big Bounce (2004) Johnny Donaldson It glides along easily, it's often funny and quirky and enjoyable, but the movie itself seems like an afterthought. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2004