Movie Views

Movie Views is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ryan Cracknell
Rating Title/Year Author
The Perfect Game (2008) Ryan Cracknell The Perfect Game proves that you don't always have to reach for lofty heights to work. It's certainly not a classic. It's a simple pleasure for those times when that's all you need. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2013
Touching Home (2008) Ryan Cracknell Touching Home is stronger when it focuses on the small-town life than when it steps on the ball diamond. The decent cast elevates it to a tolerable level. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2013
Chasing 3000 (2010) Ryan Cracknell Chasing 3000 is a nostalgia-fueled bore that uses baseball history as a backdrop for a formulaic road trip movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2013
Game 6 (2005) Ryan Cracknell Filled with heavy dialogue, Game 6 is a film that feels more appropriate for the stage. That said, it takes on challenging themes and deep thoughts. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2013
Damn Yankees (1958) Ryan Cracknell A lively celebration of baseball as America's pastime set during an era where the game was at its peak. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
Trouble With the Curve (2012) Ryan Cracknell To a batter, a great curveball is so obvious and so frustrating at the same time. Robert Lorenz's Trouble with the Curve is much the same. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2012
Bullhead (2011) Ryan Cracknell Roskam shows the most confidence when things are unsettling and different from the genre underworld in which the plot resides. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2012
Rumbo a Las Grandes Ligas (Road to the Big Leagues) (2004) Ryan Cracknell Although somewhat soft in tackling some of the more controversial aspects, it is still a fascinating look at the sport outside of the bright stadium lights and manicured lawns of the big leagues. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2012
Young Adult (2011) Ryan Cracknell Filled with pain disguised as comedy, it presents a real-life Peter Pan complex where letting go of one's youth is complicated and painful. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2012
Mondo Hollywood (1967) Ryan Cracknell What once caused a storm of controversy is now pretty tame, mundane even. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2012
Moneyball (2011) Ryan Cracknell Keeps the economic talk in check and brings the human drama to the forefront. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2011
The Rocketeer (1991) Ryan Cracknell While The Rocketeer never crashes, it's a bumpy ride of cartoonish characters, a flimsy plot and an overall sense of letdown. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
The Captains (2011) Ryan Cracknell By offering an insightful look at some of the key players that made it happen, Shatner is able to break down some of the barriers that scare some people off from the Star Trek franchise. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Ryan Cracknell Continues to steer the same course as its predecessor sequels, focusing on convoluted storylines that zap all the fun and energy that made the first film so great. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
() Ryan Cracknell They're still fun at times and remain iconic but there's something about these shorts where the cute factor wears thin and the stories seem to be calling it in. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2011
The Last Song (2010) Ryan Cracknell The latest in a growing number of weepy films based on Nicholas Sparks novels that don't come anywhere close to The Notebook. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2011
The Learning Tree (1969) Ryan Cracknell Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2011
Finishing School (1934) Ryan Cracknell The drinking, partying and sex come across more as a means to shock than actually make some sort of statement. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Wild Rovers (1971) Ryan Cracknell Edwards proves that he was a more diverse filmmaker than perhaps he was given credit for. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Yogi Bear (2010) Ryan Cracknell One of the worst family films I've seen since another animated adaptation: Garfield. Talking bears aside, the film lacks logic, energy and, most of all, fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Ryan Cracknell It wanders through the desert, looking for an exciting hook but never finding one. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2011
Vengeance (2009) Ryan Cracknell To does a fantastic job of providing a good sense of style and structure to the numerous action scenes, but they're not over the top or cartoonish. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2011
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) Ryan Cracknell More like an infomercial in disguise for the soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2011
The Busher (1919) Ryan Cracknell A fascinating look at early baseball films and an un-perfected spin on something that has since gone on to be repeated countless times since. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
Safe at Home! (1962) Ryan Cracknell Instead it feels more like a publicity stunt meant to up the stock of Mantle, Maris and the polarizing New York Yankees. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
Fantasia 2000 (1999) Ryan Cracknell Although magnificent and filled with imagination, Fantasia 2000 doesn't hold up as being particularly ground-breaking or innovative. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
Fantasia (1940) Ryan Cracknell Despite a couple of uneven parts that may try the patience of some, the whole of Fantasia is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
One Cup of Coffee (1991) Ryan Cracknell Plays an honorable game, tackling the touchy subject of ageism on the baseball field. But it's ultimately a hollow attempt, one that thinks that just by touching on a subject that it makes up a plot. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
Hustle (2004) Ryan Cracknell [Sizemore's] performance can best be summed up as Al Pacino by way of Moe from The Three Stooges. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2010
Fear Strikes Out (1957) Ryan Cracknell A cold biopic that doesn't hold up now that its subject matter has left the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2010
Bottom of the Ninth (2002) Ryan Cracknell Although it might be a love story to baseball and the competitive spirit to win, it's also redundant as a film when like footage and story lines can be found on any station that airs even a little bit of baseball. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2010
Zombie Prom (2006) Ryan Cracknell An instant classic of unabashed nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2010
Zodiac (2007) Ryan Cracknell A complex crime drama that limits its action, opting to save it for the times that bring the greatest impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2010
Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2007) Ryan Cracknell Short and sweet, it's also intelligent and a welcome departure from the typical material found in the genre's bigger stars. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2010
Winged Migration (2001) Ryan Cracknell Jacques Perrin's spectacular documentary takes observation a step further as he literally seems to take flight with flocks of birds as they make their annual migration. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2010
When in Rome (2010) Ryan Cracknell [Bell] carries a classic presence and charm that is tough not to like. Yet, at the same time, she does so with a little spunk and sass. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2010
Two on a Guillotine (1965) Ryan Cracknell Hangs a neon sign around the key set-up points and lights off fireworks around them so that it's easy to see exactly what the big reveals will be. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2010
Storytelling (2001) Ryan Cracknell While Solondz tries and tries hard, Storytelling fails to provide much more insight than the inside column of a torn book jacket. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2010
Sonicsgate (2009) Ryan Cracknell A rebel film both in its subject matter and its unorthodox distribution. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2010
Slightly Used (2009) Ryan Cracknell Although sometimes a little too cartoonish, the cast is an enjoyable lot with plenty going on to drive the film forward. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2010
Shoulder Arms (1918) Ryan Cracknell Although it's been a long time since 1918, there are still lessons to be learned from Shoulder Arms. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2010
The Salton Sea (2002) Ryan Cracknell The overall voyage on The Salton Sea is an uneasy one hampered by a confusing story that admits out loud it doesn't know where it's going. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
RocknRolla (2008) Ryan Cracknell It's all about the set-up and not the actual payoff. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2010
Québec-Montréal (2002) Ryan Cracknell A 90-minute collection of clever and frank dialogue about sex and relationships. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2010
One Number 2 (2003) Ryan Cracknell A very confident picture that is carefully constructed and immensely intriguing. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2010
A No-Hit, No-Run Summer (2008) Ryan Cracknell Sticks to relying on nostalgia rather than making something truly memorable itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2010
Walt & El Grupo (2008) Ryan Cracknell An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2010
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Ryan Cracknell A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2010
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Ryan Cracknell The best film about bullying ever made. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2010
Let's All Hate Toronto (2007) Ryan Cracknell A cheeky look at the disdain aimed at the Ontario capital from the rest of Canada. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2010