State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) - Rotten Tomatoes

State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nick Rogers, Paul Povse
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
2
1/4
3
2/4
Hancock (2008)
4
3/4
5
1.5/4
6
3/4
Baby Mama (2008)
7
2/4
8
3/4
Leatherheads (2008)
9
2.5/4
21 (2008)
10
1.5/4
Semi-Pro (2008)
11
2/4
The Savages (2007)
12
2.5/4
Just like the original, it's too caught up in its mythological zeal and furious pacing to do much for our "Indiana" jones. A capably filmed diversion that's breathlessly wired for whiplash but instantly forgettable.
Posted Jan 21, 2008
13
3/4
14
2.5/4
15
1.5/4
16
2.5/4
Beowulf (2007)
17
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
18
1.5/4
19
3/4
The Kingdom (2007)
20
1.5/4
21
2/4
22
1.5/4
The Invasion (2007)
23
2.5/4
24
2/4
25
3/4
Transformers (2007)
26
2/4
Mr. Brooks (2007)
There's an unsettling exhilaration in the way "Mr. Brooks" plows through dark waters and damns every torpedo ... except for the one that sinks it. (Its name is Demi Moore. There's the germ of a great movie, but the disease of many stupid ones.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
27
3/4
Sprawling and as in need of Venn diagrams for every sextuple cross as it is, "At World's End" has subtleties amid its cattywampus craziness. It's also 2007's first blockbuster worth the constantly turned crank of big-budget moviemaking.
Posted May 25, 2007
28
2/4
It jumps the Shrek. No wonder Donkey and Puss in Boots get pushed aside. They have to make way for big bull in this disengenous, lifeless sequel that preaches individual destiny but behaves just like the cashcow it's been groomed to be.
Posted May 17, 2007
29
2/4
This sequel has more-fluid action and harder, meaner punches but never works our nerves like a speed bag in the way of its predecessor. Plus, it's too dumb to make its topical allegories any more than cursory coincidence.
Posted May 11, 2007
30
1.5/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
A browbeating domino effect of more, more, more with special effects that make things easier to see but harder to care about. With great filmmaking power has come great filmmaking laziness that turned a good franchise into candy-colored crud.
Posted May 4, 2007
31
1.5/4
Fracture (2007)
Anthony Hopkins again confuses villainy for vaudeville and Ryan Gosling's so-so work isn't worth riding in the rumble seat with him over a career pothole. "Fracture" makes "My Cousin Vinny" look like a masterpiece of legal suspense.
Posted Apr 20, 2007
32
3/4
Disturbia (2007)
If not perfection, "Disturbia" achieves something more than most modern thrillers - the right to describe itself in that genre and a few others. This hodgepodge homage becomes stupid and shrill in its final reel, but it's a nifty good time.
Posted Apr 13, 2007
33
3/4
Grindhouse (2007)
A timed challenge for five directors to remove, impale, explode or gorily drip to the floor every body part possible. Even if Tarantino eviscerates too much momentum at the midway point, it's still a giddy, ghastly blast.
Posted Apr 11, 2007
34
2/4
It isn't terrible, just terribly lazy. How many comedians would play two different sex-addicted lunkheads named Chazz in two different movies? Some funny bits here and there, but Will Ferrell's sports shtick is badly glazed over.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
35
3/4
Shooter (2007)
It has one triple-super sudden-death revenge overtime too many. But inhale this meaty, juicy thriller like you would a Thickburger - before the dripping grease congeals on your fingers and you start thinking about what you're eating.
Posted Mar 26, 2007
36
1.5/4
Premonition (2007)
"Seven Days to Live" is an OK country song, packed with faith, family and fighting for what's important. Oh, wait, that's what "Premonition" should have been, instead of a preposterous thriller that wastes Sandra Bullock's time, and ours.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
37
2/4
300 (2007)
To hell with historical accuracy. What's required, but lacking, is the invocation of a butt-kicking right to continuously top itself. Artful decapitations, but a too-serious head on its shoulders.
Posted Mar 9, 2007
38
2.5/4
A mental slasher movie with strong lead performances, but too many literary pretenses to mask that it's little more than an 80-minute buildup to a throwdown to a throwdown between Oscar-winning actresses with no real sense of the story's leverage and lust
Posted Jan 31, 2007
39
3/4
Forest Whitaker's performance isn't worth the greatest-of-all-time hyperbole, but the actor is so evil, afraid and human in the role that he turns even a fart joke into nuance. His unpredictable, unstoppable force prevents the film from failing.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
40
2.5/4
On its face, it looks like "Dangerous Minds 2" without a Coolio song. It's not so good that it can't wait until it shows up on CBS, but it scribbles sensibly in the margins of the well-worn inspirational-teacher drama notebook.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
41
2.5/4
Alpha Dog (2007)
Week-old weed smoke practically wafts from the screen in a film that's most engaging once it's handed over to Justin Timberlake's excellent performance. But where it thinks it's delivering gut-punches, it's too often feigning with caricatures.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
42
2/4
Dreamgirls (2006)
It's a laugh-out-loud moment when a hot R&B song is forever entombed as Pat Boone-style fluff. But that same sort of sanitization and sterilization has been applied to this film. Scrubbed clean for a shiny glow, most of the soul is gone from the story.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
43
1.5/4
Rarely entertaining, the movie is at least instructive. The statute of limitations on loud, dumb movies with Robin Williams and computer-generated animals is 11 years. It bypasses brand-name coattails right to the level of a straight-to-DVD sequel.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
44
3/4
Will Smith's acting earnestness, coupled with the mental hell of maintaining a time-and-money chain that's essential to survival, provides unique inspiration for this inspired-by-a-true-story tale. It's certainly not the garish Hollywood gloss.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
45
2.5/4
Déjà Vu (2006)
Basically entertaining, but it disappointingly drops off from a promising start of spiritually poignant, popular-science fun and whiz-bang action to an autopilot conclusion.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
46
2/4
For a film about the birth of Jesus, there's nothing particularly joyous or inspiring - just dull, disinteresting details that too strongly disconnect from the human frailty and folly that is hinted at in the story.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
47
1.5/4
Babel (2006)
Being diplomatic because of Inarritu and Arriaga's past success isn't worth it, given the irony that a story about communication breakdown so woefully fails to connect. "Babel" is a bore.
Posted Nov 10, 2006
48
2.5/4
Catch a Fire (2006)
Noyce surprisingly prefers slick surface treatment to cutting into the bones-deep legacy of South Africa's racial division. Nuanced performances and gripping laments are wasted on a sleek, empty action climax.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
49
2.5/4
The Departed (2006)
DiCaprio is outstanding, as is the film's first hour. But Scorsese's tale of rats and the rat race gets its neck snapped in traps set by Nicholson's relapse into Just Jack, a flabby finish and a tonally wrong final wink.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
50
1.5/4
The actors don't spar, but jab and feint into the stale air that comes with such stuffy, fossilized movies as this. Put together again more for new Oscars than new audiences, it's a handsomely shot disaster.
Posted Sep 29, 2006