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): Paul Povse , Nick Rogers , Steven Spearie , Chris Young
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
83%

"It would be convenient to slap the film as a liberal fantasy, but what Moore has to say comes off neither as the words of a blowhard with archival access nor a partisan wag."

Posted Jun 24, 2004
2
15%

White Chicks (2004)

"Would it have been too much to ask for it to have been a mediocre, 75-minute piffle rather than 105 minutes of torture padded with overwrought messaging and yo-mama jokes? "

Posted Jun 24, 2004
3
31%

"It's fairly fast, zips some good zingers at the audience through Steve Coogan, and is just the sort of instantly forgettable fun parents can have with their kids. "

Posted Jun 17, 2004
4
61%

The Terminal (2004)

"Fortunately, it doesn't aimlessly amble for more than a few minutes after it should. But this ending separates a great film from a very good one with a ridiculous coda."

Posted Jun 17, 2004
5
91%

"It is perfect evidence for the obvious truth Potter fans must face. The only great Harry Potter movies will be those we create in our minds as readers."

Posted Jun 3, 2004
6
23%

Raising Helen (2004)

"Raising Helen is competent, commercial, square-as-square-can-be popular entertainment."

Posted May 27, 2004
7
45%

"A blockbuster with incredible momentum, chilling us even with shots of Doppler radar. And if Emmerich can make comic relief out of illegal immigration, his game is on. "

Posted May 27, 2004
8
88%

Shrek 2 (2004)

"Still flashy, funny and irreverent, balanced with a keen understanding of its lead characters that makes it more than just franchised eye-candy."

Posted May 20, 2004
9
54%

Troy (2004)

"Troy is a popcorn epic, focused more on entertainment than enlightenment. After the bloated boredom of The Last Samurai and The Alamo, we'll take it. "

Posted May 13, 2004
10
39%

Man on Fire (2004)

"Man on Fire shares plot, and plot twists, with Ransom, but it replaces that film's claustrophobic intensity with Michael Bay-style overkill that's unnecessary."

Posted Apr 22, 2004
11
29%

The Alamo (2004)

"A torturous cycle of standing, pouting, bickering and looking at the Mexican army, as irritatingly flat as the pages of the history books that taught us about the Alamo. "

Posted Apr 8, 2004
12
55%

"If there were John Hughes movies (the good ones from the mid-'80s) being made today, they'd be like this."

Posted Apr 8, 2004
13
28%

"It's a fairy tale in the best sense of the word, though the movie is far too hip and Julia Stiles' Paige too independent the heroine for any pat, happily-ever-after endings. "

Posted Apr 1, 2004
14
81%

Hellboy (2004)

"The promise is in the premise. Next time (and after Hellboy makes millions, there will be a next time), someone just has to make good on it."

Posted Apr 1, 2004
15
55%

"The Ladykillers is funny. Or, as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr would say it, it's an exorbitantly capricious motion picture presentation that has a lithe, whimsical air."

Posted Mar 25, 2004
16
93%

"Wholly romantic, but Kaufman focuses less on the grand and sappy, and more on those moments where a heartstring tug is inexplicable to anyone besides those doing the pulling."

Posted Mar 18, 2004
17
22%

Taking Lives (2004)

"At a certain point, Taking Lives gives up any pretense toward sense and starts piling up insanely improbable extravagances. "

Posted Mar 18, 2004
18
93%

"The film concentrates, in awe-inspiring detail, on the almost incomprehensible rigors of mountain climbing and evolves into a philosophical, even spiritual adventure movie. "

Posted Mar 12, 2004
19
46%

Secret Window (2004)

"The movie can only skate so far on Depp's charisma and a handful of gleefully bent internal monologues. It has no fun in winding to its oafish, obvious conclusion. "

Posted Mar 11, 2004
20
64%

"More about humor and hero worship than plot, which is fine, and the movie ambles along mostly at a moderate pace, both a laid-back blessing and its too-lazy curse."

Posted Mar 8, 2004
21
49%

"As it plays out, the brutality brings about more numbing revulsion than the revelatory empathy that Mel Gibson intends."

Posted Feb 25, 2004
22
13%

"If his future film choices are anything like this, Everybody Loves Raymond won't just be Romano's hit TV show. It will have to be his mantra of daily affirmation. "

Posted Feb 19, 2004
23
80%

Miracle (2004)

"Miracle is authentic and classy, from its impeccably edited game re-creations to its washed-out, game-film look that's akin to what you'd see on ESPN Classic. "

Posted Feb 9, 2004
24
33%

"When it's all said and done, there comes a not half-bad twist. But by this time, we've endured too many reprises of canine flambé, plus Eric Stoltz as a drooling pervert."

Posted Feb 3, 2004
25
36%

"In the end, The Gospel of John opts for safe ground. Jesus' lines are delivered with Shakespearean flair and the villains are all familiar."

Posted Jan 23, 2004
26
25%

"There is something cruelly funny about getting dumped on your honeymoon, but that was done far better in Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid."

Posted Jan 23, 2004
27
23%

Torque (2004)

"Red Bull: The Movie"

Posted Jan 23, 2004
28
52%

"Undemanding and genial, it does what it needs to do in that it's well acted, sharply paced and has some effective romantic gets. "

Posted Jan 23, 2004
29
19%

"Mandy so doesn't want to be lumped in with Hilary and Lindsay. Their names end in "y," but, like Kiss, Mandy wants to put the "x" in sex. OK, maybe not that rowdy."

Posted Jan 15, 2004
30
77%

The Cooler (2003)

"The Cooler has all the motifs of a Vegas movie. But at its heart, it's a gleeful romantic comedy that finds the sweetness in Sin City."

Posted Jan 15, 2004
31
77%

Big Fish (2003)

"Burton has a big payoff up his sleeve. In a movie practically schizophrenic in mood, he manages to present the inevitability of death with a touching beauty and elegance."

Posted Jan 15, 2004
32
75%

"For Kingsley's and Connelly's performances alone, it's worth seeing. It's far from tawdry melodrama, but its insistence on a middle-road keeps it from being more high-minded."

Posted Jan 9, 2004
33
80%

21 Grams (2003)

"The film knows nothing about the muscular reflex of flinching, but it's vividly knowledgeable of all other elements of the body - the physical and mental, life and death."

Posted Jan 9, 2004
34
74%

"Gentlemen - you whose significant other may hold the weekend movie choice card - keep a stiff upper lip. You'll get through Calendar Girls just fine."

Posted Jan 9, 2004
35
24%

"OK, so I haven't read the original book or seen the previous movie. But I'd bet the family dog never rooted its snout furiously in a kid-hating boyfriend's crotch."

Posted Jan 2, 2004
36
27%

Paycheck (2003)

"Doves might be symbolic for many of the classic struggles in film and literature. But something they drop from their business end embodies what "Paycheck's" all about. "

Posted Jan 2, 2004
37
77%

Peter Pan (2003)

"In a time when Neverland is shorthand for scandal, P.J. Hogan reclaims it. Rife with wonderful expansions from its source material, the film is alive with imagination. "

Posted Jan 2, 2004
38
71%

Cold Mountain (2003)

"It's a dichotomy of appearance, the forging of nature's splendor defiled by base human behavior. That said, I wish it had stayed truer to the fatalistic mood it works up. "

Posted Jan 2, 2004
39
61%

Stuck on You (2003)

"The Farrellys tackle something sweeter and more personal than in the past. But it doesn't mean they have to suffer any separation anxiety from what makes their films fun. "

Posted Dec 19, 2003
40
95%

"It sets so many standards for filmmaking in its overwhelming epic wash that many similar attempts in the future will seem like pretenders to the throne."

Posted Dec 19, 2003
41
71%

"Nancy Meyers is like some grandma who keeps hugging you harder than you want to be hugged."

Posted Dec 11, 2003
42
66%

"Tom Cruise and $140 million might get you a marathon movie, but The Last Samurai lacks the little things that keep it from feeling that way. "

Posted Dec 11, 2003
43
43%

"Even when The Human Stain founders, the skill and professionalism of those trying to communicate Philip Roth's mood is undeniable. "

Posted Dec 5, 2003
44
78%

Bad Santa (2003)

"At its dysfunctional, hysterical conclusion, Bad Santa takes the notion of happy, puts it on puree and then pours it out - sort of how life usually is. "

Posted Dec 5, 2003
45
13%

"There's disappointingly little in its 99 minutes that's better than what the ride has been doing for years in 10. "

Posted Dec 1, 2003
46
85%

"Master and Commander has a full arsenal primed to wash over you, in more ways than one."

Posted Nov 20, 2003
47
78%

"The film gives a fine sense of why Shakur's fans carry the torch for his legacy. But it's better from the perspective of that spirit on the streets, not up in the clouds. "

Posted Nov 20, 2003
48
57%

"As the Tasmanian Devil would move were he mainlining caffeine, so does this blend of live-action and animation. It's sweet and subversive, just like Looney Tunes should be. "

Posted Nov 20, 2003
49
14%

Gothika (2003)

"No dread, no suspense, no surprises, just laughs - lots of them, 99 percent unintentional. A crummy horror film that turns into a crummier whodunit."

Posted Nov 20, 2003
50
63%

Love Actually (2003)

"An utterly charming, classy and uproarious work of romantic hopefulness."

Posted Nov 13, 2003

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