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
2.5/4
Wrong Turn (2003)
Wrong Turn has plenty of bad -ations: decapitation, mutilation, evisceration. But it's got an unexpectedly fun -ation - its hillbilly variation on Panic Room.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
2
3/4
Willard (2003)
The ultimate payoff doesn't quite equal its heady set-up, but the film is still a nasty little good time.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
3
2/4
Undisputed (2002)
In a better movie, we wouldn't feel compelled to choose which fighter to root for.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
4
2/4
With its shimmering cinematography, The Real Cancun is better at hiding the city's grimy exterior than at being fun to watch.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
5
3/4
The Core (2003)
The Core has a crackerjack ticking-clock momentum that builds with a what-could-possibly-go-wrong-next vibe.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
6
1.5/4
Tears waffles so much between three 'war-is' mentalities - hell, redemptive and super-cool for explosions - that it's hard to truly connect.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
7
3/4
The only thing we don't know after watching Spy Kids 2 is whether Robert Rodriguez's constantly churning brain leaves him any time to sleep at night.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
8
2/4
It aggressively browbeats you into enjoying it while it's on, even if it's the sort of movie that evaporates from memory once the lights come up.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
9
1.5/4
Frida (2002)
A maddeningly vague biography, Frida is all the worse for starting off with such narrative promise and visual pizzazz before degenerating into boring, episodic misery.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
10
1.5/4
Formula 51 (2002)
Elmo touts his drug as being 51 times stronger than coke. If you're looking for a tale of Brits behaving badly, watch Snatch again. It's 51 times better than this.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
11
3/4
Abandon (2002)
In the end, the film is less the cheap thriller you'd expect than it is a fairly revealing study of its two main characters - damaged-goods people whose orbits will inevitably and dangerously collide.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
12
3/4
The Ring (2002)
While The Ring is not horror-flick greatness, it's a good shot of gothic creepiness with enough unsettling scares that will keep you awake at night.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
13
2/4
Red Dragon (2002)
Because this is the second time he's pimped out this Oscar-winning meal ticket for a hefty paycheck, maybe Anthony Hopkins should be forced to give his statuette back.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
14
3/4
Amazingly, the film juggles all the elements well without being messy, instead playing fair and tying up all the loose ends.
Posted Jun 27, 2003
15
2/4
Instead of penning a funny action film, the screenwriters created a Mad-Lib filled with wink-wink instances where the two main characters run into historical bigwigs.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
16
2/4
Phone Booth (2003)
Phone Booth is a movie completely disconnected from what suspense should be like.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
17
3/4
This is the best and boldest performance of Williams' career.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
18
2.5/4
Well, there goes the theory about the even-numbered ones all being good.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
19
2.5/4
When the movie mixes the cornpone and the Cosa Nostra, it finds a nice rhythm.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
20
2.5/4
A serviceable Euro-trash action extravaganza, with a decent sense of humor and plenty of things that go boom - handguns, BMWs and seaside chateaus.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
21
1/4
Extreme Ops (2002)
We get awful effects and endless shots of stuntmen filling in for B-grade actors (such as Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) traveling down mountains. How fascinating.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
22
2.5/4
They (2002)
On the heels of The Ring comes a similarly morose and humorless horror movie that, although flawed, is to be commended for its straight-ahead approach to creepiness.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
23
3/4
It's not one of Disney's greatest, but it's solid entertainment.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
24
3/4
Only in the world of Adam Sandler could an animated message of inter-faith holiday appreciation be mixed in with a sextet of defecating deer, a woman with three breasts and songs about hatred and drinking.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
25
1.5/4
The movie flirts with incisive, witty segments, but it's ultimately yet another anti-inflammatory comedy about racial identity that devolves into a one-joke affair.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
26
3.5/4
Identity (2003)
With its airtight structure, tension and impressive performances, Identity is not only the most intelligent thriller of the year so far, it's also the best.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
27
3/4
The franchise is showing no fear at exploring the novels' darker moments, but needs to judiciously pare down the time it takes for the lights to come up.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
28
.5/4
It's like a Clive Barker gore-fest as interpreted by an idiot carnival showman, robbed of anything that would make it work.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
29
2.5/4
Like so many of his other films, it's still not the movie that Chris Rock's fans know he's capable of making.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
30
2/4
Perhaps the main problem with Friday After Next is that everything is too manic to be memorable.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
31
2.5/4
Ultimately, The Four Feathers is nothing more than a handsomely mounted escapist action flick.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
32
2.5/4
It's filled with scenes laden with irony and coincidence that the audience can anticipate and snicker at with just a bit of nervousness.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
33
1.5/4
Feardotcom (2002)
Malone does have a gift for generating nightmarish images that will be hard to burn out of your brain. But the movie's narrative hook is way too muddled to be an effectively chilling guilty pleasure.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
34
1/4
David McNally basically made a mob comedy, realized it wasn't funny and then added in computer-generated shots of the kangaroo that didn't require paying actors for reshoots.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
35
2/4
Next time, here's hoping Todd Haynes remembers the difference between a feather and a sledgehammer.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
36
2/4
Empire (2002)
The film's hodgepodge plot stumbles down the prototypical path of a gangster's fall from grace with a bit of Boiler Room thrown in for good measure.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
37
1/4
Darkness has fallen and it can't get up.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
38
3/4
Daredevil (2003)
Picking up a comic book that's pretty good but has about one-fourth of the panels incomplete is what it feels like watching Daredevil.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
39
2/4
Cradle 2 the Grave feels like about four different movies working at once, all of them stylized, none of them making much sense and maybe a couple of those being even slightly entertaining.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
40
1.5/4
It's as though for every good idea the movie has, someone from the writing committee jumped in and said, 'Yeah, but let's put a fart joke right after that.'
Posted Jun 26, 2003
41
3/4
We watch an esteemed actor discovering new nuances. In turn, it's a sublime reminder of the qualities that made Robert De Niro great, not a gimmick.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
42
2/4
Biker Boyz (2003)
Essentially, Biker Boyz is a soap opera wrapped up in the trashy-but-flashy packaging of The Fast and the Furious.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
43
1/4
Ghost Ship (2002)
It's a workmanlike production, with no surprises, no scares and no jokes - unless you count the demon that laments his job by saying he must gather enough souls to fill a quota.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
44
3.5/4
For his directorial debut, Denzel Washington (has made) a haunting and resonant film covered with a potent Southern Gothic chill.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
45
3/4
With free reign to be insane, Jack's at his snaky, screwy best, and Sandler again wisely plays the straight man to his insane supporting characters.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
46
1.5/4
A Man Apart (2003)
This is a revenge thriller that for long stretches forgets about the revenge and, more importantly, the thrills.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
47
3/4
8 Mile (2002)
Take away the napalm spread of profanity, impromptu scenes of steamy sex and the myriad joints that get smoked, and 8 Mile is basically a Disney sports movie with rap as the athletics of choice.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
48
2/4
Messages that read 'I O U A BRGR. U GAME?' ... propel the plot forward. Alas, all the scenes in which Prince hijacks the cell phones have been left on the cutting room floor.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
49
2/4
Eddie Murphy has kept his swelled ego in check here, but being too naughty when it should be nice stings the movie.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
50
3/4
2 Fast 2 Furious does a better job of revving up its B-movie engines than its predecessor.
Posted Jun 24, 2003