Mixed Reviews

Mixed Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Gabriel Shanks, Jeffrey Huston, Martin Scribbs
Rating Title/Year Author
0/4 Left Behind (2014) Martin Scribbs I can't wait for Nic Cage to explain THIS one to God on Judgment Day. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2014
Avatar (2009) Jill Cozzi Who wouldn't want to be Na'vi, with their lithe, slim bodies, their grace, their unfailing marksmanship, their long braids that literally mind-meld with other creatures and the spirits of their ancestors, their abs and buns of steel, their cheekbones so h EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2009
B Sunshine (2007) Gabriel Shanks Like the films it grandly and unabashedly pays homage to, Sunshine is serious science fiction for those who prefer to think of space's real possibilities rather than escape into fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2007
Three Kings (1999) Gabriel Shanks With characters you can root for and a story that is both engaging and honest, Three Kings goes for the gold and comes out a winner. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
B Grindhouse (2007) Gabriel Shanks As a glimpse into the minds of two iconoclastic directors -- both of whom came of age watching the films they now pay homage to -- this retro-electric trip is sheer bliss. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2007
C+ Miss Potter (2006) Gabriel Shanks A perky style reminiscent of second-rate Jane Austen....a parable of female empowerment and class strife swathed in bustles and British witticisms. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2006
Keeping Mum (2006) Martin Scribbs Maggie Smith is like Mary Poppins...with a meat ax. Serial Grandmom strikes again. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2006
The Da Vinci Code (2006) Martin Scribbs There is a natural limit as to how deeply any film, but especially a would-be summer blockbuster, can dig into radical ideas of faith and history. To his credit, Ron Howard hits that limit. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2006
A+ Brokeback Mountain (2005) Gabriel Shanks The Marlboro Man has reawakened as an archetype fully realized, brimming with ambivalence and complexity. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2005
Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Martin Scribbs Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2005
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Martin Scribbs If you guessed, 'a wheezy social problem drama,' you're right. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2005
C Transamerica (2005) Gabriel Shanks Issues of gender differrence are employed only to reinforce less original dilemmas -- family dysfunction, dating woes and (eek) meeting the grandparents. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2005
A+ The Dying Gaul (2005) Gabriel Shanks Rarely has a film exposed the tender, brutal line between love and cruelty so magnificently. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2005
B Paradise Now (2005) Gabriel Shanks Essential cinema not because it answers questions about terrorist ideology, but because it discovers those questions are disturbingly similar to those about ourselves. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2005
A Mysterious Skin (2004) Gabriel Shanks A raw and unadorned look at child abuse and its idiosyncratic repercussions. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2005
B Breakfast on Pluto (2005) Gabriel Shanks Effortlessly nailing coquettish mannerisms and employing a hilarious come-hither vocal quality, Murphy is magnetizing, fascinating, and eminently likeable. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2005
B+ North Country (2005) Gabriel Shanks An unusually taut film about misogyny that, for the most part, escapes the clichés that often bog down the battle of the sexes. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2005
B-- Dorian Blues (2005) Gabriel Shanks Ultimately has little insight into the experience it chronicles. News flash: growing up gay is rough. Who did not know this already? EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2005
C- The Clan (2004) Gabriel Shanks Darkly rich in character and mood, provocative in intent...but ultimately foiled by inattention to its own story. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2005
C- The Baxter (2005) Gabriel Shanks It argues, ironically, that pretty people should only end up with pretty people, and the best we can do is hope that the temp with bad hair will find us equally nerd-hot. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2005
B The Brothers Grimm (2005) Gabriel Shanks Bombastic, whimsical, and delicious, The Brothers Grimm is really a comic ghost story wrapped in the postmodern folds of Shakespeare In Love. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2005
C Fantastic Four (2005) Gabriel Shanks You can feel the flopsweat of the screenwriters, laboring to make their jokes work and their scenes interesting. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
B+ Hustle & Flow (2005) Gabriel Shanks Meditative and fierce, quiet and pounding, HUSTLE AND FLOW runs the board in a way that few films even attempt. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2005
D War of the Worlds (2005) Gabriel Shanks The man who gave human dimension to the effects of holocaust in Schindler's List has now prostituted human extermination for entertainment. Bread and circuses, indeed. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2005
A Lords of Dogtown (2005) Gabriel Shanks Reaches beyond the cinematic frame as far as it can to catch big air, giving its audience a you-are-there viscerality. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2005
C+ Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Gabriel Shanks The straightforward narrative constantly seems at odds with Miyazaki's dreamy landscapes and fanciful flourishes. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2005
C Heights (2005) Gabriel Shanks At times the film seems to have nothing more on its mind than the predictable rhythms of soap opera. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2005
B- Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Jill Cozzi there's a highly complex character in Anakin screaming to get out, and neither writer/director Lucas nor actor Christensen has the chops to set him free. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2005
B Unleashed (2005) Jill Cozzi ...inside this particular piece of hard celluloid candy is a soft, sweet, gooey center. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2005
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) Martin Scribbs While Smartest Guys sometimes veers into C-Span2: The Movie territory, just then another shocking tidbit will drop to keep the fires stoked. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2005
C- Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Gabriel Shanks Ultimately, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN can't change actual history. So instead, everyone has to grow a conscience...even the Crusaders have to feel bad about the Crusading. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2005
C- Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Jill Cozzi It's clear that Ridley Scott set out here to make as uncontroversial a film about the Crusades as it's possible to do. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2005
C Crash (2004) Jill Cozzi CRASH is about the racism we all carry within us, a fact of which Haggis feels he must remind us in almost every scene, lest we forget without his wise counsel. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2005
B+ Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Gabriel Shanks An unexpectedly sweet pleasure... a dark and gripping slice of space opera, it successfully avoids the pitfalls of its predecessors. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2005
B+ Sin City (2005) Gabriel Shanks As close to a museum-quality work of visual art as Hollywood as ever seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2005
B- Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Gabriel Shanks With everything bigger and grander in Chow's singular universe, it's easy to overlook one small detail...that Kung Fu Hustle is less satisfying than its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2005
Nobody Knows (2004) Martin Scribbs Nothing more can be done to lay the concrete reality of poverty out for persons of conscience. Take and read. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2005
C Bride & Prejudice (2004) Gabriel Shanks It's got moments, it's got performances to recommend, but they still haven't figured out how to create the magic of Bollywood in a form for the US market. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2005
B+ Robots (2005) Gabriel Shanks A smart, snappy energy to the dialogue that gives the film a zesty flavor rarely found in the genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2005
C Bride & Prejudice (2004) Jill Cozzi I have respect for what the director's trying to do here, but it doesn't jell the way it should. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2005
A Bad Guy (2001) Gabriel Shanks Desire, violence, revenge, and obsession play out against a map of sex and love. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2005
C Million Dollar Baby (2004) Jill Cozzi ...celluloid hooey...A Coupla Benjamins Baby is more like it. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2005
D+ Harry and Max (2004) Gabriel Shanks You can almost hear the filmmakers exhale with nervous relief, having made it through a film about incest without actually having an opinion on the subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2005
B+ In Good Company (2004) Jill Cozzi After the end-of-year orgy of Important Dramas and Epic Bombast, this deft, lovely little film is a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2005
B The Aviator (2004) Jill Cozzi Scorsese seems haunted by the Academy's repeated snubs...this most visceral of filmmakers is entirely too cautious...this very good film falls just short of being a great one. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2005
A- Closer (2004) Jill Cozzi I never thought I'd live to see the day when I would say this, but Julia Roberts is actually showing signs of becoming an interesting actress. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2004
Ocean's Twelve (2004) Martin Scribbs Ocean's 12 is malt-liquor-on-a-Monday stupid. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2004
C The Merchant of Venice (2004) Gabriel Shanks Radford has made a grim drama with some incomprehensible moments of failed levity. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2004
C- The Woodsman (2004) Gabriel Shanks Although The Woodsman's subject matter is shocking and disturbing, perhaps the most unsettling quality is its matter-of-fact attitude EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2004
A Enduring Love (2004) Gabriel Shanks Love is a delicate thing, and identity even more so. Enduring Love breathtakingly tears both asunder to find them anew...it is, in a word, exquisite. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2004