Washington Times

Washington Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Christian Toto, Gary Arnold, Kelly Jane Torrance, Sonny Bunch
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 The Children of Huang Shi (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance More insight into each character's motivation would have made for a deeper film. Yet the excellent cast does a good job with what they are given. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 The Happening (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance You know pretty early on what's likely causing "the happening," and yes, there's a message here. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 The Stone Angel (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance Miss Burstyn is the Oscar winner, and Juno star Ellen Page is getting billing beyond her screen time as the girlfriend of one of Hagar's sons, but it's newcomer Miss Horne's performance that gives the movie its soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006) Kelly Jane Torrance This character-driven drama is so gripping because every actor is so good, with each making archetypes - the nasty stepfather, the angry husband, the rich gentleman - that transcend their familiarity. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance If you can make it through an ending that's over-the-top sappy, even for a children's film, you'll find a story about a girl who does embody some of the best ideals of American girlhood. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Tell No One (2006) Kelly Jane Torrance Combine the tricky twists and turns of the American thriller with the subtlety and sophistication of French cinema and you have Tell No One... a highly charged piece of work that grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Mamma Mia! (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance It's impossible not to go along with the feeling when such a strangely life-affirming song as Dancing Queen is blasted in your ears. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Brideshead Revisited (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Director Julian Jarrold... has made a beautiful film that marvelously captures the heady atmosphere of the novel and coaxed compelling performances from his three young leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Boy A (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance Those behind Boy A invite us to ponder whether outrage might also have a statute of limitations. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, is Miss Cruz. She has always been a more than serviceable actress, but here she really shines. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Elegy (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance As far as it goes, it's enjoyable enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance It's Mr. Holdridge's third film, though, and an experienced filmmaker should offer us more than just brief glimpses of talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
1.5/4 The Women (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The problem isn't just the flat script by director and Murphy Brown creator Diane English. It's that this film's raison d'etre seems to be not to entertain, but to sell. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 A Girl Cut in Two (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance Leave it to master Claude Chabrol, though, to make a film about the varieties of corruption and depravity without so much as a glimpse of nudity. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 The Duchess (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Ignore the details and focus on the big picture. In a year when everybody's focused on the role of women in politics, the life of the Whig trailblazer Georgiana offers plenty of food for thought. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Choke (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Choke is sometimes preposterous but always very funny. More to the point, it's always to the point. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Appaloosa (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The requisite standoffs and shootouts make this one tense film, but the mood is frequently lightened with a generous dose of surprising humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Hallam Foe (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance Hallam Foe does quite a few rather nasty things, but Mr. Bell's engaging and empathetic performance makes him a character we can't stop caring about. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 Rachel Getting Married (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The wedding scene, when it finally comes, seems to go on forever, with nothing really happening beyond an endless parade of dancers and musicians. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The mawkish possibilities inherent in the story are mostly averted, thanks to the high quality of acting. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Happy-Go-Lucky features plenty of talent, particularly Alexis Zegerman as Poppy's roommate, but it belongs utterly to Miss Hawkins. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Changeling (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Yes, Changeling is a well-made film, but "slick," not "substantial," is the word to describe it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance This intelligent film offers a fresh perspective on an oft-portrayed period, asking the viewer to question his own assumptions about what he expects and wants from such a telling. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The script, by Tropic Thunder co-writer and Mike Judge collaborator Etan Cohen, is rather rote in terms of story, but the jokes are pretty good. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 I've Loved You So Long (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance While Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married was a self-indulgent melodrama, French writer-director Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long is an elegant and moving family drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Frost/Nixon (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Mr. Langella wisely decided not to impersonate the iconic president exactly, but he has captured Mr. Nixon perfectly nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Doubt (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The stage is set for an intense psychological drama, but perhaps that's the problem - Doubt hasn't translated well from stage to screen. With the theater's immediacy, it's easier in some ways to establish character. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 Timecrimes (2007) Kelly Jane Torrance If you like the trickster films of Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige), chances are you'll like Timecrimes. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/4 The Reader (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance You can't fault the performances. They're all top-notch, particularly that of young Mr. Kross, who is a real find, and Miss Winslet, who does her best to augment the script with her expressive face. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/4 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Benjamin Button is certainly interesting visually - but as Forrest's mom will tell you, it's what's inside the box that counts. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
2.5/4 Bride Wars (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance Genre films like this tend to be predictable, but Bride Wars offers at least one surprise. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 Last Chance Harvey (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The romantic comedy tends to be one of the most predictable of genres, but Last Chance Harvey has even fewer surprises than most. What it does offer, though, is the chance to watch a couple of old pros do what they do best - charm us and each other. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 Che: Part Two (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance It seems the most important point the director wanted to make was that Mr. Guevara accomplished all he did while fighting terrible asthma attacks. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 New in Town (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance Unfortunately, the film quickly devolves into a mess of cliches. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance Miss Aniston, however, steals the show. She might never have done better work than she does here. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance Real shopaholics should skip this one and save their money for one of those sample sales Rebecca loves so much. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 The International (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance The International grabs you from the get-go with one of the most dramatic openings in a while. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 The Class (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance There are lessons to be learned in The Class, but its makers aren't clear enough on what they are. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 Two Lovers (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Everything about this quietly beautiful film is understated - the performances, the score and, most of all, the inner turmoil that easily can mean life or death for the most sensitive among us. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 Crossing Over (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance These stories might seem too coincidental and even preposterous. It wouldn't have mattered had they been well-told. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 The Edge of Love (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The film then goes from a chamber drama to something larger; it doesn't always work. The poetry and the performances... though, and they make the thoughtful and stylish The Edge of Love something more than just another British costume drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 Sunshine Cleaning (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Mr. Zahn brings feeling to an often-cliched role, while Mary Lynn Rajskub is moving as a troubled woman who almost connects with the similarly confused Norah. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 Absurdistan (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Once you've seen 20 minutes of this film, you can pretty much predict where it's going to go and how it's going to get there. There's little doubt, however, that you'll chuckle heartily along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/4 Sin nombre (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance If you want to learn about the nameless people behind the headlines, Sin Nombre is the best place to start. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Adventureland (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance Adventureland is written and directed by Greg Mottola, the director of the raunchy bromance Superbad, but with this film, he has given us something more personal and, at the same time, more universal. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 Observe and Report (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance If you found Paul Blart too bland and wonder where comedy will go post-Apatow, you need to see Observe and Report. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 State of Play (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance The characters here are archetypes, to be sure, but they're all perfectly cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The Mysteries of Pittsburgh fails on its own terms - not just in comparison with its source material. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 The Soloist (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance The film, however, is rather like one of the Bach cello suites mentioned in the movie performed by a technically competent but passionless player - it doesn't assault your senses, but it doesn't excite them, either. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Is Anybody There? (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance The film belongs, of course, to the masterful Mr. Caine. He brings a lifetime of experience moving us to do so once again as a regretful man who feels crushed under the weight of a lifetime of experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018