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Groucho Reviews

Groucho 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): Peter Canavese
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
What About Bob this ain't.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
2
3/4
The Descent (2006)
A lean, mean genre exercise for those who prefer their horror full-blooded.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3
3/4
The film's consistent ticklishness frequently breaks out into uproarious set pieces.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
4
2.5/4
Quinceañera (2006)
Another tale of an unlikely family dynamic showing the way for closed-minded conservatives, Quinceañera may be simplistic at heart, but its drama is reasonably effective.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
5
1.5/4
Shadowboxer (2005)
A rubbernecker's movie....There's a new Zalman King in town, and his name is Lee Daniels.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
6
3.5/4
Pulls off the trick of the feel-good movie in a way movies haven't managed in a long time. [Blu-ray]
Posted Jul 27, 2006
7
2.5/4
Scoop (2006)
Allen's old-fashioned films are now like a ratty pair of slippers that are too comfortable even to consider throwing away.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
8
2.5/4
Has an ace in its anthill...political allegory that separates this one from the pack.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
9
3/4
Clerks II (2006)
Makes a surprisingly convincing case for Dante and Randal as characters worthy of a revisit once a decade.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
10
2.5/4
Seems less a joyous return to innocence and more like the nightmares we have while contemplating the real-estate market.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
11
1/4
I hated Lady in the Water, but not because Shyamalan took a sophomoric potshot at critics. I hated Lady in the Water because it's...stupid.
Posted Jul 19, 2006
12
3/4
The slippery natures of truth, fiction, lies, and wishful thinking...get full play in the screen adaptation of The Night Listener.
Posted Jul 19, 2006
13
3/4
A cinematic tone poem, wafting on wistful tableaus and sad faces....mostly elaborates on how death must ultimately be a personal experience.
Posted Jul 14, 2006
14
2/4
The comedy misfires and the film winds up strangely...impenetrable.
Posted Jul 14, 2006
15
3/4
Edmond (2005)
By design, nasty, brutish, and short...functions as drama because shock crosses through sensationalism to a kind of purity in the character study of a man in desperate need of repair.
Posted Jul 14, 2006
16
2.5/4
Even at under an hour, this children's fantasy is sluggishly paced by today's standards...but it does have its charms and a relevant social message at its core.
Posted Jul 11, 2006
17
3/4
Sprinkled comments provide enough intellectual provocation to begin debate, but the main course is Koko's wide-ranging behavior.
Posted Jul 10, 2006
18
4/4
Delivers more than the filmmaker ever has before....richer themes and more skillful audience involvement.
Posted Jul 7, 2006
19
3/4
An enlightening look back at how "the world's sport" briefly took off in the US.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
20
3.5/4
Richard Linklater brings a new novelty to a Dick adaptation: fidelity to the source.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
21
3/4
Watching The War Tapes is a bit like sifting though puzzle pieces and studying the images, but it's possible to make at least some of those pieces fit.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
22
2/4
As if to mock the film's all-trappings, no-sense agenda, Depp's Sparrow gets off the film's sole sign of verbal wit: 'Look! An undead monkey!'
Posted Jul 6, 2006
23
1.5/4
The cut-rate production resulted in what Reeve termed "catastrophe" for a film intended to marry a serious message to the series' signature action, humor, and romance.
Posted Jul 5, 2006
24
3/4
Superman II (1981)
By its very nature, the resulting film is severely compromised, but still rip-roaring, unpretentious entertainment.
Posted Jul 4, 2006
25
2/4
Superman III (1983)
Reeve continues his traditions of graceful flying moves, confident carriage, and twinkly warmth. Sadly, none of it is enough to save Superman III from being at home only in a junkyard.
Posted Jul 4, 2006
26
3.5/4
Superman (1978)
Donner keeps his film briskly funny and exciting, with smart and spectacular action....The greatest effect of all, however, is Reeve's miraculous performance.
Posted Jul 3, 2006
27
4/4
[The] uniquely Eastern European brand of absurdity recalls the work of Vaclav Havel, playwright and former President of Czechoslovakia. At least, it would be absurd if it weren't so credible.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
28
2.5/4
The outlandish gags are usually good for at least a chuckle, and Colbert's left-field satire classes up the enterprise, but multiplying the tight sitcom half-hour by four may not be a science experiment worth repeating.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
29
3/4
Paine amasses evidence--including dissenting voices--that's consistently illuminating.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
30
2.5/4
Pleasantly fluffy but depthless...each story develops a worst-case scenario that proceeds to a too-comforting, too-swift resolution.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
31
3/4
If it rarely becomes more than a conventional Hollywood movie with conventional conflicts, at least it remembers to amuse, and has a force of nature in Streep.
Posted Jun 29, 2006
32
4/4
Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights. [Blu-ray]
Posted Jun 26, 2006
33
2.5/4
A photo essay with moving pictures: anthropological snapshots of seven Salvadoran and Guatemalan skaters...[also] may be [Larry Clark's] most immature film.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
34
3/4
As a look at the injustices blithely wrought in the name of democracy, The Road to Guantanamo comes none too soon.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
35
3/4
Like his superhero, director Bryan Singer carries an Atlas-like burden [but]...with thorough, fan-friendly fetishism, Singer honors the Superman mythos.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
36
3.5/4
37
2.5/4
The Lake House is made of glass, but the view straight through it is rather pleasant all the same.
Posted Jun 16, 2006
38
1/4
You know, I don't remember the fart and pee jokes in The Wizard of Oz or the old Disney classics or the Muppet movies. Crotch-biting, of course, comes from a long tradition. Hmm.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
39
2/4
On par with the rest of the series....it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and then it's off the hook!
Posted Jun 15, 2006
40
1.5/4
A bit like staring at a beauty queen's phonily tight smile for ninety minutes.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
41
3/4
Josh Gilbert's smoothly produced documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong should leave even Nancy Reagan aghast at the unfair trials of comedian Tommy Chong.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
42
2.5/4
Cipriano and...Cuesta (L.I.E.) show realism, tender regard, and the benefit of the doubt for their young characters, but little of the same to their childish parents.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
43
2.5/4
Cavite (2006)
a fresh bid for indie-thriller cred....[but] watching Gamazon and Dela Llana charge through their limitations is a bit like watching a sprinter run in clogs.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
44
3/4
A nutty, fictional ode-elegy to a show that's still going strong, A Prairie Home Companion offers a unique hybrid of a folksy American showman and an improvisatory impresario.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
45
3/4
Cars (2006)
46
2.5/4
The Omen (2006)
If you've never seen The Omen, the technically well-made remake is an effective chiller a cut above today's standard, but if you have, there's no reason to watch this rote replay.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
47
3.5/4
As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but The Passenger is never less than compelling.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
48
3.5/4
49
3/4
[An] inspirational tale, which values team spirit even as it celebrates the will of two talented individuals.
Posted Jun 4, 2006
50
3/4
Definitely propaganda on an issue that remains divisive....[but] Even if Gore is wrong, and I'm not saying he is, his proposed solutions are common-sensibly sound.
Posted Jun 3, 2006