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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
1/4
Never explains its stupid idea of a talking baseball and a talking bat...The filmmakers presume too much in assuming we'll accept the "magic" "realism"...
Posted Sep 14, 2006
2
2/4
Johnson gives the part his authoritative all, but he doesn't have the depth of ability to elevate a sappy script that regularly calls for up-choking.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3
.5/4
The Covenant (2006)
Where do WB pilots go when they die? Perhaps they're reincarnated as lousy supernatural thrillers.
Posted Sep 8, 2006
4
2.5/4
The downtime since Ong-Bak has left us hungry enough not to care that the plot and frequent action feel a bit recycled.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
5
2/4
In what may be the single most damaging performance in any film this year, Affleck puts on extra pounds, a fake honker, and a horrifyingly bad debonair act.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
6
2.5/4
Crank (2006)
A movie for hooligans, and do we really want to encourage them?
Posted Sep 1, 2006
7
3.5/4
Clearly presents the charges against the MPAA, the "voluntary" group that has systematized Hollywood censorship.
Posted Sep 1, 2006
8
1/4
Crossover (2006)
A cheap-looking quickie feature...the wasted talent on display somehow makes it all more painful.
Posted Aug 31, 2006
9
3.5/4
Factotum (2006)
Hard liquor goes in at the mouth, but when we're lucky, it comes out in the writer's grip.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
10
3/4
[This] honest-to-God kid's movie--and a good one, no less...serves up a sweet-natured and reasonably authentic platter of kid culture.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
11
2.5/4
Idlewild (2006)
When Angel brushes off Trumpy with the line 'Can the artist get a little space around here?', you may agree that the question deserves a qualified 'yes' answer.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
12
2.5/4
The Quiet (2006)
Meanders at times, and stretches credibility...[but] The Quiet's creepy character study reaches an emotionally satisfying conclusion.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
13
2.5/4
Invincible (2006)
Loses possession early on and has trouble holding onto the ball.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
14
2.5/4
Beerfest (2006)
Knows it's a dumb movie and plugs ahead cheerily and without pretention...but the jokes quickly run thin.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
15
4/4
A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths, Seduced and Abandoned takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor.
Posted Aug 22, 2006
16
2.5/4
A terrifying triumph of hype, but...also the movie to preserve for all of Earth's recorded history Samuel L. Jackson lowering his gaze at Julianna Margulies and asking, "Sporks?" I dare you to look away.
Posted Aug 18, 2006
17
2.5/4
By the end, I felt empty and unconvinced that I'd spent 103 minutes with genuine personalities.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
18
2/4
Accepted (2006)
Here's the pitch for Accepted: Animal House meets Ferris Bueller.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
19
3/4
Burger winningly combines relatively rare elements--a turn-of-the-century setting, an assured star turn by Edward Norton, and a deft Philip Glass score--to pull off a tricked-out romantic thriller.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
20
3.5/4
In his laughing-outlaw way, Hooper pointed a new direction for horror cinema. [2-Disc Ultimate Edition Reviewed]
Posted Aug 15, 2006
21
3.5/4
Half Nelson (2006)
A slice of life that's rich with spontaneity...a script that vehemently refuses cliché.
Posted Aug 15, 2006
22
2/4
The trick plot enabling this Electra Complex situation tragedy is somewhat novel, but surprisingly not enough to sustain even a 103-minute running time.
Posted Aug 11, 2006
23
1.5/4
Step Up (2006)
My, he's an uncouth roughneck, but perhaps, just perhaps I can mold his raw talent into the dance partner of my dreams!
Posted Aug 11, 2006
24
2.5/4
Brian DePalma's Before Sunset.
Posted Aug 11, 2006
25
3/4
Despite what you may have heard, World Trade Center isn't entirely apolitical, just understated in its commentary.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
26
.5/4
Little Man (2006)
If your taste runs to scatology and you find little people inherently funny, Little Man may be the movie for you.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
27
2/4
What About Bob this ain't.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
28
3/4
The Descent (2006)
A lean, mean genre exercise for those who prefer their horror full-blooded.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
29
3/4
The film's consistent ticklishness frequently breaks out into uproarious set pieces.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
2.5/4
Has an ace in its anthill...political allegory that separates this one from the pack.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
2/4
The comedy misfires and the film winds up strangely...impenetrable.
Posted Jul 14, 2006
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
4/4
Delivers more than the filmmaker ever has before....richer themes and more skillful audience involvement.
Posted Jul 7, 2006
45
3/4
An enlightening look back at how "the world's sport" briefly took off in the US.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
46
3.5/4
Richard Linklater brings a new novelty to a Dick adaptation: fidelity to the source.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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