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Monsters and Critics

Monsters and Critics is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Fred Topel, Ron Wilkinson
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
7/10
G.I. Jesús (2007)
An ambitious set of scrappy performances combined with a screenplay that threatens to fragment from shear edginess. Succeeds only due to the pure sincerity of the cast.
Posted Apr 4, 2007
2
6/10
[The film] shows respect for open communications and differing life styles and lets the audience in on diverse feelings and ways of acting them out.
Posted Apr 2, 2007
3
7/10
Black Book (2007)
Although there is little new in this finely crafted WWII pot-boiler, it remains a thoroughly enjoyable wartime thriller during its entire 145 minutes of good-guy/bad-guy subterfuge.
Posted Apr 2, 2007
4
6/10
Dark secrets eat away from within, but after 120 minutes of self-loathing this soapy tale fails to engage with either genuine mystery or genuine reconciliation.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
5
9/10
A film with a depth of feeling seldom scene in commercial cinema, Charles Burnett's student project of life in LA's Watts neighborhood is a textbook of neo-realism and of the artistic use of the film media stripped to its basics.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
6
5/10
Premonition (2007)
Sandra Bullock morphs from the shopping mall rom-com queen to the sixth sense psycho but can't pull it off in this solo performance of woman's intuition gone bad.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
7
8/10
A plain-spoken film of true grit that tells the dishonorable heartbreak of war like it is. A gem of filmic honesty in an entertainment world obsessed with heroic actions and simple solutions.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
8
5/10
The music industry kicks itself in the butt and vows to go straight as the founding fathers and mothers of rock decry the greed and falsehood that has suddenly crept into pop music.
Posted Mar 11, 2007
9
7/10
A venture into the world of lust and love scripted with the beauty and discipline of Greek tragedy. As enthralling as it is disturbing. A must see for those who can tolerate the explicit sex.
Posted Mar 11, 2007
10
7/10
300 (2007)
If it's comic books you want, you'll love this look at Spartans versus Persians. Even better in IMAX, but don't expect much story to go along with the sound and fury.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
11
6/10
Gray Matters (2007)
If Heather Graham is on the way to becoming the next Goldie Hawn she has a ways yet to go in this soft-core coming out flick by Sue Kramer.
Posted Feb 21, 2007
12
7/10
The fresh, bright and funny exploration of the bureaucracy of war, when mandatory Israeli military service meets "Laverne and Shirley." A touching and personal slice of life as two 18 year old women redefine the age-old battle of winning hearts and minds
Posted Feb 17, 2007
13
6/10
Visually sumptuous but flat of plot, eccentric characters can't redeem this mildly funny romantic comedy from the hum-drum.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
14
8/10
A clear and urgent essay on the battle for soldier's hearts and minds in the context of foreign wars. A great action war film featuring suburb acting throughout.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
15
8/10
A neatly crafted thriller with first rate acting, directing and writing combined with spy paraphernalia and political intrigue. Fully deserving of its status as Germany's Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee.
Posted Feb 7, 2007
16
6/10
The super-accurate reportage may be lost when combined with the war-flick plot. Fact and fiction have different audiences.
Posted Feb 3, 2007
17
5/10
Alan Arkin tries, but fails, as the gold standard curmudgeon who never had it so good.
Posted Jan 31, 2007
18
6/10
A pack of attractive Romanians do it werewolf style in a mixed bag of teenage romance and watered down scariness. Unfortunately, neither romance or horror enough for enthusiasts of either persuasion.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
19
8/10
The Italian (2007)
An engaging and honest journey through provincial Russia skillfully lensed from the perspective of a six year old. A powerful testimony to the human spirit and a strong statement in favor of the modern family.
Posted Jan 17, 2007
20
6/10
A touching but slender piece on the number one news piece in Japan. But what is the rest of the story?
Posted Jan 12, 2007
21
7/10
A well crafted five part ensemble drama of the toughest sort. Tight dialog, first rate acting and searing images make their statement on the tragedy of runaway abduction.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
22
7/10
Miss Potter (2007)
A lush and perfectly produced period piece that, if not increasing our pulse rate, at least provides viewing the whole family will enjoy.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
23
8/10
Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett go the extra yard to bring genuinely anguished insight into the reverberation of sexual and personal predation.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
24
8/10
A period piece with an edge, combining lush photography with an engaging script, strong acting and on-screen chemistry between Norton and Watts.
Posted Dec 18, 2006
25
5/10
Golden mums by the millions spell incest and death as Yimou Zhang tests the American market for saturation with the martial arts. Our cup may be running over.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
26
7/10
Family Law (2006)
An engaging and humorous look at the father and son in all men. Very much worth the watching.
Posted Dec 6, 2006
27
5/10
The inner city doesn't work for either Minghella or Law in this tedious pot-boiler that even Juliette Binoche can't pull out of the fire
Posted Dec 6, 2006
28
8/10
3 Needles (2006)
A gripping triptych of the HIV virus taking hold of every shred of human frailty in a tale of a pandemic both sexual and commercial.
Posted Nov 28, 2006
29
5/10
'The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' is a semi-animated, human-acted fantasy that plays sweetly but takes too long to say too little.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
30
7/10
Bobby (2006)
A dynamite ensemble cast gives a good try but writer/director Emilio Estevez bites off more than he can script in a too ambitious Robert Altman experiment gone mediocre
Posted Nov 25, 2006
31
7/10
Happy Feet (2006)
Massive motion capture in a super-computerized animated romp in Antarctica with the feel-good theme of being yourself.
Posted Nov 14, 2006
32
7/10
Candy (2006)
After 'Brokeback Mountain' Heath Ledger goes on to a second self-sacrificial role in the reigning standard of gritty and graphic junkie destruction derbies.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
33
8/10
A fantastic and imaginative story of the normal and freakish in the fictitious prequel to the singular photography of Diane Arbus.
Posted Nov 6, 2006
34
7/10
A slick look at the cocaine trade of the 70s/80s that made Miami the home of more homicides per capita, and more banks per square mile, than any other city in America.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
35
8.5/10
Catch a Fire (2006)
The rough trip of South African anti-apartheid hero Patrick Chamusso from apolitical worker to galvanized revolutionary and the brutal Afrikaner regime that tried to contain him.
Posted Oct 24, 2006
36
8/10
The Bridge (2006)
What starts as a clever documentary of Golden Gate Bridge jumpers becomes one the most compelling examinations of suicide ever put to film.
Posted Oct 23, 2006
37
7/10
Documented proof that life in the good old days of the 1960s was not all that good. The dark side of love and flowers.
Posted Oct 15, 2006
38
5/10
Zerophilia (2005)
Sexual confusion made manifest in a romantic comedy gender-bender first try by newcomer Martin Curland and a host of young faces and bodies.
Posted Oct 15, 2006
39
5/10
All the audience can do with this DOA comedy is wait for their next chance to see Robin Williams do another stand-up routine, providing a precious break in an otherwise tedious film.
Posted Oct 10, 2006
40
7/10
An inspiring look at an idea the medical establishment doesn't like grass roots pharmaceutical research.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
41
8/10
The Departed (2006)
Although there will be claims of wasted talent, Scorsese's new blockbuster wanna-be combines sizzling dialog with no-holds-barred action for this year's top-of-the-heap gangster flick
Posted Sep 30, 2006
42
8/10
A nice mix of real facts, and what could have been real facts, in a sweet look at the man of steel killed not by kryptonite, but by television.
Posted Sep 25, 2006
43
7/10
Lassie (2006)
Lassie déjà vu filmed in the magnificent British Isles with more than enough animal stampedes to enthrall an entire theatre of ten year olds, and their parents.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
44
6/10
Red Doors (2005)
Although deserving a place in the annals of dignified cinema, Georgia Lee's breakthough feature film is a snoozer.
Posted Sep 6, 2006
45
7/10
"Hill Street Blues" set in Paris, Xavier Beauvois updates film noir with a gritty tale of a tough woman in a tough city.
Posted Sep 6, 2006
46
6/10
Jailbait (2004)
Photography from inside a shoe box makes for a dull film no matter how close up and personal.
Posted Aug 27, 2006
47
6/10
The Quiet (2006)
Too much quiet makes for a film too easy to sleep through. When we will get to see Camilla Belle act up?
Posted Aug 23, 2006
48
8/10
Factotum (2006)
Matt Dillon shows his stuff in the ultimate troubled-male role of Bukowski's archetypal slacker.
Posted Aug 18, 2006
49
7/10
Half Nelson (2006)
One friend may be all it takes.
Posted Aug 12, 2006
50
9/10
Gabrielle (2006)
Marriage noir with another devastating performance by Huppert that plumbs the depths of unhinged despair.
Posted Aug 5, 2006