Murphy's Movie Reviews

Murphy's Movie 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): Ted Murphy
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Tell No One (2006) Ted Murphy ... a superb and entertaining thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2008
B Cashback (2006) Ted Murphy CASHBACK is a likable film that is bolstered by Ellis' terrific eye for composition. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
A- Hairspray (2007) Ted Murphy One of the best movie musicals in recent times and it only gets better on repeated viewings. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2007
B- The Girl Next Door (2007) Ted Murphy The film is quite disturbing and some scenes are difficult to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2007
B Road to Victory (2007) Ted Murphy ... hopefully what I write might encourage someone to seek out a film. Such is the case with Road to Victory, the debut feature of writer-director-actor Mike Reilly. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2007
A- The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Ted Murphy Laverty's screenplay is not a simple-minded exercise, although there is a schematic aspect to it. He and Loach want to be fair to both sides of the Irish debate ... EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C The Wendell Baker Story (2005) Ted Murphy just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B Vitus (2006) Ted Murphy In addition to the rich classical music on its score (with piano solos played by Gheorgiu who is a real-life musical prodigy), the film boasts strong performances by Ganz as the understanding grandparent and Jenkins and Jucker as the boy's parents. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ The Valet (2006) Ted Murphy Except for a slightly misguided final scene, LA DOUBLURE (THE VALET) is a great dessert movie: a brisk and breezy romp that will leave audiences smiling. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Vacancy (2007) Ted Murphy It's only in the last act that things begin to get a bit flaky but up till then VACANCY does what it sets out to do without any pretenses. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- Two Weeks (2006) Ted Murphy TWO WEEKS offers some positive views on hospice care and tackles head-on a theme that few American features do, but it lacks the gravitas of something like the European drama THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Triad Election (2006) Ted Murphy tackles big ideas like the preservation of tradition and the overall reach of destiny, but also slyly suggests that the Triad of the 21st Century has evolved into something like a giant corporation. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C+ The Treatment (2006) Ted Murphy The three main performances are what carry the film EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B Syndromes and a Century (2006) Ted Murphy If you allow the film to wash over you, it can be appreciated as an essay on the power of memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Stephanie Daley (2006) Ted Murphy not a great deal that is dramatic happens in the film, but it is that accrual of small details that fleshes out who these people are. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Starter for 10 (2006) Ted Murphy enjoyable if lightweight entertainment EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Soap (2006) Ted Murphy While I might want to applaud Fischer Christensen for attempting to say something pertinent about gender roles and stereotypes, there is something curiously lacking in the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- Snow Cake (2006) Ted Murphy in the end, it's as viable as its titular confection: pretty to look at but cold. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace (2006) Ted Murphy The cast veers from overly theatrical (Rogers) to amusing (Molly Shannon as Ted's wife Shannon, a woman who speaks her mind without thinking about the consequences) to spot on (Harbour, DeWitt, Basche, and several others). EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C- A Scanner Darkly (2006) Ted Murphy a trippy movie that doesn't make it easy for the audience to follow. The story is complex and confusing and theanimation keeps the viewer from entering the tale emotionally or intellectually. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Sacco and Vanzetti (2006) Ted Murphy Surprisingly, this is the first nonfiction film to tackle the subject and Miller manages to find the parallels to contemporary times without being too pedantic or heavy-handed. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B Rock Bottom (2006) Ted Murphy ... a frank look at the devastation that addiction can cause. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Private Fears in Public Places (2006) Ted Murphy Resnais and his superb cast have poured their hearts into this film adaptation and anyone seeking mature entertainment should search for this gem. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Pride (2007) Ted Murphy Howard anchors the film with a charismatic turn. He doesn't turn Ellis into a plaster saint but portrays a complex and complicated man. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D Premonition (2007) Ted Murphy This film wants to be a twisty thriller but ends up something of a misogynistic mess which leaves its leading lady stranded. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B Les Amities Malefiques (2006) Ted Murphy There are some schematics at work in the screenplay, but the film proves to be an entertaining, if frustrating, experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Paprika (2006) Ted Murphy PAPRIKA adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B Over the Hedge (2006) Ted Murphy I watched the film with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by its heart and its humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B One to Another (2006) Ted Murphy I found the film to be engrossing and fairly well done and would recommend it. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Offside (2006) Ted Murphy a gem that should not be missed. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D The Number 23 (2007) Ted Murphy THE NUMBER 23 starts off promisingly but quickly devolves into an uneven mess. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- My Country, My Country (2006) Ted Murphy Part of the problem with the film, though, is that some of the scenes with the doctor and his family and the doctor and his patients have a staged feel to them -- as if, they were also putting on a "show." EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Miss Potter (2006) Ted Murphy There's nothing inherently wrong with MISS POTTER. It's just a throwback to the biopics of the 1930s and 40s and in some ways it may seem progressive to contemporary audiences. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B The Gronholm Method (2005) Ted Murphy Undoubtedly some enterprising American film company will either undertake a remake or will pitch it as a new reality show ... EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D Memory (2007) Ted Murphy There's an intriguing premise buried in MEMORY ... [but] he execution leaves something to be desired. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Marie Antoinette (2006) Ted Murphy Coppola successfully has made a period film that doesn't feel like a museum piece. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C+ The Lookout (2007) Ted Murphy My interest waxed and waned. The set up for the film seemed to take eons. Frank overstuffed the script with exposition, multiple subplots and some seemingly unnecessary sequences. Just as I was ready to dismiss the movie, he switched gears. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Ted Murphy Watching the film, I had admiration for what Eastwood and his writers were attempting, but I remained at arm's length. I'm not entirely sure why I could not buy into the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) Ted Murphy Not unlike the sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine, this breezy and engaging documentary has a great deal to say about the American fixation on winning and losing. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B+ Joshua (2007) Ted Murphy I'm reluctant to give away too much about this terrifically tidy thriller as I think an audience should be able to watch a film without knowing the twists and surprises that the filmmakers intend. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Introducing the Dwights (2007) Ted Murphy If you want a blowsy, overprotective British mother, the choice would be Brenda Blethyn ... who gets to tear up the screen as [a] self-centered force of nature ... EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Harsh Times (2005) Ted Murphy HARSH TIMES is a portrait of a male-dominated world and inChristian Bale's fierce performance, Ayer has found the perfect actor. It's just unfortunate that the screenplay feels like a left-over from an era that has passed. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D- The Good German (2006) Ted Murphy The final verdict on this movie is that for all its attempts to replicate the great movies of the 1940s, it fails miserably. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
B- Golden Door (2006) Ted Murphy There's a certain remoteness to the story that might keep some members of the audience at bay. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C The Go Master (2006) Ted Murphy As the subject for a film biography, there would seem to be a great deal of material there, but screenwriter Ah Cheng and director Tian Zhuangzhuang make a botch of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C+ Freedom Writers (2007) Ted Murphy Is this film formulaic? Yes. Does it accomplish what it set out to do? Yes. ... It's certainly not a perfect movie but it does offer many pleasures. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Four Lane Highway (2005) Ted Murphy FOUR LANE HIGHWAY is an okay first film, but not one that we haven't seen before. McCormick really doesn't offer any new insights into relationships or love affairs and the trite ending feels something of a cop out. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
D+ For Your Consideration (2006) Ted Murphy The problem with FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is that it breaks the cardinal rule of comedy: it just isn't funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C+ Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman (2006) Ted Murphy What keeps the film interesting, though, is not Fox's "torn between two lovers" shtick, but her encounters with various other women. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
C Fay Grim (2006) Ted Murphy FAY GRIM turns out to be something of a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007