Giant Magazine

Giant Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ethan Alter
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Ethan Alter This is It provides a valuable service-it allows a gifted musician to deliver the career-capping performance he wanted the world to see, but never got the chance. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2009
3/5 Paranormal Activity (2007) Ethan Alter A very clever, very compelling and very creepy haunted house tale. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Ethan Alter More than anything though, Precious is a remarkable showcase for its all-female ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2009
2.5/5 Jennifer's Body (2009) Ethan Alter A horror comedy that's neither very scary nor very funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2009
1/5 Whiteout (2009) Ethan Alter You'd think that a movie that opens with a gratuitous Kate Beckinsale shower scene couldn't be all bad. But you'd be wrong. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2009
2.5/5 Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) Ethan Alter If Perry continues to surround himself with great talent like this, maybe it'll force him to step up his own game and make a movie that departs from his increasingly tired formula. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2009
1.5/5 The Final Destination (2009) Ethan Alter The biggest sin of The Final Destination is its general lack of imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2009
4/5 Passing Strange The Movie (2009) Ethan Alter If you passed up the opportunity to catch this Tony-award winning rock musical during its Broadway run, don't make the same mistake with Spike Lee's vibrant film adaptation. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/5 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Ethan Alter Inglorious Basterds is a meatier movie mash-up than his recent run of flicks, but it's still first and foremost a platform for Tarantino to indulge his very particular whims. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2.5/5 Deadgirl (2008) Ethan Alter Screenwriter Trent Haaga takes the premise to some dark, disturbing places. Unfortunately, the film itself doesn't do full justice to Haaga's script EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2/5 The Ugly Truth (2009) Ethan Alter A movie without a single memorable scene or quotable line. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2009
3/5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Ethan Alter Filled with a number of crowd-pleasing moments that are sure to have the franchise's legion of fans clapping and cheering delightedly. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2009
2/5 I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) Ethan Alter It made perfect sense to bring Doyle's book to the big screen--unfortunately the humor and emotion got completely lost in translation. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2009
3/5 Brüno (2009) Ethan Alter Brüno is a smarter, savvier and all-around funnier movie than its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2009
3.5/5 Public Enemies (2009) Ethan Alter Even if specific elements disappoint, the movie as a whole lingers in your head long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2009
2/5 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Ethan Alter When the film finally ends, the audience doesn't feel so much elated as beaten into submission. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2009
1.5/5 Year One (2009) Ethan Alter Devoid of any energy or enthusiasm either in front of or behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) Ethan Alter While the original film offers superior thrills, Scott's Pelham functions just fine as diverting entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 The Hangover (2009) Ethan Alter It's hard to think of any truly memorable moments from this creatively challenged outing. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2009
5/5 Up (2009) Ethan Alter Only Pixar could take a simple adventure story and turn it into a profound statement about life's infinite possibilities. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2009
2.5/5 Dance Flick (2009) Ethan Alter It would be easier to recommend the movie if it weren't so inconsistent, sometimes aiming for real wit but more often settling for the lowest common denominator. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2009
2/5 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Ethan Alter Overstuffed with gimmicks, but short on charm and creativity. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
2.5/5 Terminator Salvation (2009) Ethan Alter It's a largely empty moviegoing experience because the characters and story don't demand any emotional investment. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2009
2/5 Angels & Demons (2009) Ethan Alter A glum, by-the-numbers potboiler distinguished only by its admittedly handsome production values. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2009
1.5/5 Next Day Air (2009) Ethan Alter A messy and unpleasant genre mashup that needed at least two or three rewrites before shooting started. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 The Limits of Control (2009) Ethan Alter The Limits of Control casts a hypnotic spell that will entrance some viewers--myself included--while leaving others searching for the nearest exit. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
1/5 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Ethan Alter Wolverine is a complete and utter mess. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
2.5/5 Fighting (2009) Ethan Alter Wait for DVD or, better yet, cable television, where you can change the channel every time Tatum stops fighting and starts talking. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2/5 The Soloist (2009) Ethan Alter Ironically, it's Foxx's gift for mimicry--the same skill that made him a perfect Ray Charles--that defeats him here. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2.5/5 Obsessed (2009) Ethan Alter Obsessed is best enjoyed as glossy, campy fantasy EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 State of Play (2009) Ethan Alter I'd still encourage viewers to check out the series, but the movie is an above-average Cliffs Notes version. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/5 Fast & Furious (2009) Ethan Alter Like a souped-up show car, Fast & Furious is all gleaming surfaces and muscular detailing, but there's absolutely nothing going on under the hood. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3/5 Goodbye Solo (2008) Ethan Alter While Goodbye Solo is an easy film to admire, I have to admit that it never really had me riveted. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3.5/5 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Ethan Alter This is an example of a mainstream studio blockbuster done right%u2014it effectively balances humor and action, as well as small character beats with big set-pieces. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 Tokyo! (2008) Ethan Alter There has yet to be an anthology film made where all of the shorts are of equal quality and that's certainly the case with Tokyo!. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2009
Crossing Over (2009) Ethan Alter Once the plot mechanics kick into gear, it becomes increasingly difficult to take the movie seriously. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2009
2.5/5 Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (2009) Ethan Alter Obviously Perry's fanbase will turn out to support his latest morality play, but don't expect Madea Goes to Jail to bring any new converts to the Church of Tyler Perry. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
3/5 Two Lovers (2008) Ethan Alter Strong performances and the gritty Brooklyn setting make this an above-average romantic drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
2/5 The International (2009) Ethan Alter There are a number of reasons why this thriller fails to thrill, beginning with Eric Warren Singer's script. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
Coraline (2009) Ethan Alter On a technical level alone, Coraline is a stunning achievement and may just be the finest example of stop-motion animation yet put onscreen. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
3/5 Taken (2008) Ethan Alter Taken is an exploitation flick pure and simple, which means it's deliberately preposterous and often morally reprehensible. It's also a damn good time at the movies, provided you don't take any of it too seriously. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2.5/5 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) Ethan Alter I wouldn't say that Rise of the Lycans redeems the Underworld franchise, but at least it shows that a solid movie can be made from this material. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
3/5 Notorious (2009) Ethan Alter The film takes a greatest-hits approach to its subject's life story, condensing his rise to fame, fall from grace and steps towards redemption into an easily digestible narrative that entertains, but rarely enlightens. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
1/5 The Unborn (2009) Ethan Alter Using the Holocaust as the basis for a horror movie is pretty distasteful, but what offended me the most about The Unborn is how sloppy it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/5 The Spirit (2008) Ethan Alter The best thing about The Spirit is that it was directed by [Frank] Miller....The worst thing about The Spirit is that it was written by Frank Miller. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2008
3/5 Seven Pounds (2008) Ethan Alter To say that Seven Pounds is an odd film is an understatement--it's often downright bizarre. What's even crazier is that the damned thing kinda sorta works EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2008
2/5 The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Ethan Alter The movie's emphasis on brawn over brain might not be so off-putting if the action sequences provided Iron Man-level whiz bang wow, but all of the big set-pieces are marred by confusing choreography and low-grade digital effects. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2008
2.5/5 Quantum of Solace (2008) Ethan Alter As a James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace disappoints, but as a drama about an angry, angst-ridden spy, it's pretty solid. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2008
3/5 Changeling (2008) Ethan Alter Changeling succeeds as both a compelling mystery and a period piece that still feels relevant today. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1.5/5 Good Dick (2008) Ethan Alter All of the most annoying elements of independent cinema are on full display in Good Dick, a painfully awkward attempt at...well, I'm not sure what exactly. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008