School Library Journal

School Library Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kent Turner
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Kent Turner Director Pamela B. Green makes film history a pleasure to watch and a gateway for those who would otherwise pass on the chance to explore moviemaking before the advent of sound. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
2.5/4 Ready Player One (2018) Kent Turner An old-fashioned, though state-of-the-art, frolic ... Viewers need not be cut-throat Trivial Pursuit players to know Blondie from Buckaroo Banzai, though it wouldn't hurt. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Kent Turner This is the one film made by Disney where the sidekicks, a Disney trope if ever there was one, are restrained. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.3/4 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Kent Turner It might be the highest compliment to say that the film version does not at all feel compromised in the transfer to screen; it tones nothing down. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Shelley (2017) Kent Turner The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2018
4/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Kent Turner The filmmakers structure this profile straightforwardly, but it inevitably becomes a tearjerker, producing a strong emotional response as it becomes apparent that Rogers's messages bear repeating-and relearning-now more than ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/4 Wonder (2017) Kent Turner The movie fulfills a need for smart tween/middle grade drama at the multiplex, where it has had little competition this year. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
2.5/4 Wonderstruck (2017) Kent Turner Fans of the book will have little to complain about. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 Jane (2017) Kent Turner The call for conservation has rarely looked so captivating. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2017
2/4 The Breadwinner (2017) Kent Turner The film's strongest appeal is for readers of the series and animation fans. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/4 The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (2017) Kent Turner Spry and light-on-its feet ... with madcap, slapstick humor that will appeal to kids and adults. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
2.5/4 Everything, Everything (2017) Kent Turner Director Stella Meghie's retelling aims for the heart, along with humor, tears, agita, and more. For the most part, the film succeeds. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Kent Turner More than a little tiresome and less of a joyride. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2017
2.5/4 The Boss Baby (2017) Kent Turner The filmmakers know what its core audience likes, taking [the book]'s 32-page premise and tossing it around like a rubber ball and plowing through a checklist of giggle-inducing gags. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 Before I Fall (2017) Kent Turner The filmmakers don't stint on the darker layers of the source material. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 A Monster Calls (2016) Kent Turner The book's fans will be more than pleased by this moving and menacing adaptation. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 Magnus (2016) Kent Turner Director Benjamin Rees generates suspense from the rhythm of the editing, which is given a boost by a varied, electropop score. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 () Kent Turner The film remarkably retains the book's essence. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) Kent Turner The film remarkably retains the book's essence. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 Long Way North (2015) Kent Turner Told in a tight 81 minutes, the well-structured adventure tale is stronger than the soft, pastel colored computer animation. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/4 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Kent Turner Burton leaves his juvenile actors on their own, adrift, or more appropriately, orphaned. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 Queen of Katwe (2016) Kent Turner It's quietly triumphant, told modestly and straightforwardly. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 The Little Prince (2015) Kent Turner The film comes across as an homage and extravagant promo for the book. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 The BFG (2016) Kent Turner Though older viewers will find the tale too elongated, elementary-age audiences will find it glummy (yummy) rather than a bunch of rummytot. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2016
3.5/4 Midsummer in Newtown (2016) Kent Turner Powerful and clear-eyed EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2016
3/4 The Jungle Book (2016) Kent Turner It sticks to the middle of the road, with a dash of danger from the novel and the jaunty feel-good vibe from the '60s. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Kent Turner No one in the A-list cast (such as Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer) will put this film at the top of a resume. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 Beatles (2014) Kent Turner This movie will appeal to adults as much as younger viewers. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/4 Phantom Boy (2015) Kent Turner Phantom Boy is a winner. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Kent Turner The heroine goes out with a whimper in an unusually subdued conclusion for a film franchise that has kept the momentum going often at a roller-coaster pace. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 Paper Towns (2015) Kent Turner Although the filmmakers ... stay true to [John Green]'s voice, they also soften it, downplaying the darkness and making one singular young woman more ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Kent Turner With its snappy pace and sly sense of humor, this is one of the smartest YA adaptations in recent years and should appeal to a wider audience, in addition to cinephiles and the book's fans. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/4 The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) Kent Turner It speeds past intricate intrigues and sketchy characterizations, moving like a sleek roller-coaster ride, free from clunky exposition. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 Seventh Son (2014) Kent Turner The movie's imagination runs riot in the scenery, sets, and costumes in what is an otherwise routine centuries-long feud between good and evil with paper-thin motivations. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 Paddington (2014) Kent Turner It also contains the most important ingredient from [Michael] Bond: a sense of humor, from the slapstick to the droll ... This film will evoke laughter, not tears. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/4 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Kent Turner Jackson's stretched-out adaptation gives off a militaristic bombast. Additionally, what was cuddly on the page is creepy and menacing onscreen. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2014
3/4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Kent Turner Just as the messianic rebel leader Katniss Everdeen has found her footing, the hit "Hunger Games" film series has become more assured with its latest installment. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2/4 If I Stay (2014) Kent Turner The life-or-death urgency is underpowered, when a few jolts are needed. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/4 The Giver (2014) Kent Turner For those coming to the film cold, The Giver may feel old hat ... For fans of [the book], though, there will be more than enough here that is recognizable. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Kent Turner The film belongs almost exclusively to Woodley. In a delicately balanced performance, she's both low-key and passionate. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2014
2.5/4 Divergent (2014) Kent Turner The film is at its most captivating as the laws of the war-scarred world in a futuristic, decimated Chicago are laid out, and the heroine finds out what's in store for her. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2014
2.4 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Kent Turner What comes across like a fireside yarn in print has turned into an overlong schlep with extra baggage. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2.5/4 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Kent Turner It's doubtful a viewer will throw his/her hands in the air in exasperation, and in an Effie-like pout, wonder: "Why didn't they stick to the story?" EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 The Book Thief (2013) Kent Turner Perhaps it goes without saying, but this is not a typical family film for the holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 How I Live Now (2013) Kent Turner A slimmed down dystopian world at its most bucolic. No arcane rules or a mishmash of ideology here, but a survival tale meets hot-and-heavy first love, with a punkish swagger. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 Ender's Game (2013) Kent Turner The screenplay hews closer to the book, rather than following a potential franchise template. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Kent Turner A passable late-summer stand-in for its core audience until the new fall CW television season begins. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/4 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) Kent Turner {Percy] wants to prove that he's not a "one-quest wonder," but this movie franchise-wannabe doesn't escape that dig. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/4 The Spectacular Now (2013) Kent Turner The director's attention to well-rounded, non-stereotypical characterization is spread evenly throughout the ensemble. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 Tiger Eyes (2012) Kent Turner Guided by a gentle pace, this is a quiet film, in tone and in its acting. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2013