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SpoutBlog is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Karina Longworth, Steve Erickson
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010) Christopher Campbell Becomes a casual get-together, albeit one where most of the guests don't get to physically interact, and that party atmosphere is appropriate to the story we're being told. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 Crazy Horse (1996) Christopher Campbell I'm glad I was introduced to the place through Wiseman's eye if anyone's, but I just can't say that even he can make me love what I see there. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2012
4.5/5 Pina (2011) Christopher Campbell Magnificent ... beautiful and enchanting ... a sexy, funny and spectacular work. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2011
2.5/5 The Change-Up (2011) Christopher Campbell Half-assed and half-hearted from Dobkin ... I'd love to see where [Katie] Aselton would go with the same situation played with here. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
3.5/5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Christopher Campbell The best remake of Project X since Project Nim. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
2.5/4 Friends With Benefits (2011) Daniel Walber The problem is that once all of the sex is over we find ourselves watching an inexplicable couple do their utmost to find their way to a pre-written happy ending. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2011
3.5/5 The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010) Christopher Campbell A timeless teen movie for grown ups. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3.5/5 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Christopher Campbell Captivates but has little care for character. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
1.5/5 Horrible Bosses (2011) Christopher Campbell The kind of lazy writing that ignores reason in order to accommodate easy and incredibly predictable storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2011
4/4 La Belle endormie (2010) Daniel Walber This provocateur has moved away from the "New French Extreme" to become the master of her own magical kingdom. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3.5/5 Crime After Crime (2010) Christopher Campbell Potash's restraint in sticking to the matter of justice at hand is surprising and very respectable. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2011
.5/4 Larry Crowne (2011) Daniel Walber "Larry Crowne" will give you little more than a strong sense of empathy for the unfortunate cast and crew, shackled to a mind-bogglingly mediocre screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
3/5 Love Etc. (2010) Christopher Campbell A cute documentary for fans of ensemble rom-coms. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2011
1.5/4 Sanctum (2011) Daniel Walber Even if you don't feel emotionally attached to the characters, or particularly invested in the outcome of this expedition, you totally feel submerged. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
4/4 Trollhunter (2010) Daniel Walber It is as if we have been transported to a dimension where these monsters are no longer out of place, but rather the little humans are dwarfed and rendered eerily incongruous. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3.5/4 The Wild Hunt (2009) Daniel Walber "The Wild Hunt" is a film so creatively conceived and hauntingly executed it will stick with you long after the first viewing. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 Red Riding Hood (2011) Daniel Walber The screenplay is awful, the story is all over the place, and the pacing is way off the mark. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3.5/4 Passion (2010) Daniel Walber "Passione" is a hip city symphony for the 21st century. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 Bad Teacher (2011) Daniel Walber "Bad Teacher" is bad, but not necessarily bad for women. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 Green Lantern (2011) Daniel Walber It's far from exciting or unique when compared to other recent superhero flicks, and there are some moments that fall embarrassingly flat. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 Super 8 (2011) Daniel Walber This movie doesn't make you want to go home and re-watch an old favorite; it makes you wish that's what you had done with your evening in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2011
2.5/5 Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) Christopher Campbell For a film that's all archival clippings and talking heads, it's a beautifully shot and polished-looking film and quite enjoyable to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2011
3/5 Reindeerspotting: Escape From Santaland (2010) Christopher Campbell The kind of doc that I can't entirely get behind ethically, but I can't help but recommend it very highly, in large part because of those questions it leaves you with. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2011
1/5 One Lucky Elephant (2009) Christopher Campbell Why should you pay for a feature-length animal rights PSA? EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2011
.5/4 The Hangover Part II (2011) Daniel Walber How is it that a group of screenwriters can sit down and just replicate their earlier film exactly? EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
2.5/4 You Won't Miss Me (2009) Daniel Walber Somehow the rawness of this film's subject remains potent throughout, and keeps drawing us in. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
2/4 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Daniel Walber For the most part, "Gnomeo and Juliet" stays just a bit above that thin line between inspired remake and unfortunate caricature, which is both a relief and a delight. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
3/4 Tuesday, After Christmas (2010) Daniel Walber The sparse austerity of every frame and the quietly raw performances are shaped into a beautifully potent series of increasingly dramatic set pieces. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
3/5 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Christopher Campbell A sequel that's as good as the original. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
3/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Christopher Campbell I don't mind that the franchise has found the Fountain of Youth and will continue churning out more sequels. I'll happily watch them all. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2011
3/5 Everything Must Go (2010) Christopher Campbell It may not be the most clever or unpredictable effort, but it's familiar in a comfortable and admirable way from a structural perspective. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
4/5 Make Believe (2010) Christopher Campbell Really believes in its characters, and that's one of the best things a film can do. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 City of Life and Death (2009) Christopher Campbell A depressing spectacle that should make you stop liking war movies. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2011
2/5 Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (2010) Christopher Campbell A warm but uneven tribute solely for the fans. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2011
3/4 Lebanon, Pa. (2010) Daniel Walber It's more than a little refreshing to see the issue of teen pregnancy tackled in a fiction film without the need for campy humor or eccentric dialogue. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
2/4 Something Borrowed (2011) Daniel Walber There's more to this film than meets the eye, or the critical consensus. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
4/4 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Daniel Walber "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is not just a visually stunning masterpiece of 3D but also a film that turns the third dimension into an artistic necessity. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
2/5 Thor (2011) Christopher Campbell A movie like Thor has to do a lot more than a comic book does, and I don't mean just turning the stationary 2D drawings into animated 3D computer art. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
2.5/5 The Beaver (2011) Christopher Campbell Only half as powerful as it could have been. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2011
3.5/5 Stake Land (2010) Christopher Campbell Proof that a film can be terribly familiar and yet still be completely engrossing ... a near-identical brother to Zombieland, only much, much slower and subtler. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2/5 African Cats (2011) Christopher Campbell It's the typical savanna ecosystem stuff, only embellished and dramatically forced a lot to keep the crowd involved and occasionally thrilled. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2/5 Dumbstruck (2010) Christopher Campbell Documents the Underappreciated Craft of Ventriloquism But Has Little to Say EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2011
2.5/5 Rio (2011) Christopher Campbell Good for Kids, Better for Tourism EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2011
3.5/4 Scream 4 (2011) Daniel Walber The satire of this film is not comedy about fear; it's the combination of comedy and fear into a sort of meta-experience that is more than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2011
1.5/5 Sucker Punch (2011) Daniel Walber A cautionary tale for those trying to write future super-heroines and female action heroes. Take notice ... write something a bit more nuanced and conscious. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2011
2.5/5 Peep World (2010) Christopher Campbell Whatever you do, don't go in expecting this to satisfy your hunger for an Arrested Development movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2011
3/5 Rango (2011) Christopher Campbell The funniest western since Blazing Saddles EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3.5/5 Dear Lemon Lima (2009) Christopher Campbell Tackles a common issue for teenagers of fitting in and parallels it smartly but delicately with the history of Native Americans adjusting to their forced assimilation. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2011
2/5 Hall Pass (2011) Christopher Campbell Isn't even as smart as No Strings Attached in either what it says about polygamous desires or how it tries to tonally balance the immature with the mature. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3/5 Unknown (2011) Christopher Campbell I think I got more out of it than most will, but I also think I took away more than was actually there. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2011