OC Weekly

OC Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Luke Y. Thompson
Rating Title/Year Author
The Elephant King (2006) Luke Y. Thompson Seth Grossman's second feature as a director is beautiful to look at, solidly acted, unpredictable and sexy as hell. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
Death Note 2: The Last Name (2007) Luke Y. Thompson It's like Infernal Affairs/The Departed crossed with Devilman, Primal Fear and Drop Dead Fred. If that combination doesn't scream "Watch me!" to you, well, you're wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
Death Note (2006) Luke Y. Thompson It's like Infernal Affairs/The Departed crossed with Devilman, Primal Fear and Drop Dead Fred. If that combination doesn't scream "Watch me!" to you, well, you're wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
Kabluey (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Prendergast is clearly a force to be reckoned with -- his fearless performance as Salman/Kabluey is a thing of beauty, and his sense of story and humor are note-perfect. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Luke Y. Thompson [George Lucas] and Steven Spielberg have earned back a lot of goodwill with this one. It's the only Spielberg movie in over a decade that actually ends when it's supposed to. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Luke Y. Thompson ...as inferior to the first book as the second one is, so is the second film from the first. Which is about right. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2008
Choose Connor (2007) Luke Y. Thompson The ending is also note-perfect. However...it could have used perhaps a bit more restraint in some areas. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
Sherman's Way (2008) Luke Y. Thompson Not an uncontrived moment goes by. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
King of Ping Pong (2008) Luke Y. Thompson If this kid were your classmate in school, you'd avoid him. Doing likewise with the movie won't hurt. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
The Art of Travel (2008) Luke Y. Thompson ...cloying and a structural mess EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
Timecrimes (2007) Luke Y. Thompson one of the best movie opening sequences in recent memory...The rest, unfortunately, is a bit more predictable. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
Hallam Foe (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Presented as a sort of romantic neo-fairy-tale, the movie rarely acknowledges the inherent creepiness of its premise. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
The Good Life (2007) Luke Y. Thompson As a director, Stephen Berra makes this all quite palatable, but as a writer, he frequently mistakes platitudes for profundity. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
Garage (2007) Luke Y. Thompson A wonderfully knowing portrait of the fading small-town lifestyle in the Emerald Isle, Garage doesn't quite make the "must-see" list because of its ending EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
Fugitive Pieces (2007) Luke Y. Thompson If you haven't had enough of Holocaust-related tales onscreen, this is a perfectly serviceable one EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
The Last International Playboy (2008) Luke Y. Thompson ...it's kind of like Van Wilder with fewer laughs and a really horrible soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2008
The Tracey Fragments (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Likely to overwhelm and annoy viewers hoping for Juno Part II, it is nonetheless an audacious and imaginative work that's sure to remain one of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Gone are the days when you could rig a movie theater's seats with electric buzzers to simulate a monster attack...but you can relive them via this exuberant tribute EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
Son of Rambow (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Some of the dialogue is overly cinema-savvy for naive kids ("We're losing light!"), but...director Garth Jennings gives the proceedings a charmingly surreal and imaginative tone. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
The Edge of Heaven (2007) Luke Y. Thompson And you thought you had trouble connecting with your parents! EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
Caterpillar Wish (2006) Luke Y. Thompson A well-done movie all-around -- but what teenager today uses film in her camera? EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
Captain Abu Raed (2007) Luke Y. Thompson If there's a flaw to the film, it's that the hero has none -- he's such a saint that this sometimes feels like a scripture lesson. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
Big Man Japan (2007) Luke Y. Thompson ...we follow middle-aged bachelor Dai around Tokyo while he feeds his cat, rides the subway, and periodically transforms into a 50-foot tall tattooed wrestler who battles giant monsters. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
American Teen (2008) Luke Y. Thompson ...a refreshing antidote to the overly beautified "teenagers" and excessively clean buildings that populate Hollywood's phony high school stories. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
() Luke Y. Thompson ...even [Don] Cheadle is no substitute for the man himself. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) Luke Y. Thompson Bloodless, but just make sure your young 'uns are past the stage of copying all the moves they see. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2008
Pathology (2008) Luke Y. Thompson When a movie opens with the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally as performed by cadavers, and later proceeds to sex scenes involving scalpels and needles, the actual plot becomes inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2008
Street Kings (2008) Luke Y. Thompson Ayer keeps upping the ante, to the point where finally you go, "Okay, NOW this [stuff] they're doing is definitely unacceptable." EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2008
Superhero Movie (2008) Luke Y. Thompson Note to screenwriters: it's clear you think that jokes ending in the words "Myspace," "YouTube," or "Wikipedia" are automatically funny, but it just ain't so. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2008
Cloverfield (2008) Luke Y. Thompson ...the swiftness, economy, and momentum of the storytelling is enough to sweep right over the rough parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Though Boll now has his own fan base who love his awfulness -- the crowd I saw the movie with cheered when his name came up onscreen at the end -- he isn't consistent enough for my liking/disliking. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2008
One Missed Call (2008) Luke Y. Thompson One missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2008
Shoot 'Em Up (2007) Luke Y. Thompson ...arguably the best-directed movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2008
300 (2006) Luke Y. Thompson I still wish David Wenham weren't the narrator, but everything else about the movie is a brutal kind of hypnotic that keeps me coming back. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2008
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Luke Y. Thompson Where does this movie rank in the grand pantheon of Alien and Predator movies? Next to last. It's still better than ALIEN RESURRECTION. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2007
Romance & Cigarettes (2005) Luke Y. Thompson ...you have not lived till you've seen Walken belt out a Tom Jones tune. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
Steep (2007) Luke Y. Thompson I'm not a skier. My balance is bad, and that stuff scares me. So more power to those who are - this flick's for you. And probably not anyone else. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
Death at a Funeral (2007) Luke Y. Thompson ...it's like walking into a fancy restaurant and being served a dead rat: tonally inconsistent and sufficient to discolor the entire experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2007