Watertown Daily Times

Watertown Daily Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Tobias
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Young Adult (2011) Adam Tobias Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody are taking a huge leap of faith with their latest collaboration, the offbeat and sometimes scintillating Young Adult. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
2/5 New Year's Eve (2011) Adam Tobias New Year's Eve actually has more in common with the day that proceeds the alcohol-soaked holiday ... it's the kind of experience that will leave you nauseated, give you a splitting headache and cause you to curl up on a couch in the fetal position. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
5/5 The Descendants (2011) Adam Tobias As the morally conflicted and mentally distraught Matt King, Clooney gives what could be regarded as the most well-rounded and emotionally raw performance of his distinguished career. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2011
4.5/5 The Muppets (2011) Adam Tobias Admittedly, there are a few misfires every once in a while, but with its barrage of self-referential humor, breaking through the fourth wall jokes, imaginative cameos and satirical winks at Hollywood conventions, The Muppets is a comedy lover's dream. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2011
2.5/5 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) Adam Tobias Sappy melodramatics are constantly on full display, the performances are distractingly exaggerated and the dialogue is so ridiculously cheesy it could force Kraft to file for bankruptcy ... yet, for some odd reason, I was kind of entertained. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2011
1/5 Jack and Jill (2011) Adam Tobias No matter how difficult or painful it might be, Adam Sandler's closest friends really need to do the respectable and humane thing and sit him down for an intervention. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2011
3.5/5 Puss in Boots (2011) Adam Tobias Puss in Boots is certainly not the cat's meow, but it doesn't deserve a place in the litter box either. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2011
5/5 Take Shelter (2011) Adam Tobias Are his dreams a sign of things to come or are they simply the creation of an individual who is teetering on the brink of insanity? EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3.5/5 The Thing (2011) Adam Tobias Just make sure you stick around for the closing credits. The images and sounds should send chills down the spine of anyone who holds Carpenter's film in high regard. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2011
4/5 Moneyball (2011) Adam Tobias Now if only Zaillian and Sorkin could work their magic and make the actual game of baseball that exciting. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4.5/5 Drive (2011) Adam Tobias The end result just emanates coolness. If Drive was a high school student, it would hang out with the popular kids, date the prom queen and have a permanent seat in detention. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 Our Idiot Brother (2011) Adam Tobias With the way the world is going right now, maybe it would be a better place if we were all idiots like Ned. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2011
3/5 Fright Night (2011) Adam Tobias Regardless, it's a nice change of pace to watch a film that takes the vampire mythology seriously and doesn't contain brooding hemoglobin-suckers that sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2011
3/5 30 Minutes or Less (2011) Adam Tobias Still, with its highs and its lows, 30 Minutes or Less is an uneven mixed bag that doesn't quite explode off the screen. But the scales do tip to the positive side. Only slightly, though. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2011
3/5 The Smurfs (2011) Adam Tobias I can't smurfin' believe I'm actually going to say this, but "The Smurfs" is not a cinematic travesty. Far from it, in fact. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2011
4/5 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Adam Tobias Add all of those positive attributes together and you've got a motion picture that rivals X-Men: First Class as the most impressive comic book adaptation of the summer. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
4.5/5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Adam Tobias As they say, all good things must come to an end. But in this instance, you can take solace in knowing the fat lady can belt out one heck of a final note. Thanks for the memories, Harry Potter. We'll miss you. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2011
3.5/5 Horrible Bosses (2011) Adam Tobias Horrible Bosses is not the kind of comedy that delivers many gut-busting laughs. You know the guffaws I'm talking about - the ones that leave your sleeves completely saturated from dabbing away the tears that stream down your face. But ... EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Adam Tobias Even though the astonishing special effects and stunt work are a sight to behold, just remember this: Your eyes will be the only organ in your body that will receive any type of stimulation. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
4/5 Cars 2 (2011) Adam Tobias Not every Pixar feature needs to be deeply profound or lead you to the brink of tears for it to be a worthwhile experience. What's so wrong with just having a blast at the movies? Most of the time that's all my inner-child needs. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
2.5/5 Green Lantern (2011) Adam Tobias It is of my opinion that superhero movies are supposed to be super. Green Lantern is merely ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2011
4/5 Super 8 (2011) Adam Tobias It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With Super 8, Steven Spielberg must be blushing like a reticent schoolgirl who just got asked to the formal. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2011
5/5 The Tree of Life (2011) Adam Tobias Similar to the great Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is an awe-inspiring visual splendor that will leave you searching for answers long after the closing credits scroll across the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2011
4.5/5 The Hangover Part II (2011) Adam Tobias I am not going to deny The Hangover Part II follows the same blueprint as the first film, but, to be honest, it didn't bother me one bit. The reason? I was too busy laughing to care. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
2/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Adam Tobias You know, there was a time when the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise supplied as many jaw-dropping thrills as the Disney theme park attraction by which it was inspired. But now it provides about as much enjoyment as waiting in line for said ride. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2011
3/5 Bridesmaids (2011) Adam Tobias Prepare yourself to hear this comparison often: Bridesmaids is like a female version of The Hangover. But don't ever expect those words, or any variation of them, to roll off my tongue. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
3.5/5 Thor (2011) Adam Tobias Thor has enough eye-popping visuals that slapping on a pair of 3-D glasses isn't even necessary. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2011
3/5 Fast Five (2011) Adam Tobias Finally, The Rock has come back to the action genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2011
3.5/5 Scream 4 (2011) Adam Tobias Still, I think it might be time to finally put the Scream series in its grave. At least that way it will go out on a high note. And isn't that what we all want? EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2011
4/5 Born to Be Wild (2011) Adam Tobias This may make me sound like less of a man, but I'm going to say it anyway: Born to Be Wild is by far the most adorable movie I've seen in the theater in a long time. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4/5 Source Code (2011) Adam Tobias Source Code is one of those infrequent movies that keeps you guessing at each and every turn. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2011
2/5 Red Riding Hood (2011) Adam Tobias Red Riding Hood is like 2010's The Wolfman covered in teenage bubble gum schlock. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 Rango (2011) Adam Tobias Rango might be the first animated feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, but in many ways it's easy to forget you are watching an actual cartoon. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2011
4/5 Hall Pass (2011) Adam Tobias Hall Pass gave me the best workout I've had in months. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3/5 I Am Number Four (2011) Adam Tobias I Am Number Four could have been a whole lot worse. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/5 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Adam Tobias Rather than staying completely faithful to Shakespeare's literary work, the screenwriters appear to be more concerned with cramming the film full of tired sight gags, humorless pop culture references and uninspired wordplay. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2011
3.5/5 The Mechanic (2011) Adam Tobias If you've already seen the Bronson vehicle that was released almost 40 years ago (or if you're an action fan in general) you won't be in for many surprises, but that doesn't mean the new rendition is lacking in entertainment value or nail-biting suspense. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2011
3.5/5 No Strings Attached (2011) Adam Tobias [Ashton Kutcher] is not a horrible actor by any means - he just seems to suffer from a bad case of Nick Cage-icitis whenever he picks his films. It appears, for once, he has finally taken his medicine. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2011
3/5 The Green Hornet (2011) Adam Tobias As a journalist, I can't come down too hard on a film's action scenes when they include a half of a car speeding through a newsroom and a shootout in an area where massive spools of newspapers are stored. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2011
4/5 I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) Adam Tobias A few words of warning: I Love You Phillip Morris has nothing to do with the powerful tobacco company or the man it was named after. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2011
4.5/5 127 Hours (2010) Adam Tobias Any other filmmaker would have probably taken a minimalist approach in crafting 127 Hours, but Boyle uses his signature kinetic style and visual prowess to make the movie seem as enormous as the Chrysler Building. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2010
2.5/5 Fair Game (2010) Adam Tobias If I wanted to hear someone's slanted view on our past and present governments, I'd turn on the television and listen to any of the loud and brash blowhards on Fox News or MSNBC. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2010
4/5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Adam Tobias Harry Potter fans, your bittersweet moment is here. Fortunately, the sweet far outweighs the bitter. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/5 Morning Glory (2010) Adam Tobias If Hollywood decides to do a remake of Grumpy Old Men in about 10 years, let me present you with the ideal candidate to fill one of the lead roles: Harrison Ford. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2010
2.5/5 Megamind (2010) Adam Tobias Megamind isn't necessarily a bad movie - it just doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2010
3/5 Conviction (2010) Adam Tobias Conviction does have enough going for it in the way of acting, directing and editing, but the lack of chemistry and the predictable screenplay make it extremely difficult to connect with the material emotionally. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2010
1.5/5 The Mini (2007) Adam Tobias Overlooking low production values and shaky performances from unknown actors is one thing, but when you put together a comedy that isn't particularly funny, then we have a big problem. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2010
3.5/5 Red (2010) Adam Tobias They had me at Helen Mirren firing automatic weapons. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2010
5/5 The Social Network (2010) Adam Tobias ... it's Eisenberg's performance that helps make Zuckerberg the most fascinating and complicated movie character since Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
5/5 The Town (2010) Adam Tobias If Affleck is able to continually churn out quality films that are as flawless in execution as his first two, we might have another Martin Scorsese on our hands. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2010