IdentityTheory

IdentityTheory is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matthew Sorrento, Phil Hall
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 World on a Wire (1973) Matthew Sorrento Fassbinder could take on any style and make it his own. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2012
7/10 Tokyo Drifter (1966) Matthew Sorrento A style that works only with a sure hand. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2012
9/10 Branded to Kill (1967) Matthew Sorrento The images remain so strong that we wonder whether the overall films began as mental images, unearthed from an artist's psyche to help construct probing popular entertainment. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2012
10/10 Scarface (1932) Matthew Sorrento [The police chief] endorses the myth of the west while conceiving the urban gangster as a rat-like menace. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2012
4/10 Black Death (2010) Matthew Sorrento A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2011
6/10 Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) Matthew Sorrento Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2011
5/10 The Great Outdoors (1988) Matthew Sorrento At the onset it seems that Candy, as in Uncle, plays the lower class half. Yet, by [Outdoors'] end we learn that the in-law is actually broke, essentially Cousin Eddie in disguise. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2011
4/10 Black Moon (1975) Matthew Sorrento Fans for such a film need insight more than sundry freakout moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2011
6/10 The Names of Love (2010) Matthew Sorrento An extreme scenario, yes, but really just a new French take on the time-old screwball comedy motif: straight guy meets crazy gal. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2011
7.5/10 Page One: Inside The New York Times (2011) Matthew Sorrento Carr's tongue-lashing of [Vice] is a treat, showing that the grand ol' institution can swipe away the scurrying little Tweeters. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2011
7/10 The Fighter (2010) Matthew Sorrento Russell delivers what we least expect from him: a pro-family film. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2011
8/10 True Grit (2010) Matthew Sorrento The title refers to the trait Mattie needs in her avenger, though the film sympathizes with the criminal outcasts. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2011
4/10 Yves Saint Laurent 5, Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002) Matthew Sorrento [F]ans of fashion will delight over the subject, especially those who love the gay-outsider-who-makes-it theme. In The Devil Wears Prada, it took Stanley Tucci one scene to nail it, while this film's still searching at 103 minutes. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2011
5/5 () Phil Hall Wonderland becomes the adult world of the late 19th century rather than a fanciful sphere of gabby animals. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2010
2.5/5 The Lark Farm (2007) Phil Hall An extremely uneven melodrama. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2010
2/5 Pranzo di Ferragosto (2008) Phil Hall Feels more like an unsatisfactory appetizer than a satisfying main course. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2010
2/5 Pink Flamingos (1972) Phil Hall What was considered shocking in the 1970s seems benign today. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2010
5/10 Shutter Island (2010) Matthew Sorrento [I]t's hardly a spoiler to know that this pseudo-reality is really an overblown fantasy, Scotch-taped together into a storyline. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2010
3/5 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Phil Hall Despite its numerous faults, it succeeds as a Streisand showcase EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2010
5/5 () Phil Hall The audience was hypnotized by the show's offbeat personality: something akin to a slightly-out-of-control cocktail party full of wild innuendo-soaked humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
2/5 An Englishman in New York (2009) Phil Hall Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2010
2.5/5 Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) Phil Hall A landmark, but not a classic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2010
5/5 Georgia O'Keeffe (1987) Phil Hall A wonderful documentary that deserves to be revisited. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2010
9/10 Broken Embraces (2009) Matthew Sorrento In Almodóvar, the past is reckoned by characters of the present, a layering over which we revel. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2010
4/5 Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008) Phil Hall An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
2.5/5 Into the Storm (2009) Phil Hall Brendan Gleeson's force of personality dominates the proceedings. As a historic document, however, the film leaves a lot to be desired. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
2.5/5 Chevolution (2008) Phil Hall A genuinely interesting film about a photograph that still, after 50 years, continues to haunt and intrigue us. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2010
2/5 Chariots of the Gods (1970) Phil Hall They don't make films like this anymore, and we should be glad for that. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2010
2/5 The Butch Factor (2009) Phil Hall Well intended but, ultimately, repetitive and less than insightful. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2009
1/5 The Great Mr. Handel (1942) Phil Hall Mr. Handel was certainly great, but this biopic is certainly not. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2009
4/5 In Search of Mozart (2006) Phil Hall Invigorating celebration of the great composer's life and music. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2009
1/5 The Lovely Bones (2009) Matthew Sorrento Jackson's newest is his worst. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3.5/5 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) Phil Hall John Rawlins, normally a minor director, did a smashing job in framing the story with moody noir-style cinematography. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2009
2.5/5 Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944) Phil Hall Gale Sondergaard brings a healthy dose of camp glamour as the eponymous villain. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2009
2/5 Crazy Heart (2009) Phil Hall Often feels like a half-hearted, half-assed remake of Tender Mercies. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2009
5/5 Hello, Dolly! (1969) Phil Hall It is a work of great entertainment, a product of an era when people looked up at a screen and saw movies instead of cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3.5/5 Invictus (2009) Matthew Sorrento Morgan Freeman's role in Invictus is a universe away from his role in Lean on Me, even if both characters turn around troubled institutions. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2009
2/5 Invictus (2009) Phil Hall As Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman functions as a South African version of Charlie Chan, spouting fortune cookie-style wisdom in an appropriately wily manner that disarms the racial agitation of black and white foes alike. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2009
2.5/5 Flying Padre (1951) Phil Hall Minor, mild early effort from Stanley Kubrick. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2009
5/5 Ginevra's Story: Solving the Mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's First Known Portrait (1999) Phil Hall A welcome addition to the year's non-fiction filmmaking releases. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2009
5/5 Show Boat (1936) Phil Hall Represents the apex of Hollywood musical productions. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2009
7/10 Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Matthew Sorrento This purported nature documentary muses on everything it encounters. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2008
4.5/5 Ballast (2008) Matthew Sorrento The audio is occupied by only the sounds the characters make ... moments of silence open up an emotional void. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2008
4/5 Tell No One (2006) Matthew Sorrento As brisk as things become, clarity wins out, as the hand-held camerawork Bourne for many a chase sequence has no place here. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2008
9/10 Play It Again, Sam (1972) Matthew Sorrento Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2008