The Canberra Times (Australia)

The Canberra Times (Australia) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cris Kennedy, Jim Schembri
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 21 and Over (2013) Cris Kennedy Perhaps I'm getting old but at times I found myself thinking the writing was often just mean, lazy or unnecessary. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) Cris Kennedy There is a lot of plot to get through, and Nair employs some interesting visual devices to help sweep us through the morass of characters and history as she tackles big themes in a complex layer of issues. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 Great Expectations (2012) Cris Kennedy The film is always gorgeous. Even the realistic vileness of pre-sewerage-system London streets are a wonder to look at. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 The Call (2013) Cris Kennedy It's difficult to hold an audience pretty much alone for 70 minutes but [Halle Berry] does a much better job than the screenplay deserves. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/5 Evil Dead (2013) Cris Kennedy Alvares nails it. His Evil Dead has the fun spirit of the original (you need to have a very particular sense of the word fun, of course). His camerawork is inventive, occasionally beautiful. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
1/5 Vampire Academy (2014) Cris Kennedy What's saddest of all is that the Gen Y audience this is meant for will be so busy texting during the film they won't notice how poor it is, they'll love it -- and there will be a sequel. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2016
1.5/5 Free Birds (2013) Cris Kennedy Much of the better comedy is wasted on the younger viewers, with complex historical and cultural references kids just won't get. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2016
3/5 Drift (2013) Cris Kennedy The surfing scenes are exhilarating, the waves more terrifying than anything Eli Roth or James Wan could come up with. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2016
3/5 Song for Marion (2012) Cris Kennedy Nothing too substantial, nor original, but offering a great platform for stellar performances from Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton and Vanessa Redgrave. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2016
4/5 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Cris Kennedy Firth, incidentally, based his performance on David Niven's Bond from the 1967 comedy Casino Royale, and his performance is terrific fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2016
3.5/5 The Water Diviner (2014) Cris Kennedy As expected, what an actor-turned-director like Crowe can do is pull strong performances out of his cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
2.5/5 The Wedding Ringer (2015) Cris Kennedy Mostly funny but ultimately forgettable. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 Taken 3 (2014) Cris Kennedy Thriller fans looking for a bit of brainless biff will lap it up. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3.5/5 Chappie (2015) Cris Kennedy [Sharlto Copley's work as Chappie is very physical, from scared and bewildered child to posturing teen, and will add this character alongside Number Five, Robocop and Wall-E as one of the more memorable celluloid androids. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/5 A Little Chaos (2014) Cris Kennedy Rickman has created some wonderful scenes for himself to share with his Sense and Sensibility castmate Winslet. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
4/5 X Plus Y (2014) Cris Kennedy Matthews' direction is perfect. Yes, he manipulates you throughout, but nothing is milked, there is great subtlety, and his settings in Taiwan and at Cambridge are deftly shot by Les Miserables and The King's Speech cinematographer Danny Cohen. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
3.5/5 The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) Cris Kennedy Kate Winslet should play the villain more often. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/5 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Cris Kennedy This is SpongeBob's second outing on the big screen, and this time the filmmakers employ some glorious new 3D animation to give the sponge a little twist. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2015
0/5 God's Not Dead (2014) Cris Kennedy This is awful filmmaking, from trite writing of one-dimensional characters to even triter (which spell-check is telling me is not a word) dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2015
4.5/5 What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Cris Kennedy The visual effects are adorably trashy, and much attention has been paid to centuries of vampire imagery in the title credits and throughout, often to wonderful comic effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2015
4.5/5 Particle Fever (2013) Cris Kennedy Funny and fascinating, this is the kind of evidence that support why governments need to have long-term vision and invest in, not scale back, funding in research. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2015
4/5 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Cris Kennedy Technically, the film is excellent, with seamless CGI, and top-notch performances throughout, though moments are dark (literally, squinting-to-see dark). EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/5 Limitless (2011) Jim Schembri Here's something unusual - a Hollywood film with fresh ideas. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
1/5 The Rite (2011) Jim Schembri The Rite is about as scary as watching two kittens fight over possession of a scrunched up piece of paper. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 L'Arnacoeur (2010) Jim Schembri The formulaic feel of (this) enjoyable rom-com leads one to suspect the French are now making films with a clear view to being Hollywoodised. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2010
Australia (2008) Jim Schembri Good, but no classic, and way, way too long. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2008