iF Magazine

iF Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Abbie Bernstein
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 () Abbie Bernstein Mel Gibson stars in the remake of a great British miniseries, now an average American thriller EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2010
8/10 Extraordinary Measures (2010) Abbie Bernstein Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford star in a pretty good fact-based drama in the same medical subgenre as LORENZO'S OIL EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
7/10 Legion (2010) Abbie Bernstein Paul Bettany is a de-winged angel and Dennis Quaid is a rural business owner in this up-and-down riff on subject matter covered in PROPHECY, TERMINATOR and SUPERNATURAL (to name a few precedents), mostly confined to a diner EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2010
8/10 I Sell the Dead (2008) Abbie Bernstein We're in a land of shadows, claws and wry observation, and for those who adore this sort of thing, I SELL THE DEAD is a rare treat. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2009
B A Perfect Getaway (2009) Abbie Bernstein Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez and Steve Zahn topline a playful take on the psycho killer couple thriller EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2009
4/5 Friday the 13th -- A New Beginning (1985) Peter Brown The newly released Deluxe Edition offers some great new special features, an excellent remastering to an underrated film in the series. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2009
8/10 The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) Abbie Bernstein THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 is solid action thriller filmmaking with some real thrills and strong character work. Viewers will come away mostly fulfilled, though perhaps wishing the train had gone the extra half-mile for its climax. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2009
8/10 () Peter Brown First it is a damn funny show, second it has a very interesting premise of a son turned Hell's bounty hunter and "owned" by the Devil and third hot chicks. What's not to like. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2009
2/10 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Carl Cortez Egads! One of the worst comic book movie adaptations, since, well PUNISHER: WAR ZONE EDIT
Posted May 6, 2009
6/10 Friday the 13th (2009) Abbie Bernstein It's not that the new FRIDAY THE 13TH is bad. It just doesn't feel new, and yet doesn't deliver the old shocks with the zest of horrific discovery that made the original and its better follow-ups so iconic. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
8/10 The International (2009) Abbie Bernstein Because banks all over the world are in such turmoil now, THE INTERNATIONAL seems dated by six months to a year. However, if you like watching law enforcement personnel working on a big, non-standard crime, this is pretty good. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
4/10 Boogeyman 3 (2008) Peter Brown Well, if you are really desperate for a horror movie -BOOGEYMAN 3 is the one to look for. If there is something else on the shelves or at Netflix that looks or seems better - anything at all - check that out instead. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
6/10 Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) Peter Brown Obviously, first time in 3D is cool and the digital cut while better, still lacks some serious crystal clear and clean print. Plus, no special features? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2009
9/10 Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Peter Brown REPO! is overall just a lot of fun. From the catchy numbers, to the sexy cast, to the original ideas, to an ample load of bodies and mayhem, it is worthwhile checking out and enjoying. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2009
8/10 Donkey Punch (2008) Abbie Bernstein British thriller about seven college-age Britons in Spain who come together for an afternoon of flirting and wind up having a night of sex, paranoia and murder EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2009
7/10 The Alphabet Killer (2008) Abbie Bernstein Fans of Dushku will get their money's worth. However, the rest of THE ALPHABET KILLER doesn't spell either good detective work or true spectral horror. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2008
8/10 Quantum of Solace (2008) Abbie Bernstein It would be hard to top the legend-relaunching force of CASINO ROYALE. QUANTUM OF SOLACE wisely doesn't try, contenting itself and us with being a good if unexceptional entry in the Bond franchise. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2008
8/10 The Express (2008) Abbie Bernstein THE EXPRESS isn't the sports movie equivalent of what Ernie Davis was to football in his day, but it still plays a pretty good game. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
8/10 Body of Lies (2008) Abbie Bernstein Where BODY OF LIES does succeed very well is in demonstrating the multitude of ways in which even very well-thought-out plans to make the world safer can become not only corrupted but can also be hopelessly compromised by other likewise world-safety-minde EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
8/10 RocknRolla (2008) Abbie Bernstein There's just a lingering sense that, in his eagerness to get to the "good stuff" of character riffs and general coolness, Ritchie neglects plot and pacing. By its own standards, then, ROCKNROLLA as a movie is a proper player, but not quite a true rocknrol EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2008
9.5/10 The Thing (1982) Peter Brown On Blu-ray, Picture-in-picture (PIP) documentary that runs alongside the main feature. This is the old documentary, but still cool that you can see both simultaneously which is way cool. Plus there is a new audio commentary with Kurt Russell and Carpenter EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2008
2.5/5 Righteous Kill (2008) Abbie Bernstein There are some flashes of wit here, but the value of narrative surprise, especially when we're expecting one of some kind, only goes so far. RIGHTEOUS KILL relies far too much on what it's got up its sleeve and doesn't pay enough attention to what it's sh EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008
7/10 Burn After Reading (2008) Abbie Bernstein There's a lot of cleverness here, but neither heart nor a spirit of true insanity. BURN AFTER READING is watchable for a number of reasons, but it never really heats up. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008
7/10 () Peter Brown All-in-all if you can weather the first few episodes, the series gets remarkably better ending in a cliffhanger to the second season and it would have been nice to have a few audio commentaries or something. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2008
8/10 Traitor (2008) Abbie Bernstein TRAITOR seems to want to be a little more articulate than it winds up being in discussions of the concept of the greater good and the cost of role-playing. However, the questions it brings up are potent and its structure as a thriller is so strong, with s EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2008
8/10 Death Race (2008) Abbie Bernstein The upshot is that DEATH RACE trips over its own machinations in a number of areas, but if you want to see Jason Statham and/or over-the-top vehicular mayhem, there have been worse showcases for both. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
6/10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Abbie Bernstein It would seem Nietzsche's famous saying has been disproved. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS won't kill us - or the STAR WARS franchise - but it won't make any of us stronger, either. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
8/10 Mirrors (2008) Abbie Bernstein Kiefer Sutherland as a man having worse days than Jack Bauer ever has. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
8/10 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) Carl Cortez JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER is definitely an ode to the EVIL DEAD franchise, as a hapless hero is plunged into heroics by demonic forces. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
8/10 Sixty Six (2006) Abbie Bernstein Eddie Marsan, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Rea and DR. WHO's Catherine Tate in a dramedy about a bar mitzvah vs. the World Cup in London EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2008
8/10 Transsiberian (2008) Abbie Bernstein TRANSSIBERIAN is another one of those movies that seems like an advertisement for never going outside one's own neighborhood. Trips to Eastern Europe seem particularly ill-advised from the looks of, for example, the HOSTEL films and FRONTIERE(S). EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2008
6/10 Mamma Mia! (2008) Sean Elliott The movie has some charming moments, but the momentum of the story and the signing is uneven, and unlike DREAMGIRLS which held my rapt attention for over two hours, MAMMA MIA just put my butt to sleep. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2008
10/10 The Dark Knight (2008) Sean Elliott If you have the opportunity to see this in IMAX defiantly take advantage of it. The first ten minutes across the rooftops of Gotham City made the person I was with reel (of course he is terrified of heights) due to the sweeping helicopter shots that on an EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2008
8/10 The Dark Knight (2008) Abbie Bernstein Nolan and Co. do weave an enormous and gratifyingly textured tapestry of plot, giving unexpectedly affecting moments to characters we initially see as mere background figures. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2008
7/10 Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Abbie Bernstein JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is ultimately pleasant enough, though it's hardly the definitive adaptation of Verne's work. The freshest aspect of it is Fraser's conviction. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2008
9/10 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Abbie Bernstein Mixing lore from Mike Mignola's comics (Del Toro and Mignola collaborated on the new film's story) with old European fairy folklore and what seems like a touch of homage to Hayao Miyazaki (not to forget J.R.R. Tolkien), HELLBOY II is something to both beh EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2008
8/10 I Am Legend (2007) Peter Brown The CGI is great and while this takes away from the creepiness factor that the book had, the landscape and environment are amazing seeing grass growing in the city, deer roaming the streets and more. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2008
6/10 Waitress (2007) Peter Brown Keri Russell stars as an über pie-making genius in a dead-end job with an abusive husband that longs for more in her life including her own pie shop and her OBGYN, played by FIREFLY/SERENITY's Nathan Fillion. A quirky, deadpan comedy with gorgeous pies an EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2007
8/10 Outland (1981) Peter Brown The film has been out of print since the late '90s on DVD and this is a new digital transfer of the film. Not much else on the DVD besides the film and the special effects are a bit dated but this is still a sci-fi tale worthy of your collection. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2007
B+ American Gangster (2007) Abbie Bernstein Steven Zaillian's intelligent, perceptive screenplay, inspired by an article on Lucas entitled "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson, doesn't go exactly where we expect. There are moments of real surprise here, moments of odd satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
C Bee Movie (2007) Abbie Bernstein Indeed, Bee Moive is full of half-thought-through notions. Much is at first made of Barry's "romance" with a human, voiced by Renee Zellweger, but any potential problems in the friendship are dropped without discussion midway through. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
B- Saw IV (2007) Abbie Bernstein Director Darren Lynn Bousman sees to it that Saw IV fulfills the franchise's ethos of inventive, gory sadism and grungy, creepy surroundings faithfully and creatively. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2007
B Gone Baby Gone (2007) Abbie Bernstein You have to admire director Affleck and his co-screenwriter Aaron Stockard for having the guts to tackle material this morally complex, and for keeping most of Lehane's twists while condensing them into something that fits coherently into a two-hour film. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2007
A- 30 Days of Night (2007) Sean Elliott Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures delivers once again with vampires like these that you've never seen before. It's a brutal movie that keeps you on the edge and has a cold harshness to it that matches the cold temperatures on screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2007
C- Sleuth (2007) Abbie Bernstein Topping off the new SLEUTH's problems is Law's performance.We need to believe Milo at least could be in earnest some of the time, not feel that he's obviously full of baloney the whole time (especially in those instances where it turns out that he's being EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2007
A Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Sean Elliott Director Kapur takes some more artist license with this movie than he did with the first film. This chapter has some very interesting and sweeping artistic shots, like Elizabeth standing on the cliffs overlooking the sea watching the Spanish Armada burn. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2007
B+ Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Sean Elliott First of all lets just say that this movie is far more intense and effective than the second one.If you felt let down by the last Resident Evil, this film should redeem your hopes in a continuing film series. It's a hell of a fun ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
B+ The Hunting Party (2007) Abbie Bernstein Even though the tone moves into tragedy on occasion, filmmaker Shepard maintains a sense of ironic "can you believe this?" humor that serves the story's events well. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2007
A- Shoot 'Em Up (2007) Abbie Bernstein Shoot 'em Up is so fast and fanny and perfectly attuned to what it's doing that it's as if director/writer Michael Davis has put all the elements of entertaining violent action flicks in a centrifuge and distilled them down to their essence. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2007
B 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Abbie Bernstein Mangold and the writers find the action potential in the Western format and ride the hell out of it. Fight and chase sequences are striking, even thrilling. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2007