American Profile

American Profile is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Neil Pond
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Neil Pond A stylish, somewhat brutal, Brit-centric bedtime story about deception, danger and Nicole Kidman in distress. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 John Wick (2014) Neil Pond He's never been the most expressive of actors, but this role suits Reeves fine---mysterious, brooding, silent, sullen and super-cool, but capable of releasing an unstoppable torrent of deadly force in an instant. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 Fury (2014) Neil Pond War is hell, and this gripping WWII battle drama brings you about as close to the angry, anguished flames as anyone would ever want to get. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/5 Dracula Untold (2014) Neil Pond Never finds the right tone-be it frightful, funny, funky, horrifying, shocking or sexy-that viewers would expect from a modern flick about the most neck-fetish-ed, nocturnal daddy-o of them all. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/5 Gone Girl (2014) Neil Pond A masterfully crafted brew of mind-bending misdirection, outright lies, psychotic scheming, and detailed criminal procedural that will keep you guessing right up until the end. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/5 The Equalizer (2014) Neil Pond Punctuated with moments of gory, hyper-stylized action but hollowed out of anything smart, meaningful, purposeful or original. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3/5 A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Neil Pond The title helps set the creepy stage right off the bat, and the opening credits--which play over a "dreamy" scene that you slowly realize is actually a nightmare--hit you like a punch to the gut. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Neil Pond No splashy special effects---but lots of real splashes, and plenty of emotion centered around one fin-tastic dolphin, Winter, whose true tale continues to uplift and inspire. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 The Identical (2014) Neil Pond A bland, edge-less, Elvis-tinged parable, with nothing to offend, shock or rub even the most sensitive of sensibilities the wrong way-like a lot of Elvis' music, or his own movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 As Above, So Below (2014) Neil Pond A hopelessly tangled, shaky-cam knot of "gotcha!" haunted-house images, loopy, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo and bargain-basement recycled ideas from other movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 When the Game Stands Tall (2014) Neil Pond Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Neil Pond The plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren't wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Neil Pond Despite being a bit too long, more than a bit predictable and a whole lot of corny, it has a lot of heart, and like a platter of yummy things presented by a hostess who relentlessly pours on the charm, it eventually wears down your resistance. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Neil Pond A rollicking carnival ride halfway across the universe and back that leaves you with a big, goofy, satisfied smile when it's over. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 Get On Up (2014) Neil Pond Sharp storytelling and direction take us inside, outside and all around Brown, across a span of nearly six decades---and through it all, we see, hear and feel the rhythm, music and grooves and drove him forward. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/5 And So It Goes (2014) Neil Pond A sitcom-like blob of sentimental geriatric gloop. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Neil Pond A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 Tammy (2014) Neil Pond It's one banged-up, scuffed-up, dented mess of a movie, but somehow, nonetheless, McCarthy makes it out, to the other side. To what, now, is the real question. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2.5/5 Earth to Echo (2014) Neil Pond Grownups and geeks may fixate on how much the movie borrows from Spielberg and others, but kids likely won't catch any of it--and likely won't care. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/5 Begin Again (2013) Neil Pond The elements of the story interlace in delightful, heartwarming, human ways, all led by the music. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 22 Jump Street (2014) Neil Pond In a summer of sequels, the most laughs so far, and by far, come from a raunchy retro repeat that makes plenty of fun of its own recycled folly-and expense. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Neil Pond Witty, rousing, heartwarming, sensational-looking, and at times touching, uplifting and even moving---and proof that Hollywood's still making movies that virtually all ages can enjoy, appreciate and admire. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 Dom Hemingway (2013) Neil Pond Law tears into his role like he's like one of Shakespeare's most scabrous lost characters somehow unleashed in the modern world, and he clearly relishes the grit and the gristle. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Neil Pond Smarter, sharper and deeper than most movies targeted at teens--and much more than just a story about kids with cancer. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/5 Maleficent (2014) Neil Pond Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 Blended (2014) Neil Pond You get a sense of where it's headed as the first scene opens to the sound of a toilet flushing and the sight of Drew Barrymore exiting a public restroom stall. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 Godzilla (2014) Neil Pond A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 Locke (2013) Neil Pond Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2014
Million Dollar Arm (2014) Neil Pond More cynical viewers might wish for a more cynical movie, but for anyone who wants to bask in a ray of early summer sunshine, this uplifting, spirit-boosting tale could be just your ticket. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 The Other Woman (2014) Neil Pond Director Nick Cassavettes lacks the deft touch to bring off the right blend of humor and humanity needed for a "revenge comedy" that ventures into the tricky trifecta of love, marriage and serial adultery. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Neil Pond It's jam-packed, stuffed with too much of everything, especially bad guys-do we really need three of them? Perhaps next time, this itsy bitsy spider won't have such a hard time fighting for his own spotlight. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2014
3.5/5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Neil Pond Anderson's sights are like scenes from a storybook, and the actors move and speak with a clockwork cadence that adds to the sense of comedic orchestration. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 Draft Day (2014) Neil Pond Fans will enjoy the air of authenticity, spotting the real-life sports personalities---and throwing penalty flags when Hollywood puts a bit too much melodramatic spin on the subject. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/5 Noah (2014) Neil Pond A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Neil Pond A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Neil Pond A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 Divergent (2014) Neil Pond Young adult audiences can SO relate. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/5 Need for Speed (2014) Neil Pond The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.' EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 The LEGO Movie (2014) Neil Pond A story about creativity, independence and cooperation running on a crazy rail of pop-cultural riffs and satirical references, understated comedic nuance and explosively absurd visual magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 Non-Stop (2014) Neil Pond Twists, turns, a serious tussle in the lavatory, and a rip-roarin' finish that had one woman seated behind me whooping, gasping and hollering "Save the baby!!!" EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2.5/5 RoboCop (2014) Neil Pond Too much of this rebooted robot tale just feels recycled instead of refreshed, especially compared to the visceral, original kick of its groundbreaking '80s predecessor. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 Nebraska (2013) Neil Pond A simple road trip that becomes something much bigger, much broader, and much deeper-a tale of fathers and sons and families and the many shades of grey in the wide spectrum of love. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2014
2.5/5 The Monuments Men (2014) Neil Pond 'Oceans 11' plus 'Saving Private Ryan' divided by 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 Labor Day (2013) Neil Pond Brolin and Winslet, fine actors both, do their best, but they're fighting an undertow in a sea of cheese, and the movie fails to fan their coals of passion into anything resembling a flame. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 Her (2013) Neil Pond An old-fashioned romantic convention run through an innovative wavelength of sci-fi wi-fi that doesn't seem all that out of sync with today. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/5 Ride Along (2014) Neil Pond A quick roll in a barrel of cheap, hollow laughs down a familiar, forgettable road that we've traveled many times before. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2014
1.5/5 The Legend of Hercules (2014) Neil Pond Through the centuries, the legend of Hercules has survived. It will survive the splat of this big B.C. cheese ball, too. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/5 Grudge Match (2013) Neil Pond If I had a towel, I'd have thrown it in long before the legacies of two great movies were slammed to the mat and ground into a crappy comedy like this one. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Neil Pond For anyone who can feel its genuine grasp of its subjects, its music and its times in its deep, dig-it grooves, this cinematic sonnet to a struggling '60s singer might just become a greatest hit. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 American Hustle (2013) Neil Pond It's all hip, humorous, sad, edgy and immensely entertaining, this sprawling period parable about a group of greedy people who aren't who they purport themselves to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2013