Spectrum Culture

Spectrum Culture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Harris, Dominic Griffin, Josh Goller, Kristen Lopez, Pat Padua
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) David Harris Unfortunately, the glorious excesses that make The Good, the Bad, the Weird, so good and weird, also have a deadening effect. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
1.5/5 Green Zone (2010) David Harris Greengrass turns his lens on the US fabrication of weapons of mass destruction as an impetus to go to war in Iraq, and ends up making the film we all feared United 93 would be. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Greenberg (2010) David Harris Although the film sometimes drags (especially for one with a 90 minute run time), Baumbach and Stiller both score a mutual coup with Greenberg. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Pranzo di Ferragosto (2008) David Harris A breezy, brief film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Shutter Island (2010) David Harris Shutter Island is Scorsese's most Hitchcockian effort yet. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
1.5/5 The Crazies (2010) David Harris A tired retread that recycles every horror cliché used from Wes Craven to Romero himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
1/5 Phyllis and Harold (2008) David Harris Devoid of any qualities that could elevate the film above anything more than a well-crafted home video. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) David Harris Although director Uduayan Prasad frames our three protagonists in beautiful bayou scenery and delicate sunlight, he does not give us enough to want to spend time with these people. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 A Prophet (2009) David Harris A film that is tense and crackling with fury, a visceral experience that threatens to leap from the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Death in Venice (1971) David Harris Much of Death in Venice is wordless, bordering on impressionistic. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) David Harris Almodóvar pulls off a nice trick with this movie, moving his protagonist and us from despair to a new lease on life with an ease that feels magical. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/5 Terribly Happy (2008) David Harris Unfortunately it's all so terribly boring and predictable. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 October Country (2009) David Harris An evocative, lyrical film about the cycles of bad decisions, madness and the ghostly fingers of the Vietnam War. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Wings of Desire (1987) David Harris It is a complex work of art that can only grow in stature from repeated viewings. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009) David Harris A fascinating, if somewhat repetitive film, about one of the most confusing conflicts of our time. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 Edge of Darkness (2010) David Harris Edge of Darkness has all the right ingredients to get us into Mel's corner...yet the film is lifeless, slow and worst of all, boring. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1.5/5 Spectres of the Spectrum (1999) David Harris Nine cannot help but be a limp facsimile of a film that is so full of life and brio. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) David Harris One of the most distinctive, entertaining and flat-out fun movies I've seen in a long time, a great piece of holiday family filmmaking that doesn't insult the intelligence. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 Pirate Radio (2009) David Harris Not only do the cliché characters, ridiculous plot points and extended run time sink this ship, Pirate Radio also neuters any song that appears on its soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 The Messenger (2009) David Harris Thoughtfully dissects the overarching consequences of that unfortunate conflict. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/5 The Road (2009) David Harris One of the more interesting films to come out in 2009. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 The Sun (2005) David Harris An astounding work of intimate detail that should not be missed. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 Over the Hills and Far Away (2009) David Harris To force us to endure the Mongolian sojourn feels more like a trip of the ego than any other grand journey. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) David Harris Yes Men Fix the World feels like little more than a vanity piece, and a shoddily developed one at that. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
A Christmas Tale (2008) David Harris Though A Christmas Tale clocks in at 152 minutes, it never feels tired or fails to compel. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 Up in the Air (2009) David Harris Up in the Air fails because Reitman crams too many stories and situations into one picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Avatar (2009) David Harris Avatar entertained me for nearly three hours and I left the theatre satisfied, even if my critic spidey-sense tingled at some of the clichés and formulaic filmisms. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
1.5/5 Nine (2009) David Harris Nine cannot help but be a limp facsimile of a film that is so full of life and brio. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 A Single Man (2009) David Harris A Single Man seamlessly blends present and past through imaginative close-ups, jump cuts and a milieu where closeted repression was the norm. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 The Book of Eli (2010) David Harris The Book of Eli unfortunately is deadly serious, and not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Sweetgrass (2009) David Harris Sweetgrass' strength comes in its collection of indelible images. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/5 The Girl on the Train (2009) David Harris Unfortunately, the Bleistein plot breaks the trajectory of Jeanne's story. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 A Serious Man (2009) David Harris By the time A Serious Man ends in a stunner of a conclusion, the Coen Brothers have once again pulled off a magic trick, forcing us to search for meaning in a series of scenes that possibly exist as abstractions only to obfuscate a lack of depth. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 The Damned United (2009) David Harris The Damned United proves that Sheen is fully capable of carrying his own film. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) David Harris A moving, thoughtful look back at a time in our lives when we didn't understand the way the world works. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) David Harris Such a slight confection of a film that the efforts of an A-list cast are undercut by its meandering existence and pointless final act. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 The Informant! (2009) David Harris As the puzzle unravels, the sickening feeling we've seen this somewhere before becomes more and more overwhelming. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) David Harris Capitalism provides a sobering solution to the system that has disenfranchised so many by making so few filthy rich. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Disgrace (2008) David Harris It is Lurie's white privilege that is most disturbing... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Toy Story (1995) David Harris Toy Story remains the humanistic, vital film that created the mold for such classics as Finding Nemo and WALL-E. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 World's Greatest Dad (2009) David Harris Not as out-and-out funny as it should be nor as emotionally poignant as it could be... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) David Harris Edel's mix of historical footage and dramatized scenes provide little more than a breezy history lesson. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Unmade Beds (2009) David Harris A subtle, gentle movie about emotional holes and what we do to fill them. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Crude (2009) David Harris Though one-sided and all too happy to assail an easy target such as a monstrous oil company, Crude backs up its rhetoric by providing footage and images of the people and terrain affected... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.75/5 The Addams Family (2019) Josh Goller An underwhelming story and hit-or-miss jokes ultimately doom The Addams Family, not that they'd mind that in the least. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) Pat Padua An inventive plot goes a long way to making this case stick. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Josh Goller Wrinkles the Clown is more Banksy than Bozo. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/5 The Answer Man (2009) David Harris A romantic comedy that is more or less a poor facsimile of the plot of As Good as it Gets. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 In the Loop (2009) David Harris A wicked, mean-spirited comedy filled with nasty people...I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 The Cove (2009) David Harris The Cove is an important film with an important message. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019