Washington Examiner

Washington Examiner is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kelly Jane Torrance
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Limitless (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance It's hard to believe you'd be squinting at your watch in the dark while two of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood are on the screen in front of you. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Based on the novel by Michael Connelly -- the first in a franchise -- this one has crisper dialogue than most [legal thrillers]. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Of Gods and Men (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance The film is a masterful exploration of belief in God and, perhaps more importantly, love. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Certified Copy (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance [William Shimell's] an engaging presence, cool and confident in front of the camera. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Win Win (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance [Amy] Ryan continues to be one of our best supporting actresses, one who shines but doesn't need to steal scenes. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Bill Cunningham New York (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Bill Cunningham... is at least as intriguing as the nameless men and women he presents to the world. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Source Code (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance [Director] Duncan Jones isn't just creating his own career; he's helping to transform a genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Super (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance This critic recommends this idiosyncratic film -- as long as you aren't too bothered by the sight of men getting the life beaten out of them. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 In a Better World (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance To the North American viewer, Danish director Susanne Bier's films come as a revelation. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Arthur (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance This Arthur closely tracks the plot of the original, but it has a heart of its own. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Hanna (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance The soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers is outstanding. It makes the film look rather like a series of music videos, but so well shot and energetic, the viewer doesn't really mind. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 The Conspirator (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance The bigger problem is that the central character of [Mary] Surratt, as pictured here, is completely unengaging. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance While they've produced a competently made film, they haven't pulled off a miracle. Atlas Shrugged is much as you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Winter in Wartime (2008) Kelly Jane Torrance Winter in Wartime proves there's still much to learn about the war -- and ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Water for Elephants (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance One gets the sense, watching this predictable but dazzling film, that we all lost something when the circus became safer, but less thrilling. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Potiche (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Deneuve is as luminous as ever. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 African Cats (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Add a cool narration by the incomparable Samuel L. Jackson, though, and you have something really special. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 The Princess of Montpensier (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Director Bertrand Tavernier has made a stunning film. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 The Human Resources Manager (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance [It's a] moving, quiet film. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Fast Five (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Do we really need a fifth movie filled with car races, car chases and car crashes? Of course not. But then, we also don't need the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren or the Autobahn. But they add an awfully lot of fun to our short, brutal lives. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Herzog tells us, in his inimitable way, why we care about a bunch of old pictures of horses and lions. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 The Beaver (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Gibson, of course, is well suited right now to playing a man in pain. But he has little chemistry with Foster, who plays the woman who gives him more chances than he deserves. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 There Be Dragons (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance There's a great film to be made about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the controversial Opus Dei. There are more great films to be made about the complicated Spanish Civil War. This movie, however, is neither. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
1.5/5 Joueuse (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance This one is utterly predictable. Worse than that, it's boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Bridesmaids (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Bridesmaids is, in equal parts, bawdy and authentic, all the way through. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Last Night (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance There's real chemistry between all the players here. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4.5/5 Hesher (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Gordon-Levitt never puts in a bad performance, and he carries this film as easily as he's done any other. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Zombies, mermaids, pseudo-vampires -- Stranger Tides has got them all. What it doesn't have are surprises, laughs, satisfying action or any narrative drive. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Robber (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance The viewer is left to wonder at Johann's motivations, while he simply tears up the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Meek's Cutoff (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance [Director Kelly] Reichardt, who previously directed Williams in Wendy and Lucy, shows us with great subtlety the physical and emotional drama here, one that's properly underplayed, given the strictures of the time. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Incendies (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Incendies is a gripping film, mostly because of the fearless performance of Belgian-born, half Moroccan, half Spanish actress [Lubna] Azabal. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4.5/5 Yves Saint Laurent 5, Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002) Kelly Jane Torrance L'amour Fou is as elegant as the revolutionary suits Yves Saint Laurent put us in. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Hangover Part II (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance There are plenty of laughs to be had from the outrageous situations in which the guys find themselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 13 Assassins (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance You've seen this film before, many times. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Midnight in Paris (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance It's funny, warm, even enchanting. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4.5/5 City of Life and Death (2009) Kelly Jane Torrance The performances, even of the extras, are all searing portrayals of fear, defiance, cruelty and guilt. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Beginners (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance McGregor and Laurent are outstanding. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 Super 8 (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Yet Super 8, which was co-produced by Spielberg, is not so much an homage to a master, but a counterfeit copy of one of his originals. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Tree of Life (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance It's a beautifully made film, poetic in its attention to detail. But underneath its mannered surface, it's really quite a conventional coming-of-age film, filled with themes we've seen on screen so often before. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 X-Men: First Class (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance McAvoy and Fassbender are two very talented men, who have created characters of their own, while staying true to the originals. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Submarine (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Submarine is a funny, witty, sometimes sentimental coming-of-age film. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Just Like Us (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance It offers an honest look at a region about which most Americans know little. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 Green Lantern (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance With a cast like that, this superhero flick, like Hal Jordan himself, had real potential to rise above its provenance. But the dialogue is simply beyond cheesy. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Trip (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Viewers feel like a fly on the wall -- or a third seat at the table -- listening to two witty, amusing men intent on one-upping each other. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Beautiful Boy (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Beautiful Boy is raw, real and a difficult film to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4.5/5 Bad Teacher (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance Bad Teacher, the woman and the film, is just pure pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance [Conan O'Brien Can't Stop] gives overwhelming evidence for its title statement and shows us a man who can't help but give the people what they want -- no matter what it takes out of him. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 Cars 2 (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance There's much to look at, but little to follow. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/5 Viva Riva! (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance Viva Riva! is the directorial debut of Djo Munga, and this clever caper makes him a man to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Buck (2011) Kelly Jane Torrance No, a young Scarlett Johansson doesn't make an appearance in Buck, as she did in The Horse Whisperer. But Buck, the man and the movie, are that rare thing, the real deal. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019