Nitrate Online

Nitrate Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cynthia Fuchs, Dan Lybarger, Elias Savada, KJ Doughton, Loey Lockerby, Nick Schager, Sean Axmaker
Rating Title/Year Author
Life 2.0 (2010) Cynthia Fuchs As Life 2.0 reveals layers of life and experience, you realize that they are not confined to Second Life. These interview subjects describe their experiences, in both Second Life and what they call First Life, that is, Real Life. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2010
Paranormal Activity (2007) Cynthia Fuchs The titular and sometimes distressing activity in Paranormal Activity serves as a mostly banal metaphor for the couples relationship. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2009
Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Cynthia Fuchs Jamie Foxx's Nick mostly repeats the part played by Denzel Washington in Ricochet, the superior first incarnation of Law Abiding Citizen. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2009
Couples Retreat (2009) Cynthia Fuchs It's some kind of trick when a film can make Jason Bateman look unsubtle. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2009
La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) Cynthia Fuchs Work is at the center of Frederick Wiseman's absorbing documentary, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2009
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Cynthia Fuchs In Toby's story, even more than in Sweeney Todd's, the film observes the evolution of vengeance as ethos, the ways it can come to look like justice, a means to escape "living hells." EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
There Will Be Blood (2007) Cynthia Fuchs Land, oil, blood. There will be lots of all in Paul Thomas Anderson's stunning new movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
Terror's Advocate (2007) Cynthia Fuchs If Terror's Advocate doesn't precisely interrogate the rise of terrorism, it does look at its romance and consider its effectiveness. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
Lions for Lambs (2007) Cynthia Fuchs Arian and Ernie are the young men of color who are acting out the plot the white folks are talking about. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Cynthia Fuchs The central dilemma of The Jane Austen Book Club: how to make the least bit interesting the primary activity undertaken by our protagonists? EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2007
Ten Canoes (2006) Cynthia Fuchs A study of community and ritual, Ten Canoes celebrates as it contemplates, emphasizing the fact that this collection of stories, Gulpilil's story in its many layers, is seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2007
Shooting Dogs (2005) Cynthia Fuchs The movie does suggest that Joe's ignorance and sense of privilege, however honorable his intentions, make a dangerous combination. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2007
Hard-Boiled (1992) KJ Doughton The kinetic action set pieces of Hard-Boiled are so tightly-wound, so intense, that they will either exhilarate or scare off action fans bred on the relatively lame offerings provided by major Hollywood studios. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2007
Amazing Grace (2006) Cynthia Fuchs The focus on Wilberforce's ailing body seems a peculiar, not to say "amazing," displacement of affliction. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2007
4/5 William Eggleston in the Real World (2005) Dan Lybarger Watching "William Eggleston in the Real World" is frustrating but intriguing. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2006
The Killer (1989) KJ Doughton [It] makes The Wild Bunch climax look lethargic by comparison. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2006
3/5 The Trip (1967) Dan Lybarger Intriguing period curio EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2005
5/5 A Day at the Races (1937) Dan Lybarger Vintage Groucho, Harpo and Chico. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2005
5/5 My Darling Clementine (1946) Dan Lybarger Vintage John Ford. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2005
4/5 The Grifters (1990) Dan Lybarger Intriguing neo-noir. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2005
3/5 Charlotte Sometimes (2002) Dan Lybarger Dry but occasionally interesting independent feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2005
3/5 Mystery Train (1989) Dan Lybarger Intriguing, if hit-or-miss comedy from Jarmusch. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2005
4/5 When the Cat's Away... (1996) Dan Lybarger A charming French import with lots of heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2005
5/5 Mean Streets (1973) Dan Lybarger Scorsese's first masterpiece is still gripping. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2005
5/5 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Dan Lybarger Hitch's personal favorite and certainly one of his best. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2005
5/5 A Soldier's Story (1984) Dan Lybarger A powerful and arresting drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2005
4/5 Gates of Heaven (1978) Dan Lybarger Morris' assured feature debut is simultaneously touching and wierd. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2005
5/5 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) Dan Lybarger A typically quirky and intriguing offering from Morris. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2005
0/5 The Scarlet Letter (1995) Dan Lybarger Oh, Roland Joffé, thy free adaptation of the Hawthorne classic didst produce abudant derisive laughter. Didst thou once direct 'The Killing Fields?' EDIT
Posted May 19, 2005
5/5 Go West (1925) Dan Lybarger Typically inventive and gut busting comedy from the Great Stone Face. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2005
2/5 Son of the Pink Panther (1993) Dan Lybarger Benigni tries, but it simply isn't any fun without Peter Sellers. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2005
4/5 Sleuth (1972) Dan Lybarger A stagebound but effective two-character thriller. It might work better on stage, but you're not like to find better leads. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2005
4/5 Knife in the Water (1962) Dan Lybarger An intriguing Polish import that launched Polanski's career. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2005
4/5 The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) Dan Lybarger Solidly acted if melodramatic film about the philosopher. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2005
1/5 Night of the Ghouls (1959) Dan Lybarger As lame as 'Plan 9' and 'Glen or Glenda' but not quite as unintentionally funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2005
5/5 Macbeth (1971) Dan Lybarger An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
4/5 The Howling (1981) Dan Lybarger A first-rate horror offering. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
4/5 Missing (1982) Dan Lybarger Terrific work from Lemmon and Spacek highlights Costa Gavras' American debut. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2005
4/5 Hideous Kinky (1998) Dan Lybarger Winslet is terrific as a mother whose quest for spiritual enlightenment comes at the expense of her family. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2005
1/5 Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Dan Lybarger The thrill is gone, long gone. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2005
3/5 Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Dan Lybarger Preachy but effective indictment of anti-Semitism EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2005
4/5 Johnny Stecchino (1991) Dan Lybarger An enjoyably goofy ganster comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2004
4/5 A Face in the Crowd (1957) Dan Lybarger Didactic but highly effective little black comedy from the folks who gave you 'On the Waterfront.' Andy Griffith is downright scary. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2004
4/5 U2 Rattle and Hum (1988) Dan Lybarger Nicely shot if not terribly innovative concert film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2004
2/5 Just Cause (1995) Dan Lybarger Forgettable and less than thrilling. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2004
4/5 Gypsy (1962) Dan Lybarger Entertaining adaptation of the Broadway musical. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2004
1/5 Bushwhacked (1995) Dan Lybarger After a funny opening, it goes downhill very quickly. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2004
5/5 Badlands (1973) Dan Lybarger Malick's dreamlike murder story is still haunting. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2004
5/5 The Maltese Falcon (1941) Dan Lybarger John Huston's debut is still primo noir. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2004
4/5 The Firemen's Ball (1967) Dan Lybarger Once banned in its country of origin, this allegorical comedy is scathing and downright hilarious. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2004