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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Muller, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Jack Garner, Marshall Fine
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
5/10
Firth and Grant seem a bit less confident in their respective encores; perhaps they sense that they're repeating themselves.
Posted Nov 12, 2004
2
6/10
Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and exotic Caribbean locations are all a joy to look at. But the story that binds them together is little more than a distraction from all that eye candy.
Posted Nov 11, 2004
3
9/10
A visual stunner.
Posted Nov 5, 2004
4
7/10
Alfie (2004)
In an obvious nod to modern times, today's Alfie merely explores his lack of commitment. The result is entertaining, but in a more superficial, less meaningful way.
Posted Nov 5, 2004
5
9/10
Vera Drake (2004)
An affecting portrait of a kindly woman with no political or religious agenda, just a desire to be helpful.
Posted Oct 29, 2004
6
5/10
Saw (2004)
A bloody, repugnant world that will offend all but hard-core horror fans.
Posted Oct 29, 2004
7
10/10
Ray (2004)
Though Ray clocks in at 152 minutes, I wouldn't cut a frame; it's a big, bountiful, beautifully mounted biopic about a giant of American music.
Posted Oct 29, 2004
8
2/10
Birth (2004)
Offers a preposterous premise and then fails to help us believe it.
Posted Oct 29, 2004
9
4/10
It's nearly impossible to sustain such flaky weirdness for 105 minutes.
Posted Oct 22, 2004
10
7/10
The Grudge (2004)
The umpteenth variation of the haunted house tale, but with enough spooky style to call it a success.
Posted Oct 22, 2004
11
9/10
Presents the birth of Che's idealism, in all its exuberant, poignant glory.
Posted Oct 15, 2004
12
6/10
Quite a bit of the film's political satire is surprisingly smart and amusing.
Posted Oct 15, 2004
13
7/10
The Clark character holds us because Gere makes us understand the frustration of a guy who simply needs a new spark to rejuvenate a good but stale life.
Posted Oct 15, 2004
14
3/10
New Age hooey disguised as a scientific documentary about quantum physics.
Posted Oct 8, 2004
15
9/10
Delivers first-rate football action.
Posted Oct 8, 2004
16
2/10
Under Sean McNamara's direction, the film seems sappy and superficial, a voice barely raised to a whisper.
Posted Oct 8, 2004
17
9/10
The events are presented in well-researched detailed, with much archival footage and an array of interviews.
Posted Oct 1, 2004
18
8/10
Ladder 49 (2004)
A most earnest film, projecting an uncommon decency and courage among its characters that'll impress most viewers, save for the more cynical.
Posted Oct 1, 2004
19
5/10
Silver City (2004)
Sayles opts to clutter his saga with a large ensemble of actors and a few too many subplots.
Posted Sep 24, 2004
20
8/10
A fascinating, tuneful excursion into the Woodstock Nation, circa 1970.
Posted Sep 24, 2004
21
5/10
Criminal (2004)
Maybe I'm dense, but the finale of Criminal left me not exactly sure what was won and what was lost or why I should care.
Posted Sep 24, 2004
22
8/10
Good fun -- and great looking.
Posted Sep 17, 2004
23
8/10
A jolt of violent wackiness that defies logic, even while it entertains.
Posted Sep 3, 2004
24
7/10
Vanity Fair (2004)
Beyond the performances, it's Nair's vision that makes Vanity Fair appealing. The production is stunning, with evocative location shooting.
Posted Sep 1, 2004
25
8/10
Much credit goes to the film's four stars, as well as to Curran, who chose them and skillfully directed them.
Posted Aug 26, 2004
26
5/10
Suspect Zero (2004)
There's too much a sense of the frayed and familiar to Suspect Zero.
Posted Aug 26, 2004
27
8/10
An infatuating low-key pleasure, played out as a largely two-character enterprise by Bonnaire and Luchini, two of France's most talented actors.
Posted Aug 26, 2004
28
6/10
Open Water (2004)
Although the film's antagonists are real, the young humans aren't fleshed out enough to make us impassioned about their welfare.
Posted Aug 20, 2004
29
9/10
Garden State (2004)
A fresh, funny and surprisingly affecting comedy of self-discovery and oddball romance.
Posted Aug 20, 2004
30
5/10
The film seems as aimless as a ride down a river without paddles.
Posted Aug 20, 2004
31
5/10
We never get below the surface with the three central characters.
Posted Aug 13, 2004
32
4/10
Like the first film, this offers contrived preteen wish fulfillment with greeting-card sentiment and simplicity.
Posted Aug 11, 2004
33
8/10
A remarkable independent film that combines the power of first-rate drama with the reality you'd expect from an expert documentary.
Posted Aug 6, 2004
34
8/10
Williams bravely blends moments of levity into what is inherently a serious subject and also lends the film a restrained but stylish aura appropriate for the story's tony setting in the Hamptons.
Posted Aug 6, 2004
35
9/10
Collateral (2004)
My nominee for the most effective film yet shot digitally.
Posted Aug 6, 2004
36
8/10
De-Lovely (2004)
A lovely fantasia on the life and times of the man who said 'I wanted every kind of love that was available' and then described most of them in his songs.
Posted Jul 30, 2004
37
8/10
Greengrass gives the new film edginess and energy, though his almost constant use of jittery hand-held cameras might exhaust some viewers.
Posted Jul 23, 2004
38
8/10
I, Robot (2004)
Smart and remarkably well-plotted.
Posted Jul 16, 2004
39
4/10
The Clearing (2004)
Despite strong intentions and even stronger performances, The Clearing's shallow narrative fails to delve deeply into either of its commendable themes.
Posted Jul 16, 2004
40
10/10
Thanks to fine writing and two very good actors, filmgoers get another insightful look at the nature of love. Paris, also, has seldom looked so fresh and beautiful on screen.
Posted Jul 16, 2004
41
8/10
You'll laugh. You'll feel silly for doing it. Then you'll do it again.
Posted Jul 9, 2004
42
8/10
As with any collection of shorts, some work better than others. Here, though, none is a failure and a few are fabulous.
Posted Jul 9, 2004
43
8/10
It's actually quite sweet and exotic and engrossing.
Posted Jul 9, 2004
44
5/10
Sleepover (2004)
If you're a 13-year-old girl, you're the target audience for Sleepover ... If you're just a few years on either side of the tweeners, you can probably forget about it.
Posted Jul 9, 2004
45
8/10
King Arthur (2004)
Though yet not quite a household name, Owen is a potent, kingly Arthur. Among supporting actors, Stellan Skarsgard and Ray Winstone are most memorable, as the evil leader of the Saxons and Arthur's most exuberant warrior, respectively.
Posted Jul 7, 2004
46
9/10
Nosey Parker (2003)
On a revved-up, summer-movie buffet table of junk food and gourmet delights, Nosey Parker is a leisurely slice of homemade rhubarb pie.
Posted Jul 6, 2004
47
8/10
Baadasssss! (2003)
If you're among the many who enjoy the fruits of today's African-American cinema, you owe it to yourself to see how the seeds were sown.
Posted Jul 2, 2004
48
9/10
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
A rare sequel that surpasses the original in every way -- in story, in setting, in special effects, in high-energy action and in its surprising depth of emotion.
Posted Jun 30, 2004
49
9/10
A powerful cinematic op-ed piece.
Posted Jun 24, 2004
50
7/10
Two Brothers (2004)
While The Bear was an admirable, simple, straightforward drama, Two Brothers has more the flavor of a childhood fable.
Posted Jun 24, 2004