Ain't It Cool News

Ain't It Cool News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Daniel Gallant, Ed Travis, Eric Vespe, Moriarty
Rating Title/Year Author
Alien: Covenant (2017) Harry Knowles The action and kills that occur are inventive and fun and surprising and truly horrifying. Nobody dies the way they'd prefer. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2017
Outrage (2010) Devin Faraci To me there's no better praise you can give to a crime film -- when a hood gets his comeuppance you don't feel thrilled but bummed out. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Paranormal Activity (2007) Moriarty This is a strong movie that should please both hardcore horror fans and casual viewers equally, something that's very difficult to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Merrick There's an overwhelming sense here that Sommers and his minions were carried back to their own childhoods while making this movie, and are fiercely determined to re-create that experience for anyone watching it. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2009
Funny People (2009) Moriarty ... if my complaints are 'I'd like to spend more time with many of the characters' and 'there's too much good stuff,' there are worse problems for a filmmaker to have. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2009
Public Enemies (2009) Moriarty ... a solid, smart adult entry into the summer sweepstakes this year, and a nice moment for Mann, even if it doesn't particularly break new ground. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2009
Brüno (2009) Moriarty This is our cultural conversation right now, and Bruno minces in, ready to demolish preconceptions in every direction. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2009
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989) Harry Knowles I feel this is the best damn fan film I've ever seen. The love and passion and sacrifice is on every single frame of this thing. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2009
Star Trek (2009) Moriarty A new mission worth taking, a spirited, energetic new beginning to a series long assumed dead. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2009
Gigantic (2008) Capone The offbeat humor and dry performances are what keeps the film moving forward, but it's the absolute perfection of this strange love story that captured me. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2009
The Hurt Locker (2008) Eric Vespe All in all, Bigelow, Boal and the rest of the team crafted a very entertaining movie that puts character first, but also gives you a real impression of what our troops are dealing with in the Middle East EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2009
Drag Me to Hell (2009) Moriarty [The] brand-new self-described "spook-a-blast" is a nasty little bit of cyanide fun, a new Sam Raimi horror film, and it is an indecent amount of fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2009
The Hurt Locker (2008) Moriarty I'm not sure this is a film that will be easy to sell to the general public, but anyone who is willing to test themselves will find that it's a dynamic and memorable experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2009
I Love You, Man (2009) Moriarty [I]f you're in the mood for some straight-faced absurdism this weekend, "I Love You, Man" delivers. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2009
Duplicity (2009) Moriarty "Duplicity" may not be an award-winner at year's end, but for adults looking to see something that treats them with genuine respect this weekend, there are few films in wide release that better fit the bill. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2009
Observe and Report (2009) Moriarty If you think full frontal male nudity, "Old Boy"-style asskickings, date rape, and elderly incontinence are hilarious, you are in for a treat. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2009
While She Was Out (2008) Moriarty [Kim] Basinger does truly exceptional work in this intimate thriller that marks a promising debut for [Susan] Montford as a writer/director. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2008
Nobel Son (2007) Moriarty Nobel Son gives a unpredictable well told thrill ride that in less than two hours gives the audience more than their money's worth. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2008
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) Moriarty It's a brutal emotional experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2008
American Teen (2008) Eric Vespe I loved this movie. It's entertaining, emotionally moving. Sometimes it's mean, sometimes it's funny as hell, sometimes it's sweet, but it's never boring, repetitive or dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2008
The Dark Knight (2008) Eric Vespe THE DARK KNIGHT is a spectacular piece of storytelling. It is as giant a leap forward from BATMAN BEGINS as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was to STAR WARS. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2008
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Moriarty This time, the freaks carry the film, and you get the distinct feeling that's the way it was always meant to be. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2008
The Wackness (2008) Eric Vespe It's not an easy film to label. It's a comedy, it's a drama, it's just great. Whatever the mixture is that writer/director Jonathan Levine whipped up it works. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2008
The Love Guru (2008) Eric Vespe It feels like the Uncle at the reunion who got a laugh from his horny monkey joke at the last get-together so he does it again this year. Awkward and a little painful. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2008
Get Smart (2008) Eric Vespe Anne Hathaway [is] gorgeous, funny... She's everything that Barbara Feldon embodied in the TV show, but in a whole different way. They couldn't have found a better 99. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2008
Charlie Bartlett (2007) Quint It's honest, it's funny and it wears its heart on its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2008
Cloverfield (2008) Moriarty ... there's a lot of visual imagination in the way certain moments are staged, and I think there are few films that better capture the panic and the chaos of a crisis in a big city. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2008
Look (2007) Moriarty This is a great example of what you can do with not a lot of money as long as you're willing to think outside the box. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2007
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) Monki What Would Jesus Buy is a brilliant documentary that never falls into the classic documentary traps of boring you with facts and figures. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2007
Beowulf (2007) Harry Knowles I have to give it to Zemeckis, Avary and Gaiman -- they pulled it off. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2007
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) Quint It's funny, twisted and spirited. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2007
5/5 Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) Marcus Everything a dark comedy should be. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2007
There Will Be Blood (2007) Harry Knowles This is not just the best performance of the year to date, but one of the great performance period. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2007
Zodiac (2007) Harry Knowles I loved the film. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2007
Hot Rod (2007) Massawyrm You can't help but give into the cheesy goodness of it all. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2007
Hostel Part II (2007) Harry Knowles This film is completely different in the fact that the three girls in the situation, I felt protective of, invested in, and had private movie crushes on all three. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Capone You should never pass up an opportunity to see a great documentary, and this film is living proof of that. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Moriarty Do I think PIRATES 3 is a perfect film? Nope. Do I think it delivers on the promises that the first two films have been making? For the most part, absolutely. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2007
Grindhouse (2007) Moriarty These are filmmakers who have followed their muse, for better or for worse, and what they've come up with here rewards every bit of faith I've ever put in them as a viewer. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2007
Grindhouse (2007) Neill Cumpston A taquito buffet. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2007
Fido (2007) Quint I'm already jonesing to see it again and, at the time of this writing, it's only been 8 hours since I left the theater. It's that good. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2006
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Quint Here, the real world and the fantasy world are both interesting, both are dangerous, full of false impressions and sadness. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2006
Sidekick (2005) Moriarty Sidekick isn't a comedy so much as it is a twist on the genre. It's a solid little film, and I'll be curious to see what these filmmakers do next. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2006
Superman Returns (2006) Massawyrm Highly recommended for anyone who has so much as said the word Superman aloud before. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2006
Clerks II (2006) Harry Knowles CLERKS II is a message movie wrapped in filth, pop culture and honest emotional characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2006
Superman Returns (2006) Harry Knowles A movie to reintroduce Superman to the world. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2006
Abominable (2006) Harry Knowles It completely captured me. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2006
Silent Hill (2006) Moriarty It wants to get under your skin and unnerve you, and when that fails, it's willing to grab you, shake you, and even yank your skin clean off if that's what it takes to affect you. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2006
V for Vendetta (2006) Moriarty We have here something that we rarely see in SF films these days... a movie about ideas over action, character over special effects, and emotion over action. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2006
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) Moriarty This film... remembers to entertain as it illuminates, and it keeps its anger focused in a way that's never preachy. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2006