Hollywood Report Card

Hollywood Report Card is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ross Anthony
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Princess of the Row (2019) Ross Anthony This is a lovely piece of art that will move you. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 Seed: The Untold Story (2016) Ross Anthony Though not perfect, this is yet another beautiful documentary from the folks that brought us Queen of the Sun and The Real Dirt on Farmer John. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2016
3/4 Brothers in Arms (2004) Ross Anthony The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2015
2/4 A Leading Man (2014) Ross Anthony As the film rounds to the third act, its colors dim. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010) Ross Anthony One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2011
3.5/4 Tales From the Script (2009) Ross Anthony A must see for anyone with a script or an intention to write one. It's also likely inspiring, in a tough love sort of way, for anyone with any kind of ambition. I enjoyed it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2010
2.5/4 Valentine's Day (2010) Ross Anthony It's a warm, fuzzy, fluffy, entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2010
3.5/4 Avatar (2009) Ross Anthony Action, splendid visuals, romance, and even relevance. Energized pace outshines even the juicy special effects, which seamlessly integrate live action and cgi. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2010
2/4 Invictus (2009) Ross Anthony Slow, and subtle, smiling brightly, the picture wins audiences with the charm of Mandela, but descends into a bland film about rugby. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2009
3/4 The Blind Side (2009) Ross Anthony A Hollywoody realization of a great real life triumph. Has its faults, but nicely directed, acted and edited, on the whole. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3.5/4 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Ross Anthony Stark, unforgiving, brutally honest, and yet... precious. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2.5/4 2012 (2009) Ross Anthony Hokey happenstance, big special effects, some are pretty cool. It's no masterpiece, makes embarrassing mistakes, but I must admit - I really enjoyed the raw excitement. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2009
1.5/4 Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008) Ross Anthony Uneven documentary brings to the surface important points about the quality of our food products. All of us (this non-organic, cola-drinker included) should be apprised. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2009
3/4 Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Ross Anthony I'm a music lover, but can't say I'm an MJ fan. Still, I enjoyed this behind-the-scenes/almost-concert film. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2009
B+ Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Ross Anthony Like little Max's internal struggles, my feelings (about this film) aren't so easily understood, even to me. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2009
2/4 At the Edge of the World (2008) Ross Anthony A mixed bag. Moments of beauty and passion, but also moments that drag. Environmentalist gone Reality TV. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2009
2.5/4 The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) Ross Anthony It's fun, ballsy, edited with color, humor & hopefully will bring some awareness to the price of greed, and inject some ethics into discussions among the rich and powerful. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2009
1/4 The Invention of Lying (2009) Ross Anthony Honestly, I enjoyed the ever-amusing Ricky Gervais, and there is an oddly emotional moving mom/son scene, but the film, sadly, isn't so amusing. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/4 X Games: The Movie (2009) Ross Anthony A dirt bike motorcycle enthusiast as well as a 3D aficionado, I had a great time overall, despite the film's imperfections. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2009
3/4 District 9 (2009) Ross Anthony Monty Python-esque. Reminded me a bit of the Stormtrooper spoof on TV's "Cops." Sharlto Copley sells it to us with grit, charm, naivety, and humor. He's absolutely brilliant. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/4 Forbidden Lies (2007) Ross Anthony It's a compelling story with a deathly serious topic, treated in a near sideshow manner. I like it. Less factual than a doc, less fiction than a drama. Faction EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2009
2.5/4 Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Ross Anthony Overall, an imperfect gem. In its successful attempt to go for the heart, "Lars and the Real Girl" stumbles a bit. I would have cast Michael Cera in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2009
3/4 Julie & Julia (2009) Ross Anthony Love and food, the basics of life, two passions common to nearly everyone on the planet, the film offers them up like hors d'oeuvres never ceasing to circle the room. It's gentle, tender, warm, and sprinkled generously with tasty bits of humor. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2009
3/4 Funny People (2009) Ross Anthony Gangly, long, somewhat disjointed, but still very funny, I found "Funny People" surprisingly emotional, and even poignant. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2.5/4 The Ugly Truth (2009) Ross Anthony Despite the ages of the leads, plays to younger audiences, goes for the Judd Apatow crowd. It's unapologetically brash, crass, and ugly in its truth, but still funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2009
3/4 The Way We Get By (2009) Ross Anthony A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2009
2/4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Ross Anthony The first half is magical, captivating, inviting, great cinema. Second half disappoints. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2009
1.5/4 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Ross Anthony First 1.5 hours are slow, preposterously scripted, and short of powerful dialogue. I liked the ending though. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2009
0.5/4 The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) Ross Anthony I'm probably not the first to say it's a train wreck. Starts out good enough, shows ability to the 1/2way mark, but the last 30 mins are just a scripting mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 Up (2009) Ross Anthony A near masterpiece. 1st half is absolutely brilliant -- a beautiful compelling work of art. I laughed, I cried, I ogled at the rich visuals. Sweet and touching theme. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2009
2.5/4 Away We Go (2009) Ross Anthony Nestles nicely into a sweet rocking motion between humor and heart. The leads are warm, fuzzy, funny and very likeable. The few faults may very well go unnoticed. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
1.5/4 Terminator Salvation (2009) Ross Anthony Nice performance by Sam Worthington. However, the film whole heartedly invests in action, leaving the story and character elements a bit slim. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 Angels & Demons (2009) Ross Anthony A film entitled Angels & Demons, touting a challenge between religion & science in the name of the "Illuminati" should be more illuminating than a simple puzzle. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2009
3.5/4 Star Trek (2009) Ross Anthony A fiery dynamo. Big action, snappy direction, good acting, respect for the past. This is the summer blockbuster to see. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2009
2/4 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Ross Anthony A fairly entertaining mess, though the ending becomes a rather tedious mess. Also, hydrochlorothiazide is more likely to make you pee than to slow your heart rate. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2009
3/4 Enlighten Up! (2008) Ross Anthony A pleasure in its open-mindedness. If you're up for a safe, light, skeptic's look into the many variations of modern yoga, take a peek. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2.5/4 Fighting (2009) Ross Anthony B movie w/ a strong right hook. Other strong hooks include Terrance Howard and Luis Guzman. Subtle, Channing Tatum delievers a solid performance as well (dancer to figher). EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3.5/4 Earth (2007) Ross Anthony Breathtaking. Take a break from the gridlock, concrete and steel jungle that defines most of our lives. These are some fantastic, won't believe your eyes, animal shots. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2009
2.5/4 State of Play (2009) Ross Anthony Provides hearty cinematic entertainment. From the opening heart thumping sequence, the tension builds and almost never lets up, save for the weak closing. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2009
2.5/4 Goodbye Solo (2008) Ross Anthony Interactions between 2 tasty personalities warm the picture & lift it into the realm of special. However, by the hour mark - drops pace a notch and feels a tad incomplete. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2009
3/4 Observe and Report (2009) Ross Anthony Quite crude, quite funny. Good at what it sets out to do %u2013 make us giggle, but that serious part of me wanted the picture to take its serious side one or two steps further. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2.5/4 The Great Buck Howard (2008) Ross Anthony The heart of the film is all about finding life's element, better yet, a way to put yourself into your life's element, despite pressures to be somewhere or something else. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2009
3.5/4 Watchmen (2009) Ross Anthony Wow! Your ticket price will buy you a whole lot of movie. Big smooth action, intense emotive acting, complicated plot, steamy romance. This is not a child's comic book flick. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2009
1/4 The Visitor (2007) Ross Anthony Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2009
2.5/4 Coraline (2009) Ross Anthony Ripe with colors and magic and mystery. 3D is very nice. Cools off towards end. Spooky. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2009
2.5/4 Defiance (2008) Ross Anthony A harrowing story of bravery & survival, Defiance tells it Hollywood-style. Still, somehow the true-story courage bleeds through the at-times hokey formula scripting. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2009
2.5/4 Must Read After My Death (2007) Ross Anthony As we seek to make sense of our own lives and relationships, a Leave it to Beaver family opens its vulnerable unspeakable underbelly to us. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2009
2/4 The International (2009) Ross Anthony The film opens with style, promise & top notch cinematography/direction. Sadly, after an hour of intrigue, thrill, & chase, the script sharply strays from earlier smarts. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2009
1.5/4 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Ross Anthony Martin's first Pink Panther actually tickled me. Sadly, this time, flat gags & off-color innuendoes double in quantity, while sincerely funny bits wane to a mere handful. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2/4 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Ross Anthony There's certainly some very good direction, editing and acting - especially by the kids. But the adult actors just didn't seem to carry the weight of the harrowing back story. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2009