Palo Alto Weekly - Rotten Tomatoes

Palo Alto Weekly

All reviews published on Palo Alto Weekly always count toward the Tomatometer score because it is a Tomato-approved publication.
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
Lays the emotional tension on thick but punctuates it with nimble wit.
Posted Apr 5, 2006
2
3/4
A delicious character study that attracts and repels.
Posted Apr 4, 2006
3
2.5/4
Check your brain at the door and give in to the serio-comic moves of this hackneyed charmer.
Posted Apr 4, 2006
4
1.5/4
Not without a lingering element of guilty pleasure but ultimately just another walk in the park for the mad dame Catherine.
Posted Mar 29, 2006
5
3.5/4
Jason Reitman's wickedly droll and irreverent comedy is a politically incorrect breath of fresh air.
Posted Mar 22, 2006
6
3.5/4
7
3.5/4
Fernando Eimbcke's crisp visual sense and ear for comic timing propel the narrative forward with honest energy.
Posted Mar 22, 2006
8
3/4
Inside Man (2006)
Spike Lee knows how to coax novelty out of conventional drama.
Posted Mar 22, 2006
9
3.5/4
A political and symbolic thinking person's action movie.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
10
1/4
Ask the Dust (2006)
A minimalist melodrama that's badly frayed at the seams and threatening to unravel.
Posted Mar 13, 2006
11
2.5/4
An affecting film about sorrow and triumph that delivers redemption by the shovel-full.
Posted Mar 13, 2006
12
2.5/4
13
1.5/4
The title is perfectly apt -- and too easy a target -- for this romantic comedy that never shifts out of second gear.
Posted Mar 7, 2006
14
3/4
15
2.5/4
16 Blocks (2006)
Crooked cops, sketchy crooks and Bruce Willis as a washed-up detective -- this one has seen-it-before down to a science.
Posted Mar 6, 2006
16
3.5/4
Lets loose with wit and style.
Posted Mar 1, 2006
17
3/4
Why We Fight (2006)
A stirring anti-war doc...deciphering fifty years of military misadventure.
Posted Mar 1, 2006
18
2.5/4
A kinetic guilty pleasure.
Posted Feb 21, 2006
19
3.5/4
Bawdy behind-the-scenes comedy that neatly straddles antiquated fantasy and contemporary reality.
Posted Feb 20, 2006
20
2/4
The pain-and-destruction humor won't tickle everyone as pink as the cartoon character but still provides some good escapist fare.
Posted Feb 18, 2006
21
3.5/4
Eight Below (2006)
Eager dog owners may find themselves hounding for a husky after nibbling on this cinematic treat.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
22
2/4
Freedomland (2006)
Shady stereotypes, conventional images and a surplus of dangling tangents stall the action.
Posted Feb 14, 2006
23
2/4
Quote not available.
Posted Feb 11, 2006
24
3.5/4
Quote not available.
Posted Feb 11, 2006
25
2/4
Fans curious about George should explore the inquisitive simian's literary exploits rather than this big-screen banana.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
26
3/4
Roger Donaldson crafts his little-movie-that-could with an eye towards maximum inspiration.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
27
1.5/4
Firewall (2006)
Trots out every stereotype in the book.
Posted Feb 8, 2006
28
3/4
A Good Woman (2006)
Passionate flair periodically turns theatrical but a snappy twist of a climax marks this social satire with a scarlet A for effort.
Posted Feb 1, 2006
29
2/4
Annapolis (2006)
The film comes across like a recruiting commercial with subliminal 'Join the Navy' messages layered throughout.
Posted Jan 30, 2006
30
3.5/4
Caché (2005)
Turns screws and perpetuate guilt in riveting Hitchcockian style.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
31
3.5/4
Transamerica (2006)
Circumvents treacly lessons in tolerance and rewards itself with the resonance of re-birth and second chances.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
32
3/4
Nanny McPhee (2006)
Emma Thompson's smart script and the uncanny dignity she brings to her Mary Poppins-esque children's nurse make up for a lot of flaws.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
33
3/4
The Matador (2006)
A refreshingly tetchy indie wrapped in mainstream clothing.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
34
2.5/4
Over-calculated and less than it should be but not without its charms.
Posted Jan 18, 2006
35
3/4
Saved by its intrepid character portrayals and an evocative sense of what-if? that pervades one of history's most enduring and storied love affairs.
Posted Jan 17, 2006
36
3/4
Arthur Reinhart's stunning images repeatedly isolate Isolde among the cool, gray expanse of natural settings. She's a freethinking woman at the mercy of powerful forces beyond her control, trapped in the wrong place at the wrong time in history.
Posted Jan 15, 2006
37
3/4
Glory Road (2006)
In a day and age that has violent slasher flicks gobbling up movie-goers' box-office bucks, it's refreshing to see a film that stresses cooperation, effort and racial equality over shock value.
Posted Jan 13, 2006
38
1.5/4
Hoodwinked (2005)
An irksome, postmodernist hodgepodge.
Posted Jan 11, 2006
39
2/4
As the story's disjointed perspective widens the energy dwindles and the film loses focus.
Posted Jan 11, 2006
40
4/4
Match Point (2005)
A masterwork.
Posted Jan 8, 2006
41
3/4
All the performers act in big, broad strokes. They create a comic world consistent in its over-the-top qualities and seem to have such a good time doing so that their zany spirit is infectious.
Posted Dec 31, 2005
42
1.5/4
Casanova (2005)
Quote not available.
Posted Dec 31, 2005
43
1/4
Wolf Creek (2005)
Viewers eager to embrace 90 minutes of footage featuring women being brutalized, beaten, stalked and slaughtered may want to consider some serious introspection.
Posted Dec 30, 2005
44
3/4
The Bonnie and Clyde formula gets a healthy dose of laughing gas with this hilarious and apropos slice of social commentary.
Posted Dec 21, 2005
45
2.5/4
Rumor Has It (2005)
An easy comedy that will please some audiences but disappoint those who seek the cinematic road less traveled.
Posted Dec 21, 2005
46
2.5/4
A fizzy tonic amidst stiller holiday fare.
Posted Dec 21, 2005
47
3/4
Munich (2005)
A melodramatic yet accessible drama that's perfectly in keeping with the politically turbulent times.
Posted Dec 20, 2005
48
3.5/4
King Kong (2005)
Director Peter Jackson carries King Kong to new heights.
Posted Dec 14, 2005
49
2.5/4
Despite his mainstream-heavy sensibility Marshall has crafted a textured film companion to Arthur Golden's stunning masterwork.
Posted Dec 14, 2005
50
3/4
Who doesn't enjoy wallowing in another family's miserable holiday dynamic?
Posted Dec 13, 2005