CineScene.com

CineScene.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Mark Sells, Nathaniel Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
This Sporting Life (1963) Dan Schneider his Sporting Life is not the most seamlessly made film, it claws and scratches its way to great art, led by the two most basic tools of the medium: a great script and great acting. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Chris Knipp Rarely does the art house audience receive such a juicy piece of stuff as this gruesome Swedish serial killer mystery. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2.5/5 Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig (2005) Christopher Campbell Gives no history or in depth examination of the actual school's program or why it makes sense for the album to provide it a benefit. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2007
Hana (2006) Howard Schumann While Koreeda is to be congratulated for attempting a major stylistic departure and for condemning the endless cycle of violence, Hana falls short of his best efforts. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2006
Offside (2006) Chris Knipp A lot of Offisde is astonishingly real, including the way everybody tries to talk their way out of everything. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2006
The Queen (2006) Shari L. Rosenblum For all its ceremony and noise, loneliness and wit, mostly The Queen simply tells a story, the new story of English royalty at the end of the twentieth century. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2006
Bamako (2006) Chris Knipp This is powerful stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2006
Why We Fight (2005) Chris Dashiell It's unfortunate that movies presenting a wider and more insightful view of our situation, such as Why We Fight, don't get the attention they should. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2006
A Fateless (2005) Howard Schumann There have been many films about the holocaust but none quite as intimate and personal. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2006
4/5 On the Outs (2004) Christopher Campbell Consider it the little film that could ... On the Outs constantly overcomes its own narrative problems, rising above many weaknesses by overshadowing them with effective strengths. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2006
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Nathaniel Rogers For a film this potentially dry, it speeds along at an absorbing clip. David Strathairn is excellent. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
The Constant Gardener (2005) Nathaniel Rogers A lot of righteous finger wagging along the way but many punches are pulled. More stylistic bark than substantive bite. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Nathaniel Rogers Giggle inducing with a few truly high quality guffaws. In terms of silly joy, it's hard to beat. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
The Aristocrats (2005) Nathaniel Rogers Laughs of discomfort or of the 'ewwww gross' variety are not really the same as good hearty laughs. You'll need a shower afterwards. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) Nathaniel Rogers After the bloated hit-and-miss feel of many of Burton's recent live-action work it is a joy to experience this throwback to the glory days. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
Syriana (2005) Nathaniel Rogers A firebomb heaved at the short-term thinking of amoral US interference in global affairs, but as a film it lacks clarity and fires in too many directions at once. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
4/5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Mark Sells As exhilarating as it is daunting, 'Goblet of Fire' is all grown up. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2005
5/5 Manderlay (2005) Christopher Campbell Because von Trier is never narrow in his intent, and his films provoke much discussion, even those who don't enjoy the film are not likely to walk away empty-handed. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2005
3/5 War of the Worlds (2005) Mark Sells A thrilling but frivolous ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
3/5 Cinderella Man (2005) Christopher Campbell [Giamatti] does an outstanding job keeping the story buoyant; he does the fancy footwork while Crowe displays the muscle and here the dance is more entertaining than the punch. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2005
3/5 Kicking & Screaming (2005) Mark Sells Plenty of chuckles and charm to keep the ball rolling. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2005
5/5 Finding Neverland (2004) Mark Sells Playfully heartwarming, it features another phenomenal performance by Johnny Depp in the leading role. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2004
5/5 The Incredibles (2004) Mark Sells Not only does 'The Incredibles' advance the art of animation, it takes the genre out of the ballpark. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2004
2/5 Paparazzi (2004) Mark Sells Fulfills every actor's dream...but it does so with tepid enthusiasm and indiscernible rationale. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2004
4/5 Garden State (2004) Mark Sells Somewhere between the Prozac and Zoloft is a comedy of intemerate charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2004
4.5/5 Collateral (2004) Mark Sells A brilliant example of great characters and conversation. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2004
3/5 Hellboy (2004) Mark Sells Dynamic in disposition, but ineffectually conveyed. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2004
3.5/5 Hidalgo (2004) Mark Sells An entertaining western adventure that radiates simplicity. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2004
4.5/5 Osama (2003) Mark Sells Beautifully balances political statement with artistic expression. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2004
3.5/5 Miracle (2004) Mark Sells The film has many great moments, but dare I say, it's not melodramatic enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2004
3/5 House of Sand and Fog (2003) Christopher Campbell The film is honorable in the way it doesn't take sides, but unfortunately the characters are annoying, stupid, and heartless. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2004
5/5 Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) Christopher Campbell It may just be the most inventive and imaginative film you see in some time. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2004
5/5 In America (2002) Mark Sells One the most lovable, moving films I have seen in recent years. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2003
1.5/5 The Singing Detective (2003) Mark Sells The film version struggles to find its own unique voice. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2003
4/5 The Human Stain (2003) Mark Sells A provocative illustration of public opinion at its worst. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2003
1.5/5 Cold Creek Manor (2003) Mark Sells Try as it might to hold our attention, it disappoints at every turn, ending in a whimper rather than a bang. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2003
3/5 The Magdalene Sisters (2002) Mark Sells Though it has a tendency to leave characters undeveloped and storylines empty, the overall portrait is significant. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2003
3/5 Le Divorce (2003) Mark Sells A scrumptious little film that has good intentions despite a general lack of direction. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2003
3.5/5 Camp (2003) Mark Sells It's a musical, it's a comedy, it's a drama, and it's a whole lotta fun! EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2003
4/5 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Mark Sells It's just darn good fun to see Arnie back in action. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2003
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Nathaniel Rogers Intentionally ludicrous and incoherent. The primary element setting Full Throttle apart from the action genres which it mocks is its self-awareness. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2003
3.5/5 Hulk (2003) Mark Sells Ang Lee creates a tragic, sentimental piece, a la King Kong, rather than a generic monster on the rampage type of film. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2003
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) Chris Dashiell A flawed but engaging ode to the picaresque that is truly one of a kind. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2003
Ladies of the Park (1945) Chris Dashiell Too plot-driven to be truly satisfying as a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2003
Trembling Before G-d (2001) Howard Schumann In an odd way, the documentary celebrates Judaism even while pointing out its flaws. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2003
Chicago (2002) Les Phillips I liked Chicago, and certainly recommend it. But if a new era of film musicals is indeed upon us, I hope they don't all look like this. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2003
25th Hour (2002) Nathaniel Rogers Bold, inspired, and provocative. Though the subject matter is despairing, the movie is most certainly alive. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2002
8 Mile (2002) Nathaniel Rogers 8 Mile is a great musical but as an inspirational drama it's trouble. Given that it revolves around a world where "keeping it real" is a permanent motto, it is, ironically enough, suspiciously phoney. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Nathaniel Rogers A little, but giddy, experiment that, perhaps appropriately, packs a big punch. Though it lacks the initial emotional resonance of Anderson's previous efforts, it is so blessedly itself that it becomes moving anyway. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2002
Red Dragon (2002) Nathaniel Rogers Perhaps the whole serial killer genre is now too much like Hannibal himself; too predictable and conventional for true terror to emerge. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2002