Montreal Film Journal

Montreal Film Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kevin N. Laforest
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Master (2012) Kevin N. Laforest The latest masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2012
The Expendables 2 (2012) Kevin N. Laforest It brings back everything that was good about the first movie and makes it truly great, then adds a whole bunch of extra awesome on top of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2012
4/4 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Kevin N. Laforest One hell of an ambitious, provocative, epic picture. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2012
4/4 Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) Kevin N. Laforest A live-action cartoon of a Technicolor musical, in eye-popping 3D! EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2012
3/4 Familiar Grounds (2011) Kevin N. Laforest Little by little, it draws us in nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2011
4/4 Rabbit Hole (2010) Kevin N. Laforest The sharp angles and rough edges of Nicole Kidman's performance appear all the more vividly. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2010
4/4 The Fighter (2010) Kevin N. Laforest It does somewhat feel different than many other movies in the genre because of its very realistic, gritty, intimate approach. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
4/4 Black Swan (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Further establishes Darren Aronofsky as one of the true visionaries of contemporary American cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2.5/4 Faster (2010) Kevin N. Laforest An action thriller that, while flawed, still reminds us that, if he really wanted to, The Rock could still become the next Schwarzenegger. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2010
4/4 Enter the Void (2009) Kevin N. Laforest At his best, Gaspar Noé is so far ahead of everyone else that Enter the Void remains an absolute must-see, as flawed and exhausting as it can be. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2010
3.5/4 Never Let Me Go (2010) Kevin N. Laforest A sad, beautiful, thought-provoking picture that works on many different levels. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2010
3.5/4 A Letter to Elia (2010) Kevin N. Laforest As much, if not more about Scorsese as it is about Kazan. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2010
4/4 The Social Network (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Easily ranks as one of the best films of 2010, and David Fincher's best work this side of Fight Club and Se7en. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
2/4 Heartbeats (2010) Kevin N. Laforest What Xavier Dolan's sophomore effort lacks is a true sense of purpose. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2010
3.5/4 Incendies (2010) Kevin N. Laforest A Greek tragedy set against the backdrop of a war movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/4 Machete (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Worth seeing for fans of Rodriguez's brand of Tex-Mex splatstick. Just don't expect it to be anything more than what it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3.5/4 The American (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Anton Corbijn is clearly more interested in mood, atmosphere and visual storytelling than in the plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/4 Piranha (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Like a Troma production with a bigger budget and a better-known cast, but just as much gore, gratuitous nudity and disregard for good taste. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3/4 The Expendables (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Flawed, but the action scenes are as violent, ridiculous and over the top as you could hope for. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2010
3/4 The Other Guys (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Sloppy, slapdash and uneven, but hilarious nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/4 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Cartoons, video games, comic books, action movies, music, girls: this is basically all I ever loved packed into two hours. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/4 Inception (2010) Kevin N. Laforest An intellectualized action flick or an action-packed intellectual film? The answer, of course, is that it's both. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2010
2.5/4 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Kevin N. Laforest I almost want to recommend the movie anyway for the sheer lunacy that Nicolas Cage [and Jay Baruchel] bring to it. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
2.5/4 Predators (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Adrien Brody does what he can, but at the end of the day, he'll never be as badass and physically imposing as Arnold Schwarzenegger. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2010
3.5/4 The Last Airbender (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Shyamalan has taken what could have been a big, flashy, generic Hollywood production and made it wholly his own. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2010
3.5/4 The Karate Kid (2010) Kevin N. Laforest A total crowd-pleaser, featuring a star-making turn by Jaden Smith. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2010
3.5/4 Shrek Forever After (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Reminds us why we fell in love with these characters, while also finding different ways for them to interact in a new adventure. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2010
2.5/4 Iron Man 2 (2010) Kevin N. Laforest There are interesting ideas and cool moments, but momentum is rarely allowed to build and characters regularly seem to be forgotten about. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2010
3.5/4 Kick-Ass (2010) Kevin N. Laforest An irreverent send-up of comic book movies that's as hilarious as it is badass. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2010
2.5/4 Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Rather hit and miss, but it did make me laugh quite a few times, most often courtesy of Rob Corddry. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2010
3/4 The Runaways (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Most often, it seems to get off on the titillating mayhem that is at the core of the story of the first all-girl rock band. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2010
3/4 Alice in Wonderland (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Faithful to Lewis Carroll's vision or not, I liked the ride Tim Burton took me on here. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2010
4/4 A Prophet (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as such gangster movie classics as The Godfather, Scarface, Goodfellas and City of God. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/4 Cop Out (2010) Kevin N. Laforest Kevin Smith's hilarious homage to 1980s buddy cop action comedies. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
From Paris With Love (2010) Kevin N. Laforest I mean, sure, Pierre Morel makes dumb, loud and violent B-movies... That's the whole point! EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
3.5/4 The White Ribbon (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Michael Haneke's latest is a great film, but... EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2010
3.5/4 7 Days (2010) Kevin N. Laforest This first feature from Daniel Grou, which recently premiered at Sundance, has much to offer. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2010
4/4 Avatar (2009) Kevin N. Laforest The best picture of 2009, one of the best films of the decade and, really, one of the best movies I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/4 Invictus (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Eastwood directs all this with skill if not overwhelming urgency, delivering a classy, sincere, meticulously crafted picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2009
3.5/4 The Blind Side (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Hardly the most daring, profound or clever picture of the year, but certainly one of the most touching. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2009
3.5/4 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Kevin N. Laforest An exquisitely crafted visual experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2009
3/4 40 Is the New 20 (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Easily Simon Boisvert's best film to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2009
4/4 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Kevin N. Laforest I truly hope I never turn into the kind of person who isn't able to enjoy a movie like this. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2009
3.5/4 World's Greatest Dad (2009) Kevin N. Laforest This is like the Todd Solondz or Alexander Payne version of a Robin Williams father-son comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2009
2.5/4 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Not particulary good, but at times, the mayhem gets so over the top that it's hard not to have a big grin on your face. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2009
4/4 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Hysterically fun and gloriously excessive, Quentin Tarantino's latest is right up there with Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2009
3.5/4 Funny People (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Judd Apatow's funniest, best film so far. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2009
2.5/4 I Killed My Mother (2009) Kevin N. Laforest Xavier Dolan is definitely a promising filmmaker. But his debut remains too uneven to be entirely satisfying, as far as I'm concerned. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3.5/4 Outlander (2008) Kevin N. Laforest This is honestly better than all the big Hollywood blockbusters that have been released so far this summer. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2009
3/4 Terminator Salvation (2009) Kevin N. Laforest While the post-apocalyptic environment and the action sequences put together by director McG are effective, they lack a sense of fun. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2009