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Cathy Burke

Cathy Burke
Cathy Burke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): United Press International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit) (1988) It's good to have veteran and able actor Sidney Poitier back on the screen again, and his contribution to Shoot to Kill helps make this action-thriller set in the mountain wilds of the Northwest a slick and satisfying film.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
100% Swimming To Cambodia (1987) It is both drama at its most entertaining -- and an enlightening peronal lesson in the history of America's involvement in Cambodia during the Vietnam era.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
98% Broadcast News (1987) This bittersweet love story is set against the world of network news and writer-producer-director James Brooks fills his satire with some lovable heros and villains -- and characters that don't quite fit into either category.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
97% Big (1988) What makes this all work, of course, is Hanks himself, who brings remarkable authenticity and simplicity to the role. He makes being a kid seem as wonderful as it was, and as scary and as confusing too.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Directed by 'Robert Zemeckis, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a murder mystery turned on its (very long rabbit) ears, and a spirited tribute to the magic of animation and laughter.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
97% The Princess Bride (1987) The Princess Bride is a worthy descendant to the Fractured Fairytales of yore. The characters -- both real and imaginary -- give every frame of The Princess Bride its own magic mirth. ‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
97% Bull Durham (1988) Writer-director Ron Shelton tells a wonderful story of how a veteran ballplayer and up-and-comer collide in the world of the minor leagues, and how they are loved by a baseball groupie who's also a philosopher and poet.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
94% Matewan: A Luta Final (1987) Matewan is an earnest and sympathetic look at both the universal tragedy of the exploitation of workers and the specific tragedy of the struggle of the Matewan townspeople to find some dignity in a harsh existence. ‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
94% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) The antics alone are fun to watch, but the dialogue is priceless, and there's never been such a hilarious blend of American and British humor.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
94% Midnight Run (1988) What makes Midnight Run so remarkable are its principals, and the supporting cast that keep the audience titillated, laughing and excited for the film's entire 128 minute-running time.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
93% Moonstruck (1987) Jewison's point seems to be that love may not be perfect, but it can be sweet fun.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
91% Raising Arizona (1987) A non-stop chase movie filled with so much good humor it's like an all-expense paid trip to another planet.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
91% La Bamba (1987) This is a movie about music and it is the Valens sound, a unique blending of Latin rhythm and rock beat, that prevents La Bamba from being just another example of Hollywood hero worship.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
91% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) The film barrels along with a bumbling zeal, but it's comedy at its most predictable.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
91% Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Metal Jacket, produced, directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, is not an easy film to watch, but from the first frame to the last, it is a riveting one.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
90% The Last Emperor (1987) It is the grandeur of the boy king and his unreal opulent world that is best remembered, splendid and isolated, and at last, because of its loneliness, sad.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
90% Roxanne (1987) Roxanne has a way of making you feel good even though you know it may be the corniest movie you've seen. Filled with romance, from its plot to the scenery, Roxanne makes no apologies for its sweet fervor.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
90% Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) The film is all Williams; he has a field day with this character and this country and this period in history, with all its horror -- and comedy.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
90% Married to the Mob (1988) Married to the Mob is full of promise, but goes nowhere, apparently satisfied enough with being avant-garde and hip.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
90% RoboCop (1987) While there's enough blood and guts to satisfy the most avid cop-film fan, this version is played for as many laughs as gasps. Robocop has the same slapstick look at violence that made Mad Max so quirky and appealing.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
89% The Big Easy (1987) Set against a Cajun background, the movie is a bird's-eye view of a little-known culture operating within a totally familiar urban context. The effect is exhilarating.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
89% Rain Man (1988) The story may be too black for many looking for a light comedy, or entertainment-escape. But it's a film that's haunting in the way it unravels the love at the core of two brothers who discover each other.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
83% Dead Ringers (1988) Dead Ringers may be a beautifully structured and well-acted movie, but it certainly's isn't an easy film to watch. Still, if you like horror movies, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat, albeit squirming every minute.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
83% Working Girl (1988) Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver steal the show with their good guy-bad guy roles.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
83% Things Change (1988) Things Change is like the careful telling of a sly and spirited joke. Everything builds slowly, and the telling is as important as the punch line.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
82% Innerspace (1987) Short's physical humor is exuberant and fun to watch, and Dennis Quaid, playing the pilot of the miniature ship that voyages through Short, puts in a good performance as the hot-shot with the "right stuff."‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2002
82% Colors (1988) Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play a mismatched team of cops on a special anti-gang task force on the Los Angeles Police Department. Their characters' growth makes this movie much more than a sensational look at street gangs, which it most certainly is.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
82% The Untouchables (1987) Taut screenwriting (David Mamet) and a superb cast -- including a prize-winning performance by Sean Connery as the veteran Chicago cop -- help make 'The Untouchables' a classic.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
81% The Accidental Tourist (1988) The strength of the film is that of the novel: an intoxicating brew of irresistable characters.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
81% Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) The comedian proves himself -- again -- as an unfailing mimic with astounding energy.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
81% The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese's most provocative film also turns out to be uncomfortably slow-paced and sluggish.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
81% Bat 21 (1988) Bat 21 belongs to Hackman and Glover, and director Markle has the good sense to let these two veterans take over the show.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
80% Good Morning, Babylon (1987) It will take most Americans more than just a little effort to believe the Hollywood of this movie is the same place that eventually produced Rambo II.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
78% Wall Street (1987) The conflict may be familiar, but Stone brings the mystery of Wall Street's heros and villains, its big-stakes players and two-bit salesmen into sharp focus. It's a look that is both exhilarating and astounding.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
78% Five Corners (1987) Bill presents his story of 5 Corners with a delicate mix of passion and humor, satire and devotion. It's the story of a time in America that became a crossroads for a generation, as well as for a unique neighborhood called 5 Corners.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
78% Madame Sousatzka (1988) Madame Sousatzka is a perfect one-woman show, and this show belongs to its star, Shirley MacLaine.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
77% Tin Men (1987) Levinson has an unerring eye for the trappings of the period, and like Diner, the supporting characters add a realism that is often forgotten in the 'big movie' mentality of the 80s.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
77% The Hidden (1987) Taking the best of recent sci-fi, action and cop films, this movie adds a new twist, throws in a demonic dog and comes up with some entertaining -- and scary -- fare.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
76% The Witches of Eastwick (1987) This quirky tale of power, love and loneliness can't help but entertain with its lush photography (by Vimos Zsigmond) and heavenly cast.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
76% Frantic (1988) It's a film about ordinary people put in unordinary circumstances pressed to extraordinary levels, and the film itself becomes extraordinary by the effort.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
75% Empire of the Sun (1987) Empire of the Sun is a breathtaking movie in its scope and energy. It's just that, true to its childlike quality, this film is just a little too over-anxious to get its point across.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
75% Baby Boom (1987) It's a ditzy comedy that also manages to make a good point about the cruel choices people are forced to make.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
74% The Fourth Protocol (1987) The Fourth Protocol not only does what a good spy movie should do, twist and turn through treachery and deceit to the inevitable surprising conclusion, it also does what any good movie should do, entertain by telling a good story well.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
72% Adventures in Babysitting (1987) The direction is fast-paced, the characters are vulnerable and sympathetic and even the bad guys have their moments.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
72% The Living Daylights (1987) Dalton's Bond brings the British spy much closer to the head and heart of a real character.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
71% Scrooged (1988) It would be hard to improve upon the classic, after all, and Scrooged not only sticks to the Dickens plot, but makes it believable as a modern fable. But the more difficult part of Scrooged is its modernization, the colorization of Dickens, if you will.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
70% Extreme Prejudice (1987) Though not perfect, Extreme Prejudice provides a steely Nick Nolte as the white hat hero and for those who pine for the days when Westerns were king, the film is worth seeing.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
69% Lady in White (1988) Lady in White, written and directed by Frank LaLoggia, manages to combine the eery and ordinary in a fanciful and melancholy ghost tale.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
69% Dirty Dancing (1987) It's a sweet, lyrical movie with plenty of musical nostalgia. But more importantly, Dirty Dancing has an uplifting message of hope that can be found only in the dreams of the young.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
67% Coming to America (1988) Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, takes a lame idea and some very talented comedic actors and manages to avoid a complete disaster. But just barely.‐ United Press International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017