David Elliott Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Bolero (1984) Alas, Bo will never, never be an actress.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
0% The Slugger's Wife (1985) This is the most nakedly calculated film Simon has written (which is really saying something), and also the least funny.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
82% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) It has a creamy surface and junky insides.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
88% Phar Lap (Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation) (1983) The film is richly acted... And it's as well paced as a good race by director Simon Wincer.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
66% 2010 (1984) Hyams directed, produced, scripted, even supervised photography, but his dossier is not that of a masterbuilder. He's a sturdy craftsman who gets all the gears moving in tight rhythm. His film is impressive but not elating.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
85% Tightrope (1984) On an action fan's gut level, I like Eastwood. There's no other star who can pull off tense, John Wayneish moments so well.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
79% Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) Mazursky taps and carbonates a rich source Boudu Saved From Drowning, Rene Fauchois' play that became a classic 1931 movie directed by Jean Renoir.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
36% Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) From its whip 'em up music to its doggy cliches, the movie is a rubbish pile. Even the vaunted action scenes... don't show fresh verve or tactical flair. They're just stunts with big price tags.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
52% Dune (1984) Inside Dune is a good freak show struggling to get out (and failing).‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
58% Weird Science (1985) Weird Science has a laser-line to the hopes and fears of teen-age boys.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet Torchlight (1984) [Ian McShane] is irrepressibly slimy and entertaining. Not since Malcolm McDowell played a creep Nazi (in a movie I have otherwise managed to forget) has a villain done such solo salvage work on his scenes in a terrible film.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
11% Band of the Hand (1986) Dumb movies are with us always, but it isn't every week that we have a Band of the Hand. Flawlessly false, it breaks into the elite of the super-stupid.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
85% The Sure Thing (1985) The Sure Thing is one of those movies that start to fade right after you've seen it, but while you're watching there's pleasure to be had in its craft.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
0% Solarbabies (1986) Solarbabies is baked in the cliche oven, and then iced with derivations.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Bear (1984) The Bear hawks the oldest line in sports films, telling us in various ways that Bryant was a "maker of men." We can believe it, and even admire it, because Busey brings out Bryant's courtly grace, his instinctual decency.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
76% The Cotton Club (1984) This movie would have been ruined by good taste. It is spendthrift on every level but logic, and at times inane, yet a smashing entertainment.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
22% City Heat (1984) Imagine The Sting without charm, and you have a fix on City Heat.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
40% The Evil That Men Do (1984) The Evil That Men Do is an efficient C.B. machine.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
71% Under the Volcano (1984) There are nips of beauty and terror, but the movie starts small and then shrinks.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) It must have been fun for the film's makers to work in London, Paris, Rome and Southern Germany, but their fun didn't get exported to us.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
97% Ran (1985) This film is the visual epic of the year, and one of the few really great movies of the 80s.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
67% The Stone Boy (1984) This film is sincere, earnest and irritating.‐ Gannett News Service
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
97% Lost in America (1985) With co-writer Monica Johnson, his collaborator on Real Life and Modern Romance, Brooks has scripted the perfect outing for his gifts.‐ Copley News Service
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Maturing performances are a bonus, but the show's the thing, and by now it seems much richer than any theme park that could ever be made from it.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/5 100% Waste Land (2010) With Walker and cinematographer Dudu Miranda, Muniz has a hawk's eye for the weird beauty of bulldozed hillocks of trash and the catador faces that he chose to star in photographic portraits.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 33% Wild Target (2010) A few tart, amusing lines echo the fabled Kind Hearts and Coronets, yet this British movie based on a French farce falls into morbid silliness.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 86% Kings of Pastry (2010) The makers are left, finally, a few cookies short.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
73% Prometheus (2012) The story is a lurching carnival of budget blasts.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/4 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Devout fans will have to go. For the rest of us, the best rewards of this show were long ago, in a galaxy that now seems far, far away.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2015
3/5 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Strong effects, good design, and an exciting use of nature help to empower Stewart and Theron, who inject a rich, double dose of feminism.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/4 91% Crime After Crime (2011) Despite its plodding tactics, the movie is an alarming witness.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 92% Children of Men (2006) Here is your post-holiday depression pill: Children of Men. Not to relieve depression. To cause it.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 95% The King's Speech (2010) The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 95% The Artist (2011) Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
3/4 71% Carnage (2011) The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Like Tiepolo, Miyazaki is a winged artist who flies in his own space, taking gravity with him. He can put us into a childish stupor of anticipation, then satisfaction. His vision is so free that it captivates.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) The grand finish, if not always inspired, feels necessary. In a sustained, imaginative way, this is the best of any movie series.‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 18, 2014
4/4 94% Moneyball (2011) Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
6% Underclassman (2005) The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/4 96% Persepolis (2007) Persepolis feels abstract, never deeply personal, because Satrapi offers only surfaces and push-pin thoughts while sharing here sincere but glib sisterhood with Iranian history.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3.5/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Anderson is a gambler who likes wild cards.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 22% Mad Money (2008) What's not to believe? A lot. But asking for bolted logic and dramatic structure in such a movie is about like asking former Fed chief Alan Greenspan to open a mosh pit in Miami. Anyway, the money in the bank here is Keaton.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
1/4 40% 27 Dresses (2008) The film 27 Dresses only seems like a lobotomy. In fact, this is public surgery to install a new vacuum tube for airheads into the generic chick flick, model 2008.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 96% Diva (1981) Had Wile E. Coyote chased Jean-Luc Godard, the result might have been Diva.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/5 41% The Bucket List (2007) The Bucket List gets through its list while rarely seeming a chore. Its two great stars invite us into their company, often amusingly, always humanly.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 11, 2008
2/4 87% The Orphanage (2007) The truly disturbing element is the heavy reliance on childhood loneliness, fear and sickness.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) It would be inhuman not to empathize with the actual man's plight, but the movie is a sophisticated prod, pushing us inside its own Bauby.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 65% The Kite Runner (2007) Afghanistan is a nation tortured by history, but the core feeling in The Kite Runner is heartburning love of the place, its proud people and dusty, rugged beauty.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 89% The Savages (2007) The movie greedily uses its rich cast.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007