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Gene Seymour

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
36% Wet Hot American Summer (2001) But even with its tackiness arched at an ironic angle, "Wet Hot American Summer's" long-term fate is to become at best a last-minute accessory to a Blockbuster night of pizza and beverages.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
19% Pokémon - The Movie 2000 (2000) This freshly baked and frosted big-screen "Pokemon" goes down with a sweetness that charms without talking down to its audience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
92% Obit (2017) One comes away from "Obit" grateful that the paper has at its disposal a team of humane, gifted people who make commemorating the dead a lively, lasting art.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
32% Good Burger (1997) [Good Burger] will satisfy their audience's appetite for basic, messy silliness while leaving many grown-ups mildly bemused by the fuzzy obviousness of its humor, the gawky pacing of its sight gags and the second-handedness of its slapstick.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
55% Blade (1998) Such techno-action may give Blade enough power for a sequel, but one is left wondering whether there's any room for its central character to sustain interest beyond this flashy debut.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
5% The Avengers (1998) The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
3% Deuces Wild (2002) Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2013
48% The Losers (2010) Movies aren't loaded weapons, though sometimes, they do go off when their users aren't careful.‐
Posted Apr 22, 2010
59% Bra Boys (2008) You know going in that this is going to be a fairly one-sided portrait. But it's also fairly thorough with its archival footage, historical and sociological perspective.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/5 18% Righteous Kill (2008) They seem comfortable enough in each other's company on-screen to make you wish there were more scenes that allowed them to just kick back and riff. It'd be a lot more enjoyable than watching the movie strain for clarity -- or cleverness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2008
2.5/4 49% Sex and the City (2008) A lot different from, say, watching several SATC episodes on DVD in succession as if gobbling fudge brownies. That may be OK for the living room, but in a multiplex, you just want things to move along already.‐ Newsday
Posted May 30, 2008
3/4 50% Then She Found Me (2007) Gaunt, grim and wound as tight as a ukulele's string, April Epner (Helen Hunt), the elementary schoolteacher undergoing the mother of all midlife crises in Then She Found Me, is a stern challenge to an audience's collective sympathy.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 24, 2008
2.5/4 48% The Ruins (2008) The usual gore-and-gristle fare, but this one serves it up with a tad more suggestiveness and smarts.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 7, 2008
2.5/4 47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) Snarkiness and sentiment are in constant battle for supremacy throughout Run Fat Boy Run with no chance of a comfortable draw.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2008
3/4 80% The Hammer (2007) It's no classic, but, unlike recent attempts at sports comedy (we're looking at you, Semi-Pro), The Hammer comes through by not seeming to try too hard.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2008
2.5/4 67% Irina Palm (2008) It could have been a delicately witty comedy of manners.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2008
2/4 26% Drillbit Taylor (2008) The Apatow vibe may still carry some righteous mojo. But Drillbit Taylor proves that even the smoothest-running hit machine can stand a tuneup every few miles.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2008
3/4 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is the first feature-length Seuss movie adaptation to adequately evoke the warmhearted eccentricity of Theodore Geisel's classic children's books.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2008
3/4 79% The Bank Job (2008) The Bank Job is fun to watch while both the heist and its often bloody consequences unravel in front of you.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2008
3/4 54% Married Life (2008) [The] four principal actors are such worthy vehicles for sustaining the throbbing pace and shifting moods of this chamber piece that it's difficult to single anyone out.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2008
1.5/4 12% College Road Trip (2008) College Road Trip is the kind of movie that its audiences will use once for blowing off steam and then toss aside as if it were shrink-wrap.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2008
2.5/4 75% Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007) Despite its contrivances and flashiness, City of Men somehow wins you over with its steady, underlying flow of intimacy and compassion.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 28, 2008
2.5/4 81% Chicago 10 (2008) If presentation of the tumultuous events before, during and after the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago will suffice for a feature-length film, then it's hard to imagine a more ferocious or inventive depiction than Chicago 10.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 28, 2008
2/4 54% Penelope (2006) If only Penelope knew what it truly wished to be and how to go about it.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 28, 2008
2/4 22% Semi-Pro (2008) You keep watching Semi-Pro and waiting for its potentially hilarious setup to deliver the goods. And after a while, you realize that the laughter comes only in anticipation of a payoff that never quite arrives.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 28, 2008
3/4 93% The Counterfeiters (2007) [Director] Ruzowitzky wisely knows he doesn't have to be overly emphatic in orchestrating the tension of both the moral conundrum and the always uncertain fate of the inmates.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 21, 2008
2.5/4 65% Be Kind Rewind (2008) Even though its thin conceit strains and stumbles into being, Gondry's movie somehow ingratiates itself to the dauntless dreamer that lives within each of us.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 21, 2008
3/4 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) As movie fantasies go, The Spiderwick Chronicles has a modest, almost ramshackle aggressiveness that, against all odds, manages to enchant, if not exactly transport.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2008
3/4 71% Ezra (2008) Since the movie, however infuriating, is a plea for mercy, the audience is compelled to forgive Ezra its often jittery and confusing overlaps.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2008
2.5/4 59% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) A tad overlong, but as vanity projects go, this is warm, openhearted stuff.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 7, 2008
1.5/4 11% Fool's Gold (2008) An 'as-if' romantic adventure reunites How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days lovebirds Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in a sun-soaked treasure hunt that squanders everybody's time, including yours.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2.5/4 23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) Even when the movie's overplayed or undercooked, its roughhousing energy grows on you.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 7, 2008
1.5/4 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) Even the worst movies are capable of bending the laws of time. Still, there's something really special about the way Over Her Dead Body makes its 93 minutes seem more like nine hours.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 31, 2008
0.5/4 2% Meet the Spartans (2008) What's the point of making a parody that's dumber than the stuff it parodies?‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 25, 2008
1.5/4 12% The Air I Breathe (2008) With any luck, The Air I Breathe should be the last gasp of the faux-Altmanesque school of serendipitous storytelling.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 24, 2008
2/4 38% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) The battle sequences are so muddled in execution that we can't tell who's killing whom. Which may have been the point, but knowing Stallone -- and Rambo -- one doubts that very much.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 24, 2008
2.5/4 80% Teeth (2007) The gratuitous and often overly garish mayhem is made more palatable by the assured comedic turn by Weixler.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2.5/4 41% The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything has just enough unassuming cleverness to keep you from checking your watch while the little people in your company get wrapped up in the color and clamor.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 10, 2008
2/4 39% The Killing of John Lennon (2006) The only revelations in The Killing of John Lennon are those we could have picked up ourselves, assuming we cared enough to do so.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 3, 2008
3/4 87% The Orphanage (2007) Plot details only hint at the subtle metaphors lurking in Sergio G. Snchez's script and the gut-wrenching jolts elegantly orchestrated by first-time director Juan Antonio Bayona.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 2, 2008
2.5/4 74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) [An] erratic, but enjoyable goof from the Judd Apatow hit-making machine.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
2.5/4 25% P.S. I Love You (2007) A mostly overheated farrago of sentiment, self-help and romantic cliche.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
2.5/4 79% The Great Debaters (2007) Now that it's possible to get stories about thoughtful African-Americans on the big screen, is it too much to ask that the stories be more thoughtful as well?‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
4/4 96% Persepolis (2007) Persepolis provides an achingly intimate view of how one young girl's hopes and fantasies come under siege by events beyond her control.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
3.5/4 96% Nanking (2007) Nanking submits yet another reminder, if any more were needed, of how wickedness in the 20th century achieved dimensions previously considered unimaginable -- or unbearable.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 13, 2007
2.5/4 32% Youth Without Youth (2007) There's just enough greatness scattered in Youth Without Youth to make you wonder why there can't be more.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 13, 2007
2.5/4 28% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) The sight of enhanced Alvin and the Chipmunks in the movie of the same name is far less squirm-inducing than one might have feared.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 13, 2007
3/4 54% This Christmas (2007) Writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II serves up an overstuffed but satisfying Yuletide comedy-drama with a fine cast.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 20, 2007
2.5/4 93% Enchanted (2007) A shimmering pastiche of missed opportunities.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 20, 2007
3/4 71% Beowulf (2007) The fight sequences -- on land, in mid-air or underwater -- fulfill your most ardent expectations for 3-D thrills.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 15, 2007