movie film review | chris tookey

Richard Roeper


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Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
Got a lot of holiday spirit, and a lot of laughs.
 What a horrible, horrible film.
  (Danny Minton, KBTV-NBC)
 This animated abomination is so desperately awful that one walks away amazed at the power Sandler must wield in Hollywood to get it released at all.
  (Dawn Taylor, Portland Tribune)
 Animated drivel meant to enhance the self-image of drooling idiots.
  (John Anderson, Newsday)
 An abomination so horrendously bad that it defies description.
  (Wade Major, Box Office Magazine)
 Families looking for something to watch together should steer well clear, unless appreciation of outhouse humor is a family tradition.
  (Nell Minow, Movie Mom)
 Sets animation back 30 years, musicals back 40 years and Judaism back at least 50.
  (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
Down With Love (2003)
I love this film.
 Appallingly terrible from start to finish.
  (Victoria Alexander,
 Reminded me of a handsome, expensively dressed person with bad manners and no real sense of style.
  (Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee)
 It's too dull and hackneyed for the satirical spoof it intends to be, and the actors and director miss the charm and humor of the old Doris Day movies by a margin so wide it doesn't add up to a respectful homage, either.
  (Rex Reed, New York Observer)
 The film is juvenile when it should be adult, coarse when it ought to be bubbly, and upfront when witty circumspection is indicated.
  (Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide'S Movie Guide)
 This gave me a migraine so bad I virtually had to be hospitalised. The idea is to revive the udson/ Doris Day pillow talk comedy in uber-pastiche form, adding yet nore archness and irony, while subtracting any innocence or unassuming charm that might conceivably have made you feel affectionate about it in the first place... Ewan, kitted out in sharp suitings, is as attractive as a stoat in a tux.
  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
 Shot like the Doris Day-Rock Hudson movie from Hell, and acted with an archness that kills every laugh stone dead, the film makes Renee Zellweger look plain and puffy. Ewan McGregor comes across as a talentless amateur. Ugly, unfunny and utterly devoid of charm, it flopped in the States, and no wonder: it's painful to watch - a smirky turkey.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Frequently funny and thoroughly inspired.
 This turkey unfolds like the worst-ever episode of The Brady Bunch, only without a laugh track to tell us when we're supposed to be enjoying ourselves.
  (Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star)
 You don't so much watch this witless, charmless, pointless fiasco as sit hostage, waiting for it to end.
  (Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
 A bad sitcom expanded to 98 excruciatingly unfunny minutes.
  (Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press)
 Surprisingly mean-spirited, unfunny and features possibly the most annoying ensemble of child actors in recent memory.
  (Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City)
 Not only one of the worst films of the year, it is also a perfect example of why so many foreign countries hate America so much.
  (Peter Sobczynski, Critic Doctor)
The Family Stone (2005)
A film that is staggeringly accurate, sometimes painfully accurate, in capturing the dynamic of a smart, funny, tightly knit family unit.
 What could easily be one of the worst holiday movies ever made, it is painfully unfunny, contrived and completely joyless.
 (Stefan Halley, Hero Realm)
 Not the kind of family you'd want to spend an hour with, much less a weekend.
 (Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve)
 A rank slice of Christmas cheese.
 (Nicholas Schager, Slant Magazine)
 An absolute freakin' nightmare.
 (Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central)
 There are many ways to define the shrieking awfulness of The Family Stone, from the general lack of wit to the cheap exploitation of cancer to its casual cruelty.
 (Stephen Hunter, Washington Post)
 Fond though I am of the USA, when I emerged incredulously from The Family Stone, I couldnít help but be grateful for living in cynical Britain. This is one of those unctuously preachy, politically correct parables that could only be American. Sitting dry-eyed through the whole of this weepie-comedy is like having to spend the entire Christmas season being bombarded with marshmallows by Oprah Winfrey and wonderfully courageous, one-legged lesbians.
 (Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
[A] spectacular film!
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
Really funny.
Basic (2003)
[Basic] had a great sense of itself and it had a lot of fun taking us from one corner to the next and then spinning us around until we got dizzy and didnít know where we were. I like that.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
I know a lot of people who said this thing looks a lot like Dead Poets Society, well, so what?... Dead Poets Society was a really good film and this is a good film as well.
V for Vendetta (2006)
There are some great, brilliant action scenes, but this is more thoughtful and darker and more in the vein of Batman Begins. And that's a very good thing.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
One of the funniest movies of the decade. I want to get down on my knees and declare my undying love for this movie ... An instant classic. I laughed out loud 20 times... I don't think I can oversell this, I loved it. One of the funniest damn movies I've ever seen.
SWAT (2003)
This film is proof you can make a pretty exciting cop movie based on a fairly lousy cop TV show.
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