Dennis King

Dennis King
Dennis King's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Tulsa World
Publications: Tulsa World

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 64% Love Actually (2003) A trim here, a tuck there, a couple of extraneous characters being shown the cutting-room floor and "Love Actually" might actually have emerged as a genuine, warmhearted holiday classic. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) The Original Kings of Comedy is a bracing rush of laughter -- laughter at our differences, laughter at our anger, laughter at our common absurdities, laughter that brings us all closer together. These guys are royally funny. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 49% Jurassic Park III (2001) Having been through the park on two previous rides, the novelty is now missing and the sublime sense of dread, discovery and excitement of the earlier films is sorely dwindled. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 45% The Way of the Gun (2000) Before it fires off a few too many volleys of bullets for its own good, The Way of the Gun rolls out as a noirish, contemporary crime drama with a cool, retro-Western air. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/4 33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Despite this material's definite loss of innocence and surprise, it offers some engaging moments. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/4 47% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993) Put a leash on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and call it a dog. This mangy comedy showcase for funnyman Jim Carrey trots through virtually every lowbrow laugh-getter imaginable, short of hiking its leg over a fire hydrant. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/4 33% In the Cut (2003) There's nothing terribly involving or enlightening in this brooding fever dream about life and death on the dingy margins of the city. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 52% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) On a pure production level, Die Hard With a Vengeance is first-rate work. Its highly elaborate stunts and explosions are expertly choreographed and executed. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/4 45% The Cell (2000) Even if "The Cell" doesn't stand up to deep examination, it's nevertheless a strongly engrossing thriller that delivers ample chills and thrills with its hellish, Hieronymus Bosch-like images alone. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/4 45% Stepmom (1998) Stepmom is highly effective filmmaking, eliciting its fair share of laughter and sobs, even though the least gullible moviegoers will be able to see all the melodramatic machinery cranking and groaning behind the curtains. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 56% I, Robot (2004) ...it does operate with a crisp, impressive, nuts-and-bolts efficiency as its robots do their best song-and-dance to provide us with a smooth summer diversion. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
38% American Dreamz (2006) Truth is, American Dreamz could have used a bracing dose of Simon Cowell's cruel, sharp-tongued venom. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) And spending time in the company of Murray, the deadpan brilliant humanist clown and his washed-up but still-seeking sea explorer, is an existential hoot. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/4 38% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) As with the two previous "F&F" films, "Tokyo Drift" is mainly an adolescent fantasy about big, brassy, belching cars and bodacious babes. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/4 40% Billy Madison (1995) The tepid moments far outnumber the truly wacky ones, and in the end Billy Madison earns a trip to comedy detention. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/4 21% Practical Magic (1998) Without a consistent tone or any real measure of emotional consistency, Practical Magic occasionally manages to bubble, but it's barely worth the toil and trouble. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 42% Bad Boys (1995) With its loose-limbed, wisecracking rhythms and its energetic stars, Bad Boys manages to overcome its shopworn premise and turn the old cop-buddy movie formula in a fresh and funny direction. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) And while it's not lightning this movie captures, it does generate more than the regular output of high-concept wattage usually expected from such calculated, commercial comedies. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
1/5 37% Road House (1989) It's pointless, mean-spiritede, excessively violent and, perhaps worst of all, just plain dumb. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 21% Harlem Nights (1989) "Harlem Nights" is billed as an action-comedy, but it doesn't blend the two very smoothly. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is lightweight summer fun. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 53% The 'Burbs (1989) There are a few genuine laughs along the way, but the story eventually falls apart at the seams and the movie's ending is patently ridiculous. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 26% Hook (1991) "Hook" is a huge and impressive movie. One could say it's the ultimate baby-boomer fantasy. Sadly, it's too loaded down with grown-up compromises and calculated Hollywood devices to really makes us think happy thoughts ... and fly. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 43% Space Jam (1996) The animation is eye-popping. And the co-mingling of 'toons and people is dazzling. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 54% Cruel Intentions (1999) The film plays out as a lurid, mean-spirited and entertaining piece of teen tomfoolery. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/4 87% American Beauty (1999) American Beauty wields its title as a double-edged sword -- as a profoundly harsh and ironic assertion of misplaced values and wasted lives on one side; but as a subtle statement of hope and kindness on the other - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/4 85% The English Patient (1996) Minghella doesn't so much adapt the novel as he translates it wondrously to a different medium, with its mysteries and passions intact. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/4 77% Braveheart (1995) Despite some obvious excesses and a few notable flaws, [Gibson's] Braveheart is a brawny, heart-pulsing and intelligent work that bears worthy comparison to such big-screen battle cries of visionary warriors as El Cid, Spartacus and Dances With Wolves. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2.5/4 49% The First Wives Club (1996) It pretends to sympathize with dumped women and displaced homemakers everywhere, but given these gals' level of obvious affluence, membership in ``The First Wives Club'' is quite exclusive. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/4 50% Volcano (1997) Movies like ``Volcano'' exist for their gigantic, humongous, eye-popping special effects and this picture delivers those -- Big Time. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 52% Death Becomes Her (1992) Certainly, "Death Becomes Her" is macabre and mean. But it's also wise and cuttingly witty. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 10% Clifford (1994) Short's bizarre casting is the only reason for Clifford to exist. Aside from that, this is an unimaginative, ill-begotten comedy about a bad little boy. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2/4 27% Event Horizon (1997) But unfortunately, Anderson can't seem to decide whether he's making a sci-fi thriller, a ghost story, a gory horror film or a metaphysical musing on the nature of good and evil. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/4 53% The Cable Guy (1996) In the hands of a smart director like Stiller, Carrey pushes his acting career to a new level here. The question is whether the comic's less daring fans are willing to go there with him. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
46% Miami Vice (2006) So solemn and straight-faced is this violent expansion of the old show, under the precise, glossy and macho directing hand of the series' creator Michael Mann, that it skirts awfully close at times to unintentional self-parody. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) Zestfully tacky and broadly comic -- but never quite as funny as it promises to be -- Mars Attacks!' is fanboy-filmmaker Tim Burton's artfully crafted sendup of '50s sci-fi paranoia - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
40% Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Crude and sometimes obscure, Mel Brooks is still an American institution. His Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a merry romp through the forest. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
45% Deep Impact (1998) As a result, Deep Impact seems mildly engaging, but, well, rather shallow. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/5 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) With Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cameron has bested his own earlier effort with a sequel that takes the original themes, the darkly high-tech style and the cutting wit of his 1984 sci-fi hit The Terminator and pumps the energy up to kinetic overload. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
5/5 86% Field of Dreams (1989) It's hard to imagine a cynicism so hardened that it won't crumble at the sight of a lush green baseball field nestled into an Iowa cornfield and at this movie's final inspiring scene of youth and innocence recaptured. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
3/5 39% Beaches (1988) Beaches, despite its flaws, delivers an appealing message on the enduring quality of friendship. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
73% Primer (2004) A pretty nifty picture with just found objects and a timelessly intriguing idea. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 37% Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) MMPR: The Movie will adequately keep its intended audience occupied for a couple of hours on a hot summer day. But parents shouldn't kid themselves that their children are also being exposed to wholesome, positive values. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3% The Mod Squad (1999) [A] woefully uncool, unfunny, unnecessary recycling of the old TV show. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
3/4 83% Jerry Maguire (1996) The halting romance between Maguire and Dorothy -- he fearing intimacy, she admiring his budding humanity -- is one of the film's surpassing pleasures. The excellent supporting cast is another. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 78% Rudy (1993) Corny and manipulative as it is, Rudy is a movie that makes you want to cheer -- if not for the real-life Rudy Ruettiger's public relations triumph, at least for the mythical Rudy's brave pursuit of an All-American dream. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
4/4 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) This is a film that people should see. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
4/4 87% Presumed Innocent (1990) The film's densely constructed trial sequences are freighted with rich detail, unexpected turns and intimate insights into the criminal justice system. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/4 82% Total Recall (1990) All told, Total Recall is a powerful brew of mordant humor, keen wit, refreshing originality and graphic violence. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
3.5/4 90% Minority Report (2002) Even if he belabors the ending and can't resist tempering the darkness with a strained ray of hopefulness, Minority Report is a document that proves Spielberg among the top ranks in a minority of film geniuses. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016