Jeff Strickler

Jeff Strickler
Jeff Strickler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publications: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Like the course of the New York City Marathon, this story takes some sharp twists and turns. And like the runners, viewers are going to have to strive to keep up. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 100% Paris Is Burning (1991) Truly remarkable. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) As "Pavarotti" demonstrates, while the music was mesmerizing, so was the man. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's another solid chapter in a franchise that continues to chug along by providing what its fans want. There's nothing more than that here, but, the good news is, nothing less, either. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) This telling doesn't need a magic carpet; it's Smith who makes the movie take flight. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 66% Peterloo (2019) There's a universality to the issues "Peterloo" explores. And, once you get through all the speechmaking, it provides an emotional kick that will resonate anywhere. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) "A Dog's Way Home" doesn't do anything new with the formula, but it does deliver exactly what it promises - a movie that's cute, with just enough tension to not scare youngsters. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If a powerful kick to your gut's sense of social justice is what you're looking for, you can't do any better. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/4 82% Ben is Back (2018) This is an intimate, incredibly tense drama about a troubled family battling raw emotional pains, a bare-bones and bare-knuckled look at the destructive powers of addiction. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" is 50 percent sequel, 50 percent reboot and 100 percent charming. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Having Ralph show up may not solve all our problems, but at least it makes us forget about them for a while. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" breaks us up. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
100% Pandas (2018) By the time it's all said and done, you don't just want to help save the pandas, you want to take one home with you. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) A cinematic triumph that will awe some viewers and alienate others - for the same basic reasons. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) Sometimes it's the small things that provide the biggest delights. That's certainly the case with Shakespeare in Love, a tongue-in-cheek romance about the greatest romance ever written. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
87% American Beauty (1999) This is Spacey's best performance since he took home an Oscar for The Usual Suspects. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/4 85% The English Patient (1996) It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
91% James and the Giant Peach (1996) A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) The film manages to be both sarcastic and sentimental. As odd as the Tenenbaums are, the family remains bound by love. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/4 97% Chicken Run (2000) Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2014
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and breaks new ground in content and style. It merges some of the most realistically disturbing battle footage ever included in a feature film with a touching human story. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014
96% The Iron Giant (1999) While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/5 12% Striptease (1996) Striptease stinks. Yes, that's a crude, perhaps even rude, assessment. But crude and rude are the two terms that sum up this alleged comedy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) Hanson has made the film noir setting virtually another starring character. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
24% Pearl Harbor (2001) The centerpiece is the attack. For 50 minutes, the filmmakers unleash nonstop eye candy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
4/5 66% The Rock (1996) For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) Logic is in short supply. Burned-out cities have electricity, for example. My favorite: A hangar full of jets, buried under 1,000 years of dust, not only fire up instantly but still have full tanks of gas. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 65% The Kite Runner (2007) A respectful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/4 20% Fred Claus (2007) A pleasant little seasonal gift. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 98% For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) If you can look beyond the polemics, this is also a powerful story about the emotional pain and psychological trauma that splits families and breaks hearts. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) A better title might have been Jesse James in the Age of Pop Therapy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/4 100% Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007) This Imax documentary is not your typical monster movie. It's a computer-animated look back at a time when the world was covered by oceans that were ruled by giant creatures. Think Jurassic Park without the people. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 63% King of California (2007) While the project certainly has its clever aspects, the bulk of the credit goes to Douglas. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2007
3/4 28% The Game Plan (2007) Despite the fact that we've seen it all before, it works. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2007
3.5/4 53% Across the Universe (2007) A groundbreaking, rule-bending, expectation-smashing musical. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2007
2/4 32% Trade (2007) It gets high marks for its lofty intentions, but it is only mediocre as a thriller and is clunky in its presentation. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2007
3/4 54% The Hunting Party (2007) On paper, there's no way that The Hunting Party should work. But onscreen, it defies the odds. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2007
1.5/4 5% Good Luck Chuck (2007) Cook has a nice comic personality but zilch in the way of comic material. But then, it's not as if any of those teenage boys are going to care about that. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2007
1.5/4 7% Silk (2007) If there were an award for the gloomiest movie of the year, Silk would win hands down. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2007
1/4 15% The Brothers Solomon (2007) It isn't funny. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2007
3/4 27% Evening (2007) Boasting an ensemble of Hollywood's best actresses, this drama is unabashedly sentimental but still effective. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2007
3/4 91% The Girl From Paris (2002) ... a realistic portrait of rural life. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2007
2.5/4 50% Nancy Drew (2007) Roberts, bless her bubbly little heart, resolutely charges through the movie with a perkiness that ignores its lack of substance. Then again, this movie isn't about context. It's light, fluffy and fun. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2007
3/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007
2.5/4 65% The TV Set (2007) This satire settles for simply restating the obvious. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2007
1.5/4 20% The Invisible (2007) Director David S. Goyer doesn't get half the skin-crawling mileage out of the ghost factor that he could. As a result, The Invisible really isn't worth seeing. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2007
1.5/4 63% The Dog Problem (2007) A lackluster comedy that has very little bark and no bite. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 69% Disturbia (2007) There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2007
3/4 No Score Yet Rhythm Is It! (2004) If you can make it through this documentary without having your toes tap even once, then you are defying its very premise. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2007
2.5/4 92% An Unreasonable Man (2007) This documentary starts out as a fascinating profile of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but it ends up getting derailed by a political discussion marked by an abundance of whining. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2007
2/4 88% Into Great Silence (2007) [Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2007