Lynne Heffley

Lynne Heffley
Lynne Heffley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times
Publications: Los Angeles Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Nightjohn (1996) Carl Lumbly turns in a powerful performance as Nightjohn, a man whose wealth is his literacy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet Northern Lights (1997) The premise--life-weary adults find redemption through an innocent child--is oh-so-familiar, but there's offbeat pleasure in the execution, due mostly to performances by [Diane] Keaton and her standout co-star, Maury Chaykin. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet Lantern Hill (Jane of Lantern Hill) (1990) The production is first-rate, from the uniformly solid performances to Kevin Sullivan's silky direction and the colorful screenplay he wrote with Fiona McHugh. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet The Little Kidnappers (1990) "The Little Kidnappers" is a beautifully photographed, unashamedly sentimental tale of conflict resolved through innocence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet A Friendship in Vienna (1988) Arthur Allan Seidelman's sure directorial touch is evident throughout, allowing for neither self-indulgence nor saccharinity. Further enhanced by Jean Simmons' narration and a richly evocative look, this is a film to treasure. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Going to the Mat (2004) It may be as subtle as an after-school special, but... "Going to the Mat," about a blind teenager who wrestles his way to acceptance and self-discovery, is above average, enjoyable family fare. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night (2001) If you have children who believe in Christmas magic, steer them away from "'Twas the Night," the Disney Channel's cartoonish, Santa-bashing nod to the holidays. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003) The Disney Channel's new family film, "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off" is missing key ingredients: wit and a light touch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet On Promised Land (1994) Joan Plowright and Carl Lumbly grace the screen with equally impressive stature, 9-year-old actor Norman D. Golden II can break your heart with a glance and Judith Ivey's portrait of bigotry is poison personified in... "On Promised Land." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet The Other Me (2000) The plot's got more holes than Swiss cheese, but... "The Other Me" is a rarity: a family movie that's effervescent, good-natured and fun to watch. It also delivers--this is the biggest surprise--genuine moments of emotional depth. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet A Ring of Endless Light (2002) Madeline L'Engle fans will notice changes in the TV adaptation of her novel... a strong dash of the tale's poignant spirit survives, thanks to Mischa Barton's luminous presence as Vicky and the venerable James Whitmore as her tender and wise grandfather. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet Horse Sense (1999) Written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes and directed by Greg Beeman, it's about an inch deep, but this inoffensive Joey Lawrence vehicle has its heart in the right place. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
71% The Cheetah Girls (2003) This upbeat film makes suspension of disbelief a mite difficult. But the attractive melting-pot cast, the emphasis on character-building and respect for oneself and others, the clothes, the songs, the clothes are simply "cheetah-licious." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% The Color of Friendship (2000) Transcendent moments, with resonance for contemporary racial divides, are infused with heart and charm, anchored by a top-notch cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Scream Team (2002) The potential for fun goes mostly unrealized, diluted by an overdose of the teens' worldly cynicism and a misguided attempt to add depth with trite armchair psychology. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish (2001) The quirky script from Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Edward Edens, from a story by Price, is amiably directed by Paul Hoen; the cast is uniformly appealing, including Glenndon Chatman as Kyle's best pal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
73% Frosty the Snowman (1969) The 1969 original, which, though hardly an animation classic, had a genuine, simple sweetness stemming from its inspiration. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet Frosty Returns (1992) ["Frosty Returns" is] most notable for its preachiness and forgettable music, frequently sung off-key. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018