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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 No Score Yet Me, Natalie (1969) Me, Natalie is a pleasant film, very funny at times, and the evidence in the audience was that women liked it enormously. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) The Original Kings of Comedy doesn't have the theatrical subtext or, let it be said, the genius of Richard Pryor. But then again Pryor went out for an hour or 90 minutes and just talked. These guys are working in a revue format. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Serial (1980) ... for all of that, Serial just isn't very good. I think maybe that's because the characters are seen almost exclusively as caricatures. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Borom Sarret (1963) It is a powerful piece of filmmaking. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/4 55% Immortal Beloved (1994) There is an image in Immortal Beloved as evocative as any I can remember -- as complete as the sled in Citizen Kane, or the shadowy doorway in The Third Man. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/4 90% Hair (1979) Maybe it's just as well that this version had to wait a decade to be filmed so Forman could be hired to do it. He brings life to the musical form in the same way that West Side Story did, the last time everyone was saying the movie musical was dead. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1/4 85% Real Life (1979) A great idea. But the movie that Albert Brooks has made from it, alas, gets most of its laughs in the first 10 minutes, slides into a long middle stretch of repetitive situations and ends on a note of embarrassing hysteria. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 40% A Time for Dying (1969) Too slight, too flat and too unintentionally ludicrous. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/4 89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) The material photographed in The Secret Policeman's Other Ball is sometimes pretty funny, but it tends to get sidetracked by the low-budget videotape recording of the show, and the result is seen through a lens, darkly. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Chytilova Versus Forman (1981) When Chytilova gets Forman alone, however, the results are different. As fellow visitors to a strange land, they have a natural rapport. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet If You Could See What I Hear (1982) Relentlessly trivial. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again (1982) This kind of movie, the slapstick, anything-goes satire, is getting awfully old very fast. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Author! Author! (1982) That unwillingness to really be about its characters is fatal to Author! Author! - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Lady Chatterley's Lover (1982) It's no use comparing the book and movie versions of Lady Chatterley's Lover. They do not exist in comparable terms. They have nothing to do with one another. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet It Came from Hollywood (1982) Here is a movie that could save you years of watching the Late Late Show; it's like Creature Features died and went to heaven. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) The Atomic Cafe is a chilling memory of life in the first years under the mushroom umbrella. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid (1982) Since Jimmy the Kid is basically a kid's movie, it's too bad they didn't empathize more with the kids in their potential audience. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Gospel (1983) It just wants to be a concert film, and contains no offstage or biographical material about its performers. But seen simply as music and performance, it's a great experience. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Class Reunion (1982) National Lampoon's Class Reunion has its funny moments, but they're rare enough that we're acutely aware of them. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 75% The Chosen (1981) The Chosen never came alive for me. I respected what the filmmakers were trying to do, and I admired the ambitious period production, but I never really cared about these people. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Kontrakt (The Contract) (1980) For American audiences, the movie works as a more general satire of social and political values. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet The Amateur (1982) After earning our attention with its understated, powerful opening, the movie develops into a routine, even laughable, spy thriller. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 60% Union City (1980) Reichert's film is self-consciousness about what he's doing, and that becomes a problem. Not a frame of this film is permitted to express a spontaneity of its own. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet A Little Sex (1982) Everything happens a split-second after we expect it to. People don't think, talk or react quite fast enough. The movie drags. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Brimstone and Treacle (1982) Brimstone and Treacle performs an unexpected feat, making its startling subject matter into a sigh, not a shriek, of scandal. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/4 62% Best Friends (1982) So far, this sounds like a series of fairly predictable scenes. But they're redeemed by the writing and acting. The dialogue doesn't sound like reprocessed sitcom, and there are charming moments. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet La Salamandre (The Salamander) (1972) The movie finally doesn't quite win us over. It moves too slowly; it tries to do too much at its leisurely pace. We don't hate it, or want to walk out. We're just left a little too relaxed. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
1/4 13% Garbo Talks (1984) Garbo Talks started out as a great idea for a movie, and when it's over, it's still a great idea for a movie, but the problem is, there are no great ideas in between. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Alphabet City (1984) Maybe in another movie these actors could have made their characters come alive. In Alphabet City, everything is smothered in the concept. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Valachi Papers (1972) We're not involved enough to really care that much about Joe Valachi, and the movie becomes a series of high points on the road to a labored conclusion. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Gable and Lombard (1976) The movie takes a fan-magazine approach to filmmaking - it's all dressing rooms and autograph hounds and world premieres. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Hugo and Josephine (Hugo och Josefin) (1967) At a time when every summer Saturday brings a rip-off kiddie matinee, this is a film to treasure. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) You can't really get stirred up about a movie like this. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
0.5/4 19% Mannequin (1987) This movie is a real curiosity. It's dead. I don't mean it's bad. A lot of bad movies are fairly throbbing with life. Mannequin is dead. The wake lasts 1 1/2 hours, and then we can leave the theater. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/4 91% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) In a lesser movie, Tatum would share our sympathy for the pathetic man. Here, he's on a parabola in that direction but wants it to intersect with the moment of his own greatest fame. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 62% The Bed Sitting Room (1969) All of the characters are mad, of course, but that's not the point; this isn't a heavy-handed anti-war parable, but a series of sketches that gradually grow more and more grim. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/4 100% Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) Like all of Morris' films, "Mr. Death" provides us with no comfortable place to stand. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 97% Sleepless Night (2012) The film's headlong momentum streamrolls over all our questions, and we're carried along by the expertly choreographed action. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 62% History of the World---Part I (1981) Mel Brooks's movie History of the World, Part 1 is a rambling, undisciplined, sometimes embarrassing failure from one of the most gifted comic filmmakers around. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980) Since the movie's center is wrong, not much of anything works. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 50% Bad Timing (1980) This film has been praised for its honesty, but it would have taken far more honesty (not to mention courage) to deal with the personality disorders of these characters instead of simply burying them in blood, sex, and noise. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet In God We Tru$t (In God We Trust) (Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980) The movie itself is a broadside attack on televised evangelists, particularly the kind who promise quick results from God if you send in your cash donations fast. This is an old target, and Feldman contributes nothing original to the attack. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Clair de Femme (1979) Clair de Femme is one of those movies that provides a strange two-level- viewing experience: It moves along for two hours looking exactly like a great idea for a movie, but it never quite becomes the movie. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Coast to Coast (1980) The narrative strategy of Coast to Coast is to repeat the same scenes over and over again, in the hope that if they've worked once, who knows? Maybe they'll work again. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 71% Dead Man (1995) Dead Man is a strange, slow, unrewarding movie that provides us with more time to think about its meaning than with meaning. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 92% Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980) The characters are sympathetic, the narrative is well-constructed, and we care. But consider one sequence. In itself it is perfectly absorbing. Then see how Resnais deconstructs it. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/4 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) The film gathers fearful force. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/4 69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) Brando doesn't so much walk through this movie as coast, in a gassy, self-indulgent performance no one else could have gotten away with. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Night Games (1980) Well, the movie's premise is obviously shoddy. But is the movie's visual strategy any better? Are we really thrilled by those nighttime chases through the deserted mansion? Not really. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Northern Lights (1982) The filmmakers, John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, use the documentary springboard of Martinson's memories to move into a film that also looks like a documentary. - Chicago Sun-Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018