Variety Staff

Variety Staff
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T-Meter Title | Year
83% Whispering Smith (1948) Alan Ladd inherits William S. Hart's splits in Whispering Smith for wild and woolly stint typical of hoss oprys of the good old days. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
No Score Yet Fantômas: The False Magistrate (Le Faux Magistrat) (1914) A good picture of its kind, but a bad object lesson. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Blind Husbands (1919) This picture is sensational. It marks an epoch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
100% The Blot (1921) It touches the heart. It is sensibly and intelligently put together, points a worthwhile moral without offensive preaching and is on a live topic. In addition, its technical qualities are high in standard. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
86% Beyond the Rocks (1922) It has all of the requisites for the female picture fan. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
80% The Miracle Man (1919) Mr. Tucker starts his story slowly, ends it badly, and lets it drag perceptibly after the big scene. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
40% Men of Boys Town (1941) Like its predecessor Boys Town, this one carries socko entertainment for wide general appeal, including plenty of tear-jerking and sentimental episodes to blur the eyes of the most calloused. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet War Party (1989) Despite its interesting depiction of modern Indian life, War Party is basically just another pursuit movie, no better or worse than the average. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
60% Madame X (1937) George's performance is effective, and her characterization of the tipsy, defeated and maudlin old woman is faithful and moving. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
89% Imitation of Life (1934) Imitation of Life is a strong picture with an unusual plot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
63% Buddy Buddy (1981) A certain lack of care and even thought permeate the effort, from script to casting to execution. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
93% On Golden Pond (1981) Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West (1915) The spot selected for the picture was perfect. The old Sierras were never better shown. In the playing Theodore Roberts easily runs first. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% Bordertown (1935) Finish is phoney, but it can't hurt the previous good work. Casting throughout the film, which is also well written [from a novel by Carrol Graham] and paced, is exceptionally good. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Johnny Tsunami (1999) Writers Doug Sloan and Ann Knapp take a cliched situation and don't do much with it, but script's brisk pacing moves the plot along swiftly enough to keep interest. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% You're in the Navy Now (1951) String of incidents developed around such a situation are run off smartly and help to disguise fact that there's practically no plot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
14% Any Number Can Play (1949) In attempting to sketch a portrait of a bigtime casino operator, screenwriter Richard Brooks has jammed the yarn with too many subordinate characterizations which fly off at a tangent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
100% The World in His Arms (1952) Rex Beach's novel of romance and adventure in early-day Alaska comes to the screen as a hearty, salty, action film well-trouped by a good cast headed by Gregory Peck. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
86% Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) Bogart gives a convincing performance all the way, from his constantly harassed deadline existence, his personal romantic stale-mate, and his guts in avenging the beating given his crime reporter. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
85% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slappingly bawdy and fast-paced, Forum is a capricious look at the seamy underside of classical Rome through a 20th-century hipster's shades. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
63% Charly (1968) Instead of frittering away time on an unmotivated romance, it would have been interesting if the reasons for this psychologically complicated affair were explored. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
81% Women in Love (1969) Directed with style and punch by Ken Russell, this is an episodic but challenging and holding pic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
37% Every Which Way But Loose (1978) For Eastwood fans, the essential elements are there. Lots of people get beat up, Eastwood walks tall and looks nasty, cars are crashed. James Fargo directs limply. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
42% The Wiz (1978) Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
86% The Optimists (1973) It all sounds like goo, and the film's last half-hour verges perilously close. But even at its worst The Optimists is acceptable family fare, and for much of its first 80 minutes it engagingly achieves a sense of fantasy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
20% Judith (1966) [A] frequently-tenseful adventure tale realistically produced in its actual locale. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
38% Billy Bathgate (1991) Despite Dean's alert, open performance, Billy remains an opaque witness to events that are unfolding over his head. Hoffman's performance also is problematic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Love Matters (1993) Though the film offers no easy answers of "sigh-with-relief" resolutions, its portrayal of two marriages is splendid in both its exploration and thought-provoking examination of human nature within the context of long-term marital commitment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet T.R. Baskin (1971) Peter Hyams' debut production is handsomely mounted, but his screenplay is sterile, superficial and inconsistent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
86% Sisters (1973) Sisters is a good psychological murder melodrama... Brian De Palma's direction emphasizes exploitation values which do not fully mask script weakness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
36% A Star is Born (1976) The new A Star Is Born has the rare distinction of being a superlative remake. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
45% The Sentinel (1977) The Sentinel is a grubby, grotesque excursion into religioso psychodrama, notable for uniformly poor performances by a large cast of familiar names and direction that is hysterical and heavy-handed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970) Unfortunately, not much more than a... sexploitation film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
88% Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Director Robert Wise has drawn fine performances from his players. It is the most sustained acting Belafonte has done. Ryan makes the flesh crawl as the fanatical bigot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
89% The Sheik (1921) The acting could not be worse than the story, but it is bad enough. Valentino is revealed as a player without resource. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Male and Female (1919) The production places DeMille on a par with D.W. Griffith as a far as Babylonian stuff is concerned, and there are several scenes where DeMille steps a little beyond the great Grif. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes (1914) The story is a familiar but intimate tale vividly illustrated on the screen. Griffith keeps it alive every moment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Mickey (1918) Mickey and Mabel Normand are one and the same. With all her tomboy pranks and cutting up, she is a wonderful little actress. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Immigrant (1917) The $670,000 a year funnyman is still 'there'. The extremely limited number of titles speaks volumes for the pantomimic art of the comedian. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Butcher Boy (1917) Arbuckle juggling with the accessories of the country store where he is an important factor... is done in such a serious, earnest way the comic effect is all the more forceful. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Tess of the Storm Country (1922) Little Mary Pickford comes into her own. As the little, expressive-eyed tatterdemalion of the Lake Cayuga shores, Pickford sticks another feather in her movie crown. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
40% Kickboxer (1989) Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
42% She-Devil (1989) The casting is a real coup, with Barr going her everywoman TV persona one better by breaking the big screen heroine mold, and Streep blowing away any notion that she can't be funny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
67% With a Song in My Heart (1952) While not entirely at home in the dancing accompaniment to some of the production numbers, Susan Hayward punches over the straight vocal-simulation and deftly handles the dramatic phases. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
50% Le Casanova de Fellini (1976) Donald Sutherland, forced to carry the film, gives the gallant Venetian a measure of dignity and momentarily succeeds in overcoming the mechanics of Fellini's direction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Lola (1961) It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
43% Tracks (1976) An incisive, revelatory film about a returning war veteran from Vietnam transporting the body of a friend across the US for burial. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
86% Sign o' the Times (1987) Prince provides musicvideo addicts with a pure fix of visual and aural synchronicity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
57% Jungle Book (1942) As directed by Zoltan Korda, the fiction takes secondary place to the highly interesting and sometimes amazing views of jungle animals in the brilliance of colored photography. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016