Spin

Spin is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Emily Yoshida, Manohla Dargis, Michael Atkinson, Steve Erickson, Troy Patterson
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Juno (2007) Troy Patterson As directed by Jason Reitman, the movie builds from sitcom setups to wistful payoffs. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/4 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Troy Patterson Its flow of memory and imagination transforms the hero's nightmare into a dream, where a glance at the radiance of sunlight in a curtain is an elemental vision of what it means to be alive. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 There Will Be Blood (2007) Troy Patterson Though Day-Lewis seethes juicily, under the weight of all that allegory, Plainview steadily grows more vicious and less fascinating, wasting away to just a cackle and an empty leer. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Youth Without Youth (2007) Troy Patterson The first half of Youth has the tension of a crack thriller. But director Francis Ford Coppola has rigged things so that the suspense story melts into a New Age puddle. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Orchestra Seats (2006) Troy Patterson Because the movie -- bright as a postcard and flooded with music ranging from richest Beethoven to bittersweet ballads -- is enchanting at its core, the creaky plot doesn't matter that much. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Starter for 10 (2006) Troy Patterson Adhering to every convention of the coming-of-age film in a sneakily alluring way and flirting with cliche without slobbering all over it, this sweet little date-night flick is built to charm everyone's inner 18-year-old. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 RENO 911!: Miami (2007) Troy Patterson Maddeningly hit-or-miss, Reno 911! plays as if the filmmakers were aiming simply to outclass Police Academy 5. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
1/4 Black Snake Moan (2007) Troy Patterson Writer/director Craig Brewer has whipped up a controversy magnet that will make some fans of his first film, Hustle & Flow, retract anything they said in defense of its depiction of women. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/4 Crazy Love (2007) Troy Patterson Dan Klores shapes their tale into a documentary as arresting as a Weegee crime-scene photo. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Black Sheep (2006) Troy Patterson A genre mash-up... director Jonathan King's first feature doubles as a fable about two grown brothers and triples as a fresh national myth for his native New Zealand. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Paprika (2006) Troy Patterson Though Kon sometimes hits on startling visions ripped straight from your head last night, he's ultimately more interested in film theory than the Freudian sort, evoking dreams in a way that's most faithful to dream sequences. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Knocked Up (2007) Troy Patterson Knocked Up must be the funniest Hollywood romantic comedy since Apatow's 40-Year-Old Virgin. Granted, there are higher compliments, but the movie undeniably offers audiences many abdomen-impairing moments they'll talk (and talk and talk) about. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 A Serious Man (2009) Troy Patterson The movie develops into a pretty good rabbi joke about the meaninglessness of the universe. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (2009) Troy Patterson The urgency of the tales gets lost along the way, weighed down by staginess and an inconsistent tone, although Krasinski's ambition suggests a noble failure. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 An Education (2009) Troy Patterson Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay by inflating a fragment of Lynn Barber's memoir, failing to disguise the thinness of the material. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Whip It (2009) Troy Patterson Though Whip It celebrates risk-taking ladies, its plot turns gently from one formulaic moment to the next. The only surprise is just how much silliness Barrymore is willing to commit. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/4 Middle Men (2009) Troy Patterson If you're not turned off by a standard-issue subplot about the Valley of temptation, then click ENTER to watch some hot and witty business thriller action. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) Troy Patterson After meticulously rigging a combination of claustrophobic suspense drama and icy procedural, director J Blakeson allows his movie to fall apart. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Extra Man (2010) Troy Patterson Extra Man's superfluous oddities threaten to obscure its peculiar charms. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Life During Wartime (2009) Troy Patterson Life During Wartime presents scenes that feel as authentic as bad dreams, and sometimes that's happiness enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) Michael Atkinson The film is a dead scramble for significance in the pop-culture junk-pit, and Harron never seems sure what it is she's rummaging around for. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Loaded (1994) Michael Atkinson A quintessential indie navel-gaze that scans like Deliverance for blotter-chewing Londonites. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Michael Atkinson Few films empathize quite so passionately with their audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Trainspotting (1996) Michael Atkinson As in his first film, Shallow Grave, Boyle's up-your-nose style of filmmaking is a ghoulish hoot. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Stealing Beauty (1996) Michael Atkinson Bertolucci's florid, rather sophomoric notions of decadent eroticism and parabohemian lifestyles are delivered in elliptical, inconclusive fiction-workshop parcels. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Suburbia (1996) Michael Atkinson Effortlessly funny, Linklater's film is also devastating and spooky in its dead-on rendering of middle-class, Middle America nothingness. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Chasing Amy (1997) Michael Atkinson What's best about Chasing Amy is that it matters in a way Smith's other films don't -- it throbs with real feelings and frustrated inadequacy. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Irma Vep (1996) Michael Atkinson Though Irma Vep may be best appreciated by movieheads, it's hardly just an homage. By its shrieking avant-garde climax, it's more like a statement on how history, even filmed history, can fragment and dissolve into oblivion. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Star Maps (1997) Michael Atkinson One of this year's requisite Sundance buzz-magnets. Star Maps has a queasy way of snowballing into dizzy psychodrama, and a knack for eluding cliches that is smart and sometimes amazing. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Box of Moonlight (1996) Michael Atkinson On one level a poignant elegy for the obsessive-compulsive, DiCillo's movie is unfashionably innocent and sweet, making it unlikely grist for the hype mill. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Get Shorty (1995) Manohla Dargis Like the Elmore Leonard novel it adapts, Get Shorty is fast, very funny, minorly caustic, and about as consequential and lasting as the movies Chili himself tries to green-light. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Mallrats (1995) Manohla Dargis Thin yet enticing. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Ice Storm (1997) Michael Atkinson The key to The Ice Storm's ambiguity and unexpected depth is that the events of the story mean wholly different things to different characters -- there's no moral, just life sliced like a loaf of bread. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Kicked in the Head (1997) Michael Atkinson Kicked in the Head is a giggly bender of a movie, staggering like a rummy with a bellyful of hootch through its paranoid landscape. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Gravesend (1997) Michael Atkinson For the most part, Gravesend is a rough-hewn, bilious, dead-real trip to Endsville. relieved occasionally by a desperate chuckle. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
eXistenZ (1999) Regan Oakley In the end, the problem with eXistenZ is the notion that this is a game anybody would want to play. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Chris Ryan This movie's got soul...I'm not mocking it. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Princess Mononoke (1997) Sean Cameron The final minutes of Princess Mononoke proves its greatness, with an ending that is enthralling and pleasingly unresolved... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Insider (1999) Chris Ryan This combination of visual flair and a seemless command of the storyline makes The Insider one of the most captivating and rewarding film-going experiences of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Mansfield Park (1999) Annie McNamara Unfortunately, the saccharine glaze of Rozema's final product, takes her story off the edge and into a perfect world where consequences are glossed over... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
X-Men (2000) Andy Greenwald What is most surprising and wonderful about director Bryan Singer's X-Men is how skillfully it avoids all of the myriad potholes placed in its path. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
American Beauty (1999) Chris Ryan American Beauty is one of the more complicated and rewarding American films of the last few years. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Persepolis (2007) Troy Patterson Adapting her memoir into a starkly beautiful animated feature, comics artist Marjane Satrapi braids personal history and national tragedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Be Kind Rewind (2008) Troy Patterson Gondry connects the guys' toil and glee with a kind of old-time neighborhood hominess that's dying away and a jazzed creative joy that never will. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
The Killing of John Lennon (2006) Troy Patterson What Killing lacks in celebrity sparkle, it compensates for in raw ambition and rude chills. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
How to Rob a Bank (2007) Troy Patterson Variously reminiscent of a Harold Pinter play, a Tarantino wannabe, and a deranged cell-phone commercial, the legitimately suspenseful How to Rob a Bank has the courage to embrace the ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Paranoid Park (2007) Troy Patterson Glum yet gorgeous, Paranoid Park ties together Alex's bleak confusion with his more mundane existential teen traumas. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Snow Angels (2007) Troy Patterson Tragedy is juxtaposed, clumsily, with stories from the so-called life of a high school student, as if the plot had sprained something in the course of its transition from Stewart O'Nan's novel to the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
The Bank Job (2008) Troy Patterson Some great heist films concentrate on the quiet craftsmanship of the big score; and some very good ones, like The Bank Job - wild and willfully shaggy - prefer to revel in the sport of thievery. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Milk (2008) Troy Patterson Gus Van Sant's portrait of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk clunks along as the squarest movie he's ever made, a result of the director investing more emotion in the martyred idol than in the bleeding man. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018