Subject: Reviews/Criticism

Reviews/Criticism:

Biting reviews and criticism of film, theater, television, music, books etc.


“House Beautiful” is the play lousy.

(1893 – 1967) writer, humorist & poet

This is an old idea, beautifully expressed by Wordsworth, who said, ‘Heaven lies about us in our infancy.’ If I could quote the whole poem instead of completing this review, believe me, we’d all be happier. But I press on.

(1942 – 2013) American film critic, journalist & screenwriter

I suppose certain college fraternities could make screening it part of their hazing rituals.

writer, editor & film reviewer

What’s next for (Director Paul W.S.) Anderson? Maybe “Hannibal 2,” in which Anthony Hopkins escorts a group of toddlers to Chuck E. Cheese?

(movie reviews at mrcranky.com)

It's like watching the travel video of the most annoying guy you know.

film reviewer

I didn't like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions – the curtain was up.

(1890 – 1977) comedian, actor & television host

Less an exercise in catharsis than an obstacle course of premise-heavy, flashback-drenched plot points, it’s an emotional flat-liner…

film critic

Watching [Nicolas] Cage karate chop Leelee “Made-for-TV” Sobiesky into submission is almost worth the price of admission. Well, assuming admission was free.

editor, director, performer, & film reviewer

If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.

(1942 – 2013) American film critic, journalist & screenwriter

She comes on stage as if she had been sent for to sew rings on the new curtains.

(1865-1940) English actress

Not to be missed — but to have stones thrown at it from point blank range.

(1926 – 2009) Irish dramatist, television writer & essayist

It’s a thing, not a movie –- if, that is, you believe a movie should be more than an accumulation of prankish set-pieces flimsily strung over 80 skimpy minutes.

film critic

Like acting with 210 pounds of condemned veal.

(1913 – 1991) Australian actress

Don't look now, Tallulah, but your show is slipping.

(1918 – 2001) American sportswriter, commentator & actor

Wet she’s a star; dry she ain’t.

(1891 – 1951) comedian, singer, theater & film actress

Ann Romney talking about middle class moms is like Chris Christie talking about a salad.

(1957 – ) American actor, comedian, writer & director

Several tons of dynamite are set off in this picture – none of it under the right people.

(1909 – 1955) American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter & film critic

All through the five acts of that Shakespearean tragedy he played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to play the Ace.

(1850 – 1895) American writer

My poor brain hung in there for as long as it could, but it lost its grip during the giant chicken attack and I haven’t seen it since.

writer, editor & film reviewer

Chain Reaction has more nifty coincidences than an identical twins convention.

(movie reviews at mrcranky.com)

He never failed to seek a peaceful solution of a problem when all other possibilities had failed.

(1899 – 1970) British Jewish historian
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