Author: Pete Croatto Page 2

Everyone's Hero

Everyone's Hero

As I've said before, I have one rule for reviewing a kids' movie: Does it offer anything for adults who may be watching? Stale jokes, a soundtrack of songs that sounds like a combination of...

Movie Review posted on 30th September 2006

Beerfest

Beerfest

Has there been one laugh-out-loud comedy, with the exception of Ricky Bobby, this summer? The excellent Little Miss Sunshine was more of a drama, though Abigail Breslin's pageant finale was hilarious. The Break-Up, with its...

Movie Review posted on 26th August 2006

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Oliver Stone's World Trade Center is a victim of bad timing and a blockbuster mindset. The heroism of September 11, 2001 is still fresh in the minds of millions of Americans, but so is the...

Movie Review posted on 10th August 2006

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

To use relationship parlance, My Super Ex-Girlfriend is good for a one night stand. It won't be meeting the other DVDs in your family. When you see it on the cable stations, just nod and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd July 2006

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Some movies don't require a review. Watch a commercial for Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and you know what to expect: An obese, lasagna-loving cat with a ton of attitude, many bad jokes, and...

Movie Review posted on 20th June 2006

Kalamazoo?

Kalamazoo?

It's hard not to like the feel-good nature of Kalamazoo?, a comedy-drama about three girlfriends who return for their 10-year high school reunion. It's a comforting movie, one that lets you know that it's OK...

Movie Review posted on 21st May 2006

Just My Luck

Just My Luck

When I've mentioned to people that I like Lindsay Lohan, the actress, I've gotten the same looks as if I've said I like the taste of light bulbs. Though she's become a staple in Us...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2006

An American Haunting

An American Haunting

Before my showing of An American Haunting, there were projector problems. Ninety-five minutes later, rolling my eyes like Marty Feldman on airplane glue, I felt I would have been much happier if the repairs had...

Movie Review posted on 8th May 2006

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

In examining a woman's affair with her husband's brother, the Argentine import La Mujer de Mi Hermano makes the illicit out to be as passionate and sinful as a visit to the dentist. Lack of...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2006

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

The Sentinel is one of those movies made for commercials and trailers full of shots of well-dressed Secret Service agents running and impassioned scenes where actors bark out lines like, "He's looking for an ally...

Movie Review posted on 24th April 2006

The Benchwarmers

The Benchwarmers

ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons recently wrote how he thought Jon Heder was at least six years away from starring in a movie with David Spade and Rob Schneider. A hair under two years seems about...

Movie Review posted on 9th April 2006

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

A good romantic comedy should be a balm for the soul. Moonstruck doesn't provide that. It's quaint and amusing and full of good performances. It's the kind of movie you can watch with your grandmother...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2006

The Shaggy Dog

The Shaggy Dog

In the summer of 2003, Disney scored with its update of Freaky Friday, employing the talents of gifted writer Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire), Jamie Lee Curtis, and a pre C-cup Lindsay Lohan. The movie not...

Movie Review posted on 12th March 2006

Date Movie

Date Movie

A note to readers: Before Pete Croatto wrote his review for Date Movie, he wrote an impassioned letter (listed below) to Christopher Null, the editor in chief of filmcritic.com. Because of site policy, he was...

Movie Review posted on 18th February 2006

Eight Below

Eight Below

When you see the phrase "inspired by a true story," you assume the accompanying movie will have the intimate perspective of someone affected by adversity. Eight Below, Disney's sled dogs in peril picture, is a...

Movie Review posted on 17th February 2006

Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee

Once upon a time, there was a young, dashing movie critic who ventured to see a fairy tale named Nanny McPhee. The critic was scared, as he had done battle with kids' movies. His record...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2006

End Of The Spear

End Of The Spear

It takes a movie like Brokeback Mountain to make you realize how awful End of the Spear is. Part of the former movie's beauty is it dealt with one rewarding storyline, the secret, destructive romance...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2006

Ushpizin

Ushpizin

Ushpizin profiles the spiritual struggles of a loving Orthodox Jewish couple (real-life husband and wife Shuli Rand and Michal Bat Sheva Rand) in present day Jerusalem and whether God has any value in the modern...

Movie Review posted on 1st January 2006

The Ringer

The Ringer

A recent Associated Press story detailed how Peter and Bobby Farrelly gave the Special Olympics full script approval for The Ringer, their new comedy about a well-intentioned loser (Johnny Knoxville) who impersonates a mentally challenged...

Movie Review posted on 24th December 2005

The Passenger

The Passenger

The ads for Volkswagen declare that "on the road of life, there are passengers and there are drivers," the gist being that there are people who lead and take charge and others who are content...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Just Friends

Just Friends

I like Ryan Reynolds. I like Anna Faris. I'm befuddled why Amy Smart hasn't become the 21st century version of Meg Ryan. All three star in Just Friends, and they are all likable, with Reynolds...

Movie Review posted on 1st December 2005

The Legend of Zorro

The Legend of Zorro

The Legend of Zorro is sure to please those who dug the fancy swordplay and acrobatics of The Mask of Zorro. For those who enjoyed the 1998 summer hit for the romantic byplay between co-stars...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Little Manhattan

Little Manhattan

In a year that has seen both Simpson sisters on screen, Scarlett Johansson in a Michael Bay movie, and Scotty from Boogie Nights playing Truman Capote, it's fitting that the forerunner for the feel-good movie...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2005

Born On The Fourth Of July

Born On The Fourth Of July

Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is not an adaptation of the memoir by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, though that's what the credits indicate. It's an indulgent style showcase for Stone, who, with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wilbur

Wilbur

Wilbur is about suicide, but at the same time, it's nothing about suicide. Sure, the title character (newcomer Jamie Sives) hangs himself, slits his wrists and, in the movie's first scene, floods his apartment with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

Roger Ebert once wrote that he would love to see a behind the scenes look at how a bad movie got made. Though it's certainly not the worst movie of 2004, people might get a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

After The Sunset

After The Sunset

Before I begin my review of After the Sunset, there is one thing I need to get off my chest. Salma Hayek...awoogah!!!Thank you for permitting that interruption.Director Brett Ratner sure knows how to use the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hardball

Hardball

Brian Robbins' Hardball is quite the cinematic achievement. In about two hours, we get a glancing examination of ghetto life, a funeral with a heartfelt eulogy, speeches about never giving up, a cache of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

13 Seconds

13 Seconds

Seeing horror movies has turned me into Morgan Freeman in Seven -- grizzled, embittered and always expecting the worst. Don't believe me? Watch Halloween: Resurrection, They, 13th Child, and House of the Dead in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My First Mister

My First Mister

Looking back, My First Mister started to fall apart when John Goodman was first introduced as a pot-smoking, long-haired hippie remnant from The Big Lebowski. After that a terminal illness surfaces, then a character...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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