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James Cameron’s ambitious, atmospheric adventure looks splendid visually; if only the story measured up dramatically.
The Blind Side
The emotions are earned honestly, and Sandra Bullock delivers an affecting portrayal of a self-aware woman of substance.
Jeff Bridges is a convincing, pitiable wreck grasping at his last straw, elevating the wearily familiar material.
Clint Eastwood has made the best film of the year … about rugby. (Review at Cinematical.)
Alec Baldwin is genius, Meryl Streep is all tics and Steve Martin disappears in Nancy Meyers’ soggy romantic fantasy.
Totally ridiculous and incredibly bloody, thanks in part to CGI and in part to a wicked sense of play.
Without deciding what period of American history to parody, the picture loses focus and fades quickly into inertia.
Oddly uneven and forced, as Guy Ritchie struggles with the scope and tone. Robert Downey Jr. is amusing as always.
Up in the Air
Oppressively traditional, Jason Reitman’s character drama is intent on discovery through self-flaggelation.