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23% Bad Boys II (2003) " Producer Bruckheimer and director Bay have sunk to a new low for irresponsible, inhuman violence, dragging Will Smith and Martin Lawrence along for a ghastly, deafening display of bloodshed." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 6, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters." — Associated Press
Posted May 27, 2014
83% The Rookie (2002) " Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it." — Associated Press
Posted May 12, 2014
81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " While the situations sometimes feel forced, Anderson has mounted an elegant production, beautifully filmed and accentuated by pleasant narration from Alec Baldwin and classy storybook transitions." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 4, 2014
56% The Polar Express (2013) " People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 9, 2013
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2013
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) " A strange delight awash in visual splendor, understated humor and clever body-and-soul transmogrifications among its bonny band of weirdos." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2013
94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) " With The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Peter Jackson delivers a decent ending to his fantasy trilogy -- actually, about 12 endings." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 18, 2013
92% Insomnia (2002) " The highlight is Pacino, who gives his best performance in years." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 5, 2013
99% Finding Nemo (2003) " Finding Nemo is laced with smart humor and clever gags, and buoyed by another cheery story of mismatched buddies: a pair of fish voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 5, 2013
89% Spider-Man (2002) " With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 3, 2013
6% The Perfect Man (2005) " The movie is a toxic buzz of sweetness that Duff's teen gal fans might lap up, while all others suffer through a prolonged sugar fit." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " An excessively derivative what-if rehash of themes and interactions that came before, most of the characters lesser copies and even caricatures of the originals." — Associated Press
Posted May 14, 2013
2/4 35% Peeples (2013) " These all are amiable people, decent people, sometimes funny people. But unfortunately, the peeps of ''Peeples'' just aren't very memorable people." — Associated Press
Posted May 8, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " All but the faintest flashes of humanity and pathos are flattened by the cinematic cyclone that is Michael Bay." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 24, 2013
78% Sin City (2005) " With a huge, well-chosen cast and the blessing of Miller, who was on set as Rodriguez's co-director, Sin City is a gloriously stylized world unlike anything you've seen before on screen." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 14, 2013
79% 42 (2013) " For all the hate and hostility it depicts, 42 is a film about decent-hearted people. Hate can be infectious, but so can decency. It's the decency you'll take away from 42." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 10, 2013
3% Rollerball (2002) " Loud, crude and outlandish, Rollerball is a parody of itself, a frenzy of extreme-sports stunts masquerading as social commentary on violence and the corporate forces that feed off it." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 26, 2013
65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " Stripped of almost all the brothers' usual crudeness, Fever Pitch proves what we've suspected all along: That beneath the gross-out gags and freak-show humor, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are just a couple of lovable romantics." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 20, 2013
76% Gladiator (2000) " Time for a little gladiatorial gore with your Milk Duds. Gladiator is here, and it's big, glorious and eminently dumb." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 24, 2013
3.5/4 95% West of Memphis (2012) " "West of Memphis" is nonfiction filmmaking at its best, a film with a fierce point of view yet one that doesn't pretend to have all the answers or a monopoly on truth." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " ''Django Unchained'' is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3/4 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " If you weren't in a failed band yourself, you know people who were, and Chase's story IS their story, if not in the particulars, then in the spirit and the passion. The music may fade, but what's behind it never does." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 19, 2012
2.5/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Tolkien's brisk story of intrepid little hobbit Bilbo Baggins is drawn out and diluted by dispensable trimmings better left for DVD extras." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 4, 2012
96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 26, 2012
2.5/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) " If "Hitchcock" ultimately feels inconsequential, it always aims to please, and for the most part, it does." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3.5/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Lee and screenwriter David Magee find rich and clever ways to translate even Pi's stillest moments, the film unfolding through intricate flashbacks, whimsical voice-overs, harrowing sea hazards and exquisite flashes of fantasy and hallucination." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2012
1.5/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) " Casting Perry as Cross was a bad idea, though it's not necessarily the worst in a movie built on bad ideas." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 17, 2012
2/4 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) " When [James] starts winning some bouts and becoming a contender, the movie's credibility skyrockets into "Rocky" territory and beyond." — Associated Press
Posted Oct 10, 2012
2/4 33% Won't Back Down (2012) " "Won't Back Down" lives down to its bland, us-against-them title with a simple-minded assault on the ills of public schools that lumbers along like a math class droning multiplication tables." — Associated Press
Posted Sep 26, 2012
2.5/4 49% Hit & Run (2012) " The good time clearly had by the filmmakers rubs off on the audience." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 21, 2012
2/4 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " Fantastic though the story may be, the people in it need to make it feel real, and no one in "Timothy Green" has any claim to authenticity." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/4 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " It's not Nero who's fiddling, but Allen, bopping and dithering around the city like a tourist so desperate to cram in all the sights that he comes away only with a few crisp highlights and a lot of out-of-focus snapshots." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 19, 2012
1.5/4 20% That's My Boy (2012) " In short, we get Sandler, doing what he always does, with whatever edge he once had continuing to erode as he ages and looks sillier at what he's doing." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 14, 2012
2/4 35% Lola Versus (2012) " "Lola Versus" deals with relationships in standard-issue Sundance style, ostensibly smarter and more genuine than what flows from the Hollywood rom-com pipeline yet really just as shallow at heart." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 6, 2012
2/4 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " The animation is grand, and the lovely images may be enough to send really young kids away happy. Their parents might leave feeling they've been taken in by some carny sleight-of-hand, though." — Associated Press
Posted Jun 5, 2012
2.5/4 58% Hysteria (2012) " Dancy, Jones and Pryce are dull, while Gyllenhaal plays the spitfire with far too much spit, thumping the other characters and the audience over the head with her do-gooder crusading." — Associated Press
Posted May 15, 2012
1.5/4 23% The Raven (2012) " It's just a bore; quoth the raven, "Go see something else."" — Associated Press
Posted Apr 26, 2012
1.5/4 57% Safe (2012) " "Safe" is the worst Jason Statham movie since the last Jason Statham movie, carrying on the bargain-budget action star's tradition of building a body of work out of, well, dead bodies." — Associated Press
Posted Apr 24, 2012
2.5/4 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " This is not a property requiring respect and devotion to the source material to satisfy longtime fans, so the filmmakers wisely make a "21 Jump Street" all their own." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 13, 2012
0% A Thousand Words (2012) " A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave." — Associated Press
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " A marvel of image and color, its old-fashioned pen-and-ink frames vividly bringing to life the world of children's author Mary Norton's "The Borrowers."" — Associated Press
Posted Feb 14, 2012
1.5/4 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " The presence of actors as good as Caine and Guzman only highlights how dreadful and dumb the banter is." — Associated Press
Posted Feb 8, 2012
1.5/4 13% W.E. (2012) " The question that needs to be asked about Madonna's "W.E." is why?" — Associated Press
Posted Feb 3, 2012
2/4 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " A cloying exercise in sentimentality, the film also winds up extremely annoying, even infuriating." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 19, 2011
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " Whatever the movie's shortcomings, director Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets. Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of what's possible in a live film." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3.5/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Craig is an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness around which Mara revolves like a demon." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 13, 2011
1.5/4 21% The Sitter (2011) " "The Sitter" really fails in the physical comedy department with an assault of mean, humorless sight gags." — Associated Press
Posted Dec 8, 2011
3/4 96% The Muppets (2011) " "The Muppets'' marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's creations after a 12-year big-screen absence." — Associated Press
Posted Nov 19, 2011
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