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Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 22%

The Pink Panther (2006)

"It's more than a little sad to see Steve Martin -- a talent who himself is incomparable -- attempt to imitate the inimitable Peter Sellers."

Posted Feb 22, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

2 69%

Curious George (2006)

"Cute but never cloying, uncomplicated but not simple-minded, 'Curious George' is as light, energetic and satisfying as a flip through one of the storybooks that bear his name."

Posted Feb 22, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

3 7%

Date Movie (2006)

"Cat flatulence, worn-out jokes about Jennifer Lopez's anatomy ... did I say there was a movie here?"

Posted Feb 20, 2006

Mark Collette

4 62%

The New World (2005)

"A poetic, fluid painting..."

Posted Feb 13, 2006

Mark Collette

5 9%

When a Stranger Calls (2006)

"Since 'Scream' steered the horror film into post-modernism, something this anachronistically limiting, unaware -- and just plain dumb -- almost seems quaint. Almost. "

Posted Feb 7, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

6 90%

Capote (2005)

"Hoffman is technically flawless in recreating the look, the voice and the mannerisms, but it's more than that. What he's doing approaches the supernatural."

Posted Feb 7, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

7 44%

Casanova (2005)

"Hallstrom reduces history's most notorious cad to a plot device, forced to jump through so many narrative hoops it's impossible to keep up -- and even harder to care."

Posted Feb 1, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

8 55%

Glory Road (2006)

"A great documentary could emerge from this story -- a film that deserves it."

Posted Feb 1, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

9 10%

Annapolis (2006)

"'Annapolis' is a neatly pressed, mirror-shine drone -- so impeccably mediocre we get the feeling somebody cheated on the entrance exam."

Posted Feb 1, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

10 73%

Nanny McPhee (2006)

"...Just the type of fun, thoughtful escapism that should enjoy a long shelf life on DVD. In one of the most dismal cinematic Januarys ever, 'Nanny McPhee' is a sly little gem."

Posted Feb 1, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

11 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"Better films were made in 2005 -- but none with the raw, emotional immediacy of what Ang Lee has accomplished, or a more palpable sense of hope beneath a sadness that runs bone-deep. "

Posted Jan 22, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

12 40%

End of the Spear (2006)

"No level of noble intent by the filmmakers can compel me to recommend a work of cinema that's this cheap, simplistic and sloppy."

Posted Jan 21, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

13 16%

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

"I suppose bloodlust is enough excuse for anyone willing to endure 105 minutes of monster derby, but really: Who are these characters?"

Posted Jan 20, 2006

Mark Collette

14 78%

Munich (2005)

"A difficult, disquieting story of violence, revenge and redemption that could have been shaped by no other hands but Spielberg's -- in the best film he has ever made."

Posted Jan 19, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

15 46%

Hoodwinked (2005)

"The Edwards show immense creative potential; they just didn't find it all in this particular forest."

Posted Jan 14, 2006

Mark Collette

16 61%

Hostel (2006)

"A steady, grueling, suspenseful march to a raucous finish that is likely to give it a devoted cult following."

Posted Jan 7, 2006

Mark Collette

17 29%

Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)

"Sharp satire coexists uneasily with slapstick comedy... and unless you're Mel Brooks, any attempt to cram them into a blender and hit purée will produce something putrid."

Posted Jan 3, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

18 40%

The Ringer (2005)

"A director and cast who all seem to be in on the joke come as close to success as anyone could have with a premise that's finally just ... unfilmable."

Posted Jan 3, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

19 51%

The Producers (2005)

"A movie is in serious trouble when my pervading thought is how much I'd rather be watching the play."

Posted Jan 3, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

20 53%

Wolf Creek (2005)

"Inhumane? Yep. Sadistic? Sure. But it works where countless others of the genre have failed, by introducing people we get to know and care about before all hell breaks loose."

Posted Jan 3, 2006

Jonathan R. Perry

21 51%

The Family Stone (2005)

"This year's lump of cinematic coal has a diamond blazing inside."

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Mark Collette

22 84%

King Kong (2005)

"Exhausting, in the visceral, adrenal way a good adventure should be. Comparing 'War of the Worlds' and this particular 'Kong,' Peter Jackson out-Spielbergs Steven Spielberg."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

23 72%

Syriana (2005)

"The plots are not so much carefully interwoven as they are frantically blended, like a dubious cocktail whose true ingredients the bartender would like to hide."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Mark Collette

24 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"The obvious comparison is to 'Lord of the Rings' -- but when Peter Jackson creates the most awe-inspiring battle scene since Kurosawa, the bar is too high for Andrew Adamson."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

25 61%

Shopgirl (2005)

"...More like a European film than Hollywood, but it's not a matter of transmitting on a frequency most Americans don't receive. It's a matter of information that's not there."

Posted Dec 6, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

26 10%

Aeon Flux (2005)

"Aeon Flux isn't about how cool or weird or geeky it can be, but about the potential endgame of a contemporary social debate, and that is its best asset."

Posted Dec 3, 2005

Mark Collette

27 46%

The Ice Harvest (2005)

"Few cinematic experiences are more depressing than a black comedy that isn't funny."

Posted Nov 24, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

28 46%

Rent (2005)

"In a stagy way, Chris Columbus' adaptation captures this Generation-X attitude toward relationships with pinpoint accuracy -- even if it captures little raw emotion."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Mark Collette

29 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"We relied on Edward R. Murrow for his calm, his unflappable integrity, in times of both crisis and elation. 'Good Night, and Good Luck' reminds us why we need him now."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

30 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"Stylistically, the most stylistically stunning film of the series ceases to be wondrous ... once its characters enter the painfully petty years of adolescence."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

31 20%

Derailed (2005)

"'Derailed' is an uncomfortably appropriate title for an intriguing look at consequences of adultery, hijacked by a crime thriller that's not as clever as it thinks it is."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

32 61%

Jarhead (2005)

"Few films have made military life, especially in wartime, seem so unappealing. But its achievement is also its detriment: soul-killing routine rarely translates to compelling art."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

33 36%

Saw II (2005)

"It's not slick, it's not empowering, and it's not pretty. But what it does -- efficiently exploiting our primal fears -- it does pretty well."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

34 68%

North Country (2005)

"So melodramatically one-sided and shamelessly in search of Oscar nominations that it accomplishes the colossal rarity of insulting both genders equally."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

35 64%

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

"Sure, it's as goopy as Kris Kristofferson is grizzled, but families might find a genuinely warm experience in the simple story of a child following her heart %u2014 especially in the rare moments when we're not told how to feel."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

36 62%

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

"The Longest Movie Ever Made."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

37 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"As Bill Murray tells a young drifter after buying the kid a sandwich, 'All there is, is this. The present. That's it.' If Jim Jarmusch knows what that is, he's not telling."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

38 83%

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

"Nothing more than an 81-minute in-joke only two people in the world %u2014 Tim Burton and Danny Elfman %u2014 think is funny. But sometimes self-indulgence is the very thing that makes a filmmaker worth watching."

Posted Nov 21, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

39 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon should go on tour."

Posted Nov 18, 2005

Mark Collette

40 16%

Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

"...Too few answers as to how 50 Cent became who he is."

Posted Nov 14, 2005

Mark Collette

41 26%

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

"An overproduced yarn that, at more than two hours, leaves Antonio Banderas looking a little bored in his boots."

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Mark Collette

42 27%

Stay (2005)

"Was the conclusion unforeseen? Definitely. Did it make me think about or learn something about the human condition? Not really."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Mark Collette

43 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"A tense, tight and pithy thriller with such superb restraint that almost every detail matters -- and therefore shouldn't be spoiled."

Posted Oct 14, 2005

Mark Collette

44 31%

Waiting (2005)

"Not razor-sharp with its satire of the corporate restaurant culture as Office Space was with corporate office culture."

Posted Oct 8, 2005

Mark Collette

45 21%

Into the Blue (2005)

"The film's ethos clashes with Jessica Alba's tan lines and loses the battle."

Posted Oct 1, 2005

Mark Collette

46 38%

Flightplan (2005)

"A co-pilot remarks that all children should have to wear a cowbell. That's true at least for the people aboard this plane."

Posted Sep 26, 2005

Mark Collette

47 45%

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

"These filmmakers, and this film, simply have not earned the right to take on the fundamental question of God vs. man."

Posted Sep 18, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

48 61%

Lord of War (2005)

"Niccol and Cage make the downward spiral an entertaining journey - so fiercely entertaining that it takes an eternity to realize how just how hard we've been sucker-punched."

Posted Sep 18, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

49 22%

Cry Wolf (2005)

"A stylish, frequently charming throwback to a time when horror films were essentially psychological thrillers with a higher body count."

Posted Sep 18, 2005

Jonathan R. Perry

50 11%

The Man (2005)

"Did the odd-couple buddy-cop genre officially die somewhere around the third Lethal Weapon installment?"

Posted Sep 12, 2005

Mark Collette

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