Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Merely cute when it could be affecting, pleasant when it could be relevant."
"A construct of heaven and hell that makes no sense, and changes when the plot requires it, is the least of its problems."
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
"It's heavy on metaphor and voiceover, and weak on passion..."
The Wedding Date (2005)
"'The Wedding Date' doesn't exactly resurrect romantic comedy, but it proves there's still life in the genre."
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
"It's all the more successful ... when we realize the sad truth that even a film this powerful isn't likely to change policy."
Hide and Seek (2005)
"Its great surprise assaults our better judgment."
Sergeant York (1941)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
Summer Rental (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
"... a deeply felt (but never feel-good) father-daughter love story - and one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made."
"Neither a bang nor a whimper, but a warm, engaging dialogue about things that matter, in words that must be said."
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
"A big-name, shoot 'em up shocker that achieves moments of intrigue amid spans of dullness."
Are We There Yet? (2005)
"'Are We There Yet?' is an eerily appropriate title for cinema's first authentic endurance test of 2005."
In Good Company (2004)
"A smart, funny and refreshingly honest portrait of life in transition."
The Phantom of the Opera (2005)
"An awkward, overstuffed and occasionally painful delusion of grandeur ..."
"When we can get the Lifetime Network on basic cable, and watch 'Alias' every Wednesday night for free, is this really necessary?"
Coach Carter (2005)
"He's the Good Coach; he knows these young men will lead good lives as long as he doesn't relent. Odd then, that the end doesn't seem like the result of a lot of hard work."
The Searchers (1956)
"THE great American western."
White Noise (2005)
Finding Neverland (2004)
"Man, did Johnny Depp pick the wrong year to give the performance of a lifetime."
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
"Pop quiz: What's worse than a disaster flick? Answer: A remake of a disaster flick."
"It's not fair to call 'Spanglish' a romance comedy, because at its core it's not about romance."
Meet the Fockers (2004)
"...the story fails to take the high road..."
"The camera spends much time on the actors' faces, whose spouting fumaroles manage to keep us interested by pace if not by virtue."
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
"It defies a minimum critical standard: providing a framework for the jokes that at least makes sense."
"Whipping a battery at the screen would have accomplished nothing -- but I haven't ruled out a drive to LA so I can whip a battery at Oliver Stone."
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
"There's absolutely no excuse for this."
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Christmas With the Kranks (2004)
"It's a paragon of irony. A film based on a novel by courtroom aficionado John Grisham could use nothing more than the cold judiciousness of an egotistical trial lawyer."
National Treasure (2004)
"It's a fun ride to a boring payoff."
"Cannonball in maven ... eeee ...yeah! My cat could eat a spool of celluloid and crap a better film than this."
After the Sunset (2004)
"Every bit as easygoing as its tropical island setting, and every bit as uninspired and uninspiring. Its pleasantness is its undoing."
"A cartoon sponge and starfish playing fisticuffs with a marauding biker on David Hasselhoff's live-action backside is the most asinine image I've ever seen at the movies."
"If Bridget Jones - a character incapable of learning from her mistakes - is a feminist role model, the movement's in for a setback."
The Polar Express (2013)
"... An early and unexpectedly intelligent gift."
"If there is such a thing as the postmodern relationship ... then director Charles Shyer has come maddeningly close to objectifying it with 'Alfie.' "
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
"If you rent a film with this title, you deserve whatever you get. Utter crapola."
Burden of Dreams (1982)
"A searing voyeur's peek at two of cinema's most audacious talents -- and megalomaniacs."
The Enforcer (1976)
"A grim, gutsy, perversely satisfying shot of machismo from an era when action heroes were action heroes -- not a little boy's idea of an action hero."
The Incredibles (2004)
"Wild, wondrous and utterly disarming ... sweet but never saccharine, freed from the shackles of postmodern irony and cleverness for its own sake."
The Grudge (2004)
"A visually interesting but fatally underwhelming horror film, cynically devised to avoid taxing the intellect of anyone on a third-grade reading level."
"Clumsy, but crudely effective; liberating in its horrific imagery, but undone by the very same."
"Foxx is essentially critic-proof ... Yet he's embroiled in an editing nightmare. "
Surviving Christmas (2004)
"All these characters exist only so Affleck can prance around being impish and silly, exacting more of the damage he inflicted in last year's 'Gigli.'"
"The quintessential crime thriller. One of the few perfect films."
Shall We Dance (2004)
"A warm, honestly observed study of middle-age awakening becomes a vehicle to pull J.Lo's caboose."
Team America: World Police (2004)
"Trey Parker may not advance the cause of freedom, but he'll go to it laughing, and that's worth several times my buck-o-five."
Raise Your Voice (2004)
"When Homer Simpson takes a can of Duff beer and crushes it against his thick skull, it's curious how the resulting object has all the dimension of one of Hilary Duff's roles."