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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

"Stephen Chow's pure, pop blast of martial arts action, giddy physical comedy and sheer movie love bursts off the screen."

Posted Apr 25, 2005

James Rocchi

2 65%

Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005)

"Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon make a cute couple, but this sports-centric romantic comedy doesn't quite knock it out of the park."

Posted Apr 25, 2005

James Rocchi

3 10%

The Wedding Date (2005)

"Messing-Mulroney romantic comedy has "something borrowed" in its plot -- and a sense of missed opportunity that'll leave you blue."

Posted Apr 14, 2005

James Rocchi

4 49%

Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing) (2005)

"Irish drama about disability, interdependence and self-determination is nothing new, but it's nicely made, with two great performances."

Posted Apr 14, 2005

James Rocchi

5 60%

Dust to Glory (2005)

"Baja off-road race documentary may be weighed down by corny narration, but when the pedal's down, it moves like a bat out of hell."

Posted Apr 14, 2005

James Rocchi

6 39%

Sahara (2005)

"A little Indiana Jones, a little James Bond, a little Tom Clancy -- it all adds up to an action-adventure flick with little to distinguish it."

Posted Apr 7, 2005

James Rocchi

7 80%

Oldboy (2005)

"Haunting, horrifying Korean psycho-drama action film will make you sweat -- and works as the violence-flick equivalent of opera."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

James Rocchi

8 43%

Guess Who (2005)

"Modernized take on a classic has a few laughs -- and, more importantly, a heart in the right place."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

James Rocchi

9 15%

Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005)

"Sandra Bullock's FBI agent is back in action for a sequel that feels like a distant runner-up in the quality comedy pageant."

Posted Mar 24, 2005

James Rocchi

10 53%

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

"Woody Allen's parallel-lives story is a nicely made diversion that puts him back on track."

Posted Mar 17, 2005

James Rocchi

11 20%

The Ring Two (2005)

"Arty, semiscary sequel delivers a few shocks but doesn't rival the first film."

Posted Mar 17, 2005

James Rocchi

12 35%

Hostage (2005)

"Ticking-clock thriller takes borrowed parts, gives them a glossy coat of new blood and delivers a clenched-fist bundle of jolts and surprises."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

13 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"High-caliber drama-comedy about an abandoned wife makes Joan Allen an early front-runner for 2005's Best Actress."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

14 72%

Walk on Water (2005)

"Israeli thriller-drama is a challenging tale with a few flaws, but it's also impressive, memorable and complex."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

15 64%

Robots (2005)

"Robots has the nuts-and-bolts basics of quality computer animation and family fun, even if the script lacks a certain polish."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

16 93%

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

"Four children are abandoned in Tokyo -- and their struggle to survive is a powerful, careful drama that has the gut-shot anxiety of the best thrillers."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

17 46%

Constantine (2005)

"The Matrix meets The Exorcist (with a little Chinatown thrown in for good measure) in Keanu Reeves's just-below-okay supernatural adventure."

Posted Mar 14, 2005

James Rocchi

18 16%

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

"Sloppy, insipid mishmash of female empowerment, Christian thought and gun-and-weed jokes is an early front-runner for Worst Film of 2005."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

James Rocchi

19 44%

The Jacket (2005)

"Moody, unstuck-in-time chiller is elevated by strong work from its stars -- especially Adrien Brody."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

James Rocchi

20 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"Lethargic Get Shorty sequel has a slow-poke script, sleepwalking leads and more thought put into the product placement than the plot."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

James Rocchi

21 92%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

"A surprising success, thanks largely to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's brilliant songs."

Posted Mar 3, 2005

James Rocchi

22 69%

Hitch (2005)

"Will Smith's charisma helps make this sweet, slight romantic comedy about a modern Cupid a light and disposable pleasure."

Posted Feb 10, 2005

James Rocchi

23 83%

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

"Smart, high-minded documentary about stupid, low-minded filmmaking has delusions of gravity, but still satisfies."

Posted Feb 10, 2005

James Rocchi

24 64%

Bride and Prejudice (2005)

"Brit-lit-meets-Bollywood hybrid is a bit of a mishmash, but it's also bright, breezy fun."

Posted Feb 10, 2005

James Rocchi

25 60%

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

"Trashy '70s Carpenter flick gets a startlingly good remake that's smart, swift and full of bruising good times for B-movie action fans."

Posted Jan 21, 2005

James Rocchi

26 65%

Coach Carter (2005)

"High school basketball is more than a game in this satisfying flick topped by Samuel L. Jackson's easy-to-watch lead performance."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Rocchi

27 10%

Elektra (2005)

"Comic book spin-off has a star in Jennifer Garner, but no script -- which makes it a hyper-cut bore."

Posted Jan 13, 2005

James Rocchi

28 83%

In Good Company (2004)

"Director Paul Weitz's struggle through the personal and political strife of modern corporate life is a good movie with a great cast."

Posted Jan 6, 2005

James Rocchi

29 42%

Beyond the Sea (2004)

"Kevin Spacey's big-screen showbiz biography of Bobby Darin soars when it's glam, but bores when it's glum."

Posted Dec 30, 2004

James Rocchi

30 33%

The Phantom of the Opera (2005)

"Broadway bore comes to the big screen in a movie-musical adaptation that's too little, too late and too terrible for words."

Posted Dec 30, 2004

James Rocchi

31 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"Don't believe the hype about Clint Eastwood's boxing pic: This cliche-filled mess is a fixed fight."

Posted Dec 23, 2004

James Rocchi

32 88%

The Woodsman (2004)

"Gritty drama about a pedophile's release from jail is rough, but has an iron-strong lead performance."

Posted Dec 23, 2004

James Rocchi

33 90%

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

"Real-life drama about the horror of the Rwandan genocide and the heartfelt compassion of one man is a knockout."

Posted Dec 23, 2004

James Rocchi

34 75%

Peter Pan (1953)

"A cavalcade of classic songs, unforgettable moments, gorgeous handcrafted animation and, unfortunately, some racial stereotypes."

Posted Dec 23, 2004

James Rocchi

35 56%

New Jersey Drive (1995)

Posted Dec 16, 2004

James Rocchi

36 53%

Spanglish (2004)

"Culture-clash California comedy is sweet and light, but not exactly deep."

Posted Dec 16, 2004

James Rocchi

37 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic is a riveting story of genius and torment, talent and arrogance, passion and madness."

Posted Dec 16, 2004

James Rocchi

38 78%

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

"War-torn love story reuniting two bright stars is a true work of art."

Posted Dec 10, 2004

James Rocchi

39 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Wes Anderson follows Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums with ... the same film for the third time."

Posted Dec 10, 2004

James Rocchi

40 68%

Closer (2004)

"Stage adaptation about love, lust and lies in London feels a little staged, even with an electric cast."

Posted Dec 9, 2004

James Rocchi

41 88%

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"Martial arts saga mixes soap opera and sword-fighting action that will appeal to anyone who loved Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

Posted Dec 9, 2004

James Rocchi

42 55%

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

"Sassy, classy con flick sequel is like jazz improv from a room full of pros -- smooth, stylish and swingin' fun."

Posted Dec 9, 2004

James Rocchi

43 26%

Blade: Trinity (2004)

"Wesley Snipes's vampire hunter franchise finishes off not with a bang but a whimper."

Posted Dec 9, 2004

James Rocchi

44 83%

Finding Neverland (2004)

"The true stories behind the creation and creator of Peter Pan give Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet a chance to warm -- and break -- our hearts."

Posted Nov 25, 2004

James Rocchi

45 77%

The Machinist (2004)

"Low-budget, high-shiver horror film is anchored by Christian Bale's unsettling portrait of insomnia."

Posted Nov 25, 2004

James Rocchi

46 16%

Alexander (2004)

"Oliver Stone's take on the life of Alexander the Great is overblown, underdeveloped and one of the worst films of 2004."

Posted Nov 25, 2004

James Rocchi

47 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"Biopic about the pioneering researcher captures the world he lived in -- and the world -- in a great film about sex and consequence."

Posted Nov 11, 2004

James Rocchi

48 27%

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004)

"Renee Zellweger returns for a been-there, done-that sequel that's content to be more of the same."

Posted Nov 11, 2004

James Rocchi

49 92%

Vera Drake (2004)

"In postwar Britain, Vera Drake helps the needy and pays for it dearly in Mike Leigh's underplayed and overwhelming drama."

Posted Nov 4, 2004

James Rocchi

50 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"Funny and frantic? Sure -- but The Incredibles is also one of the greatest adventures the movies have given us."

Posted Nov 4, 2004

James Rocchi