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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 60%

Party Monster - The Shockumentary (1998)

"Fact-based story of drugs and death in "clubland" is boring and banal, failing in its attempt to shock and scandalize."

Posted Sep 12, 2003

James Rocchi

2 41%

The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

"Project Greenlight's second "winner" is more like a second strike ... and not a ringing endorsement for contest-based filmmaking."

Posted Sep 4, 2003

James Rocchi

3 23%

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

"Horror sequel's few "Boo!" moments get wasted by a script that cares more about scares than sense."

Posted Aug 28, 2003

James Rocchi

4 18%

The Medallion (2003)

"Another Jackie Chan "search for the great whatsit" action film that's as agreeable as it is disposable."

Posted Aug 21, 2003

James Rocchi

5 49%

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2003)

"French souffle of song, sickness and second chances charms when it's hot, but turns lumpy and indigestible as it cools."

Posted Aug 21, 2003

James Rocchi

6 79%

Open Range (2003)

"Western's sincerity and Robert Duvall's warm, fascinating lead performance can't make up for a rough ride with an uneven tone."

Posted Aug 15, 2003

James Rocchi

7 41%

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

"Monster-on-monster horror flick is a gory, goofy guilty pleasure far better than the money-mongering idea behind it suggests."

Posted Aug 15, 2003

James Rocchi

8 94%

American Splendor (2003)

"Quirky, off-kilter look at the life and work of cult-comics author Harvey Pekar is a snappy tale of low culture and pop art."

Posted Aug 15, 2003

James Rocchi

9 37%

Le Divorce (2003)

"Merchant-Ivory romantic comedy about Americans in Paris is a glossy bore of bad manners and nice furnishings."

Posted Aug 7, 2003

James Rocchi

10 88%

Freaky Friday (2003)

"Remade Disney flick charms with loose comedy, unforced heart and two fab female leads."

Posted Aug 7, 2003

James Rocchi

11 48%

S.W.A.T. (2003)

"Best-of-the-best cops make for a better-than-average action flick thanks to street-level direction and blue-collar heroics."

Posted Aug 7, 2003

James Rocchi

12 6%

Gigli (2003)

"Affleck and Lopez team up for a mix of Rain Man, Chasing Amy and a little Guys and Dolls that's truly, deeply awful."

Posted Aug 1, 2003

James Rocchi

13 90%

The Magdalene Sisters (2003)

"Tough drama about Ireland's Catholic homes for "fallen" women is a cruel, wrenching drama with a sting of truth behind every atrocity."

Posted Jul 31, 2003

James Rocchi

14 55%

American Wedding (2003)

"The third -- and, dear God, hopefully final -- American Pie film wastes talented actors on slapstick, sentimentality and smut."

Posted Jul 31, 2003

James Rocchi

15 63%

Camp (2003)

"Bold, brilliant musical film about musical theatre is a hilarious, heartfelt tribute to teen talent that'll bring you to your feet -- and is one of 2003's best films."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

16 91%

The Weather Underground (2002)

"Documentary about 1960s violent terrorists/committed freedom fighters is a blast about the past that's not just a museum piece."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

17 45%

Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003)

"Robert Rodriguez's 3-D computer-aided kid flick bytes off more than it can chew."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

18 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"Glowing story of three men, a horse and their era earns the right to move you, despite rigging its own course."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

19 24%

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)

"Angelina Jolie returns as a globetrotting archaeologist ... in a sequel that redefines boredom."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

20 77%

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

"A Dickens classic is brought to the screen in a reduced -- but still rewarding -- film adaptation."

Posted Jul 30, 2003

James Rocchi

21 28%

How to Deal (2003)

"Rushed, crowded teen drama kinda-sorta satisfies as pop star-turned-actress Mandy Moore leans to embrace ... love."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

James Rocchi

22 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"Film's bombastic bad-boy Michael Bay mixes idiocy and pretension in a grotesque wreck of epic proportions."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

James Rocchi

23 48%

Big Trouble (2002)

"Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it."

Posted Jul 17, 2003

James Rocchi

24 17%

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

"Freaks and heroes from Victorian fiction team up in an adequate, somewhat muddled meta-fictional superhero flick."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

James Rocchi

25 79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

"Pirate adventure is a ridiculously entertaining romp thanks to Johnny Depp's scene-stealing scallywag and Gore Verbinski's directorial hand."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

James Rocchi

26 100%

Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

"Loose, funny dinner-for-four comedy is smart, real and entirely enjoyable."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

James Rocchi

27 70%

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

"Blatantly opportunistic sequel has plot holes, logic problems, minimal innovation ... and a fistful of block-rockin' action."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

James Rocchi

28 46%

Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

"Ancient mariner's tale gets a modernized animated kids' flick, travels the seven seas -- and lingers in your mind for maybe seven seconds."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

James Rocchi

29 38%

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003)

"If this were just another lazy sequel, that'd be bad enough, but Legally Blonde 2's dimwitted political "comedy" is bad in truly fascinating ways. ..."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

James Rocchi

30 ——

Colors Straight Up (1997)

"Superb documentary about the power of art is compelling true-life drama."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

James Rocchi

31 44%

Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003)

"Cameron, Drew and Lucy are still doing it for themselves in the sequel, and thankfully, the fun is still there."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

James Rocchi

32 87%

28 Days Later (2003)

"Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's digital-video zombie flick turns old cliches into grim, shiny new horrors."

Posted Jun 26, 2003

James Rocchi

33 92%

Brother From Another Planet (1984)

"Writer-director John Sayles' low-budget, high-concept fable is smart, sensitive sci-fi."

Posted Jun 19, 2003

James Rocchi

34 62%

Hulk (2003)

"Overblown adaptation of Marvel Comics monster saga is a lumbering, ponderous failure that trips over its misguided, touchy-feely aspirations."

Posted Jun 19, 2003

James Rocchi

35 11%

Alex & Emma (2003)

"Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rob Reiner gives us a so-so metatextual romance -- "When Sally Adapted Harry.""

Posted Jun 19, 2003

James Rocchi

36 30%

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

"Harrison Ford and John Hartnett are a mismatched cop duo -- and their action-comedy train wreck is the real crime."

Posted Jun 12, 2003

James Rocchi

37 64%

Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

"Wildly hyped horror import is easy to look at but doesn't truly terrify, despite the invention of the directing Pang brothers."

Posted Jun 12, 2003

James Rocchi

38 41%

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)

"This Nickelodeon team-up may be straight from the marketing department, but your kids won't care."

Posted Jun 12, 2003

James Rocchi

39 36%

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

"Cars-and-consumerism action flick has John Singleton behind the wheel but no Diesel in the tank, making for a lackluster blockbuster sequel."

Posted Jun 5, 2003

James Rocchi

40 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Latest computer-animated offering from Pixar is a giant leap forward visually, even if the story treads familiar ground ... uh, water."

Posted Jun 5, 2003

James Rocchi

41 90%

Whale Rider (2003)

"Film-festival favorite mixes family, tradition and modern concerns for a drama that earns the good feeling you leave with."

Posted Jun 5, 2003

James Rocchi

42 97%

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

"When a community put a family under suspicion, they put themselves on-camera -- and this documentary shows it all."

Posted May 29, 2003

James Rocchi

43 40%

House of Fools (2003)

"Based-on-a-true-tale drama about an insane asylum on the frontlines in the Chechen conflict is tired, trite and dull."

Posted May 22, 2003

James Rocchi

44 34%

The In-Laws (2003)

"Comedy classic gets a tepid remake that squanders story, actors and skill in the pursuit of lame, stiff comedy."

Posted May 22, 2003

James Rocchi

45 60%

Down with Love (2003)

"Faux-'60s sex comedy is bright, charming and smart in a million different ways -- especially casting Ewan and Renee as Rock and Doris."

Posted May 16, 2003

James Rocchi

46 64%

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

"Dramatic-thriller mix of the personal and the political makes John Malkovich's directorial debut good; Xavier Bardem's performance makes it great."

Posted May 16, 2003

James Rocchi

47 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"Sci-fi epic is broader, brisker and -- for better and for worse -- about what you'd expect from part two of a trilogy."

Posted May 15, 2003

James Rocchi

48 81%

Blue Car (2003)

"Moody, thoughtful drama is a brilliant debut for new actress Agnes Bruckner and a triumph for veteran David Strathairn."

Posted May 8, 2003

James Rocchi

49 28%

Daddy Day Care (2003)

"Eddie Murphy retread of Mr. Mom is surprisingly satisfying, and sweet without being sickly."

Posted May 8, 2003

James Rocchi

50 64%

The Shape Of Things (2002)

"Another brainy, shocking tale from Neil LaBute puts cruel modern twists on some old-fashioned themes."

Posted May 8, 2003

James Rocchi

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