Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Couples Retreat (2009)
"Tawdry and tedious, 'Couples Retreat' is a retread of the almost equally unfunny 'License to Wed.'"
The Informant! (2009)
"Lies upon lies pile up in 'The Informant,' a real-life story about a man whose web of deceit spins out of control."
Love Happens (2009)
"When I say ---- happens, bet you didn't think of plopping the word 'Love' in there."
Jennifer's Body (2009)
"'Jennifer's Body' is a good idea that just doesn't stack up."
"When I dismiss many children's movies as being insipid and low-brow, I mean they actually insult their young audiences. Not this one."
My One and Only (2009)
"In the midst of blockbusters that involve giant robots and teen wizards, "My One and Only" is an enjoyable film that got lost in the cinematic shuffle of 2009."
X Games 3D: The Movie (2009)
"You might enjoy this oddball ESPN documentary about extreme sports including skateboarding, motorcycling and motocross. Mostly, I think, it's aimed at kids and/or extreme sports enthusiasts."
Post Grad (2009)
"Bland but certainly not awful, 'Post Grad' will commence quickly to the rental shelf."
"Boy, is this dumb. I mean in the way that something can be so silly and disgusting it's dumb."
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Gloriously directed and written, 'Inglourious Basterds' is a must for Quentin Tarantino fans."
Taking Woodstock (2009)
"A gentle, slow-paced coming-of-age movie, 'Taking Woodstock' is not a movie about the historic concert that observes its 40th anniversary this year."
H2: Halloween II (2009)
"Rob Zombie makes incoherent films about people killing each other in brutal ways. Here's another one."
The Final Destination (2009)
"I thought they might call this 'Final Final Destination' to wrap up the franchise."
All About Steve (2009)
"I'm not sure who Kim Barker is, or what her credentials are. But she has written two of my least favorite screenplays within the last two years."
"I happily anticipated seeing what the writer/director team of the two 'Crank' movies would come up with next."
"Nobody knows the workplace quite like Mike Judge."
District 9 (2009)
"It's an unforgettable science-fiction actioner. It's a commentary on the human condition. It's a drama about undying love. It's arguably the finest use of computer-generated imagery the big screen ever has seen.The grownups-only 'District 9' is one of the"
"Dear Todd Graff: Thanks, man."
"Raunchy, crass and simply loopy, this is a movie you're either going to love or hate."
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
"Don't make time for this mess of a weeper."
"For those who love 'Spirited Away' and 'Princess Mononoke,' as I do, here's another Hayao Miyazaki tale of friendship and fantasy."
500 Days of Summer (2009)
"This is about 500 times smarter than the average romance."
A Perfect Getaway (2009)
"I changed my mind about this movie three times."
Julie & Julia (2009)
"It's a movie to savor."
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
"The folks at Hasbro must be laughing all the way to the bank this summer."
The Ugly Truth (2009)
"Oh, what truth there is in advertising. 'The Ugly Truth' truly is an ugly movie with an ugly message: That once women realize men are only out for one thing, they need to cheapen themselves to land a man."
"I think that, if someone really wanted to adopt (as my dear parents did), it would take more than a single movie to dissuade them."
"Anybody who wants to go to a movie about talking secret-agent guinea pigs is probably too young to read this review."
The Hurt Locker (2009)
"It's slang for 'You're headed for a pounding.' And so you are."
Aliens in the Attic (2009)
"As dull as its title is interesting, 'Aliens in the Attic' is far from out-of-this-world."
The Collector (2009)
"There is no reason on earth 'The Collector' exists."
Funny People (2009)
"Here's a drama with comedians in it."
"Sometimes, a documentary is a documentary.But sometimes, dude, it's a reflection of the world at large."
The Proposal (2009)
"Sometimes, 'The Proposal' is rather engaging."
Year One (2009)
"Boy, does this stink - and I mean almost literally."
"You know, it's kind of block-headed. But it's exactly what you'd expect from action director Michael Bay. And hey, it is about robot-like creatures, after all."
Away We Go (2009)
"Here's a road movie, essentially with a plot, that takes its time %u2013 just like its lovable, bumbling characters."
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
"Sometimes, a sad story isn't just a manipulative venture that makes you cry. Sometimes, as in 'The Notebook,' it's a tale well told that brings out honest emotions. Sometimes, it's in a movie such as 'My Sister's Keeper.'"
Public Enemies (2009)
"John Dillinger was a violent man who died a violent death.In 'Public Enemies,' we learn the story of how he evaded the FBI %u2013 even escaping from prison - to become a nationally known bank robber and Public Enemy No. 1."
"A baby's on the way, a new acquaintance adds to the fun/confusion, and some old friends are back."
"Let's just get this over with: This is the filthiest movie I've ever seen on the big screen."
I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)
"Bland as the day is long, 'I Love You, Beth Cooper' seems to be a movie pretending to be a comedy. This high-school-graduation-night road trip has been done much, much more enjoyably before."
"Only a schmuck wouldn't love this movie."
Imagine That (2009)
"Kinda cute, kinda silly, and just about average, 'Imagine That' isn't the worst or the best we've seen from Eddie Murphy."
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
"Dark humor, great interaction between the characters, and cinematic comments on racism, gender bias and a changing world - it's a great crime picture. I'm talking, of course, about the 1974 version."
My Life in Ruins (2009)
"Here's another sexed-up TV movie that has hit the big screen, mostly because of the name recognition of its two major stars."
The Hangover (2009)
"Who knew that we needed a 'Dude, Where's My Car?' for grownups?"
Land of the Lost (2009)
"There are countless mentions of feces and urine. A woman is fondled several times. The lead character mouths a two-word vulgarity to another character."
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
"'Drag Me to Hell' scared the daylights out of me. That is, when I wasn't laughing at the dark humor that only Sam Raimi can concoct."