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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

""Pan's Labyrinth" is impeccable filmmaking; it alone might be enough to seal del Toro's reputation as a master of cinema."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

2 65%

Off the Black (2006)

""Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

3 62%

Music and Lyrics (2007)

"Hugh Grant is a genius at romantic comedy. He has just the right blend of good looks, sex appeal, wit, sensitivity, self-awareness, and even more endearing, self-mockery."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

4 81%

Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)

"...Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. Like in a Sergio Leone movie, all the characters try to strike iconic poses, clad with shades, munching on cigars, tilted gun in hand."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

5 71%

Dreamland (2006)

"As the mother of a preteen daughter who has dragged me to a number of teen movies, I was captivated by this strange mutant of a movie. There is skill here, and some poignant scenes that stayed with me, including a first kiss scene that's one of the bette"

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

6 100%

China Blue (2005)

"Globalization is here to stay, and it presents us with yet another set of problems that we must address. China Blue does not offer solutions, but it might help get us to stop ignoring the problems. It is the little elephant that roared."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

7 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"Let us hope that Noyce's influence in Hollywood will help give this film the attention it deserves, and that his newfound activism will have some effect."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

8 11%

Blood and Chocolate (2007)

"This movie is another sign of a growing tendency in contemporary cinema towards conspicuous imitation. It seems that originality is no longer something to aspire to."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

9 ——

Unknown (1996)

"...I don't have a problem with you guys making my gender the propagator of evil...But if you're going to go around blaming a woman for everything, the least you could do is give her character some depth, instead of making her into some cardboard cut-out.."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

10 32%

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

"If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains"

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

11 65%

The History Boys (2006)

"[History Boys] is most potently about the love of teaching, and how the best teachers can help give meaning to existence; and if not meaning in the grand sense, at least an appreciation of what it means to be human."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

12 83%

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

"The American military comes across as bungling and ineffective as protectors. If people thought we didn't know what we were doing in Iraq before, this is yet more evidence of our incompetence."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

13 86%

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"While too fleeting in grace to be a great movie, Paris Je T'aime does however reward the hope offered with this prestigious cast and crew."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

George Wu

14 69%

L'Iceberg (2005)

"In stillness and frantic movement these characters somehow survive and endure. We aren't laughing out loud. But we are staring in stunned gasping delight."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Harry Chotiner

15 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"But Verhoeven's films are not meant to offer profound moral insights. And "Black Book" does not aspire to historical accuracy. Instead, "Black Book" is pure entertainment, of the hollow variety. Verhoeven gives you your money's worth of titillation..."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Beverly Berning

16 ——

Flying Scotsman ()

"To cut to the chase, The Flying Scotsman is the skillfully-portrayed, honest story of an interesting, complex and troubled cyclist. For bike racing enthusiasts there is much meat here, but the film may ultimately fail to fully engage and inspire a more g"

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

17 90%

Stephanie Daley (2006)

"Brougher brings a particularly female sensibility to her work. I think most male writer-directors would structure this story around choices and actions. Will Stephanie accept a plea bargain? Will Lydie push her patient into facing the truth? Will"

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Harry Chotiner

18 65%

Jindabyne (2006)

"By the end of his films- this idiosyncratic style, complex plotting, and core values about intimacy produce a combination of exhaustion, well-being, and a bit of unease. At the conclusion of "Jindabyne," while Lawrence's torturous journey has given more"

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Harry Chotiner

19 88%

Red Road (2007)

"Red Road is a portrait of a voyeur, and it invites us to become voyeurs of the voyeur."

Posted Apr 16, 2007

Harry Chotiner

20 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"A film of impeccable style, with every note hit to perfection, but without much soul."

Posted Apr 16, 2007

Beverly Berning

21 83%

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

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Posted Apr 9, 2007

22 98%

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Esma's Secret - Grbavica) (2007)

"Jasmila Zbanic also deserves our admiration for casting Karanovic, and for making a film of great power about the fate of that ultimate contradiction -- a child born out of hatred."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Beverly Berning

23 60%

300 (2007)

"It's an enjoyable two hours."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Harry Chotiner

24 80%

Little Children (2006)

"The success Fields has with this film comes through the uncomfortable intersection between comedy, melodrama and tragedy. Oh, and romance."

Posted Apr 3, 2007

Michael Wade Simpson

25 8%

Premonition (2007)

"Someone should have figured out what this movie was really about before they even started."

Posted Apr 2, 2007

Beverly Berning

26 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"As a serious film, only an American could love Marie Antoinette. To the French, it must be gravely insulting. As an unwitting camp, it may have a great future."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Les Wright

27 37%

Death of a President (2006)

"There is little of the fall of the Twin Towers trauma, but much of All the President's Men here. That this film's buzz has launched such vitriol and condemnation is not surprising. Range's film exposes wider audiences to some basic truths of our times."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Les Wright

28 69%

Babel (2006)

"There is some hope, in Ińárritu's world, each of the characters may have a family and love, but this is shown to be, at best, a diversion against the real world, which is a much more intolerable, incomprehensive place."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Michael Wade Simpson

29 48%

Harsh Times (2006)

"A movie that seems gritty and pointless for its first third, begins to grow in meaning as the pointlessness snowballs into absurdity and then tragedy."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Michael Wade Simpson

30 81%

How to Draw a Bunny (2004)

"Simply put, Ray Johnson was neither good nor original. All that he did in his 'art' was done before and better by others. That the same can be said of his documentarian's film may be a small synchronicity, but that's all it is. What it is not is art."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Dan Schneider

31 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"Casino Royale is a great action movie, but it rises above the genre because of Daniel Craig's wonderfully fresh portrait of Bond and a great script. This is an exciting and engrossing, stand-on-line, see-on-a-big-screen, buy-the-popcorn-movie."

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

32 57%

Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin) (2007)

"In Summer in Berlin, director Andreas Dresen presents the portrait of a friendship between two women, Nike (Nadja Uhl) and Katrin Engel (Inka Friedrich). In the German tradition of the Kammerspielfilm, this is a closely and lovingly observed study in psyc"

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Les Wright

33 ——

Pervert (2005)

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Posted Mar 26, 2007

34 79%

Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)

"To cut to the chase...this is a very French, understated, intelligent, slow, police procedural that ultimately engrosses and then surprises the viewer. If you don't see it in a theater, it would be a great rental."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

35 16%

Eragon (2006)

"The viewer is not transported to the magical, complex and elaborate kingdom of Alagaësia of the book, but rather is merely observing action scene followed by action scene."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

36 54%

The Good Shepherd (2006)

"The Good Shepherd tells a compelling, complex, personal and political story and tells it extremely well. It's an engrossing film."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

37 ——

Pervert (2005)

"The heteros become homos, the unsatisfied virgins become red meat, over and over. If you liked Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, you will like this bit of silliness. And, if you understand this film, then, truly, you are a pervert too. Go, be with your peopl"

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Les Wright

38 48%

Exterminating Angels (Les Anges Exterminateurs) (2007)

"If the movie was meant to render sympathy to Brisseau, it only reinforces how monstrously repugnant he is. The audacity to suggest his complete innocence makes the whole thing seem like black comedy, only the core sentiment is not funny."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

George Wu

39 58%

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"Agree or disagree, this is a work so bold and provocative and distinctive that it demands to be seen."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

George Wu

40 91%

Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959)

"Despite that, Black Orpheus, while not being a cinematic full meal nevertheless is a sweet piece of candy, and thus has to be judged more on its entertainment value than its artistic value; mindful that, unlike the Orphic films of Cocteau, it, at least su"

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Dan Schneider

41 76%

Absolute Wilson (2006)

"Yet Otto-Bernstein's clips, though well-chosen, never convey what seeing Wilson live is like...Her book is much more stimulating."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Michael McDonagh

42 88%

Man Push Cart (2006)

"A sad, powerful, austere experience of a movie, this is the story of a man who has known profound, compound loss."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Les Wright

43 95%

A Woman Under the Influence (1975)

"John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws...Consequently, the film has to rank somewhere between the two in the Cassavetes canon, and I'd opt for putting it c"

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Dan Schneider

44 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

"Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

45 66%

Apocalypto (2006)

"To cut to the chase, there should be an NC-17 rating to describe the over-the- top violence in Apocalypto. But the strong of stomach will find an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding, technically amazing movie."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

46 ——

Fisherman and His Wife ()

"Meanwhile, Dörrie sends up, more with humor than rebuke, the present decade's global-wide obsession with its win-at-all-cost competitive spirit, the blurring of boundaries between profit-making and service providing, the West's infatuation with Japanese d"

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Les Wright

47 94%

Three Kings (1999)

"Keilich strikes a sweetly engaging balance between humor and pathos."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Les Wright

48 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"Every stone, every piece of fabric, every pushed-up bosom is fetishized to ludicrous extremes. Zhang apparently wants to dazzle the eyes with the visuals, but Curse is one of the gaudiest looking movies ever made."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

George Wu

49 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"Bridge to Terabithia is a beautifully written and acted film with a big heart, but also with the uncompromising reality of death. It is impossible not to be charmed and moved by this film."

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Emily S. Mendel

50 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Relative newcomer screenwriter and director Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck makes a remarkably self-confident and promising debut with the tensely sublime film The Lives of Others...The Lives of Others is a rare film achievement, arguably a "perfect" film"

Posted Mar 12, 2007

Les Wright

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