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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Last Stop for Paul (2006)

"This is a most daffy, snazzy, kooky movie which will absorb you every moment it's on the screen. Take the trip with Paul to the last stop.....it's worth it!"

Posted Mar 6, 2008

Joseph Feinstein

2 6%

Strength and Honor (2007)

"Strength and Honor is a most apt title for this movie truly has both."

Posted Dec 19, 2007

Joseph Feinstein

3 86%

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

"I predict Academy Award nominations all-around for acting, script and direction. Yes, it's that good. Start out your evening and see this one!"

Posted Dec 5, 2007

Joseph Feinstein

4 75%

Arven (The Inheritance) (2004)

"A solid, involving Danish drama that proves discord, struggle and variance need not necessarily be lost in translation."

Posted Oct 11, 2004

Brent Simon

5 42%

Naked in New York (1994)

"A movie of somewhat indulgent introspection, a confection of twentysomething ambivalence."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

6 ——

National Lampoon Presents - Lost Reality 1 (2004)

"The movie's core idea is a relatively good one... but its execution is hormone-addled titillation, as devoid of aspiration as it is inspiration."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

7 88%

THX 1138 (1971)

"A scrupulously crafted vision of benevolent oppressiveness, THX 1138 exudes a creamy hypnotism and resonates strongly."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

8 88%

Tying the Knot (2004)

"Activist filmmaking... but neither strident nor plaintive."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

9 36%

Shark Tale (2004)

"A colorful, vibrant and charismatic treat that plays to both kids and adults..."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

10 53%

A Dirty Shame (2004)

"Shrill and clamorous claptrap, a movie whose harried declamations and colorful, frenetic staging give the impression of plot in the absence of any real narrative conviction."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

11 91%

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

"A colorful British genre mash-up that crossbreeds the zombified existence of late twentysomething interpersonal ennui with a literal attack of the undead."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

12 26%

Anatomy of Hell (2004)

"Issues of sexual commitment, fidelity and self-worth are graphically explored with the torpid detachment of a psych major's filmic send-up of a Calvin Klein commercial..."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

13 84%

The Yes Men (2004)

"Subversive and thought-provoking, though also a little too slack and unassuming for its own good; more 'why' and not just 'how' would have been a welcome addition."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

14 55%

Ricordati di me, (Remember Me, My Love) (2004)

"A lively if overlong movie that allows for the full spectrum of human emotion and behavior."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

15 60%

Wimbledon (2004)

"Ably, consistently directed and featuring attractive, likeable leads, yet also still so formulaic and quirk-free as to lull you into a stupor."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

16 57%

Cowboys & Angels (2003)

"There are no truly great lessons imparted in Cowboys and Angels, but its charm, sociability and highly watchable performances make it a smooth, friendly cinematic pint."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

17 ——

Swimming Upstream (2005)

"Management of tone is everything in tales this sentimental, and Swimming Upstream is ploddingly obvious and mawkish -- all desultory domestic scenes and bad monologues."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

18 62%

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

"Somewhere between The Blair Witch Project, Lost in La Mancha, Anaconda and the kookiest film school art project ever dreamed up..."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

19 76%

Reconstruction (2004)

"Emblematic of a new sort of filmic collage in which artificial construction is as much a featured part of the point as a means to an end."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

20 44%

Evergreen (2004)

"The dialogue is on-the-nose and its lessons are pedestrian, but the film remains a "working poor-trait" of poignancy and grace due to Addie Land's unself-conscious turn."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

21 69%

Criminal (2004)

"A jazzy, offhandedly brilliant exercise in colorful mendacity and shell game shenanigans that benefits from the cool, authoritative occupational swagger of John C. Reilly."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

22 32%

When Will I Be Loved (2004)

"Careening and indulgent... a triple-loose oration on gender, power, wealth and age that asserts its points without ever owning them."

Posted Oct 5, 2004

Brent Simon

23 63%

Bush's Brain (2004)

"An engrossing, disturbing portrait of the perversion of our political process -- a victim of our collective disdain and disinterest that we let it get dragged down this far."

Posted Sep 7, 2004

Brent Simon

24 43%

The Brown Bunny (2004)

"Punishingly, defiantly slow... but also an artful film of uncommon tenderness with modest, at-arm's-length rewards."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

Brent Simon

25 77%

Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004)

"Clearheaded, practical and plenteous in evidence but smart and confident enough not to berate you."

Posted Aug 30, 2004

Brent Simon

26 86%

Duel (1972)

"A sort of minimalist telepic precursor to John Dahl's Joyride that packs the unadulterated genre punch of pure grain alcohol..."

Posted Aug 23, 2004

Brent Simon

27 72%

High Art (1998)

"A solid if diffident, strongly character-focused drama worth the time of those who appreciate shoegazing introspection for the High Art that it is."

Posted Aug 23, 2004

Brent Simon

28 100%

Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

"A vibrant, skin-deep flirt, both refined and tawdry, fabulous and skin deep -- probably a comparison Curtis himself would appreciate."

Posted Aug 23, 2004

Brent Simon

29 90%

Mean Creek (2004)

"Reach exceeds grasp in this small ensemble character drama in the vein of Stand By Me that succeeds far more in theory than in practice."

Posted Aug 23, 2004

Brent Simon

30 90%

After Hours (1985)

"Darkly comedic and delightfully manic, After Hours is a fresh, funny look at one man's downward mental and emotional slide into an evening of unmitigated SoHo hell."

Posted Aug 16, 2004

Brent Simon

31 71%

Gozu (Gokud˘ ky˘fu dai-gekij˘: Gozu) (2003)

"Gozu has an occasional fever dream lucidity scene to scene, but the film's willfully weird parts also never coalesce into something grander."

Posted Aug 16, 2004

Brent Simon

32 55%

Danny Deckchair (2003)

"A charming if shaggy, paint-by-numbers Aussie trifle in which one small, spontaneous step toward change sparks a radical reinvention of self."

Posted Aug 16, 2004

Brent Simon

33 65%

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

"Well acted and designed of a piece [but] too diffident and emotionally murky to elicit a sustained reaction. The movie could have benefited from a more proactive script."

Posted Aug 16, 2004

Brent Simon

34 86%

Collateral (2004)

"An engrossing, low-key, character thriller about the collision of ruthless amorality, conflicted decency and masculinity in crisis. Jamie Foxx has arrived as a movie star."

Posted Aug 9, 2004

Brent Simon

35 72%

Open Water (2004)

"An undercooked minimalist film exercise. The end result: you're stranded in Open Water, bereft of hope or care for the movie's characters."

Posted Aug 9, 2004

Brent Simon

36 73%

Stander (2004)

"Like its protagonist, the film feels slightly off its rocker, a weird grab bag of disparate emotions, yet you don't ever really stop enjoying its company."

Posted Aug 9, 2004

Brent Simon

37 43%

The Village (2004)

"Shyamalan can stretch out a moment like a master guitarist... yet here his skills are put to service in the form of a laborious rather than meticulous charlatan end-around."

Posted Aug 9, 2004

Brent Simon

38 79%

Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)

"A vivid and distressing documentary examination of the state of the fourth estate... a deeply fascinating must-see for anyone interested in the news, politics and civic life."

Posted Aug 3, 2004

Brent Simon

39 57%

Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2) (2003)

"A masterfully creepy little import, a deeply unsettling daisy chain of expanding terror."

Posted Jul 26, 2004

Brent Simon

40 74%

This Old Cub (2004)

"Genial but wandering and woefully edited... one simply wishes This Old Cub asked a few more actual questions of its old diehard Cub subject."

Posted Jul 26, 2004

Brent Simon

41 41%

Zhou Yu's Train (2004)

"A reticent but luminous meditation on love and desire."

Posted Jul 26, 2004

Brent Simon

42 74%

The Hunting of the President (2004)

"Engages but rarely fixes illuminating revelation in its crosshairs. Still, for political wonks, that's enough of a seduction to merit consideration."

Posted Jul 26, 2004

Brent Simon

43 52%

The Notebook (2004)

"Its first 15-20 minutes are awful, but the film eventually emerges as a credible and even genuinely heartrending tearjerker."

Posted Jul 19, 2004

Brent Simon

44 36%

Touch of Pink (2004)

"Middling screwball comic fantasia... a passable indie film calling card perhaps suited more for casting directors and potentially adventurous directors than general audiences."

Posted Jul 19, 2004

Brent Simon

45 90%

The Corporation (2004)

"Vivid, informative, depressing and galvanizing all at the same time, The Corporation is a bombshell documentary... that leaves your mind a crazy jumble after viewing."

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Brent Simon

46 66%

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"I could have used more smarm and crisply delineated battle-of-sexes confrontation, but Ferrell's overwrought mania and wholesale comedic devotion again sell the laffs."

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Brent Simon

47 93%

Riding Giants (2004)

"An entertaining niche subculture document... a vicarious thrill for all those who never graduated beyond bright yellow boogie boards."

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Brent Simon

48 95%

Before Sunset (2004)

"A verbose, invigorating gem. There hasn't been a brighter, better, more spry and alive relationship picture in years."

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Brent Simon

49 43%

The Clearing (2004)

"Well acted, with an accumulative sense of novelistic detail, but it doesn't quite fully connect."

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Brent Simon

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