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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

21 Grams (2003)

"Its over-arcing lyricism and gripping performances are 21 Grams' most genuine attributes; the multilateral structure sometimes works against scenes' native emotion."

Posted Dec 1, 2003

Brent Simon

2 ——

Jay Jay the Jet Plane - Adventures in Learning! (2002)

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Posted Nov 26, 2003

3 60%

Rock & Roll Frankenstein (2004)

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Posted Nov 22, 2003

4 100%

Pride and Prejudice (Mini-Series) ()

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Posted Nov 18, 2003

5 25%

Outside Ozona (1999)

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Posted Nov 8, 2003

6 20%

The Learning Curve (2002)

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Posted Nov 6, 2003

7 60%

Jet Pilot (1957)

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Posted Nov 6, 2003

8 ——

The Confession (1999)

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Posted Nov 6, 2003

9 ——

Breaking Up (1997)

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Posted Nov 6, 2003

10 67%

Hell in the Pacific (1968)

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Posted Nov 1, 2003

11 ——

Highway (2001)

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Posted Oct 29, 2003

12 71%

Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven) (2006)

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Posted Oct 26, 2003

13 ——

Speaking in Strings (2001)

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Posted Aug 18, 2003

14 14%

Uptown Girls (2003)

"A weird, unsuccessful and by all accounts unreasoned blend of styles [that] seems shot and edited together by two entirely different people."

Posted Aug 18, 2003

Brent Simon

15 62%

Petits Frères (2001)

"Cinematic loitering... enough to make you yearn for the halcyon days of, ya know, adulthood..."

Posted Aug 18, 2003

Brent Simon

16 94%

American Splendor (2003)

"An immensely entertaining but somewhat featherweight movie about Harvey Pekar, an art gallery snapshot of what is in and of itself a more interesting native composition."

Posted Aug 18, 2003

Brent Simon

17 80%

Sandstorm ()

"A poignant, fiercely engaging account of one woman's battle against a judicial system corrupted by sexism, classism and political and financial opportunism."

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Brent Simon

18 48%

S.W.A.T. (2003)

"The ludicrousness reaches often dizzying proportions, yes, but -- the crucial, mitigating measuring stick for any action movie -- its excitement does not flag."

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Brent Simon

19 88%

Freaky Friday (2003)

"A pop-punk re-up of the lively, amusing 1976 Disney original that stands as a credibly entertaining family film due chiefly to the presence of its two deft, personable comediennes."

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Brent Simon

20 ——

Christina's House (2000)

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Posted Aug 7, 2003

21 ——

The Hollywood Sign (2002)

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Posted Aug 5, 2003

22 6%

Gigli (2003)

"A grade-A misfire, fantastically uninvolving, a cinematic train wreck of slacked-jawed, distinguished proportions. Read on for more fun..."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Brent Simon

23 57%

Enemies of Laughter (2003)

"A small, delightful indie flick with a singular voice and spry wit. Rarely is a title so willfully far from accurate."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Brent Simon

24 55%

American Wedding (2003)

"A slightly bloated, entertaining-in-patches paycheck comedy that tries just hard enough to escape full excoriation; the Vegas years lounge act of its younger, more vital self."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Brent Simon

25 52%

The Holy Land (2003)

"The Holy Land seems to embody a lot of desperate yearning and searching, but achieves only some answers. Still, a modestly successful screen debut for filmmaker and young actor alike."

Posted Aug 5, 2003

Brent Simon

26 73%

Bossa Nova (2000)

"Some strands play out a little more successfully than others, but Bossa Nova is overall a small, sweet movie steeped in affairs of the heart."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

27 28%

The Bone Collector (1999)

"A desperate send-up of authentic evil, a True Crime! tabloid 'zine thriller packaged with all the subtlety and restraint of children's toothpaste."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

28 67%

Boiler Room (2000)

"An engaging actors' showcase wrapped around a warm and fuzzy morality play. Entertaining and fast-paced but ultimately not wound quite tightly enough to be the thriller it would like to be."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

29 11%

Body Shots (1999)

"Fun in small, small doses, yet utterly impersonal. A kind of stupid movie that desperately yearns to be a film."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

30 19%

Blow Dry (2001)

"In the end it may be nothing but hot air, but like a warming gust of conditioned wind after that cold morning shower, Blow Dry feels good (enough)."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

31 11%

Blackwoods (2002)

"Blackwoods is all affected 'style,' not intelligent or clear enough to pull off its grand vision. When the final act twists come they don't feel so much shocking or intelligent as just ridiculous."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

32 58%

Birthday Girl (2002)

"Butterworth has an effective directorial shorthand and the film is full of small, unobtrusive touches that smartly enhance the scenes. Kidman, of course, is magnetic; her absorbing performance makes this Birthday party one worth attending."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

33 56%

The Big Tease (2000)

"There are films that succeed in spite of themselves and there are films that remain well-meaning, slightly interesting failures. Lodged somewhere between these two related poles is The Big Tease, a slight, breezy comedy with carefree independent fi"

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

34 74%

The Big Kahuna (2000)

"You get the feeling that The Big Kahuna would be great in-the-round theater, its ambiguous machinations benefiting from feeding off of a live audience. As filmed, however, it's just three characters waiting for a story."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

35 82%

The Believer (2002)

"The underdevloped Believer has at its core a performance of searing and genuine intensity, yet it also regrettably handles the psychological turmoil of its antagonistic protagonist with kid gloves."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

36 37%

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

"A satisfying enough piece of giddy-up entertainment that raises a few passing questions about the American 'cowboy mentality' before ultimately deciding it's a lot more fun to simply eat your action movie cake than try to have it too."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

37 ——

Sakura Wars: The Movie (2003)

"An animé melange of Sailor Moon, Charlie's Angels and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

38 82%

Horns and Halos (2002)

"Filling but ultimately not terribly substantive. A summary abridgment of the scandal and fallout over Fortunate Son that doesn't draw any lasting conclusions of its own or, indeed, ask its watchers to do too much heavy mental lifting either."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

39 37%

The Anarchist Cookbook (2002)

"Think of it as Fight Club Lite; the film may not fully explain Generation-Next ennui but it does have is a winning immediacy and agreeableness -- and Gummersall, who... delivers a crisp performance."

Posted Jul 18, 2003

Brent Simon

40 79%

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

"Depp's scoundrel Jack Sparrow exudes a grungy, flippantly kooked-out pansexuality, making Pirates the most flat-out fun summer movie of its ilk."

Posted Jul 14, 2003

Brent Simon

41 87%

Kukushka (The Cuckoo) (2003)

"Handicapped by a slow start, misguided direction and, most damaging, an ill-conceived movement into metaphysical territory in its last 15 minutes."

Posted Jul 14, 2003

Brent Simon

42 77%

The Housekeeper (2003)

"An engagingly acted film about cross-generational romance and the need for basic human bonds that overcomes an abrupt, almost laughably, stereotypically European ending."

Posted Jul 14, 2003

Brent Simon

43 68%

Tattoo (2002)

"A stylish, involving, unremittingly grim and, it must be stated, almost wholly derivative hodge-podge of hard-boiled American crime thrillers. The surfeit mood catches and holds your attention, sometimes in spite of yourself."

Posted Jul 14, 2003

Brent Simon

44 ——

Dragon Tales - Adventures in Dragon Land! (2000)

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Posted Jul 10, 2003

45 ——

Dragon Tales - Adventures in Dragon Land! (2000)

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Posted Jul 10, 2003

46 84%

Swimming Pool (2003)

"An elegant, brilliant and rapturous work... a languid cinematic treatise on the beautiful mystery of creativity that possesses the swirl of an involving dream."

Posted Jul 7, 2003

Brent Simon

47 87%

A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964)

"A vibrant cinematic romp full of spry, meet-cute banter and teeming with New Wave in-jokes, Godard's 1961 film holds up because it seems far less concerned with the plot proper than the rhythm and spring of its intimate staging."

Posted Jul 7, 2003

Brent Simon

48 70%

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)

"A largely engaging, throwback-level action realization of a surprisingly dark conceit."

Posted Jul 7, 2003

Brent Simon

49 38%

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

"An unsurprisingly lighthearted but surprisingly buoyant sequel, what most recommends LB2 is its comic indefatigability and, of course, its star, who is so clearly the most talented, vibrant and bankable leading lady of her generation."

Posted Jul 7, 2003

Brent Simon

50 100%

Our Hospitality (1923)

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Posted Jul 3, 2003

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