Looking Closer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 95%

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001 speaks by monolith -- that is, by image, metaphor, poetry, and suggestion."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

2 97%

Good Will Hunting (1997)

"... beneath their arrogance and crass behavior, you'll find a lot of hurt and many defense mechanisms raised against a compassionless, manipulative society."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

3 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Enthralling, and gorgeous, from start to finish."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

4 95%

Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971)

"The question at the center of this almost Shakespearean comedy is this: Why is it better to listen to our conscience in matters of love, rather than listen to our wayward, faithless heart?"

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

5 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"It can be a difficult, rattling experience, but this reviewer has found its rewards to vastly outweigh its weaknesses."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

6 96%

Yi Yi (2000)

"The final moments left me thunderstruck, as deeply moved as I've ever been by a film. Yi Yi accumulates moments of truth and insight until it glows with importance."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

7 90%

Minority Report (2002)

"Minority Report is Spielberg's visual masterpiece."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

8 51%

Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

"We are coaxed to rejoice in the name of vengeance."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

9 90%

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (1998)

"Each scene of Flowers is like an exquisite and decorous mural, worth studying."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

10 61%

American Pie (1999)

"American Pie is the latest in a long tradition of immature, self-indulgent comedies that celebrate the recklessness of adolescents."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

11 85%

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

"Volume One is, above all, a parade of fantastic fight scenes, each one bloodier than the one that came before ... bloody in the Looney-Toons/Monty-Python sense."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

12 78%

The Pledge (2001)

"Penn shows restraint and patience, letting the actors discover moments, rhythms, and quirks that make their characters believable."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

13 81%

Watership Down (1978)

"Don't listen to anybody who writes it off as a 'cartoon about bunnies.' Stunning beauty, smart scripting, a splendid score ... this is a serious film for serious moviegoers."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

14 71%

The Lady and the Duke (2001)

"Who would have thought that in the year of Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones, the year's most innovative use of special effects would come in a film about the French Revolution?"

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

15 58%

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

"[The Coens'] inventive style and the over-the-top performances from Robbins and Newman make this a feast for the eyes and a barrel of laughs."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

16 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Truman has been wronged, and it is thrilling to see him strive to escape a machine built by a compassionless and egomaniacal creator."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

17 62%

The Patriot (2000)

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Tim Frankovich

18 49%

A Home at the End of the World (2004)

Posted Jan 15, 2005

J. Robert Parks

19 81%

Pollock (2000)

"Many films about artists indulge opportunities to depict people behaving recklessly. Harris seems more interested in showing us the nature of creativity."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

20 88%

Almost Famous (2000)

"There's a magic around everyone and everything here that reminds us of how the world looked when we were still children, still in awe of the world."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

21 85%

Spider (2002)

"... the film's slow, toilsome journey does not lead to any particularly shocking or interesting revelations. "

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

22 57%

From Hell (2001)

"They want it to feel like one really bad dream ... and by the film's end we're too dizzy to think, to see if it all lines up."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

23 85%

JFK (1991)

"A powerful, personal exploration of a complicated and crucial period in American history. Whether or not Stone gets all of his facts right, he raises very important questions."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

24 83%

The Others (2001)

"The ending is rather predictable, but the rest of the film is very skillfully wrought, with excellent performances by adults and children alike."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

25 91%

Blade Runner (1982)

"The most intelligent and terrifying vision of the future ever conceived for the screen ..."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

26 84%

Morvern Callar (2002)

"Samantha Morton's performance recalls Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves -- you can't take your eyes off of her."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

27 95%

You Can Count On Me (2000)

"Lonergan avoids the faults of many American storytellers by refusing to cast characters in a judgmental light, giving each enough dignity to be convincing and sympathetic."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

28 89%

In This World (2003)

"It is rewarding unlike any other film I've seen."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

29 52%

Bounce (2000)

"The fact that it remains watchable and enjoyable is a credit to its actors and its writer ..."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

30 84%

Chariots of Fire (1981)

"The film still soars. Even Vangelis' music, so overplayed since the film's release, still works magic in the proper context."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

31 100%

A Room With A View (1985)

"James Ivory directs this gentle, poetic, comic film with grace and passion for its characters in this adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

32 50%

Summer of Sam (1999)

"The story makes very important points, and shows us a graphic parable of the wages of sin. But the ugliness along the way will be too much for some viewers...."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

33 71%

Phone Booth (2003)

"... a solid 90 minutes of well-intentioned entertainment, but it will do more to fuel urban paranoia than it will to make anybody re-examine their lives."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

34 84%

The Fisher King (1991)

"The Fisher King emphasizes the purpose of fairy tales in our lives, and the way a fantasy can help us see reality more clearly."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

35 96%

The Insider (1999)

"This is a war movie. The big strikes are lawsuits. The battlefield is the conscience. And the heroes put themselves on the front lines for the sake of the truth."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

36 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Even if his information is, oh, even 40% false... the ideas he is presenting need to be heard, examined, and reckoned with."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

37 56%

Mumford (1999)

"... it ends up being little more than a mellow tour of quirky characters that are better as representatives of different personality types than actual characters we believe in."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

38 98%

Wings of Desire (1987)

"Wings of Desire enthralls me, and it sends me back to my life a richer person, glad to be alive, looking about at the mundane and the everyday with new appreciation."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

39 93%

La Vie Rêvée des Anges (The Dreamlife of Angels)(The Daydreams of Angels) (1998)

"Two unforgettable characters are revealed, and the truth resonates powerfully through their stories."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

40 87%

Mystic River (2003)

"... frustratingly humorless, harsh, and hollow, lacking the cohesiveness, color and convincing characterization of Eastwood's masterpiece Unforgiven."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

41 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"There's ten times as much imagination in this film than in The Phantom Menace, and there's a much more engaging and multi-faceted story to boot."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

42 93%

Dead Man Walking (1995)

"The movie is neither indulgent in its portrayal of emotionally-charged subject matter, nor does it shy away from the consequences of murder."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

43 85%

Wag the Dog (1997)

"It's half a brilliant political satire, half a wacky outrageous comedy of errors. The first half works, the second half doesn't."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

44 92%

L' Homme du Train (The Man on the Train) (2003)

"You get the feeling you are watching the adaptation of a classic novel, when in fact the script is an original work of impressive poetry and unpredictable dialogue..."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

45 93%

Out of Sight (1998)

"Out of Sight is best at electric scenes between its romantic leads. Clooney and Lopez have the kind of chemistry that classics are made of."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

46 79%

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

"Audiences may truly be shocked at how far Katzenberg is willing to go to maintain the story's integrity."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

47 94%

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998)

"Terry Gilliam shows more pure creativity in this film than in any of his others."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

48 100%

Toy Story 2 (1999)

"One of the most entertaining and exciting animated features ever made, one of those rare sequels that bests its predecessor."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

49 87%

X2: X-Men United (2003)

"As a big screen comic book, X2 is the most rewarding I have yet seen."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

50 91%

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

"... an aggressively political movie, a heartbroken testament about a generation without role models or devoted fathers."

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Jeffrey Overstreet

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