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Portland Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"The slow decline of Owen Wilson's career continues with this pedestrian sitcom-on-celluloid."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

2 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"It's hard to tell what De Palma wanted to achieve with this film. Whatever it was, what ended up on the screen is a confused, ugly mess."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

3 98%

The War Tapes (2006)

"A moving, very personal document, one that's as revealing as it is disturbing."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

4 32%

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

"Shainberg manages the tricky task of showing us how the decidedly strange Arbus [saw] the world."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

5 92%

Volver (2006)

"... teeters delicately on the edge of black comedy while still warming the heart."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

6 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"A thriller for those who might not otherwise be drawn to one, with performances that will knock your socks off"

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

7 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"... delivers on several levels, offering multitextured characters who make no facile decisions, and re-creating the paranoia of Cold War-era Germany with an assured hand."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

8 86%

The Namesake (2006)

"Whatever your background, the yearning of Nair's characters for a place in the world where they truly belong is a feeling that strikes deep in the heart."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Dawn Taylor

9 85%

Old Joy (2006)

"... a beautiful, melancholy film that illustrates the inevitable losses that accompany adulthood."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Dawn Taylor

10 76%

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"The Devil Wears Prada is like that perfect couture sundress -- feather light, amusing and just the sort of thing for a warm summer evening."

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Dawn Taylor

11 33%

Scoop (2004)

"... a delightful return to Allen's sillier territory."

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Dawn Taylor

12 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"... a thoughtful, sensitive and ultimately despairing film that avoids both nut job proselytizing and sugarcoated sentimentality."

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Dawn Taylor

13 ——

Interkosmos ()

"Here, outer space isn't the realm of epic explosions and action-packed battles. Instead, it's a slow, quiet place in which to ponder capitalism and mortality -- with a retro-pop soundtrack." EDIT

Posted Aug 3, 2006

14 40%

Nacho Libre (2006)

"Jack Black capers, cavorts and makes funny faces in an attempt to wring comedy out of wood, and it's just plain embarrassing to watch."

Posted Jun 18, 2006

Dawn Taylor

15 57%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

" Ratner's slick, smugly inept take on the X-Men is more than an ending to a series -- it's like a stake in its heart, making the entire enterprise smell like a rotting corpse."

Posted May 26, 2006

Dawn Taylor

16 68%

Hard Candy (2006)

"A masculine nightmare run amok""

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Dawn Taylor

17 51%

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

" Perhaps George Clooney and his effortlessly cool Ocean's 11 series is to blame for this wave of insubstantial, inept caper flicks with Rat Pack ambitions."

Posted Apr 7, 2006

Dawn Taylor

18 73%

Sky High (2005)

"... this Spy Kids-meets-The Incredibles mash-up is funny, smart and consistently entertaining."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

19 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"... a beautiful tragedy about the anguish of unfulfilled love. It's an absolute triumph, in every way."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

20 77%

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005)

"As lovely as it is, "Balzac" is also frustratingly episodic and, ultimately, not really about a lot."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

21 58%

The Weather Man (2005)

"... a beautifully photographed, tragic and sincere film about a man who discovers that life is hard, and that he may never become the man he wishes he was."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

22 68%

North Country (2005)

"... an overblown, overlong soap opera about a woman who never learns how to truly stand up for herself."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

23 95%

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

"... a ripping good yarn with just the right amount of delicious cheese."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

24 79%

Red Eye (2005)

" Craven serves up a number of delightful twists and distractions to keep things consistently entertaining ... a snappy, diverting little popcorn-muncher."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

25 37%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"The wide, unmoving forehead of Kate Hudson floats with torporific ennui through this clip show of all the slowest, most boring bits from every spook movie you've ever seen."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

26 33%

The Fantastic Four ()

"Fantastic Four, with its characters spending so much time talking about their feelings, seems more like a spandex-clad support group session."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

27 74%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"This is Romero's best zombie film yet %u2014 perhaps the best ever made, period."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

28 20%

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

"... exceedingly long and pointless"

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

29 55%

Madagascar (2005)

" The animation is predictably spectacular, the pace (once you get through the first sluggish 15 minutes) is brisk enough to maintain adult interest, and kids will love it."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

30 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

" As with Gladiator, Scott's Kingdom is a busy but empty place with no heart."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Dawn Taylor

31 23%

The Amityville Horror (2005)

"... a lousy pastiche of quick edits, light switches that drip blood, family home-movie footage and incessantly shirtless comedy actor Ryan Reynolds"

Posted Apr 15, 2005

Dawn Taylor

32 13%

Hide and Seek (2005)

"... ultimately nothing more than a derivative slasher film"

Posted Mar 4, 2005

Dawn Taylor

33 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"... not as clever as its predecessor, suffering from somnambulant pacing and a flaccid, underwritten script."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

Dawn Taylor

34 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"... creates a dialogue about not just the diversity of human sexuality but the dangers of embracing deliberate ignorance."

Posted Dec 1, 2004

Dawn Taylor

35 97%

The Incredibles (2004)

"... an exciting, funny, smart and delightful adventure made with the usual eye-popping Pixar brilliance."

Posted Nov 5, 2004

Dawn Taylor

36 7%

Surviving Christmas (2004)

"... as cinematic gifts go, this one's less a shiny new Red Rider BB gun than it is a $10 gift certificate for Wal-Mart."

Posted Oct 22, 2004

Dawn Taylor

37 77%

Team America - World Police (2004)

"Team America nails every hackneyed close-up, loving explosion and sappy revelatory scene of the films that it mimics."

Posted Oct 19, 2004

Dawn Taylor

38 36%

Shark Tale (2004)

"... an extraordinarily irritating, aesthetically unappealing and poorly written movie."

Posted Oct 1, 2004

Dawn Taylor

39 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"... repeatedly promises to offer some sort of wicked twist la M. Night Shyamalan ... but never delivers anything other than exactly what you think is going to happen"

Posted Sep 24, 2004

Dawn Taylor

40 60%

Wimbledon (2004)

"... a surprisingly winning, if overwhelmingly trivial, film."

Posted Sep 22, 2004

Dawn Taylor

41 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"... a lot of self-conscious, Brian DePalma-like, Hitchcock-ripoff camera tricks, painfully scene-specific pop songs and Hartnett brow-furrowing."

Posted Sep 3, 2004

Dawn Taylor

42 95%

Hero (2004)

"If they got into a rumble in the courtyard of a mountaintop dojo, Hero would kick the butt of Crounching Tiger."

Posted Aug 27, 2004

Dawn Taylor

43 25%

The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004)

"... a G-rated, girl-centric fairy tale of a movie, sweet enough for the 'tweens but smart and goofy enough that parents won't mind sitting through it, too."

Posted Aug 13, 2004

Dawn Taylor

44 90%

The Corporation (2004)

"... offers a wealth of information about the megalithic entities that - to the almost certain detriment of humanity - have come to dictate how we eat, shop, live and think."

Posted Aug 6, 2004

Dawn Taylor

45 81%

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

"... essentially, a movie about a man taking public transportation."

Posted Jul 23, 2004

Dawn Taylor

46 58%

I, Robot (2004)

"... a solidly entertaining Smith vehicle."

Posted Jul 16, 2004

Dawn Taylor

47 71%

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

"A strangely charming, thoroughly original movie ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2004

Dawn Taylor

48 83%

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

"... [an] enlightening, heart-wrenching and, yes, viciously slanted broadside. "

Posted Jun 25, 2004

Dawn Taylor

49 60%

The Terminal (2004)

"Spielberg falls back on his penchant for sappiness and paints everything in the film with a thick coat of the cutes."

Posted Jun 18, 2004

Dawn Taylor

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