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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Syriana (2005)

"In some ways, we're the protagonist, and when the strands coalesce in the last hour and we glimpse the bigger picture, Syriana finally eats into the mind."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

David Edelstein

2 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right."

Posted Nov 17, 2005

David Edelstein

3 58%

The Weather Man (2005)

"The Weather Man is a fine movie, beautifully acted, but it isn't easy to love -- or to watch."

Posted Oct 27, 2005

David Edelstein

4 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking -- a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama."

Posted Oct 7, 2005

David Edelstein

5 86%

Junebug (2005)

"It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places."

Posted Aug 11, 2005

David Edelstein

6 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"The movie easily transcends the 'Isn't-that-amazing?' animal genre."

Posted Aug 2, 2005

David Edelstein

7 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"What's missing in this self-proclaimed story of redemption, though, is something other than a fairy-tale finale. It's the sense that the filmmaker understands the consequences of exploiting women even if his protagonist doesn't."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

David Edelstein

8 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"The acting is marvelous, all the way down the line."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

David Edelstein

9 88%

Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005)

"An emotional jigsaw that will keep you engrossed for days, maybe years."

Posted May 13, 2005

David Edelstein

10 87%

Comme une Image (Look at Me) (Like an Image) (2005)

"It builds, almost imperceptibly, to a vision of a world in which no one looks at anyone, at least deeply enough to see beyond the trappings of beauty or fame."

Posted Apr 8, 2005

David Edelstein

11 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"The Upside of Anger is the upside of Allen."

Posted Mar 10, 2005

David Edelstein

12 16%

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

"Half inspired and half eye-rollingly terrible."

Posted Feb 25, 2005

David Edelstein

13 75%

Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003)

Posted Aug 6, 2003

David Edelstein

14 94%

Manito (2003)

Posted Jun 21, 2003

David Edelstein

15 81%

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

"Though it doesn't fully transcend its small budget (the lighting is dingy), the story feels rooted in something more solid than prefab posturing."

Posted Apr 10, 2003

John Powers

16 77%

The Good Thief (2003)

Posted Apr 5, 2003

John Powers

17 87%

The Quiet American (2003)

Posted Mar 8, 2003

John Powers

18 71%

All the Real Girls (2003)

"Green is attuned to the poetry of ordinary life, with its longueurs and sudden bursts of deep emotion."

Posted Feb 12, 2003

John Powers

19 81%

The Hours (2002)

Posted Jan 25, 2003

John Powers

20 85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"Nicholson himself has done all you could ask: This is easily his strongest work since he did Reds and The Border back-to-back 20 years ago."

Posted Dec 11, 2002

John Powers

21 60%

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

Henry Sheehan

22 76%

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

23 76%

Frida (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

24 48%

City by the Sea (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

25 92%

Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

26 97%

Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres) (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

John Powers

27 95%

Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

John Powers

28 44%

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

John Powers

29 75%

Secretary (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

30 72%

Auto Focus (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

David Edelstein

31 59%

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

Armond White

32 96%

Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

John Powers

33 22%

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Posted Nov 16, 2002

Henry Sheehan

34 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

John Powers

35 79%

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"While it would be stretching it to say that Sandler gives a great performance, he brings Barry alive with a shtick-free, often soulful piece of acting that expands and deepens our sense of his persona."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

John Powers

36 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Although he'd have made a crackerjack ad man, [Moore's] a slipshod filmmaker, and the movie quickly collapses, burying its subject beneath bumper-sticker rehashes of received ideas."

Posted Oct 10, 2002

John Powers

37 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"Seitz ... manages to preserve what gave the original film its power -- gravity, interiority and a sense of moral unease -- yet still endow the action with an enjoyable Hollywood sheen."

Posted Jun 1, 2002

John Powers

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