Dallas Observer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

Lucia, Lucia (La Hija del caníbal) (2003)

"Serrano keeps the wit coming, and another richly nuanced performance from the lovely, red-headed Roth keeps us always focused on the real mystery of the piece -- whether this appealing woman will find a way to find herself."

Posted Aug 1, 2003

Bill Gallo

2 45%

Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over (2003)

"Everything looked irritatingly fuzzy to me, less 3-D than too-blurry."

Posted Jul 25, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

3 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"An engaging and emotionally satisfying film despite its shortcoming."

Posted Jul 25, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

4 84%

Swimming Pool (2003)

"A delicious little thriller about an uptight, ill-humored English mystery writer who becomes enmeshed in murder, Swimming Pool is at once comical, contrary, resourceful and ambiguous."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

5 17%

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

"The comic prefers to speak its mind where the big-screen adaptation would prefer to blow your brains out of your ear with a rather loud BOOM."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

6 38%

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

"It plays like a second episode of an ongoing series in which characters retrace familiar footsteps with far less interest and enthusiasm."

Posted Jul 4, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

7 11%

Alex & Emma (2003)

"Films like this seem to be a dime a dozen these days, as if directors, actors and writers are just going through the motions, figuring the audience won't notice."

Posted Jun 20, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

8 62%

Hulk (2003)

"Seems as unhappily divided in its nature as Bruce Banner himself."

Posted Jun 20, 2003

Bill Gallo

9 97%

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

"Ranks among the most harrowing and heartbreaking films ever made about the destruction of an American family."

Posted Jun 20, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

10 97%

Sweet Sixteen (2003)

"The mission they undertook long ago -- the director once said it is 'to clarify the lives of ordinary people' -- has never seemed clearer, and the unpleasant realities they uncover here strike us with blunt force."

Posted Jun 13, 2003

Bill Gallo

11 47%

City of Ghosts (2003)

Posted Jun 13, 2003

Bill Gallo

12 79%

Owning Mahowny (2003)

"There could have been life in the material, but no one involved save [John] Hurt and [Chris} Collins seems to have taken the time to find it."

Posted Jun 12, 2003

Luke Y. Thompson

13 86%

Lawless Heart (2002)

Posted Jun 6, 2003

Bill Gallo

14 36%

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Posted Jun 6, 2003

Bill Gallo

15 51%

Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002)

"The emotional appeal could be likened to that of a car wreck--Kormakur knows you'll have to look just to see how bad it gets."

Posted Jun 5, 2003

Luke Y. Thompson

16 73%

The Italian Job (2003)

"Less remake than resurrection."

Posted May 30, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

17 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"Absolutely beautiful to look at, even when it has a bad case of the cutes."

Posted May 30, 2003

Bill Gallo

18 34%

The In-Laws (2003)

"It's something Jerry Bruckheimer might have made had he not beaten himself to the sucker punch with Bad Company."

Posted May 23, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

19 60%

Down with Love (2003)

Posted May 16, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

20 89%

Russian Ark (2002)

"For those who have the tenacity, vision and romantic spirit required by this film, Russian Ark will prove a transcendent experience."

Posted May 16, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

21 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"The film is hugely entertaining, but, by necessity, not as fresh as its predecessor."

Posted May 15, 2003

Andy Klein

22 64%

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

"The story survives the translation--from grisly fact to compelling literature to big-screen thriller of the kind Graham Greene might have approved."

Posted May 9, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

23 81%

Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain) (2003)

"[A] sly and corrosively funny political comedy."

Posted May 9, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

24 82%

Stone Reader (2003)

"Such stuff will most appeal to an endangered species -- the devotee of literary fiction -- but anyone who gives a damn about the state of popular culture and the future of language will want to take heed."

Posted May 9, 2003

Bill Gallo

25 28%

Daddy Day Care (2003)

"The movie gets its laughs from the endearing kids, who fart and squeal and squirm (and, in one case, speak Klingon) enough to wear down your defenses, and from Garlin."

Posted May 9, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

26 64%

The Shape Of Things (2002)

"Neil LaBute is back to his old self, and the cinematic world is a better place for it."

Posted May 7, 2003

Luke Y. Thompson

27 91%

Stevie (2003)

Posted May 2, 2003

Bill Gallo

28 96%

Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

"It is rare to find a film that defies one's expectations as sweetly and satisfyingly as this coming-of-age comedy-drama."

Posted May 2, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

29 85%

Spider (2002)

Posted Apr 25, 2003

Bill Gallo

30 62%

Identity (2003)

"An outright blast, so fun it's -- pardon -- scary."

Posted Apr 25, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

31 70%

Confidence (2003)

"Finally [Burns] seems comfortable playing leading man, to the point where he can look Hoffman in the eye without coming off like a kid drowning in the deep end."

Posted Apr 25, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

32 77%

Holes (2003)

Posted Apr 17, 2003

Bill Gallo

33 84%

Morvern Callar (2002)

"Morton uses her face and her body language to bring us Morvern's soul, even though the character is almost completely deadpan."

Posted Apr 11, 2003

Andy Klein

34 43%

Anger Management (2003)

"What's most astonishing is that a film populated by two madmen can grow so wearying and dull."

Posted Apr 11, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

35 73%

The Guys (2003)

"It demands we look back and shed a tear (or buckets full of them), but also helps us to march forward with a small smile worn in honor of those who leave behind happy memories."

Posted Apr 4, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

36 71%

Phone Booth (2003)

"The movie's so hung up (pardon) on its gimmick it never transcends it."

Posted Apr 4, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

37 21%

Basic (2003)

"McTiernan, still trying to wash the stink of Rollerball out of his clothes, tumbles further into the Abyss of Lost Filmmakers."

Posted Mar 28, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

38 30%

Dreamcatcher (2003)

"Condensing, paring and shorthanding the story elements can be daunting, and, despite the efforts of Kasdan and Goldman, two masters at wrangling unwieldy source material into shape, there is some awkwardness and confusion in the result."

Posted Mar 21, 2003

Andy Klein

39 34%

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

"The result is by no means the embarrassment that many such offerings from unjustifiably vain actor-auteurs have been, but nor does it present much of anything new or compelling to demand one's attention."

Posted Mar 21, 2003

Andy Klein

40 82%

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2003)

"A musical document in which determined warriors fire off centuries' worth of melodies like bullets from an AK-47."

Posted Mar 14, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

41 29%

The Hunted (2003)

"It is likely to keep [Friedkin] afloat until the next feature... but just barely."

Posted Mar 14, 2003

Andy Klein

42 49%

The Safety of Objects (2001)

"After a slow start in which the complexities of person and plot take an age to get established, the film catches real emotional fire in some most unexpected places."

Posted Mar 14, 2003

Bill Gallo

43 94%

Lost in La Mancha (2003)

"An ideal film for movie buffs."

Posted Mar 7, 2003

Bill Gallo

44 8%

Gods and Generals (2003)

"Filled with so much religious righteousness ... that the film feels more like a recruitment tool for Soldiers for Christ than a look at the bloody four-year conflict that tore this nation apart."

Posted Feb 21, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

45 58%

Dark Blue (2003)

"In the end [Shelton] uses the King riots as window dressing, not commentary or context: The city burns, but nothing's been learned, nothing's been gained, nothing's been said that hasn't been said a hundred times before."

Posted Feb 21, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

46 42%

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

"Viewers looking for extremely light, romantic entertainment with a guaranteed happy ending could do worse."

Posted Feb 15, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

47 74%

His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001)

"Ozpetek joins the ranks of those gay filmmakers who have used the emigre experience to explore same-sex culture in ways that elude the more nationally settled."

Posted Feb 14, 2003

David Ehrenstein

48 53%

Love Liza (2002)

"Louiso wrings all he can from performers and audience alike."

Posted Feb 14, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

49 45%

Daredevil (2003)

"Once more, the printed page provides more emotional and visceral satisfaction than the big screen."

Posted Feb 14, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

50 43%

Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century) (1999)

"Benefits not only from Filac's cinematography but also from the two leads, whose chemistry is immediately apparent."

Posted Feb 14, 2003

Andy Klein

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