Dallas Observer

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

Shanghai Knights (2003)

"Why would the writers bother with narrative when the story is just something that kills time, and brain cells, between feats and fists of fury?"

Posted Feb 7, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

2 57%

The Guru (2002)

Posted Feb 5, 2003

Eric Celeste

3 43%

The Recruit (2003)

"May be a little too clever for its own good."

Posted Jan 31, 2003

Andy Klein

4 23%

Biker Boyz (2003)

"It's a mild one among biker pics, a tricycle only pretending to be a Hog."

Posted Jan 31, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

5 90%

Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

"Emotionally gripping from start to finish, the movie presents an electrifying and unforgettable look at life in a place that God has all but forgotten."

Posted Jan 25, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

6 8%

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

"This is as low as high concept goes."

Posted Jan 17, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

7 78%

25th Hour (2003)

"The movie resonates precisely because it serves as documentary only pretending to be fiction."

Posted Jan 10, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

8 50%

The Emperor's Club (2002)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Bill Gallo

9 96%

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"Its maker, Steven Spielberg, hasn't had so much fun in two decades, since he was schlepping Indiana Jones around the globe in search of a giant misplaced ashtray."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

10 88%

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

"The result is an extraordinary saga, which, while totally convincing and even inspiring, fails to connect on an emotional level as effectively as it might have."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

11 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"Everything that happens feels inevitable, achingly obvious -- the abuse, the betrayals, the arguments, the reconciliations, the tiny defeats, the bigger victories."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

12 59%

Skins (2002)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Bill Gallo

13 43%

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

"Where the novel ran on like a coke-binge bloody nose, the script has structure, makes sense, gives the audience room to breathe and think and maybe even feel something for these vapid characters as they run amok on a Northeastern college campus."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

14 67%

Interview With the Assassin (2002)

"Works because we're never sure if Ohlinger's on the level or merely a dying, delusional man trying to get into the history books before he croaks."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

15 39%

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

"Comes not from a screenplay but from a handful of self-help books and fairy tales and fashion magazines cut and pasted together in a glossy montage committed to celluloid."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

16 88%

Roger Dodger (2002)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Bill Gallo

17 68%

Treasure Planet (2002)

"Dazzles and delights, like a billion bits of gold bullion strewn about the caves of a rampaging buccaneer."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

18 34%

The Weight of Water (2001)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Bill Gallo

19 55%

The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause (2002)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

20 33%

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

"[Demme] zigs and zags and drags his camera through Paris with an abandon he hasn't displayed since his days toiling on the Roger Corman assembly line or shooting Something Wild."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

21 69%

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Bill Gallo

22 70%

White Oleander (2002)

"No matter how restrained the direction or unsentimental the performances ... there is no escaping the semi-trashy but oh-so-life- affirming ring of the plot."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

23 92%

Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002)

"Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the best kind of documentary, one that makes a depleted yesterday feel very much like a brand-new tomorrow."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

24 54%

The Transporter (2002)

"Outside of its action concepts, the script by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen ... varies between mediocre and awful."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Andy Klein

25 91%

Adaptation (2002)

"The most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

26 96%

The Pianist (2002)

"There have been other films dealing with the Jewish ghettos during the Nazi occupation of Poland -- some very good -- but The Pianist, the latest feature from Roman Polanski, may be the best."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Andy Klein

27 83%

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

"A coming-of-age drama centered on a mother-daughter conflict, it also explores the immigrant experience; the battle to accept oneself, imperfections and all; and the importance of personal dignity."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

28 92%

Talk to Her (2002)

"Even more than usual for Almodóvar, it feels like an adult fairy tale, with an indefinable sense of the magic that both wondrously and hideously lurks beneath everyday reality."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Andy Klein

29 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"When all is said and done, Far from Heaven proves an easier film to appreciate than to emotionally embrace."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Jean Oppenheimer

30 72%

Auto Focus (2002)

"Crane, a lecher sporting a cardigan grin, was a bore, and so is much of the movie Schrader has made about him."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

31 85%

About Schmidt (2002)

"The laughs aren't broad, the tears aren't big, the people aren't special. Which is, of course, what makes them so very special after all."

Posted Jan 8, 2003

Robert Wilonsky

32 79%

Antwone Fisher (2002)

"Even Howard Stern and Eminem showed more humility in creating their onscreen portrayals than Fisher does."

Posted Dec 30, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

33 18%

Love in the Time of Money (2002)

"[I]f you've been to more than one indie flick in your life, chances are you've already seen this kind of thing."

Posted Dec 5, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

34 27%

Analyze That (2002)

"It's still formulaic, which is no surprise. But no longer is the film forced to spend endless minutes spelling out a character relationship that we already know simply by looking at the poster."

Posted Dec 5, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

35 66%

Solaris (2002)

"For all its flaws, though, Solaris is a good try and a definite improvement over the dull remakes Soderbergh's been sleepwalking through lately."

Posted Nov 27, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

36 25%

Friday After Next (2002)

"[A movie] that seems to have forgotten its own jokes, much as those who watch it will forget everything about it a week later, stoned or not."

Posted Nov 21, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

37 83%

All or Nothing (2002)

"Though it's become almost redundant to say so, major kudos go to Leigh for actually casting people who look working-class."

Posted Nov 7, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

38 76%

Comedian (2002)

"[O]ften a capable documentary on an interesting subject, even if it doesn't probe as deeply as it could."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

39 96%

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

"Where Bowling for Columbine is at its most valuable is in its examination of America's culture of fear as a root cause of gun violence."

Posted Oct 24, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

40 74%

Heaven (2002)

"Directing a Kieslowski script is like directing a Kubrick script--you have to be Spielberg to even try, and you're still likely to fail."

Posted Oct 19, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

41 63%

Moonlight Mile (2002)

"To a really shocking degree, this film has absolutely no feel for its time period."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Jean Oppenheimer

42 38%

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

"The movie weighs no more than a glass of flat champagne."

Posted Sep 26, 2002

Robert Wilonsky

43 47%

The Banger Sisters (2002)

"What could and should have been a deep-felt rumination on aging ... is never more thoughtful than half-hour television."

Posted Sep 19, 2002

Robert Wilonsky

44 75%

Secretary (2002)

"The problem with Secretary isn't that it is offensive or unnerving -- although you get the idea the filmmakers hoped it might be at least one of those. The problem is that the story is slow-moving and dull."

Posted Sep 19, 2002

Jean Oppenheimer

45 97%

Spirited Away (2001)

"I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year."

Posted Sep 19, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

46 82%

Barbershop (2002)

"[I]t's certainly laudable that the movie deals with hot-button issues in a comedic context, but Barbershop isn't as funny as it should be."

Posted Sep 12, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

47 76%

Igby Goes Down (2002)

"Steers' film will likely polarize the audience, which, if nothing else, gives it rare resonance; at least it makes you feel, where many similar indie efforts make you sleepy."

Posted Sep 12, 2002

Robert Wilonsky

48 48%

City by the Sea (2002)

"It's a testament to De Niro and director Michael Caton-Jones that by movie's end, we accept the characters and the film, flaws and all."

Posted Sep 5, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

49 84%

Elling (2002)

"Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama."

Posted Sep 5, 2002

Bill Gallo

50 3%

fear dot com (FeardotCom) (2002)

"Feardotcom's thrills are all cheap, but they mostly work."

Posted Aug 29, 2002

Luke Y. Thompson

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