Christianity Today

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Slick, dramatic, and occasionally convincing, but at the end of the day it feels less like reality and more like Hollywood-does-a-race-fable."

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Brett McCracken

2 36%

Igor (2008)

"By the time kids are old enough for some of the film's content, I'm not so sure they'll care about the lackluster Igor."

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Todd Hertz

3 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"The filmmakers hope we see parallels with Georgiana and the life of Princess Diana, who somehow found a way to channel her pain into good. And they are there, to be sure."

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

4 76%

Appaloosa (2008)

"Appaloosa is entertaining, certainly, but it feels rather slight and feeble next to some of its more superior recent cohorts in the western genre."

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Brett McCracken

5 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"Funny and heartwarming, this love letter to New York City's Upper East Side is refreshingly free of flashy special effects and paranormal gags."

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

6 13%

The Women (2008)

"While The Women provides laughter and some points to ponder, it's important to recognize that relationships work only when all involved are willing to sacrifice."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

CT Staff

7 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"As far as De Niro-Pacino interaction, I'll take five minutes of Heat to a hundred minutes of Righteous Kill any day."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Russ Breimeier

8 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"A deliriously funny and delightful comedy, another exceptional movie from a creative team that seems boundlessly skilled and imaginative no matter the genre."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Josh Hurst

9 66%

Save Me (1993)

"Where other films would have demonized Christians outright, Save Me presents a world where gays and Christians can go their separate ways while wishing each other well."

Posted Sep 5, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

10 63%

Traitor (2008)

"Forced plot twists, head-scratching jumps in logic, and a plan by the hero that would sound great in a seventh grade short story but could never work out in real life."

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Todd Hertz

11 91%

Transsiberian (2008)

"It's got that classic thriller feel where characters are slowly caught in a mousetrap and they have to find their way out. It's a slow, menacing burn."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Todd Hertz

12 81%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"Woody Allen's work should be taking him deeper into complex and revealing stories about the heart. Instead, he's becoming more preoccupied with the lurid and the lewd."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Jeffrey Overstreet

13 18%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"Kids will enjoy it, fans will tolerate it, geeks will feel obligated to love it, and cynics will note that at least Jar Jar doesn't make an appearance."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Russ Breimeier

14 39%

Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

"A film that Christians will embrace, if only from sheer gratitude; here, at last, is a depiction of Christian faith as something other than the domain of cranks and loonies."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Frederica Mathewes-Green

15 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"A bizarre little film that manages to be both an exercise in tasteless humor and a commentary on Hollywood's tastelessness."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

16 68%

Pineapple Express (2008)

"The noisier and bloodier it gets, the more you notice how uninspired the movie is. If you're high, this might not be a problem. But for the rest of us, it's a bit of a drag."

Posted Aug 8, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

17 64%

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

"It's a movie that recognizes our flaws, but tells us we can rise above them -- and when we do, what we find will be worth it."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

CT Staff

18 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"The chill of Frozen River is so unpleasantly relentless that it's likely to leave viewers dispirited, numb, and wondering what to make of it all."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Jeffrey Overstreet

19 38%

Swing Vote (2008)

"Near the end, Bud admits that his situation used to be funny, but now it isn't any more. The same, alas, can be said of the movie as a whole."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

20 13%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

"Exactly the sort of ridiculous, vacuous, throwaway fare we've come to expect during the summer season."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

21 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

"If anything, this production should have been televised. There's nothing here deserving the big screen--except for the radiant Gillian Anderson, the beating heart of the film."

Posted Jul 25, 2008

Jeffrey Overstreet

22 70%

American Teen (2008)

"In many ways, Nanette Burstein's approach of editing documentary footage into narrative works better than a lot of scripted teen fiction. The characters are actually complex."

Posted Jul 25, 2008

Todd Hertz

23 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"If you like Judd Apatow's bawdy R-rated comedies and Ferrell's inspired silliness, Step Brothers may be the most riotously funny film this side of Knocked Up "

Posted Jul 25, 2008

Josh Hurst

24 54%

Mamma Mia! (2008)

"Mamma Mia! leaves me sending out an S.O.S., with much of the blame falling to the filmmakers. It's more akin to a music video than a musical, and a sloppy one at that."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Russ Breimeier

25 34%

Space Chimps (2008)

"The movie is so routine that you welcome offbeat things like an alien who makes incredibly high-pitched noises. It's the sort of thing that might jolt you out of your sleep."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

26 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Under the fun summer blockbuster sheen lives an unnerving, serious, complex and ambitious crime epic about three good men with the courage to stand against evil."

Posted Jul 17, 2008

Todd Hertz

27 19%

Meet Dave (2008)

"If anything in Meet Dave surprises you, you've never seen a family movie before. Instead, go to the movie only for Murphy, whose talents really shine in this role."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Josh Hurst

28 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"At times, Journey has an enjoyably stupid feel. At other times, it's simply stupid. But it does have one thing going for it: being released in 3D in many theaters."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

29 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"First and foremost, Hellboy II is a riot of creature and set design as well as big action set pieces. Yet Del Toro never reduces the characters to mere action figures."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Steven D. Greydanus

30 71%

Wanted (2008)

"The plot has its share of holes, but for those who like shutting off their brains but discovering they might be thinking deeply anyway, Wanted is a worthy diversion."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

31 35%

Diminished Capacity (2008)

"I wonder if all this worked better as a book. It begins modestly interesting, but becomes merely agitated."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Frederica Mathewes-Green

32 78%

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

"Kit Kittredge has many of the classic ingredients of a successful family tale, but it's most notable success is in the unusual themes it brings to the forefront."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Carolyn Arends

33 41%

Hancock (2008)

"Most of Hancock's faults can be forgiven because Will Smith creates a quintessentially American hero: flawed, frayed, but always sacrificing for the sake of others."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Brett McCracken

34 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Despite being subtle, sophisticated and light on dialogue, it's every bit the crowd-pleaser we expect from this studio: funny, romantic, imaginative, and utterly gripping."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Josh Hurst

35 51%

Get Smart (2008)

"Get Smart features near-perfect casting with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and it largely captures the spirit of the original show. But it's just not funny."

Posted Jun 19, 2008

Todd Hertz

36 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The finale's slugfest plays out like the WWF gone CGI -- characters bash each other, things go boom, and (how typical) a lot of it is too quickly paced to follow."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Russ Breimeier

37 17%

The Happening (2008)

"The film becomes less comprehensible as it goes along, and the audience -- expecting a patented M. Night ending -- is left with no answers, explanation, or narrative closure."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Brett McCracken

38 86%

Mongol (2008)

"Mongol is a Far East Braveheart, charged with the same sense of pseudo-history, movie heroics and inspirational grandeur."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

39 37%

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

"Any positive messages are practically drowned out by the film's relentless crude humor, much of which is too dumb to be all that funny."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

40 87%

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

"A good-natured, entertaining romp and, in my experience, not a bad kid discussion-starter. You can't ask much more from an animated panda kung fu movie than that."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Carolyn Arends

41 96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"A foreboding look at our conception of the human being: as a mechanism that can be sculpted, doped, enhanced, and perfected because, well, because we all want to be powerful and attractive."

Posted May 30, 2008

Brett McCracken

42 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"SATC offers well-developed characters, smart dialogue, interesting plots and sub-plots, and a ton of heart."

Posted May 30, 2008

Camerin Courtney

43 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Dispelling all fears about age and ability, Harrison Ford puts on that legendary fedora and becomes Indiana Jones again, exactly as we remember him."

Posted May 20, 2008

Jeffrey Overstreet

44 67%

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"In steering the film closer to his own vision, director Adamson steers it away from C.S. Lewis's, and so it loses some of the book's core spiritual themes."

Posted May 18, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

45 100%

Unsettled (2008)

"Unsettled raises all sorts of messy but important questions%u2014and it does so by immersing the viewer in the personal experiences of others in a most compassionate way."

Posted May 9, 2008

Peter T. Chattaway

46 98%

Surfwise (2007)

"When so many documentaries today seem concerned only with arguing a point, it's nice to see something like this which seeks only to reveal."

Posted May 9, 2008

Brett McCracken

47 59%

The Fall (2006)

"The Fall is wholly beguiling, an utterly transportive piece of filmmaking as dazzling in its visual audacity as it is in its spartan simplicity."

Posted May 9, 2008

Brandon Fibbs

48 39%

Speed Racer (2008)

"A flashy mess that proves some things are better left to nostalgia than adaptation."

Posted May 9, 2008

Russ Breimeier

49 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"An impressive directorial debut for Helen Hunt that takes an intelligent look at the ways we survive unspeakable grief and play hide and seek with love."

Posted May 7, 2008

Camerin Courtney

50 14%

Made of Honor (2008)

"Made of Honor is like a paint-by-the numbers exercise in filmmaking, sealed with a misogynistic lacquer."

Posted May 7, 2008

Lisa Ann Cockrel

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