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The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 48%

Saw (2004)

"Saw manipualtes you in clever and morbid ways, but that still doesn't make it a very good movie."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

2 62%

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

"I Heart Huckabees may be the most looniest, most alienating, most what-were-they-thinking mainstream movie ever made. And I wouldn't have it any other way."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

3 50%

Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

"What makes the film effective is its acting..."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

4 39%

The Grudge (2004)

"The Grudge may have an air of chilly dread, but it's often just a neutered and repetitive slice of tony exploitation horror. "

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

5 77%

Team America - World Police (2004)

"It's a puerile, gross, and immature comedy that has moments of genuinely abrasive, subversive and much needed humor in it."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

6 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"The Forgotten is competently made but ultimately lifeless."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

7 91%

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

"Weird, silly, smart, moving, funny and scary, Shaun of the Dead is potentially a cult classic that's in a field of its own. "

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

8 18%

Paparazzi (2004)

"The time is about right to make a drama about the tawdry ghost of celebrity mania. Paparazzi is not that movie."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

9 55%

Cellular (2004)

"Cellular never actually comes together as a movie, but it does have enough clever parts to keep you entertained. "

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

10 95%

Hero (2004)

"Hero for all its sword-swinging action is not a fight film exactly; it is a work of visual poetry. "

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

11 51%

Vanity Fair (2004)

"Vanity Fair is wan and colorless - a romantic painting that has come haltingly to life."

Posted Nov 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

12 23%

Van Helsing (2004)

"...you get the sense that you're seeing the first movie to be made from nothing but climax."

Posted May 13, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

13 17%

Laws of Attraction (2004)

"It's wan and pallid, with little of the lightness of touch that a movie of this sort requires."

Posted May 13, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

14 4%

Godsend (2003)

"A mediocre bit of bad seed hokum..."

Posted May 13, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

15 83%

Mean Girls (2004)

"It gets all saccharine and righteous on us, but that's okay, seeing as how the bitter medicine helps the spoonful of sugar go down. "

Posted May 13, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

16 29%

The Punisher (2004)

"...a thuggish and junky vigilante cartoon..."

Posted Apr 29, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

17 84%

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

"Kill Bill Vol. 2 has the centered emotional grounding and heartfelt maturity lacking in the first installment"

Posted Apr 29, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

18 81%

Hellboy (2004)

"Hellboy is a big-budget special FX spectacle, but it's one made with the artful, polished beauty of real moviemaking. "

Posted Apr 29, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

19 25%

Walking Tall (2004)

"Walking Tall clocks in at a lean 82 minutes, which means that [director Kevin] Bray has carved off most of the fat. The problem is, most of the meat is gone too. "

Posted Apr 29, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

20 21%

Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed (2004)

"The movie is a gaudy, hyperventilating eyesore with flashing colors and frenetic action that may keep little ones diverted for an hour and a half."

Posted Mar 31, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

21 13%

Agent Cody Banks 2 - Destination London (2004)

"It's an amazing feat, but Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is an even thinner bit of plastic than the first one was."

Posted Mar 31, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

22 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"Quietly beautiful, it's the first genuinely moving film of the year. "

Posted Mar 31, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

23 75%

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

"...a genuinely jaw-dropping, nerve-frying mercenary thriller."

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

24 47%

Secret Window (2004)

"...a consistently watchable lightweight horror yarn...""

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

25 82%

Monster (2004)

"Theron doesn't just look like Wuornos, but becomes her and it's a display of acting as bravura as any."

Posted Mar 10, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

26 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"...a two-hour wallow in torture and sadism that amounts to nothing more than a snuff film with pretensions of both art and religion"

Posted Mar 3, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

27 29%

Club Dread (2004)

"...the Lizard's ask us to wade through a lot of the cut-rate slasher horror that should have been retired with the demise of the Urban Legend franchise."

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

28 46%

Eurotrip (2003)

"Crude but not gross, affable rather than offensive, this genial, runty little teen smut-com is better than anyone has any reason to expect it to be. "

Posted Mar 2, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

29 13%

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

"Perhaps my loathing of Drama Queen wouldn't be so complete, so bilious as it is, if the central character was someone sympathetic we could root for."

Posted Feb 25, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

30 39%

The Singing Detective (2003)

"This new version of The Singing Detective..., is a tinny and off-key stab at replicating the feverish, mad splash of a genuine movie musical."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

31 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"A Beautiful Mind is [Howard's] most complex, emotionally resonant film to date."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

32 42%

The Majestic (2001)

"The Majestic is so sugary that diabetics should avoid it for fear of insulin shock. "

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

33 73%

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

"...the swordfights are exciting, the movie is nice to look at and as rousing adventures go, there could be worse. "

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

34 14%

Crossroads (2002)

"Crossroads is hardly a good movie, but it's a harmless, and sometimes even enjoyable lightweight drama."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

35 72%

Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001)

"Brotherhood of the Wolf is an audacious, sensational and utterly preposterous mélange of horror, romance, martial arts, costume drama and God knows what else."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

36 29%

The Time Machine (2002)

"...remarkably ho-hum."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

37 92%

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001)

"The Devil's Backbone is a spare and elegant supernatural thriller..."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

38 59%

Blade II (2002)

"Del Toro has an avid love for things that go squish in the night"

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

39 29%

Clockstoppers (2002)

"Clockstoppers...is colorful and energetic, but also a little flat."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

40 95%

Monsoon Wedding (2002)

"The characters chatter, goad, argue, celebrate and communicate with the joyful energy of life."

Posted Feb 19, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

41 84%

Kissing Jessica Stein (2002)

"...it belongs to a smarter, sharper and funnier breed of romantic comedy. "

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

42 89%

Spider-Man (2002)

"It offers what every summer movie should be designed to offer: release, not hype. "

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

43 7%

The New Guy (2002)

"After 20 minutes, the filmmakers stop giving a damn. The audience did that 15 minutes earlier. "

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

44 31%

Murder by Numbers (2002)

"...moviemaking by numbers. "

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

45 21%

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

"...an amped-up, dumbed-down variation on Night of The Living Dead..."

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

46 14%

The One (2001)

"This One sadly comes up zero. "

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

47 47%

Life as a House (2001)

"A dubious attempt to cross American Beauty with a Hallmark card, the film features edgier moments that give way to easy sentimentality and sitcom-cute distractions."

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

48 8%

Out Cold (2001)

"Out Cold, your basic hijinxs-in-the-snow madcap comedy, is everything you expect from the trailer: dumb, crass and unlikely to further the art of cinema."

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

49 80%

Waking Life (2001)

"This isn't profundity - this is intellectual masturbation."

Posted Feb 18, 2004

Johnny Donaldson

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