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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

Married Life (2008)

"Sexual deceit is what wins the day, without judgment. Interesting%u2026 but I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

2 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"It goes from really quite amusing to a film that starts moving towards a simple grace that touches greatness."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

3 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"The thing that is so compelling about this film is that it makes the audience work for it."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

4 36%

Reservation Road (2007)

"It just never finds a clear idea to work."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

5 49%

La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007)

"It is an absolute B-asterpiece."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

6 89%

The Savages (2007)

"A small, intimate look at a family... but it is, within its own boundaries, nearly perfect."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

7 44%

redacted (2007)

"The characters are so classically stereotypical that an attack on the war reads as little more than an easy attack on soldiers that adds insult to injury"

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

8 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"A simple, clean, smart idea for a story turned into an agonizingly pretentious mess with world class cinematography and some good performances."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

9 77%

I'm Not There (2007)

"Haynes & Moverman find a richness in this 10 year sliver of Dylan's life that is further set throbbing by Haynes' choices as a director."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

10 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

"Baumbach The Writer daringly opens up a massive can of worms in the overall story arcs of this film... but he fails Baumbach the director"

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

11 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Eastern Promises is a good movie, no doubt... but the script might have made a better movie in the hands of a director with less of a vision"

Posted Sep 30, 2007

David Poland

12 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"It's frickin' Harry Potter."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

David Poland

13 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"A terrific, good looking, beautifully acted ride and a perfect summer change of pace"

Posted Jul 13, 2007

David Poland

14 81%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

""Did I really just see that? Did someone really have the balls to do something as utterly stupid as that?!?!?""

Posted Jun 29, 2007

David Poland

15 57%

Transformers (2007)

"Merde that meets the eye."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

David Poland

16 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"It's just fun. You want to be challenged? Not your movie."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

David Poland

17 44%

Hostel: Part II (2007)

"The most disgusting, degrading, misogynistic, soulless s*** I have ever seen in a movie that is going to be released widely in this country."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

David Poland

18 40%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"I can't say that it hurt to watch. Truth is, it was so nothing that it inspired no feelings at all%u2026 other than disappointment."

Posted May 20, 2007

David Poland

19 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Terror Planet is too much for its own good, but Death Proof leaves you wanting more."

Posted Apr 5, 2007

David Poland

20 87%

Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006)

"Every time you think you are going to hit a cliche, the film turns on it."

Posted Mar 29, 2007

David Poland

21 60%

300 (2007)

"300 Spartans with pecs on a wall..."

Posted Mar 7, 2007

David Poland

22 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"It's like playing Rocky on the Nintendo when you've already played it on the X-Box."

Posted Dec 18, 2006

David Poland

23 66%

Apocalypto (2006)

"The third act is like Mayan Home Alone"

Posted Dec 18, 2006

David Poland

24 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"This is the worst of Ed Zwick's films... utterly unfocused, trying to shove virtually every White Man In Africa stereotype in the movie book."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

David Poland

25 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

"The thing that really sticks with you about the Dreamgirls experience is that there is a real joy of performance and show business and artistry."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

David Poland

26 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"The thing most likely to flag is your interest"

Posted Oct 9, 2006

David Poland

27 92%

Volver (2006)

"Volver is Pedro Almodovar's latest joy to behold."

Posted Sep 2, 2006

David Poland

28 97%

The Queen (2006)

""Like all great art, The Queen has a theme that will inspire passion... the good and bad and ugly and beautiful of tradition and the nature of moving into the future.""

Posted Sep 2, 2006

David Poland

29 80%

Little Children (2006)

"It is hard to figure out where to start discussing Little Children. It is easy enough to say that it is the best American film of 2006 to date, since it is. "

Posted Sep 1, 2006

David Poland

30 90%

L' Amour l'Après-Midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (Love in the Afternoon) (1972)

"The film builds its emotional structure gradually"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

31 ——

Moon Over Harlem (1939)

"an all-black cast gives the film a strong historical value"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

32 88%

The World of Henry Orient (1964)

"The beauty of the comedy is in its closeness to the emotions of the youngsters"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

33 ——

El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) (1986)

"with Gades's choreography, it is movement and not lyrics which advance the narrative"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

34 84%

Westworld (1973)

"The film is 83 minutes long and basically puts forward its premise, twists the plot and then ends before the concepts become exhausted."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

35 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"A rousing thriller that takes advantage not of the vulnerability of a commercial airplane, but of its confined space"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

36 ——

Jersey Girl (1993)

"the last act is near perfect, and that is the act you come away from the movie remembering."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

37 ——

Butterfly Effect (2003)

"The film is not eccentric enough to have a lasting cult appeal, but it is reasonably enjoyable as it unfolds."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

38 37%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"A passable supernatural thriller shot in New Orleans shortly before the storm"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

39 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"Despite the adulterous start to their relationship, the movie works best as a romance and that is what it is designed to be, with the emotional climax, and best scene, being the event that cements their relationship."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

40 ——

Wonderworks - The Chronicles of Narnia - Boxed Set ()

"one of the most outstanding live action children's films ever conceived"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

41 50%

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

"Imagine the 'straight A' student who receives, deservedly, a 'B' on his term project and you will capture the quandary surrounding David Lean's 1970 mega-feature"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

42 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"the film still feels very rushed, presenting and then discarding one intriguing fantasy after another, although as compensation, it never drags or gives you time to glance at a watch."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

43 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"It delivers the entertainment of a well-made thriller, but reaches for and achieves more, primarily through the editing, using the film as a reflection upon the violent undercurrent of American society, and human nature, without spoiling the rhythm."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

44 ——

Domino ()

"Domino is a failure because it doesn't entertain well, because its many deliberately unmatching elements never line up, and because ultimately, it doesn't escape Hollywood as much as it is pretending to."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

45 80%

Cinderella Man (2005)

"Howard may have replicated the family scenes as accurately as if he'd found film from a camera hidden in the walls of the original Braddock apartment, and yet the movie can't shake the sense that the scenes away from the boxing ring are somehow false"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

46 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"The characters are as comical as they are realistic, and the natural humor that comes from their aspirations and predicaments prevents the movie from seeming too earnest or self-important"

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

47 75%

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

"what the film does to Holiday's life, Ross does to her music, glossing it over a bit and condensing its artistry while infusing it with pop star glamour."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

48 59%

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

"Of course, the movie wants desperately to be a metaphor about marriage and relationships, and it overplays that hand, but the zingy dialog is full of quips that couples will identify with, and the stars are accomplished enough performers."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Douglas Pratt

49 80%

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D (2005)

"The film's spectacle, on the other hand, is utterly enthralling from its first image to its last."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Douglas Pratt

50 55%

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

"It is about the way that athletes can push one another, it is about the effects of fame upon friendship, and it is a successful attempt to create a portrait of an entire social environment."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Douglas Pratt

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